A great evening with music and praise and extra touching moments that were shared with the group about the Holy Land. Thanks to the Worship Band and crew for the extra efforts at an new location. Thanks to everyone involved with the program. Thanks to all the men and women who helped out at Our Saviour's Church for our Salad Supper and a special thanks to those from Our Saviour's church.
Join us in our Bible Readings for the year as a congregation as we read the "Connecting with Christ Bible Readings."
March 25 - 29 Romans 8 Psalm 57 Jeremiah 26
Romans 9 Isaiah 10 Jeremiah 27
Romans 10 Psalm 27 Jeremiah 28
Romans 11 Psalm 69 Jeremiah 29
Romans 12 Isaiah 11 Jeremiah 30
April 1 – 5 Romans 13 Ps. 41 Jeremiah 31
Romans 14 Ecclesiastes 5 Jeremiah 32
Romans 15 Isaiah 11 Jeremiah 33
Romans 16 Psalm 140 Jer. 34
1 Corinthians 1 Ps. 92 Jer. 35
April 8 – 12 1 Corinthians 2
Is. 65 Jeremiah 36
1 Corinthians 3 Ps. 4 `Jer. 37
1 Cor. 4 Ecclesiastes 1 Jer. 38
1 Corinthians 5 Psalm 51 Jer. 39
1 Corinthians 6 Deut. 27 Jer. 40
April 15 – 19 1 Corinthians 7 Psalm 39 Jeremiah 41
1 Corinthians 8 Isaiah 47 Jer. 42
1 Corinthians 9 Deut. 26 Jer. 43
1 Corinthians 10 Ecc. 13 Jer. 44
1 Corinthians 11 Ps. 4 Jer. 45
April 22 – 26 1 Corinthians 12 Ps. 84; Is.12 Jer. 46
1 Corinthians 13 Ps. 136 Jer. 47
1 Corinthians 14 Is. 44 Jer. 48
1 Corinthians 15 Is. 25 Jer. 49
1 Corinthians 16 Ps. 29 Jer. 50
April 29– May 3 2 Corinthians 1 Ps. 86 Jeremiah 51
2 Corinthians 2 Ps. 121 Jer. 52
2 Corinthians 3 Ps. 60 Genesis 1
2 Corinthians 4 Ps. 37 Genesis 2
2 Corinthians 5 Ps. 51 Genesis 3
Speakers for Sunday Services, March and April
March 24, Reed Frazeur
March 31, Teather Bliss
April 7, Darren Matthies
April 14, Grace Vanderbush
April 21 Easter - Children’s Sermon
April 28, Nathan Thorpe
Bible Readings for the year available for the asking in booklet form by contacting Pastor Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org or available below as a download. PDF download of the 2019 Bible Readings in list/chart form and as a Excel download are available just below as well.
New Testament Bible Reading Schedule in the Connecting with Christ Reading Schedule is sourced from Peter DeHann at www.abibleaday.com
PDF Download and Excel Download of the 2019 Bible Reading Plan - Courtesy of Mary Matthies
For over eight years, Antelope Hills Christian Church has been giving away furniture to anyone in need in the local communities. Hundreds of pieces of furniture, appliances, medical equipment and household furnishings have been given away in the past few years. What started humbly in our church parsonage has expanded into rental space at the CAMA/Connection building in the town of Canby. Donations are accepted from the communities and passed along through advertising on social media and through local agencies. More information about this vital and growing ministry or about volunteering to help or serve with us is available by contacting Pastor Steve at email@example.com or by calling the church.
Wow, can you believe it? $100,000 raised in one year! The Envelope Window fundraiser is complete. All the envelopes and more have been filled and given as offerings for the new building. So thankful to God and to all the people, near and far who gave in this fundraiser! Pastor Steve
Volunteers from all the churches volunteered for a Meals on Wheels Slot as Community Churches in March. Thanks to all who helped from the arious churches. It was much appreciated to finish the task in our long winter. Any questions, please call or email Pastor Steve Maas at 605-881-9024 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Thanks to Nathan and Lisa Thorpe and family for the truck, coordinating the decorating and all their efforts to get the AHCC float together and in the Canby parade. Thanks to Grant, Danielle and Sharon for helping decorating as well and also to Danielle and Sharon for helping me hand out gifts along the parade route. Nice turnout, a little cold but a fun evening!
Grant Goplen 507-828-2131
Dale Schoberg 507-223-7187
Reed Frazeur 507-223-1517
Dale Peterson 320-769-4655
Jim Sayre 507-223-7013
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Loren Demmer 507-223-7224
Delroy Thompson 507-223-5740 Wes Shepherd 507-277-5516 Dale Schoberg 507-223-7187
Every year, Antelope Hills Christian Church joins the churches around the world in remembering the Persecuted Church around the world. This year our day of reflection and prayer was on Sunday November 11, 2018. Sharon and Troy shared thoughts on the people and churches in Iraq and India. There were also some insights into the situation in Pakistan and a powerful video presentation on Pakistan. Please remember the Persecuted Church in your prayers and get involved in some way to help them. Various opportunities are listed at https://www.persecution.com/IDOP/ and https://www.opendoorsusa.org/ The video can be seen at https://www.persecution.com/IDOP/
WE started this fundraiser last winter in February/March and we are on our way with the Envelope Money Raiser for our new church building. Our goal is $100,000 dollars. The envelopes start in the single digits and go up to $300 as of now. As of August 6, 2018, we have raised around $46,000.00. Way to go, everyone. Grab an envelope and put it in the offering! Out of towners, we welcome all donations, large and small. Thanks to all, who have given to make this a successful endeavor to get into our new building to serve our Lord and Savior in new ways!
With the help of God moving in people's hearts, we completed this fundraiser as of February 1st, 2019 with well over $100,000.00 raised and all the envelopes taken and filled ... thanks to everyone from the church and friends and family from near and far, who gave as well.
Thanks to Delroy, Wes and Jim for their work on getting the church sign up and solidified with concrete!
Thanks to Rebecca Shepherd for making our new sign for our "Furniture Ministry" space at the Connection Building in Canby. It looks good and the general public will be able to know the location of the furniture in a more recognizable way.
A great day on the Laq Qui Parle River. Young and not so young, all had a great day! Thanks to Adrian for helping organize this day on the river. A reflection on the day, follows the pictures.
Thanks to all who helped out with our New Church Garage Sale on June 16th - 7:00 to 1:30. Over $600.00 was raised to go into our Building Fund Campaign. A great big hand to Renee Frazeur for organizing the sale and working hard to make it a big success!
On Sunday May 20, a good group gathered to pray over the new church site and building site. May it be the first of many gatherings!
The Church Body of Believers at Antelope Hills are reading through the New Testament in 2018. We are reading 5 Chapters a week which should take around 5 minutes or so a day and then taking time to reflect each day or on the weekend. Join us on this adventure in reading God's Word together. Reflections on the readings from the week are shared during our Sunday Services by people from the congregation. We feel this reading of the Word together will be blessed by the Holy Spirit in a unifying way that we might together serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If you would like to be part of the 5X5 Reading plan, please pick up a schedule at the church or click on the link below to access the downloadable 5X5 Bible reading plan at the Navigators website. Thanks
This is long overdue ... but many thanks to the men and women of Antelope Hills Church for all they do outside the walls of the church. You are volunteering in school groups and functions, coaching, civic groups, blood drives, Meals on Wheels! I am thankful to all of you and all the different places you serve!
I would like to say a big thank you to Barb for playing for me all these years at Sylvan Court, Marvin for helping out and for Nancy who has helped out in the summer at Sylvan.
As a church body along with some other members of the community and some other pastors along the way we have spent hundreds of hours fixing, remodeling, cleaning, organizing, building, planning and working at the CAMA/Connection Building as we moved from the old Connection building and remodeled the new one. The creative blackboard wall and the Lite Bright wall just below are two of the coolest things we built working at the CAMA/Connection building with Betsy Schmitt's (Connection Manager) ideas to make a blackboard area and use the old garage door from the new Connection building. Thanks to all the AHCC movers, cleaners, food providers, workers and painters for your help ... Lisa, Adriane, Cheyenne, Stuart, Dale S., Dale P., Jim S., Betty, Marcella, Mary Anne, Charlotte, Emily, Delroy, Greg and Zach C. and myself. Will put up some more pictures from the CAMA/Connection in the next few weeks. Antelope Hills rents part of the CAMA/Connection building for our Furniture Ministry. Thanks to all who have helped me out delivering or loading furniture with the Furniture Ministry as well Jim T., Darren, Wes, Reed, Stuart, Grant, Dale S., Mary Anne, Dale P., Emily, Toby and Delroy and many others. Also thanks to all those who helped with the Van carpet redo ... Jim S., Kent, Delroy, Marvin and Dale S. and Jane for giving us some snacks along the way.
We welcome you to the Website for Antelope Hills Christian Church. We are an historic independent rural evangelical church holding to the Bible as God’s Living Word. We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to convict , teach, guide and strengthen us through the Word of God and through the presence of Jesus Christ our Lord by His Spirit. We strive to hold to the New Testament practices of the church found in the New Testament. We are an open and loving church with services using both contemporary and traditional Christian hymns and songs. Our messages are dedicated to learning and letting the Gospel change and transform our lives by faith, love and service. Come worship with us, we would love to have you.
The wisest king in the Bible missed the point. Solomon was able to write chapters of wise thoughts. Solomon was able to reflect philosophically on numerous perspectives of life and reduce the complexities of relationships, priorities and values into wise reflections and directives of how to live a joyful and blessed life as a person who feared God. Solomon was able to offer strong rebukes and warnings about falling into traps and snares of sin. Yet, Solomon who was the wisest and richest King of Israel missed the point of many of his own writings.
Solomon missed the point of life even though he was very wise about life. Solomon knew more about life than almost anyone. Solomon wrote more about life that anyone in the Old Testament than the major Prophets, Moses and his father David. Solomon built more buildings, palaces and temples than any other king of Israel. Solomon had more money and gold than the other kings of Israel and owned more chariots and horses than the other kings of Israel but Solomon failes to let his heart be satisfied with his God.
Solomon in the very height of reign begins an endless, futile and insatiable quest for more riches, palaces and wives. Solomon's coveting, greed, pride and inability to find satisfaction in the accumulation and possession of more and more led him to seek more and more. In the end, Solomon's more leaves him distant from having purpose in life and all of his more brings him judgement from the God who had previously blessed him richly. All of Solomon's more became pointless and all of the wives, palaces and riches were little value because he had lost his heart for God.
Solomon has been labeled as "The Wisest Fool" and "The Brilliant Failure" because while he wrote brilliantly and profoundly about the folly of sin and the destruction, it would bring; but he misses the point of applying it to his own life. Even though Solomon writes that "the love of pleasure will bring poverty," he fails to see how poor he has become in his love for all pleasures of life. He fails to realize he has turned away from the "pursuit of righteousness and loyalty" which would bring "life, righteousness and honor" (Proverbs 13:25) and finds his life void of righteousness even though it is filled with extravagant luxuries. Solomon fails to see how much of the blessing of God, he has lost in the loving of countless wives. Actually all of Solomon's wives, accomplishments, palaces and massive amounts of gold, horses and chariots could not satisfy him because his heart was far from his God. All of the things of life, had taken him away from his God. Finally, even though Solomon sees the fear of God as leading to life (Proverbs 19:23), he sets aside the life that the fear of God would bring. Solomon's life ends quite sadly because amidst all that he had around him, he had lost the only thing that mattered. Solomon had lost his heart for God.
"And why do you worry about clothes? Consider how the lilies of the field grow: They do not labor or spin.Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was adorned like one of these." Matthew 6:28-29
"But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.” (Malachi 4:2, NLT)
As the world around us begins its yearly cycle of new life, nourishment and growth; we see and sense the evidence of that reality around us. Tiny leaves come out of swollen buds while finches and wrens gather bits of grass and twigs weaving and fashioning nests to shelter their young. In the pastures growing greener each day, young calves frolic in the lushness of the hillsides. People bask and linger in the warmth of the sunshine as they spend more and more time outdoors.
Some people are busy walking as if they discovered something new and completely unique, while others are digging in the earth as if there is gold under the rich humus in their gardens and fields. They gold they are seeking, will not be found in the form of a precious metal notoriety but in the anticipation of the production and growth from the spring and summer seasons. The richness from the gold they are seeking will come later. The gold will come in the vibrant and intense color of mature marigolds in full bloom. It will come as the calves stand more squarely and stocky in a golden sunset. It will come as wagons overflowing with golden corn are being emptied in the fall harvest. It will come in our personal and spiritual lives as well. It will come as friendships are fostered through nourishing and bonding moments together this season. It will come as eternal gold, as our faith develops as grow in the teaching and love of our heavenly Father.
Seasons are part of all life and the changes and growth inherent in all of them will bring life. Seasonal rhythms have always brought life, as noted thousands of years ago by the writer of Ecclesiastes (3:1-8). The sowing of seed and its nourishment and care, have always been essential to all life, including all spiritual growth and life. Jesus speaks of this through his parables describing the sowing, the needs of sustenance, the interfering draining enemies to growth such as excessive heat, weeds and poor soil in the nourishing and harvesting phases of all life (Luke 8:5-15). There is a beauty in each lily that is difficult to describe and it flows from the provision of God in the nourishment He gives (Mt. 5:28-30). As we find joy in our relationship with God, a far greater beauty than any flower will the product and result of His provision, nourishment and shaping of our lives.
Eventually there will be a harvest from every season of our lives. What will be the result of the season before us? Will the harvest of from this season, be bright and colorful with the glory of God? Will the harvest be of the gold of this world or will it convey a richness of golden color from the goodness of God as He molds and changes our hearts as we grow in our relationship with Him?
I offer to each of you, a summer blessing. May God bless your sowing of new life in His word this summer! May the Holy Spirit nourish your faith richly in the warmth of the true Son, the source of light and life (John 1:4). May you not tire of doing good (Gal. 6:9-10) and may the gold that you harvest after this summer season be not of the perishable nature but of the nature of Christ (1 Peter 1:17-20). Amen.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor” (Isaiah 61:1-3, NIV).
What is beauty? Is beauty something individualized and classified as to certain people? Is it something for the lucky in the genetic pool of features and characteristic who have exquisite features and captivating looks? Is this natural beauty just something that the luck of the draw doles out? Or is beauty something you can buy in product form of which by the application of make-up, creams and color accents and agents will render the ordinary face extraordinary? What is it about beauty that fashion groups and companies try to determine and dictate to others by their subjective definitions of certain features what beauty is? Is beauty, a body shape or size or a certain striking facial feature? Is beauty attained by the endless offerings of new styles in clothes and dress and thus available for purchase?
Is not beauty more than the physical features or factors of a person? Surely beauty is more than something purchased and applied to the surface of the skin? Surely beauty is not the clothes draped or stretched across and around the body, regardless of the shape or size of the person?
Even in a broader sense of beauty … there are natural flowers, plants and trees that are attractive to the eyes with their color and unique features that we would speak of as beautiful. There are panoramic vistas that are considered beautiful. There is architecture whether in design and structure that appeals to the senses and is defined as beautiful. In addition, most artwork and photography exists as attempts to capture and gift us with the artist’s interpretations of beauty.
Yet, however beauty is defined or presented, there are moments in our lives when we encounter rare and extraordinary beauty where we least expect it. It happened to me in one of the rankest and discouraging places I have ever visited in my lifetime. At the Guatemala City Dump Community, where the paths are filthy, gutted and broken down of life and promise, I met two women who were radiant, hopeful and full of life and promise. They are women whose beauty was shining like a light in the darkest of places. In a place where the stench of discarded, used up waste and accumulating refuse … staggers and penetrates every sense of your being. Yet, here in this repulsive and ugly place, these beautiful women live expectant in the hope of their faith. Here in this offending place of nauseating smells; the pleasantness of everything about them brings forth the sweetness of the very presence of Christ in whom they trust absolutely. Here, in this place of despair, they live out their days in the hope of their faith.
These beautiful women bonded together as sisters, live with their families in a 12 x 18 foot space they are proud to call their home. This tiny home built from discarded boards and covered with salvaged tin was splashed with color and decorated with things they have collected along the way. They work in the dump collecting things to be sold or recycled. To add their lot in life, these sisters have lost their husbands to the violence that comes with life on the edge of life. Death comes on the edge of life where violence often rails against the poor and disadvantaged because force and evil are tempting as pathways for change. Their husbands drifted away from God even as the wives clung and still cling to the mercies and provisions of God. I have seldom seen any greater faith and trust in anyone in my life and seldom sensed any greater joy than the fruit of the Spirit of God in their lives life lived out here in this dreadful place as women of beauty in the middle of great hopelessness.
Their beauty is not something … they apply after buying some beauty product for they have no money to buy anything extra. Their beauty is not just something that was naturally gifted to them in their features that they vainly exhibit. No, their beauty flows out as something more. Even as they smile and reach out to others … there is something so rare and powerful in the trueness of their essence. Their beauty is far deeper and far more substantial. It has been fashioned and molded by the greatest sculptor of all time, their Lord and Savior. All the pain, misery, poverty and difficulty that life has doled out to them and everything that has come against them has not made them bitter, hostile or mean spirited. Instead all the awfulness thrown against them has been reclaimed and remade as they have trusted in their Savior and given their days over to the hand of God. He has remade these women beautiful in every way.
If beauty somehow is to come from ashes, then something has to be burned upped. Something has to have been offered up to the qualities of the heat and flame as to change the composition of the substance. So then what has been burned away in the heat of pain and suffering, affliction and circumstance while leaving the pureness of gold to remain in the place where the fire burned off the dross?
These precious women of faith have given themselves up to the One who refines in the fire. They have released all the pain and suffering, affliction and circumstance to be refined as precious as the finest gold. They surrender their days to their Lord and all they contain. They give up all that would pull them away from the workmanship of their loving Father. They trust Him completely, totally and in every way. Their contentment while living in this awful place is found in Him alone. Their joy is in Him regardless of their lot in life and their beauty is something that God has fashioned by His love.
It is rare to see such trusting faith. I have seldom seen any greater faith and trust then in these special women of true beauty. I have rarely sensed any greater joy as the true and beautiful fruit of the Spirit of God in a life lived out than is evident in these women. They possess great beauty in the middle of great hopelessness. Their beauty comes from the living grace of a loving Father and God, who in the ashes in our lives creates true beauty. Only He can take what would be awful, terrible, rank and filthy can bring beauty. Beauty comes from the Savior who came to redeem the world and only He can make beauty from the ashes of our lives. He alone can make a person truly beautiful as He creates and fashions us from the inside out as to shine with His workmanship. I will be forever etched by in my faith; by these beautiful women whose trusting faith in a Living God made then alive in Him while living in one of the worst places, I have seen with my eyes on this earth.
Praise, be to God, who loves us all with a great and extravagant love. Amen.