Messenger Of Grace — July
Lutherans baptize babies because Jesus and the Apostles command it and hold out divine promises to all who are baptized. This statement might shock some of our Baptist, Methodist, Friends, and most Nondenom. friends. They do not agree. Jesus commands baptism in Matthew 28. “Therefore go, and make disciples of (Greek: Matheteuo, which is the verb form of the noun, disciple, sometimes translated “teach” or simply “disciple”—some object to the translation “make disciples” because to make someone a disciple is the Holy Spirit’s Work, not ours)… Continued: “…all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Note, Jesus says all nations without limiting it to those over a certain age. Baptism is also commanded in Acts 2:38. Peter said, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far off.” Note again, the inspired apostle never limits baptism to those over a certain age, and in fact specifically mentions children. In Acts 16 we read of the baptisms of the families of Lydia and the jailer at Philippi. “Family” or “household” are terms that naturally include all in the home, regardless of age. And again we see no limitation to only adults. Children are born sinful and are in need of forgiveness. This truth is taught clearly in Genesis 8:21, Psalm 51:5, John 3:6, and Ephesians 2:3. Forgiveness of sins and salvation are explicitly promised and given through baptism. See 1 Peter 3:21, Acts 22:16, Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16, Colossians 2:11-13, Ephesians 5:25-27, Titus 3:5, and Galatians 3:27. Some object that infants cannot believe. Scripture says they can. Jesus warned in Matt 18:6 not to offend “these little ones who believe in me.” In Mark 10:15, the faith of a child is held up as the example of faith we should emulate. Faith is a gift of God; it is not dependent on human effort. Paul compares baptism to circumcision in Colossians 2:11,12. The early church discussed whether it is better to wait until the eighth day like with circumcision, or to baptize earlier. The Church Father Cyprian (AD 200-258) wrote that is was not necessary to wait for the eighth day, but that it is better to baptize an infant as early as possible. In the 1500s, some sects began to overturn the practice of infant baptism, which had been the practice of the church since the time of the Apostles. The denial of Baptism to infants departs from Scripture and ancient practice.
LOAN STATUS UPDATE: The Thrivent building loan currently stands at $908,304.07. A milestone was passed recently, when our monthly principal payment became greater than our interest payment.
SATURDAY EVENING WORSHIP SERVICES WILL NOT BE OFFERED DUE TO PASTOR’S ABSENCE OR SCHEDULE CONFLICT on these dates:
• June 30
• July 14
• July 21
• August 4
HYMNALS AND SONGBOOKS AVAILABLE: We have received a number of hymnals and Let All the People Praise You from a congregation that has discontinued. If you would like to take some, let Pastor know.
PASTOR WAGENKNECHT HAS SCHEDULED THE FOLLOWING DAYS FOR TIME OFF: June 27-July 5; July 30 – August 9. In addition, Pastor is director of Good Shepherd Bible Camp, which will be July 14-21. He will also attend a district mission board meeting August 20-22. On July 1, Pastor John Vogt (brother of Paul and David) will lead a patriotic service with the theme, “God Bless America”. His sermon will answer the question, Can I honor my leaders, even when I disagree?” On July 15 and August 5, Pastor Andrew Schroeder, campus pastor and Bible teacher at California Lutheran High School in Wildomar, will lead worship.
WALKERS, WHEELCHAIRS, SHOWER CHAIR OR TOILET CHAIRS FOR DISABLED, INCONTINENCE PADS (NEW IN BOX): Can you use any of these? Several of these types of items have been left for the church to find people who need them, including some items that were dumped in the church parking lot on Friday. If you need anything like this, please talk with Pastor or Jim Fischer. They are being stored under the Grace Hall steps, and before the Inspire Charter School begins in September, we should clear that space by donating any items left to a thrift store.
GRIEFSHARE is a grief recovery support group that will help individuals understand the journey of grief and move from mourning to joy. Thirteen sessions include living with grief, the journey of grief, the effects of grief, God’s prescription for grief, heaven, and other topics. Pastor Wagenknecht will host the Griefshare group on Thursday nights, 7 pm, beginning August 16. Tell Pastor W if you will be able to participate!
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: VBS is on! August 13-17. Thank you to those who have volunteered to help out this year. See the application form at the end of this newsletter.
FELLOWSHIP BARBECUE: The barbecue elders will be doing another cookout after church on July 8. For more details, see Rob Krueger.
SUPPORT OUR TROOPS BY SHARING GOD’S WORD! Grace Lutheran Church is assisting with a worthwhile project being undertaken by Faith Comes By Hearing, a division of Hosanna Ministries in Albuquerque, NM. FCBH produces the Bible (New Testament and Psalms) on portable MP3 players that are designed for the man or woman in uniform. These military Biblesticks, as they are called, are distributed by military chaplains to personnel who request one. FCBH receives more requests than they are able to fulfill. Servicemen or women who receive one of the Biblesticks also receive a card so that one can be given to a loved one back home. $25.00 will allow FCBH to produce and deliver two Biblesticks. Imagine the blessing that listening to the Bible can be to the soldiers who are serving in a strange place without family and friends. As they face danger, expected and unexpected, how important it is for them to know their protector and Savior. Consider a gift. We are encouraging donations to FCBH through July 4.
LIBRARY: The books in the library are available for anyone who attends Grace Lutheran Church. The library is located in the back of the fellowship hall. There is no checkout procedure. Borrow a book and bring it back when you are done.
COUPON SHARING: If you still receive a Sunday newspaper or receive other coupons and wouldn’t mind sharing, please bring your coupons to church. We will collect them in a plastic bin in the fellowship hall. If you can use any of the coupons feel free to take as many as you like.
ITEMS YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO CHURCH:
• Postage stamps and related collectibles—they are sold on eBay with proceeds going to Grace’s general fund
• Used ink and toner cartridges—Staples gives $2 credit per cartridge, with a maximum of 20 per month
• Christian books for the library—Books will be reviewed, and if approved, will be placed in the library. If not, they will be donated to the YL Friends of the Library bookstore
• Coupons from the mail or newspaper—to be shared with the entire congregation
• Used eyeglasses—given to Dr. John Spaeth of All About Eyes Optometry, for distribution to needy
• CRV bottles and cans—turned in for CRV redemption for Grace general fund
• Pill bottles—used by Liz Ehlers for a charity
• Used cell phones, smart phones, and pagers—sent to be recycled, with some money sent back to Grace for the general fund
• “Boxtops for Education”—sent to the Apache schools in Arizona
Note: Campbell’s no longer does their soup labels program. Items that are not listed above require approval by the property elder, Jim Fischer.
NEW ADDRESS (MORE ACCURATELY, WELCOME BACK): Ursula Rovell, 5266 Marynell Dr. YL, 92886; 714-970-2677
CAROL FORD MEMORIAL: The service for Carol Ford will be July 21, at 4:00 pm, at the residence of her daughter Leslie Ditch.
July Birthdays & Anniversaries
3- Cyndi McClelland
3- Krista Fritz
5- Aaron Stone
6- Tracy Erickson
10- Joyce Wiegand
13- Phyllis Lindley
16- Carolyn Cunningham
16- Rowland Harr
26- Jessica Mabry
30- Anna Cooley
31- David Stansfield
11- Allen and Evelyn Hokenson
13- Tom and Anna Cooley
25- Tracy and Eric Erickson
29- Dean and Carolyn Leigh
SISTER CONGREGATIONS GETTING NEW PASTORS
Our Savior Lutheran in Pomona is excited to welcome Pastor Ethan Cherney, who accepted their call and will move from St. Paul, Green Bay, WI. His installation will be August 5. Crown of Life, which has campuses in Corona, Yucaipa, Riverside, and now, Victorville, is excited to welcome Pastor Eric Hansen, who accepted their call and will move from St. Mark, DePere, WI. Pastor Hansen will be installed on July 15. Candidate Dean Ellis of Cape Town, South Africa, has been assigned to be pastor of Crown of Life in Riverside and Victorville.
VETERANS SPEAK UP The Chance Theater is inviting local veterans to participate in a free five to eight week theater workshop that will culminate in a public performance at the Chance. The workshop will be hosted at Grace Lutheran Church in the fellowship hall. Through the power of personal narratives, Veterans Speak Up provides veterans with the opportunity to share their stories and express themselves in hopes of promoting healing and deepening our communities’ understanding of our local heroes. Veterans in our congregation and community are invited to participate.
Call Oanh Nguyen at 714/712-0647.
Please Pray For
- Judy Ehlers Blaylock (sister in law of Elizabeth Ehlers), cancer
- Jaymee Lynn Cifranic, baptized June 24;
- Blake and Jackie Corry, expecting a baby in September
- Tanya DeLong, cancer treatments
- Liz Ehlers, homebound
- Dustin Firsted, nephew in law of Tanya DeLong, Navy
- The family of Carol Ford, whose memorial service will be at her daughter’s residence on July 21
- June Heckenlaible, homebound
- Maxine Heitshusen, homebound
- Evelyn Hokenson, homebound
- Carol Hubbard, homebound
- Bob Krueger, homebound
- Kathe Lind, homebound
- Robert Lupo and Sarab Korail, who will be married July 20
- Wayne and Annette Madsen, homebound
- Dolores Poorman, homebound
- Mike Ryan, Joan Dressendorfer’s son in law, who has lymphoma
- Don Schalce, friend of the Dowlers, quadruple bypass June 22
- Hulda Stoppelmann, homebound on hospice
- Lissa and Michael Torres, who were married here yesterday;
- Austin Wagenknecht and Lydia Harbach, engaged to be married August 4
- Samuel and Marcus Warskow, USAF
- Don Wulf, prostate cancer.
Humor Below The Line
When does a regular joke become a “Dad Joke?” When it becomes apparent.
A chief of a Caribbean island native tribe heard about the big chairs the heads of state in Europe sit on, so he ordered one for himself. When it arrived, he put it into his thatch-roofed hut. When rainy season arrived, it leaked and damaged his royal chair.
The chief learned an important lesson: People who live in grass houses shouldn’t stow thrones.
VBS Starts August 3rd!
This year’s theme is Bird Tales.
VBS offers the opportunity for your children to step into the interesting world of birds. They will learn some lasting truths about the endless love of Jesus, for ages 3-13. They will be involved in learning about birds, crafts, singing, Bible lessons, fun & games, and snacks.
COST: FREE – There is no cost to you. We are happy to be able to share the love of Jesus, with the children ages 3-13 of our community.