ONE CAN BE FORGIVEN IF BY THE TIME THEY GET TO THE END OF A RATHER LONG DOCUMENT THEIR ATTENTION TO DETAIL HAS waned a little since there has already been so much to absorb. To do this with what we call Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, however, might just put us in position to miss some wonderful nuggets of truth, wisdom, and encouragement as we seek to live as God's faithful people. To do this would also rob us of some essential reminders that, if internalized and practiced, might go far in reducing the amount of hatred and violence (physical and rhetorical.)

Through the first 11 verses of chapter 15, we are reminded that, at the end of the day, the church universal and local has but one central task - to tell and live out the story of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ.
It is really that simple.
We tell the story so we will not forget. We do not have the pressure to write the story. We know the story is for all generations. We realize the story is not about us at all, and with that reality comes a sense of relief and joy.
Come join us Sunday as we dive into these truths.
See you Sunday! Bring a friend!
Grace and Peace, Lamar



Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you—unless you have come to believe in vain. 


For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 


Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. 


Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 


Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 


For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 


But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. 


On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them—though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 


Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.




TOMORROW, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, our pastor, Rev. Lamar Oliver, is once again taking a Polar Plunge to support our friends at the Beauregard Council on Aging - and we need your help to make it worth his while! If you would like to help sponsor Lamar's plunge, please contact  with your pledge amount. You may drop off your contributions to the church office, put it in Sunday's offering with the notation "Freezin'," or give online @ and drop a note to  designating that transaction for the Freezin' fundraiser.





We look forward to welcoming those involved with our various scouting ministries this Sunday as we give thanks to God for the work they do in shaping the next generation of leaders. As a bonus, you don't have to worry about making lunch plans since the service will be followed by our annual BSA Troop 30 Spaghetti Lunch!
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Whether physical or rhetorical, there is no denying that violence seems to be pretty prevalent in many parts of society, including those spaces that we thought were off-limits like schools and churches. There are times it seems we get hit day after day with some sort of hatred at work - and may begin to feel as though we are either powerless to stop it, or that we have played no role in the corrosiveness of our culture. Over the next couple of months, we are going to wade through some of the wisdom shared with the Christian community in the first generations of church. We will learn a little bit more about our responsibilities in the world in which we live; how our thoughts, actions, & attitudes towards ourselves, our fellow church members & others within the Christian community, those who may have differenting political, social, & moral views matter more than we realize; and how we are called not only to not participate in this corrosive mindset, but to be and to set an example of how to live as people who truly love God with everything they have and their neighbors as themselves.

Grace is Given, Not Earned • Ephesians 3:1-12 (PODCAST)
The Holy Spirit is to be Shared • Acts 8:14-17 (PODCAST)
It’s About the Giver, Not the Gift • 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 (PODCAST)
Get Over Yourself • 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a (PODCAST)
What is Love? • 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (PODCAST)
Tell the Story. Period. • 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
It’s Not About You - Stop It! • Luke 6:27-28
Don’t Be Shy About It • 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2

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