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July 31, 2020

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7 Lessons from 7 Letters to 7 Churches
“Smyrna – Be Faithful”
Revelation 2: 8-11
Rev. Trent Walker
Tyler & Shelby Laarman (378 N Colonial Zeeland 49464) welcomed a son, Dawson Dean Laarman, on July 11th, despite being four weeks early, Dawson is doing great. 

Michelle Hop (3452 Hillcrest Way Zeeland, 49464) remains in Blodgett Hospital and is now on dialysis.

Chet Machiela (11545 South Lake Dr.Holland, 49424) was admitted to Zeeland Hospital to be treated for atrial fabulation and was discharged on Wednesday evening.

Kim Haveman (225 N. Elm St. #5 Zeeland, 49464) underwent surgery on her feet for two toe amputations one on each foot. She is doing well and is at home recovering. 

James Ickowski (10334 Riley St Zeeland 49464) is recovering from toe surgery. 

Wanda Vereeke (1831 Lakeview Drive Zeeland, 49464) underwent successful back surgery at Mercy Hospital in Muskegon on Thursday. 

Chuck Russcher  (8109 Quincy St Zeeland 49464) underwent surgery at Butterworth Hospital to repair multiple bone fractures in his right leg and foot following a fall from a 12-foot ladder on Wednesday. He will recover in the hospital and require a second surgery in 7 to 14 days. 

Marcia Zoerhof (1490 Castlemaine Drive Zeeland, 49464) is recovering at home after undergoing back surgery on July 23rd. 

Austin Boersema (3484 Sage Creek Drive Zeeland 49464) remains at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston this weekend in preparation for a new treatment to begin August 9th. This is a transplant procedure that will require him to be there for 3 weeks where he will be infused with antibodies to combat cancer.

John Bruursema (7750 104th Avenue Zeeland, 49464) is receiving radiation and chemotherapy for anaplastic astrocytoma. 

Tracy Lucarelli's (3268 Hillcrest Way Zeeland, 49464)19-year-old niece, Samantha, is under great care at Mary Free Bed, and her long term memory remains unaffected, but her short term memory has not returned.

We express our sympathy to the Matt & Sarah Twork family (8851 Barry St Zeeland 49464), Chris & Nicole Twork (11018 Pierce Street West Olive 49460), and Beverly Elfers (8371 N. Maple Court Zeeland 49464) in the unexpected death of Laurel Twork. 

We express our sympathy to Tyler & Shebly Laarman (378 N Colonial Zeeland 49464) in the unexpected death of Tyler's sister, Denise Demond. 
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Devotional for Friday, July 31 from Pastor Chris Pieters

 

Hello Friends from Community

This is Pastor Chris Pieters checking on Friday, July 31st – End of July…Wow!

Today I share one of my favorite verses that God has been 

Isaiah 40:27-31

27 Why do you complain, Jacob?
    Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
    my cause is disregarded by my God”?
28 Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

 

Last week I helped our daughter Brittany & Mark Winter and Sloan (granddaughter) load up and move to El Paso, Texas where Mark will be serving as a helicopter pilot in the Army at Fort Bliss.  

Moving is always a struggle as most of us loathe the process of packing boxes, loading heavy furniture, and then unloading all the stuff once you get to your new home. 

It can be exciting to start fresh in a new home but I just really hate moving.

My kids and I had 2-3 huge days of packing, cleaning, and loading the moving truck and then driving to El Paso. When we finally arrived at the new house we were exhausted and very ready to get settled in the new home. Unfortunately when we opened the door to the new rental home, it was not move-in ready and we uncovered many safety concerns. We concluded that we needed to find a new place to live. The stress levels were high and we all were just exhausted!

Perhaps you know that kind of tired! I have been sensing that many of us are weary these days.

  • Weary of the struggles with Covid-19 and all the confusion in how to respond

  • Weary of being isolated and alone 

  • Weary of the struggle for justice and healing for our nation

  • Weary of the battle against an illness or disease

  • Weary of trying to figure out what school, sports, work, church will be like this FALL

  • Weary of searching for a job 

Over the past few weeks, God has been using these verses from, Isaiah 40:27-31 to bring strength, comfort, and perspective to me when I need to let go of my need to control or fix a problem. 

Back to my moving story…Unsure of how to proceed, We started praying and asking God for wisdom and strength. And then step by step, God started answering our prayers. We found a great place to stay for two nights. My kids found a new rental house that had just been listed and was ready for immediate move-in!  The owner of the original rental house changed his demeanor and was willing to release my kids from their lease agreement. We met a kind retired couple who are the kids’ new next-door neighbors. There are still challenges ahead for my kids as they get settled but it was amazing to see God work.  

You may be facing a situation that seems like it cannot be fixed. You may be weary and ready to throw in the towel. We face some big challenges right now but we worship the Everlasting God, Creator of the ends of the Earth! Today I remind each of us actively WAIT – TRUST – HOPE in the LORD and see how he can restore your spirit and provide the strength you need as follow Christ in this unexpected season.

Devotional for Saturday, August 1 from Pastor Doug Baker

Greetings and good afternoon,

Pastor Doug here, I hope you are doing well.

This past Wednesday was a milestone day in the Baker household. Our eldest son (20 yrs old) officially moved out into his own apartment. I had the privilege to spend the day helping him with the move. It was a day of sweating, decision making, organizing, throwing things away, lifting furniture/boxes, and blessing. And it was that last one that was most exciting for me. I was able to bless my son as he took a huge step toward his independence and autonomy.

Who could have imagined that a day full of so much hard labor and transition could be filled with such joy? We expect to grieve that he’s not living at home anymore…how different is life going to get? And yet there I was, soaked through and jubilant. It almost didn’t seem right that I would experience so much blessing when the day was supposed to be about his life, the changes he was experiencing. But, I was overjoyed for him and with him. I was getting a gift from being a gift. This reminds me of that Proverb: "A generous person will be enriched, and one who gives water will be refreshed."

I hope today is a day when you receive refreshment because you have been generous with blessings.
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