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July 24, 2020

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GRADUATION SUNDAY
8:45am DayBreak | 10:30am BreakAway

“Ephesus - 1st Love"
Revelation 2:1-7
Rev. Trent Walker
Austin Boersema (3484 Sage Creek Drive Zeeland 49464) will be flying to MD Anderson Hospital in Houston this weekend for further tests 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 the cancer.

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) underwent back surgery on Thursday, July 23. 

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 hopes to come home this weekend. 

John Bruursema (7750 104th Avenue Zeeland, 49464) received a diagnosis of anaplastic astrocytoma grade 3 and will begin radiation and chemotherapy. Pray for relief of pain and for a positive response to treatment.

Jim Meekhoff (3015 Port Sheldon St Hudsonville 49426) underwent an ablation heart procedure along with a pacemaker implant Monday, July 20 at Meijer Heart Center and is now home and doing well. 

Michelle Hop (3452 Hillcrest Way Zeeland, 49464) was transferred to SKLD in Zeeland for continued healing of a surgical wound.

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)in the unexpected death of Matt's mom, Laurel Twork. 

We express our sympathy to Chet & Carrie Machiela (11545 South Lake Holland, MI 49464) in the death of Chet's sister, Gladys Brummel. 

Thank you to the congregation for the many cards I have received during my recent chemo treatments and to Pastor Greg for checking in on me throughout my journey. The cards and daily prayers instill a tremendous amount of encouragement as I continue to fight with low white blood cell counts. At this time, I await my upcoming CT Scan to determine future treatments. Blessings, Dorothy DeRoo
Devotional for Friday, July 24 from Matthew Grzybowski

Hello church family! I am excited to be writing to you for the first time in this format. First off my name is Matthew Grzybowski, I am the Technical Director here at Community. If you cannot put a face to my name that is just the way I have intended for it to be. I really like to work in the background, behind the scenes. If I am doing my job well you will never see me.

I have cycled through about 6 different things I wanted to say today and I have finally landed here and I just want to share with you what god has done in my life during this pandemic:

We have done so much work to the house! We stayed busy, we added a 5th bedroom into the basement, converted one of the bedrooms to a home office, painted the kitchen cabinets, built a new deck and a fence. I learned to disconnect from my work more when I am home. Spend more time with my children and my wife. I would say our marriage is stronger than it ever has been before. We got to know our neighbors really well. This couple has lived in the cul de sac almost as long as we have and we never took the time to get to know them. Now they are over at our house at least once a week to share a meal on our new deck, our dogs are best friends and my 7 year old can tell you the exact contents of their garage and what it all does. Do you know your neighbors?

We have become socially distant the last several months and yet the easiest people to interact with and get to know are the ones right around you. We have been talking about this thing called 500 Neighbors, Pastor Doug likes to highlight them in his updates and it is phenomenal to see what God is doing through all of you here at Community. I want you to know that there is a very subtle way to show the love of Christ in a very easy way: just get to know your neighbors.

Look at Mark 12, Jesus was asked by the teacher of religious law “of all the commandments, which is the most important?” in verses 29 -31 Jesus replies: “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” When asked to give one commandment Jesus instead chooses to give not just a vertical commandment, to love the Lord our God, but also a horizontal commandment to love your neighbor as yourself. (Leviticus 19:18) He wraps these together stating: “No other commandment is greater than these.” How then can we do one and not the other? 

Jesus teaches the parable of the Good Samaritan further communicating that the love mentioned in this commandment is action based: Agapē love. Take a moment to read Luke 10:29-37 and ask God how you can show love to your neighbor.

Devotional for Saturday, July 25 from Pastor Greg TenBrink

Dear Community brothers and sisters:

This Sunday we begin our series in the book of Revelation. I am aware that International Bible study organizations like Community Bible Study have done yearly teachings on this intriguing book which the apostle John wrote, inspired by the Holy Spirit while imprisoned on the island of Patmos almost 2,000 years ago.

In chapter 2 the letter begins to the church in Ephesus. John writes that although they have endured hardships and have persevered in verse 4 he states: “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.” First love made me reflect as I look at our marriage of 45 yrs. I know that I have failed as a husband when I made a covenantal commitment on November 7, 1975! Realizing my flaws, I came to a place of repentance and reconciliation in our marriage and can say along with my bride that the last decade and a half have been the best years of our marriage! Christian marriage reflects Christ and the Church…we are the bride of Christ and our first love is Christ alone!  When we are clothed in the garments of Christ we reflect His righteousness! Bringing glory to God in Christ Jesus! “Therefore, as God’s chosen people holy and dearly loved clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you and over all these virtues put on love which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (Colossians 3:12-14)

The question I have for each of us is: How does our life reflect Christ and the Church? Are we wearing the garments of Christ? 
Pastor Greg
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