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Rev. David Tews

In spite of it being summer and a lot of people on vacation during the month of the July, July is a very active time for outreach to the community of Horseshoe Bend. Whatever your talents and skills there is something for everyone to do. As in previous years we will participate in the 4th of July parade with a float that gives witness to our faith in the Lord Jesus. Also on July 4th the Thrivent Financial for Lutheran members at Shepherd of the Hills are having an Ice Cream Social as a fund raiser for putting up two new signs on the south and north entrances to Horseshoe Bend on State Highway 289 listing the churches in Horseshoe Bend. We are asking for help setting up for the social and serving at the social. Also we are asking for pies, cookies, brownies and cakes for the ice cream social. In the past the biggest selling item is pie. Depending on the day, we have sold as many as 60 pies. See the sign up sheets on the bulletin board and designate where you can help.

The week following the 4th of July we will be conducting Vacation Bible School for children 4 years old through Grade 6. This year's theme is "From Raindrops to Rainbows" and deals with God's gift of weather as we take a look at some examples in the Bible. We need help with making and serving snacks. We need a kitchen helper especially since our faithful helper Joan Sutcliffe has moved to Iowa. We also need helpers and teacher's assistants to help with classes, crafts and recess time. The sign up sheets are on the bulletin board for where help is needed.

As I mentioned at the beginning, these are all opportunities to reach out to our community. In my time as your pastor I am seeing the population of Horseshoe Bend decline while our county seat, Melbourne, is growing so that less than 300 people now separate us in the latest census. This decline in population in Horseshoe Bend does not mean, however, that there are no longer people who live in Horseshoe Bend who do not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. There are plenty of people, adults and children, who still need to hear the message of salvation. You may not be able to help with the parade, the ice cream social, or Vacation Bible School but you can pray - pray for the lost and those who are going through difficult times and for the success of our witness in the above projects for the month of July here at Shepherd of the Hills.
"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." (Colossians 3:17)

869 With the Lord Begin Your Task

1 With the Lord begin your task;
Jesus will direct it.
For His aid and counsel ask;
Jesus will perfect it.
Evíry morn with Jesus rise,
And when day is ended,
In His name then close your eyes;
Be to Him commended.

2 Let each day begin with prayer,
Praise, and adoration.
On the Lord cast evíry care;
He is your salvation.
Morning, evening, and at night
Jesus will be near you,
Save you from the tempterís might,
With His presence cheer you.

4 If your task be thus begun
With the Saviorís blessing,
Safely then your course will run,
Toward the promise pressing.
Good will follow evírywhere
While you here must wander;
You at last the joy will share
In the mansions yonder.

5 Thus, Lord Jesus, evíry task
Be to You commended;
May Your will be done, I ask,
Until life is ended.
Jesus, in Your name begun
Be the dayís endeavor;
Grant that it may well be done
To Your praise forever.

Text (sts. 1Ė5, ): © 1941 Concordia Publishing House Used by permission: LSB Hymn License .NET, number 100010893. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.

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