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Finding Strength and Joy in Faith: A Reflection on Psalm 28:7

As the sun rises and a new day begins, let us turn our hearts to the words of Psalm 28:7: "The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him." In these simple yet profound verses, we find a source of inspiration and comfort that transcends time and circumstance.

In the hustle and bustle of life, it's easy to lose sight of the importance of faith and trust in a higher power. Yet, in moments of challenge and uncertainty, it is often our faith that sustains us and gives us the strength to carry on. The psalmist reminds us that in God, we find not only strength but also protection and support. When we place our trust in Him, we can face any obstacle with confidence, knowing that He is by our side, guiding us through every trial and triumph.

But the beauty of faith doesn't stop there. It extends beyond mere survival to a place of joy and celebration. When we fully surrender ourselves to God's will, our hearts are filled with a joy that cannot be contained. It is a joy that springs forth from the depths of our being, igniting a song of praise that resonates throughout our lives.

As we gather together as a church family, let us not only celebrate the blessings of another day but also the milestones and joys within our community. From birthdays to acts of service, each moment is an opportunity to recognize and give thanks for the goodness that surrounds us.

In the spirit of fellowship and service, here are a few updates and opportunities within our church community:

  1. Call for Greeters: We are in need of volunteers to greet visitors on the 5th Sunday of the month at 9 am. Your warm welcome can make all the difference in helping newcomers feel seen and valued.

  2. Gratitude for Service: A heartfelt thank you to those who recently contributed to the beautification of our parking lot. Your efforts are truly appreciated and serve as a testament to the spirit of generosity within our congregation.

  3. Operation Christmas Child: Our church has been supporting Operation Christmas Child for over 15 years, bringing joy to children around the world. Consider joining our team or contributing to our Amazon Wishlist to help us continue this meaningful tradition.

  4. Lenten Study: Join Nic for an online Lenten Study on Monday evenings via Zoom. Contact Deb Bowers in the office for more information.

  5. Child Registration: Registration is now open for children returning in the fall. Newcomers can register starting March 15th.

  6. Choir Cantata: Save the date for the Choir Cantata on March 17th at the 11:00 service.

  7. Prime-Timers Event: Join us for a scenic cruise in St. Augustine on March 29th. Contact Randy or Judy Delise for more details.

  8. Volunteer Opportunity: We are seeking volunteers to help trim the prayer garden bushes.

  9. Giving Reminder: Please remember to specify your giving towards your 2024 pledge. Your generosity ensures the continued ministry of our church.

  10. This Week's Greeters: Lee Dragoo at 9 am, Jo Scraba and Cheryl Searle at 11 am.

As we navigate the challenges and joys of life, may we always find strength and solace in our faith. Let us continue to support and uplift one another, sharing God's love with open hearts and willing hands.

With love, prayers, and blessings,

Deb 904-940-6768

P.S. Don't forget to set your clocks forward one hour on Saturday night!

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