Below is Larry's message from Sunday, March 29. You may also watch it on our facebook page,
Cerro Gordo Church of the Brethren.
Next Sunday morning, April 4, Larry will be on facebook live again at 10:00 a.m. with that morning's message.
THE STAGE IS SET—JOHN 11:45-53
Today we are going to look at the events that took place in the Book of John, Chapter 11. I would encourage you to read the entire chapter if you get a chance this week, because we are going to look at a small portion of this chapter only. My Bible breaks this chapter into four different sections. Each section tells its own story of what is happening. We are now less than two weeks away from the most important event to ever happen. These events take place over a four-day period as we will see.
11 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) 3 So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” 4 When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days,
Let’s see the disciple’s response: 7 and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.” 8 “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?”
Our announcements for the week:
April 4: Lord’s Storehouse Easter box contributions due. Suggested amount, $25.00 per box. Please put any donations in Carol’s mailbox at church by Friday, April 3 or put them on her front porch. Checks can be made out to The Lord’s Storehouse.
April 5: Palm Sunday, no worship in the church, Larry on facetime at 10:00
Offerings: Please mail your offerings to the church at PO Box 45 or, if you have a key to the church and would rather put it in the donation box at the back of the sanctuary, you may do so but also please use a regular offering envelope or an envelope that you have labeled “offering.”
Let Stacie know of any supplies you need and are unable to get for yourself. Someone in the church will get them for you.
Easter Sunrise Service and breakfast has been cancelled.
We are not asking for snacks for college care packages this spring. We do not want to encourage you to go out and purchase things just for these, and we are concerned about many hands touching all the snacks. It is healthier to forego this at this point. We hope we can resume providing the care packages this fall.
April 8: 7:00 p.m. Executive Committee
April 19: 12:00 All church birthday dinner—potluck
First Sunday of the month: Food Banks
Food needs: boxes of cereal, boxes of prepared foods, such as soups, potatoes, rice, mac & cheese, peanut butter, jelly
Donation Box: Camp Emmanuel
--Don’t forget to check mailboxes when you are able.
--Women’s Fellowship is looking for a strawberry festival chair or co-chairs.
Keep in Your Prayers
Adiline Young; Barb Baker; Kim Lehmann; Dylan Junior; Doug Fansler; Clyde and Nancy Fansler; Liam Martina; Ali Bryant; Jeff Sawyer; Liza Yore; Candy Dobson; Anna Rose Larrick; Mike Gentry; Gary Jesse; Robert & Laurie Morr; Norm & Marge Starr; Shawn Cain; Robert Cripe; Mayo Hanaver; Zola Copeland and family; Tim and Betty Sue Laird; Larry Nall; Leslie Lake; Jennifer Like; Patty Cripe; Lauren Gross: Denice Mosbach; Stacie Warren; Parker West; many unspoken requests; traveling mercies for those on the road; Coronavirus crisis; healthcare workers and first responders
Military and Other Services and their families
Brethren Volunteer Service workers; Disaster project workers
Prayers and cards of encouragement are requested for our Shut-ins:
Zola Copeland – 214 E. Fitch St. Forsyth, IL.
Anna Rose Larrick – C/O Evergreen Place #110
4825 E. Evergreen Ct. Decatur IL. 62521
Shawn Cain – 208 West Wait St. Cerro Gordo IL. 61818
Robert Cripe – 21 Park Street Danville IL. 61832