It’s going to be a hot week!

A heat advisory was issued for Tucson for this week.  We are expecting it to hit 111 or more!  Whew.

Yesterday evening began VBS which runs through Thursday night.  It was a joy to see all the NEW happy faces of children we have not seen previously.  So that was a blessing indeed.  Will you join us this week in praying for souls to be saved, families to be reached with the Gospel, & for God to unleash the power of God amongst us?   We have a wonderful cadre of VBS workers again this year.  PTL for such a people with a heart to work for the Lord!  Our missionary-of-the-week is Jonathan Carpenter who is serving the Lord in India.  He is able to be with us this week, & is nightly teaching the children interesting things about India & where he serves the Lord.  The penny offering that the kids bring in will go toward Jonathan’s ministry to India!

Yesterday morning service began with a surprise VBS skit to introduce the theme to the whole church family.  Pastor Seth & our summer intern, Caleb Greiner, charmed our hearts & caused smiles on our faces.  The church choir opened with the ladies in unison.  THEN … a blessed harmony flowed from the sopranos, altos, & tenors until they were joined by the basses in full harmonic sound.  It was powerful, our hearts were stirred, & everyone was blessed.  Wow!  Then Mrs. Elizabeth Gallagher’s violin solo of “Praise my Soul the king of Heaven’ accompanied by Miss Anna Carpenter on the piano was extraordinary!  The active, vibrant piano accompaniment was indeed lovely.  Both ladies did an outstanding job.  It was also a Wow performance.  I then read a reading that had been passed onto me from Bud Cobb.  It was a touching reminder of the needs of senior citizens who in public places sometimes need assistance but are avoided by almost everyone.  It was a reminder to watch & help people to the glory of God & NOT be too busy to care.  I think it was touching & helpful to us all.  (if you would like a copy of it, just email me & I will gladly forward a copy to you.)

I then preached a topical message on “I Surrender All.”  It was lively & unique beginning with page 290 in our hymnal wherein we sang the old song, “I Surrender All.”  I gave the history of the song & commenced to preach on the message then of it.  I would catergize it as a “sweet service with the saints.”  PTL that the Holy Spirit was in attendance & His presence felt keenly.

So there you have it from Tucson.  Praise God from Whom all blessings flow.  Have a thoroughly wonderful week, my dear friends.  We truly appreciate every one of you.

Pastor Stertzbach