Attached is an invitation to our Bible Instruction Class (for you or for you to give to someone) that will begin this Sunday, Sept. 13.  

Worship Emphasis

For the next several weeks, our focus shifts and during these weeks, the overall emphasis will be: To Deepen Our Understanding of His Grace, Jesus Becomes All in All to Us.  This coming weekend’s specific emphasis or theme is: Especially in Need and Suffering God Does All Things Well

Service Time Change and Family Bible Hour

On Sunday, September 13, late service will return to the 10:45am time slot where it will remain until Memorial Day weekend at the end of May.  This signals the return of between service activities with Family Bible Hour.  After a brief opening at about 9:15am, kids and adults will divide into various groups: Sunday School, Teen Class, Adult Bible Class, Bible Instruction Class.  We pray that you will be able to join us as we grow in God’s Word together. 

Reserve October 3-4 for SAA Meeting!

You are crucial participants!  We are asking and encouraging all confirmed members to attend meetings on Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4 as part of the SAA (Self-Assessment and Adjustment) program that we are currently engaged in.  Pastor Steven Pagels (from St. Matthew’s, Oconomowoc) will lead us in Bible Study and small-group discussion on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9:00am to 5:00pm.  Lunch will be served.  This is not an exercise for the leadership of the congregation, but for all members.  We need you to be a part of this.  Pastor Pagels is coming to facilitate discussion amongst ourselves about how we might share the Gospel as much as possible.  Then on Sunday, Oct. 4, from 9:00am to 10:30am (between services), he will help us determine what adjustments to our ministry, if any, we would like to make over the next year. Please set aside those days!  So that we have an idea of how many to prepare materials and food for, there are sign-up sheets on the bulletin boards by the hymnal shelves.  You can also sign up by contacting the church office: churchoffice@firstracine.org or 633-8267. 

First Evan Family Night

The next first Evan Family Night will take place this coming Wednesday, September 16th, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, in the church basement.  We will have a devotion on “Science and the Bible”, have fun with riddle challenge and enjoy some ice cream!  Plan to attend and bring your FRAN (Friends, Relatives, Associates, or Neighbors).

Wednesday Night Bible Study Has Begun

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, we began participating again in a Bible study streamed online live.  Pastor Keith Wessel, a professor at Martin Luther College, is leading a Bible study on the life and ministry of Elisha.  We’ll watch it and discuss it together in the church basement each Wednesday at 6:00pm, September 9th through October 7th.  Due to First Evan Family Night next Wednesday, Sept. 16, there will be no Bible study.  The study will resume on Wed., Sept. 23

Senior Choir Has Begun

The Senior Choir will began the fall season with practice on Wednesday, Sept. 9th from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.  If you have any interest in joining the choir, there is still time to join!  Please talk to the choir director, Doug Nass at 632-0790.

College Student Addresses Needed

If you have a son or daughter currently attending college, please send his or her address to the church office.  We want to be able to stay in touch over the course of the year.  Please include the full mailing address, and if possible an email address and the student’s major or area of study.  We would live to know even if the address is the same as last year, and even if the student is living at home.  You can email this information to churchoffice@firstracine.org or call 633-8267.

Please Take the Survey

Thank you to those who have already taken the Pulse Survey.  If you haven’t done so yet, there still is time.  You have through Sunday, September 20th to complete the survey.  Please take some time to fill it out!  You can do that one of two ways: 1. Got to http://welsccc.polldaddy.com/s/firstevangelical-racine on your own computer or electronic device.  2. Pick up a hard copy of the survey, fill it out at home and return it to church.  The survey will likely take you an average of 20 to 40 minutes to fill it out.  The survey is used in connection with the Self-Assessment and Adjustment Program which we are currently going through.  The survey is intended for every confirmed member.  For more details, please read the lead article in the August ALERT (the opening page of the survey also includes details of its purpose).  After you have taken the survey, we request that you contact either the church office (633-8267 / churchoffice@firstracine.org) or Pastor Roekle (637-7142 / pastorroekle@firstracine.org) to let us know. 

Have you seen the videos about Planned Parenthood? 

Are you angry or upset about the death of millions of children in America to abortion? You can do something about it. The Choices of Life Pregnancy Help Center (currently located in First Evan’s Parish House) aims to show scared mothers that abortion isn't their only option. We offer assistance for children after they're born as well as counseling for devastated mothers who have had abortions. In short, we offer Jesus to those who need it. We need you. We currently need clerical help, counseling help, hot liners who answer the phone and provide comfort for scared women, and men for our Board. You can make a difference at this critical moment on the pro-life front. Join us! For more information, call Pastor Emile Burgess at 713-398-5649 or email eburgess@trinitycaledonia.org

Upcoming Events

Sunday, September 13  -  Regular worship service times resume: 8:00am and 10:45am

Sunday, September 13  -  Family Bible Hour resumes between services, beginning at 9:20am

Wednesday, September 16  -  First Evan family Night, 6:00-7:30pm

Wednesday, September 23  - Elisha (online) Bible study begins at 6:00pm

Wednesday, September 23  -  Senior Choir practice begins, 7:30-8:30pm

Saturday, October 3  -  SAA meeting for everyone at church, 9:00am—5:00pm

Sunday, October 4  -  SAA follow-up meeting at church, 9:00am—10:30am

Prayer Requests

Keep the following in your prayers:

1. In view of the anniversary of 9/11 today, pray that God would thwart all evil plans and schemes.

2. In view of Family Bible Hour’s beginning, pray that God blesses the study of his Word through Sunday School, Teen Class, and the Adult Bible Study.

3. In view of the beginning of Bible Instruction Class, pray that the Holy Spirit works on the hearts of those new to the faith. 

Personal Bible Study

This coming Sunday, September 6, we mark the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.  The Scripture lessons for Sunday follow.  With each reading, take the time to reflect on four questions: 

1. What does this teach me to do? (ACTION); 

2. What does this teach me to thank God for? (THANKSGIVING); 

3. What does this teach me to confess? (CONFESSION); 

4. What does this teach me to ask God for? (PETITION). 

God bless your study!

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost:

Especially in Need and Suffering God Does All Things Well

Isaiah 35:4-7a

Say to those with fearful hearts,

“Be strong, do not fear;

your God will come,

he will come with vengeance;

with divine retribution

he will come to save you.”

5     Then will the eyes of the blind be opened

and the ears of the deaf unstopped.

6     Then will the lame leap like a deer,

and the mute tongue shout for joy.

Water will gush forth in the wilderness

and streams in the desert.

7     The burning sand will become a pool,

the thirsty ground bubbling springs. 

 

James 1:17-27

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

Listening and Doing

19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

26 If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Mark 7:31-37 

Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis. 32 There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged him to place his hand on the man.

33 After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. 34 He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him,“Ephphatha!” (which means, “Be opened!”). 35 At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.

36 Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. 37 People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

In Christ’s Service,

Pastor Aaron Dolan and Pastor John Roekle