This Memorial Day weekend our nation will pay honor to the memory of those soldiers who gave their life in service of our country. We pay respect with sincere appreciation for their service, sacrifice and commitment. We honor and pray for their family.
Words are inadequate when making such an expression. What can express appreciation for such an extreme sacrifice by a soldier and their family? We do our best to show public signs of appreciation: we bow our head in remembrance, sing patriotic songs, pray, lay wreaths of flowers, and make national acknowledgments of their service. All are appropriate, but none are truly sufficient. They have paid the ultimate sacrifice. There is no greater gift to give to your country.
“Gold Star Families” is officially defined as “spouses, children, parents, siblings, or others whose loved ones died in service to our nation”. We honor you this weekend. Without you our nation would not, could not, and will not exist. Upon your sacrifice this nation exists. It’s that simple.
As I began to pray and prepare for our Sunday Worship Service, it suddenly became clear to me in my mind and spirit that God is a “Gold Star God”. He sacrificed a member of his family for our freedom. Listen to these words: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
I invite you to join us this Sunday at 10:00 AM as we honor our Gold Star Families and our Gold Star God.
God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Carico
Hello, everyone! I hope you and your family are doing well. 🙂
Our relationship with God begins with a prayer. A prayer expressing our faith in Jesus Christ as our savior. We usually cal it “The Sinner’s Prayer”.
“The Sinner’s Prayer” will be the subject of my Sunday sermon. What should a Sinner’s Prayer contain? What should it say? What does the Bible tell us?
Join me at 10:00 AM this Sunday morning as we explore this interesting subject!
See you there!
-Pastor Jeff Carico
Thank you to everyone who helped with our Community Service Night on Wednesday, May 18. We were able to prepare 200 boxes of food for our Blessing Ministry Food Pantry to distribute. Thank you for your act of kindness and compassion.
“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
Hello, everyone! During the next few weeks we will be planning ministry events that are designed to “get us outside the church walls”. Our motto for Spiritual growth is “Commit…Grow…Serve”. We commit to God and his work, we grow in the knowledge of the Bible, and we serve God and others. Wednesday night our congregation will be packing 200 food baskets for distribution. I’m asking everyone to participate. There will be plenty of jobs and work for all who come. This is an opportunity for you to do something for someone other than yourself. To serve!!!!
See you Wednesday night.
Community Service Night
Wednesday, May 18
Packing 200 Food Baskets For Distribution
Pastor Jeff Carico
Pastor Carico is the Lead Pastor of First Assembly.