Pastor Update 

Pastor Update  
August 16th, 2019

Open Bible Celebrates God's Grace

On Sunday, October 27th, Open Bible will have a special service thanking God for all the blessings he has given this congregation over the years.  Following the service, a talk will be given by Dennis Duessler, and other members who originally helped to get our congregation started.  A barbecue meal will be served and we will dedicate our Memorial Garden.  Some of our founding members were invited to attend, but because of health reasons they are unable to attend.  Comments from Herb and Doreen Schaefer as well as Barb Hartshorn are given below. 


Comments of Founding Members  

 Herb & Doreen Schaefer:

"It's not about us. We all know that God has us where he needs us, when he needs us. He has groomed us for the challenge He has in store for us.  The church at the Villages was something he wanted. He reached into his toolbox and pulled out the tools he prepared for this particular job.  There never was a doubt in our minds who was in charge and what needed to be done.  The high hurdles became low hurdles, the road smoothed out and there was our meeting place.  as we said at the dedication, ' God wanted a church, right here, right now!  Now, almost 20 years later, look around at your fellow "tools" and remember the foundation is Jesus Christ and He wants you all to continue to work, spreading His Word.  You'll feel his hand wrapped around you and He will guide you every step of the way.  Always, remember, God's grace wasn't meant to stop with us." 


Barb Hartshorn:

"Thank y'all so much for the special invitation to the Memorial Garden dedication. I so very much want to be there. However, I know it is not possible.  While I am feeling good and healthy, I don't have lots of stamina. I rest frequently.  Too much for me to consider a trip.  Leslie Nelson suggested I do a video for y'all.  My granddaughter, Amanda, is coming next weekend, and could help me with a video.  Hopefully, y'all can podcast the dedication for me. I really enjoy the sermons at Open Bible and love that I can actually see and hear a sermon from the church Facebook page.  Technology is wonderful  My heart is heavy to think I cannot see my Open Bible family. I love y'all so much. I am truly blessed.  Doug would be overjoyed to see how much the Lord continues to do to bless Open Bible, and so am I.  In Christ's love. Barb!" 


Lightning Update  

We are so thankful to have a $1000.00 deductible on our insurance and we do have actual replacement value in our contract! 

1. The Church Council approved the fixing of our belltower along with the repainting of the tower.  The cost will be a little over $5000.  This money will be reimbursed to us by our insurance provider, Church Mutual.


2. The Church Council approved the repainting of our altar area at a cost of $7000. This amount will be paid for from the $15,000 that is presently in our building fund.  

3. The Church Council tabled the proposal to replace our sign on Woodridge with a digital one.  The cost for a digital sign is around $27,000.  


4. The Church Council approved service times for this winter and spring.  Saturdays at 4:00 P.M. and Sundays at 9:30 A.M.  By having a Saturday service it will allow our membership to have an alternative day to worship, plus will not interfere with our Sunday worship services at Carriage House and Steeplechase.


5. The Council gave permission to advertise in the Village Sun paper, "The Daniel Plan" healthy choices lifestyle program. It will begin on Tuesday, September 10th, from 4:00-5:30 P.M.  

6. The Church Council approved lightning rods being put on our belltower as soon as possible.  They should be fully functional by the end of October.  This will be covered by the building fund if money is available.  Donations for this to the building fund are certainly appreciated.



Blessings to you and yours this week,  
Pastor Mark Schulz  
Church Phone:  352-753-9038 during office hours  
Cell Phone:       989-525-5514 after office hours
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