Cause for the Month - July
Gideons International is an evangelical Christian association founded 1899 in Wisconsin. The Gideons' primary activity is distributing copies of the Bible free of charge. This Bible distribution is a global enterprise taking place in 200 countries, territories and possessions. The association's members focus on distributing complete Bibles, New Testaments, or portions thereof. These copies are printed in over 100 languages. The association is most widely known for its Bibles placed in hotel and motel rooms. The Gideons also distribute to hospitals and other medical offices, schools and colleges as well as jails and prisons. The association takes its name from the Biblical figure Gideon, depicted in Judges 6.
Gideons began distributing free Bibles, the endeavor for which they are chiefly known, in 1908, when the first Bibles were placed in the rooms of the Superior Hotel in Superior, Montana. Members of The Gideons International currently distribute over 80 million Scriptures annually, and the numbers are growing, especially in places like Brazil, India, and Asia. On average, more than two copies of the Bible are distributed per second through Gideons International. In late April 2015, Gideons distributed their historic two billionth Scripture. The distribution of the first one billion Bibles and New Testaments by Gideon members spanned 93 years (1908 to 2001). The second billion was attained in less than 14 years (2002 to 2015).
Gideon was a man who was willing to do exactly what God wanted him to do, regardless of his own judgment as to the plans or results. Humility, faith, and obedience were his great elements of character. This is the standard that The Gideons International is trying to establish in all its members, each man to be ready to do God's will at any time, at any place, and in any way that the Holy Spirit leads.
Vacation Bible School - June 25-29
“Shipwrecked, Rescued by Jesus”
We had such a wonderful time at our VBS! Thank you to all the teachers, helpers, and parents who brought their children to share in this fun experience!
Out of regard for individuals who are sensitive (even allergic) to fragrances and scented products, the church Council has decided to try to have our church environment be as free from fragrances and scents as possible. Products such as perfumes, cologne, body spray, hair spray, after shave and scented hand lotions can cause irritations and allergic reactions in folks who are sensitive to them. In consideration of those who might experience reactions like rashes, headaches, chest tightness, trouble breathing and/or nausea, the Church Council would like to ask that we would please refrain from wearing fragrances or scented products in the church building, especially during worship services and church gatherings. We don't want someone not to come to church because they would suffer healh-wise if they did.