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 Worship Opportunities

JOIN US IN PERSON at the church!!!!  Worship With Holy Communion Wednesday Evenings at 6 p.m.
 Please make a reservation by calling the church office
 The number attending will be limited to comply with Covid Regulations
 Confirmation Class will follow from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m.
Reservations are necessary (call the church Mondays and Tuesday 715 235 2500

 

VIRTUAL

Monday mornings @ 9 a.m. Daily Lenten Devotion on PLC Facebook Live

Radio: 8:30 a.m. Sunday mornings through iHeartRadio on AM880 WMEQ will continue!

Facebook: Streaming live at 8:30 a.m. Sunday mornings on PLC Facebook Live will continue!

Facebook Streaming live at 6:00 p.m.on Wednesday evenings with Lenten Worship. 

Bible Study by Pastor Bob   Facebook: Wednesday Noon Bible Study – PLC Facebook Live

 

Pastoral Care
 Office Hours Monday thru Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.     CLOSED FRIDAYS

 The church building is locked and will be opened with prior notification only.

 Masks are required when entering the church building.

 Contact Pastor Bob anytime on his cell: 715-308-1681

 

If you need to get into the building, please call the church office during office hours to make arrangements.


 

A Message from Pastor Bob:

We Have Enough

“We have enough food in this country to feed an entire other United States, but it’s going to waste before it gets to people’s tables. It feels crazy to me that with so many people going hungry, the U.S. is wasting close to half of the food that is produced. It’s hard to do anything on an empty stomach.” This statement was made by Jackie Parker of Raleigh, NC, in Sojourners Magazine.

 

Sometimes we “preach Jesus” most clearly when we feed someone in need. As stated above, it’s hard to do anything on an empty stomach. It’s difficult to simply listen to someone when the growl in your stomach is the loudest voice in your head and you need something – anything – to eat.

 

I believe it’s fair to ask why, if ours is the richest country in the world and also a Christian country, is hunger so rampant here? And why do we ignore hunger issues around the globe? Below are excerpts from “Three Reasons Why God Doesn’t Feed All the Starving Children of the World,” by Peter Guirguis1.

 

Reason #1 – It Isn’t God’s Responsibility to Feed the Starving Children of the World

I can’t think of a single Bible verse in which God makes a promise to feed all the starving children in the world. So when somebody accuses God of being unjust because He has the capability to feed starving children, and He doesn’t, then it’s that person that has a misunderstanding of God. So whose responsibility it is to feed the starving children of the world? The answer is you and me. I can think of numerous Bible verses in which God instructs His children to feed the poor people of the world.

 

  • Luke 3:11 + Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.
  • Proverbs 28:27 + Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who turn a blind eye will be greatly cursed.
  • James 2:15-16 + Imagine a brother or sister who is naked and never has enough food to eat. What if one of you said, “Go in peace! Stay warm! Have a nice meal!”? What good is it if you don’t actually give them what their body needs?

 

So if you’re one of those people that thinks God should feed the starving kids around the world, then you are shifting the responsibility. God isn’t responsible for feeding starving children, you and I are.

 

Atheists make a mistake when they say things like, “If I saw a starving child and had the power to feed and I don’t, then I am evil. That’s the same thing with God, He is evil because He has the power to feed starving children and He doesn’t.” The mistake that atheists make here is that they compare themselves to God, or they compare God to themselves. They put themselves in God’s shoes. God’s goals are different than our goals. His purposes are different than our purposes. His way of justice is different than the human way of justice. That brings us to our next point about justice that I’ll talk about in the next section. But here’s the lesson that’s to be learned: any time you blame God for not doing something that you would do, you’re making an idol in your own image. That means you’re making up your own concept of how God is supposed to act, which is something the Bible warns us about.

 

Reason #3 – God’s Justice is Coming For All

You and I want to see justice have its way immediately. Think about all the hate crimes in the world, the rapes, and the murders. You and I want to see those people get what they deserve. But while we judge others for their heinous crimes, we overlook the sins that we commit in God’s eyes. While God does see hate crimes, rapes, and murders as sins, He also sees lying, cheating, and hating people as sins too. So since God is a just God, then He’s going to have to give justice to all if He were to judge the world today…So when you don’t see justice taking place immediately, it’s because God is giving everyone a chance to repent, and put their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

 

Friends, I share this information because the pandemic has brought hunger issues to my attention. I’m stunned by the comment above, “We have enough food in this country to feed an entire other United States, but it’s going to waste before it gets to people’s tables.” I believe it’s time for us to realize the abundance we have in this country. We have enough food, we have enough resources, we have enough of everything. Yet many in our country go without, and that leads to everything from difficult lives to certain death.

 

I am obsessed with Jesus’ Beatitudes. I believe they’re the central concepts of what it means to follow Jesus. I also believe that when Jesus says in his Beatitudes, “Blessed are you when…” or “You’ll be happy when…”, he is not taking sole responsibility for resolving all our problems. Jesus is saying that he will model for his followers a way of life that rejects human judgement and division. So then, they will be a blessing to those in need; they will bring happiness to those in need.

 

Yes, life’s been unimaginable as of late. But we have enough. Enough of everything. I’m sure that each of us who isn’t struggling with hunger lives a stone’s throw away from someone who does. Jesus models how to share without judgement or conditions, and we “preach Jesus” loudly and clearly when we do. Here’s a reminder from Matthew 25:40: “Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me – you did it to me.’”

 

When we see a chance to help, let us do so to the best of our ability because, in Christ, we have enough.

 

Peace,

Pastor Bob

 

1 Peter Guirguis is the founder of Grace Digital Solutions and the Technology Manager of Calvary Chapel South Bay, a church in Gardena, California.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peace Lutheran Church

917 17th St. East

Menomonie, WI 5475

715-235-2500

Pastor Bob Friese

plcmenomonie.com

Facebook: Peace Lutheran Church—Menomonie, WI

 

 

 

Current Service times:

Sundays @ 8:30 a.m.—Livestreamed on Facebook

Wednesdays @ 6:00 p.m.—Livestreamed on Facebook and in-person (reservations required)

 

 COMING UP:

 

April 1st: MAUNDY THURSDAY, 6:00 p.m. livestream

 

April 2nd: GOOD FRIDAY HYMN FESTIVAL, 1:00 p.m. livestream

 

April 2nd: GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE, 6:00 p.m. livestream

 

April 4th: EASTER SUNDAY, 8:30 a.m. livestream

 

April 5th, 6th, 7th: EASTER services @ 6:00 p.m., in-person (call ahead for a reservation)

 

April 11th: SUNDAY SERVICE, 8:30 a.m. livestream; 10:30 a.m. in-person (reservations REQUIRED –more information on page 6 of April Newsletter)