From: Rich Carlson
Date: April 6, 2019
Subject: It's April 6; Good Morning Union Special Sabbath Edition

“This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us be glad and rejoice in it.” It’s supposed to be a beautiful day today- mid 70S!- so be blessed as you enjoy it with God and your friends. Here’s how we’ll help:

“The Well” @ 10:30 in the Young Adult room of the church. Join us for music and the Word. Caleb Haakenson will be speaking.

IRR SS @ 10:40 in the Gear Room

Engel Hall @ 10:40 with Kayla Miller and Lauren Shields. Join them as they go over the adult Sabbath school lesson. All are welcome.

Special Alumni SS in the Sanctuary presented by your Campus Ministries team. You are welcome to join us too @ 10:40.

CVC 9:15 and Noon. This week our alumni will be sharing in our worship services. First service will be Patrick Morrison (’69) and second service will be Tim Simon (’79).

V2 @ 7:30 will be a sacred concert by the alumni band. Join us in the gym for 30 minutes of sacred music followed by the blowing out of the Sabbath candle and a continuation, if you want to stay, for the secular concert.

United for Hope- Also we will be providing transportation to a benefit concert for an orphanage, Hope Center Uganda. Our students are actively involved with this event at  Christ Lincoln Church, 7pm. Watch for more advertisements for this great event. Vans will leave from in front of Prescott Hall @ 6:30

Have a blessed Sabbath,

Pastor Rich

Quote for the day:      "Be selective in your battles; sometimes peace is better than being right." Unknown

PS        4 principals from the Marshall Islands are here looking for more SMs to teach. If you are already planning on going these would be great guys to talk to if you have questions. If you have not yet decided about being an SM these guys are still great guys to talk to so you can learn more about the opportunities. They will have a table in the lobby at the church today and they will have a table in the Ortner Center over the weekend and on Monday. They leave on Tuesday so don’t put it off!

And now, my email/blog of the week:

Relax; you don’t have to have it all figured out.

All you need to do is come to Him. If you’re thinking, I have nothing to give or nothing to offer Jesus right now, that’s exactly where He wants you. He just wants dependency; He just wants you.

You don’t have to clean yourself up to come to Jesus. You come to Jesus, and He cleans you up.

I can’t imagine what you are going through right now — trials, suffering, heartache, pain. But I can tell you that whatever it is, it’s not too big for God. His grace can cover it, and your heart can be made new. In those times when I felt like I was drowning, I thought God was off in a distant land. Later I realized that’s when He is most near.

He’s near you too.

I heard a story awhile back about some friends who went swimming in a river. It was spring, and the glacier runoff had made the river pretty dangerous. Nonetheless one of the guys jumped in, got caught in the current, and was taken to the dangerous part of the rapids. One of his friends on the shore was a lifeguard, and all the other friends looked at him to do something. He just stood there, though, not moving, just staring at his friend. The others began to panic and yell at him and tell him to go save his friend! Still nothing. They looked out into the river and saw their friend struggling desperately.

In an instant, though, the struggle stopped. He could no longer fight and began to drown. When that happened, the lifeguard jumped in and with a few swift strokes rescued the friend and brought him to shore. With the adrenaline wearing off, the group yelled at the lifeguard, “Why didn’t you jump in earlier? He could’ve died!”

He calmly looked at them and said, “I had to wait until he fully gave up. Unless he stopped fighting, he would have dragged me under and drowned me with him. But the minute he gave up, I could save him.”

That’s what it’s like with Jesus. He just wants us to surrender, and when we do, He comes and gets us. The waves might be crashing overhead, but in that moment, when it looks like we might die, His grace scoops us up and brings us life. And because we finally give up, we know it was Him who did all the saving.

Will you surrender?

I don’t know where you are or where you’re coming from, but I know Jesus has a better plan for your life than you do. He is a better king of your life than you are. No one has caused me more hurt, shame, guilt, and pain than me. He knows, and He rescues me. He can do the same for you.

Just come as you are.

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to Me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with Me and work with Me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with Me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly. — Matthew 11:28-30

Excerpted with permission from
Jesus > Religion by Jefferson Bethke, copyright Thomas Nelson.