From: Rich Carlson
Date: February 27, 2021
Subject: It's February 27; Good Morning Union Special Sabbath Edition

“This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.      Psalm 118:24

Here’s what we have to help your rejoicing:

  1. Spend some quiet time with God
  2. Spend some quiet time for yourself
  3. Spend some quality time with friends
  4. Spend some special time in God’s house with His people
  5. “Shabat” (stop) and “Remember” (God made you and He saved you!)
  6. Then respond by doing something good for someone who can’t pay you back!

And that, my friends, is God’s Sabbath that I offer to you. including…

The Well- @ 10:40am in the Young Adult room at the Church. Join us as we fellowship, worship, and spend time in God’s word.

CVC- 9:15 and Noon. Pastor Harold continues his series called “kaleo” and will be journeying for the next several weeks on the theme of righteousness in Jesus ALONE. Join us across the street or at one of the 6 other Adventist churches in the Lincoln area. Community is still a crucial part of the spiritual journey!

V2 @ 6:00 in Woods Auditorium. Join us for 30 minutes as we bid farewell to the Sabbath with a few songs and a testimony from one of your peers. This week the Nursing Club will be hosting our time together and Chala Gemeda will share his story.


Have a great Sabbath,

Pastor Rich


Quote for the day:      "Sabbath is the celebration of life beyond and outside productivity." —Walter Brueggemann


My favorite blog for this week:


The world was a kinder place when people interacted face-to-face. It isn’t easy to say rude things when you’re looking someone in the eyes. Slamming someone over social media or with a flippant text message is much easier — and that is happening far too much. Freedom of speech has lost its filter. Thoughtless, disrespectful, hurtful comments run rampant today in social media, late-night talk shows, and even the news.


How do you deal with rude people? When someone is rude to you, maybe your first reaction is to be rude right back. Rudeness responding to rudeness destroys peace. There are better ways to deal with a person’s lack of courtesy and kindness.


Recognize that someone’s imperfections are just that. If a person makes a disagreeable comment on your social media post, cuts in front of you in the grocery line, or, ignoring you, keeps talking on their cell phone, don’t take it personally. Their behavior is about them, not you. So rather than allowing something to upset you and steal your contentment, practice grace by taking the following steps:


1. Take a deep breath.

2. Remember what you’re committed to in your heart.

3. Lead by example and treat them the way you would like to be treated.

4. Go one step further and offer authentic listening, an act of kindness, or help with something you learn they are dealing with.

5. Extending grace to difficult people takes practice, but remembering how many times you have received grace makes extending it to others a little easier. Blessing people with grace — with the grace of mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, or patience — can help break the cycle of upset in the world. Become a beacon of grace and peace.


Grace is the face that love wears.