Volume 1, Issue 4 - April 14, 2017
What's Your Preference?
Agape  (ἀγάπη) is a Greek word for love which centers on moral preference. To prefer something simply means to choose it over something else. Agape is described as a love characterized by duty, submission, sacrifice, faithfulness, and commitment.  It does not take feelings into consideration but acts out of a sense of what is right in the eyes of God and chooses to love in that manner. So agape defines a love which works to seek your highest moral standard no matter how the receiving party may respond. It is completely selfless and does not change whether the love is returned or not.  This is the love God has for us and the love He invites us to have for Hime and one another.

Tonight at 7 pm, our church will be sharing an Agape Feast together.  It will be reminiscent of the time Jesus spent with his followers prior to his death and resurrection.  This was a time of teaching and illustrating the principles of agape; a time of communion and humilty.  Join us as we share this time together not because we must but because that is our preference.

In His Service,

Gresford Thomas
Pastor, Lincoln Amazing Grace Seventh-day Adventist church

Church Workbee

On Sunday, April 9, there was much work to do but still enough time for play as the church held a work bee to clean up and improve both inside and outside the church.  A hearty breakfast was provided to those who ventured out to lend a hand. Many thanks for a job well done 

Agape Feast - Communion
Join us tonight as we celebrate the life, sacrifice, and victory of Jesus Christ as a family.  At 7 pm we will be meeting in the Better Living Center for an Agape Feast. There will be times of reflection, singing, and praying.  We will also participate in the ordinance of Communion and Footwashing.  A Mediterranean style light meal will be served as we engage in this unique time of fellowship.  You won't want to miss it! 
Focus on Missions: Bolivia Here I Come!
by Barbara Lammerding

The last two weeks of February were full of adventure for sixteen year old Rachel Cooper, a sophomore at Weimar Academy. Together with 20 of her fellow students, she spent 33 hours traveling to the small town of Rurrenabaque, Bolivia. They made the final leg of the journey standing in a delivery truck. Rachel fought claustrophobia as rain beat on the tarp covering the truck, but discovered God’s peace in the midst of the storm.

When Rachel and her classmates arrived in Rurrenabaque, they joined 40 other missionaries in setting up medical and dental clinics to help the people in this area. Rachel worked in the pharmacy and gave out free medicine from the doctor’s prescriptions. She also helped conduct a Vacation Bible School and Week of Prayer at Familia Feliz (Happy Family), an Adventist orphanage/school. They gave clothing and toys to the children, aged 0 to 18 years, who live in small houses with names like flowers, beans, fruit, etc. The group also had plans to pour the foundation for a new building but was unable to because of the rain.

The trip was definitely an adventure. Rachel saw lots of alpacas and a got an alpaca wool sweater. She and her fellow missionaries slept on mats on the church floor and above the cafeteria. They had water and electricity but when the power went off they had to be careful and not use too much water. They ate lots of beans and rice. Everyone on the trip agreed that the cockroaches, mosquitoes, tarantulas, spiders and the little black bugs were not their favorite things. Funny thing: compared to the bugs, the cats, cows, dogs and goats looked small!

“In spite of the bugs, I had a wonderful experience would definitely go back again,” says Rachel.
Women's Ministry Breakfast

Ladies, mark your calendars for Sunday, April 23!  We will come together at 9 am at the Better Living Center to enjoy a tasty breakfast, fellowship, and an inspirational talk by Margaret Po'oi. Margaret is an active member of the Olivehurst church who loves the Lord and has a powerful testimony to share.  You won't want to miss this!!

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