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Strong Tower Radio News Letter Thu, 03 Sep 2020 15:39:20 +0000 Download STR Newsletter (PDF)


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Members Spruce Up Church Front Thu, 03 Sep 2020 15:26:23 +0000

– By Bonnie Oetman

I would like to thank those who came out on the spur of the moment to help clean up around the church and trim the bushes this past Sunday.

 I especially want to thank the Zamantha for trimming most of the bushes and then those of us who came behind her to help clean up especially Bryce Ivey, Emma Ringstaff, Sherry Christie and my old neighbor Brad Perkins and Pastor Phil Mills and myself, Bonnie.

We got a lot done was able to Edge all around the property and clean up a lot of weeds. I can’t thank these folks enough for giving up there Sunday to help keep our church looking good. Praise the Lord for their support.

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Adventist Youth Share Hope Amid Pandemic Fri, 21 Aug 2020 23:56:49 +0000 By Judy Klein

“Judy, you’re on the right, working forward until you run out of houses.” Nodding, I scramble out of the car and adjust my mask and bag, mentally asking God to bless me as I begin working.

Today, we’re working in the little town of Williamston, and there are long walks between houses. My bag is heavy, and it feels like a million degrees outside. It’s not long before I’m covered in sweat and my shoulder feels like it’s going to fall off.

You might ask why I’m walking around with a heavy bag in the middle of summer when I could easily be doing something more comfortable.

I’d like to introduce you to Hope 2020, an initiative of the Michigan Conference Publishing Department. Normally, from June to August, the Conference hosts a program called Youth Rush, where young people distribute literature door to door and earn money for school. But this year, COVID-19 hit and seemed to stop our lives right in their tracks, including all outreach and evangelism.

With COVID cases quickly climbing, and suicide and depression rates increasing by almost one thousand percent, something needed to be done. The world needed Jesus even more than ever before.

Sadly, we couldn’t knock on doors as usual. But Kamil Metz and David Pano created the next best thing: Hope 2020, an opportunity where young people from all over the world come together and share their faith through phone missions.

Perhaps you’ve received a call from a young person, asking for funds to help distribute copies of a little book called Story of Hope into the community. If you have, you’ve been reached by Hope 2020, and your donations and prayers have impacted thousands of people: 54,000 to be exact.

Story of Hope, a condensed version of The Story of Redemption by Ellen White, covers everything from the fall of Lucifer to the close of the Great Controversy. It goes over fundamental beliefs and offers hope to those who have none.

For five weeks, 30 young people came together and stayed in the Lansing church gym to raise money for the books, which were to be given for free to the entire communites of Dearborn, Huron County, and Williamston, where there are large populations of Arabic-speaking people along with dying Adventist churches.

The youth called friends and relatives and friends of friends asking for donations and referrals to anyone else who might be interested in helping with the project. In addition, the young people packaged 40,000 books. (A team in Indiana packaged the remaining 14,000.)

Every book had a coronavirus GLOW tract and a flyer advertising Strong Tower Radio and, except for books designated for Arabic communities, which were packaged with five collated GLOW tracts written in Arabic.

After that, the young people went out and distributed the books. They did not knock on the doors, but instead just left them on the doorstep.

Throughout the course of five weeks, 54,000 families were given the opportunity for salvation.

And that’s why I came to Youth Rush and stayed in my home church’s gym. That’s why I got out of the car into the baking sun with a mask and a heavy bag of books—because I saw potential that just one soul might be saved through a little book called Story of Hope.

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2nd Service New Time: 11:15 AM Wed, 19 Aug 2020 14:33:58 +0000 The Emergency Response Planning Committee has seen the wisdom from the church at large to move the second worship service start time to 11:15 AM. This will decrease the lag time between the end of sabbath school and the start of the worship service.

What: Second Service Worship Service time change.

Time: 11:15 AM

Looking forward to seeing each of you this coming Sabbath.

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Church Registration No Longer Required Thu, 13 Aug 2020 23:44:36 +0000 Lansing church no longer requires pre-registration before coming to church. We have always welcomed everyone, but now there is no longer a requirement to register.

With our socially distanced guidelines, we wanted to make sure that we didn’t overfill the sanctuary. While our attendance is doing well, the two services have alleviated the concern that the church would be too full.

We look forward to seeing you this week as we study the second coming of Christ! What a great hope we have as Christians!

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Lansing Church Bulletin Thu, 06 Aug 2020 20:00:19 +0000

Bulletin for September 26, 2020

Sundown Tonight: 7:29 PM    •    Sunset Friday, October 2 7:19 PM

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Church in Worship

8:30 AM & 11:15 AM

Welcome: Alex Fitzpatrick

Introit: Come Let Us Worship and Bow Down

Opening Hymn: Praise Him! Praise Him!

Offering Appeal: Alex Fitzpatrick

Children’s Story: Laurie Snyman

Congregation Prayer: Alex Fitzpatrick

Special Music: Hanson Family

Sermon: Pastor Phil Mills

Closing Hymn: My Maker and My King

Benediction: Pastor Phil Mills

Church in Study

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

This Week’s Announcements

Romans 15:1-4

We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. 3 For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” 4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.

Sermon Reading – God’s People Delivered Mon, 03 Aug 2020 08:30:34 +0000 It is when all seems about to be lost, that our mighty God will deliver us. All around the righteous, are those who have determined to destroy them. Hunted, tormented, afraid, it appears that all is lost. But then, a voice is heard. The earth quakes. The mighty Jehovah comes and delivered His people. This week’s reading is gripping and inspiring.

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A $65,000 Answer to Prayer Mon, 03 Aug 2020 08:12:35 +0000 by Lindsey Mills

I’m writing this to say that the Lord answers prayer! When the Lord places a burden on our hearts and we pray, work, and believe, we will see the accomplishment of that for which we have hoped!  

A few years ago, a few of us church pianists had a burden for a new piano in the sanctuary. The current piano has been in need of a complete restoration and should ideally be larger for space it serves. We felt that the Lord’s house should have the best and longed for a larger instrument that was inspirational to play and would fill the sanctuary with music to praise the Lord. Not wanting to burden the congregation with a large financial outlay, we started earnestly praying and quietly putting money aside. Concert grand pianos range in price from $50,000-$100,000, and, honestly, it was disconcerting to know that we would probably be putting money aside for 40 years until we were able to get the right piano! 

Early on, we consulted Reeder Pianos for their assessment of our current piano. Just to restore it would be $6,000-$10,000, and that wouldn’t take care of all the challenges we have been having with it. They sent us quotes with steep discounts and rent-to-own options for larger pianos that would meet the needs of the church; however, these options would still be out of the range of possibility for quite a few years.  

The new piano fund was at just over $5,000 this month when we received a call from Reeder Pianos. The staff at the piano store had been discussing Lansing Church’s need and had all agreed that they would like to donate a 9′ Mason & Hamlin concert grand (a $65,000 piano) to the Lansing church as a trade-in for our current piano (a trade-in value of $5,000). They didn’t even want the money that had been saved to go to the piano! They counseled us to put it toward accessories like a piano bench, lamp, cover, etc. Whatever extra money was leftover they recommended using to install hardwood floor underneath the piano to maximize the sound in the sanctuary.  

How good is God! He used Jim Reeder and the team at Reeder Pianos to answer the prayer of a few pianists who had a dream for God’s house to have the best. If God can take care of our desires, He can certainly also take care of our needs.

“Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” 

Ephesians 3:21, 22
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News Update! Sabbath School Opens Aug. 1! Tue, 28 Jul 2020 19:57:52 +0000
Sabbath School Resumes August 1! The Sabbath School Council met and decided to open up Sabbath School on August 1. Both the children’s divisions and the adult divisions will begin meeting in person on that date.

We have social distancing guidelines in place, and masks are required for everyone from the Primary Department on up. The Kindergarten and Cradle Roll children are not required to wear masks unless families want their child to wear them.

We will have sanitizers in each room. There are some limitations on bathroom use that will be posted on the doors, and no water fountain use—we will have bottles of water available to those who need a drink.

We are asking for everyone to use the main upstairs doors so we can take temperatures on everyone when they come in. The downstairs doors will remain locked. We will have social distancing markers on the floor in the lower level and one direction walk flow at the lower level.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone back at Sabbath School and studying the Word of God together again! We all must be diligent in these times. Please be praying for our teachers and leaders as they make the changes necessary for safely opening our Sabbath School.

—Bonnie Oatman, Sabbath School Superintendent

Nominating Committee

The following individuals have been selected to serve on the nominating committee. We will vote on this list during the worship service on Aug. 1. Please keep the committee in prayer as they do the important work of choosing those who will serve in church leadership roles for the next year.

Megan Allen
Rod Dunneback
Mike Bartshe
Rose Nyakundi
Clinton Hansen
Sheri Christie
Mitch Bane
Dave Christenson
Keila Lounds
Sara Jacokes 

Amazing Gift and Church Business Meeting

An Amazing Gift and a Platform ProposalGod has poured out a remarkable blessing upon our church. He moved upon Reeder Pianos to donate a beautiful concert grand piano for our sanctuary. God is GOOD, all the time! In the midst of a pandemic, He is reminding us that He still holds this church in His hands!In order for this piano to perform optimally, Reeder Pianos recommended that we should have a wood surface on the platform rather than carpet. We will meet as a church in business session to discuss and vote on the changes that the church board recommends making to our platform area before we accept this gift. The cost will be approximately $4,000, which is far less than the value of the new piano!

Church Business Meeting
Sunday, Aug. 2, 6:00 p.m.

You may attend the meeting in person or via Zoom (online or by phone).

Next week in the newsletter we will share more details about the plan and why the gift of this piano is such an amazing answer to prayer for our church’s musicians!
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