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If you are like me, you watched with a broken heart as scenes of the earthquake in Haiti flashed across your television screen in January.  The images of brokenness and devastation where overwhelming, and it was easy to feel helpless in the face of such a disaster.

The world’s response to the earthquake was amazing to watch, as well.  Resources began to flow into the small nation like a flood.  In fact, resources flowed in so quickly and with such abundance that they were unable to be processed and distributed to the millions of people in need.

As heartbreaking as the scenes of destruction were, the scenes of the Port Au Prince airport overwhelmed with supplies and actually having to turn away planes filled with relief aid left viewers frustrated and bewildered.

Our gifts and our aid were not fully effective because the infrastructure of the nation was so devastated that the supplies could not connect to the need.  The resources were at hand, but still out of reach.

Jesus paints a picture of a similar scenario in a conversation He has with some Pharisees.

Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.”  (Luke 17:20-21)

All of our lives have been shaken by some quake or another.  We are all surrounded by people each day who have been wounded by the challenges of life.

How many people suffer every day when the assistance they need is at hand, but still seems out of reach to them?

The resources of Heaven to heal, cleanse, refresh, and make new are nearer than our next breath, but they are of no benefit if we are not able to access them.

One of the keys to hope and healing in life is establishing an infrastructure in the soul that can allow our hearts to access the abundant resources of Heaven.  We must build the necessary roads, bridges, water ways, and communication systems to create a framework through which the culture of Heaven can impact our lives.

Prepare the way for the Lord, and may His glory be revealed in your life.  Amen.

Podcast

Click to listen to “Infrastructure: Roads and Bridges.”

On the Radar

Membership Dessert tonight!!!  You are invited to join us as we enjoy dessert together and share the vision and mission of EFC, and how you can get connected.  We will meet at the church at 7:00 pm and childcare is available.

Beautiful One,” EFC’s Spring Women’s Event is this Saturday, April 17, 10 am – 2 pm.  Ladies, bring a friend and join us for a wonderful day!

“All Things New” CD update: Mindy and I are excited about the great response to the new CD.  The Sweetwater Reporter gave us some excellent local exposure and we are getting good internet traffic to von Atzigen Ministries.  I just dropped a CD in the mail to Oregon this morning.  How cool is that?  We’d love to hear feedback from your experience with “All Things New.”

Youth Bar-B-Q Sandwhich Fundraiser after the service next Sunday!  April 18, we are hosting lunch on the grounds.  The youth are providing sandwhiches to raise money for camp, and the rest of us are bringing dessert and side dishes.  Make plans to hang around for a wonderful time together and bless our youth at the same time.

Kids’ Camp Garage Sale Fundraiser coming Saturday, May 1st.  If you have some items to donate, we’d appreciate your help.  You can bring your items to the church anytime after this Sunday.

Family Connection

Parents, be sure to check out the Worldchangers website.  We align our Bible curriculum from the nursery through to our children’s minsitry.  Access the Family Connection page on the website to bring your children’s Bible lesson home to the kitchen table. 

We also have all the info you need about RAMP, our ministry to youth in Sweetwater High School and Middle School and surrounding campuses, as well, at www.efcyouth.com.

You Heard it at EFC

Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang?  Here is our worship list from yesterday, for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself.  You can usually find them for purchase on itunes.com.

  1. “Beautiful One” by Tim Hughes
  2. “I Have Found” by Kim Walker
  3. “God, You’re Beautiful” by Anthony Skinner
  4. “The Same Power” by Hillsong  

Sunday Preview

Next Sunday, April 18, we continue our “Infrastructure” sermon series.  Come join us as we examine the essential building blocks of the Christian faith — and stay for the Fellowship Meal afterwards!

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Mindy and I are excited to announce the release of our first worship CD, “All Things New.”

What began with a birthday gift of recording time in a local studio has grown into something bigger than we ever imagined.  We were so happy with what we captured in the recording that we took it through the necessary production steps to make it available to others. 

“All Things New” is a collection of original worship songs and prayers through the Scripture designed to lead people into an encounter with the beauty of God and His word.

We have been working on the project for almost a year.  While we may be new to the recording process, it has been our privilege to lead people in worship together for years.  One of the things we have always loved to do most is take people on a journey to encounter the presence of God, and that’s what this CD is all about.  It begins in the Psalms and travels right through to the book of Revelation, looking to connect people’s hearts to God every step of the way.

 “All Things New” is set to release Sunday, April 11, 2010, at Emmanuel Fellowship Church and is also available for purchase online at the von Atzigen Ministries website.

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