MT. OLIVE EVANGLICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH August 2018
“O Lord, you are my God…You have been a shelter from the storm, and a shade from the heat.” Isaiah 25: 4
At this time of the year we find ourselves running for a shady spot-at least if your “follically challenged” like I am, you do. There’s nothing quite like the shade of a big beautiful tree to rest under, unless, of course, you have the blessing of central air.
In Isaiah’s day there was no conditioning of air to hide out in for relief from the heat. And what heat it was! We think of the situation Jonah found himself after his lovely gourd had shriveled up: “When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.” Jonah 4: 8
Would it really have been better for Jonah to die? With the anger and forgiveness he had still been harboring in his heart against the Ninevites at this point-we might question if death would provide a relief from the heat for Jonah. Perhaps it would have been just the opposite?
The heat of hell is eternal! God’s word reminds us “the fire never goes out.” The very thought of that horrible punishment for our failures and spiritual shortcomings leaves us in a cold sweat. Worst than the worst imaginable nightmare, hell is for real and is really for all who have stepped over the line drawn in the hot sand by our unchanging God.
Fortunately, we have come to know that the Lord who makes and keeps all his promises has provided us a wonderful shelter-from the stormy blast of his own righteous anger over our rebellion against his will. The cross of Christ provides us with the perfect hiding place from God’s justifiable anger over man’s (and our!) sin. Our God has also given us shade from the heat-the heat of hell where our Savior suffered intensely so we could stand in the cool breeze of his love and favor.
We no longer have to “sweat out” our future-because it’s secure now through the sacrifice of the One who faced the heat of hell so we could cruise through life without concerning ourselves with the small things. We proceed “calmed, cooled and collected” as we are comforted by God’s Word.
God’s blessings on the rest of your cool summer!
Please to Point to a Savior From sin,
Lord, help me treasure and use the power of your Gospel as your message and means. Amen.
The Galloping Mustang
“The Foundations of the Earth”
St. Mark Science Camp Rundown
God has blessed St. Mark with another wonderful year of discovery in science camp. “The Foundation of the Earth” Science Camp had 4 participants, with 23 of these students from other schools in Lincoln and its vicinity. The students had four days of camp discovering dinosaurs, forces, simple machines, the water cycle,, and how to identify birds by ear. Campers took home “souvenirs” including: a camp T-shirt, Dinosaurs for kids, a birdhouse, a guide to identifying nests, and many smiles. A special thanks to all those who assisted me as camp counselors and for your willingness to serve our Lord. May God bless these eager and curious young scientists!
From the Principal’s Desk
On December 18th, 2008, my life changed forever. It was the date I learned that I would begin my teaching and ministry at St. Mark Lutheran School. Nine and a half years later, I sit in amazement at how good God has been to me. He blessed me with numerous students who have surprised and humbled me with their unique, God-given abilities. He taught a naïve college kid to be a leader through challenges and rewarded me with the blessing that I will never be able to count. As I say goodbye to you all, I am reminded of God’s goodness to us all in Romans 8:28. The Apostle Paul wrote, “And we know that in all things for the good of those love him who have been called according to his purpose.” God knew that I needed St. Mark Lutheran School to be a part of this chapter in my life. I thank God every day that he called me to serve at St. Mark, the school families I was privileged to serve, and especially each student that I have taught here. You have taught me more about being a better Christian role model. I pray that God continues to richly bless the ministry of St. Mark Lutheran School in this amazing new chapter for our church and our community. May our Lord always bless and keep you all!
Serving God’s Children,
Principal and 6th-8th Grades Teacher
St. Mark Lutheran School
“Preparing Lambs for Today, the Future, and Eternity”
Birthdays This Month
Allison Mattox 1 Tiffany Beiermann 9
Nancy Hans 9 Greg Boggs 13
Jen Wilken 14 Marty Ourada 15
Deb Wilken 16 Becjett Hansen 19
Megan Ourada 22 Lois Dettmer 31
Justin & Jessi Walters 2
Josh & Emily Sulze 7
Ushers: Jarred & Isaiah Meyer, Jeremy Landis, Dave Jung (Early)
Brandon Satterthaite, Scott Raach, Jerry Mattox (Late)
Altar Care: Candace Meyer, Lynne Costin (Early)
Shawna Fox, Emma Gettemy (Late)
Mowing: 8/4 Scott Larsen, Adam Daharsh 8/11 Justin, Billy, Eddie Walters
8/18 Jerry Satterthwaite, Ken Satterthwaite 8/25 Scott Raash, Bob Kander
Bergen (D) 8/4
Dennis (U) 8/4
Cotin (N) 8/4
Donahoe (D) 8/11
Foster (U) 8/11
Duran (N) 8/11
Ellsworth (D) 8/18
Ferrell (U) 8/18
Hernandez (N) 8/18
Fox (D) 8/25
Gettemy (U) 8/25
Houfek (N) 8/25