Notices and Looking Ahead:
- October 28 – 31, Thursday – Sunday Reunion Church is holding “Fall Meetings” with Anand Paul, missionary to India. Paul will speak Thurs, Fri, and Sat evenings at 7 pm, and at the Sunday service. In addition, we will have a Saturday morning breakfast, when Paul will share an update on his India ministry. Anand Paul has frequently visited Reunion Church, and is a dear friend of Pastor Craig’s.
- The 50th Annual SD Right to Life Convention is in Sioux Falls on Oct 1, 2, and 3 at the Sioux Falls First Church on 6300 W 41st Lunch will be provided. $30 early registration; $40 after Sept 12; $10 college students; no charge for 17 years and younger. SD Right to Life is at this website: www.siouxfallsarearighttolife.org and registration is here: https://www.sdrighttolife.org/2021-state-convention or call 605.743.0777.
- SD Right to Life is holding its 2021 Essay contest. Topic: Why are YOU pro-life? Divisions for grades 7-9 and grades 10-12, with monetary prizes in each division. For more information, go to https://www.sdrighttolife.org/copy-of-who-we-are or call Debbie at 605.929.4933.
- Mitchell Food Pantry is collecting the red County Fair Saver Stamps to purchase turkeys for the upcoming holiday distribution. Deposit your stamps into the marked paper sack on the bulletin counter as you enter the church. Thank you!
Pray for our country!
For ideas and specific issues for which to pray, visit https://adflegal.org/
1 Timothy 2.1 – 8:
1I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. 7Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.
8I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
September is National Suicide Awareness Month, or Suicide Prevention Month
Everyone is affected by suicide, not just the victim. Suicide impacts family and friends long after the loss of a loved one. On average, one person commits suicide every 16.2 minutes. Two-thirds of the people who commit suicide suffer from depression.
“We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention. NAMI is here to help.” – National Alliance on Mental Illness Website
Identifying depression can be difficult. Not all people who suffer from depression show signs. The first step in identifying someone who is suffering from depression and contemplating suicide is to see how serious the issue is. Talking to the person involved and asking about their thoughts will decrease the trigger of suicidal action. Suggesting a counselor or treatment for depression might also help. Often, people who are depressed need a caring friend. A common fallacy is that people who talk about suicide never act on it. If a friend or loved one is talking about suicide, it’s time to get help for that person.
The mental health of yourself or a loved one can never be taken too seriously. Whether the weight of a long-term struggle or a crisis weighs you down, allow friends, family or a profession to lighten the burden by finding support. There is no shame in seeking help.
September is also National Preparedness Awareness Month
National Preparedness Month (NPM) is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. The 2021 theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”
The campaign focuses on 4 aspects of preparedness for families and communities:
- Make a Plan
- Build a Kit (also known as a “go bag”)
- Don’t wait for a disaster, prepare as you go along, sign up for alerts
- Teach Your Children
Rainbow Bible Ranch
Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rainbowbibleranch/
From their “About” page:
Rainbow Bible Ranch is a biblically based youth camp located on a working cattle and horse ranch in Meade County. Larry Reinhold has been the executive director of Rainbow Bible Ranch since its inception over 40 years ago, and together with his wife, Robin, and their six children, the ranch and ministry continue. Kids from the ages of 6 through 18 are able to enjoy riding horses and herding cattle. One can participate in a western rodeo, sing around the campfire under the vast starry sky, swim in the old swimmin’ hole, chase frogs, learn how to use a rope, ride the zipline, teach a baby colt to lead and explore the wonders of God’s creation, Reinhold says.
From Larry’s end-of season e-mail:
A SUCCESSFUL SUMMER INDEED
Dear friends and supporters of RBR,
We enjoyed the company of 438 campers and their families this past summer. Many made heartfelt decisions to follow Christ and to grow in His principles.
“Walk By Faith” proved to be a very timely theme as the summer proved quite challenging due to the drought. The daily experiences aided in getting life lessons across in many valuable ways.
We are working on the newsletter (Rainbow Reflector) along with the 2022 schedule. We will get that out in the next couple of weeks.
Please pray for God’s provision and wisdom.
Larry B. Reinhold
Mitchell Food Pantry
Mitchell Food Pantry receives assistance from Feeding South Dakota and Feeding America.
The Food Pantry is supported by your donations, as well as generous donations from local businesses like Walmart, Country Hearth, Coborn’s, and County Fair.
All the Food Pantry workers in Mitchell are volunteers. The Board of Directors is a composite of 15 local churches.
Find the Mitchell Food Pantry on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mitchellfoodpantry
Phone the Pantry locally at 990.3663
Pray for Israel
Psalms 122.6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. 7Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. 8For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. 9Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.
A resource to check out:
Scripture commends us to fast regularly.
Edifying / Interesting / Useful Outside Links:
Online Bible reading and study: https://biblehub.com/
Bible Atlas: https://www.openbible.info/geo/atlas/a
Over 14,600 Christian hymns and Gospel songs: http://www.hymntime.com/tch/
Search this site to find lyrics and listen to accompaniments. https://www.hymnal.net/en/home
Art of the Bible: https://artofthe.bible/
A Christian Apologetics Ministry Dedicated to Demonstrating the Historical Reliability of the Bible through Archaeological and Biblical Research.: https://biblearchaeology.org/
Direction for how to pray for persecuted Christians; gives Friday morning updates and a calendar; Can also look for the Pray Today app in your app store. icommittopray.com
Voice of the Martyrs website: https://www.persecution.com/
The Gideons International https://www.gideons.org/
National Right to Life https://www.nrlc.org/
South Dakota Right to Life https://www.sdrighttolife.org/
Family Heritage Alliance https://www.familyheritagealliance.org/
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association https://billygraham.org/
Samaritan’s Purse International, founded by Franklin Graham, “Helping in Jesus’ Name” https://samaritanspurse.org/
The Chosen is a Bible-based movie available for free on youtube. It depicts the life of Christ. There are several segments. This is the link for Episode 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=craeyJdrCsE
Christian books and supplies: https://www.christianbook.com/
Christian books and supplies: https://www.hendricksonrose.com/