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Do Not Be Afraid!

Do you know the phrase that's most repeated in the Bible?

The answer might not come as a surprise to you - it's "Do not be afraid!". It is spoken by Jesus, God, angels, messengers, and people of God. In fact, that phrase shows up 365 times in the Bible. That's one for each day of the year! Clearly God knew we'd need regular, daily reminders that no matter what challenges surround us - we need to hear his words, "Do not be afraid!"

In Luke 5:1-11, our scripture passage for this week, Jesus looks into Peter's eyes and declares, "Do not be afraid." Peter had humbled himself before the Lord, recognizing Jesus' holiness and power, and his own fallenness and brokenness. Jesus' first response to Peter is, "Do not be afraid!"

Where do you find yourself this week? Are you concerned about finances and health? Are important decisions looming large without apparent answers? Do your prayers seem to go unanswered? Are you bowed down in anxiety and stress? Is your soul weary and wondering how to go on? Hear Jesus' words to you, "Do not be afraid!" 

When life, stress, anxiety, questions and worry overwhelms - lean on our good God. Trust him. Seek him. Allow his words to quiet the world's words that are swirling in your heart and life. Do not be afraid!

We want to hear from you! 


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Worship with us each Week!

ALL
9:30 AM Sundays
streaming worship online westmorrisfm.org/worship
or dial 844-756-1591 to listen

10:30 AM Sundays
interactive discipleship gathering on zoom bit.ly/WM_Zoom
or dial 312-626-6799 and enter 323 968 7750



K-5th GRADE KIDS
6:30 PM Sundays
On zoom - bit.ly/WM_Kids



6th-12th GRADE YOUTH
7:30 PM Sundays
On zoom - bit.ly/WM_Youth



20s & 30s YOUNG ADULTS
7 PM Wednesdays
On zoom - bit.ly/WM_YoungAdults

 
It might be hard to imagine now, but plans are being made now for the summer camping season! With great hope and many prayers, the Wabash Park Camp & Retreat Center is planning for a full schedule of youth camps and family camp.

Mark your calendars today:
June 7-12 for 4-6th graders
June 14-19 for 7-8th graders
June 21-26 for 9-12th graders
June 28-July 3 for 7-8th graders
June 28-July 3 for 9-12th graders
July 5-10 for 4-6th graders
July 12-14 for 1-3rd graders
and
July 19-25 FAMILY CAMP!

If you're looking for a way to get involved this summer, Wabash Park Camp & Retreat Center is looking for summer camp cooks. Interested? Email
Jody Belton at the Conference Office for more details!
Want some guidance on how best to use your "Seeing is Believing" scripture reflection journal? Wondering what "lectio divina" is - and how best to use your new Bible? Join Pastor Kristen for an interactive class and question-answer-session on zoom this Thursday, Jan 28 at 7 PM (go to bit.ly/WM_Zoom to join).

If that time doesn't work,
email or call/text Pastor Kristen (317-464-7360) to set up another time!
Looking for a free audio devotional? Check out "Pray As You Go" - a daily audio devotional that you can enjoy on their website, download, or use their app. Each daily devotional provides a time of music, scripture, prayer and reflection - in about 10-15 minutes. I love turning it on when I'm driving somewhere!

Link to Pray As You Go devotional site
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