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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 28, 2017

We have much to be thankful for

By Rev. Dean Elmore, Washington Church of God | Feb 23, 2017

The Bible says, “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” In another place it says, “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice.” This day I think of how many things that we have to be thankful for and yes, though we are living in some very troubled times, we have much to be thankful for. The greatest for me is to know that God loves me and to experience this love in a real way. This love that I have found is available to all, as God loves us each and every one and is always there with His arms outstretched, reaching out to us to come and know Him and the love that He has for us. It doesn’t matter who we are, where we’ve been or what we have done, He’s there. It doesn’t matter if we are poor or rich, young or old, what nationality, what cultural background, what race we are. He is there for all those who will turn from lives that are contrary to God’s way, and will turn to Him and put their faith and trust in Hi; you will find what the Bible says, “It is joy unspeakable and full of glory.”

This coming March 3-5, 2017, we are going to have what we call “Spring Conference.” It will be a time when we come together to celebrate the new life that we can have in Jesus Christ. It will be a time of singing, praising, praying, ministering, and fellowshipping with one another. It will be a time of experiencing this love of God that I spoke of. It will begin on Friday night, March 3, at 7 p.m. with evangelist Robert “Bobby” Newton preaching and ministering. Bob ministers in the Word as well as in the anointing of the Holy Spirit. He will bless you.

On Saturday morning doors will open at 9 a.m. followed at 10 a.m. with Bible study with Pastor Dave Watson of Washington First Assembly of God. His praise and worship team will also be leading in worship and praise in each service. Saturday afternoon, Teresa Fulmer will be leading in a special service for the ladies at 2 p.m. She is a pastor’s wife and a great woman of God. Saturday night at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Derwood Perkins, who is the state overseer of the Church of God in Iowa, will be ministering — another tremendous man of God who will have something special for us. He will also be speaking at the 10 a.m. service Sunday morning. Then on Sunday evening, Mark Fulmer of Cedar Rapids will be ministering in the 6 p.m. service. There will be refreshments after each service as well as lunch each day at noon, and an evening meal Saturday evening.

We extend an invitation to you to come and take a part in this time of celebration.

 

 

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Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Mar 07, 2017 15:32

Holocaust survivor Max Rodrigues Garcia will speak at 7:30 p.m. March 16 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center at a free event open to the public.

Garcia’s talk is titled “Auschwitz, Aushwitz ... I cannot forget you.”

According to a press release from the convention center, “In this unique first-hand account, Rodrigues shares his remarkable story, the loss of his family and his survival of Auschwitz and three other camps. This is not just a story about the past but also a testimony to Max's life today, the influence of which is felt by many generations and even in the lands where he, and so many others, were tormented. Max is an inspiration with his story and his living example.”

The lecture isn’t just story about the past, according to Rustin Lippincott, the center’s executive director.

“It is a testimony to Max’s life today, the influence of which is felt by many generations and even in the lands where he, and so many others, were tormented,” stated the press release. “From tales of cunning within the camps to those of how Max rebuilds his life after liberation, he recounts how the Holocaust could not extinguish his dreams. Max not only survived the concentration camps, but began to rebuild his life the moment the first American tank rolled in, working as an interpreter for his liberators.”

“The opportunity to present a program of this emotion, magnitude and historical significance to the people of Southeast Iowa is a highlight of our 10 year history,” Lippincott said. “Our intent for programming on the Sondheim stage is to enrich, educate and entertain.

This lecture style presentation, complete with a question and answer session with the attendees and Mr. Rodrigues, provides an educational and enriching experience like none of our more than 500 performances to date.”

The entertainment value, albeit different than national touring Broadway musicals or iconic singers, will be captivating to hear the heroic efforts that 93 year old, Mr. Rodrigues made to survive, his move to America and his life in San Francisco as an architect, Lippincott added.

Garcia, along with his daughter, Priscilla Alden Thwaits Garcia, is the author of Auschwitz, Auschwitz...I Cannot Forget You As Long As I Remain Alive and lectures across the world.

An Austrian teacher, who invited Garcia to speak to her class calls the book “a most important and touching testimony for the younger generation to live and learn from.”

Garcia’s book is available at the Sondheim Ticket Office and at the event. Garcia will sign books.

For more information on Max Rodrigues Garcia’s lecture at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, contact. Rustin Lippincott, 641-472-2000 or rustin@fairfieldacc.com.

Support for this event is provided by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.



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