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					                           Looking Up Newsletter
                                      MAY / JUNE 2010
                    “… look up, and lift up your heads;” Luke 21:24 K J V
                                                                                               Looking Up                      “… look up, and lift up your heads;” Luke 21:24 KJV
                                                                            MAY/JUNE 2010                                VANCOUVER APOSTOLIC LUTHERAN CHURCH

                                                                            Little Things . . .
                                                                            “For this slight momentary affliction is         The Faith of Christ grants a release from
                                                                            preparing for us an eternal weight of glory      the gravity of earthly trial in exchange for
                                                                            beyond all comparison” 2 Cor. 4:17               a new center of infinite gravity that has
                                                                                                                             come and even now draws us with cords
                A Publication of the Vancouver Apostolic Lutheran Church            The choice of the word “slight”,         of love. As the Lord draws us toward
                                 ( 360 ) 693 - 2620                         above, is simply astonishing. For Paul           himself, it cannot be but that the things of
                                                                            used it to describe the nature of the            earth will grow “strangely dim”.
                                                                            Apostles’ dire fate of rejection and death               Among these “dim” things ought
                                                                            for the sake of Christ. How many of us, in       to be our appraisal of death. Having been
                                                                            the middle of trial, could accept an             released from its frightful grasp in Christ
                                                                            appraisal of our woe as “slight”? Yet, this      we are no longer to treat it with the awful
                                                                            is precisely what Paul was inspired to           majesty of which it falsely boasts. The
Vancouver Apostolic Lutheran Church                                         believe in regard to his own woes. Even          emotions we experience in relation to it or
Pastor Nathan Juntunen                                                      the severest of trials –beatings,
2103 NE 68th Street
                                                                                                                             any other difficulty are not, however,
Vancouver, WA 98665                                                         imprisonments, severing of limbs and             disqualified; for Paul encourages us with
                                                                            family ties, and, yes, even death itself – are   the sympathy of Christ himself when he
                                                                            counted as “little” and “slight”, indeed, for    pleads with us to “weep with those who
                                                                            they are all nothing but …“momentary”.           weep and rejoice with those who
                                                                            It is only in the eternal Christ where these
                                                                                                                                                                      Cont. on Pg.2
                                                                            temporal weights lose their enormous pull
                                                                                                                             Inside this issue:
                                                                            and become as the gnat upon the shoulder
                                                                                                                             Pastors Article Continued                           2
                                                                            of the great ox from Aesop’s fable who
                                                                            replied to his transient guest, “I neither       Kids Corner                                        3

                                                                            noticed when you landed, nor will notice         May Calendar                                       4

                                                                            when you leave.” The trials of this life,        June Calendar                                      5
                                                                            taken and suffered in contrast with our          Contact Info., Prayer Requests & Announcements 6 & 7
                                                                            eternal reward, are likewise minimized.
                                                          “… Look up, and lift up your heads;”                                                                       Page 7
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rejoice.” [Romans 12:15] Nor do we               one whose mind is “set on things
dismiss Christ’s own emotional conflicts:        above” [Colossians 3:2].                                                                       Beginning September
                                                                                                     Family Night
His exasperation with His own generation                  We are convinced of the true
                                                                                                                                                2010 this newsletter
at their lack of faith, His anger at the         littleness of our trials only in Him and by      May 12th - 6:30 pm
money changers who defiled His Father’s          Him who has already both suffered and             game night                                   will primarily be sent
house, His grief over the lost city of                                                               @ church
                                                 triumphed over them all– rejection, dread,                                                     via email, please see
Jerusalem… but … standing over against           death, hell…. He is risen victorious from        May 26th - 6:00 pm
all this emotional conflict, all this grief,     the dead and has transferred ownership of        end of year picnic
                                                                                                                                                the insert for further
anger and rejection to which Jesus               all things into the hands of His own who           location tba                                     information.
submitted himself, sharing “flesh and            can now confidently join the Apostle’s
blood” with us, he bids us, here, to give        song, “O Death, where is thy sting? O
these things their proper place, assuring us     Grave, where is victory?”
that none of these provocations are              [I Corinthians 15:55]
ultimate. Isn’t this what is in the heart of
the Apostle Paul as he, in another place,        Pastor Nathan
calls us to celebrate our possessions in
Christ, one of which includes death itself?
– “So let no one boast in men. For all                                                                                    Congratulations to
things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos                                                                               Jason & Brooke Salmi
or Cephas or the world or life or death or                                                                          on the birth of their daughter
the present or the future—all are yours,
and you are Christ's, and Christ is
God's.” [I Cor. 3:21-23] Who would                                                                                      Jewel Brooklyn
celebrate death as his own possession
except he over whom death holds no                                                                                         April 8, 2010
threat or power? Who would dare make                                                                                   8 lbs. 7 oz. 20 inches
such a strange claim? Those who are
Christ’s have the daring, even audacity, to
belittle the false majesty of death and loss,
ruin and chaos. These things are all, in
reality, very little, indeed “slight”, for the
                                             “… Look up, and lift up your heads;”
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                                                                                     The words in the following puzzle are from Mark 10:13-17, the story of Jesus and
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                                                                                     13 One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch
                                                                                     them and bless them, but the disciples told them not to bother him. 14 But
                                                                                     when Jesus saw what was happening, he was very displeased with his disciples.
                                                                                     He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the
  Please Remember in Prayer :                                                        Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 I assure you, anyone who
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                                                                                     doesn’t have their kind of faith will never get into the Kingdom of God.” 16
          Stan Swank                                                                 Then he took the children into his arms and placed his hands on their heads and
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         Amy Johnson                                                                 blessed them. (New Living Translation)
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                             May                            2010                                                                      June                   2010
    Sun              Mon              Tue             Wed            Thu               Fri            Sat        Sun            Mon        Tue             Wed        Thu        Fri        Sat
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                                                                                                                                      Board Meeting

2               3                4               5              6                 7              8          6              7          8               9          10         11         12
                                                   Ladies           Mens
                                                 Bible Study     Bible Study
Sunday School                                       10am           noon @
    9:45 am                                                      Godathers
                                                                Pizza 164th &
 Service 11am                    Board Meeting                    4th Plain
                                                                                  Bible Study
                                                                                                            Service 11am
9    Mothers    10               11              12             13                14             15         13             14         15              16         17         18         19
                                                 Ladies Bible       Mens
Sunday School                                       Study        Bible Study
   9:45 am                                          10am           noon @
 Service 11am                                    Family Night    Godathers
 Communion                                         6:30pm       Pizza 164th &                               Service 11am
                                                  @ church        4th Plain        Bible Study               Communion

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                                                 Ladies Bible                                                   Fathers
                                                   Study          Mens Bible                                     Day
Sunday School                                       10am            Study
   9:45 am                                                         noon @
                                                                Godathers Pizza
 Service 11am                                                    164th & 4th       Bible Study              Service 11am
23              24               25              26             27                28             29         27             28         29              30
Sunday School                                    Family Night
   9:45 am                                         6:00pm
 Service 11am         Memorial                    End of year
 Communion              Day                         picnic
                                                 Location tba                                               Service 11am
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