Dealing with Disappointment
If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.”
Romans 10:9-13

 

 

Over the last few weeks, my wife and I have been enjoying the mini-series John Adams (if interested, you can stream it on Amazon Prime for free). As the title obviously gives away, this docudrama is a brief retelling of the mid to late life of John Adams; from his involvement in the Boston Massacre, to his role in the Continental Congress, to his years as an American envoy overseas, to his time as President of these states united. Although not intended for younger children to experience yet, this is a well-done series that reminds us of some of what our founders did and endured for our freedom; a freedom that we may too easily and often take for granted.
However, this docudrama doesn’t only retell of the life and sacrifice of John Adam’s the politician and president. It also includes some of the life and sacrifice of John Adam’s wife and children. Without giving away too much, John Adams spent many years away from his wife and children; most notably when he served overseas as an American envoy and later ambassador.
As the series portrays, this absence especially impacted his son Charles; who, prior to his father’s departure for an extended appointment in France, looked with tears and a bit of scorn at his father while muttering the words, “You said you’d stay this time!” What young Charles seems to have experienced in this instance of his father’s departure was a great sense of disappointment. That is, after his father had spent so much time in Philadelphia with the continental congress, Charles had hoped and even been told that his father would now stay. However, with his departure for France, young Charles was left dealing with disappointment.
There are a lot of people dealing with disappointment right now. Hopefully not the same sort of disappointment that young Charles faced, but disappointment, nonetheless. Perhaps, disappointment that events and activities have been canceled, work has been postponed or put on hold, locations you liked to frequent in the Spring have been closed, summer plans have maybe been adjusted or put on hold, etc. Yes, a lot of people are dealing with disappointment right now; with having their hopes dashed.
Yet, isn’t this a great opportunity for Christians to remember and proclaim what will never disappoint and who will never disappoint? To remember, that by hoping in the Lord for grace and salvation, we will never be disappointed; that by trusting in Jesus, He will deliver what He promises and will be with us and will walk with us every day.
In Romans 10 the apostle Paul speaks of how God is true to His Word and deserving of our hope and trust. He says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the scripture says, ‘WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.’”
So, as Christians, in a time of disappointment, we lay hold of what will never disappoint and who will never disappoint. We lay hold of hope in Jesus; knowing that there is salvation in Him and that we are walking with Him; knowing that there is never, nor will there ever be disappointment when our trust is in Him – the one who lived, died, rose, and is coming again.
Pastor Gideon

 

 

 

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Pastor Gideon Johnson

 

Please try to share the services and other information with those that do not have access to the internet.  Suggestions on ways to do this are always welcome.  Please reach out to others, especially those that may be more isolated and help keep tabs on each other, especially those living alone.  If you or anyone needs help, please let someone know.  Ali and Pastor Gideon have offered to be contact people as well as most anyone else. 

 

If you hear that someone with an email address is not getting the newsletter, please let me know so they can be added.  I believe we are willing to add non-members to the distribution list if you know of someone who would like to receive the email.

 

If anyone has something encouraging to share with others during this time, please send that information to me so it can go in the newsletter next time.  It would be great to hear of ways that the Lord has blessed you during this difficult time.  There is so much negative information out there right now that something positive would be great to hear! 

 

Finally, please remember our church financial obligations continue almost as if this CoVid-19 pandemic did not happen.  Please continue to support Hauge and Emmanuel as you are able.  We realize some are having financial difficulties due to layoffs.  Possibly those weathering this a little better can kick in a little extra.  Your contributions can be mailed to:

 

Deanna Gard (Hauge Financial Secretary):

131 4th Street

Kenyon, MN 55946 

 

 

 

The link to the service for Sunday, May 10:

 

https://youtu.be/nZAFMPv7XfU

 

Council Minutes

Hauge Church Council Meeting Minutes
April 14, 2020
ZOOM meeting called to order by President Stolee. Present were: Deanna Gard, Elrene Clauson, Molly Barsness, Heather Olson, Pastor Johnson, Wayne Walker, Clair Boyum, Jerry Houglum, Cory Vold, Allen Stolee, Brenda Boyum.
Devotions from Romans 5:1-8 were given by Pastor Johnson. Devotion was followed by prayer.
Secretary’s Report was read and will stand as read.
Treasurer’s Report was presented. A change of category was made for Heather Olson’s mission to Eastern European Mission Network. Report approved. Balance in savings and checking account, not designated as of 3/31/2020 was $6266.79, compared to $4250.79 as of 2/29/2020.
Pastor’s Report: Pastor had 9 visitations. He made 5 intentional phone calls. If an emergency arises he will try to see them if able. He continues to correspond with the Confirmation students by sending lessons which they return to him and will have a final class when social distancing is over. Services continue online and have had view ranges from about 100 for Lenten services and 261 for Easter service, with Sunday services varying between those ranges. He will also be posting some of Brent and Emily Raan’s videos. Of note Pastor said the Annual Conference has been postponed to August 10-12.
Youth Director’s Report: Molly said they are adjusting to meeting online. Most of the youth can navigate this pretty good. They continue meeting Sunday nights and Thursday mornings for Bible Study. There is also an open ZOOM meeting available some evening hours. The Fly Zone is still on as scheduled so far.
Sunday School Report: Heather said doing classes online can be more restrictive but that they also are able to do more songs and videos.
Old Business:
1. Investigating drainage problems on the south side of the church will be
deferred until the lock-down eases a bit and it dries up more.
2. Discussed rescheduling the Raan’s service and will wait on this also. They
currently plan on being in the states until mid-October.
3. VBS plans continue as planned but can be adjusted as needed with help from the
congregation in the event the Bible school team is unable to come.
4. Church cleaning: Jim has finished the cleaning.
5. Reminder: Congregational meetings on August 9 and August 23 to discuss changes
to the constitution. The changes are for changing the Music Committee from 6
people to 4 and minimum of 2 men on the Deacon board.
6. Update on lighting improvements for the sanctuary. New lights are installed except
for the back light fixture and this will be done when lock-down is lifted.
New Business:
1. Old Stone Church Service June 28. May need to make a decision at May meeting
if we are able to have the service so advertising can be done by the first of June.
Cleaning would then be scheduled for June 20.
2. Church lawn mowing: Need to find someone to mow. Confirmation/Youth students
or church members would be given first consideration. Some names were
brought up and Cory Vold will check to see if they are interested.
3. Video church services: They are going really well. Thanks to all who have
contributed.
4. Resuming of church services: If restrictions are lifted for only certain age limits
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Hauge Council Minutes – cont.
would we consider continuing with the video services for those unable to attend?
We will wait and adjust accordingly but would consider instead possibly recording
the Sunday service so it wouldn’t have to be duplicated and putting it on a link to
the website. Elrene will check with Tim Walker to see if we do go this route if he
would consider assisting with this.
5. Thoughts on ZOOM meeting: Went well.
6. Paycheck Protection Program was explained and discussed. It was felt since we are
doing ok financially that it was not necessary to apply for this.
7. Shed in back of church needs either fixing or replacing. Will defer this to May
meeting.
8. Molly discussed having a ZOOM coffee hour in smaller groups on Sundays. She
will put a link in the newsletter for those interested.
9. A thank you will be sent out to Jim for the cleaning of the church. When restrictions
are lifted if disinfecting/extra cleaning is needed after services resume we will have
volunteers help out.
Motion M/S/C Jerry Houglum, Clair Boyum to adjourn the meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 8:36 pm.
Closed with the Lord’s prayer.
Respectfully submitted,
Brenda Boyum, Secretary

 

 

 

WMF

Be still, and know that I am God.

Psalm 46:10

 

The needs for missionary families include dry soup mixes, kool aid, card games and small toys, chocolate and gummy bears, mac and cheese, and special occasion napkins. If you are interested in donating some of these items, please place your donations in the box in the kitchen.

 

Our knitting and crocheting group is not meeting due to the COVID 19 public health emergency. Please keep knitting and/or crocheting, as well as praying for those in need. 

 

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Elrene, Lois, Polly, and Brenda

 

YOUTH GROUP:

We, as a group, continue to meet online for youth group Sunday evenings at 6pm and for High School Breakfast Bible Study Thursday mornings at 8am as well as a number of opportunities in smaller groups during the week-these links are emailed out to families. My Zoom office hours will be scheduled for Thursday 6-8pm. This office time is specifically designed for youth and/or their parents but anyone can feel free to jump on and say hello at zoom.us/j/751759469.

 

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Youth Group

Sunday School and church not meeting due to Governor Walz's recommendations