May 22nd, 2011


Sunday May 22, 2011 AM- Jenae Esparza

The Water is Wide




The Act of Baptism:
Paul Harvey wrote in Guidepost Magazine about his own baptism. He said that even though he had received almost every reward for his broadcasting ability that he still felt empty inside.

One summer, however, he & his wife were vacationing in a place called Cave Creek, AZ. Sunday morning came & they decided to go to church. So they went to this little church, & there were only 12 other people present.

He believed in Jesus, but he had never gone forward in a church service. One night he had prayed in his hotel room & asked Jesus to come into his heart, but he felt that there was still something that was missing."

He said that the preacher got up & announced that his sermon was going to be about baptism. Paul Harvey said, "I yawned. But as he started talking about it I found myself interested. He talked about the symbolism behind it, & how it symbolized the complete surrender of one’s life to Jesus Christ, & how there was nothing really magic in the water. But there was this cleansing inside that took place when you yielded yourself to Jesus."

He went on to say, "Finally, when he came to the end of his sermon he said, ‘If any of you have not been baptized in this way, I invite you to come forward & join me here at the pulpit.’"

Paul Harvey said, "To my surprise, I found myself going forward. The preacher had said there was nothing magic in the water. Yet as I descended into the depths & rose again I knew something life changing had happened - a cleansing inside out. No longer did there seem to be two uncertain contradictory Paul Harvey’s, just one immensely happy one. I felt the fulfilling surge of the Holy Spirit in my life.”

Paul Harvey went on, "The change this simple act made in my life is so immense as to be indescribable. Since totally yielding to Him in baptism, my heart can’t stop singing. Also, perhaps because baptism is such a public act & because one’s dignity gets as drenched as one’s body, I discovered a new unself-consciousness in talking about my beliefs."

it is a privilege to baptize several this morning as a testimony of their allegiance to Christ and being washed from their sins. This is an act of obedience and another step in the right direction for our church. May you be blessed by the service today.

– Pastor Mike




ThJuly 3rd a mixed Quartet from Pennview will be here on Sunday morning. Potluck will follow.


Congratulations to Jenae Esparza for graduating from high school last Friday. Also, congratulations to Alex Esparza for graduating with his Associates degree from Arapahoe Community College in Criminal Justice.   The Esparzas would like to thank everybody who came to Jenae’s celebration party yesterday.  Your presence there made the day even more special.


• Baptismal Service- Sunday Morning May 22nd
• YOUTH CAMP is coming up June 13th – 17th. Would love to take as many of our young people as possible.  Make plans now. It’s in Fulton, Missouri.
• PNC camp meeting will be July 25th – July 31st in Dickson, Tenn.
• VBS is scheduled for Aug. 2nd – 6th Make plans to be a helper


    • Janet Albertson will start chemo treatments
    • Michael Wright’s battle with cancer
    • Our Nation and leaders
    • Pray for each other