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  • The Journey of Faith .......................................1 Bd. of Administration Meeting Highlights ......3 Staff Spotlight: Ron Cook ...............................5 Always! ..........................................................6 Thank You Note ..............................................7 Child Dedication .............................................7 Library Nook ...................................................7 Announcing: Bless Week and Bless Fest .........8 Practicing Hospitality .....................................9 Church Directory Update ..............................10

    Holy Communion .........................................10 Adoptive Family Support Group Meeting .....10 Once More Ministries Report ........................10 Sweet Grace Fundraiser: Update! ..................11 Baptisms ......................................................11 Rhodes Grove Summer Camp .......................11 Now Hiring: Children’s Ministry Admin. Asst. 11 Calendar .......................................................12 Just for Kids ..................................................14 Women’s Ministries ......................................15

    KSC Golf League ...........................................15 The Street Summer Sneak ............................15 Save the Date: Spaghetti Fundraiser.............16 Quotes of the Week ......................................16 Walk or Run for a Reason! ............................17 Personal Testimonies: Elder Candidates ........18 New Members ..............................................19 PrimeTimers Updates ...................................20 Three Fantastic PrimeTimer Day Trips ...........21 Missions News ..............................................22

    MAY 2017 The Journey of Faith by Dr. Jody Bowser, Senior Pastor

    Announcing: Bless Week and Bless Fest P. 8 • Barnabas Team Report: Haiti Trip P. 22

    MESSENGER Our walk with God is a journey—a process. We must grow and

    mature in our faith in the same way that we grow physically and emotionally. Stating this certainly doesn’t require a degree in rocket science. Common sense tells us this. Healthy things grow.

    But growth isn’t a guarantee. How many of you have ever planted a seed—only to see it wither and die? Several years ago, my wife and I planted six blueberry bushes along the side of our house. We had high hopes for these bushes, imagining all of the ways that we would enjoy these home-grown treats. I’m sad to say this isn’t how it went. The plants got too much sunlight. They weren’t getting enough water. They needed covered with a net because the birds were getting to them. It was one issue after another. After several seasons, we had to come to terms with the fact that the only blueberries we would be eating were the ones that someone else grew!

    Growth is a journey and this journey requires a plan. It’s true for growing blueberries and it’s true for growing in our faith. If we’re not intentional, it’s only a matter of time before our spiritual vitality begins to wither and become fruitless.

    In this light, I want to suggest three ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS that

    God will most certainly ask all of us: What did

    you do with what I gave you?

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    we need to be asking ourselves (and others) to remain healthy, growing and producing good fruit—

    • Question number one: Who are you worshiping?

    • Question number two: Who is your com- munity?

    • Question number three: Who are you serving?

    It might be helpful to view these three ques- tions as mile-markers along the path of spiritual maturity. One leads to another…which leads to another.

    The first question that we need to ask our- selves (and others!) is: Who am I worshiping? The answer to this question is much like the blue dot on your GPS—it’s telling you your current location.

    Worship, you see, isn’t just something we do on Sunday morning for an hour. Worship is the sum total of every choice we make. The question isn’t WILL we worship - it’s WHO are we worshiping. I think of the old Bob Dylan song, “Gotta Serve Somebody.” He says:

    “You’re gonna have to serve somebody. It may be the devil or it may be the Lord. But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.” Dylan was exactly right.

    Take a minute right now and ask yourself this question: Am I living my life to honor and please God or am I living for myself? Think about the choices you made yesterday—or last night. Think about what you did last weekend. Were you worshiping God in those choices… or were you worshiping someone or some- thing else? WHY did you do what you did? Was God your top priority in those choices or was someone or something else? Who you’re worshiping tells you exactly where you are spir- itually…much like that blue dot on Google Maps.

    The second key question is: Who is my community? And I’m not talking here about the people you enjoy getting together to play cards with on Friday night. I’m talking about your spiritual community. These are people

    that you pray with, study the Bible with and talk about spiritual things with. These are people who can hold you accountable and ask you the hard questions.

    It’s a proven fact that we need others in order to grow in our faith. I’ve mentioned in numerous sermons that the New Testament contains 39 distinct “One Another” commands. Let that sink in. There aren’t just five, or ten or twenty. There are MANY different ways that we need each other. Take another minute right now and ask yourself this essential question: Is my spiritual walk with God being nurtured by other Christians? And just as important: Am I nurturing someone else in their journey of faith?

    Getting plugged in to a Sunday school class, or a small group isn’t just a good idea…it’s essential. I would even encourage you to take another step, and get involved in a Life Trans- formation Group (brochures are available in the church lobbies). Doing these things are as important as getting enough water on a blueberry bush!

    And the third ESSENTIAL QUESTION we need to ask ourselves is: Who am I serving? Seriously. Make a list. I’m guessing family members and close friends probably top the list. But are there others? If the “worshiping” question tells you where you are right now, the “serving” question tells you where you’re going. Each and every one of us are created “for works of service.” God has uniquely gifted us so that we can share that gift with others. As you’ve heard in a few sermons lately, this question will be on the final exam. God will most certainly ask all of us: What did you do with what I gave you?

    So where are you on the journey of faith? Use these questions as vital feedback. Be honest and make the appropriate steps to get on track if the answer reveals that you’re actually on the wrong path. Otherwise (and sadly!) you may get several seasons down the road and realize that instead of good fruit, there’s nothing but a dead plant.

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    KING STREET CHURCH Mission Statement: Engaging and blessing

    our community with the Gospel. We believe that becoming a fully-devoted follower of

    Christ involves three core values:

    Spiritually Alive in Jesus, Relationally Connected by Jesus Missionally Engaged for Jesus

    Who are you worshiping? Who is your community? Who are you serving? _______________________________

    Ministry Staff Ken Adams, Business Manager Don Baker, Executive Pastor Paul Baker, Pastor Emeritus Mitch Benedict, Worship Arts Associate Jody Bowser, Senior Pastor Jay Brown, Pastor of Mission and Discipleship Ron Cook, Minister of Pastoral Care Stephen Flint, Pastor of Worship and Care Matt Gish, Pastor of High School Ministries Becky Hann, Children’s Ministries Director Nathan Hann, Pastor of Contemporary Worship Tyler Roberts, Media and Production Coordinator John Shadle, Pastor of Middle School/College Ministries

    ______________________________

    June 2017 Messenger Deadline Articles and information for the June 2017

    issue should be submitted by May 17. _____________________________

    The Messenger is a monthly publication of King Street United Brethren Church 162 East King St., Chambersburg, PA 17201 Phone: (717) 264-4651, Fax: (717) 264-9408 Internet: www.kingstreetchurch.com

    Don Burkholder, editor (donburk@comcast.net)

    Board of Administration Meeting Highlights

    The Board of Administration met on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in the Adminis- trative Office Conference Room. Chairman Steve Shadle called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. Ray Cullen opened the meeting with devotions and prayer. Following are highlights from this meeting:

    Senior Pastor’s Report: Pastor Jody Bowser expressed that he is

    looking forward to the upcoming Maundy Thursday service and Easter Sunday. He distrib- uted a 2017 preaching schedule for the upcom- ing Year of Transformation. Each month’s focus includes a variety of response opportunities for the congregation. Services will include an after-service response team being coordinated by the elders.

    Executive Pastor’s Report: Pastor Don Baker announced that 12 people

    were baptized in February and there will possi- bly be 10 or 11 baptisms on April 30. We will be recognizing 17 new church partners on April 23 and May 14. Child dedications will be happen- ing on June 18. After Pastor Don outlined the changes proposed to the Children & Youth Co-mission, the following motions were acted upon. The Children & Youth Co-mission will be dissolved