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Eternal Life

“And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3)  

Jesus wants you to have eternal life!  Jesus wants everyone to share in the eternal life of God.  When Jesus returns to God in the resurrection and ascension, he glorifies God by including you and me in his own relationship with God – eternal life.  This life begins when we believe that God sent Jesus into the world to be our Savior, and this life transforms us all the way into the full presence of God.  To “know” God means much more than just knowing facts about God. To know God means to be in a life-giving relationship with him.  

We have seventeen seventh and eighth graders who have responded to God’s grace in their lives by deciding to grow in their relationship with Christ through Confirmation. For over three months they have been studying the Christian faith with the intention to Know God, Be Transformed, and Love. On Sunday, May 15, Pentecost Sunday, we will celebrate their entry into Christ’s holy Church through baptism and confirmation.    

I want to give thanks to God for the superb leadership of Rev. Vicky Peters and John McClure, as well as the wonderful investment of time and love from our adult mentors who met regularly with our youth in small groups: Gerry Wiggins Edwards, Carol Wiggins Hearn, Steve Meek, Sandra Clark, Judy Honeycutt, and Lisa LaFosse.  And special thanks to all the parents who prioritized this journey in their family schedules, and to those parents who sacrificed lots of sleep on overnight retreats! 

Our 2016 Confirmands include: Reece Austin, Lorianna Bartel, Clay Brewer, Alex Butler, Tyler Easley, Julianna Jordan, Olivia Martinez, Catherine Kinsel, Lauren Naas, Lily Norman, Gabriel Roesler, Emma Sanford, Cecily Shield, Anna Shoemaker, Olivia Wall, and Lilly Yoes.    

Please be praying for these young disciples, and for one another, that every day of our lives, we may grow in eternal life – to know God, and Jesus Christ whom he has sent!  

Grace and peace,

Bob Shield  

Posted by Bob Shield at 1:48 PM