Focus & Follow Through
Set your minds on things above...set your hearts on things above.... As I read these words from Colossians 3 I wonder what it looks like to have a mind and a heart that is set on things above. How does one "set" the heart and mind on what is most important?
Though I am not a fan of the New England Patriots one of the things I heard about them during last season's march to a Super Bowl win was the phrase: "Do your job." Everyone on the team knew what their job was and they were disciplined to focus and follow through on that job.  They did not look at the score, they did not worry about what their team mate was doing, they did not listen to the press, and they did not let their personal life interfere. This simple motto allowed them to reach the championship game and then overcome the greatest deficit in Super Bowl history (they were losing by 25 pts.).  They should have lost that game (and I wish they had!) but they did not let their surroundings interfere with their focus on doing their job. They were coached to stay focused and it payed huge dividends in the world of football.
Maybe the opening lines of Colossians 3 is God's way of coaching you to "Do your job!" Do not be distracted by how the culture measures success, do not be distracted by a culture that values entertainment so highly, do not be distracted by your desire for things that glitter and shine, do not be distracted by earthly kingdoms, and do not be distracted by your own selfish desires. Do your job!  Your job is to "fix your eyes on Jesus".  Focusing on Christ's humility, love, self-sacrifice, teachings, power, and His unflinching faith in His heavenly Father will help us follow through as His children. We'll continue this line of thinking in the message this weekend...
See you Sunday! - Pastor Kris
Announcements

FINISHING TOUCHES:  THIS Saturday, May 27 we will have a work day to assemble furniture and put finishing touches on the Pre-School rooms.  Work begins at 9 am and goes to Noon.

VPK OPEN HOUSE will be on Saturday, 
June 3, 12- 2:30 pm.
Come see how far we've come!


CHILDREN'S CHURCH HELPERS NEEDED! Please see Deb Vos vosdebra@gmail.com or contact the church office.

BOOK CLUBWe are reading "A House Without Windows" by Nadia Hashimi for June 18.ForJuly 23, the selection is "Lone Wolf" by Jodi Piccoult.We meet at 7pm at members' homes. Talk to Jean Bosman or Kim Vanderlaan for further information.

CORNHOLE (BAGS)! The community group's first summer activity Corn Hole will be here soon - June 11 @ 6 pm, at church. Bring a dessert to share. We hope to see you there and we are in need of several corn hole games. If you have one we can use for the event, please either sign up at the information booth or email the church office.

VHS: Our next Vision, Huddle, Skills night will be June 20.

SUNKIDS GRADUATION: On Sunday, June 4 our SunKids Children's Ministry will celebrate 5th Grade Graduation! On their last day in SunKids, fifth graders will receive a special gift and refreshments in their honor. 
 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CROS SUMMER CAMP: Summer Volunteers are needed for our second annual Family Fun Night on June 23!  We will be inviting the neighborhood and the families of CROS Camp.  Help us meet new neighbors and encourage 100 children who are attending CROSS Camps at our church this summer.  Please sign up to help for one hour shifts to run a booth (cotton candy, games, inflatable, face painting,), or help with hot dogs and lemonade (5 - 7 pm).  Sign up at the info booth.
  • Volunteers are needed to MAKE and SERVE (a simple) dinner for 22 CROS camp counselor/staff at 6pm on Summer Thursdays.  Please sign up for one or more dates:  June 8,15,22,29 or July 6,13,20,27.
  • Volunteers are needed on August 3, to bake cookies and serve parents/CROS campers at a dessert reception (6 - 8 pm). 
Prayer Concerns

FROM BUB AND TANI DYKSTRA: Thank you for your prayers, cards, and encouragement during Bub's cancer surgeries. He is currently receiving daily radiation treatments. Knowing people are praying for us is very comforting.

Helen Justis: Pray for Helen who was diagnosed with Parkinson's.  Pray for God's healing and effective treatment.

Ted VanKalker remains at Signature Care in Lake Worth. Pray for both Ted and Betty.

JO SCHANS was moved to Courtyard Gardens of Jupiter, 1790 Indian Creek Dr. West, Jupiter, FL 33458. Room J-115. Visitors are welcome!
  
REMEMBER IN PRAYER:
Gwen VanEss, Jessie Nienhouse, Delle Slater, and Ted Van Kalker.
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