On behalf of our church family, I extend our love, sympathy and prayer support to the family of Ron Wilhelm, who "went home to be with the LORD" this past Saturday, June 20, one day before his 84th birthday. He was preceded in death by his wife, Stella, who went to heaven on June 30, 2004.
The Gideons International is a wonderful ministry that spreads the good news of JESUS around the world through the distribution of the Word of GOD. A representative of the Gideons will share a 5 minute report at the conclusion of tomorrow morning's worship service at Circle Drive. After the closing prayer, other Gideon representations will be stationed at doors to receive donations from our members. This money will be used to purchase Bibles for Gideons to distribute around the world.
On behalf of our church family, I extend our love, sympathy and prayer support to Ravi and Heidi Balaraman, their children, and extended family in the passing of their son, Jesse, this past Monday. Jesse was born April 25, 2000, and just recently completed the 10th grade at Palmer High School.
The greatest need in our country right now is spiritual awakening! Indeed, our culture in so many ways is "in crisis." The solution is not political or social - it is spiritual. It has been over 100 years since America experienced a spiritual awakening. We desperately need a movement of GOD in our lives, our churches, and our country.
I am so thrilled our new CDBC website is "up and running!" I appreciate so much those who have invested so much time in getting us "to where we are." I hesitate to mention names, because so many have spent so much time working with Details Communications to make this new website a reality. In the weeks to come, you will continue to see progress being made as we seek to complete the task of building this website.
Here is the latest update from Sandy. Continue remember her - and her family - in prayer!! Dear Circle Family, I wanted to catch you up. SATURDAY WAS HARD. A MIXTURE OF PAIN AND JOY. That morning at 11:00 our family placed Mikes urn in a wall at Palm Mortuary. All of us wrote notes and brought special little mementos to place in the vault. I left the house before anyone else trying to gather myself. I was already falling apart. We cried, we prayed, we laughed at funny things Mike did...then we cried some more, but it was a precious time. Driving back home I actually did a u-turn twice to go back. Then I'd remind myself that Mike wasn't there and turn around again. So hard not to turn back. While I was there it hit me that Mike was not only my husband, life companion, and best friend, but he was also my personal prayer warrior. I coveted his faithful prayers in every aspect of my life. I'm doing well. Lots of little tear triggers that catch me off guard. I miss Mike so much, but I know where he is. I know he is the "ultimate" happy...and I know I will see him, again. My joy shines through my grief like the sun shines through the clouds, making them radiant. I love that image. It is a paraphrase from the devotional book "Streams in the Desert." Friday night I was watching a news update on Isis. There was a man trying to fine his wife, children, and sister who were taken by Isis. I know all he can think about is what terrors they are facing...rape, torture, painful death....and will he ever see them, again. That's unquenchable pain. My pain hurts deep, but I have JESUS...I have PEACE...I have HOPE. I am abundantly, abundantly, abundantly blessed and so very thankful. This Thursday is Mikes birthday. I will have CHOCOLATE cake in his honor! So blessed by all of you. Choosing JOY! Love you, Sandy
I want to encourage our Circle Drive church family to be in attendance this coming Sunday morning. At the conclusion of the morning worship service, I will make an important announcement about the future of our church and the total campus relocation. Join with me in prayer as we follow GOD's leadership by faith for the exciting future He has in store for us.
On behalf of our church family, I extend our love, sympathy and prayer support to Marsha Kerby and her family in the homegoing of her mother, Viola Walker, who went home to be with the LORD last night at 11:20 p.m. Viola originally joined membership at Circle Drive on September 2, 1984, moving her membership from Fruit Avenue Baptist Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After returning to New Mexico to live, she came back to Colorado Springs, and again began attending Circle. It has been a joy to know Viola, and also visit her on occasion. She was always warm and gracious when I visited her. Viola faithfully attended worship services at Circle Drive. She also attended and participated in the Discerning Women's Sunday morning Bible study, led by Elaine Martz. Viola Walker's celebration of life service is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, March 28 at 10:30 a.m. in the worship center at Circle Drive. Continue to pray for her family during these days.