Sunday, February 28, 2021, Weekly Announcements

Imprisoned for Christ:  In many places around the world today, many Christians are imprisoned just because of their faith in Christ. If we are part of the body of Christ, we are individually fellow members with those in prison and otherwise persecuted for their faith in Christ. The faithfulness of these believers and their families serves to strengthen us as fellow members of the body of Christ, and serves as a witness to those around them who do not yet know Christ.  Incredibly, God encourages us, ourselves, to serve these fellow members by learning of their experiences, and, more importantly, praying for them. On March 5, we will have an opportunity to learn to pray, and pray intelligently to our great God on their behalf.  Please join us for the “Imprisoned for Christ” virtual event on Friday, March 5, 2021, from 7:30 to 11:00 p.m. Trinity Fellowship will host the livestream event, featuring three men (Petr Jasek, Andrew Brunson, and Dan Bauman) who were arrested, interrogated, and imprisoned because of their faith in Jesus Christ; with Natalie Grant providing music.  “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.” — Hebrews 13:3  For more information, contact the church office.

Is the Church Office Open? While there may be some staff in the office during the week, many are working at home to limit the amount of traffic in and out of the building (for Covid-19 cleaning purposes). So, technically, the office is not yet open. If you need to get into the building during the week, please call ahead to make sure someone is in the office. If you leave a message, someone will call you back as soon as possible.

Our Story – My Family: Everyone has relatives, but a family is something more than just blood relation and often full of love and sometimes heartache.  Women, please join us at Trinity (BR campus) on Friday, March 12, at 7:00 pm, as three women share stories of their family.

Try It Tuesday:  Macrame.  Try your hand at this hot and trending decorative craft on March 16, at 7 pm.  Cost is to be determined - $15 or less.  Call Katie by March 9 to RSVP at 615-540-5466.
 
Community Announcements
Mecosta/Osceola Right to Life, Inc.:  Right to Life of Michigan hosts a State Conference every year in the Fall for prolife individuals/affiliates.  The conference updates the affiliates in the prolife movement in Michigan.  Each year our local affiliate has the opportunity to “sell” ads to prolife businesses for the conference book.  This year, Mecosta/Osceola Right to Life will take out a full-size ad in the book.  If you would like your name and/or business listed, please contact Kathie Richards (tkrichards81@gmail.com).  A $15 donation per family (line) and $20 per business is appreciated.

Mecosta/Osceola Right to Life, Inc. will once again be sponsoring an oratory contest for area high school students.  The contestants will be researching, writing and presenting a 5-7 minute speech on abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, stem cell research or cloning.  Besides building confidence in their public speaking abilities and gaining experience with critical thinking, the top three presenters will be given monetary awards in the amounts of $50, $75, and $100.  The contest is April 13, and the application deadline is March 26.  For more information, contact 231-250-2535.

Refresh Women’s Retreat:  Relax, recharge, refresh at CranHill Ranch, April 23-25.  The deadline to register is April 9.  Get your tickets and more information at cranhillranch.com/womens-retreat.

Project Starburst is hosting its Third Annual Souper Supper fundraiser on Wednesday, March 24, serving from 11:00 am-5:00 pm, at Three Girls Bakery, 106 N. Michigan, Big Rapids.  Come enjoy a warm bowl of soup with bread and dessert and take home a quilted bowl buddy.  Curbside service available.  Gluten free available.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth.  Tickets are on sale at Three Girls Bakery and Project Starburst prior to and on March 24.  For questions, call 231-796-5342.
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