Weekly Newsletter | 04-15-2023

Sunday Sermon 04/16/2023 | 10:00 am

A couple of weeks ago we preached a sermon called, The Lord’s Great Farewell Discourse: John 14. The Lord was giving needed reassurance to his disciples because He would soon be leaving them. This Sunday, we will continue a look at the Lord’s discourse into the next chapter: John 15. NOTE: Our format for church will be a 2-Part Family Talk, like we’ve been doing on some occasions, including festival services. So there will be no adult sermon. We will read the Lord’s teachings about the Vinedresser, the Vine and the Branches.

Come join us in church or online!

Church board members: a meeting will take place in the Board Room following the service at 11:15. Board members can check recent emails for details.


Bible Study | Tuesday, April 18th at 10:00 am

This week we will do a Genesis 43 “Part Two.” The brothers travel back to Egypt. It appears that their troubles multiply. Again, they are brought before Joseph (whom they don’t recognize). The amazing story continues.

You may join us in person in the Community Center or via Zoom:
Zoom link | Meeting ID 444 057 6695 | Passcode: 1770

A Quotation from Scripture:

I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit (John 15:1-2)

An Excerpt from William Bruce’s Commentary on the Gospel According to St. John (published in 1870).

John Chapter 15 (verse 2)

Those who become members of the Lord’s body are branches of the true vine. But all the branches of the true vine are not true branches. So long as they have any connection with heaven and the church, they derive, as branches, nourishment from the root. And all have some connection with heaven and the church, and with the Lord through them. Everyone in early life is in connection with heaven, and either directly or indirectly with the church. All are branches of the vine while they are in a state of innocence and simplicity of heart; but those who, when they pass out of this state, bear no good fruit, are cut off from connection with the vine. “Every branch in me that beareth not fruit, he taketh away.” Fruitless branches are an encumbrance to the tree; for, besides bearing no fruit themselves, they prevent others from being as fruitful as they might. Moreover, those who produce no good fruit produce evil fruit, turning the juice of the vine into nourishment for sin. They must, therefore, be taken away, both for their own sake and for the sake of others. But those who do bear fruit, however little it be, are retained in connection with the vine, and are purged of their imperfections, that they may bring forth more fruit. The vine has the capacity of nourishing all its branches, however widely the tree may spread; and the husbandman has the desire of retaining all. It is only when the branches are unprofitable and injurious to themselves and others, that they are taken away. All who are willing to be purged of their impurities, and will submit to the purging process of reformation, and the perfecting process of regeneration, are retained, and brought into conformity with the vine as the stem from which they have grown, or on which they have been engrafted.


Theistic Science
Meeting every Monday at 10:00 am.
Zoom link | Meeting ID 444 057 6695 | Passcode: 1770


Looking northeast and northwest at sunset.

Looking west from the sidewalk by the church property.

Curious friends at Green Cay.

Looking down for a view of the sky.

A juvenile in a parking mode.

Lou remembers: “When I was little, I remembered being confused when my dad told somebody that he was “tied up” at the moment. This tree made me recall what I was thinking of my dad’s remark.”

A light colored bird we don’t remember seeing before.

No birds on the tree today.


If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to:
Pastor Louis Synnestvedt (561) 597-6062 (mobile)