Peniel Church recently launched a new prayer schedule. All times are for a half-hour:
Mondays, 9 a.m., Goldie McPhaul’s house
Tuesdays, 9 a.m., Dawn Miles’ house
Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., Lauren Dwyer’s house
Thursdays, 9 a.m., Laurel White’s house
For more information, call Goldie McPhaul at (860) 428-7341.
Peniel Church filled 500 helium balloons and attached invites for an ice cream social and short gospel service and handed them out to people on Sandy Lane in Norwich, on behalf of one of the residents there. We praise God for the decisions to follow Jesus Christ at the service the next day!
Peniel Church will be one of several sites across the city to host Norwich Public Schools’ free lunch program for children ages 18 and under. The program will run from 11:45 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., June 30 to Aug. 15, except for July 4. All food will be distributed outside in the church parking lot and must be eaten on site.
Peniel Church joined the Greeneville Neighborhood Revitalization Zone Committee to form Team Greeneville in the 2014 dragon boat race. The race was sponsored by the Greater Area Norwich Chamber of Commerce and held at the Norwich Marina on May 31. Sixteen teams participated. We didn’t finish first.
But we did learn a lesson in unity. The key to achieving your best time is for every one of the 16 participants in the boat to paddle in sync with the drummer. Stephanie Hamel referred to the race in her message Sunday morning as an example of the need and blessing of unity. She cited Acts 1:14 that shows when the early church was in “one accord” in prayer and in fellowship it allowed them to receive the power it needed to propel them forward. The gospel is a powerful, life-changing message. But we needs God’s power to deliver it. And that power rests on those who live in unity.
Nearly one year after his friend drowned, Kervens Lauture found freedom and healing in Jesus during a weekend, “Encounter with God.” Kervens, who himself nearly drowned that same day, testified Sunday night that he is a “new person” — an amazing transformation in a teenager who once didn’t even believe God was real. Peniel Church hosted the weekend retreat dedicated to meeting with God at Avon Old Farms Hotel. We will host another weekend soon! Call (860) 861-4246 for more information. Here is Kervens’ testimony: Read the rest of this entry »
Jeffrey Gilles, 21, of Norwich, recently avoided serious injury or death after falling asleep at the wheel on the way home from work, flipping his car off the road. As he had so many times in life, he tried to “cover his own sins,” pushing the car back onto its wheels in his own strength — something emergency responders told him they had never seen before. Jeff may have survived, but the accident showed him his spiritual death and made him confront his “closet full of sin.” He prayed: “If you are real, I need you tonight. I’m finished. I don’t want to be here no more. I don’t know my purpose.” This time, Jeff let Jesus into his life, experiencing His incredible grace and mercy! On Sunday night, April 29, 2014, he was baptized.
Over the last few years, we have prayed for what seems like a growing number of people with leg pains, partly from swollen ankles. Recently, we received a big answer to those prayers — not so much in immediate healing, but in understanding why people are suffering these chronic health problems. God is so good he not only wants to heal people, he wants to lead them into a lasting transformation that will keep individuals and their families and an entire generation from continuing to suffer. What good is it to be healed of pain if people go back to doing what caused them the pain in the first place?
The Bible records the incredible fact that religious leaders accused Jesus of working for the devil. He soundly refuted their claim, showing how absurd it would be for the devil to cast out devils when “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” But when religious leaders accused him of being a friend of sinners, he agreed! Yes, he had no shame in sitting down with Matthew and other despised tax collectors for dinner, or in allowing the lepers and prostitutes and down-and-outs to easily approach him. Jesus, a friend of sinners? On that, the pharisees and Jesus could agree. They just had a completely different definition of sinners. To the religious leaders of that time, a sinner was someone to be ignored, rejected, despised, and pitied. To Jesus, a sinner was someone who could be saved! May we see each person the way Jesus sees them and “learn mercy.” And if you happen to feel like one who has been despised, rejected and ignored, if you happen to feel like you don’t fit in and there’s no place for you at the table, remember that’s the table where Jesus sat. He is here for you, not so you can stay in your sin, but to save you from it! (Matthew 9:10-13)