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Sunday's Message: "Friend of Sinners"

Mark 2:13-17

The band Casting Crowns has a great song called Jesus, Friend of Sinners.  A part of it goes like this:

Jesus friend of sinners the one who's writing in the sand
Make the righteous turn away and the stones fall from their hands
Help us to remember we are all the least of thieves
Let the memory of Your mercy bring your people to their knees

Nobody knows what we're for only what we're against when we
judge the wounded
What if we put down our signs crossed over the lines and love like
You did

Oh Jesus friend of sinners
Open our eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus friend of sinners break our hearts for what breaks yours

You love every lost cause; you reach for the outcast
For the leper and the lame; they're the reason that You came
Lord I was that lost cause and I was the outcast
But you died for sinners just like me a grateful leper at Your feet

Our scripture this week comes from Mark 2:13-17.  In this passage we read these words from Jesus: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Jesus says these words in response to the Pharisees, the righteous, who were reacting to Jesus eating with a group of tax collectors and sinners.  Imagine their surprise when they hear Jesus say that He, the Son of God, did not come for them, for the righteous, for those who have it all together, but instead he came for the sinner, the lost cause, the outcast. 

Today we sing songs that include the words “Jesus friend of Sinner” with gratefulness and thanksgiving.  But when Jesus was called “a friend of tax collectors and sinners” in Matthew 11:19 it wasn’t intended as a positive comment.  The righteous were upset that Jesus befriended sinners. These actions of Jesus proved, to them, that Jesus was not ‘holy enough’ to be the Son of God.  They could not understand why he would call an evil despicable man like Levi, the tax collector, to follow him.  In their minds Jesus should be grateful to them and spend his time with them, the righteous, because they upheld the law. 

But that is not what Jesus was about.  God looked at this world and saw brokenness, hatred, and sin so God sent His Son into that dirty, sin-filled world to save all sinners.  In God’s eyes, no one is beyond his redemption.  Not even the Pharisees, all they have to do is open their eyes and see that their good works are not what God requires of them.  God desires to bring the righteous into His redeeming grace; all they have to do is open their eyes to see that they too are sinners. 

In His mercy, Jesus became a friend of sinners, He saw a world that was sick, that needed His healing.  May we live each day in hope knowing that Jesus died, and lives for us, sinners—in need of His healing. 

Discipleship Dinners

**Deadline extended one week!**
We are assigning new groups for the Discipleship Dinners for the spring. If you would like to participate again, please fill out the attached form or grab one at the Welcome Table. Please return any forms to Melissa Schutte or Mark Youngberg by Sunday.

Upcoming Adult Sunday School

Join us this Sunday, April 3rd at 9:45 am as we start our next study, Ed's Story - A Film about Hope. Diagnosed with ALS in 2000, and given a short time to live, Ed Dobson (Dec. 30, 1949 - Dec. 26, 2015) wrestled with the issues that suffering brings, like worry, identity, forgiveness, gratitude, and healing. But in the midst of his disease, Ed found hope. Not the kind of hope that ignores suffering, and not the kind of hope that minimizes or bypasses suffering, but the kind of hope that can only come from acknowledging and engaging honestly with suffering. Ed’s Story is a seven-part short film series that takes an intimate look at Ed’s journey with ALS, and inspires us all to become the kind of people who find hope in the midst of difficult circumstances.

Attached is the trailer:


Our next potluck is next Wednesday, April 6th at 6:30 pm.  Bring a dish to share.


Join us for our next night of worship on Saturday, April 9th at 7:00 pm.

Sunday, April 17th

Our next quarterly business meeting is at 9:45 am on Sunday, 4/17.  Brunch will be provided as a PHCC youth fundraiser.

Spring Luncheon

When: Thursday, April 21st at 12:00 pm
Who: Any and all senior citizens 
What: Kathy Herreid from Sioux Falls will be speaking on Alzheimers

Save the Date!

When: June 12 - 16 at 6:15 - 8:30 pm 
Who: All kids ages preschool to 5th grade
What: VBS - Expedition Norway
Kids will take a trip to Norway and learn that God loves the whole world!  They will enjoy unique Norway snacks, fun and exciting games, and have AMAZING new cultural experiences.  And for the first time, we will be offering VBS in both English and Spanish.
How:  Watch for details to come soon on how to register or volunteer to help!

Early Bird & Scholarships

*Last Chance*

Early bird registrations for camp are due by April 4th.  Please make sure to inform Pastor Jill if your child will be attending camp.

Scholarships are available for those who may need assistance. Complete the scholarship form on our website or the attached file and return to Pastor Jill no later than April 10th.


  5:30 pm   Zumba
  6:30 pm   Men's Bible Study
  6:30 pm   Kingdom Kids

  6:30 pm   Middle & High School - Skyzone
  7:30 pm   Heroclix

Thursday 3/31
  6:30 pm     Women's Bible Study

Sunday 4/3

  8:30 am     1st Worship Service
  9:45 am     Sunday School hour
11:00 am     2nd Worship Service

Tuesday 4/5
  5:30 pm     Leadership night

Ministry Assignments


Sunday, April 3, 2016


Sunday School Nursery
Molly McFarland & Tina Slade

Worship Nursery
8:30 Judy H, Kaylee G, AJ C
11:00 Connie H & Megan W

Children's Church
8:30 Kristi D & Marcia T
11:00 Karin Y & Ella B

Scripture Reader
8:30 Kathy Halvorsen
11:00 Jack Teegardin

Brian C / Roger M

Featured Musician(s)
Luke McFarland

8:30 Gloria Houle
11:00 Mary Ann Hofer

8:30 Katherine Ekse
11:00 Katherine Ekse 

Prayer Circle
Veronica Stoneall & Jung Um

Worship Team
Crystal, Ella, Harlan, Jung, David, Kevin

Sound Operator
Curt Friesen

Tommy & Kia Hofer and proud grandparents, Mark & Karin Youngberg, welcomed baby boy, James Bjorn, into their family on Monday, 3/21/16.
Song of the Week

"Jesus, Friend of Sinners"
By: Casting Crowns
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