Ask for Wisdom and Read in Faith

God promises that if you ask Him for wisdom, He will give it to you! But how do you expect Him to give it? The primary means He chose is through the written word. So if you ask for wisdom, don’t expect Him to just “zap” you. Ask and then in faith, go to His Word, and go to good books. We gain wisdom from others, so read biographies, works of theology, history, science, and fiction to name a few.

This reading stat may get your attention, but if you don’t set a time, and decide on a book, then it’ll just be an interesting stat. What’s your recommendation? How about Don Whitney’s modern classic, “Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life,” or “Trusting God,” by Jerry Bridges? Don’t get overwhelmed with the selection… pick one and start!

– pb

How the Campout Works

Every year we host a Church Family Campout at Howard Prairie Lake. This year it is from noon Thursday, June 29 to Monday, July 3 at noon, though most people will come up Friday afternoon or evening and leave Sunday (since you’re going to the trouble, why not take an extra day?). There are tent spaces and spaces for RVs or whatever. A 100-foot Winnebago will prob not fit down the dirt driveway. We use the group campground called Sugarpine, which we have all to ourselves. Look for the sign that says “Bear Creek Church” on it. Expect tons and tons of water, where in past years the lake has been kind of dehydrated.
Because your church is awesome, there is no cost. By “awesome,” I mean “you are all so generous” so we can pull this off, and last week’s Father’s Day BBQ, and give a great percentage of our gifts to others, for free.
We camp there on the edge of the lake and it’s beautiful. Some people don’t camp at all but just drive up for a day, or for every day. It’s not a long drive. About an hour from my living room here in northwest Medford. Real pretty, though windy so if you have someone who suffers from carsick drive as fast as you can.
Mostly folks just chill out, help each other set up camp, play games, and invite friends to their campsite to eat some of the $500 worth of food they brought. Don’t tell anyone but I’ve discovered that you don’t have to bring any food because everyone really over-shops so if you just wander from camp to camp looking hungry you’ll eat like an overstuffed pioneer. Don’t worry about forgetting something because there will be someone else who brought five.
We supplement the built in pit toilets (really fancy compared to the ones they had when we first started there 20 years ago) with some plush outhouses. They’ll be marked “male” and “female” because… you know, us guys are horrid. There will also be two washing stations with clean water, soap and towels. Make sure your little boys become acquainted with their use, although let’s face it: your kids will be filthy by Sunday night so everybody just relax.
Bring your water toys and lawn chairs and luxe ski boat, if you have one (launch it next door at the ramp). Down at the beach there will be some shade, some kayaks, floats, etc. On Saturday
afternoon after 5 pm or so everyone brings a dish to share, the guys put on a burger/dog BBQ, and then we get together for worship, sharing (what’s God been up to in your life?) and a lakeside baptism. On Sunday morning, Elder Bill Pritchett leads a church service, at 9:30 (meanwhile, back
in Medford, nothing changes with our services at 8:30 and 10). All are invited and welcome at any and all events.
If you’re the campin’ type, don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with your Church Family. Be sure to make a point of reaching out to new acquaintances. And, ask,
is there someone we can bring with us? A child perhaps from a family not likely to camp?
Make the weekend as inclusive as possible. The more folks (and food) the more fun (and calories).
These campouts have created many special memories, and a fond appreciation for God’s blessing right here in our county.
If you have any questions or know someone who wants to be baptized, don’t hesitate to contact us, and by “us” I mean of course “Pastor Jim,” who not only has helped to organize this since the late 1800’s, but knows everything about the flora and fauna of the region.
Pastor Dale

Pastor Jim’s Thankful Prayer for Elliott

“Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth! I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done… so they should set their hope in God.”

  –Psalm 78:1-4,7


You have breathed the breath of life into Elliott James Riesner. He is here among us. We praise You for he is fearfully and wonderfully made. We behold Your glorious deeds. You who spoke the universe into being, You started and now sustain the life of this handsome young boy. What might and love You have for this family! You have designed the Riesner house to display Your greatness and have lavished joy upon them. For You have done great things.

And, as they rise for each day, awaken their memories to Your steadfast love… so they are overwhelmingly compelled, delighted and established in their hope in You. May Ryan and Cheyenne take a mental snapshot often in the months ahead, of Your goodness and respond with stunning thankfulness and say, “Father, it just doesn’t get any better! You are so good to us!”

Remind the church family to pray for them regularly, step forward to be of help, and demonstrate their hope in You, so this family of four is heartened and cheered.

And, in all these things we trust the day to day issues of home-life to Your steady hand. In the name of Your Son… in the name of Jesus we pray.