Dear Congregational Family,

1. Welcome Sally! Today we welcome Sally Ondrejko as she begins her first day as our Office Manager at Ruthfred! Her email is: sallyondrejko@ruthfred.org We are so thankful to the Lord for bringing her to us! If you are around, stop in the office and introduce yourself to her at some point.

2. FLY One-Night Livestream: This AFLC National Youth Event is being offered this Wednesday evening. It is a great opportunity to become more acquainted with our national youth ministry as well. It is from 8:00-9:30pm (eastern time) at www.flyconvention.org/one_night/

3. Youth: Thank you for your prayer for our (40+) youth and adults who were at the Youth FLY BEYOND Retreat last week at the ARC in WI. See pictures below of that trip, as well as from TNT last night at the Roose’s. Pray for our youth as we transition between Brandon Fouks and Regen Johnson during these next weeks. The youth will be sharing at the adult S.S. class on July 25th about the trip to the ARC.

4. Camping: This weekend is the Ruthfred Family Camping Trip at Moraine State Park on Lake Arthur. If you have not yet signed up, you still can by contacting Brandon Fouks (brandonfouks@ruthfred.org) or David Compel (davidcompel@ruthfred.org).

5. VBS: In just 2 ½ weeks, Vacation Bible School will start! Please be in prayer for Lauren Compel and all the leaders and helpers as we are preparing for this wonderful week! If you have not yet registered, please go online and do so to help us better prepare regarding numbers. This is a great opportunity to invite friends!! It is a week of spiritual growth for all! For some families, this is one of their few exposures to Jesus and our church during the year; therefore, your invitation to them is vital!

6. July 4th, Liberty, and Religious Freedom: We just finished celebrating Independence Day. I loved singing many patriotic hymns at church last Sunday. I also really enjoyed our adult Sunday School class in tracing the origins of our religious freedoms in the U.S.

Because of that, the news release that the Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C. is displaying the original Magna Carta for six months, beginning this week, caught my attention. The English Magna Carta of 1225 was very influential in our Declaration of Independence.

This week also marks the anniversary of when Archbishop Stephen Langton of Canterbury died. Langton helped to create the politically influential English document the Magna Carta. A native of Lincolnshire, England, Langton was said to have believed that although kings should be obeyed, they were not meant to rule the world. Langton became involved in the growing disputes between English barons and King John when he refused to relinquish control of Rochester castle to the monarch.

According to Medieval historian Sophie Ambler, formerly of the University of East Anglia, Langton was likely one of the authors of the Magna Carta and was a staunch supporter of it. “In 1225, [Langton] pronounced a broad sentence of excommunication in support of Magna Carta. This meant that anyone – king, royal officer, or baron – would automatically be outlawed from the Church if they violated the Charter.” “Langton was a leading figure in the opposition to King John that eventually led to [the] Magna Carta, and he may have been responsible for writing some [of] the charter’s clauses.” Langton “argued that God had not intended for the world to be ruled by kings, who could be tempted to rule oppressively and outside the law.”
(credit to Christian Post for this article)

It is interesting to see that it has been the church that has been a guiding voice behind liberty and religious freedoms throughout the centuries. Some of us have been to the Museum of the Bible, perhaps it is time to go again!

7. Pastors return: These past couple of weeks, we have been blessed to have Pastor Rich Carr, Pastor George Lautner, and Pastor Mark Richardson back with us at Ruthfred! It is always good to see pastors from our congregation return to visit. Special thanks to Pastor Lautner for helping to lead the Sunday evening service. Safe travels to you all as you return home, and God’s blessings on your ministry!

8. Preaching series on Ephesians: These next weeks of summer, we will be having a preaching series through the book of Ephesians. This little letter of the Apostle Paul’s was written from prison, but it is known as his “loftiest letter” as he describes the blessing of who we are in Christ and how we live in that blessing each day.

9. Sermon: Sermon Title: “The Chosen”
Sermon Text: Ephesians 1:1-14

Growing Together in our Faith as the Family of God,
Pastor Carlson