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This week @ MTBC
Volume 5, Issue 35 - September 1, 2021
Remembering our Lord's Sacrifice
through Communion
Sunday Morning - September 5, 2021
Sunday Service at 10:30 am

John 21
Pastor Mark Wagner
Our dear Bob Swanson passed away on Monday, August 30, 2021.  Our hearts are filled with sympathy for Rita and the family. We joyfully recall Bob's enthusiasm for the Lord and seeing his spiritual growth. He faithfully met with and served his church family whenever he could. He will be greatly missed.
Memorial Service Time and Location to be announced.
Please watch for an email that provides an opportunity to sign up to help with meals for Rita and family over the next few weeks.
A Note from Pastor Mark

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”  Philippians 1:21

As believers, Christ is our life. We are purchased with His blood, and He is our Lord. The cross and the empty tomb remind us of His great love. Everyone who trusts the Savior for forgiveness of their sins has the hope of eternal life. As a result, we no longer live for ourselves. We live for Christ who gave Himself for us. We rejoice in serving Him. It is our privilege. 

As you will read in this week’s newsletter, our dear brother Bob Swanson entered glory after a heart attack on Monday. The suddenness of his death has deeply touched all of us here at Mt. Tahoma. Bob was just with us on Sunday talking about Jesus, laughing at the potluck, and discussing how he could help in AWANA again this year. To sum up the life of Bob Swanson in a sentence we could very aptly use the verse, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” He lived for Christ because he loved the Savior who changed his life forever. Bob had no fear of death. No wonder!  The promise of God’s Word reminds us, "to die is gain." Stop and consider that at this very moment Bob Swanson is in the presence of His Savior. Two verses later we read: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far! (v. 23)

It is significant that this summer we spent time in our Wednesday evening Bible studies learning what the Bible teaches about heaven. Bob actively participated in our discussion.

We all feel the loss of friends and family who die. We grieve deeply. But for those who die and know Jesus as Lord and Savior, we don’t grieve like those without hope. Bob now knows such great joy! Our brother is at this very moment in the presence of His Savior, and that is better by far! What an amazing comfort.
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September 4th
4:30 pm at the Church
Over many years, we have watched as God has provided time after time for our every need—both in our personal lives and as a church family.  Quite honestly, while we have not had an abundance of giving at Mt. Tahoma this past year, we have been blessed to have enough every month. 

As we enter the fall, we want to let you know that we have some greater needs.  Will you join us in asking the Lord to provide some additional funds?  One of our furnaces (we have several) has stopped working, and the repair estimate is over $4500.  This—along with several other extra expenses this month—are challenging the church budget.  We prefer not to initiate the work on the furnace until we have the funds in hand.  Thankfully, the furnace problem does not affect our air conditioning system, but as the weather cools, we will be needing the heat!

Thank you for your willingness to pray and to give generously to this ministry.
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