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We are a Gospel-centered community of people blessed by God to be a blessing to others.
Highlights of our upcoming events:
Our summer worship schedule begins next week.
-Join us at 8:50 a.m. for a pre-service hymn sing, followed by worship at 9:00 a.m.
Mark your calendars for the Prince of Peace garage sale!
-Items may be brought to Fellowship Hall beginning Sunday, June 11. Small items only, please,
in usable condition. The sale will take place June 16 and 17.
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This month's letter from Pastor Roger Osbeck
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Any true professional baseball fan of my generation, and before, will remember the name Rod Carew. Rod Carew (now 71 years old) is a
member of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. He played for the Minnesota Twins and California Angels from 1967-1985.
In that time he won seven batting titles and was named to the All-Star team 18 times. He was Rookie of the Year in the American
League in 1967 and Most Valuable Player in 1977. His player mnumber 29 has been retired by both the Twins and the Angels (for you novices,
that means no one else can wear that number for those teams.
There was a story in the news recently concering Rod Carew and another professional athlete, Konrad Reuland, a tight end for the Baltimore Ravens and
New York Jets. In 2015, Carew suffered a massive heart attack which eventually led to his need for a heart
transplant. Throughout last year, while waiting for a donor, Carew worked with the American Heart Association on a compaign to raise awareness for transplant donors.
In December of 2016, he received that heart, along with a kidney from Konrad Reuland, who had died that same month from a brain aneurysm.
There are interesting coincidences in the story. Aside from them both being prefessional athletes, Reuland was 29 yesrs old when he died. As mentioned
previously, Rod Carew wore number 29 throughout his career and his effort with the American Heart Association was named "Heart of 29." The two had also met once when Reuland
was in sixth grade. Reuland had attended the same middle school as Carew's children. Carew has met Konrad Reuland's family since the transplant, and both
consider themselves forever linked together. Now, they have joined forces to fight cardiovascular disease and to promote organ donation.
In one way, as Christians, we can see a connection between this story and Jesus giving up his life for the sake of God's people.
His death and resurrection have given us the promise of salvation to eternal life. That's why we gather to worship and work
for the good of others in thanksgiving for this blessing.
In another way, this story helps keep in the forefront our own recent promotion of organ donation which, in our death, can bring life to others.
This proves especially important as one of our Prince of Peace family members, Jeff Benz, awaits the time he will be eligible to be placed on a transplant list for a new liver.
He has suffered through several bouts with cancer in his liver. After finishing treatments, he has to be
cleared of the disease for a few months to qualify for the transplant list.
The Carew-Reuland story reminds us that God works in amazing ways. Konrad Reuland's mother has said she is thrilled her son's organs helped Carew.
"We lost a wonderful man, so it had to go into a wonderful person. I couldn't be happier that it went to such a wonderful man," she said.
We pray in faith that Jeff Benz will soon qualify for a transplant and that a suitable donor may be found. Even in tragedy, God can bring triumph.
Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!
Peace to you. See you in church.
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