This is my favorite way to think about what happens when Jesus sacrifices himself for us.
An Excerpt from Henri Nouwen by Robert A. Jonas
"The Flying Rodleighs are trapeze artists who perform in the German circus Simoneit-Barum. When the circus came to Freiburg two years ago, my friends Franz and Reny invited me and my father to see the show. I will never forget how enraptured I became when I first saw the Rodleighs move through the air, flying and catching as elegant dancers. The next day, I returned to the circus to see them again and introduced myself to them as one of their great fans. They invited me to attend their practice sessions, gave me free tickets, asked me to dinner, and suggested I travel with them for a week in the near future. I did, and we became good friends.
"One day, I was sitting with Rodleigh, the leader of the troupe, in his caravan, talking about flying. He said, 'As a flyer, I must have complete trust in my catcher. The public might think that I am the great star of the trapeze, but the real star is Joe, my catcher. He has to be there for me with split-second precision and grab me out of the air as I come to him in the long jump.' 'How does it work?' I asked. 'The secret,' Rodleigh said, 'is that the flyer does nothing and the catcher does everything. When I fly to Joe, I have simply to stretch out my arms and hands and wait for him to catch me and pull me safely over the apron behind the catchbar.'
" 'You do nothing!' I said, surprised. 'Nothing,' Rodleigh repeated. 'The worst thing the flyer can do is to try to catch the catcher. I am not supposed to catch Joe. It's Joe's task to catch me. If I grabbed Joe's wrists, I might break them, or he might break mine, and that would be the end for both of us. A flyer must fly, and a catcher must catch, and the flyer must trust, with outstretched arms, that his catcher will be there for him.'
"When Rodleigh said this with so much conviction, the words of Jesus flashed through my mind: 'Father into your hands I commend my Spirit.' ... 'Don't be afraid. Remember that you are the beloved child of God. He will be there when you make your long jump. Don't try to grab him; he will grab you. Just stretch out your arms and hands and trust, trust, trust.' "
In This Issue:
Time Change!! BASIC 7PM at Orchard Hill Church
24/7 Prayer Week
BASIC at Orchard Hill Church this week April 17th 7PM
Basic continues the Red Letter Series; Stuff Jesus said. Five college students will connect their stories with the words of Jesus at the Last Supper and in the evening leading up to his arrest. Everyone will have an oppourtunity to participate in communion and footwashing as a way to respond to the Word's of Jesus. ALL ARE WELCOME, invite your friends to this powerful night of student sharing. This service has been a favorite of many people through the years.
24/7 Prayer Week
You still have time to join in 24/7 prayer week, go to the Lutheran Student Center/La Vida on the corner of University and College, set aside 10 minutes or an hour. Prayer room will be open 24 hours a day through Thursday night. A final worship session will be held at 10PM Thursday after BASIC. Take a step inside and see how the College-age community has transformed this space into a living prayer. No appointment needed and no prior prayer experience is necessary, everyone is welcome. "Prayers are not just being said in the room they are literally covering the walls of the room. Seeing the ways people connect with Christ is beautiful." Tab Tabor
Nazareth Lutheran Church will host a Good Friday Service led by High School students. Each student will share a testimony related to the last words Jesus sspoke leading up to his death on the cross. This service is a great way to reflect upon the sacrifice Jesus makes for us all, and to prepare your heart for His ressurection Easter Sunday.
Friends, you are invited to Catalyst Conference May 12-16th! Here is a link with the information. http://ivcatalyst.com/ This will be a great opportunity to grow in your faith, leadership and in relationships with God & each other. We are in partnership with InterVarsity moving forward and this in an IV-led conference. We're hoping to bring some of you along! It is held in the Ozarks, so it will be a beautiful setting! Contact Rachel Danley with questions. firstname.lastname@example.org If you have any questions or need financial assistance, please let us know!
The Quest to Unravel Alzheimer's Scavenger Hunt is approaching April 25th.QUASH is a scavenger hunt on UNI's campus! All of the money raised goes towards the Alzheimer's Association and a mission of a world without Alzheimer's Disease. The scavenger hunt is one part mental, one part physical, and unlike any event on campus. Teams of 2-4 participate and race around campus to answer clues and complete challenges for points! Each participant gets free food and a free T-Shirt. There will be prizes awarded at the end! This years top fundraiser is receiving nearly $250 in prizes! There are plenty of chances for your team to win or individual door prizes as well.
The registration price is $15. But for a limited time, we have a code "ENDALZ" that will get you $5 off registration!!! But you've gotta hurry and register. Visit www.QUASHatUNI.com to register donate.
YouthWorks Summer Job
Anyone looking for an amazing job this summer? YouthWorks has reached out to us looking for staff! This is a great organization and would be a great opportunity. Positions are closing quickly, so please go to their website to learn more and apply! www.youthworks.com
Lakeview Camp Counselor Positions
Lakeview Camp located near beautiful Pine Lake needs summer staff. They are eager to share the love of Jesus with campers this summer while camping, fishing, canoeing, worshiping and hanging out. Got to the website to find out how YOU could be a light to these kids this summer! www.lakeviewconference.com
Room for rent in 3 bedroom apartment close to campus. $330/month + utilities. May 2014-May 2015 or Augaust 2014- May 2015. Call Mariah 712-210-6217 for more info.
Fundraising Garage Sale - Help Anna raise funds for her mission to Sierra Leone this summer. Saturday, April 26th from 10:00am-4:00PM. 1502 Starview Drive near the corner of University and Hudson Rd. They will be selling clothes, baked goods, furniture, thirty one bags, and silent auction.
Babysitting- Anyone looking for a summer babysitting job from 10-4 with afternoons at the pool?! Contact email@example.com!
Childcare List- Email your name and phone number to Karla Chestnut kchestnut@orchardhillchurch if you would like to be added to the Orchard Hill Church childcare list.