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Mike Turner, Banjo Man



Mike Turner, Banjo Man, returns to Big Lake to lead us in worship Sunday, July 10 at 9:00 a.m.

A former resident of Big Lake, Mike Turner has traveled worldwide as a missionary gospel singer for over 20 years performing more than 5,000 concerts throughout America and foreign countries; and serving Christian churches of all denominations as well as public events, and community concerts.  Mike, known as “The Banjo Man” is a genuine virtuoso of the acoustic guitar and 5-string banjo.  Mike has had a long successful history of song writing and recording in Nashville, Tennessee releasing over 250 songs on 25 CD’s which have touched millions of people from coast to coast and around the world from Europe to Japan.  Mike has received numerous awards and performed with many legendary artists from The Grand Ole Opry as well as Branson Missouri.  Mike features world famous hymns, traditional gospel songs, original songs of inspiration and instrumentals.  Make your plans now to attend, Mike promises you’ll receive a lift and be blessed.


P.S. CD’s will be available!  :-)

Buena Vista

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How’s Your View?

What you know about your future is more important than knowing your past.


Near the top of the hill above the city of Duluth was a motel-lounge-restaurant called Buena Vista (Spanish for “good view”.)  Built in the 1950s it had a massive picture window for soaking in the sky, the city of Duluth and, of course, Lake Superior.  (It was torn down in 2005.)  Val and I used to take people up there and along Skyline Drive to give them some perspective before going down to the harbor and along the shore.  The view was spectacular and it would set up expectations for the day.


But sometimes it was tempting to just stay there.  So much to look at!  Every once in a while there would be another ship.  And certainly there were people and cars to watch down in the city.  We could just keep ordering more food and make ourselves feel quite at home.


Our view from up there, however, was not meant to be our ending point but the beginning.  What we saw in the distance was what we wanted to experience.

  • So, imagine this: what if, instead of Lake Superior, you saw wave after wave of brilliant love?  The kind expressed so fully on a cross?  Wouldn’t you want to head into that love to experience it?  To splash around in it, hike along it and share it with others?  (Romans 8:18 and Ephesians 1:3-10)
  • What if, instead of cars and pedestrians below, your view was of thousands upon thousands of people in joyful assembly, loved ones and strangers all together, united in Christ, of every flavor, shape, size, color, praising God with all their hearts?  Wouldn’t you want to head into that and live knowing that’s where you’re going?  (Hebrews 12:22-23 and Revelation 21)
  • What if, instead of ocean-going ships advancing to their destinations, you see a “complete” you, whole and holy and filled with love and grace – because God is not done with you and won’t quit until He is?  (Philippians 1:6)

And believe me when I tell you that is just the tip of the iceberg.  What you know about your future is more important than knowing your past.  What you see ahead, guaranteed through Christ Jesus, alters your course here.  It's what your life is intended for.  In fact, did you know that when you pray “…thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” that’s what you’re praying for?  That you/we live out God’s kingdom now on earth, just like in heaven?


May your view move you out of your comfortable seat and into what God has for you.


Vacation Bible School



Join us for Cave Quest VBS July 31st-August 4th, where kids explore the rock-solid foundation of Jesus’ love. At Cave Quest, kids explore what it means to follow Jesus through dark times, by experiencing incredible Bible stories kids see, hear, touch, and even taste! Sciency-Fun Gizmos and team-building games are just a few of the cool standout activities designed to help faith flow into real life.

You can register by clicking here, and if you register by June 1st you can take advantage of the Early Bird Discount! Through June 1st the registration fee will be $25 per student or a $60 family Maximum, after June 1st registration will increase to $30 per student or a $65 family maximum. We are already recruiting volunteers, so let us know where you would like to help out and join the fun!! Spots are available in the preschool class, the kitchen, imagination station (science experiments), games, Bible stories, kid-vid cinema, registration, greeters, photography and leading students around from one fun station to the next! Positions are flexible! Contact Molly and let her know what area of the fun you want to join! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">


VBS is open for children age 3 (must be toilet trained) through 5th grade.



Monday Morning Small Group Study for Women

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A 6-Session Study from the Book of Ruth
New Book for Monday morning small group for women starting June 13th.

Every woman will eventually face it: the temptation to give in and give up. But something transformative happens when a woman decides to persevere in the face of difficulty and pain. A woman who refuses to quit influences her world in ways she could never have imagined. Join us Monday mornings from 9:30-11:00, volunteer child care available if needed. contact Molly in the church office or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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