First Congregational Church UCC
Redfield, South Dakota
April 2024

14 For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. 15 And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them. 16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. 17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 2 Corinthians 5:14-17

5 And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new!” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children. Revelation 21:5-7

Greetings from the pastor’s desk,
One of the gifts of living in an area where there are actually four seasons where winter brings with it extreme cold is that we have the opportunity to witness the amazing power of God to bring new life from death. It happens every spring and according to our calendar, spring is here. At our cabin in Custer with 8 – 9 inches of snow on the ground, it looked more like winter. As cold as the mornings are, one can have their doubts about spring. But we have been here before. We know that spring will come eventually. It might not look like it now. The grass is still brown. The trees still look dead and bare, but there is the promise that they will come to life with new foliage in the not too distant future. Spring is here …but not quite yet. New life is still in the waiting stage to come into its fullness… (Download below)