Festival of Praise 2009

Joshua 1:9
  verse: "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
comments:  In the midst of uncertainty and change He is my Rest, my Rock, and my Redeemer.
name:  Dale E. Dorothy 
school: Vennard College
Psalm 19:14

verse: Psalm 19:14 "May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer."
name:Verne Summers
school: C.E.I. 1953

Psalm 66:12
  verse: Psalm 66:12 “…we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.”
name: Dr. Tim Roehl
Psalm 94:11 & 22
  verse: The Lord knows the thoughts of humanity, that they are a mere breath. But the Lord has been my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge.
name: Stacey Higgins
school: 1982-1986
Psalm 118:8
  verse: Psalm 118:8  "It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man."
name: Jim Hulett
Psalm 122:7&8
  "The Lord will keep you from all harm - he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Psalm 122:7&8 (NIV)
comments:  I'm so thankful that He's got it all in control and is watching!
name:  Joy Wease Boutakov 
school: Vennard Alumnus
Proverbs 3:5-6
  verse: "Trust in the Lord WITH ALL YOUR HEART and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."  Proverbs 3:5-6
comments:  Continuing to enjoy the ministry God has placed me in as Pastor of Zumbrota Wesleyan Church in Zumbrota, MN.  It never ceases to amaze me how God can use us in His work!
name:  Jan Fischer 
school: Vennard College
Isaiah 54:17
  verse: No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper - Isaiah 54:17
comments:  Great verse for me this year
name:  Phyllis Hoyt 
school: Vennard College
Jeremiah 26:14
  verse: "As for me, here I am in Your hand,do with me what seems good and proper to You." Jer. 26:14
comments:  Thank you for continuing this special tradition.
name:  Sue Martin 
school: Vennard
Jeremiah 32:17
  verse: Jeremiah 32:17,  "AH, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and ourstretched arm, and NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR YOU."
comments: Aren't we glad that GOD is in control.......Oh, how we pray for our country, BUT NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR OUR GREAT GOD..........AND WE LEAN ON HIM!!
name: Marion Lewton
Lamentations 3:22
  verse: Lamentations 3:22  "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end
name: Linda Hulett
Luke 12:11
  verse: Do not worry about about what you should say.  For the Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say Luke 12:11
comments: I have coffee on Wed. morning with a group of ladies from mixed church relations from Protestants , catholic, Jewish to those who DO NOT ATTEND anywhere.  I want so much to be a witness but have strruggled with what to say to this group.  Then the Lord gave me this verse from Luke 12:1. Soon after receiving this promise the Lord gave me a wonderful chance to share how God had answered prayer for us in India.    God is so good.
name: Sue Harris
Luke 12:40
  verse: Be ye therefore ready also. Luke 12:40
comments: I feel much impressed this year to work on being completely the person God needs me to be in order to do the work He has for me to do.
name: Sandra Harris
school: Vennard College 1974-78
Romans 5:1-5
  verse: "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. - Romans 5:1-5
comments:  My year verse is not so much what is contained in the verse as a whole, rather, it is in the one single word that stands out to me, PERSEVERANCE.  I have asked the Lord this year to especially give me the ability to persevere.  As a missionary having served eighteen years in Argentina, I am fairly acquainted with tribulations.  By persevering, character is built which brings forth HOPE.  And hope in Christ is what keeps me persevering in the ministry.
name:  ToyLeann (Marshall) Mast 
school: Vennard College - 1987
Romans 8:35-39
  verse: Romans 8:35-39:  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels or demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
comments: These verses remind me that no matter what comes my way to get me down, nothing ca nkeep me from God's love.
name: Mary Roozeboom
Romans 12: 1-2
  verse: Romans 12:1,2  Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-- this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
comments:  I really feel that Romans 12 is going to be my year "verse" (I know, chapter).  What a chapter full of wisdom for life and this coming year!  I pray that these 2 verses will be your testimony this year!  Be Transformed!
name:  Mark C. Doll 
school: Vennard College
Corinthians 4:11
  verse: "For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh." II Corin. 4:11
name:  Rev. Betsy Schott  
Ephesians 3:20,21
  verse: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.  Ephesians 3:20,21
comments:  I expect the Lord to do some great things in my life, in my ministry and in my family this year. I'm trusting in His word. 
name:  Larry Carr 
school: Vennard class of 1981
II Timothy 1:12b
  verse: I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.  II Timothy 1:12b
comments:  It's great to KNOW the One in whom I have my faith, especially in the midst of such changing times.
name:  Olive (Horsager) Slye 
school: attended CEI from 1952-1956 (graduated in 1956)
II Tim. 3:14
  verse: 2 Tim. 3:14 - "But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it."
comments: This has been a turbulent year with all the stuff that has transpired.  However, I do want to share my 2009 verse with you guys. We went through a downsize at John Wesley and it is easy to be overworked and overwhelmed.  Yet in the midst of it all, I need to continue to share what I know and what I have become convinced of because I know those who were instrumental in shaping my life - and I'm just trying to pass it on.
name: Dr. John Lindsey
Hebrews 6:14-15
  verse: Hebrews 6:14-15 “…I will certainly bless you, and multiply you greatly.  So after waiting patiently, Abraham obtained the promise.”
name: Dr. Tim Roehl
Hebrews 13:15
  verse: By Him, therefore, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually; that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name.  Heb.13:15
comments:  Rejoice always, give thanks in everything... the Lord is at HAND!
name:  Phillip Schrauben 
school: Vennard College 1993-1997
Hebrews 13:15, 16
  verse: Hebrews 13:15, 16  Through Jesus, therfore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise - the fruit of lips that confess his name.  And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
name:  Sharon Cox 
school: Vennard