The Itzels Newsletter
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Happy Easter - Our Lord is alive!!! It is because of the resurrection that we have hope! Over 500 eye-witnesses saw Jesus risen from the dead and many of those went to their deaths refusing to deny what they saw. Jesus changed their lives and is still changing lives today. One day, He will return in a very different fashion than he came the first time, but this week, we celebrate His triumph over death and sin!
Great Book Ideas - This month, I have greatly enjoyed reading "One Perfect Life" by John MacArthur. He takes all 4 gospels and combines them into one easy-to-read story of the life of Christ in chronological order. I started at the first part of this month and am now up to the resurrection. It's like reading all of the gospel accounts at once, word-for-word from the scripture! I recommend it to everyone.
Another fantastic book that is absolutely life-changing that I recommend to any Christian who is serious about following the Lord's will is Radical by David Platt. We have been studying this book in our small group and every chapter has humbled and challenged me to stop living with my eyes on the world and start laying up my treasures for His Kingdom. WARNING: If you don't want to be challenged and are not willing to abandon all, take up your cross, and follow Christ, I'd stay as far away from this book as you can.
Nicaragua Trip - A couple of weeks ago, I sent out a letter about the mission trip Karen, Shannon, and I are involved in. We still need to raise about $2,000 of the $3600 to go on this trip. God is providing, but if you would like to help us out and invest in this evangelistic endeavor, you can send any donation to Bill & Karen Itzel Ministries 4215 Salem Bottom Rd. Westminster, MD 21157 and mark it Nicaragua Trip. All gifts are 100% Tax deductible. If you would be interested in going, please email me and I can give you the information!
Upcoming Dates - Make sure to come see us in concert when we are in your area! Here are the concerts we have scheduled for April: Go to www.Billandkarenitzel.com for more details:
Everett Church of God - Everett, PA - April 7
Calvary Bible Church - Lusby, MD - April 14
Colerain Baptist - Kirkwood, PA - April 21
Fairview Nazarene - Eagleville, PA - April 23
Living Hope Church of God - Laurel, MD April 28
As you can see, we are a little thin this month. Please continue to pray for churches to book up this year. I feel that after the economy of the last 4 years and the election results last year, churches are buckling up for a bumpy ride and cutting back on outside ministries like ours. God continues to give us a message to preach in our songs so I know He wants us to continue. Pray that doors will open and that even in this difficult time, God will expand our territory and use us to further His Kingdom.
Open Dates - Right now here are the open dates for the spring of 2013:
May 12 - AM (Mother's Day)
June 9 - PM
June 23 - AM or PM
June 30 - AM or PM
July 7 - AM or PM
July 14 - AM
July 21 - AM
July 28 - AM or PM
New Idea for our next CD - I want to get some feedback from you about an idea I have had for a few years. I have had so many great songs that have blessed me over the decades and would like to bless others with them. We usually record our own music, but I would like to make a new CD of "Covers" of other artist's songs. Does this sound like something you would like to hear? Email me and let me know...
Adoption Update - We are currently a "Waiting family". That means, all of our paperwork is done and we are just...waiting. Pray for the right birthmother to choose our family. We are trusting God for His timing in this. We are still doing Pampered Chef parties to fund the adoption and we still have about $16,000 to raise. If you would like to have us come to your home, cook you a meal, sing a few songs, and put on a super-awesome show, email Karen at: email@example.com
Bill Itzel has been a worship leader and singer/songwriter for over 30 years and is based in Westminster, MD. His family tours and leads worship around the country. Bill and his family attend Belcroft Bible Church in Bowie, MD. This is a blog about congregational worship and the latest news in the The Itzel's ministry.