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National Day of Prayer – May 4th
Thursday, May 4, 2017 is the 66th Annual National Day of Prayer. Throughout our state, and across the country, millions of people will participate in this incredible opportunity to gather and pray publicly for our nation!
Numerous prayer events will be held at various times throughout the state on May 4th. Start praying now about how you will engage in this extraordinary occasion to be a public witness for our Lord Jesus Christ!
If you will be in the Middletown area at 1:30pm on May 4th, join WIHS for "Prayer Moves Mountains" at the Pavilion at Harbor Park (across from the pedestrian tunnel).
Visit nationaldayofprayer.org to find the event near you!
2017 National Day of Prayer Verse
"O Lord, hear. O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen and act! For your own sake, do not delay, O my God, for your people and your city bear your name." – Daniel 9:19 (NLT)
Special Programming for National Day of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 4. To help focus our minds and hearts on this special day, WIHS is airing two specials.
The first is Reclaiming Our Identity in Christ and will air Thursday at 1:30am and 1:30pm. In this 25-minute special, Pastor Carter encourages us to flee from all that's knocking at our door in today's culture, into the arms of our gracious and loving God through prayer. He pushes us to step into our identity in Christ, remembering both what we're called to do and whom we're called to represent ... getting back into the Word of God and the promises He has left for us.
The second special is the Sixth Annual One Cry Prayer Summit which will air Thursday from 8pm to 9:55pm. Moody Radio will broadcast a live two hour concert of prayer event from Moody Radiois historic studio B in Chicago. Host Wayne Shepherd and prayer director Bob Bakke will include a round table of Christian leaders who will guide prayer times with listeners from coast to coast. There will be ilivei worship performed by Freddy Washington and reports from important prayer events around the nation.
Meet the New WIHS Music Director – Dennis DeLuzio
Dennis DeLuzio received his Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Central Connecticut State University and has taken additional course work at The University of Hartford. He has been a member of the Hartford Chorale for over 44 years, where he has served as Concert Chairperson, Vice President, soloist and Assistant Conductor. He currently is a part of the Chorale's Artistic Advisory Committee.
Mr. DeLuzio taught Secondary Vocal Music in the Southington Public School System for five years. During the 80s he was Chorus Master and Music Director for the Greater New Britain Opera Association. At various times through the years he has been a soloist and Music Director with the New Britain Musical Club, as well as doing solo work while being a member of the New Britain Chorale.
Dennis served as Choir Director and baritone soloist at Trinity United Methodist Church in New Britain before becoming Choir Director at St. Ann's Church in New Britain. For 10 years he sang in the choir, was a soloist, and Assistant Choir Director at Calvary Church of West Hartford. He then became the Director of Worship and Music at Calvary for six years. At Valley Community Baptist Church in Avon, Dennis has been the Choir and Orchestra Director, and is still a member of their choir today.
Not only has God given Dennis DeLuzio gifts in the are of music, but also in the area of technology. He is currently employed full time by The Hartford as an Oracle Database Administrator.
Dennis says, " As I look back on my younger years I realize I was always drawn to the Lord but continued to run away from Him. I was a huge fan of triumphal music and movies that painted Jesus as the Victor, yet was still far away from Him. Even dating two young ladies, who eventually were saved, did not sway me. I was a runner and God was chasing me.
Shortly after college, I got my first job as a church Choir Director at Trinity United Methodist Church in New Britain, a position I held for a year but left as I didn't feel 'ready' for such a responsibility. I was still running, but God was catching up. Eventually I ran myself into a deep hole where I wronged some people who were close to me and got in a heap of trouble, so much so that I might have lost everything if not for one of those people who I wronged said I needed Jesus in my life.
Caught ! ! !
In June of 1989, with my wife at my side, I accepted Jesus as my Savior and within a very short period of time the healing began. I went through a period of counseling...began to see my wayward way and did a complete turnaround. I found solace in the Scriptures, my relationships have all strengthened and I am closer than ever to those I had wronged.
Now, my music is dedicated to Him, as am I.
I have led other church choirs since Trinity, and have sung in several more. Music has taken on new meaning and I worship through it."
Dennis and his wife, Elaine, have two grown children. Their daughter, Amy is a counselor and their son Matt is a surgeon.
Missionaries from Brazil visit WIHS
Julio and Susy Esquivel served with Word of Life Argentina from 2006-2013, and now are missionaries with Word of Life, Caldas Novas Brazil. Hear about their work for the Lord in an upcoming WIHS Journal with Anissa Porticelli in early April.
Meet New Board Member Albert Innarelli
I was born on January 28th, 1958 in Springfield, Mass. to God-fearing parents. They taught my younger brother and me right from wrong. But knowing the difference between right and wrong, and being able to resist the temptation to do wrong, are two different things. And it's the latter that resulted in my doing five years of a six year federal prison sentence.
I was bitter about my prison sentence because I knew it was longer than I deserved. Because I was a professional, the judge wanted to make an example out of me, so he sentenced me to a term that was longer than the sentencing guidelines dictated. But instead of letting it get me down, I set out to use the time there to make myself a better person.
Being brought up Catholic, I believed that Jesus had died on the cross for my sins. But, I also believed, wrongly, that I had to be a good person and do good deeds in order to personally win His favor. It wasn't until I got involved in bible study at the prison and began fellowshipping with other Christians, that I learned that the Lord wanted to have a personal relationship with me. It was in prison that I accepted Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior.
Through daily bible reading, especially the story of Joseph, I learned that what the judge and prosecutor in my case intended for evil, God intended for good. The growth that I experienced in my spiritual life would never have come about, had I not been incarcerated. There is a line from Pastor Rick Warren's "Purpose Driven Life", that resonates with me every day – "You never know that God is all you need, until God is all you've got". Jesus carried me then and he continues to carry me.
From my incarceration experience, I have learned that the struggle between choosing to do good or evil, yielding to my will or God's will, God's way or my way, cannot be won by human strength or will-power alone. Our enemy, the devil, conspires with the "world" and our "flesh", to draw us away from the peace, joy, and security which God provides for those who put their trust in him.
WIHS Spring 2017 Special Book Offer
Six Lies People Tell About The Man Who Said He Was God
by Dr. Erwin Lutzer
Both skeptics and believers want the truth about the man who claimed to be God. Renowned scholar Dr. Erwin Lutzer provides the ultimate answers. Drawing on decades of rigorous Bible study and teaching experience, he examines six widely-held beliefs about Jesus Christ--untruths that have even infiltrated even the church – and counters them with facts. The fabrications include:
• Jesus' family tomb has been discovered
• Jesus was not crucified
• Judas did Jesus a favor
• Jesus was only a man
• Jesus had a dark secret
• Jesus is one way among many
Using clear logic and historical evidence, Dr. Lutzer explains how these lies sprouted and grew, gives readers deeper insight into the true character and qualities of Jesus, and equips readers to identify and expose lies that demean him.
You can receive a copy of this book by making a donation of any amount to WIHS. Offer valid thru May 31, 2017 or while supplies last. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.
Click here to make a donation for the book.
2017 Daily Bible Reading Guide
The Psalms, the Gospel according to Matthew, Paul's epistle to the Romans and the book of Hebrews. We'll visit passages within these books during April while using the Daily Bible Reading Guide from The Connecticut Bible Society. The theme found in the guide for April is God's Faithful Word of Hope, and each passage listed in the guide this month points to that theme.
The guide is available in English and Spanish. The Connecticut Bible Society and WIHS have teamed up together to make the guide available to you at no cost!
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