WEEKLY NEWS MAY 8, 2016

Upcoming Events!

Wednesday, May 18th:  The new summer Bible series starts.  It will go through August 24th.  Several teachers will teach topics of their choice.  Charles Greenawalt will start on Wednesday, May 18th.

Sunday, May 22nd:  Dennis and Sharon Welch will be with us,  We will hear a report about the work in Cambodia.  We will have our monthly Fellowship meal at noon on that day and then be dismissed for the day.

Bible Camp:  The Heart of Texas Bible Camp in Brady, TX will come in June.  Two sessions, grades 4- 8 (June 5-10) and grades 8-12 (June 12-17).  The congregation will sponsor our children who would like to attend.  Please talk with Joe Winnett for a camper application.

New Address.

Sarah & Harold Hancock have a new street address in Burnet.  It is in the same housing area, two blocks east, down by the pond.  All other directory information remains the same.  Contact the office for the new street address for your directory.

Visiting for the Master

Visitation Program Team #1 (leaders:  Joe & Teri Winnett) will meet on Wednesday, May 11th at 6:30 p.m. in the library for their assignments.

human-footprints_318-46627Beautiful Footnotes

“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.”  1 John 5:1-3 (ESV)

What a blessing to show love for others and to honor our God by doing what He has asked us to do.  Several years ago this congregation tried to help many of the children’s homes throughout the region, but eventually we focused on seeking ways to help those children closest to us, those at the Cherokee Home for Children. As we have been able to bless them over the years, we as a congregation have been blessed.

One of the goals of Cherokee has been to “provide children a safe and nurturing Christian home during times of family crisis.” Last year our congregation helped support them by contributing to a new boys’ cottage in Phase 1 of their Stability First campaign. That cottage was completed earlier this year. Recently the elders, on behalf of the congregation contributed to their Phase 2 which will build a new girls’ cottage.  The Home has informed us that they now have all the funds committed to begin construction.  Thanks be to God.

This weekend our congregation participated in the Cherokee Day Food Drive, that helps the Home offer healthy meals in a family setting every day to their growing children.  For many, it is the first time in their lives that they can expect to eat at a certain time and have as much as they need. Through contributions from individual members and an amount designated by the elders, our congregation contributed a helpful cash gift to the Home to help with their food expenses.  Several members attended their Open House and shared time with the staff and children as well as a delicious barbeque lunch. What a blessing to be able to bless this wonderful group of children and the Home that cares for them.

We thank God that this congregation has been so willing to bless others and show God’s love by keeping His commandments.  They are not burdensome, but bring joy and blessings to so many.  Keep this ministry in your prayers.  For the elders, Ken D

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