WEEKLY NEWS JULY 17, 2016

Attention All Bible Teachers!

The Central Texas Bible Teachers Workshop is coming up on July 22-23 (Friday & Saturday) at the Cameron Road church of Christ in Austin, TX. Take advantage of this good offer!

VISITING FOR THE MASTER

VISITATION PROGRAM Team #2 (leaders: Cary & Brenda Miller) will meet on Wednesday, July 20th, at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.

July 31st New Sunday morning adult Bible classes will begin a study entitled “The Glorious Gospel” by Mack Lyon. Charles Greenawalt will teach in the fellowship room and Ken Darnell will teach in the auditorium.

August 19-25 Joe and Teri Winnett will attend a preachers workshop in Tennessee. Charles Greenawalt will preach the morning or August 21st and Ken Darnell will preach the evening lesson.

August 28th Doug and Diane Wheeler will be here and Doug will preach for us that morning. We will have combined adult classes and our monthly pot luck lunch.

A NEW PLAN FOR SCHOOL SUPPLIES PROGRAM

Packsaddle Elementary School has changed its school supply program this year. They are re-questing monetary donations instead of tangible goods—the school will buy the supplies needed. The church will make a donation at the appropriate time; however, if you would like to contribute additionally, please state “school supplies” on the bottom of your check. The school administration has been very complementary and appreciative of our work in this program.

human-footprints_318-46627Beautiful Footnotes . . .

A great article shared by our fellow laborer, Dennis Welch. Please keep the work of the gospel in Cambodia in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

In Asia, ‘a fellowship of difference’

A new generation of Christ-followers seeks to dispel disunity as they serve at 10th Angkor of Faith. The youths, who represent Churches of Christ across Southeast Asia and as far away as the U.S. and England, experienced a much different truth hours earlier — a truth few tourists here ever see. The Christians spent the afternoon in a Cambodian village, where they fed, sang songs and danced with children. Then they shampooed and deloused the children’s hair. “We also teach them how to cut their nails and brush their teeth,” said John Lim, 20, a member of the Pasir Panjang Church of Christ in Singapore. The goal is “basically just to help them improve their lives a little bit.”

Growing up in fast-paced, competitive Singapore, “I thank God that I’ve been able to see that life is a lot more than grades,” Lim said. The weeklong trip to Cambodia benefits young believers “who haven’t had a milestone experience to really anchor their faith.”

“Stepping Stones to Greater Unity” – Part youth rally and part mission trip, Angkor of Faith also builds unity among a new generation of believers — many of whom grew up in Churches of Christ after their parents were baptized by missionaries. In some Southeast Asian cities, division has plagued Churches of Christ. Members have disputed doctrine and fought over rights to church property. “Previously, from what my parents have said, churches used to be kind of isolated from each other,” Lim said. Events such as Angkor of Faith and the annual Asian Mission Forum — next scheduled for late July in Malaysia — are “stepping stones to greater unity,” he said. “If things keep going as they are right now, I really think that we’re going to see a lot more sharing and integration.” Unity was the theme of morning devotionals at the event, led by Wade Hodges, senior minister for the Preston Road Church of Christ in Dallas. “I think this is the most diversity I’ve ever seen in a church,” he said as he surveyed the hotel lobby filled with 126 souls from 13 countries. “Our culture has taught us that it’s OK to treat people from different cultures differently,” Hodges said. Two millennia ago, the apostle Paul wrote letters to young churches in Galatia and Ephesus, urging them to be “not a church of the same” but “a fellowship of difference.” “It is the diversity in the church,” Hodges said, “that reveals the power of the Gospel to a divided world.”

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