WEEKLY NEWS OCTOBER 2, 2016

ICE CREAM!!!!

Our annual Ice Cream and Dessert Fellowship will be THIS Wednesday, October 5th, following our devotional. Bring homemade ice cream (or store bought), brownies, toppings, brownies, desserts, brownies, cookies, brownies, etc. The food is great, but being together is the sweetest part of all.

EASTERN EUROPEAN MISSIONS

Million Dollar Sunday Contribution Results – Our contribution for Million Dollar Sunday to date is $2,187 with another $50 pledged. The elders decided to round up the amount, and sent a check for $2,500. The church here and worldwide is doing an amazing thing as we all work together to reach thousands of people – some that would never have been reached any other way. Thank you, Church for helping supply Bibles to those who are seeking the Word of God!

MEN’S PRAYER FELLOWSHIP

The next Men’s Prayer Fellowship will be THIS Saturday, October 8th, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship room.

A BIBLE CLASS WORKSHOP FOR LADIES October 22, 2016 (9:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.)

All ladies are invited to attend a Bible Class Workshop hosted by the Southwest Church of Christ and World Video School. It will be a great opportunity to better prepare each of us to teach in the Bible class setting.   See and hear dozens of methods, songs, and visuals. Discover the how and why of teaching all ages—nursery through adults. Learn how to apply Bible lessons properly and effectively.   Lunch will be provided, so we will need to register early to give them an accurate count. Please let Teri Winnett know if you are interested in attending.  Check the bulletin board for more information.

HELPING HANDS PANTRY NEWS

Pantry Needs: 1-dozen size egg cartons. Toiletries such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, body wash, combs, hairbrushes, shampoo, etc.

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BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

Exciting news from our beloved co-laborers, the Welches, in Cambodia.  Please keep them and the Cambodian brethren in thought and prayer.  For the elders, Ken D

11b …I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:11b-13

Greetings brethren,

As always we plead to our Lord Jesus Christ that He bless you with greater and greater grace, peace, faith, hope and love. We are ever grateful for your sacrifice to Him, especially your constant prayers.

HUGE NEWS! Something incredibly profound has happened for us. Most of you have heard Sharon’s story of being abandoned and then adopted as a young child. She had been told that she had an older sister and brother and two younger sisters. Now, after nearly 50 years of separation Sharon has been able to find and connect with her birth siblings…well, most of them. We’re still trying to track down the rest and the leads keep trickling in. Sharon, in fact both of us, are overflowing with joy and love. What an amazing experience. It would be hard for any of us to imagine what Sharon is experiencing right now. To what could we compare this? We will declare praise to God that we see the Spirit all over this.

Therefore, Sharon will leave Cambodia on October 1 to visit a sister in Hayward, CA and then on to DFW to connect with other siblings, returning to Cambodia on November 9. We’re not sure how her trip will work out concerning visits to others. It’s truly in the mighty hands of God.

How can you help? We ask that you pray that God will use His servant, Sharon, as His vessel of grace, peace, compassion and gentleness to navigate this unique situation and bring peace and healing to lives that have been through much more than any of us have experienced…not that any of us are all that unstained…but we’re discovering that this family has been through so much. Sharon is uniquely equipped by God for this and we are confident Christ’s beautiful light will shine through her. Bless her with your fervent prayers.

OTHER NEWS: Since our last news we both received training to be professional coaches and have begun employing this new discipling skill to help others become more obedient to Jesus.

We attended the third of four weekend retreats called Refocusing Leaders that is helping us make the transitions in our ministries.

Also, we have begun meeting with a few of the other missionaries involved in disciple making to encourage and strengthen one another.

To that end, Dennis has been meeting with four (and sometimes more) Cambodian men to walk beside them as they/we seek the lost and nurture the church. Mark Hooper, these are the guys in whom I’m investing.

Finally, we recently hosted brethren from the South Pacific Bible College in Tauranga, New Zealand, and were truly blessed by their encouragements and fellowship. At the end of worship Mike Austin of SPBC said, ” I teach I & II Corinthians and have always wondered what a well-behaved Corinthian house church would look like…well this afternoon I experienced that in your home!”

There’s so much more to say but we’re trying to keep these updates brief.

READING:  The Way of the Heart, by Henri Nouwen

STUDYING:   Personally, Ephesians. With the church, Romans

MEMORIZING:   The verse at the top but in Khmer language, Philippians 4:11-13. Any suggestions for our next verses?

PRAYERS:   Sharon’s emotional and physical strength

Dennis’ meetings with the guys

The faith of the church in Cambodia

The hearts of the disciples to tell whatever they consider to be good news as they are going

Eternal love & blessings, Dennis & Sharon

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