WEEKLY NEWS, NOVEMBER 26, 2017

PLEASE CHECK . . .

. . . the “Continue to Remember” list and the “In The Military” list periodically, updates are very important! If you think that your name or the name of a loved one needs to be removed (or added), please let the secretary (Helga) know! And as always, a written note or an e-mail is best.  Your help is very, very much appreciated!

DINOSAURS UNLEASHED!

These books for teachers and others who are interested in them, are here. Each book costs $9.00. Please talk to Joe if you would like to have one.

VISITING FOR THE MASTER

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

OPEN HOUSE

You are invited for Food and Fellowship on December 4, 5:30-7:30 PM, for a Come and Go Holiday Open House at the Miller’s Home, 1922 Bluebonnet Lane.

HELPING HANDS PANTRY AND CLOTHES CLOSET

Pantry Needs – Plastic bags

Clothes Closet – Men’s shirts, jackets & shoes

Thank you for your support of this ministry of benevolence!

COOKIE TIME IS HERE!

The cookies we have collected will be packed up by the members of the Ladies Class this coming Wednesday, November 29th. If you have not brought your home-made or store-bought cookies yet, there is still time to bring them either this afternoon or some time before 9:00 AM on Wednesday!

We also need to collect stuffed animals/dolls for our Fellowship Meal/Holiday Party on Sunday, December 10th. They will be given to Seton-Care-A-Van for children in the hospital. Make sure that there are only embroidered eyes on the stuffed toys!

WELCOME, NEW MEMBER

We rejoice with Alicia Ramsay, who asked last Sunday to be immersed, baptized, into the death of our Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. God added her to His church and she is now a member of this congregation. God bless you, Alicia, we welcome you! Please update her address information to your directory by calling the church secretary.

THANK YOU NOTE

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Words cannot express our feelings of thankfulness for all you have done for us, the beautiful afghan that we will treasure always, and the gratitude we have for you, your support, your prayers, and especially your love! God bless each and every one of you! We love you!  Charles and Barbara Greenawalt

footprints-hiBEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

When our brother Richard Emperado was with us last, we agreed to additional support that would fund the two teachers of the Evangelism school there in the Philippines that Richard was starting. In this part of a recent report Richard tells more about that school. Keep this work and the souls of those in the Philippines in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

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Howdy! We have a visitor this month to be our guest teacher at the School of National Evangelism (S.O.N.E.). Just to reiterate, S.O.N.E. Is the name we chose for our school we started last June, which offers Biblical & Vocational-Technical Training. It has been almost six months now since we started the Bible school & I am so encouraged to see the improvements of our students. All of them could now preach & teach, we have 10 students enrolled. The next six months, the two teachers & I will help them polish their preaching & teaching skills, and provide them more hands on and practical experiences. Every Saturday, all of the students will go help a local church do their evangelism (going house to house). It is amazing to see how they could infuse enthusiasm & encouraged the local church. Every Sunday, a team of two students will go to small & struggling churches to teach & preach. It is encouraging to see how the attendance has grown in the churches they are working with. One church has grown from 6 to 20, and another has grown from 50 to 100. The students are having a great impact. These little churches love our students & appreciate all their help.

Our S.O.N.E. students can also sing very well. One of the teachers, Dennis Bello, is a good music teacher. The guys love to sing, they start about 5am when they have devo. They also like to sing when they are cooking or after a meal. I love to hear their a cappella version of “Awesome God”.

I teased them that I am training our students like the Spartans did. The students sleep in bunk beds without mattresses, just bare wood. Their classroom is just an open-air type room, without air-conditioning. They eat whatever is available-squash, eggplant, boiled beans, dried fish, etc. For protein, they help catch fish from the ocean & collect little crabs & shells at night. Last Monday, our visitors were able to go with the students to pull up the fish cages we put out in the deeper part of the ocean. It is hard work to pull up a cage while standing in a small Banca boat. We pulled up four cages, but only the first cage had fish — 14 big red snappers. Everybody enjoyed the fruits of our labor. What amazes me, is their appreciation & gladness for their training. They never complain. They know the school is running on a tight budget. We are thankful for the supporters who help with the vocational training part at the Seyer Training Center, and the new support that we receive from the Highland Lakes Church of Christ, in Kingsland, TX that covers the salary for the two Bible teachers & helps with some of the food for the students. We are thankful we can do what we do.

The students spend their mornings in S.ON.E. Bible classes. After lunch, the students head to their vocational training classes in automotive, welding, and baking at the Seyer Training Center. These two complement each other so well.

Thank you all for your love, prayers, partnership, & support for our work!

Love, Richard, Becky, & kids

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