WEEKLY NEWS, JANUARY 26, 2020

SOUP LUNCHEON FELLOWSHIP
Our next Soup Luncheon is on Wednesday, January 29th, at 11:30 AM. Come and enjoy this event with our guests!

EATING OUT TOGETHER . . .
…on Thursday, February 13th, at “Mama’s” in Burnett at about 5:30 pm. The sign-up sheet is on the table in the back of the auditorium.

FELLOWSHIP MEAL
. . . today, Sunday, January 26, 2020, at noon
Hosts and hostesses: Linda Lively, Linda Robertson, James & Vicky Williams.

HELPING HANDS PANTRY
Needs – Bath soap, tooth paste, shampoo
Thank you!

VISITING FOR THE MASTER IN 2020
It is time to reorganize our visitation program for the New Year. A sign-up sheet is on the table at the rear of the auditorium. Please consider becoming part of this ministry, which has served our congregation well since 2007. A reorganization meeting will be held after the Sunday evening service on February 9th. See Cary Miller for additional information.

OUTSIDE COMMUNION REQUESTS
Please let the elders or the office know if there is a need to have somebody come to your home or other place of abode (e.g. nursing home) with the Lord’s Supper.

THANK YOU
“Thanks so much for all the concern shown me during my last illness. You are wonderful Christian friends and I appreciate your love, kindness, support and generosity. – Norma Bryan

BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

Nigeria Marriage Retreat – Mike Udam

Our brother, Mike Udam, whom we help support in Nigeria, recently sent a report on a recent retreat aimed at strengthening marriages among Christians there. Please pray for our Nigerian brothers and sisters as they too seek to live lives as God has desired. For the elders, Ken D

Ukpagada Couples Retreat 2019
For four years running, the church meeting at Ukpagada have been gathering couples from around the country together towards the end of the year to brainstorm on ways of making our marriages work according to the standard that God expects it to be. It is one event that has recorded so many testimonies of its huge impact on the couples that had followed regularly. Research conducted in the early 1990, by a group of family experts places the family as the main institution that God expects man not to fail and sadly 60% of 100 men interviewed showed signs of lack of capacity to “Dwell with them with understanding” 1 Peter 3:7. So it became imperative that couples come together to build capacity in how to live with each other peacefully. The retreat is usually divided into 3 parts.

First we spend time introducing our spouse in public, stating the things you know about them, their likes and dislikes. Then we receive a lecture by a seasoned family expert. Then we split to deal with issues based on gender. In between these periods, we break to eat together and have fun in the process.

This year 45 couples attended and it was colourful. Adegoroye Abiodun, the minister of the church meeting at Kado Abuja was our guest speaker. He spoke on having the mind of Christ even in our marriages. He destroyed so many preconceived positions and prejudices that have made our marriages a war room. During the split session, the men were told to learn to look inward and build their marriages. Honesty and transparency in handling family finances was emphasized. The women were told how to truly be submissive to their husbands while husbands were called upon to be assistive to their wives in the kitchen which was not the case before. The retreat came to a close with a closing prayer by the host minister Mike Udam. The saints were edified and the Lord glorified.
Sincerely yours, Mike Udam

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