This week the church lost a servant and a shepherd. Brother Ken Thuleen passed from this life after 90 years of mostly serving others. He served his country as a member of the United States Air Force. He served his family as a husband and father. He served his community for many years as a law enforcement officer. He served his Lord as a faithful Christian and he served his brethren as an elder of this congregation while his health allowed.
The frailty of human flesh has required us to say “Farewell” to Ken, but we anticipate our fellowship with him will be restored in the Lord! Brother Ken will surely be missed, but we only say farewell….for now.
Ken passed away on Friday, May 14th, 2021. Funeral services took place on Thursday, May 20th, here at the Highland Lakes church of Christ building. Joe Winnett officiated. Interment followed at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park in Burnett, TX, with the Highland Lakes Honor Guard providing Military Honors.
Our love, prayers and condolences go out to Thelma, sons Kenneth Earl and wife Jungsil, Jeffrey, James and wife Rebecca, “daughters of the heart” Earlene Montero, Vonaceil Chandler and Gary, Pam Stephens and Richard, and to all the other members of the grieving family.
May God be your comfort and your strength.
to Tyler Meredith on his graduation last weekend from the Sunset International Bible Institute In Lubbock, TX. We were blessed to help support Tyler for his two years in the school of Preaching. We pray God’s blessings on him as he “Preaches the Word” and on his upcoming wedding to his fiancé, Samantha.
NEW MASK POLICY
The elders have decided that there has been enough improvement in the COVID situation to justify an adjustment to our mask policy. A large percentage of our membership is now vaccinated, and we have seen no cases of COVID-19 being spread in our church assemblies. Therefore, we believe the following adjustment(s) are warranted:
• Masks will still be required to enter and exit our building or while moving about.
• Once you are seated and socially distanced from others, the mask will be optional during worship. You are not required to remove your mask to sing, etc. but you can if you want to.
• Should you need to get up and move around the building, we ask you to please put your mask back on. Once seated again & distanced you can remove the mask again.
• At the end of services everyone is asked to put the mask back on as we exit the building.
Our hope is that these adjustments will maintain a reasonable level of safety and yet allow us to worship our Lord without the discomfort associated with wearing a mask. Thank you for your cooperation.
WEDNSESDAY PM BIBLE CLASS
May 26 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Video
June 2, Lesson 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kynn Maxwell
BIBLE CLASS NEWS
News from the Heart of Texas Bible Camp, Brady, TX
Session One — Grades 4-7 — June 6-11 — directed by Virgil Webb
Session Two — Grades 8-12 — June 13-18 — directed by Robert Baugh and Dale Sheehe.
If you know a child/children who would like to attend, please ask Joe for an application. Paperwork needs to be sent to the camp very soon because there is always a deadline.
“And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”” Romans 10:15
GOSPEL CHARIOT MISSIONS UPDATE
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It is a blessing to see Christians sharing the good news of Jesus to those who are without hope. In the following report from our brother Sylvester, we can be thankful to see our Christian brethren spreading the hope that is in them. Psalm 40:10 ESV – “I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation.” Let us pray for and participate in the work of the gospel. For the elders, Ken D
Part one of GOSPEL NEWSLETTER: JANUARY- MARCH 2021
We recorded a total of 20 conversions in this quarter from the combined efforts in all our local outreach ministries:
i. Ugbogbo Community Outreach – which includes our evangelism efforts through door-knocking, visitations, invitations to worship services, hospital outreach, etc.
ii. Market Evangelism – which involves evangelism through our church ladies in open village markets, shops and stores, etc.
iii. World Bible School, and Schools Evangelism – which involves outreach through school going children in their schools, with permission from the schools’ authorities.
iv. Tracts’ Rack at the Igarra post office – where we display tracts and books for public consumption.
v. The Local Vigilantes – who read and help to distribute our tracts and books to drivers and passengers on the road.
World Bible School, Rural Evangelism and Local Missions:
Schools finally resumed after the lockdown that affected schools’ activities from last year. Now we are gradually able to return to schools with our WBS lessons. But so much has been lost.
The WBS team from the US continues to send me names of internet students that requires follow-up contacts here. So many times, my work involves connecting and forwarding such names to the nearest preachers in the locations indicated.
v In January, Anthony Oluria reported that the staff and students of the Bear Valley Bible Institute [satellite campus] in Port Harcourt took our tracts and went out for Evangelism and Field work for two weeks
v Since February 12th, I got the name of Moses Dukuye in Warri from Rodney Hyde. Our brethren are still working on him.
v My very good coworker in Uyo area of Akwa Ibom state- M B Archibong reported that they conducted a WBS seminar that attracted attention from several counties.
v On Sunday January 31st, I went to be with the small congregation in Otuo for their Sunday morning worship.
v And on Saturday, February 13th, we all went to work with the rural congregation in the village of Ikiran -Ile here in our county. More work is being planned for the next quarter.
Sylvester A Imogoh – Minister- Ugbogbo Church of Christ, Igarra, Edo state, Nigeria