Man up! — How Iron Sharpens Iron: Preparing to Pass the Baton to the Next Generation

September 18th is just around the corner! The day when the Cherokee Home for Children will be hosting a day for men (only!) to come together in brotherhood and camaraderie to hear some terrific speakers and have fun doing some “manly” things.

Two accomplished guest speakers and men of God will share their experiences and insight on what it means to “Man-up” in today’s world when it comes to mentoring and preparing the younger generation to “take the baton”. Those guest speakers will be John Cannon, who recently retired from full-time preaching at the Walnut Church of Christ in Texarkana, and Paul Shero, who currently preaches at the Southgate congregation in San Antonio.

There will be a BBQ and demonstrations on lots of activities enjoyed by men and fun competitions. A silent auction is also planned.

An excellent opportunity to “re-charge” and for fellowship with Christian brethren!


Ladies Class will start up again on Wednesday, September 15th, at 10 AM, in the Fellowship Room.  Study will continue in the previous book, starting with “James.” Let Gail Darnell know, if you need a book, she will order more books.


Linda Futrell, the sister-in-law of Troy Futrell passed away on Thursday, August 19th, from lung cancer. Funeral services took place in Walburg, Texas , August 24th.

Our condolences, prayers and love go out to Troy and Leana and all the family and friends. May God be of great comfort for all.


Since many of our congregation are at this time fully vaccinated for the COVID virus, wearing a protective mask is now optional in our services. But we encourage the unvaccinated and those who feel more secure with a mask to continue wearing one.


“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

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This is an update from the Southern Africa Bible College and student, Pascal Dlomo, whom we help support. Keep this important work in your thoughts and prayers. Mark your calendar for December 5 for when Kirk Eason, SABC Director of Development will be here to report in person on the work of the school during the Bible Study and Assembly. For the elders, Ken D

I greet you in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. It is my prayer and hope that this letter will find you doing better than the last one. As for me I am blessed a lot as long as I live and it is always edifying to hear from you and I am grateful for that.

These days I have grown to strongly feel the existence of the invisible chains of confinement, and this is mainly due to the presence of COVID-19. This virus has led to many restrictions thus confinements of which are necessary to reduce the spreading of this deadly virus as a result I understand and see the need of these invisible chains. I guess I can call this my unique experience since my last report. Even as I am writing the country has been sent back to level four with stricter restrictions and the management of the College sent us back home to resume learning online.

Online learning is not a pleasant experience to me largely because of the very poor network service in my area. Nevertheless, it is nice to be home and seeing the brethren is edifying on its own. I am starting to get into a routine and that is to: wake up, attend classes, help around the house, do some studying and sleep. It is not that different from that of when I am at the campus.

Even in times like these it gives me peace of mind knowing that God is in charge and just about today my father was discharged from the hospital after being hospitalized for almost a week. Thus more reason to be thankful to the Lord for my father’s well-being and the safety of my family.

It is my prayer and hope that God continue to protect you and your families. May you keep safe and take care carrying everything to the Lord in prayer. God is in charge; thus let us trust and obey.

May God continue blessing you. Pascal

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