WEEKLY NEWS, MAY 6, 2018

IT’S ALMOST THAT TIME AGAIN…. .

Summertime is approaching and with it comes Bible Camp in early June! For several years now our congregation has been involved in sponsoring the children of the congregation so they can attend the “Heart of Texas Bible Camp” in Brady, TX. We would like to continue this ministry in 2018.  In the past some members have chosen to sponsor a child and relieve the church of the cost. If you would like to help in this worthy cause, please talk to one of the elders. – Joe

The cost per child is $125.00 which the church will pay for our kids who want to attend.  The sessions are:

Session I (June 3rd-8th) — Ages: 4th — 7th grade

Session 2 (June 10th-15th) — Ages: 8th —12th grade

HELPING HANDS PANTRY

Needs – Plastic bags

Thank you for your support of this ministry.

DINNER TOGETHER

The group will eat together on Thursday, May 10th, at the Hoover Valley Café @ 5:30 PM.  Everyone is invited for a time of good food and fellowship.  The sign-up sheet is on the table in the back of the auditorium.

IN SYMPATHY

Henry Kattner’s nephew, John William Stradley, passed unexpectedly from this life on Monday, April 30th. He lived in Slidel, Louisiana. A military funeral took place in Slidel, TX, on Friday, May 4th at a military cemetery.

Our love, sympathy and prayers are going out to Henry and everyone in the family.

human-footprints_318-46627BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

Psalm 60:12 (ESV) “With God we shall do valiantly

What wonderful work can be done with God’s help. In the following report the Emperados share some of the plans for the work in the Philippines. We pray God will help bless that work to His Glory. Please keep the Emperados and the work in the Philippines in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

As we turn to make plans for the next three years and five years….we hope to see the School of National Evangelism & the Seyer Training Center we have going at our place in Negros…continue to grow and help young Christians with the ability to earn a vocational skill & biblical training to be self-supporting evangelist. We would like to recruit more short term teachers from the U.S. who can come for a week or two, and teach a Bible class or share a vocational skill. We would like to see and have between 10-15 students each year enroll, so our budget, dormitory, and facilities can be used fully.

20476117_10211094062121598_7226058561490913960_nWe hope in the next two years to finish planting churches in capital cities by the end of 2020. We still need to find sponsor for the last three capital cities. We of course, will have ongoing nurturing & follow up work in young churches planted, on a monthly basis. I know now, that Mati & Tandag churches planted last December 2017, which are located in a more Muslim area down in southern Mindanao, will take more work to establish and a different approach due to ongoing conflicts in nearby areas. Thankfully we have some great partners down there, who are stepping up and helping with monthly follow up work right now. We will continue to visit struggling churches and help put MOSES workers in place when funds are available. We hope to be able to continue helping the two orphan families we have been working with for the past ten years. We don’t have plans to add any new orphans to our care right now, our hands are full, and the budget is stretched tight, but if God showed us another great need….this was a work that was not on our radar until God brought them to us in a MOSES class in the mountains. We are thankful for all those who have helped us help these kids.

In Him, Richard & Becky Emperado

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A FEW GREY HAIRS

“…his hair is sprinkled with gray, but he does not notice” (Hosea 7:9).

“I see some gray hair!” We all hear these Words eventually. The hoary head is one of creation’s Way of reminding us that our lives are like a flower. They bloom and fade quickly.

Elderly-782x343Hosea did not bring up the subject of our hair turning gray just to teach us that it is a sign of aging. As he does so often in this book, he uses a simple fact of nature to illustrate a spiritual truth. Gray hair is a sign of aging, and with aging comes a loss of strength. The first part of Hosea 7:9 says, “Foreigners sap his strength, but he does not notice.”

Age comes upon us before We know it. We lose strength before We realize it. Like a man who is beginning to age, the Israelites had lost their spiritual vigor. The prophet said “foreigners” had consumed their strength. The strangers were ungodly heathens. How did these people drain the spiritual strength of the Israelites? The preceding verse tells us: “Ephraim mixes with the nations; Ephraim is a flat cake not turned over.” They had accepted their ways and even worshiped their gods. They went along to get along. In the end, they were like a half-baked cake.

Like a man who doesn’t realize his hair is beginning to turn gray, these Israelites lost the strength of their convictions before they knew it. They did not see how weak they had become. They were oblivious to their true condition, so Hosea holds up a mirror to show them.

The prophet Hosea may as well have been talking about Christians today. Many children of God have mixed with the world. They have closed their eyes and compromised. They have given in on one point and backed down on another until there is little spirituality left. They have learned to think, talk, and live like the world. The people around them use bad language, dress indecently, and have sex outside of marriage, so they go along with these things to have friends. They have been taught to be tolerant and respectful of all religions, so they refuse to disagree with false doctrines because they tell themselves that arguing with people is not Christ-like. Little by little, they give in until their convictions are so diluted that others cannot tell the difference between them and the world.

But like a man who is unaware that his hair is becoming gray these Christians don’t realize how weak they have become. They may even smile and tell themselves they are as strong as they ever were. The pleasures of this world and the deceitfulness of riches have sapped their strength and they don’t even know it.

“Do not love the world or anything in this world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world — the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does — comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.” (1 John 2:15-17). – Kerry Duke —Livingston, TN

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WEEKLY NEWS, APRIL 29, 2018

IT’S ALMOST THAT TIME AGAIN….

Summertime is approaching and with it comes Bible Camp in early June! For several years now our congregation has been involved in sponsoring the youth of the congregation so they can attend the “Heart of Texas Bible Camp” in Brady, TX. We would like to continue this ministry in 2018. In the past some members have chosen to sponsor a child and relieve the church of the cost. If you would like to help in this worthy cause, please talk to one of the elders.

The cost per child is $125.00 which the church will pay for our kids who want to attend.

The sessions are:

Session I (June 3rd-8th) — Ages: 4th — 7th grade

Session 2 (June 10th-15th) — Ages: 8th —12th grade

– Joe

A THANK YOU NOTE

From some Food Pantry/Closet Clients to Highland Lakes church of Christ:

Thank you very much for you agape love, your prayers, your hugs, your words of encouragement. And the yummy food and nice clothes, etc. We love you all! Signed by:  Dorice Miller, Debra, Becky Hellinger, Melinda Moore, the Sotos, DeAnna Hardesty and many more.

 CHEROKEE DAY

Cherokee Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 5th, 2018.

At 11:30 AM a “Welcome” is extended to the visitors, followed at 12:00, noon, by the delicious BBQ.cherokeeBesides a number of festivities, there is also a formal dedication of the new girls’ cottage, “Liberty Cottage”. Guests are invited to tour the campus. This is also the celebration of 60 years of serving children and families.

A Cherokee flyer is on the bulletin board in the little hall by the Lord’s Supper prep. room.

FELLOWSHIP MEAL

It’s. . . Sunday, April 29th at Noon! Join us for a wonderful time of fellowship and food.

Hosts & hostess are: Ken & Gail Darnell, Bill & Mary K. Flanary and Myron & Janet Fietz.

HELPING HANDS PANTRY

Needs – Deodorant, shampoo, bath soap, toothpaste

Thank you for your support for this ministry.

human-footprints_318-46627BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

Our congregation has been blessed to be involved with the spreading of the gospel in many places. Dear to our heart is the work in Nigeria, West Africa, where we have many connections in God’s work there. It is exciting to hear of Nigerian disciples working so very hard to make more disciples for the kingdom. What follows is a report from Mike Udam, a Nigerian WBS follow-up preacher whom we support, concerning the Great Workshop held in Nigeria this spring. Keep them in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

WBS GREAT WORKSHOP – A TOOL FOR EFFECTIVE EVANGELISM

The world Bible School great workshop is a four day gathering of preachers who do follow up work for world Bible school and those who use world Bible school materials as evangelism tool. In Nigeria the annual workshop holds once every year and was introduced by an American missionary Doug Wheeler in the early 90s and it has survived till today.

Great Workshop 1This workshop is designed to be a capacity building workshop to develop men to be able to face the challenges of following up on WBS prospective students. It is also a platform for a coordinated evangelism within the location of hosting. The great workshop is the biggest WBS organized workshop not to discuss with students but to discuss with the follow up workers. It is sponsored by congregations in the USA who have WBS follow up workers here in Nigeria.

Between 2015 and 2018, over 30 souls have been won to Christ through this workshop. In Warri 2017, a Muslim was converted into the body of Christ. In 2018 a Pentecostal pastor was converted and a strong follow up team is keeping an eye on him and his denomination.

Another important aspect of the Great Workshop is the equipment of the follow up worker for greater service and functionality. At the end of the workshop participants are usually equipped with a pack containing, Bibles, books, tracts, DVDs/CDs and other study outlines. The pack is accompanied with the workshop book containing lecture notes of the conference.

As the director of the WBS Great Workshop, my responsibilities include coordinating the entire activities before, during and after the workshop. From selecting the theme to appointing the speakers and ensuring that the workshop goes well lies on my table. This year’s workshop had 8 speakers taking topics within a theme REPOSITIONING THE CHURCH FOR HIS SECOND COMING. An American missionary and president of African Christian schools foundation Chad Wagner was one of the guest speakers. 649 participants were registered. Two of the participants came from the Cameroon. 7 souls accepted to obey the gospel and were immersed into Christ.

Great Workshop 2The high point of the 2018 Great Workshop is the unveiling of the newly constructed Nigeria Gospel Chariot. A lot of brethren were excited knowing now that we can storm the rural area with the gospel. The 2019 Great Workshop is scheduled to hold at Mbaise in Imo state of Nigeria.

God bless you

Mike Udam

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GUIDING THE BLIND

He hasn’t done it all, but he’s done a lot.

Erik Weihenmayer has summited Mount Everest as well as becoming one of the 150 climbers in the world who had, at the time, climbed the other 6 highest peaks in the world. He has kayaked the 277 miles through the treacherous white waters of the Grand Canyon as well as ascending the 3,000 foot nose of El Capitan in Yosemite.

Besides having appeared on the cover of Time magazine, there have been three documentaries made about Erik’s accomplishments.

Why would so much attention be given to Erik Weihenmayer’s accomplishments? Because he’s blind.

And, while so much focus has been on Weihenmayer’s achievements, he has made sure to give credit to whom credit is due.

D457F89D41AC454FAB5040C2E7CD5A21Erik has easily acknowledged that he couldn’t have completed any of his feats without the help of his many guides. Rob Baker, Eric Alexander, Luis Benitez, and Jeff Evans, are just a few of the people who have willingly and ably guided Erik to his many successes.

There are spiritually blind unbelievers all throughout the world (2 Corinthians 4:4), and Christians are called to guide them to the knowledge of the gospel of Christ (Mark 16:15-16).

Similar to Erik’s guides, Christians must be willing to take the responsibility of guiding the spiritually blind to Christ.

Guides must be more than able to lead the spiritually blind.

Guides must be in better shape spiritually.

Guides must be connected to those they are guiding.

Christian guides must themselves be familiar with the way to get to Christ.

Even for the sighted Christian, the narrow way to salvation is treacherous and difficult to stay on (Matthew 7:14). Blind unbelievers aren’t very likely to find their way to salvation without being guided (Romans 10:14).

  • Troy Albers, Rosenberg, TX
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WEEKLY NEWS, APRIL 22, 2018

REMEMBERING OUR SPANISH WORK!

Salvador SanTillian is ready every Sunday morning to teach a Bible class in Spanish. This is a worthy endeavor. Do you have friends who would benefit from this Spanish Bible study? Let them know about it by giving them a warm, personal invitation.

VISITING FOR THE MASTER (VISITATION PROGRAM)

The Team, led by Cary & Brenda Miller, will meet on Wednesday, April 25th, at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.

APRIL FELLOWSHIP MEAL

. . . next Sunday, April 29, 2018, Noon!   Hosts & hostess will be: Ken & Gail Darnell, Bill & Mary K. Flanary and Myron & Janet Fietz.

IT’S ALMOST THAT TIME AGAIN. . . .

Summertime is approaching and with it comes Bible Camp in early June! For several years now our congregation has been involved in sponsoring the children of the congregation so they can attend the “Heart of Texas Bible Camp” in Brady, TX. We would like to continue this ministry in 2018.  The cost per child is $125.00 which the church will pay for our kids who want to attend. The sessions are:

Session I (June 3rd-8th) — Ages: 4th — 7th grade

Session 2 (June 10th-15th) — Ages: 8th —12th grade

In the past some members have chosen to sponsor a child and relieve the church of the cost. If you would like to help in this worthy cause, please talk to one of the elders. – Joe

HELPING HANDS PANTRY

Needs:  Deodorant, shampoo, soap, toothpaste

Thank you for your support of this ministry!

THANK YOU NOTE

Dear Church Family,

John and I want to thank everyone for all your prayers and concerns.

We expect treatment to begin soon and if it be God’s will, recovery will follow, as we know God has a plan for us. Many thanks,

In Christian love, Ida & John Brewer

AN ACT OF KINDNESS HAS NOT GONE UNSEEN

Thanks to those who met Thursday for our monthly “eat out”. A great fellowship. When it came time to pay, I noticed a couple paying for one of our sweet ladies. No names given here — this act was unseen by many, but I am sure, the Lord took notice. Thanks to all!  Bill Flanary

human-footprints_318-46627BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

We are looking forward to getting to see our fellow workers, Dennis & Sharon Welch in June. What follows is part 2 of their latest report. Please pray for them and their prayer requests. For the elders, Ken D

Mission Cambodia News & Update: January – March 2018 Pt 2

Other news and highlights…

Faithful servants with Prayer Circles Cambodia (PCC) have traveled over a half a million kilometers (310,000+ miles) of prayer travels in Cambodia and Laos as “prayer warriors” asked God to flood this place with His grace, mercy, forgiveness, healing, righteousness and justice. Dennis is thrilled to be a part of this team as they pray for workers and encourage churches. We continue to pray that the Spirit of God will go before them and prepare the way for His Word, Isaiah 55:3-11. We’re praying that the Lord blesses all who receive Him with the full benefit package as in Psalm 103. We’re praying that the Light of the Word destroys the darkness. John 1:1-13. See also, Luke 10:2.

Sharon was invited by an organization in the U.S. to go and encourage local women in India. Especially to help a group of women eager to learn and serve in disciple-making themselves. It was a blessing to see how God is at work among the local Christians and to meet new people. We pray our efforts and partnership with the brethren in Kakinada, India and beyond will bring glory to our Lord.

Volunteer Opportunities —The longer we are in Cambodia, the more we see God continues to open doors we didn’t expect. This allows us to meet new people, learn about their ministries and work and be blessed with spiritual fellowship. Sharon continues to help with the library at PEACE International School, has joined a ladies book club and is reading “What Every Church Should Know About Poverty.”

WELCH 1Thank you for praying with us…

In addition to the prayer requests within the text above, please pray for our planned trip to the States in late May through June. We hope to see you then!

We beg you to join in our prayers for our community as we continue this local outreach ministry to make disciples who are one-and-all competent to make more disciples.

Finally, as we look to our long-term future in Cambodia we are praying and planning on where to reside and what our next steps might be. As this begins to take shape we ask that you pray for us to remain in the heart, in the center of God’s will for His servants in Cambodia. He constantly amazes us by His answers.

We’re grateful to God that He uses you to bless us and our work through your faith, love, encouragement and prayers. May God pour out His blessings on you for your faithfulness. PLEASE PRAY!  With love & blessings, Dennis & Sharon

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PSALM 121

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1I lift up my eyes to the hills — where does my help come from?

2My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

3He will not let your foot slip — He Who watches over you will not slumber;

4Indeed, He Who watches over you will not slumber nor sleep.

5The Lord watches over you — the Lord is your shade at your right hand;

6The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.

7The Lord will keep you from all harm — He will watch over your life;

8The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

Psalm 121 was traditionally known as a traveling song. In times past, sojourners would sing this psalm as they set out on a journey.

Our lives are in many ways a journey. From birth to death, God keeps us always in His care. Even when troubles come, we are kept in His care. When illness threatens, we are kept in His care. No matter what happens, God is our keeper, and He ultimately will have the last word. That last word — the word He has for us is this: Faithful child, you are mine forever.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” ~~ Romans 8:28

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WEEKLY NEWS, APRIL 15, 2018

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Under the direction of the elders, the deacons will initiate a preliminary planning meeting to address potential safety incidents that could occur at the church. The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 19th at 10 AM in the fellowship room.

VISITING FOR THE MASTER (VISITATION PROGRAM)

The Team, led by Cary & Brenda Miller, will meet on Wednesday, April 25th, at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.

LADIES RETREAT

Remember the 40th Annual Heart of Texas Ladies Retreat on April 27 and 28, Friday night through Saturday noon, at the Heart of Texas Bible Camp in Brady.

The flyer and a sign-up sheet is in the back of the auditorium.

human-footprints_318-46627BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

We are looking forward to getting to see our fellow workers, Dennis & Sharon Welch when they visit us the first weekend in June. It will be such a blessing to hear 1st hand what the Lord is doing in Cambodia. What follows is part 1 of their latest report. Please pray for them and their prayer requests. For the elders, Ken D

Welches Grapevine for the glory of God – Mission Cambodia News & Update: January – March 2018

Blessings from Cambodia. We pray that the Lord has blessed you and you have found strength in Him in the time since we last wrote. We are so thankful for your support and prayers. We know that God is hearing your prayers and answering our cries. What an amazing God we serve who takes care of our needs before we know we even have them.

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words” — Romans 8:26

Praise & Thanksgiving…

We are giving praise and thanksgiving for Sharon’s recovery from her fall down the stairs in late December. The last 3 months have kept her pretty busy with lots of physical therapy. We are happy to report she has made good progress and now has about 75% usage of her hand, wrist and arm. Thank you all for your prayers.

We celebrated the 7th year spiritual birthday of our middle daughter, Theary on January 2nd. Our hearts are filled with joy as we see her growing in faith and spiritual maturity. Theary continues to be such a joy and bright light to those around her. Join us in a prayer of thanksgiving as we celebrate the new life God has given her!

The Lord has blessed us richly with our Cambodian daughters. We are grateful for the ways they have helped us learn and grow in our ability to understand Khmer culture. Two of our girls, Theary (26) and Sreypov (21) celebrated their birthdays in February. We enjoyed a wonderful time of reflection, good food and family time out in the countryside.

We are extremely grateful to have new neighbors in our area, for community and fellowship. During the last few months we have had some of our dearest friends move closer to us. We are especially thankful we can join together to minister and outreach in our communities. Since we moved into our community a little more than a year ago and started praying for this neighborhood we are now aware of four churches on our street alone. Praise God! Please join us as we pray we will have a positive impact for the Kingdom in this community and Cambodia.

We recently joined an intensive workshop “Coaching for Christian Leaders.” This workshop was refreshing and left us encouraged. Coaching methodologies include powerful ways to help others, increase effectiveness and impact the Kingdom.

prayer riderOrality Network — We continue to look for ways to be a positive influence on the Body of Christ, and to make disciples of all people. Before writing was developed, cultures passed along their cultural traditions, including their history, identity, and religion through their stories, proverbs, poems and songs. We continue to reach out to the people groups of Cambodia with the common goal of making God’s Word available to oral learners in culturally appropriate ways that enable the Good News to spread everywhere

We’re grateful to God that He uses you to bless us and our work through your faith, love, encouragement and prayers. May God pour out His blessings on you for your faithfulness.  PLEASE PRAY!

With love & blessings, Dennis & Sharon

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