WEEKLY NEWS, JULY 22, 2018

2018 TEACHERS’ APPRECIATION BREAKFAST!

The Llano ISD has selected Tuesday, August 14th as the time for our Annual Appreciation Breakfast. We will begin serving food that morning at 7 AM and continue until 9 AM.

For those of us who also work in the Pantry, this will be a challenging schedule — but I am confident we can do it! On the back table in the auditorium are sign-up sheets for those who are willing to work in the breakfast ministry. As usual, we will need home cooks to prepare the bacon & sausage at home and bring it to the building that morning. We also need cooks at the building to prepare pancakes, eggs and biscuits, etc. There will also be jobs for hosts & hostesses and for eater/greeters as well.

Please sign up and help us make this Appreciation Breakfast a great one!

NEW ADDRESSES

New addresses are available for those listed below.  Call the church office if you need the new information.

♥ Ida & John Brewer now live in Lakeway, TX

♥ Barbara Belcher has moved to Marble Falls, TX

COMING SOON!

Our next Fellowship Meal on July 29th will be a Luau!

Make your plans to come, enjoy the food, fellowship and the beautiful decorations that Teri always creates for us!  Hosts & hostesses: John & Tina Brewer, Lynn & Kathy Patterson and Don & Paula Welch.

HELPING HANDS PANTRY

Needs – Plastic bags, shampoo

Thank you!

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We have received more good news from our fellow workers in Nigeria, West Africa and of new brethren being added to the kingdom. We are thankful to be part of this work. Please keep the work of the Gospel Chariot Mission in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

 

Gospel Chariot Missions July 4:

NIGERIA GOSPEL CHARIOT REACHES MANY WITH LOCAL PREACHERS…..Amen

Goschar Nigeria2The Nigerian gospel chariot began a month long evangelistic campaign across several local government areas of Akwa Ibom, Southeast of Nigeria on May 28, 2018. The chariot evangelist, Samuel Iheke reports: Sister Nyakno Ita Umo was baptized on Friday 02 June, Kufre Asuquo Ekpenyong was baptized on Saturday 03 June while Mkpoikenke Godwin Robert and Iniobong William Umotte were baptized on Thursday 07 June, 2018. The Chariot and the crew covet your prayers as they comb the state in search of souls for the Master.

MORE NEWS……. We visited 19 Local Governments and preached in more than 30 GosChar Nigeriacommunities. The following LGAs were visited by the Nigeria Gospel Chariot. Uyo, Insit Ibium, Etinan, Eket, Nsit Eket, Ibiono Ibiom, Itu, Abak, Ikot Ekpene, Ikot Abasi, Ibesikpo Asutan, Uruan, Ini, Ikono, Nsit Ibiom, Nsit Atai, Mkpat Enin, Ikono, and Onna.  We were hosted by more than 30 congregations as we preached in their respective communities……Amen and amen.

MORE NEWS……Due to the season we are now having heavy rain that disturbs some of our programs. On two occasions, the tent was pulled down and torn from the usual place.

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Also, the organizers made the program too difficult for us to rest a little. Sometimes we preached in three different places in a day. Nevertheless, they supported us and took care of us in a very wonderful way. They supplied more than 250 litres of diesel for the Truck movement from one Local to another.

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APPRECIATION BREAKFAST

2018 APPRECIATION BREAKFAST FOR TEACHERS’ AND FIRST RESPONDERS !

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Tuesday, August 14th has been selected as the time for our Annual Appreciation Breakfast. We will begin serving food that morning at 7 AM and continue until 9 AM.

 

For those of us who also work in the Pantry, this will be a challenging schedule — but I imagesam confident we can do it! On the back table in the auditorium are sign-up sheets for those who are willing to work in the breakfast ministry. As usual, we will need home cooks to prepare the bacon & sausage at home and bring it to the building that morning. We also need cooks at the building to prepare pancakes, eggs and biscuits, etc. There will also be jobs for host & hostess and for eater/greeters as well.

Please sign up and help us make this Appreciation Breakfast a great one!

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WEEKLY NEWS, JULY 15, 2018

A THANK YOU NOTE
Dear Church Family,
The monogrammed afghan is so perfect! We love it! Thank you all so much, it will be treasured and it is on display in our living area. Our move has been hard and not without problems, but, our son Bob and daughter-in-law, Penny, have worked all weekend to get us unpacked. They brought her sister and brother-in-law over on the 4th of July, and they all worked, unpacking kitchen stuff, arranging furniture, hanging pictures etc. and fed us also. I’m sure we will get settled one of these days and pray all goes well. We already miss you all! There is a group of Church of Christ folks that meet in the Library and we plan on making that our new church home. Hope and pray that all is well there and will be keeping in touch. We will be going back to Marble Falls for John’s treatment.
Thanks so much, we love you all.
In Christian love,
Ida & John
P.S. I have a “fat” finger on my left hand —— HUSH —— “broke it”.

WITH SYMPATHY
Sherry Wills aunt, Sally Vanden Bosch, passed away at home on Saturday, July 7th. A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, July 14th, at the Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church in Dearborn, Michigan. Our prayers, love and sympathy go out to Sherry and all in the family. May God be the greatest comfort to all.

ICE CREAM FELLOWSHIP
Today, Sunday, July 15th, after our evening worship time, we will have this annual get-together. Home-made ice-cream seems to be the favorite version, but there are also some good-tasting store bought varieties. Whatever goes well with ice-cream includes brownies, other kinds of cookies, cakes, sprinkles, etc. These things are very well accepted. We hope that all have made plans to join in on this cool and cooling fellowship this evening!

VISITING FOR THE MASTER (VISITATION PROGRAM)
The Team, led by Cary & Brenda Miller, will meet on Wednesday July 18th, at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.

HELPING HANDS PANTRY
Needs – Shampoo
Thank you!

FOR YOUR INFORMATION
The Highland Lakes church of Christ financial information is always available for the congregation members upon request. Please ask the elders and they will make sure to get a copy to you or answer your questions.

human-footprints_318-46627BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES
Please pray on behalf of the Welches and the work in Cambodia. For the elders, Ken D

 

 

Mission Cambodia News & Update 30 June, 2018 (Part Two of Two)
Thank you for praying with us…
• “Every great move of God started with a movement of prayer.” (unknown) Thank you for your prayers!!! “Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” – Matthew 9:38
Other news and highlights…
• Learning a new language is an ongoing task. The longer we live in Cambodia (10 years now) we realize we still have so much to learn in order to listen, communicate and understand culture. Over the last few months we have started some new language classes focusing on discipleship. This course will better equip us with the language used in the Cambodian Bible, as well as culturally appropriate ways to share and study God’s Word.
• PEACE School has completed another year. It has been a rich blessing for Sharon to participate with the students and school staff serving in the library. It’s great seeing the students continue to be more and more interested in reading and improving their skills. Please pray for continual spiritual growth for the students, and teachers!
• The ministry of Prayer Circles Cambodia (PCC) continues to do ministry throughout Cambodia. On the most recent ride one of our Cambodian brothers said; “I joined with the Prayer Circle to explore the rural area where the gospel has not reached yet. In there I learned there are many lost souls as I share Gods Word with three old ladies and one of them said, she had never heard anyone sharing and teaching Jesus to people in her village yet. I’m really praying for the sower to keep sowing the seed into that village and the many more villages around.” We praise God for the power of prayer!
• More individuals have been asking about joining the PPC ministry. A major factor for prayer rides includes experience for riding in difficult terrain. Therefore, Dennis has been very helpful in training a number of individuals for future prayer rides.

thumbnailWe are grateful to be back home, refreshed and excited to see what God has in store for us and our long-term future in Cambodia. Thank you for being a faithful part of the work here and the difference you are making in our lives and the lives in Cambodia. We love you and appreciate you beyond measure.
Grace, Peace, Love & Blessings, Dennis and Sharon

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WORTHLESS NO MORE

I read a story recently about an amazing dog. He’s been trained to sniff out the unique chemical compounds found in electronic items like memory cards, flash drives, and other storage media that might have criminal evidence on them. He’s only 18 months old, but this was the second time he’d been adopted from the pound. The first owners returned him because he was “untrainable.” This “untrainable” dog went through intense training and was sold to a Narcotics Strike Force for $10,000. What made the difference? What caused the shift from worthless to valuable? He got a new master. In the right hands, the dog’s true value and potential were realized.

jesus-cares-You may have been called worthless by others. You may think of yourself as worthless. But no one is worthless when they’re adopted by the Father. When we’re in His hands, we have a future. When we’re in His hands, we have worth. We’re children of the King. And like any good father, He takes the training of his children seriously.

“For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (Heb. 12:10-11).

When you look at the lost in the world, don’t see worthlessness. See the need for a new Master who can restore the priceless value of a soul. – Kevin Hahn via Brown Trail church of Christ

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WEEKLY NEWS, JULY 8, 2018

CONGRATULATIONS!
Sonia Anais Hernandez-Burks was born on Thursday, July 5th, to Elizabeth & Eddie Hernandez-Burks. She weighed in at 8 lbs. 15 oz. and was 20 and 3/4 inches long. The happy great-grand-parents are Sherry & David Zoller. We wish God’s richest blessings on this precious new baby!

H.O.T. BIBLE CAMP
We had a total of five campers who attended the Heart of Texas Bible Camp this year. By all reports, the campers had a great time of Bible study and fun. New friendships were made and there were some tearful “good-byes” till next year. Thank you for your prayers and financial contributions that allowed these young people to attend camp! This year’s campers were: Brianna Arnold, Jessica Arnold, Austin Sanderson, Blane Sanderson and Cain Winnett.

THANK YOU
“My dental procedures are now history, and I am really enjoying my greater smile. I want to thank everyone for their prayers and support.” In Christian love, Linda Robertson

HELPING HANDS PANTRY
Needs – Shampoo and toothpaste
Thank you!

WORLD BIBLE SCHOOL
Last week, 1,298 lessons were mailed to the students we are teaching. Thanks to all who work constantly and diligently on this good program!

VISITING FOR THE MASTER

VISITATION PROGRAM – The Team, led by Cary & Brenda Miller, will meet on Wednesday July 18th, at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.

ICE CREAM FELLOWSHIP
Next Sunday, July 15, we will have this annual get-together after our evening worship time. Home-made ice-cream seems to be the favorite version, but there are also some good-tasting store bought varieties.
What go well with ice-cream are brownies, other kinds of cookies, cakes, sprinkles, etc. These things are very well accepted. Make your plans to join in this cool and cooling fellowship next week!

human-footprints_318-46627BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people” 1 Timothy 2:1 (ESV)
Please pray on behalf of the Welches and the work in Cambodia. For the elders, Ken D

 

Mission Cambodia News & Update30 June, 2018 (Part One of Two)
Greetings from Cambodia. Yes, we have arrived home after an absolutely wonderful furlough. It may have been the best furlough/ reporting trip yet!!! We were richly blessed with so much love, encouragements and prayers as we visited with our loved ones. We appreciate the time we had with you as you once again filled our hearts with joy. “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!” – Psalms 98:4
Praise & Thanksgiving…
• We are giving praise and thanksgiving for the people God has blessed us with over the years. Our church family and friends welcomed us and made us feel at home with their generous love and hospitality during our visit to the States. “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now”. – Philippians 1:4-6
• Dennis’ first meeting with Sharon’s biological siblings. The Lord blessed us with numerous opportunities to spend precious time with family. Throughout our travels in California, Texas and Arkansas we enjoyed great times of fellowship as we built relationships and treasured memories.
• Once again we have so much to celebrate regarding our Cambodian daughters. First, our oldest, Sreykhuech, has graduated from her 3 years studies in nursing and midwifery. Furthermore, she decided to volunteer for 1 year with the government to work in the countryside giving medical care to the poor and assisting at the hospital. Theary, our middle daughter, continues to work with an organization that helps young women who have been trafficked. She continues to study English and has now started her Master Program studying Community Development. Sreypov, our youngest, continues to work as a baker and has a passion to bake yummy breads, pastries and cakes. She is a bright light for Jesus among her fellow workers. Please join us in a prayer of thanksgiving for the many blessings the Lord had given these girls and their passion to serve and minister to others!
thumbnailWe are grateful to be back home, refreshed and excited to see what God has in store for us and our long-term future in Cambodia. Thank you for being a faithful part of the work here and the difference you are making in our lives and the lives in Cambodia. We love you and appreciate you beyond measure.
Grace, Peace, Love & Blessings, Dennis and Sharon

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SHAKING UP THE WORLD

Second Temple ModelIt was during the time known as the Pax Romana – Roman Peace – established by Caesar Augustus. Jerusalem had been under Roman rule since the fall of the Seleucids and the final end of the former Greek empire established by Alexander the Great. The Roman Senate appointed Herod as king over Jerusalem in 37 BC until his death. While Herod was a brutal man who killed a great many rabbis and suppressed all dissention with violence, he was also responsible for large-scale building projects, including the re-building of the Temple. The former temple had been desecrated and plundered. The Temple became the focus of Israelite life once again. This new, larger temple was not only the place for the Jewish worship of God, but also the place where the Holy Scriptures and other national literature were kept. Within its gates the Sanhedrin, the highest court of Jewish law, met. After Herod’s death, Roman governors were appointed over Jerusalem. Judaism was recognized by the Roman government as an approved religion and the Jews were free to practice their beliefs. While no one could argue life was a picnic under Roman rule, things had calmed down and the city prospered. Into this relative peace came the son of a priest and his wife. Born of a mother and father well advanced in years, he came out of the wilderness wearing the clothes of a prophet proclaiming the time of the promised messiah was at hand. John the Baptist, or John the Immerser as I like to call him, was preparing the people for Jesus. Things were about to get very interesting. The world was about to be shaken up. It just didn’t know it, yet.

John was a bold man. He had the courage of his beliefs and was not shy about speaking the words of GOD. When we first meet John as an adult he stands up against the Pharisees and the Sadducees, the two most influential groups within Jewish religious society. He calls them a “brood of vipers” (Matthew 3: 7). John did not hesitate to stand up to sin, no matter where he saw it. Herod Antipater was the son of Herod the Great. Herod Antipas (as he was known, also as Herod Tetrarch) ruled over Jerusalem by the authority of Rome. John did not hesitate to condemn Herod’s divorce of his wife so he could marry his half-brother’s wife. For this, John paid with his life.

John knew what his role was. He was to prepare the way for the messiah and then diminish (John 3: 28-30). Throughout John’s adult life, he stood for what he knew to be the will of GOD.

Jesus, the messiah, begins His work. I will not even attempt to cover all the ways Jesus stood true to the will of GOD. The inspired gospel writers have done that. I will note, however, that Jesus stood up to the Pharisees, Sadducees, and high priest without sinning. He lived his life in obedience to Roman law as long as it did not contradict the will of GOD.

globe-in-hands-500As planned by GOD, Jesus died by the hands of men for the sins of all. The religious leaders thought to put an end to Jesus’ teachings by having the Roman government execute Him (the Sanhedrin lost the authority to order an execution in 30 AD). After Jesus’ resurrection and ascension, His apostles and other disciples carried on teaching the good news of salvation. They did not teach revolution but the world was changed by their teachings. More than wars, politicians, or anything else, the true faith in Jesus, the messiah, has fundamentally changed the course of human history and the world. When men and women of faith, grounded in the true Word of GOD, the Holy Bible, stand for the truth in all areas of their lives, the world is changed. We shake up the world when we don’t follow the teachings of this world and those who would have us compromise ourselves and our GOD.

At times it’s not easy, but it’s always worth it. C’mon, let’s go shake the up the world!

~~ George Stewart, Creekside church of Christ, Franklin, IN

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WEEKLY NEWS, JULY 1, 2018

REMEMBER OUR SPANISH MINISTRY!

Salvador San Tillan 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. Those who already come, make them feel welcome and at home in our fellowship.

RESIGNATION

Lee Sisco has stepped down as a deacon due to his increasing inability to perform his duties. We deeply appreciate Lee’s service to tHis congregation and pray God will richly bless him!

COMMUNITY EFFORT FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

There is a community effort going on called “Llano Back to School Blast”, which seeks to supply various items for students in need. Volunteer workers are needed for the effort, and more information is available at the website: http://www.signup.com/go/ijePFnt.

ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 4TH:

Evening Bible Study will be dismissed.  Enjoy the day with friends and family!

human-footprints_318-46627BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

And He (JESUS) said to them, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven’Luke 10:18 (ESV).

Continue to keep in your thoughts and prayers, those who labor in the kingdom around the world trying to help gather the harvest of the souls of the redeemed. For the elders, Ken D

On Sunday, June 17, 2018, Michael Udam (one of the Nigerian preachers we help support in World Bible School follow-up) wrote:

REPORT OF EVANGELISM OF OGOJA WBS TEAM

The Ogoja WBS team went to work yesterday, 16th June 2018, at Okundi Boki in Cross River state of Nigeria and to the glory of God the kingdom of the devil was shaken. We went out in pairs and took the word to the lost world.

The congregation there led by Innocent Egwu invited a man with his family who had been studying with WBS and handed them to me and my wife to thoroughly brush them up and answer their questions. We spent two hours sharing the word and at the end each of the WBS students got a Bible. The family promises to go and have a think through what they have heard.

Other team members reported progress and submitted WBS enrollment slips to me for scanning.

Keep praying for our success in all our outreach.

Sincerely yours, Mike Udam

The saved must be well taught to stay saved

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