WEEKLY NEWS, NOVEMBER 26, 2017

PLEASE CHECK . . .

. . . the “Continue to Remember” list and the “In The Military” list periodically, updates are very important! If you think that your name or the name of a loved one needs to be removed (or added), please let the secretary (Helga) know! And as always, a written note or an e-mail is best.  Your help is very, very much appreciated!

DINOSAURS UNLEASHED!

These books for teachers and others who are interested in them, are here. Each book costs $9.00. Please talk to Joe if you would like to have one.

VISITING FOR THE MASTER

VISITATION PROGRAM Team #2 (leaders: Cary & Brenda Miller) will meet on Wednesday, December 6th at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.

OPEN HOUSE

You are invited for Food and Fellowship on December 4, 5:30-7:30 PM, for a Come and Go Holiday Open House at the Miller’s Home, 1922 Bluebonnet Lane.

HELPING HANDS PANTRY AND CLOTHES CLOSET

Pantry Needs – Plastic bags

Clothes Closet – Men’s shirts, jackets & shoes

Thank you for your support of this ministry of benevolence!

COOKIE TIME IS HERE!

The cookies we have collected will be packed up by the members of the Ladies Class this coming Wednesday, November 29th. If you have not brought your home-made or store-bought cookies yet, there is still time to bring them either this afternoon or some time before 9:00 AM on Wednesday!

We also need to collect stuffed animals/dolls for our Fellowship Meal/Holiday Party on Sunday, December 10th. They will be given to Seton-Care-A-Van for children in the hospital. Make sure that there are only embroidered eyes on the stuffed toys!

WELCOME, NEW MEMBER

We rejoice with Alicia Ramsay, who asked last Sunday to be immersed, baptized, into the death of our Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. God added her to His church and she is now a member of this congregation. God bless you, Alicia, we welcome you! Please update her address information to your directory by calling the church secretary.

THANK YOU NOTE

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Words cannot express our feelings of thankfulness for all you have done for us, the beautiful afghan that we will treasure always, and the gratitude we have for you, your support, your prayers, and especially your love! God bless each and every one of you! We love you!  Charles and Barbara Greenawalt

footprints-hiBEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

When our brother Richard Emperado was with us last, we agreed to additional support that would fund the two teachers of the Evangelism school there in the Philippines that Richard was starting. In this part of a recent report Richard tells more about that school. Keep this work and the souls of those in the Philippines in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

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Howdy! We have a visitor this month to be our guest teacher at the School of National Evangelism (S.O.N.E.). Just to reiterate, S.O.N.E. Is the name we chose for our school we started last June, which offers Biblical & Vocational-Technical Training. It has been almost six months now since we started the Bible school & I am so encouraged to see the improvements of our students. All of them could now preach & teach, we have 10 students enrolled. The next six months, the two teachers & I will help them polish their preaching & teaching skills, and provide them more hands on and practical experiences. Every Saturday, all of the students will go help a local church do their evangelism (going house to house). It is amazing to see how they could infuse enthusiasm & encouraged the local church. Every Sunday, a team of two students will go to small & struggling churches to teach & preach. It is encouraging to see how the attendance has grown in the churches they are working with. One church has grown from 6 to 20, and another has grown from 50 to 100. The students are having a great impact. These little churches love our students & appreciate all their help.

Our S.O.N.E. students can also sing very well. One of the teachers, Dennis Bello, is a good music teacher. The guys love to sing, they start about 5am when they have devo. They also like to sing when they are cooking or after a meal. I love to hear their a cappella version of “Awesome God”.

I teased them that I am training our students like the Spartans did. The students sleep in bunk beds without mattresses, just bare wood. Their classroom is just an open-air type room, without air-conditioning. They eat whatever is available-squash, eggplant, boiled beans, dried fish, etc. For protein, they help catch fish from the ocean & collect little crabs & shells at night. Last Monday, our visitors were able to go with the students to pull up the fish cages we put out in the deeper part of the ocean. It is hard work to pull up a cage while standing in a small Banca boat. We pulled up four cages, but only the first cage had fish — 14 big red snappers. Everybody enjoyed the fruits of our labor. What amazes me, is their appreciation & gladness for their training. They never complain. They know the school is running on a tight budget. We are thankful for the supporters who help with the vocational training part at the Seyer Training Center, and the new support that we receive from the Highland Lakes Church of Christ, in Kingsland, TX that covers the salary for the two Bible teachers & helps with some of the food for the students. We are thankful we can do what we do.

The students spend their mornings in S.ON.E. Bible classes. After lunch, the students head to their vocational training classes in automotive, welding, and baking at the Seyer Training Center. These two complement each other so well.

Thank you all for your love, prayers, partnership, & support for our work!

Love, Richard, Becky, & kids

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THANKSGIVING

7306-illustration-of-thanks-text-pvGiving thanks to God has always been an important part in the lives of His children, in every dispensation. God required it, because thankfulness does not only honor Him, our Creator, it also creates a wonderful and wholesome outlook on life in His children. “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song”, the psalmist writes in Psalm 28:7.

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures for ever; His faithfulness continues through all generations” (Psalm 100:4). Great comfort and assurance of God’s care is seen in this verse and many other Bible verses.

Gratitude is even commanded through certain scriptures. “Be joyful always,; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). “always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20).

“Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word of deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him (Colossians 3:16-17).

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, let us not forget where our thankfulness rests and how it also influences and shapes us and others. Here are also some secular quotes that show great understanding of gratitude towards God and others:

 “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” – G.K. Chesterton

 “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.” – Meister Eckhart

 “Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality.” – Alfred Painter

 “Let’s be grateful for those who give us happiness; they are the charming gardeners who make our soul bloom.” – Marcel Proust

 “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” -William Arthur Ward

 “Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” – Margaret Cousins

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WEEKLY NEWS, NOVEMBER 19, 2017

PLEASE CHECK . . .

. . . the “Continue to Remember” list and the “In The Military” list periodically, updates are very important! If you think that your name or the name of a loved one needs to be removed (or added), please let the secretary (Helga) know! And as always, a written note or an e-mail is best.  Your help is very, very much appreciated!

Dinosaurs UNLEASHED!

These books for teachers and others, who are interested in them, are here. Each book costs $9.00. Please talk to Joe if you would like to have one.

NEW PHONE NUMBERS

Please delete the Miller’s home phone number in your directory and in. The new numbers are their cell phones, which are available from the church office.

OPEN HOUSE

You are invited for Food and Fellowship on December 4, 5:30-7:30 PM, for a Come and Go Holiday Open House at the Miller’s Home, 1922 Bluebonnet Lane.

HELPING HANDS PANTRY

Needs – Plastic bags – Thank you!

HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING

All classes are dismissed on Wednesday, November 22nd, the day before Thanksgiving.

COOKIE TIME COMING UP!

Again, we will collect cookies to be given to the Cherokee Home for Children for their holiday party. The cookies will be packed up by the members of the Ladies Class on Wednesday, November 29th. Homemade cookies and also delicious store-bought ones make a good contribution. They should be brought to the Fellowship Room by Sunday, November 26th.

We can also start bringing stuffed animals/dolls for our Fellowship Meal/Holiday Party on Sunday, December 10th. They will be given to Seton-Care-A-Van for children in the hospital. Make sure that there are only embroidered eyes on the stuffed toys!

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BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

We have been blessed to help support Amanda Chumalo in South African Bible College. This is her final report as she will finish her program this year. Please keep her in your prayers, especially praying God will continue to use her to make a difference for Him. For the elders, Ken D

Dear Brethren,

When people start telling a story, they usually start at the beginning where it all began but, I would rather choose to be different as I always am DIFFERENT. I am completing my 3rd year this year, yes! I am, and yes, I do think it is a big deal. Why? I would be 1 of 2 ladies to complete in a long time, I would be the first grandchild from my Mothers’ side to bring home a degree, I would be my Mothers’ first child to bring home a degree because I am the eldest and it is a big deal because I am not so sure about my future. Currently I have applied for about 10 Jobs as a clerk or receptionist in numerous companies around Gauteng. I only got 1 reply and it was negative so I am just a little bit scared. I plan on getting a job and furthering my studies part-time at UNISA; I would love to study Public Relations.

Besides my personal endeavors I work with a small congregation in Buhle Park Church of Christ. I am a Sunday School teacher there and teach a huge class that has all ages mixed together because we do not have facilities to have different classes and teachers yet. Working with that congregation has been an eye opener and an experience at its best. I have seen how much I have learnt in the classroom at the College including Sunday school class; these teachings and classes have molded me into an even more passionate believer and lover of Christ. I have grown into a true God-fearing woman and have applied my knowledge and seem to have impacted the Congregation in ways I have never thought I would. I was humbled when two women from the congregation told me that they see the growth in their children and the knowledge they have gained from attending Sunday School. The other said that the reason she came to Worship Service was because her grandchildren refused to go with her to a denomination simply because, “teacher Amanda’s Sunday School is fun”. (I am not saying these things to brag but to show how the College has changed me.)

Again I give my thanks and gratuity to my Lectures — Beverly Lothian, the Staff, and the Sponsors’ all these people dedicate their time to make sure that the College is up and running for people like me to be educated. I cannot be grateful enough and thank Our Heavenly Father for the College and using all these people to keep the College afloat.

I was 14 years old when I got baptized in a denomination, since then I had been striving to live a Christian life. Until I asked myself why we do things the way we do as “Christians” my biggest question was why there were so many different churches but all served one God. Well, later when I turned 18, I promised myself and my parents that after studying Psychology I would study Theology. Long story short; my student loan at MGI where I was studying Psychology did not work out and I decided to study Theology first, to “put God first”.

On the 25 of January 2015, my Mother and I walked into SABC for the first time and met a man named Mr. Theo Rappard and the rest is history.

Thank you again for your support. You have helped me grow and through me you make a difference for a lot of people.

Amanda

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BEING SECURE IN AN UNSAFE WORLD

psalm-46_1 A Study of Psalms 46

How can we be secure living in an unsafe world? The Psalmists tells us through their own experiences: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalms 46). That’s where we can find true security and peace. In Psalms 46, we are reminded of three things:

Our Security Is In God, Not In This World. We have only one source of security – God. When hurricanes or wildfires or earthquakes occur, when wars break out or governments fail, health deteriorates, friends betray or evil people do evil deeds, God is our only security. Despite all of our advances, our world is no safer today than it was when Psalms 46 was written. We need to turn to God, to find rest for our souls. The psalmists wrote, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalms 46:10). The Bible also says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm” (Psalms 20:7-8).

Our Security Comes From Our Faith, Not From Our Circumstances. The writers of Psalms 46 were able to feel secure, not because of circumstances but because God was with them. God is within the city, and therefore it will not fall (Psalms 20:5). And, “The Lord Almighty is with us…” (Psalms 20:7). Our faith in the presence of God gives us hope and security. There are those who live in great prosperity with lots of money and possessions (good circumstances). Yet, their lives are consumed with worry and fear. “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endure forever” (Psalm 125:1).

Our Security Is In Eternity, Not In The Present. “Come and see the works of the Lord” (Psalms 46:8a). The fact is … ultimately, God wins. “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). God works in all the situations of our lives to bring about His good.

As Christians, we understand that there is evil in the world, and also that we should take human precautions. But we also know that God is in the world and He is much stronger than evil. With God by our side, we can overcome the worst of circumstances, and we are assured of a home beyond this present reality. Larry Fitzgerald, Abilene, TX

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WEEKLY NEWS, NOVEMBER 12, 2017

HELPING THE HELPING HANDS PANTRY

Needs – Plastic bags, toothpaste, bath soap and Children’s Clothes

Thank you!

DURING THE ASSEMBLY

Sunday morning, we welcome our special guest speaker Monte Tuttle from EEM, Eastern European Mission. He will give a report about this important work in the combined adult Bible class in the auditorium. We are also looking forward to his message during our worship time.

Next Sunday, November 19th, we will have the opportunity to take part in a special contribution to help EEM to have more Bibles and related materials to give to organizations in Eastern and Central Europe. Lives and souls will be changed through our generous contributions.

We are also still encouraged to contribute to World Christian Broadcasting today, if we haven’t done it yet. Through WCB the gospel is broadcast daily up to six languages that are the earth’s most spoken languages. The goal is to add more languages and so fulfill more and more Christ’s command to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20).

Ken Darnell will preach this Sunday evening in the absence of Joe. Joe has gone to Tennessee to pick up Teri’s brother, Patrick’s, belongings. Patrick will be flying from Tennessee next Tuesday to come here to Kingsland, where he will be making his home with Joe & Teri.

COOKIE TIME IS COMING UP!

Again, we will collect cookies to be given to the Cherokee Home for Children for their holiday party. The cookies will be packed up by the members of the Ladies Class on Wednesday, November 29th. Homemade cookies and also delicious store-bought ones make a good contribution. They should be brought to the Fellowship Room by Sunday, November 26th.

We can also start bringing stuffed animals/dolls for our Fellowship Meal/Holiday Party on Sunday, December 10th. They will be given to Seton-Care-A-Van for children in the hospital. Make sure that there are only embroidered eyes on the stuffed toys!

 

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BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

We are so blessed today to have Monte Tuttle from EEM with us today to share about the work they are doing in helping spread the word of God to those seeking Him. We are thankful to have the opportunity to support EEM through our prayers and financial contributions. Consider how you can support the work of EEM. For the elders, Ken D

 

MapThe Bible.  We Want Everyone To Get It.

Since 1961, Eastern European Mission (EEM) has been providing God’s Word to the people of Eastern Europe in their own languages. Now, EEM provides Bibles and an array of Bible-based materials in more than 20 languages – to individuals, families, churches, campaign groups, children in youth camps, public schools and universities, orphanages, hospitals, prisons, and anywhere else Bibles are needed – free to all.

EEM is working with national leaders in countries like Ukraine, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Greece to distribute thousands of Bibles and Bible-based materials. EEM is also currently fulfilling requests for Bibles in two entire regions in Ukraine, 50,000 New Testaments in Slovenia & more!

Join us during the campaign to fulfill these requests for God’s Word in 2017. The soil is rich – send the Good News of Jesus to the hopeless and lost, and help them flourish by sowing seeds of hope – the Bible!

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GPS SIGNAL LOST!

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This is all I heard when I had Laura’s broken cell phone thinking I had just cured what was ailing it. Thankfully, though, I was made aware of the recurring problem.

How do we know when we’ve lost our ‘signal’ with God? When our relationship is not in-sync with His will? First things first, the Bible is the only life-map for everyone (2 Tim. 3:16-17), the directions are always the same even within varying times & cultures (Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 4:17; Col. 1:5-6), and it has always been God’s intent for everyone to follow His route in order for us to be safe (1 Tim.

2:3-4). By way of reminder, it is practiced sin that removes us from a relationship with God (1 John 3:4, 5:17). Here are just a couple of ways to know when we are straying:

First, through our own conscience, that inner catalog we keep of right vs. wrong (1 Tim. 1:18-19; James 4:17). But our conscience must be shaped by God’s Word. Note Paul’s charge to Timothy (v.19) to keep faith AND a good conscience. Man’s conscience is not God’s good conscience unless we believe God’s Word. Paul further says some rejected God which caused them spiritually to be shipwrecked (God’s signal lost!).

Secondly, through the help of brethren. Matthew 18:15-17 is the gold standard in helping a brother or sister in sin. To the loving Christian wanting to help out a friend in trouble, it must be done first in private, which means social media, going to somebody else, is out of the question. Gentle, loving help (Gal. 6:1-2) is keeping it in-house and respecting Jesus’ instruction. To the brother or sister who is struggling, please understand the church loves you and wants you to come home where you belong…safe with God!

Jon Warnes, Rosenberg, TX

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WEEKLY NEWS NOVEMBER 5, 2017

THANK YOU NOTES

We thank you all for your prayers and all the beautiful cards. You are all special to us.”  Love, Phil & Lorna

Dearest Brothers & Sisters,

We are so grateful to you! I think we have said this often, but really, “words are not enough to express our gratitude.” Dennis and I (our girls Srey -Khuech, Thary and Sreypov) are so glad to have you in our lives and appreciate your continued love, prayers, encouragements and support.

Thank you!!!

Grace, Peace, Love and Blessings,

Dennis & Sharon

VISITING FOR THE MASTER

VISITATION PROGRAM Team #1 (leaders: Joe & Teri Winnett) meeting on November 8th has been cancelled!

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER

19424206_1487584767952918_8996008763587520967_nNext Sunday morning, November 12th, our special guest speaker will be Monte Tuttle from EEM, Eastern European Mission. He will give a report about this important work in the combined adult Bible class in the auditorium. He will also preach during the morning worship assembly.

EEM (Eastern European Mission) is a non-profit organization providing Bibles and Christian literature in languages of Eastern and Central Europe. The goal is to increase the knowledge of God’s Word and encourage development of Christian faith and values. The materials offered are available and completely free of charge to individuals, schools, libraries, prisons, orphanages, churches, and other entities in the region. This very important work is supported by benevolent donations of individuals from around the world.” (From the EEM Website)

The following Sunday, November 19th, we will have the opportunity to take part in a special contribution to help EEM to have more Bibles and related materials to give to those before-mentioned organizations in Eastern and Central Europe. Lives and souls will be changed through our generous contributions.

Ken Darnell will preach next Sunday night in the absence of Joe. Joe & Teri will be on their trip to Tennessee where they will pick up Teri’s brother, Patrick. Patrick will be making his home with Joe & Teri now.

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Next Sunday morning, November 12th Monte Tuttle from Eastern European Missions will give us a report on the work that EEM is doing. Pray for the work that EEM is doing.  For the elders, Ken D

Here is also some information from the EEM website about some books translated into the appropriate languages.   Eastern European Mission offers a set of Bible-based materials designed to serve as resources for spiritual and moral education of children and teenagers. Our books are non-confessional in nature and used by parents and educators from a variety of Christian backgrounds. They simply focus on retelling the story of the Bible in a language appropriate for the age group while drawing attention to positive traits, principles, and actions that can help the youth develop a strong moral character for daily living.

Examples of the kinds of books:

Bible for Young Readers

EEM1This book is a collection of the most important stories from the Bible, rewritten in a language appropriate for 7 to 10 year olds. Each of the 92 stories is richly illustrated with images that are vivid and modern, sparking the interest of the young readers. The book is designed to introduce children to the world of the Bible and help them establish a habit of reading it on regular basis. Author: Dr. Michael Armour.

 

Bible for You

EEM2Bible for You” is a collection of biblical stories, with passages taken directly from the Holy Scriptures (in Hungarian, from the New Revised Translation (Revideált Új Fordítás) by Hungarian Bible Society (Magyar Bibliatársulat Alapítvány) and in Romanian from the Holy Bible, New Romanian Translation (Noua Traducere În Limba Română) by Biblica, Inc.). Each story is preceded by a short introduction and followed with 2-3 simple questions reflecting on the text. “Bible for You” is written for pre-teens and young teens (11-15 year olds) at their reading level. It is designed to help them transition from reading stories paraphrased from the Bible to working directly with the biblical text to find answers to moral and ethical challenges they may be facing. Author: Scott Hayes and Lynn Camp

Lessons in Character for Children

EEM3This workbook is a collection of practical lessons introducing ten positive character traits from the Bible. It is designed for children ages 9 to 12. Each chapter includes quotes from the Bible, exercises, questions, and activities to teach and strengthen a particular character trait. Author: Fran Armour

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