News & Announcements
Upcoming Dates to Remember
October 1st - 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Church Game Night please bring snacks and your own drinks. If you have any questions, please see Jeff or Jo Ellen Seidler.
October 2nd – Bus Worker Breakfast
October 5th - Feed the Flock will be an ice cream social. If you have an ice cream maker and a recipe you would like to make, please come at 5 p.m. we will provide the salt and ice for your ice cream maker and the toppings for the ice cream. Please let Eric Carothers, Brent McConnell or Shawn Howell know if you will be making ice cream. If you are not making ice cream, please come at the regular time of 6 p.m. and enjoy the ice cream!
October 9th at 4 p.m. will be Worship in the Woods, weather permitting, and a farewell fellowship for Scott. We will meet at the Fellowship building at 4 p.m. to eat first please bring a covered dish.
October 14th will be a lasagna dinner for the widow and widowers group only. There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer to let us know you are attending. If you can’t attend but, would like a dinner delivered, please mark that on the sign-up sheet. You can also call the office to let Sherry know.
Abby and I are away this Sunday on a two-year delayed 10 year anniversary trip (thanks, COVID). Consequently, my thoughts are on anniversaries as I write this article. When I was first married, I always wondered how people could forget their anniversaries. Of course, as a young newlywed, everything was new and exciting! How could you possibly forget this wonderful day? As time went on, I gained an understanding for how this can happen. While I haven’t technically forgotten an anniversary, I have been guilty of allowing the business of life to interfere with the planning of a proper anniversary celebration. Anniversaries can creep up on us, and by the time we realize the day, we haven’t made plans or preparations to celebrate. While I technically didn’t forget, I did fail to plan.
Have you ever failed to plan for something? Maybe it was something important and you realized that you also unintentionally communicated something in your failure to plan. You communicated that whatever it was didn’t matter or that someone wasn’t important. Thankfully, God didn’t fail to plan. As soon as Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, He made arrangements for something else. Genesis 3:15 is sometimes regarded by Bible scholars as the first mention of the gospel and prophesies the relationship between Eve and the Serpent: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” This was ultimately fulfilled in Jesus, in His defeat of Satan at the cross.
Whether we plan or not for important events, I’m thankful to serve a God who is always one step ahead. He’s always thinking of the next thing because we’re important to Him.
Church Bus Drivers
If you currently drive or plan to drive any of the easy rider buses for the church for any church function, we need to update your driving information for insurance purposes. Please send Sherry your full name, date of birth and driver’s license number so the list and insurance can be updated.
This month’s selected items will be warm weather outfits. We aim to provide each child with a new outfit (shirt, shorts/skirt or dress, underwear, and flipflops). In the back of the church, we have placed the giving tree just like we do at Christmas, each tag will have listed boy or girl and an age range. Please consider picking out a child (or as many as you feel led to select) and shopping for them. Stores are marking down summer styles, so now is the time to purchase these items so we can bless the most children possible! If you have questions, please contact Sherri Lallathin or Ra Lene Henthorn.
Mid-Western Children's Home Update
Thank you for remembering the children by giving to us financially. As you may be aware, the cost of daily care and even finding the groceries available on the shelves has been tough.
We are trying to enjoy the last few days of summer before we begin school August 18. Our census has grown this summer; we are serving five additional children. The recreation program has gone on some enjoyable outings. We have had some work crews come to beautify the campus with staining the wood of the pavilion, barn deck, and replacing wood on the gazebo. Once again, I thank you for the gift to help the children we serve. Please continue to pray for them and the staff.
For the Children,
Your Help is Needed!
Last year, thanks to the generosity of the church family, we were able to send 100 MAGI boxes to bless children who without this program may not receive a gift for Christmas and would go without basic necessities. This year, in an effort to fill these boxes with as many items as possible we will be collecting in a couple different ways. The goal for the church is still 100 boxes but we want to fulfill the list this year! Let’s bless these kids in the best way we know how!
Here’s how you can help!
- Each month, we will have a designated item/items to collect and place in the bins in the back of the church. These items will include warm weather outfits, hygiene products, basic school supplies, and small fun gifts. There will be announcements and notes in the bulletin each month for the items we are collecting. The goal is to gather items when they may be plentiful in stores and hopefully on sale!
- Not a shopper? That’s ok! We learned last year that there are some items that make more sense financially for us to order in bulk from distributors and online retailers. We will have a special collection box in the back of the foyer for monetary donations to go straight to this ministry to buy items that are most needed.
This month’s selected items will be warm weather outfits. We aim to provide each child with a new outfit (shirt, shorts/skirt or dress, underwear, and flipflops). In the back of the church, we have placed the giving tree just like we do at Christmas, each tag will have listed boy or girl and an age range. Please consider picking out a child (or as many as you feel led to select) and shopping for them. Stores are marking down summer styles, so now is the time to purchase these items so we can bless the most children possible!
If you have questions, please contact Sherri Lallathin or RaLene Henthorn.
Thank you for your help!
Church of Christ Disaster Relief Update
Currently Church of Christ Disaster Relief efforts are sending supplies to the following areas and disasters: Virginia due to flooding; Kansas, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas due to tornadoes; Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee (appliances and furniture) due to flooding and tornadoes. Recently they sent supplies to Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas due to forest fires. They are prepared to send more shipments of food, baby supplies, cleaning products, personal care items, water, appliances, bedding and other much needed supplies to victims of disasters as needed.
What’s Your Preference?
I’m not sure if I care for either. My grandfather played the banjo, but I’m pretty sure I don’t have that gift and I don’t know anyone in our family that played the harp. We all have our preferences though, don’t we? One person likes harps, another likes banjos. One person likes musicals, another likes action movies. One person likes board games, another likes car shows. One person likes contemporary, another likes traditional.
We’re familiar with preferences in everyday life, but what about preferences in the church? What’s the difficulty with preferences in the church? We have to endure everyone else’s! To be clear, I’m not talking about things that are doctrinal or clear mandates in Scripture. I’m talking about preferences in the way we do things, and we can get pretty insistent on our preferences! I’m sure you’ve seen people get upset about a lot of things that happen in church. Most of the time, it has nothing to do with core doctrinal beliefs. It’s the color for the new carpet, whether we should move the furniture in the lobby, the design of the new bathrooms, having a contemporary or traditional worship, serving communion before or after the sermon, when to do announcements, who we like leading worship, which preacher we prefer, etc. The list goes on and on and on.
Preferences are not bad, so long as we remember to keep the main thing the main thing. Never allow a preference to become a point of division and never allow preference to take precedence over the mission.
Silver For Children
There are Silver for Children cans still available in the foyer.
The target is $65.50 per can and pick up is October 6th.
This is a great way for a family to participate together in helping others by providing:
- Christian foster parents who will model Christian values and attitudes while teaching the children God’s truths.
- Educational fees including: Books, Class Fees, Field Trips, and School Supplies
- Transportation to Church, School, Doctor and Activities
- Church Activity Cost, such as, Bible Camps and Retreats
- Allowances for children
What a week! This past week, our VBS taught an average of 65 kids each night. Games, crafts, and puppet skits all worked together to teach the kids a different Bible story each night. I heard they even enjoyed special appearances by Moses and Elijah! As the kids were enjoying their time of learning, the adults were gathered in the auditorium for a class and discussion on how to parent through the social media age. We had about 40 parents join us each night. It was a great time of learning and discussion!
If you helped out or participated in any way this week, thank you! I’m reminded in weeks such as this one of the collective power we have as a church body. There is so much talent, ability, and potential within our church family when we come together for something. Often, we can get discouraged when we work on our own because we don’t see results very quickly or easily. The problem isn’t us, however; it’s that we are only one person. God never intended for us to do ministry or live the Christian life alone. It was always designed to be done in community, with other people. This week was proof of that. Thank you!
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many.
—I Corinthians 12:12-14