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Vacation Bible School 2024

“STELLAR - SHINE JESUS’ LIGHT”

Join us for an unforgettable week of faith, fun, and friendship at our annual Vacation Bible School!

Dates: June 23rd-June 27th

Time: 6PM Each evening

Location: Woodsfield Church of Christ Fellowship Building

What to Expect:

  1. Bible Adventures: Dive into exciting Bible stories, where kids will encounter heroes, miracles, and life-changing lessons.

  2. Creative Crafts: Get hands-on with crafts that reinforce the day’s theme and Scripture.

  3. Worship and Music: Sing, dance, and praise God together with uplifting songs.

  4. Outdoor Exploration: Explore God’s creation through outdoor games.

  5. Snack Shack: Enjoy tasty treats and snacks that tie into our daily Bible lessons.

  6. Friendship and Fellowship: Make new friends and build lasting connections with other kids and leaders.

 


Upcoming Guest Speakers

Sunday, April 21st - Jeremy Powell

Sunday, May 19th - Jeremy Powell

Sunday, June 30th - Travis Williams

These gentlemen will be conducting the Sunday morning worship services while Scott is away fulfilling his National Guard duties.
 


Men and Women Reflecting His Image

As we wrap our Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood series, I find myself reflecting. The church today is staring down a cultural moment that is unparalleled in modern history. Unfolding before us is a great deconstruction of ideas and institutions that have always been accepted by the majority of society, secular or Christian. As we see things like marriage, gender, sexuality, education, childhood development, and other parts of the fabric of society being questioned and dismantled, it is tempting to run or get angry. What I would encourage us to do is to lean into the teachings of Scripture, find our footing in what God’s word says on these topics, and allow the Truth to encourage us and embolden us to live differently than the world around.

I have said this before, and I truly believe it: the world will get tired of this, eventually. It may not be in your lifetime or mine, but eventually people will come to the end of these debates and will be looking for something that actually works. Once the shiny has worn off, people want to know what they can bank on and build lives on. It’s at that moment that Christians have an opportunity to step in with the Truth. However, it won’t be just because we have the Truth—we will only be able to speak the Truth if we are living the truth. So, in the meantime, as the world is wandering and wrestling, live the Truth. Reflect the image of God proudly in our genders and in our distinctiveness.

Resist the urge to make men and women the same or interchangeable. Men’s strength and courage, women’s nurture and wisdom are gifts that reflect the image of God in ways the other gender cannot.

The world desperately needs to see God.

Let them see Him in us.

Scott McFarland


Sunday Evening Small Groups

Small groups have begun but there is still time to join a group and they will continue through the Fall. There are sign-up sheets in the auditorium by the nursery; please place only one name per line on the sheets.


Joy Bus Update

The J.O.Y. buses did pass the state inspection this week and will continue to run to bring children and adults to listen to the gospel.


Ladies Bible Study

The new ladies study will begin April 20th at 9:00am in the fellowship hall.  

"NICE"
by: Sharon Hodde Miller

God never called us to be nice.

We live in a culture that prizes niceness as one of its highest virtues. Niceness keeps the peace, wins friends, gains influence, and serves our reputations well, but it also takes the teeth out of our witness and the power out of our faith. When we choose to be nice instead of faithful, we bear fruits that are bland, bitter, empty, and rotten to the core.

In this 5-session series based on her book, Sharon Hodde Miller explores the seemingly innocent idol that has crept into our faith and quietly corrupted it, producing the bad fruits of cowardice, in authenticity, shallowness, and more. She challenges readers to cultivate a better “tree,” providing practical steps to reclaim our credibility as followers of Christ, and bear better, richer, more life-giving fruits.


Potter Children's Home Collection

Potter Children’s Home & Family Ministries will be collecting the following food items until May 5, 2024, Rice Krispies Cereal; Honey Nut & Almond Cereal; Tea Bags; Bottled Water; snack size potato chips. There will be a tote in the foyer to collect the items in.


What is a Woman?

It sounds so crazy to even ask that question, “What is a woman?”  Half a century ago, no one would have questioned what defines a woman or makes her who she is.  But, here we are today, trying to redefine gender and sexuality, attempting to reimagine cultural norms so we can create a new world where definitions of masculinity and femininity are fluid and
“non-conforming.”

My point is not to rant about the ills of society, but I do mention that to bring up a point I have been thinking of recently.  Since when did we let the world dictate what we believe as truth?  The church must be careful as the world progresses more and more into relativism and redefinition not to be swept away by the currents of culture.  John has some helpful thoughts on how to discern false teaching within the church that I believe also applies in principle outside the church:

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. (I John 4:1-3)

Don’t believe everything you hear.  Test it.  Examine it to see if it is from God.  Examine the source.  In this day and age, we can never be sure.  In the end, Scripture and God’s revelation of reality is our only hope to holding on to truth.  Everything else is suspect.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Scott McFarland


A God of Surprises

As we celebrate Easter this weekend, there are a lot of Easter traditions that accompany the holiday. At some point today or this past week, you may have given a child an Easter basket, participated in an Easter egg hunt,
colored Easter eggs, or made candy. The combination of different traditions, for Christians, symbolize much more than a bunny or an egg. For us, it is a way to teach our children and remind ourselves of the God
who won victory over sin and death at the tomb after evil and Satan seemed to have won the day at the cross.

Many of the traditions we share over Easter involve “finding” something—an Easter egg hunt where eggs are discovered or cracking open a plastic egg to discover the kind of candy or treat inside. This is such a great reminder to us of the God of the unexpected, the God of surprises. At the tomb that Easter morning, no one expected Jesus to be raised. The women carrying spices did not. Even Jesus’ own disciples did not believe
after being given the message by the women who had gone to the tomb. They had to run to the tomb to see it themselves to believe, which is especially ironic considering the disciples were told multiple times over
Jesus’ ministry that he would be resurrected. No one saw it coming.

As we celebrate Easter this year, remember that God has always been and always will be full of surprises. He rarely acts in ways we expect, but always acts in the best way. He often doesn’t show up when we feel He should, but He’s always right on time. He doesn’t follow the script we give Him; He writes His own. That’s what makes Him God. But, rest assured, He will always come through, even when you don’t think anything is possible. The empty tomb is proof of a God who makes good on His promises, knows the right timing, and is full of surprises.

Scott McFarland


2025 Bible Bowl

The 2025 Bible Bowl will be March 1st – March 2nd and will be held in Centerville, Ohio, near Dayton. The book of Luke, chapters 1-24, are the study material for the competition. The teams will include younger and older teams with grades 3-12 included. If you are interested, please see Merna.


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