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Clean Carts

Been around shopping carts my whole life. Never thought much about them. Alter all, what is there to think about a shopping cart? My grandmother used to refer to one as a "buggy," "Grab that buggy for me," she'd say. Been "grabbin"‘ one ever since. Now I grab one for my wife, push it around the store, pay for its contents, slam it into one ‘ of those corrals in the middle of the parking lot and go home.

I look at those carts differently now though, thanks to a scene I happened upon the other day while driving alongside the Riesbecks Grocery parking lot. A rather clean—cut, professional-looking fellow is standing amidst a sea of shiny, sparkling carts. A water hose lies nearby, obviously the source of their sparkliness. He has in his hand what appears to be a sp1ay—paint can and is standing behind a large box van identified by large red letters as being in the service of a "Shopping Cart Cleaning and Repair" business.

Who knew? There exists in this world a company which does nothing but clean and repair shopping carts? And according to a brief Google search, there's more than one. I was unaware that anyone cleaned them. I sure didn't think anyone repaired them. If it is someone's official job to clean and repair these things, then why is it that I always manage to pull out the one that feels like some sort of disease is camped out on the handle while one of its wheels insists on having an emotional wheel breakdown and refuses to spin? But I digress.

Probably at some point every day we are the benefactors of a service having been performed that we have never given any thought to. We don‘t know who does it, how they do it, when they do it We didn’t even realize it needed done. Only if someone stopped doing it would you then recognize its- necessity. We continually reapthe benefits of a job done by one who did not aspire to do that job.

"What do you want to be when you grow up, Johnny'?"

"A shopping cart cleaner."

I don‘t think so. Safe to say little Johnny thought much more about becoming a teacher, a manager, a lawyer, a builder, or a mailman. But shopping carts need attention and he needs a job.

The Lord‘s church needs attention and you need a job! Things need done that are neither glamorous nor attention-grabbing -- they need done nonetheless. Find a way to contribute to the Lord‘s cause. It may involve a I .subtle and seemingly insignificant task. Possibly, no one will recognize that you did it. Possibly, no one will even recognize it needed done. God will! And Him knowing is all that counts!

~Charles Schultheisz | Pulpit Minister

Guest Speakers

We welcomed Mark Beros on the morning of November 11th.  Mark works with the Stop Nine Church of Christ and is no stranger to us.  We thank God for his love of Jesus and desire to preach the Word of God to this family.

Brother Andrew Jones taught the Adult Bible Class in the evening.  Andy is attending the Ohio Valley University and is striving to be a Minister of God's Word.

Be Prepared

We truly are thankful for everything God has blessed us with.  The news was Hurricane Sandy coming up the East Coast and everyone needed to be prepared.  Flashlights were located, generators were filled with gasoline, items were taken in so they wouldn't blow away and food stores were becoming crowded.  Nearby, states were hit with great waves, streets became beaches, fires destroyed homes and businesses and deaths occurred because people did not listen to the warning.

Thank God for His warning to be ready for Heaven.  There will be a time when something much more than a hurricane comes.  Be prepared by obeying God's Word and live faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ.  Surrender your soul to God by being baptized for the remission of your sins.  Keep studying God's Word by attending worship and bible classes on Sundays and Wednesdays.

We all will wait for the Judgment Day to come and when it does, will you be prepared?  God is sending you the alert.  Are we listening or are we ignoring the news.  For those who have the freedom of choice to choose to ignore, only a divesting fire will consume your soul forever.

Those who listen to the good news of Jesus and answer the call by being prepared will enjoy an everlasting home in paradise for eternity.

Those of us that can get ready for a storm from Hurricane Sandy surely can get ready and warn others about a bigger storm coming that will level the planet Earth.  Keep faithful to God, share the good news of Jesus with others, invite a friend to church, read and study the Word more often, but most of all, BE PREPARED to meet your God.

A Guide To Build the Church

Please note these key points on building up the Lord’s church taken from the examples from the book of Nehemiah when the walls of Jerusalem were being rebuilt. These points would help us to be successful in building the Lord’s church if we would only employ them. 

1. Prayed.
2. Planned their work.
3. Encouraged each other
4. Ignored criticism.
5. Involved every person.
6. Focused attention on the right thing and remained focused.
7. Remembered that they were fighting WITH God.

Automated Phone Message

We are now using an automated phone message when you call the church after hours.  The automated system will provide service times and also provides the numbers for Charles Schultheisz; Pulpit Minister and Keith Jones; Family Life Minister.

New Prayer Requests Page

Psalm 107:28-30

However you feel, and whatever the problem, you are not isolated.  Make your prayer request here.

What Kind of Trails Do You Leave?

Whether you know it or not, someone, somewhere is watching how you handle your life. It could be a member of your family, a business associate, a casual acquaintance, or perhaps someone you don’t even know.  That being the case, are you leaving trails that you’re not ashamed of?  Every person has the power to make others happy. Some do it by simply entering a room; others, by leaving the room.

Some people have a friend who leaves a trail of great enthusiasm. Hours after a phone call from them we still feel great.   Another friend leaves a trail of optimism.  After only a brief conversation with them, we feel better. They always make our day.

One friend enriches our day by always leaving a trail of kindness. Cheerful smiles are their trademark.  Some individuals leave trails of gloom. Others leave trails of joy.  Some leave trails of hate and bitterness. Others leave trails of love and harmony.  Some leave trails of cynicism and pessimism.  Others leave trails of faith and optimism. Some leave trails of criticism and resignation. Others leave trails of gratitude and hope.

What kind of trails do you leave?

Five Things You Can Do To Make This A Better Congregation

1.  Contact someone in the congregation who may need encouragement and invite them into your home or drop by to pay them a visit. Go out of your way to express words of concern to- those who may be struggling through trials or who need to be more faithful.
2. Visit or call one or more of our shut-ins or members who are presently ill.
3. Take some tracts to distribute to those with whom you work or come in contact on a regular basis. This can be a good way to bring up a discussion of salvation, invite someone to worship services offer to study the Bible with someone.
4.  Pray for the congregation; petition the Heavenly Father on behalf of the preachers, elders, deacons and members of the body, that we might all grow and be faithful in all things. Pray that you might be able to contribute more to the work of the church here.
5. Make it a point to attend every assembly of the church you possibly can.

Fishers Of Men

God Blessed us with great weather last Sunday. The children enjoyed Brent and Dusty’s roasted hot dogs, and the fishing was great. Many of the children caught fish, which brought a smile to their face.  Who would've thought that God’s plan on the fifth day would bring so much happiness to a child’s life.

A big thank you to the ones who mow and trim the pond, cooked the food, served and cleaned up after the event, helped watch the safety of all the children as they went fishing, taught the Word of God and drove them safely home. Many volunteers in the church family got this event done. It’s great to be a part of a family that cares for the souls of children and adults.

This time of the year God starts painting the trees and  filling the air with the smell of autumn. We have so many things to thank God for and one of those is the changing seasons.  We thank Sue and Dawn for the beautiful decorations in the building and to Martha Lee Ault for letting us use the pond again so the children could fish. Little Jesse Johnson caught the biggest fish, reaching a total length of 7 inches. Congratulations Jesse.

Fellowship is important to family and God surely is touched when he sees family showing love to little children by using a fishing day. Thanks church and keep up the good work.

We offered some awards for the day:

Biggest Fish - Jesse Johnson
Biggest Bass - Heather Platz
Most Fish Caught (3) - Leah Johnson, Brandon Clark, Brandon Longwell

Members:  View the photo book here.

What Is Success?

lf success means having lots of money, would we consider Jesus ‘a success? At the end of his short life all he had were the clothes on his back -  and those were taken by his enemies.

lf success means having a family (children and a spouse), where would be the apostle Paul?  1 Corinthians 9:5 indicates that Paul gave up his right to marry for the sake of preaching the gospel.

If success means having a good reputation where would the prophet Jeremiah be?  HIe was arrested, left to die in a pit of rnire, taken off in captivity.  He spent his entire life preaching and very seldom did he ever convince anyone to do what was right.

And yet, in the eyes of the Christian religion, these three men are considered successes.  But more important than that... they are considered successes by God!

The real definition of success is to fulfill God’s will for your life!

"He who does the will of God abides forever" (1 John-2:17b).

Larry Fitzgerald
Cisco, Texas

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