News & Announcements
The other week I heard a preacher friend make this statement (he had heard it from someone else): “You weather the weather whatever the weather, whether you like it or not.” Say that 10 times fast! I paused a minute to take it all in. Life can be discouraging, can’t it? If you are blessed to live long enough, there is no doubt that you will encounter difficulty, hard times, and discouragement. In those moments, we have a choice—do we quit or keep going?
I was visiting with an older member this week. They are a member of the Greatest Generation, and we were talking about all of their life experiences—lots of difficulty. As I was thinking about all they had been through—the Great Depression, WW2, social upheaval, incredible personal loss—I was reminded of how important it is to persevere. When life throws its curveballs, we can give up or keep going. If we give up, we forfeit the opportunity to learn, grow, be challenged and transformed into Christ’s image.
Can you imagine if Jesus gave up? Well before the cross, He encountered difficulty. Loss of family, rejection from family, persecution from the religious elite, homelessness, poverty…the list goes on. It would have been easy for Him to throw in the towel. I’m glad He didn’t. I’m glad He gave us the example of perseverance, and because of His perseverance, we have eternal life.
At the end of the II Timothy, Paul knows he is about to die. He writes to Timothy and says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.” (4:7-8)
Don’t give up. Keep going. Weather the weather. There’s a crown waiting for you.
Operation Christmas Child
Angela Beardmore will be packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child on Saturday, October 23rd in the Fellowship Building. All supplies for the boxes will be provided. If you would be interested in helping her to pack the boxes, please contact Angela.
Change of Address
Paige Gauding has moved to her new home in Marietta, Ohio. Please update your church directory with her new address: 115 Becker Lane, Marietta, OH 45750. We congratulate Paige and pray many blessings for her in her new home.
Usually, I use this space to share something thoughtful, encouraging, convicting, etc. Every so often, something comes to me that fits none of those categories I mentioned but this is just too good not to share. This was shared with me, and I thought you would enjoy these bulletin bloopers as well. The next time you see a typo in the bulletin, remember this—it could be worse!
- Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
- The outreach committee has enlisted 25 visitors to make calls on people who are not afflicted with any church.
- Ushers will eat latecomers.
- The Rev. Merriwether spoke briefly, much to the delight of the audience.
- The pastor will preach his farewell message, after which the choir will sing, “Break Forth Into Joy.”
- Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community.
- During the absence of our pastor, we enjoyed the rare privilege of hearing a good sermon when J.F. Stubbs took over our pulpit.
- The church garage sale will be held this Saturday. This is a good chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.
- Weight Watchers will meet in the basement at 7:00 pm. Please use the large double doors at the side entrance.
To the ladies that quilted Winston’s blanket, thank you. It is beautiful, and I can’t tell you how much it means to us. To some it might just seem like a blanket, but we know the work, time and effort it takes to make a quilt and we are so grateful. Every patch placed was placed with love and the thought of a child in mind. I pray one day Winston will appreciate the love that was put into this blanket. I know Ryan and I do. Thank you. Your work does not go unnoticed and believe me it means a lot-a graduation gift, a wedding gift, a baby gift. A quilt is something that can last a lifetime, and I can’t wait to tell Winston about the wonderful ladies that made him this quilt were the exact same ladies that helped raise his mom and teach her about our Lord and Savior.
-With Love, Ryan, Whitney, and Winston
M.A.G.I. Box Donation September
Yo-yo or bandana.
A huge THANK YOU to all that made Knights of North Castle shine! The teachers, decorations,crafters, preacher, puppeteers, techies, leaders, donators, kithcheneers, bakers, behind the scenes and recreation. So many contributed to make this a success, but most of all thanks all the newly dubbed knights! We love our children
Honoring Our Quilters
“All the skilled women spun with their hands, and brought what they had spun, in blue and purple and scarlet material and in fine linen” ----- Exodus 35:25.
For so many generations, the skilled ladies of the Woodsfield church of Christ have labored and created beautiful quilts for our family here. “For where 2 or 3 are gathered together in my name, there I am among them.” ……. they gathered and fellowshipped for over 25 years making quilts for graduates, community members in need, nursing home residents, and even families in India.
What an amazing act of love these women displayed. Our most accurate account has a record of over 242 quilts fashioned for our graduates. It would suffice to say that nearly every member here had a quilt made for them or for their children. Like so many acts of kindness in the church, these ladies never boast or make a big display of their works……. they piled cushions higher, ignored their split rough nails, and endured the stiff necks with not a word of despair.
Many of our quilters have passed on and a few remain with us today. But every single one of them will attest to “a quilter’s quilting friends are some of the dearest, most generous, and most supportive people she will ever know.”
To the best of our knowledge, below is the list of the ladies that have served as quilters: Irene Christman, Inez Lanier, Vivian Hines, Lois Griffin, Blanche Baker, Theica Weddle, Rose Saffle, Wanda Zonker, Gladys Landefeld, Betty Mercer, Wilma Bott, Nada Beardmore, Doris Lude, Ruth Camden and most recently, Cathy Bunting, Mary Henthorn, Goldie Chaplin, Jean Antill and Eleanor Lallathin.
These ladies and their quilts are “knit together in love and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God.”
A thank you does not seem to suffice for all the labors of love these ladies have crafted over the past years. Just know that we love you and neither you nor your many quilts will be forgotten. The quilts you bound together have bound the hearts of all of us here. You will always be the most beautiful square that makes up the Woodsfield church of Christ quilt.
Children’s Bible Class Update
This quarter’s teaching material is “Loving Hearts & Helping Hands”. We had 25 students in class this past Sunday. If you see a Bible class teacher, be sure to thank them. What a blessing all these students and teachers are to our church.
Last Quarter Teachers: Current Quarter Teachers:
Cradle Roll – Leah Hickenbottom Cradle Roll – Sue Dearth, Bev Jones,
Leslie Carothers Kalista Friday
3–4-year-olds- Olivia Gauding 3–4-year-olds- Sheena Stalder
Paige Gauding Paige Gauding
5 yr – 1st- Paula Eikleberry 5 yr – 1st- Tiffany Jones
2nd- 3rd-Dan & Chris Christman 2nd- 3rd-Tina Jones
4th- 6th Brian Rose 4th- 6th Ian & Kirsten Rouse
7th-12th Keith Jones 7th-12th Eric Carothers
Thank You - M.A.G.I. Boxes
Thank you to the church, we were able to deliver 37 M.A.G.I boxes for the children this Christmas. Your love to help others is so greatly appreciated.