News & Announcements
The preacher search is over and God has delivers the family with an outstanding young couple who is excited about coming to Monroe County and serving this community with the Lord's message. Scott, Abby and Hannah McFarland have decided to make Woodsfield their home.
We thank the church for their prayers and encouragement. May we all continue to serve and honor God by winning souls and encouraging one another in all the ministries. Let's work hard to make 2017 the best year ever for the Lord's church.
Paul will be filling the pulpit until December 11th or whenever Scott gets moved in.
Covenant Christian Academy Update
Covenant Christian Academy started last year with 2 students and 1 teacher in one of the class rooms in the education building. Two more students joined us with the year and we moved upstairs to share a room with Scottie. This year we have 21 students and 6 staff members. We are located at 185 Shady Ave., Woodsfield, OH. We are registered with Ohio Department of Education under Non-Charted Non-Tax schools. We are working on our accreditation which is a three year process and 501C3 status. Please pray for us in these endeavors.
You Probably Should Be Paying Attention
A while back, Jeff Seidler invited the Woodsﬁeld congregation to hang around after a Sunday evening service so that he could give a lesson in administering CPR and operating the AED device, which I assume remains mounted in the back of the auditorium. A small percentage of the church attended the class. I suspicion what some of you absentees were thinking was, "I'm never going to need this,” or "If something happens here in the building, we have Jeff, or Kevin, or Rick, or somebody who can do CPR." Possibly, some of you were like me - you attended Jeff's class but you didn't pay as much attention as you should have. You were just there because you didn't want to look bad by not being there. Maybe you thought it was kinda like your high school algebra class - I‘m here because I know I should be here, but I'm never going to use this. What I can say now is thank you Jeff Seidler for your time. And thank you Lord for putting me at the front of the Woodsﬁeld auditorium on that evening. As it turns out, I would be in need of it
Evening services here at the Aberdeen church of Christ had just ended. Chairs and tables were being rearranged in preparation for an upcoming fellowship when suddenly a brother in Christ, by all physical appearance a picture of health, collapsed on the ﬂoor and began gasping for air. In the crying and the chaos, Shannon looked at me and said, “You know what to do, Darlin" I really didn‘t, but I remembered enough of what Jeff taught us to try something. For ﬁfteen minutes we pumped and pumped. (Ended up breaking two of his ribs in the process). When the EMT's took him from the building into the ambulance, I thought it was all for not. He looked bad. In fact, for the next week, things didn‘t look good. However...I‘rn writing this on a Sunday afternoon two months after that evening, and I am pleased to report that Glen Sayles served today on the Lord's Table, very alive and very well. God is good!
You know, there's just some lessons in life, some conversations, that truly do deserve our undivided attention, none more so than God's message to us. Something tells me we may need it later. How to accept the grace of God, how to live like His Son, how to share his love with others - we should be listening and learning. The day will come for all of us when we will ﬁnd out this was all more important than high school algebra, or even CPR.
I know what your excuse is because I've‘ used the same one - the preaching is boring, the teaching is dry and uninteresting. It's just too hard to pay attention. Other things in life are more interesting, more captivating. Brethren, what ever you have to do, you must get it, you must learn it It is a matter of life and death. If you have to change congregations to ﬁnd a preacher who interests you, then do it. If you have to have a bible study in your home on Sunday nights rather than go to the building, then do it. If you have to buy a Bible that has pictures in it, D0 IT!
By the way, you want to know something interesting about Jeff's CPR/AED class? l didn't recall his teaching style. When I was hovered over that gasping, dying brother on the church floor I did not recall whether Jeﬂ' was an exciting or boring teacher. I didn‘t remember what shirt he was wearing, or what tie he wasn't wearing. I couldn’t remember whether he used good English or bad slang. What came to my mind were his words, his instructions, "Put your hands like this, pump like this, breathe like this.” Pay attention to what God has to say. Listen to the preaching and teaching of his word. Someday you'll either be glad you did, or wish you had.
~Charles Schultheisz - Aberdeen, WA, 2016
During the nine years I preached for the Woodsﬁeld church of Christ this was the proclamation I repeatedly heard in my house. Whatever the emergency, whatever the question, the answer was to call Randy. The car won't start -- call Randy. The horse is out -- call Randy. The horse is dead -- call Randy. How do I make hot mustard? What do I do if the peppers in the hot mustard burn my hands? What does it mean when a chicken lays a purple egg? How am I going to get to the airport? Where are we going to get wood for the stove? Shannon's response? "You better call Randy!" I had no way of knowing that first Sunday I met him that Randy Williams knew so much about so many things and had so many connections to so many people. I had no way of knowing that he would be my doctor, my mechanic, my carpenter, my travel agent, my vet, my chef, my marriage counselor, and the only man other than my father, that Shannon would allow to be so involved in all of our dilemmas. One of the hardest things to swallow about being three thousand miles away from Monroe county is not being able to call Randy. Now admittedly, the only thing I hate worse than talking on the telephone is having to ask someone for help while talking on the telephone, but I sure miss having the option!
Having a friend to call on is a great blessing in life. Having an all-powerful God to call on is an even greater one. Sometimes our friends can't answer the call. Sometimes they won't. And sometimes even when they answer, they are unable to help. As I read my Bible, I hear my God saying, "Call me. Call me anytime. I care about you. In fact, I'm waiting on your call. And I do have the power to help you."
Not only does he know a little about everything, he knows everything about everything. And as for connections, he doesn't seem to need any. When you call with a sincere, obedient heart, he answers. And what‘s broken, he can ﬁx. What's hurting, he can heal. Who's lost, he can save. At some point everyday you should call on God. He is your friend and your salvation.
HUMBLE YOURSELVES, THEREFORE, UNDER GOD'S MIGHTY HAND, THAT HE MAY LIFT YOU UP IN DUE TIME. CAST ALL YOUR ANXIETY ON HIM BECAUSE HE CARES FOR YOU. 1 Peter 5:6-7
~Chuck Schultheisz -- August 2016
We had a very successful Vacation Bible School this summer. Check out the video.
A Note From Our New Interim Minister
In Galatians 6:10 the Apostle Paul offers encouragement and instruction to believers with these words: “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” As Christians we want to “do good to everyone.” We can show compassion to those in need, offer a compliment to someone discouraged, render aid in seasons of distress, or teach the gospel to a hungry heart. We ought to always be on the lookout for opportunities to “do good.”
I am excited to be your interim minister here at Woodsfield as you continue in the process of identifying someone to come full-time and work with the church. I’ve been asked to come on Sundays and Wednesdays to preach and teach and I’m delighted to do that. I love preaching and teaching and hope that for the time that I’m here it will be a blessing to you. My goal is to “do good” and I pray that the Lord will use me these upcoming months to give you encouragement on your journey of faith. Please know that I am praying for the Woodsfield church daily. I know it is difficult to be without a regular minister and as you continue in your search I pray the Lord will grant wisdom and patience.
If I can be of help to you in any way please feel free to contact me. You can call or text me at 502-533-4550 or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve. I’m excited for us to partner together to “do good” for God’s glory.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR JOY BUS RIDERS
The Joy Bus Ministry will be handing out school supplies to each rider. We appreciate the church family for their compassion to equip these students with the paper, pencil & etc. for the upcoming school year.
Donations for WV Flood Victims
A special thanks to the family and community for its help in providing items for the flood victims in Southern West Virginia. Your love and compassion is greatly appreciated in this disaster.
Box Tops for Education
CCA is collecting box tops for education. If you have any of these labels, please give them to Theresa Harris. Thank you.
The new garage is up and the men have been working hard in preparing the grounds around the new Joy Bus garage. Thanks to Donnie Weber and his equipment, drainage ditches have been installed, landscaping around the garage has been changed and now we are in the process of ordering concrete. We are blessed to have a great team of deacons and members who donate time and sweat to get the job done. A big thanks goes out to Jeff Bettinger, Ron Beardmore, Dan Watkins, Dan Christman, McKenzie Christman, Cordell Gauding and Donnie Weber for the great job they have done for God's Kingdom.