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The Pastor’s Pen!!!
Happy Mother’s Day to all our Mothers. Mother’s Day is the day we celebrate all that our Mothers have done for us. As I consider the next generation of Christians in Church, do we pass on our Beliefs & Practices to our Children? Proverbs admonishes us to “Train up our children in the way they should go.” Ephesians teaches us to “bring up our children in the training & discipline of the Lord.” As Mother’s, do we Train our Children, Transmit our Faith to them & Teach them to Choose correctly?
Mothers should Train their Children in the Way of the Lord. Train their Minds, like Moses’ Mother, who gave her son the best education Pharaoh could offer. Train their Manners, like Samuel’s Mother, who gave her son to the priest for spiritual training. Train their Morals, like John the Baptist’s Mother, who raised her son as a Nazarene, as the angel told her to. Do we Train them God’s Way?
Mothers should Transmit their Faith to their Children. Give them up for what God has in store, like Moses’ Mother. Give them Back to God so He can use them for His Glory, like Samuel’s Mother. Let them Go for God’s purposes, like John the Baptist’s Mother. Do we Transmit our Faith & Practices to them?
Mothers should also Teach their Children to Choose Correctly whom they will serve. Teach them to Choose God’s Will over their will, like John the Baptist. Teach them to Choose God’s Way over their way, like Samuel. Teach them to Experience God’s Wonders for themselves, like Moses, who experienced the Miracles of God.
“And when they are old, they will not depart from it.”
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A couple of weeks ago after a morning spent working on music at the church, I went home to complete a few more music-related chores before Bill got home from fishing. I went to the mailbox before entering the house and saw our beagle, Smokey, staked out in the lower yard. I spoke to him (admit it – ya’ll talk to your pets) and told him I’d bring him in as soon as my work was complete. About an hour later I went to get him and he was gone – his stake-out leash complete with hook was there but no dog. I was so afraid he would get hot on a scent trail and run onto 460. He is a dog obsessed when he gets free! In about 15 minutes I heard him coming through the woods. He came out in the backyard but wouldn’t come to me. He put his nose to the ground and ran back into the woods. I went back in the house and got his bag of food - he always comes when he hears that bag rattle. In about another 15 minutes he came back toward the house but completely ignored me and the food. His tongue was hanging out but he kept his nose to the ground and never stopped running. He badly needed water so I got his water bowl. Well, guess what, that didn’t work either. My last hope was bottled water. He loves to drink it out of my cupped hands. After another circuit through the woods, he appeared in the yard next door. He spotted the water and started toward me but the pull of the wild was greater than his need for water so off to the woods he went again. He was, as Phillip Bliss wrote, “almost persuaded.” I gave up my efforts to lure him home, put his food and water on the deck and went back inside. About an hour later I looked out and saw a neighbor walking him down our road on a leash. I was relieved but furious with him – he would go to our neighbor who just happened to go outside but he wouldn’t come to me or to water he so desperately needed. Once in the house he emptied his water bowl twice then collapsed exhausted on the floor, safely back home.
As I watched Smokey sleep I couldn’t help but think how the Lord offers us just what we need but we run in circles with our nose to the grindstone and never notice His outstretched hand and his perfect provisions. Smokey was almost persuaded by the water but, as a late 19th century preacher said, “He who is almost persuaded is almost saved, and to be almost saved is to be entirely lost.” What a lesson God showed me through the actions of a wayward beagle
Have a magnificent May and Keep Singing!
Carol (Judges 5:3)
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Sunday School - 61 + 12 (Nursing Home)
March Receipts - $13,101.60 / Disbursements - $13,260.82
Building Fund - $11,770.49 / Scholarship Fund - $16,757.84
YTD Receipts - $117,021.59 / YTD Expenditures - 117,171.16
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5th Sunday Sing
May 29th ~ 11:00 am
Make plans now to be here for a special service of music presented by Randy and Delores Simmons. They are a husband/wife team whose purpose is to spread the good news of Jesus Christ through song and testimony. Their music is Southern Gospel in style but with a unique twist. Delores sings and plays several different instruments, one of which is the pedal steel guitar. Randy is a drummer, considered one of the best in Southern Gospel music. They’ve been singing and playing for almost 40 years. Make plans to be here for this unique concert.
A Love Offering will be taken for their Ministry.
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Vacation Bible School
~~ D A Y T I M E ~~
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2011
Theme: “Gold Rush” ~~ Discovering the Rock of Ages”
Ø Jesus is the Only Way to Heaven!
Ø Jesus is who He says He is!
Ø The Birth, Life, Death and Resurrection are all Miraculous!
Ø I can Know I am Saved!
Ø I can share the Good News of Jesus’ life-changing power!
Kick-Off: Saturday, June 18th, at 11:00 AM
VBS DATES: June 20th – 24th (Monday-Friday)
TIME (M-F): 9:00 am – 12:30 pm (lunch provided)
Finale: Sunday, June 26th during Worship Service
Help is ALWAYS Needed!! There is a place for YOU!!
If you would like to help during this very fun & exciting time,
please contact the Church, 586-8010!
Also, contact the Church for Registration Forms
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Please help our Pantry by donating!
We appreciate your kind & generous response to our need for more food!
Anything you can donate will be greatly appreciated!
JANUARY - Canned Green Beans, Sweet Peas, Corn, Carrots, Mixed Vegetables, Canned White Potatoes, Canned Sweet Potatoes, Dried Beans (any kind)
FEBRUARY - Canned Peaches, Fruit Cocktail, Pears, Applesauce, Chicken Noodle, Beef Vegetable & Tomato Soup
MARCH - Tuna, Beef Stock, Chicken, Salmon (All meats MUST be canned)
APRIL - Grape Jelly/Jam, Peanut Butter (smooth)
MAY - Comet/Ajax, Pine-Sol, Laundry Detergent, Dish Detergent, Paper Towels
JUNE - Baby Food (please check date), Baby Shampoo, Baby Soap, Baby Lotion, Baby Powder
JULY - Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Shampoo, Bar Soap, Solid Deodorant
AUGUST - Canned Spaghetti O’s, Dried Pasta (elbow, spaghetti & rice), Oatmeal (plain), Cereal (breakfast)
SEPTEMBER - Pickles, Catsup, Mustard, Pancake Mix, Pancake Syrup
OCTOBER - GETTING READY FOR THANKSGIVING! Turkeys, Stuffing Mix, Canned gravy, Canned Sweet Potatoes
NOVEMBER - Stuffing Mix, Canned Gravy, Canned Sweet Potatoes, Canned Vegetables & Canned Fruit
DECEMBER - To be Announced
Post list on your refrigerator as a reminder of what is needed for each month
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