INTERSECTION OPEN AGAIN
We are all pleased to be able to get about more easily in getting to our building and finding access to parking areas. We appreciate your faithfulness to be present in spite of the inconvenience for the last several weeks. It has been an ordeal, but we should all be pleased with the results. When landscaping and other improvements are completed, we will have the most attractive setting of any church building in Shawnee. Enjoy!
THE LITTLE HUT
The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.
Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect himself from the elements, and to store his few possessions.
But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky. The worst had happened - everything was lost. He was stunned with grief and anger.
"God, how could you do this to me?" he cried.
Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island. It had come to rescue him.
"How did you know I was here?" asked the weary man of his rescuers.
"We saw your smoke signal," they replied.
It's easy to get discouraged sometimes when things appear to be going badly, but we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of pain and suffering. Remember, next time your little hut is burning to the ground, it may just be a smoke signal that summons the grace of God.
For all the negative things we have to say to ourselves, God has a positive answer for it.
You say, "It's impossible."
God says: "All things are possible." (Luke 18:27)
You say, "I'm too tired."
God says: "I will give you rest." (Matt. 11:28)
You say, "Nobody really loves me."
God says: "I love you." (John 3:16 - John 13:34)
You say, "I can't go on."
God says: "My grace is sufficient."(11Cor. 12:0 - Psalms 91:15)
You say, "I can't figure things out."
God says: "I will direct your steps." (Proverbs 3:5-6)
You say, "I can't do it."
God says: "You can do all things through ME." (Philippians 4:13)
You say, "It's not worth it."
God says: "I will be worth it." (Romans 8:28)
You say, "I can't forgive myself."
God says: "I forgive you." (1 John 1:19 - Romans 8:1)
You say, "I can't manage."
God says: "I will supply all your needs." (Philippians 4:19)
You say, "I'm afraid."
God says: "I have not given you a spirit of fear." (11 Timothy 1:7)
You say, "I'm always worried and frustrated."
God says: "Cast all your cares on ME." (1 Peter 5:7)
You say, "I don't have enough faith."
God says:"I've given everyone a measure of faith." (Romans 12:3)
You say, "I'm not smart enough."
God says: "I give you wisdom." (1Cor. 1:30)
You say, "I feel all alone."
God says: "I will never leave you or forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)
Submitted by: Elva Jean Knox
We congratulate Floyd and Juanita Davis on becoming great grandparents of Damian Carlos Sandoval who was born on August 3, 2004 in Edmond weighing seven pounds and was 20 inches long. The parents are Cindy and Johny Sandoval, and the grandparents are LaNita and Keith Lough of Lindsay.
Thank you for your cards, visits, and phone calls and especially your prayers. In Christian love,
Thank you so much for your cards, phone calls, visits and good food. I especially thank the young people and Dwyane for visiting me in the hospital.
You are the best and we love you.
Louise & Roe Honaker
Sue Riedel was admitted to Unity North last Thursday. She is in room 316.
Fay Crosby was admitted to ICU at Unity North with irregular heart beats on Wednesday and dismissed on Thursday. She was able to be in services on Sunday morning.
Verna Burton had a new pacemaker implant last week and is doing well now.
Darla Cole, daughter of Paul and Paula Harris had an emergency appendectomy in Decatur, Texas Sunday morning. She was hoping to return home on Monday.
Teresa Story is scheduled for surgery on Monday, August 16, at Carl Albert Indian Hospital in Ada.
It was good to see Roe & Louise Honaker able to be in services Sunday.
CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS
OF CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS
Gertrude Andes, Jack Aylor, Gwen Barrett, Jearline Bates, Chad Beard, Betty Bernard, Betti Boswell, Lucille Bowers, Harold Carothers, James Childers, Harold & Clydean Decker, C.F. Drain, Ola Fitzwater, Mary Gaines, Geneva Green, Dwight Harber, Phyllis Heald (Doris Whittern's daughter), Anna Jarvis, Earnest Johnson, Phil Lairson (Rosie Brightwell & Ellen Childers's nephew), Lloyd Lofties, Betty Martin, Mary Martin, Ida McIntyre, Don Allen McNutt, Inez McNutt, Aubrey Mercer, Harvey Moore, Ruth Nevills, Winnie Page, Monroe Pettyjohn, Christy Phillips (Mary Jo Fleming & Buddy Truesdell's cousin), Ruth Pratt, Polly Reese, Alice Rice, Horace & Leoh Roberts, Naomi (Richards) Rutledge, Lillie Smith, Sarah Smith, Chub & Dorothy Strickland, Charles Thomas, Floy Turner, Alvie Vanlandingham, Dean Wall, Doris Whittern, Argil Wiggins, Emma Wilson, Carl Worley, Viola Yates, Verna Nell Young, and Tollie Zitterkopf. All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances. They appreciate your remembrance of them in prayer.
Teens and parents, mark your calendars for August 21st. We are planning a family cookout. It's kind of a farewell to our college bound kids and a welcome to our new youth group members. We will let you know in the weeks to come what you will need to bring. We will eat together, then plan some volleyball or softball…parents against the teens. Don't miss out on the fun and fellowship!
We will give a full report on our float trip next week.
August 21 - Saturday - Family Cookout
August 15, Singing Class, 7 p.m.
September 6, Church office closed for Labor Day
September 9 - 12, 10th Annual Central Oklahoma Lectureship, "The Grace of God," McLoud; see bulletin board for speakers and times.
Look forward to seeing you Sunday!