Bulletin for Sunday 11/25/2012
With Robert Prater
We realize that the holiday called Thanksgiving is one rooted in the traditions of men. Yet it is good that we have such a holiday, even if it does have more focus on football than on counting our blessings. But many of us will gather with family and/or friends on that day, and someone will lead a prayer of thanks to God for our manifold blessings.
We will then eat turkey or ham with all the trimmings while thinking about or watching some football game, promptly forgetting the things for which all of us should be so grateful. I have a suggestion for all of us to consider as we sit around that table enjoying the bounty God has given us. Surely it is reasonable for us to spend some of that time around the table talking about and expressing our thanks for the loving care and providence we have received during this past year.
It was provided by our God who loves us so much that He gave His "one and only Son" as our sacrifice for sin. (cf. John 3:16) Would it not be of benefit to each individual at that table to hear the rest of us recall the blessings of this past year, the joys and even the sorrows of the months since our last “thanksgiving” day?
As I think of the things for which I am thankful, please permit me to suggest the following as good topics of conversation around our tables this holiday week:
Our parents and our children. Would it not be a good idea for us grown-ups to recall some memories from our childhood years as we say "thank you" for those who mean so much to us now and who, in the past had such a great part in shaping our lives? And why not say "thank you" for those precious children.
The country in which we live. We often become so disgusted with some facets of our modern society that we forget the good, positive qualities of a nation with so many freedoms. This is a good time to remember the following words: “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people--for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2 NIV) Even with its faults, we are truly blessed to live in America in 2012.
The church of Christ. In Christ we have redemption from our sin, the hope of eternal life, guidance for daily living, all spiritual blessings and brothers and sisters who love and care for us. All this and the privilege of taking the gospel to those who are "strangers......having no hope, and without God in the world.” (Ephesians 2:12)
Husbands and wives who help us with everyday challenges. If you have been taking your spouse for granted these last few months, why not express your thanks to God for them, then tell them how much you appreciate their support and care.
Those who teach our children. For those who take their time and expend their energy to prepare and teach our children the word of God, we are so grateful. It may be the most thankless task in the church. It is so easy to forget what they do and the godly influence they exhibit before their students, our children and grandchildren. How long has it been since you said "thank you" to those who teach your children?
Friends, why not spend Thanksgiving Day giving thanks to Him who is the real source of all blessings, both physical and spiritual. (cf. Eph. 1:3; James 1:17) Is that not what this is all about?
We express our sympathy to Carl Holt in the loss of his brother, Jack E. Holt, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Funeral services were held in Las Vegas on November 17 with interment in Parker, Colorado
Everybody in Dwyane Denis’s Sunday morning class is invited to a holiday party on Friday, December 14, 6:30 p.m. at the home of Craig and Michelle McKnight. Please bring snacks, desserts, and a dirty Santa gift for each person attending.
There will be a holiday party for the 20’s Class on Saturday, December 8 5:30 p.m. at the home of Michael & Jennifer Michener.
Chad Beard was able to come home from Children’s Hospital last Friday. Doctors believe the drainage in his back is not spinal fluid and that it will soon stop on its own. Your continuing prayers are greatly appreciated.
Joe Magee returned home last Saturday. Home health will be assisting him. He sends his thanks for all the prayers, cards and concern. Please continue to remember him in your prayers.
Yuavonda Weeks’s sister-in-law, Claudia Sperry, had a kidney transplant this past Monday. Her son, Kyle, was the donor. Prayers requested for both.
It was good to have Rita Romberg in services Sunday.
BIRTHDAYS IN DECEMBER
Lillie Smith – 94th !!!
Rachel (Dunavan) O’Neal 93rd !!!
Dennis & Carol Brodersen – 42nd
Bob & Janet Stephens – 30th
John & Linda Sharpley – 44th
Joe & Nadine Magee – 69th
Josh & Leah Lyons – 7th
Robert & Ann Perry – 57th
Best Wishes to all having birthdays and wedding anniversaries during the month of December. Special acknowledgement to Bob & Janet Stephens on their 30th, and to Joe & Nadine Magee on their 69th.
BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING
God promised Abram, “I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you…..so that you will be a blessing.” (Genesis 12:2, NRSV). Especially on the Fourth of July, we in the United States remember that God has blessed us as a nation, too.
That isn’t to say everyone here has an equal share of resources. Our government isn’t perfect, and our land isn’t necessarily more beautiful than any other place on earth. It doesn’t mean we alone model “liberty and justice for all – or that we do so flawlessly.
Rather, God’s promise to Abram and us means we aren’t to hoard our blessings. We are to share our wealth generously, cultivate liberty and justice, and pass on to the world the gifts we enjoy in this land.
There are two types of people right now. There are those who enjoy doing the “30 days of being thankful” on Facebook and those who hate it. Now, it’s a shame that people only devote a month to being thankful on a day to day basis, but it’s so encouraging to have a month to remind us how our life should really be. Remember what this holiday is really about as an American and as a Christian. Have a “happy Thanksgiving and stay away from gluttony.
November 25, Search: “Do We Need God?”
December 2, “God Isn’t Going Away”
December 5, Ladies’ Class meets at 10:30: luncheon
December 8, 20’s Class holiday party, 5:30 p.m. at the home of Michael & Jennifer Michener.
December 9, “What Grace Teaches”
December 14, Dwyane Dennis’s Sunday morning class holiday party, 6:30 p.m. home of Craig & Michelle McKnight.
LAST WEEK’S RECORD
Bible School 129
Worship Service 185
Sunday Evening 104
Wednesday Evening 105
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
November 25, 2012
Announcements: Bob Perry
Opening Prayer: Cary Leonard
Song Director: Dale Beard
Scripture: Jaxon Canard
Sermon: Dwyane Dennis
Closing Prayer: Jim Pettyjohn
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Richard Yahola Bob Seikel
Jim Carpenter Kevin Gober
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Frank Burton Keith Lawrence
Steve Kelly Craig McKnight
Foyer: Steve & Mary Kelly
Elevator: Craig & Michelle McKnight
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Ron Taffe
Song Director: Dale Beard
Sermon: Dwyane Dennis
Closing Prayer: Burl Vanlandingham
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Clavin Norwood Tim McGalliard
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Leader: Craig McKnight
Devotional: Bob Seikel
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297