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The great Apostle Paul wrote a letter to a group of Christians who lived in Rome. It is said that all roads lead to Rome and on those roads, a group of people who had lived in Jerusalem walked with a new found faith and hope that the pagan mystery religions knew nothing about. They had heard that Jesus of Nazareth had died by means of Roman crucifixion, but after being buried, He rose from the dead and has become the center of a new Faith. Paul learned of the existence of these Christians and wrote them a letter to explain his understanding of this new Faith and to encourage them to live holy lives. Among the traits of this new life was a deep application of the dignity of human life and a sense of respect for individuals and institutions that make for a better life. He admonished them to be respectful of those in authority, to pay their taxes, and to give honor to whomever honor is due. I believe his words are still relevant today. There are still those among us who deserve our respect and their institutions, that under girt our civilization, deserve our admiration. The month of May brings some of these people to our attention and our Church does not let them go unnoticed.

For example, Mothers Day will give us an opportunity to say, “Thank You” to those wonderful ladies who have blessed our lives. This year, we will give a decorative mug as a gift of appreciation to all the ladies that attend Worship or Sunday school that day. It is just our way of showing honor to those who deserve so much. Thank you ladies for all you do and for what you are to us all. 

Also, we will honor the achievements of some special young people in our Church family that are members of the Graduating Class of 2018. We will stroll down memory lane as we honor them with a gift and our prayers along with our best wishes. Some of our Grads will share with us how their walk with the Lord has improved and their faith grown stronger. 

We will also honor the memory of the brave men and women that paid the full measure of devotion for our freedom. On the last Sunday in May, we remember our Veterans and recall that our freedoms come with a very high price. We will ask our Veterans to stand and receive from us honor because it is due.

As you can easily see, our Church family will have opportunities to show honor to whom it is due and to worship the Lord who is worthy of all praise, honor and glory.  I hope you will join us in this time of celebration.

 

See you Sunday

 

Oren     

 

 

 

    

Happy Mother’s Day!!

 

Congratulations Class of 2018

 

Remembering Those Who Served Our Country

 

   

 

     

 

May 2018
 
Nursery And Ushers Schedule
 
 

Nursery

 

8:30am                             Sunday School                          10:45am__________

 

06 – Janice Gray                06 – Heather Dias                      06 – Alisha Jones

13 – Denise Reese            13 – Carla Denton                      13 – Nance Swofford

20 – Cindy Wilson              20 – Helen Hoogendoorn           20 – Helen H.

27 – Theresa Miller            27 – Millie Pellham                     27 – Micca Sims

 

 

 

Users

8:30am Service                                                            10:45am Service________       

06 – Bud Everett                                                             06 – Eugene Jones

       Rick Miller                                                                       Jr. Heriford

       Kenny Wilson                                                                 James Alcorn

       Paul Kester                                                                     Leonard Thompson

13 – Brent Lakey                                                             13 – Jim Billingsley

       Denny Roberts                                                                Chris Sims

       Jim Voyles                                                                       Jackie Holman

       Bob Sterling                                                                     Ray Reynolds

20 – Jon Schaff                                                                 20 – Dave Harper

       Keith Pellham                                                                   David Denton

       Burrely Loftin                                                                    Dean Downs

       Nick Key                                                                           Eugene Jones

27 – Bud Everett                                                               27 – Jr. Heriford

       Rick Miller                                                                         James Alcorn

       Kenny Wilson                                                                    Leonard Thompson

       Paul Kester                                                                       Jim Billingsley

 

                                                                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

                                                                         

             

 

Mother’s And Memorial Day

 

Proverbs 31:26-31

 

26She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. 27She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. 28Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. 29Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. 30Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. 31Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

 

John 15:13

 

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

 

Psalm 82:3-4

 

3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid [them] out of the hand of the wicked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letter From Tim

 

I think it is safe to say that spring is here! You know what’s next? That’s right, SPRING CLEANING!

We have discussed in FILLED youth ministry on Wednesday nights recently

about living holy. As you are cleaning your homes it is a good time to take a look into God’s holy temple, too! Of course, I’m talking about each of us in whom God’s spirit dwells.

So how do we live holy lives? How do we live set apart to do God’s work? 1. We start with confessing our sins as 1 John 1:9 says: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” We can do nothing pleasing to God without Him first cleansing us.
 
 2.We then must DAILY draw near to God as James 4:8 says: “Come near to God and he will come near to you.” For us to live a holy life that pleases God, we must be walking with Him daily. Letting Him choose our course. It is impossible to do this away fromHis presence.
 

 3. Finally, the apostle Paul instructs us exactly what to turn AWAY from and what to turn TOWARDS in Colossians 3:5-14: “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” 

Love is what holds everything together in our Christian walk. It is the love that comes from God. This love is shown with a mother and her child(ren) especially. We celebrate that love this month and the sacrifices that all mothers make for their children. Thank you mothers for your constant love and sacrifices that you have made and will make for your families.  We appreciate you!

 

We will also celebrate our 2018 Ava High School Seniors this month! We will have a special service dedicated to our Seniors who are graduating this year. I am excited for this service as I know it will be a blessing to them and to us all!

 

May God Bless you!

Tim

 

 

 

 

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