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 As I write this letter, seven weeks have passed sense the work of remodeling the Church building began.  Crews have been busy with the hard dirty work of demolition. The “old building” has been uncovered as siding was removed and five thousand pounds of plaster was torn away. The original structure of the Church building  has been revealed. It has been an awesome thing to observe. We have come to understand more clearly than ever, the need to shore up the building with iron supports and to give the building a new, fresh look.

 I am so grateful for the leadership that has been provided by our Building committee. This group of leaders has been selfless and wise. Every meeting has been bathed in prayer and I believe the results will be wonderful. I am indeed grateful for the leadership that our chairperson, Bro. Jerry Moyer has provided. He has conducted our meetings fairly and equipped our Church body with the information that was needful to make good decisions. I am now more excited than ever to see the finished product. We are still hopeful that the project will be completed by Thanksgiving.

 I have never been more pleased and frankly humbled by the level of commitment and cooperation that I have seen in these past few weeks. Our Children’s Church, Nursery, and Sunday School departments have worked so very well with our Church leaders, and we see growth on every level.

 Also, and I think of most importance, I know people have been praying for the success of our remodel project. In many ways, it reminds me of the story of Nehemiah. When Nehemiah set out to rebuild and restore the walls of Jerusalem, it is said that the wall was rebuilt because the people had a mind to work. I believe that describes the attitude of our construction workers, church leaders, committee members and all of our church family that continues to be so supportive. My plea is this, keep up the good work! Don’t become weary in doing good, because we will finely succeed if we do not give up! May the Lord’s blessings be with you all. We will celebrate when the work is finished! 

Oren  

 

 

     

October

Nursery And Ushers Schedule

 

Nursery

 

8:30am                                Sunday School                          10:45am

01 – Denise Reese               01 – Carla Denton                      01 – Alisha Jones

08 – Cindy Williams             08 – Millie Pellham                     08 – Micca Sims

15 – Courtney Collins          15 – Heather Dias                      15 – Lyndsey Reese

22 – Theresa Miller               22 – Helen Hoogendoorn          22 – Helen H.

29 – Janice Gray                   29 – Carla Denton                      29 – Tiffany Davis

 

 

Users

8:30am Service                                                            10:45am Service                               

01 –       Jim Voyles                                                        01 – Leonard Thompson

              Keith Pellham                                                         Kenny Wilson

 

08 –       Burrely Loftin                                                    08 – Jackie Holman

             Rick Miller                                                                 Ray Reynolds

 

15 –       Mike McMaster                                                 15 – Dave Harper

             Paul Kester                                                              Ronnie Norman                                            

 

22 –       Brent Lakey                                                       22 – Jr. Heriford

              Denny Roberts                                                         James Alcorn

 

29 –       Bob Sterling                                                      29 – David Denton

              Jon Schaff                                                               Eugene Jones

 

                               

 

  

 

 

 

Change

 

Hebrews 13:8

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Philippians 4:6-7

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

James 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning..

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Letter From Tim

 

September was a big month for Filled Youth Ministry! We had 2 baptisms. A student saved. A student led effort to help those affected by the hurricanes. Through this effort, we partnered with Life and Crosspoint youth ministries to raise around $700 to donate to Convoy of Hope! I am so thankful for students responding to God’s direction in serving, baptism and salvation.

Just as encouraging is the fact that the Body of Christ is making headlines for being the hands and feet of a Christ.  A recent USATODAY.COM article titled, “Faith Groups Provide the Bulk of Disaster Recovery, in Coordination with FEMA” provides insight into the relief efforts for catastrophes like the recent hurricanes. The author recognizes the help that Springfield based Convoy of Hope gives in situations like these:   “‘Before Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida, the Springfield, Mo.,-based Convoy had three trailer trucks stocked with food, water and sanitary supplies parked in the state waiting to deploy to areas hardest hit,’ said spokesman Jeff Nene. In major disasters, the organization will set up feeding stations, sometimes at FEMA’s request and even using government-provided food and equipment.”

 I am thankful to live in a community with so many generous individuals from different churches who come together to serve those who live many miles away in times of crisis. I am thankful our church partners with organizations, like Convoy of Hope, that make a huge impact in relief efforts.

  In talking about the impact of these faith based organizations on the relief efforts the author states: “About 80% of all recovery happens because of non-profits, and the majority of them are faith-based,” said Greg Forrester, CEO of the national VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster). The money is “all raised by the individuals who go and serve, raised through corporate connections, raised through church connections,” and amounts to billions of dollars worth of disaster recovery assistance, he said.

   Those are huge numbers of both volunteers and money which we contribute to the good of others. I have heard some complain about the church’s tax exempt status and question how churches steward the money that is brought in.  Well, in times like these, the impact is seen clearly. Although we only have to answer to God how we as individuals, and collectively as a church, steward our time, talents, and resources, we should be seen as generous and ready to serve when others need us.

  This is the exact attitude which Jesus was talking about in Matthew 25:35‭-‬36‭, ‬40 ESV “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’  And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”

  We encounter “the least of these” daily. Sometimes the least of these are the wealthiest people who we come into contact with. They may be wealthy in the world’s eyes, but spiritually they are poor.  We may be poor in the world’s eyes, but we are spiritually wealthy if we have accepted the forgiveness that Jesus offers us. Share that wealth with those who do not yet have it this month! Look for people to love and serve just as Jesus did. And in so doing, you will really be serving our Lord.

 

May God bless you this month!
 
Tim

 

 

 

 

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