Weddings

Weddings

Two weddings in two weekends. One was Dawn’s brother and the other was a close friend in Nashville. I love the optimism of a wedding. No couple comes together in perfection, but as a new life together is beginning there is an optimistic belief in the beauty of God creating us male and female. I like to be part of that. Both weddings were outdoors which is the norm these days. I think it makes sense to be out in God’s creation since both we and marriage are part of God’s creating genius.
What scriptures would you use if you were planning the ceremony? I try to use different ones for each wedding. We don’t often think of Lamentations as a book for weddings but that is what I used last Saturday. Lamentations 3 includes, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies are new every morning.” That is a truth on which you can build a marriage. So much of life changes and can fall apart but not the love of God. It is as solid as rock and can always be counted on.

Have a great weekend.
Allen L. Close

Sermon: The Goodness of God
Hebrews 6:9-20

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Postponement

September 19, 2021


We have decided to postpone bringing AWANA to our congregation. We still believe in the value it will bring, both in terms of the educational value and the outreach potential. We can see that several families do not feel safe to attend in person right now so the thought of hosting groups of kids at this time doesn’t seem wise. We want to start this exciting program when we can do it without the reservations we would have right now. Thank you for your prayers and patience.

We will be in Nashville this weekend as I will be officiating a wedding for some close friends. Both Laura and I are looking forward to a weekend away. Several hours together in the car will give us a chance to catch up with each other. The wedding itself is an outdoor wedding and will include fifteen people. It amazes me the variety of ways people do weddings now. People no longer feel like they have to have a huge wedding in a Church building. I like the way weddings now conform to the couple and whatever they want.

Have a great weekend.
Allen L. Close

Today:
Adult Bible Class Teacher: Stephen Strosnider
Sermon: Rob Griffin “The Greatest of These” 1 Corinthians 13

Guest Speaker: Kurt Picker will be teaching our adult class and preaching on October 10th.

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TRUE VIEW

TRUE VIEW

As I walked up the road, I noticed that my neighbor had added two lawn ornaments next to the flower garden- a rooster and a hen. They were well made with very vivid coloring and stood in a realistic pose. Only when the rooster crowed, did I realize they were not ornaments. There was life in there.

How often do we look at people around us and see only the surface? We look at their clothes or their facial expressions. We observe their manners or critique their speech. We write them off as objects taking up space in our world.

What if God looked at us like that?

If we adjust our vision to look as God looks, we will see a divine creation that He loves. We’ll see a beating heart and a potential for greatness. We’ll see a man for whom God has a purpose. We’ll see a mind seeking answers and a soul struggling for strength and compassion. When we look with God’s eyes, we’ll see there is life in there.

May He help us all to see as He sees.

-D J Lee

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SERMON: “Harsh Realities” Hebrews 6:4-6

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These were the things

For every hill I’ve had to climb,
For every stone that bruised my feet,
For all the blood and sweat and grime,
For blinding storms and burning heat,
My heart sings with a grateful song,
These were the things that made me strong!

For all the heartaches and the tears,
For all the anguish and the pain,
For gloomy days and fruitful years,
And for the hopes that live in vain,
I do give thanks, for mow I know
These were the things that helped me grow!

‘Tis not the softer things of life
Which stimulate man’s will to strive,
But bleak adversity and strife
Do most to keep man’s will alive.
O’er rose-strewn paths the weaklings creep,
But brave hearts dare to climb the steep!

Bulletin Digest: Borrowed

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SERMON:

“Christian Training” Hebrews 5:11-14

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COVID response bulletin

COVID Response

Dear Church Family,
As you know several of our members have been diagnosed with COVID. Even those who have been previously vaccinated. It is becoming obvious that, while the vaccines seem very effective at keeping people out of hospitals, that they are not as effective as we had hoped at preventing those vaccinated from contracting and spreading the disease.
We realize that many of the efforts to control the disease have been very controversial. Nevertheless, we feel the need to take the following measures with the hope that we can offer a worship experience with the least risk of contracting COVID.
1. If you or anyone in your household have headache, cough, nausea, congestion, or fever OR if you were exposed to someone who has COVID.
Please stay home & participate in the online service.
2. For those that participate in our in-person services, we strongly encourage you to wear a mask.
This is not a mandate, but a request to respect the concerns of those most at risk that would like to worship in person. We don’t take these actions lightly, but Jesus taught us that love often requires sacrifice. The elders feel we must do something to help protect the safety of every member & attendee at our worship. We hope you will understand.
Please keep those who are currently dealing with the disease in your prayers. Some are very much at risk.

Your Elders,
Glenn, Jim, Rob & Brent

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SERMON

“The Heroic Power of Jesus” Hebrews 5:7-10

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COVID Response

COVID Response

Dear Church Family,
As you know several of our members have been diagnosed with COVID. Even those who have been previously vaccinated. It is becoming obvious that, while the vaccines seem very effective at keeping people out of hospitals, that they are not as effective as we had hoped at preventing those vaccinated from contracting and spreading the disease.
We realize that many of the efforts to control the disease have been very controversial. Nevertheless, we feel the need to take the following measures with the hope that we can offer a worship experience with the least risk of contracting COVID.
1. If you or anyone in your household have headache, cough, nausea, congestion, or fever OR if you were exposed to someone who has COVID.
Please stay home & participate in the online service.
2. For those that participate in our in-person services, we strongly encourage you to wear a mask.
This is not a mandate, but a request to respect the concerns of those most at risk that would like to worship in person. We don’t take these actions lightly, but Jesus taught us that love often requires sacrifice. The elders feel we must do something to help protect the safety of every member & attendee at our worship. We hope you will understand.
Please keep those who are currently dealing with the disease in your prayers. Some are very much at risk.

Your Elders,
Glenn, Jim, Rob & Brent

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SERMON

“The Heroic Power of Jesus” Hebrews 5:7-10

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We gather gratefully

We gather gratefully to worship,
Because we are conscious of God’s blessing.
We gather expectantly
Because we know
That God has a fresh word for us.
We gather joyfully,
Because the joy of the Lord, like a river,
Runs deep and strong in our spirit.
We gather hopefully
Because we know
Our God is a great and awesome God.
Come then, grateful, expectant,
Joyful and hopeful people!
Let us worship God!
Author Unknown
Submitted by Sarah Hudson


Sermon: “The Word of God”
Hebrews 4:12-13

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AWANA

AWANA

I am very excited to announce that we are in the early stages of bringing AWANA to our children. AWANA is a program based on scripture memory that is highly relational between adults and children. A lot of the specifics are still somewhat tentative but let me share what we are thinking right now. Our plan is for it to run on Sunday afternoons from 4:00 – 5:30. We will be having it from ages 3 – 12. This will be in place of our Wednesday night classes for kids. On Sunday mornings we will have our traditional bible classes. Tausha Grim, Kathy Childress, and I have formed a leadership team to put it together and run it. Each night will have a time of activity or games, a large group time for a Bible lesson and singing, a snack, and small group time where one adult groups with two or three kids. We have set October 3 as our start date. The best part of the program is the small group time. That is where the kids get with their adult and talk about the lesson and recite their memory work. We will need lots of help with that part. Please consider volunteering for this exciting new adventure. We will keep you informed as we approach October. We are praying that this will be a real aid in our work to raise up our children to be disciples of Christ.

Sermon: “Life of Faith”
Hebrews 4:1-11

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A Little Place

A Little Place

“Father, where will I work today?”
And my love flowed warm and free.
Then He pointed out a tiny spot
And said, “Tend that for Me.”
I answered quickly, “Oh no, not there,
Why, no one would ever see
No matter how well my work was done.
Not a little place for me!”
And the words He spoke, were not stern,
He answered me tenderly;
“Ah, little one, search that heart of yours,
Are you working for them or Me?
Nazareth was a little place
And so was Galilee.

Author Unknown


Sermon: “Caring For One Another”
Hebrews 3:12-15

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Listen

Listen

Have you ever been around someone that repeats themselves? I’m sure you have. Sometimes my kids will groan when I start to say something like I’ve said it before or they already know what I’m going to say. What can I say? If that joke was funny the first hundred times I said it, surely it is still funny now.
In Hebrews three and four, the writer repeats themselves three times. Three times they write, “Today, if you hear his voice.” That should alert us to the fact that the author really wants to make sure we don’t miss this. Listening to the voice of God is critical to the well-being of a Christian. It is critical to our faithfulness over the long haul. I pray that we are all taking seriously this need that we have. What do you do to listen to God?

Have a great weekend.
Allen L. Close


Sermon: “Today, If You Hear His Voice”
Hebrews 3:7-11


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SUNDAY WORSHIP AT THE BUILDING:

Worship service starts at 10:30 a.m., individually packaged communion supplies are provided.

AGAPE GROUPS:

Are now meeting! Sign-up sheets posted on the bulletin board beside the Library.

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