We are accepting donations for Souper Sunday, we are making special requests: All clothing needs to be on hangers, place a trash bag over the clothes, write on the bag the size of the clothing, & if it’s men or women’s clothing. Children’s clothing may be placed in small grocery bags and labeled with the size & if boys/girls. Please place all breakable items in boxes. Everything needs to be stacked neatly in the back corner of the gym. (We have hangers at church if you need them.)
-Stan Burge has a new great-grandson, Ian Winn was born Monday, 10/16, weighing 7lbs 13oz and 20.5” long. He is the grandson of Jami & Scott Frandrup and the son of Meagon & Calvin Winn of Abilene. His great-uncle is Sean.
-Joshua Hood, grandson of Debbie Hood, great-grandson of Wilda McDanial and son of Jonathan & Valuree, auditioned and was selected to play with Concho Valley Youth Orchestra in San Angelo. Joshua is an 8th grader at Water Valley and plays the clarinet.
Dear Merkel church of Christ Brethren, We want to thank you so very much for the donation you recently made to help members of our congregation. We have experienced some hurricanes before, but Harvey brought on unprecedented flooding for this area. A few of our members experienced some flooding issues, with a couple of families getting considerable damage to their homes. We cannot convey enough how privileged we are to be a part of the Lord’s church and with that privilege the benefit of being associated with benevolent and magnanimous brethren like yourselves. Your generosity was, and is, very much appreciated and will go to good use. If there is any way in which we may ever repay the favor, please do not hesitate to ask. Again, thank you from the depths of our hearts. May God bless you in every good and righteous endeavor.
In Christian love and gratitude,
preacher for the Garth Road church of Christ
We will host the 5th Quarter following the football game
against Early on November 3rd.
Collin is seeking volunteers to help and will need desserts
Sunday, October 29th, will be a special day worshiping, praising God, singing, fellowship, sharing a meal and handing out treats to children.
5:00-6:00p Share a meal; bring sandwiches, soups & desserts
6:00-7:00 Singing & Devo
7:00 Trunk-or-Treat starts; decorate your car and hand out treats
Saturday, October 28th
4 Years old – 4th Grade: 4:00-5:30
5th-High School: 5:30-8:00
Bring a pumpkin for carving.
Kids, parents, & spectators are all invited.
4th Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017
Sermon: Jay Don Poindexter
Song Leader: Lou David Allen
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017
Devo: Jim Jacobs
Song Leader: Shelton Boyd
I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown
Anchors, there is really no substitute for them! West Texas is a place far from the ocean, yet it is a place where the need for holding fast and the value of anchors is appreciated. Regular strong winds and a continuing threat of storms make holding fast and being anchored ideas that are worth holding on to, pun intended. When something we care about or depend upon must endure the some times brutal conditions of our weather. We want it to be well anchored, so that its condition will hold fast through what opposes it. Mobile homes, towers, signs, even deer feeders (it is almost deer season) all need to be anchored so that their condition and purpose might hold fast.
The Bible talks about holding fast, staying faithful, keeping, and holding to are all ways of translating this idea. Facing an ever increasing spiritual battle against evil, idolatry, and lust the saints of the seven churches in Asia are told: Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and hold fast to the faith of Jesus (Rev 14:12 NRSV), and Christ will say specifically to the church in Philadelphia: I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown (Rev 3:11ESV). So then, in times of spiritual warfare, the church must realize the preciousness of the faith they have in Christ Jesus and hold fast to it for victory in their battles (Rev 12:17).
The Bible also teaches us the value of being anchored by the
sure and certain nature of God’s promise and purpose for us in the
work of Christ Jesus:
In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast . . . (Heb 6:17–19 ASV).
Facing spiritual battles and the continual threat of storms emotionally, physically, and spiritually, we find strong encouragement in Scripture to hold fast to what has anchored our souls.
Father, glorify yourself in helping us hold fast the immutable anchor that we have to keep our souls steady and standing through the battles and storms of this life. We pray this through, Jesus Christ, who calls us to hold on to what we have in Him. Amen.