We will have a Ladies’ Day Saturday, April 4, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Camp Butman. All ladies are invited to attend and invite your friends. The keynote speaker will be Jayma Goldsmith Strong of Missouri. The topic for the day “Are You Puzzled About How to be a Christian Woman?”, come learn how to put the pieces together. Several of our ladies will speak on many different topics. There is a $5 charge for the noon meal. If you plan on attending you need to sign up in the south foyer, we must give them a count for lunch by March 31st. Jan will take the van for any who need a ride, van leaves at 8:00 a.m. You may bring snacks and we are taking door prize donations.
There is a beautiful legend about a king who decided to set aside a special day to honor his greatest subject. When the big day arrived, there was a large gathering in the palace courtyard. Four finalists were brought forward, and from these four, the king would select the winner.
The first person presented was a wealthy philanthropist. The king was told that this man was highly deserving of the honor because of his humanitarian efforts. He had given much of his wealth to the poor.
The second person was a celebrated physician. The king was told that this doctor was highly deserving of the honor because he had rendered faithful and dedicated service to the sick for many years.
The third person was a distinguished judge. The king was told that the judge was worthy because he was noted for his wisdom, his fairness, and his brilliant decisions.
The fourth person presented was an elderly woman. Everyone was quite surprised to see her there, because her manner was quite humble, as was her dress. She hardly looked the part of someone who would be honored as the greatest subject in the kingdom. What chance could she possibly have, when compared to the other three, who had accomplished so much? Even so, there was something about her the look of love in her face, the understanding in her eyes, her quiet confidence.
The king was intrigued, to say the least, and somewhat puzzled by her presence. He asked who she was. The answer came: “You see the philanthropist, the doctor, and the judge? Well, she was their teacher!”
It was James who wrote, “Brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers.” (James 3:1, GOD’S WORD). He points out that teachers will be judged more severely. He could just as easily have said that teachers have a greater responsibility, a greater challenge, a greater opportunity to affect the lives of people in a negative way. It is impossible to teach without using words, and with greater use of words comes a greater danger that the words will do harm.
But thanks be to God that there are those who face that challenge and assume that responsibility and make a diligent effort to use their words as an opportunity to affect the lives of people in a positive way. Those of you who are teachers — who can begin to measure the tremendous effect that you are having in the lives of the children (and adults) in your classrooms? You may not see the results of your efforts for years. In fact, you may never get to see the results. But you do make a difference.
Those of you who are schoolteachers are teaching not only the basics of education, but you are teaching values and character. Those of you who are Bible class teachers are filling the minds and hearts of our children with stories of faith that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Those of you who are preachers are strengthening the family of God and bringing salvation to the lost.
So, my hat is off to all of you who are teachers because you make a difference!
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach.” (Romans 12:6-7)
Have a great day! – TFTD
- Stetson H is home and recovering well. Thanks to all for an answer to prayers. 11:42:44
- Stetson H was thrown from a horse today and is being care flighted to Cooks Medical Center for spinal injuries. Pam asks for prayers. 23:02:15
- Thanks to all of you for your prayers, calls, cards, and food that was brought to me while I was not feeling well. I love you all. Tressie 12:29:08
- March 29th is 5th Sunday Singing. The Hillcrest Singers will sing. For the fellowship meal bring soup, chili, sandwiches and desserts. 12:41:11
- Sierra as of Thurs. am MD Anderson looked at her scan, tumor is stable, No change. Family is thankful for prayers 13:06:25
Thanks so much to all the women of the congregation who have been contributing to Ladies Bible Class. Donations of supplies, money, prayers, and time have all contributed to our church being able to serve our community with zeal and fervor. We have been very busy since January. We made prayer journals, lap blankets for the elderly, and baskets and flower pots for the widows. In April we are making cook books for the ladies of the congregation. We are in need of your recipes. We would also like you to add your favorite scripture with your recipe. Jesus promised that with what He offers we would never hunger or thirst again. So you see the scriptures are the most important part. The recipes can be written on any piece of paper of any size and given to Amber Bryan or any woman from Ladies Bible Class any time in April. Please include your name on the recipe. You can submit as many recipes as you would like. The more the better! In May we will be doing Children’s projects so if you teachers need any help with prepping things please let us know. It is truly a blessing to be able to serve each other.
Our Feed Merkel Campaign started last night and will continue thru May 6th. Group 2 will be setting up, cooking and welcoming our guest on Wednesday March 25th . Everyone is asked to help with cleanup. The groups are listed on the back wall of the auditorium, please see which list you are on, there have been some changes. If you can help contact the team leader of your group. If you are helping cook and setting up be at the family center by 4:00, guest are asked to arrive at 5:30.
Group 1: Cooking & Set-Up team leaders are Jim & Dee and Kelly & Krystal,Visit Guest team leaders: Michael & Amber and Billy & Sarah; Plan Menu & pick-up food team leaders Sully & Mary and Billy Bob & LaJuana. Dates April 1, 15, & 29.
Group 2: Cooking & Set-Up team leaders Carol & Martina and Jimmy & Ginger;Visit Guest team leaders Scott & Charlotte and Logan & Linda; Plan Menu & Pick-up food team leaders Burl & Jan and Greg & Angie. Dates March 25, April 8 & 22 and May 6.
There’s a beautiful story about a little boy who couldn’t wait for his new baby sister to come home from the hospital. He couldn’t wait to be near her, to talk to her. But his parents didn’t want him to be left alone with her. After all he was only four years old, so they wanted to supervise his visits. He kept begging to be alone with her, so one night his parents finally relented. The boy tiptoed into her room, stood next to his sister’s crib and said: “Tell me about God – I’m starting to forget.”
There are times when we as adults get so caught up in the “rat race” and all of our responsibilities. Perhaps we need to go to the children around us and say, “Tell me about God — I’m starting to forget.”
There are weeks when we’ve been dealing with irate customers and heavy traffic. We need to fellowship with the saints and worship God together because “I’m starting to forget.”
There are weeks when we’ve had to focus on crying babies, the paying of bills and doctors’ appointments. We need the reminder of the Lord’s Supper to see God’s love and grace because “I’m starting to forget.”
There are days when we’re so caught up in deadlines at work and getting the kids to soccer practice, days when we need to slow down a bit and spend time with God in prayer because “I’m starting to forget.”
Deuteronomy 4:9 “Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life.”
Are you starting to forget? Ask someone to tell you about God once more. – TFTD
I Corinthian 15
1Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…
“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Romans 5:3-4 TNIV).
“Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind” (Proverbs 21:5 MSG).
Although our intellects know better, something about human beings continues to make us suckers to the idea of a quick fix. So entrepreneurial hucksters regularly come along with goofy ideas that garner millions. Then they move on and leave no forwarding address.
Western obsession with weight and appearance seems to make us particularly susceptible to claims about products that promise fitness without effort, weight loss without sweat. One company made big money selling its anti-cellulite sneakers. Another touts electrical muscle stimulation and weight-loss water. People love to think they’ve found an easy way to their goals.
Doctors and fitness experts tell us that healthy eating combined with regular exercise is the best way to slim down. One requires self-discipline, and the other is work. Who wants to pay the price of either, when there is a no-strain, no-pain alternative? Who doesn’t want to think there is an easier way?
In other contexts, it is the person who deceives himself into thinking he can continue to drink after a couple of DUIs and a job loss. It is the one who tells herself that an “innocent flirtation” at the office means nothing. It is parents who refuse to take seriously their child’s brush with the law. It is a family trying to get all it wants with credit cards instead of saving. It is the person who won’t own up to responsibility and apologize for betraying a confidence and hurting a friend.
Want to know why counseling doesn’t work for many troubled marriages?
It turns up areas of the relationship that need work over time. But immature and selfish people want a quick fix.
Perseverance over time in pursuit of a noble and worthwhile goal.
Want to know why so many companies fail? It will take too much hard work over too long a period of time to correct problems, replace incompetent people, and penetrate new markets. Lacking a quick fix, there is bankruptcy.
Want to know why once-thriving churches die? Somebody gets hooked on the notion that spirituality is a new program or gimmick rather than fruit-bearing by the gentle presence of the Holy Spirit. So members go church-hopping again.
One of the virtues that gets too little attention these days is persistence. Not stubbornness. Not “pig-headedness” and inflexibility.
But perseverance over time in pursuit of a noble and worthwhile goal.
It is interesting to me that the Bible places perseverance midway between suffering and character (Romans 5:3-4). There’s just no shortcut from one to the other. – Rubel Shelly