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NEWSLETTER
Vol. 55, No. 28
Sunday, July 11, 2021
NEWS
  • Sunday we were glad to welcome James and Sue Grant (Bill's brother) back to their Anna Street pew.
  • We were also glad to see Frances Baker's son and his wife visiting in town and able to worship with us last Lord's day.
  • What a blessing it was Sunday to see Glenna Atchley back on her pew now that her Sunday morning job has ended.
  • It was great to see Rita Craig able to be with us Sunday after being sidelined for several weeks with health issues.
  • The Kellers are vacationing this week in Branson instead of Destin as they had planned, thanks to Tropical Storm Elsa. Glad they were able to find another fun place to vacation!
  • Celebrating July 4th last Lord's Day distracted us from also celebrating the first anniversary of the Kellers' ministry at Anna Street. We are thankful for their work with us.
  • Tuesday, July 13th, the youth (and young at heart!) and their friends are invited to Wonderland Amusement Park for an evening of fun. We will meet at the North Gate on the west side of the park. (See the map here.) The church will be covering the entry fees and we have a sign up sheet on the bulletin board so that we know how many guests we will have with us. Grab a sack of food and join us at 6:30 p.m. to eat before we enter the park at 7:00 p.m.
  • Mark your calendars!  Anna Street Crafters' Morning in the Fellowship Hall, Saturday, July 17th, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bring a craft project to work on, or just come to visit! Help us plan for the lunch by signing the sheet on the bulletin board at the front door.
  • On August 27th, we are planning to go to a Sod Poodles game. If you are interested in attending, please let us know by July 11th so that we can get the tickets reserved. There is a sign up sheet in the foyer on the bulletin board. The church will be paying the entry fees. Bring a friend and come have some fun!
Prayer Reflection
Sabbath-Rest
As you read this, I am vacationing with my family in Branson, Missouri. Vacations are important. Whether it is a vacation from your present schedule to more relaxed one, a change of scenery, or a quieted mind – you need a vacation.

Read Matthew 12:8.
Christ’s authority makes him the Lord of what?

Read Mark 2:22-27.
What does Jesus imply the role of the Sabbath is?

Hebrews 4:9-11.
What is the calendared day for a Christian’s Sabbath? *Hint – this is a trick question.*

Prayer. “Lord help me to find the true meaning of resting in you. Help it to be a way of life and not a momentary, scheduled time. Help me to abide in your presence always, and let your Spirit constantly nurture me so I can be the Christian I am supposed to be. Help me to have self-control to see when my obsessions become unhealthy, and keep me from abiding in your Sabbath-Rest. Help my priorities to be your priorities. Amen.”
SERVICES AT ANNA STREET
Church services are at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning in the auditorium. We continue to live stream to YouTube. You may click here to go directly to the live streaming site or here for a link to learn how to access and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Our Wednesday evening services are as follows:
Song Practice         6:45 – 7:25 (40 min. of singing)
Break                     7:25 – 7:35 (10 min. break)
Teaching Time      7:35 – 8:15 (40 min. of teaching)
Wednesdays in July
During the teaching time (7:35-8:15 pm) on Wednesdays
look forward to the following events.
 

July 14th
Our Summer Excitement attendees will give a report about what they experienced. Come and hear about this fun teen event our church supports.
 
July 21st

Mike Wilhelm is bringing some students from Cal Farley's Boys Ranch to speak with us. Come see the great work they do.

July 28th

Nathan will be speaking to us about some of the needs of Olsen Park Elementary students and how we might be able to help.
Last Week's Lesson
The Price of Freedom was Nathan's lesson title from last Sunday. You can listen to his message here.
Judging by Appearances
      In my first years as the Bible course teacher in a public high school, I enjoyed an amiable relationship with the school principal. Then, without explanation, things changed. This previously jovial fellow began to return my greetings with growl or a scowl.
      “What have I done to displease him?” I wondered. Then, when I heard that he was hospitalized, I made a pastoral visit to his bedside. That’s when I learned that he had just had surgery to remove a bad batch of hemorrhoids. Now I knew the real reason for his recent frowns.
      That experience taught me to not jump to conclusions before I have enough facts to know what’s really going on. I had let my own preconceptions and insecurities dupe me into making a diagnosis that turned out to be totally wrong.
      I’m afraid that some of my colleagues made that same mistake in their hot-button, gut-level responses to the COVID-19 restrictions recommended for churches.
      I have no way to know what percentage of pastors and church officials perceived the virus safety rules as attacks on organized religion, but I heard that outcry not only locally but all across the land. In some instances, they may have been right. Some government officials do endorse the Freedom
From Religion agenda and welcome any chance to shutter churches.
      One of the best-known, most capable religious writers in this generation wrote a strong rebuttal to what he called “systematic secularism.” In it he documented our shift from a time when Sunday really was the Lord’s Day and not a day to go shopping or participate in sports.
      Against that valid scenario, this writer depicted virus regulations as “the suppression of church services by the state,” and he warned that this “should be a wakeup call” to all who value their faith.
      This exceptional journalist may have been right. The area he lives in has been eliminating churches for a long time. But he obviously doesn’t know the virus-rulemakers in my town—people with strong faith and positive church ties—whose only reason to make such rules was to protect people of faith, not to restrict our expressions of devotion to God.
      The Bible tells us that “God does not judge by external appearance” (Gal. 2:6). But far too often we do. Jesus counsels us, “Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.” Good advice.
  
By Gene Shelburne
Christian Education

Part One
Preface – This is one article of ten written by David Keller, my father, who currently attends Westworth Church of Christ in Fort Worth. It is a bit of history about Christian Education. Enjoy. – Nathan Keller
 
      The first formal education by the early church was through its catechumenal schools. These schools were established in the first and second centuries and were designed to train converts of all ages for church membership. The trainees, called catechumens, included children of believers, adult Jews, and Gentile converts. The words “catechism and catechumen” are derived from a Greek word meaning instruct. The word appears 7 times in the New Testament. These passages show its use as it applies to the giving of systematic and complete instruction in the teachings of the church to converts before admittance into the fellowship.
      There were 3 grades or classes
 
or catechumens during this period of preparation which covered 2 or 3 years. When admitted a student was called a Hearer because they were permitted to listen to the reading of the scripture and the sermons delivered in church. They were given elementary instruction in the fundamental doctrines and practices of the church and had to show by their conduct that they were worthy of promotion into a second grade or class. The second grade was that of Kneeler. These students were allowed to stay for prayers after the Hearers were dismissed. The kneelers received more advanced instruction and had to prove by their manner of living that they were worthy of entering the last stage of their probationary period. Those in the last group were called the Chosen. They were given intensive doctrinal, liturgical, and ascetical training in preparation for baptism.

 
By David Keller
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