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NEWSLETTER
Vol. 56, No. 05
Sunday, January 30, 2022
 
NEWS
  • It's been so great to have Robin Smith, Randy & Sally Wilson and Trish Jackson visiting our church lately. Be sure to make them feel welcome.
  • Free copies of a new Amarillo magazine, Senior Link, are available on the bulletin board shelf. Gene has an article in this first issue. Copies of the latest issues of The Christian Appeal and Our Daily Bread are also on the shelf.
  • 2022 Church Directories are in a basket in the foyer, ready to be picked up.
  • Gaylord Latham had an episode on Monday, went to BSA and was discharged Wednesday afternoon. An MRI showed that he did not have a stroke. We are so grateful for that. The doctor said an MRI would not show if he'd had a TIA. Linda said we may never know what took place, but is thankful he is feeling fine. She feels blessed with each of our prayer warriors and thanks everyone.
  • Rhonda Schuelke is doing better but says she can tell recovery will take time. She will travel to Sweetwater this weekend for her cousin's memorial service. Let's be praying that she will be able to handle the car ride.
  • Carolyn Savage's doc took 5 vials of blood for tests, trying to find out why she has started trembling so bad. They have scheduled an appointment with a Neurologist for her. We pray that it won't be anything that can't be taken care of.
  • Bryan Sena still has a cough and sore throat due to the after-effects of Covid. Jessica is all better and has returned to work.
  • So good to see Carolyn Butler back among us!
  • Kathy Bryan tested positive for Covid but she said all is well and she is already back on the job. We are thankful for that.
  • Melva Griffin is still waiting to hear about the biopsy she had done on a suspicious lymph node.  
  • Bill and Gwenda Grant need to remain in our prayers as he goes through chemo treatments and Gwenda grieves over the loss of her mom. We also should remember to pray for healing of her foot. 
  • We also need to pray for one of our Prayer Moms and her child who have Covid.
Crafters' Morning
Anna St. Crafters' Morning, Saturday, February 12th from 9:30am to 12:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.

Bring a craft project you are working on and come join us for fellowship and fun. Or just bring yourself! Invite a friend or two! Lunch will be provided again, so we need a head count. Please put your name on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the foyer.
WEDNESDAYS IN FEBRUARY
   Mike Wilhelm, senior chaplain at Cal Farley's Boys Ranch will be teaching Wednesday nights in February. His focus will be on a modern world that has diminished the capacity to believe. As a result, a screen-addicted generation has emerged with a confusing mixture of spiritual hunger mingled with a tragic tone deafness to God. Some of our common reactions have actually hurt people and made matters worse.
   The good news is this: there are simple things we can do to help restore an environment conducive to faith. This four-session seminar will be of interest to a wide range of folks; parents, youth workers, and especially, concerned grandparents!

      Feb 2nd:   Understanding the Young People in Our Lives
      Feb 9th:    Restoring a Healthy Environment for Faith
      Feb 16th:  Welcoming Hard Questions
      Feb 23rd:  Showing the True Face of God
                                            
LAST WEEK'S LESSON
Nathan's message was on the importance of framing your life/ministry in the Holy Spirit.

Sunday's lesson is here.
 
Unwanted Babies
    
      Even if we don’t agree with his outrageous strategy for eliminating kids people think they can do without, give Alabama’s State Representative John Rogers an A+ for honesty.
       When that state’s House of Representatives was debating a law to ban abortion, Rogers offered the usual “woman’s choice” arguments to defend the right to abort any unborn baby.
       Then, with surprising candor, he confessed his real reason for favoring even late-term abortions. “Some kids are unwanted,” he observed. “So you kill them now or you kill them later. You bring them into the world unwanted, unloved, then send them to the electric chair. So you kill them now or kill them later.”
       While his defense of baby killing seems brash and brutal, John Rogers exposed a truth that lurks behind almost all pro-abortion sentiments. In America we abort 926,000 babies every year (according to the Guttmacher Institute’s stats). A small percentage of these abortions take place because of serious health issues in the embryo, but the overwhelming majority of these babies die because they are unwanted.
       Police in Bakersfield, California, believed this to be the case when a 23-year-old man held his former girlfriend at gunpoint and forced her to take pills that aborted her unborn child. He didn’t want that infant to be born, so he killed her.
       Abortion advocates call their movement pro-choice, but they ignore the fact that a high percentage of abortions are not the prospective mother’s choice. In National Review, Alexandra Descantis cited a study in which 75 percent of women said their abortion was done because of pressure put on them, 58 percent said they did it to make somebody else happy, and 30 percent agreed to the abortion to keep their partner from leaving. These abortions were coerced, not chosen. Someone besides the pregnant female did not want the child.
       Space here won’t permit a list of all the reasons kids are unwanted. Diaper changing, late-night feeding, childcare costs, and lifestyle changes are just a few obvious ones. But these worries about having a baby pale compared to concerns because the mother-to-be is unwed.
       Whatever may be the hesitance to have a child, most mothers are like the one Jesus described in John 16. Labor pains distress a prospective mother, Jesus said, but “when her child is born, her anguish gives way to joy.” Then her “choice” changes. Then her child is wanted.
 
 Gene Shelburne
MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU

"May the Force be with you.” This is a phrase most people have heard or used even if they don’t know what it’s from. This is just one example of how Star Wars has affected our society. Maybe you can think of a few phrases made mainstream by famous people or movies. 
 
You may have gotten ahead of me, but there are some phrases that many people say and they don’t even realize are from the Bible:
 
Spare the rod, spoil the child. Proverbs 13:24
 
Do unto others as you would have done to you. Luke 6:31
 
A wolf in sheep’s clothing. Matthew 7:15
 
Can a leopard change its spots? Jeremiah 13:23
 
Straight and narrow. Matthew 7:13, 14
 
If you were to do more research yourself, you’d find there are hundreds more. The Bible has made such an impact on the way we think, whether people wish to admit it or not. These hundreds of highly used phrases are a direct result of its impact. Laying the Bible aside, we can still argue that God has made a massive impact on society. The day God breathed life into Adam was the day his Spirit was inserted in man. The result? All men have this Spirit which gives them consciousness about morality. The fact that we have laws or morals is a direct result of one fractional portion of God’s wisdom. We are his creations. The sooner we realize this, the sooner we can live with a purpose. To glorify Him.
Nathan Keller
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Services

Sunday
Bible Studies @ 9:45 a.m.
Worship @ 10:30 a.m.
Youth Group @ 6:00 p.m.


Wednesday
Song Practice         6:45 – 7:25 
Break                     7:25 – 7:35
Teaching Time       7:35 – 8:15 



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