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Anna Street Church of Christ
Newsletter
Vol. 57, No. 15
Sunday, April 10, 2022
NEWS


 
This program will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 8th, at Washington Avenue Christian Church, 3800 S. Washington St. There will be no admission fee but a love offering will be taken. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to arrive early to get a good seat.

Isn't it great to have visitors?! Be sure to welcome these folks:
  • Wayne Hoxie's family, Nikki, Luke & Jacob
  • Jessie Arredondo's family, Jose & Melinda
  • Tex Kopke   
  • Special recognition of Danny Leach Sr. and Don Evans this Sunday, April 10th. 
  • Glenna Atchley will have surgery for breast cancer on May 2nd. We pray for successful surgery and for comfort for Glenna.   
  • Wardell Reust's sister Loveda, is in a sling. Doctors are hoping that the broken humerus will realign by gravity, She sees the surgeon on April 7th, Wardell's sister, Ann, had surgery on her right shoulder. She has a torn rotator cuff and two tears in her bicep. We pray for  complete recovery for these ladies.
  • Virginia Rhodes is suffering from a painful knee following surgery and rehab. After getting an MRI in Dallas, we pray that her doctors can determine the cause and help her become pain-free.
  • We are so appreciative of our ladies who donate their time and energy to decorate our church. Thank you, Connie Parks, Gay Eddleman and Yuvonne Boothe for doing such a wonderful job. 
WEDNESDAYS IN 
APRIL
 
Come join us at 6:45 p.m. for some wonderful singing. Lyndon Latham will be organizing Wednesday evening teaching time that starts at 7:35. We look forward to the fellowship with you.        

 

LAST WEEK'S LESSON

The Kingdom of God is such an overused and misunderstood term. In Sunday's lesson, Nathan showed us how the Kingdom of God has come for all who believe and follow Jesus.
   
Sunday's lesson is here.
Have a Heart
 
     On Sept. 8, 2021, the heathline.com website featured a piece which insisted that at six weeks “an embryo does not have a fully formed heart.” Of course, it doesn’t. At six weeks, nothing in an embryo is fully formed. But that doesn’t keep the unborn infant from being alive and identifiable by its DNA.
     The Texas law banning abortions after a six-weeks-old embryo’s heartbeat can be detected has drawn the loudest protests (probably because it blocked the most abortions), but similar laws are now on the books in multiple states. In effect, these new legal rules protect unborn babies that are verifiably alive in their mothers’ wombs. Abortionists and their backers rushed to discredit these new legal prohibitions.
     The healthline article claimed that instead of a heart, such an embryo has only “a cluster of cells” and that the rhythmic electrical signal detected on ultrasound equipment is actually “a sound generated by the machine.”
     Of course it is. But the overwhelming majority of obstetricians and other medical professionals who take care of pregnant women have always called those sounds “heartbeats.” Have all of them been wrong all of these years? And if that same ultrasound machine produced sounds to time the beating of your own heart, would this prove you don’t have one?
     I can understand why some morally sensitive doctors and nurses who perform abortions rallied to contest any evidence that human life can be detected in the embryonic cells they are paid to extract and discard. Who wants to be seen as a baby-killer?
     Many (perhaps most) of our best obstetric practitioners received their training and have done most of their work during the decades after Roe v. Wade—during a time when extracting and discarding unborn infants has been socially and legally okay. Now the new laws force them to face a reality they had chosen to ignore or to explain away.
     The words of the ancient psalmist reflect the Bible’s consistent view of the unborn. “You knit me together in my mother’s womb,” he prayed to God in Psalm 139. “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex. You saw me before I was born.” What the Lord saw inside that mother-to-be was not “a cluster of cells.” He saw a man who one day would grow up to bless the generations to come with his marvelous words of praise.
Gene Shelburne
Gold Star Spouse Day

     Many people don’t realize that April 5th is Gold Star Spouse Day. This is the day set aside to remember the living spouses of those who died in military action. The U.S. Army website has an outstanding article on the subject. If you want to know more and read a personal testimony, click the link below.
                                           Gold Star Spouse Day
    This article is dedicated to the men and women who have lost loved ones in action, but more importantly, it is dedicated to the King—Jesus.
     Annie Cox talks about the day she learned her husband would never return. He had left for Afghanistan for his second tour. His first one was Iraq. Two months after he left, she heard a knock at the door. When she opened it, she was shocked to see two men in green uniforms. Her friend, a woman whose husband was also on tour, immediately understood. Her friend scooped up little Sophie, Annie’s 6-year-old daughter, hoping to protect her from what was about to be said. Army Staff Sergeant, Nathan “Nate” Cox, was killed in action by a roadside bomb in Korengal Valley, while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. After giving their condolences and answering questions, they said, “We probably need to tell Sophie.”
     After we lose someone, the toughest days are those of significance like birthdays, anniversaries, or holidays. Though Annie didn’t brave fire or bombs like her husband, she found herself swept up in a battle of emotion and loss. Most will never experience what she and those like her have to go through. Generally speaking, the bereaved usually wonder if there is anything they could’ve done to change circumstances, but in Gold Star families the question is more often about whether the sacrifice was even worth it.
     Scripture does not tell us Jesus had a wife, but it does tell us he had a mother. A mother first approached by an angel. Mary bore witness to the homage the shepherds and wise men paid. She and Joseph knew they would have their hands full, so they simply did the best they could. Like mothers today, I’m sure she tried to reinforce right and wrong. No doubt she tried to make sure he was well fed and taken care of. One day, which came like a flash, she kissed her son on the cheek and gave him some cheese and bread so he could go listen to John the Baptist, his cousin. This was her boy.
     Soon much of what she knew about her son came through the grapevine. A blind man. Some lepers. Demons. Resurrection. She was proud. The angel’s words echoed in her ears, “He will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
     For Mary there would be no knock at the door, but, instead, the bang of a hammer inserting a nail. For Mary there would be no men in green fatigues, but, instead, soldiers in Roman gear. There would be no show of appreciation by the government through pomp or benefits. No gold star. Instead, standing beneath the cross, the shadow of it permanently laced in her memories, she saw her son’s last breath.
     If you know anyone who has lost their spouse to war, call them, give them a hug, or buy them dinner. Most of us could never imagine what they go through.
     Concerning Mary having to see the death of her son, don’t forget it only lasted three days. Sure it was three days of torturous grief, but it was only three days. After that, her Son would never die. You can’t beat that kind of ministry.
Nathan Keller
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2310 Anna Street 
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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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