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Vol. 55, No. 32
Sunday, August 8th, 2021

NEWS
  • Darla McLean gave us a scare last Sunday with a major nosebleed. By the time you are reading this she will be at home recovering. She is waiting to get it cauterized. Nathan Keller is filling in for her in the office, and in the process being reminded of all the good work she does.
  • We are invited to attend the Olsen Park Elementary Prayer Meeting on Tuesday, August 10th at 8 p.m. at the flagpole.
  • Please pray for Carolyn Savage’s cousin, Kathy Garza as she waits for a double lung transplant.
  • Prayers have been requested for Bob Warren, friend of the Grants and Flemings. He is battling throat cancer. 
  • Bill Grant is requesting prayers. The doctor found a spot on his liver. They will assess it further in 3 months.
  • Wilma Bell, Gwenda Grant's mother, is dealing with dementia and difficult decisions for the family lie in their near future.
  • The Grants were happy to welcome there new grandson into this world. His name is Austin Joel Hernandez. He was born at 7 lbs. 9 oz.  
  • Yuvonne Boothe's granddaughter was born Aug. 4th at 7:22 during Wednesday night service. Her name is Stella Lane Shiner.
  • Tommy Stewart had an infection in his shoulder he had worked on a while ago. Last we heard he was in BSA, and has had 2 surgeries trying to clean out the infection causing dangerous sepsis. It is going to take some time to get him back to normal.
  • Penny Drummond tells us Jeff has gone back to work. He is still low in energy, but feels way better.
  • Rhonda Schuelke's neighbor Martha suddenly had a nephew die in Colorado. Pray for her safe travels and the family.
SUPPLY DRIVE
We are collecting school supplies to be donated to Olsen Park Elementary for children in need. Make your purchases and bring them to the church building. They will be packed in backpacks then delivered to the school. Below is a list of supplies for one child for an entire year.

*****If you can't make it out to the store, you can sponsor a backpack by donating money. The cheapest we've found was 35 dollars at Walmart, but it could be as high at 60 dollars which was our initial amount we paid. Donate between 35 and 60 and we should be able to get the supplies.*****

 
SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST FOR
OLSEN PARK ELEMENTARY
 
Colored Pencils, 12 count (1)
Composition Notebooks, wide ruled (5)
Crayons, 24 count (1 box)
Dry Erase Markers, 4 pack (2)
Glue sticks (6)
Tissue, large box (2)
Markers, Eight Pack of Classic Colors, washable preferred (1)
Scissors, pointed tip (1)
#2 Pencils (48)
Pocket Folders w/brads (4)
Pencil Bag (1)
3-ring Binder, 1-inch (1)
Notebook Paper, loose leaf, wide ruled (200+ sheets)
Hand Sanitizer, minimum 625 alcohol content (1)
Disinfecting Wipes (1 container)
 
Olsen Park Meet and Greet
On August 12th from 5 to 6 PM, parents are bringing their children to meet their teachers at Olsen Park Elementary. Anna Street has decided to feed hotdogs, chips, and water to all those in attendance. Early estimates are anywhere from 650 to 700 people. We need help transporting water, chips, and water coolers full of hot dogs. If you can, we need your help. 

Call the church office for details or to find out how you can help.
(806) 352-8769
REFLECTION AND PRAYER
Friends are an important part of life. We surround ourselves with people we can trust and get along with. We look to them as resources which can help us through scrapes. Friends are people that we shouldn’t take for granted and that we should choose carefully. As much as they can help, if badly chosen they can lead to ruin.
  1. Read Proverbs 12:22; 15:27; 16:28; 16:29; 29:7.
  2. Read 1 Corinthians 15:33.
           Being in a relationship with a non-believer defined as “bad” can have                 dramatic impact. The Greek word it is translated from means “evil.”
  1. Read 1 Timothy 4:1-2 and 2 Peter 3:17.
  2. Prayer:
Lord, help me to make good decisions about the kinds of people I spend time with. Consecrate my life so that it entirely belongs to you. Help my relationships to find purpose in your will. Ground me in the goodness of your priestly community, your scriptures, your Spirit, and the hope of salvation. Keep me from those that would take me from you. Help me keep a discerning eye. Amen.
COMING IN AUGUST
"Proclaim the Gospel! (Mark 16:15) That's our mandate from King Jesus. Join us Wednesday nights in August as we refresh our understanding of the Gospel". Lee Kendle will be teaching each Wednesday in August.
 
August 4
The Whole Gospel
 
August 11
The Gospel Jesus Proclaimed

August 18
The Gospel Paul (and Peter) Proclaimed

August 25
The Gospel We Proclaim
Songs That Last
     One Bible writer admonishes Christians everywhere to “sing and make music in your hearts.” I wonder if he could see even back then that the church’s most cherished hymns would become our finest depository of truth and hope and faith.
     Even more important may be the way the classic hymns break down walls and bind us together in Christ. We sing the same songs. In our part of the world, how many Christians could you find who don’t recognize the melody of “Amazing Grace”? Most of us can sing it by heart. When John Newton wrote those memorable words back in 1779, do you suppose he had any idea that believers would still be singing them two centuries after he died?
     Every generation has to experiment with its own music. Always have. Probably always will. But most of it will be just a flash in the pan (or maybe a better metaphor would be a beep on the iPod). Here today, gone tomorrow.
     When I was a kid, dozens of song books were being published, all of them full of songs nobody had heard before. We sang them in church services and in the Sunday afternoon gatherings we called “singings.” Only a handful of them survived to appear in later hymnals.
           
     During the virus days when worship for many of us took place on YouTube or TV, the recent proliferation of new hymns posed a unique problem (especially for those of us who have been singing the old ones for seven or eight decades). Younger music ministers (just like most of their predecessors) kept selecting songs nobody had heard before. Those of us who were sitting at home without a hymnal or a print-out of the musical score got left out. We couldn’t even try to sing along.
     My guess is that most of those new songs will vanish, just like the new ones we sang in the 1940s and 50s. One or two of the best ones may take root and bless multiple generations to come, but the rest of them will get lost in a blessed silence, never to be heard again.
     Even the biblical psalmist begged his contemporaries, “Sing to the Lord a new song.” I wonder what he would say today if he learned that his “new” song is still being used by worshipers three thousand years later.
     Like the wine of Jesus’ day, the old almost always is better.

By Gene Shelburne
Patience
     One of the major lessons that the Bible is dripping with is patience. Abraham patiently waits for Sarah to become pregnant. The Israelites wait to be saved from Egypt, then they wait to enter into the Promised Land. David patiently waits for God to deal with King Saul. The Jews in Diaspora patiently wait to return to their homeland. Drip, drip, drip. The lessons of patience seem almost infinite for those who read God’s word.
     Isaiah wrote, “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
     Today there are many things you might find yourself waiting on. My family and I waited in lines recently at Silver Dollar City. Sometimes we find ourselves waiting for a shipment or a refund. Isaiah speaks directly to God’s people and says, “they who [are patient with] the Lord” will experience a blessing.
     Right now, it seems obvious what all human beings are waiting for the end of a pandemic. Continue your prayers and studies. Continue in your fellowship at church. Patiently wait to see how God will deal with it. Deepen your understanding of patience and endurance by remembering how Christ was the embodiment of those things to the highest degree, and you will be blessed.
    You will be strengthened. You will receive wisdom—making you able to look at scenarios from 30,000 feet up. You will be reinvigorated with the Holy Spirit.

By Nathan Keller
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Service Times

Sunday
9:45 AM - Adult and student classes
10:30 AM - Worship Service

Wednesday
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)

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Amarillo, TX    79106

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