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NEWSLETTER
Vol. 55, No. 23
Sunday, June 6, 2021
NEWS
  • Tyler Allen is in the hospital once again. Let's remember him in prayer as he receives treatment for aplastic anemia.
  • Joyce Loe is having some heart problems and is undergoing treatment at this time. Prayers are requested and appreciated.
  • Keep Caleb Dunson in prayer as he awaits results on his biopsies.
  • Connie Parks is doing well after spending a few days in the hospital.
  • Norman Burk, cousin to Jenelle Smith, is in the hospital with COVID pneumonia. He is on a ventilator and his kidneys are starting to fail. She has asked that we remember him in prayer.
  • We have received a thank you note from the Moms in Prayer ladies. It's on the bulletin board.
  • As a reminder, if you have not yet picked up your change can for the High Plains Children’s Home Change for Children campaign, please grab one (or more) and begin filling it with spare change throughout the summer. The goal this year is $45,000 which will be applied to help cover the Home’s commissary expenses which have grown as they have now added a 16 bed emergency shelter to their campus. We will be returning these cans to the children’s home at the end of August.
  • This Sunday, June 6, we will begin passing communion trays once again assuming current COVID-19 trends continue. We will have communion kits available for any who feel more comfortable participating in that way. The offering will continue as is for now.
REFLECTION AND PRAYER
The seven churches John mentions in Revelation are about real churches at that time, but they also represent types of churches that continue to exist. The church, by definition, is made up of many body parts/people with different gifts. All these parts come together for a cohesive purpose. Are you helping your church?

“The Loveless Church”
  1. Read Revelation 3:1-7.
  2. Underline verse 4 and read it again.
  3. Reflect on the love poured out for you.
  4. Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-13.
  5. Do you recall the greatest command? (Matthew 22:34-39)
  6. Pray:
    • God would help you cherish the loving gift he gave you so much that you would share it with others.
    • Church practices would never be done in the absence of or elevated above the love we are supposed to have for others.
Community Breakfast
      Eating together is one of the best ways to find kinship. After the Spirit is given to the disciples on Pentecost, we see all those who believe come together in unity “breaking bread.” On June 5th we are going to “break bread.” We are inviting all our neighbors in Olsen Park to come, eat, and visit. Our doors will swing open at 9 a.m. and will shut at noon.
      We are going to have some people cooking pancakes, sausage, and bacon on outdoor griddles. We will need others to serve and point people to our facilities. We will need others to sit, talk and visit. We are achieving two purposes in this. First, we are “breaking bread” with any who come. Second, we are letting our community know, “we are here.”
      We look forward to having you there as well.

 


A big thank you to all who have volunteered to help on Saturday. You are appreciated!

 
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)
Upcoming Bible Studies

YOUTH STUDIES
 
We have finished the youth Bible studies for the spring semester. The Bible studies for the fall semester will begin on September 5 with Nathan, Joyce and Misti leading them.

 
ADULT STUDIES
 
"Singing Faith"
Why do we sing?  What do we sing about?  How does music inspire us?
What are the origins of our music?  Why is it important to our Christian life
and fellowship?  Join our Sunday morning Bible study as we take a closer look 
at this important aspect of our walk with the Lord.

This study is being taught by Lee Kendle.
Last Week's Lesson
Last Sunday Nathan taught about the very important preparatory step the apostles took before they received the Holy Spirit. They prayed. Listen to his message here.
A Deadly Standard
      Did you know that being politically correct can kill you?
      With each passing year America’s secularized society cranks up the pressure on all of us to be PC.
      Even the slightest violation of PC standards can get a capable news anchor or a stellar pro athlete canned. In such a stifling atmosphere, nobody with an ounce of survival instinct dares to speak his mind. Honest give-and-take in the public arena is becoming almost extinct.
      Recent events, however, should raise red flags to warn us that political correctness can be deadly.
      If you doubt this, just ask the people in the Dallas health system who got stuck with treating Thomas Eric Duncan. Out of the hotbed of Ebola this citizen of Sierra Leone was allowed to enter our country and infect our health workers because it would have been politically incorrect to quarantine people like him.
      If you doubt that being PC can kill you, Google the stats on the number of babies who have been medically murdered in America since 1972. Daring to stand up and champion the survival of these infants will subject you to many a frown in elite circles today, but our PC silence will allow the medical merchants of death to keep killing.
      Anyone who thinks that being politically correct is not potentially fatal should take a close look at
ancient Sodom. Many of America’s top politicians and jurists have been brainwashed or intimidated into approving the immoralities once characterized by that sinful city’s name.
      Approving sexual depravity may sound enlightened and tolerant in this PC age, but permitting such behavior has resulted in the deaths of thousands of Americans who have died of AIDS. Thousands who might have survived if our medical professionals had been free to warn those in the highest risk categories for this deadly disease.
      God warned his prophet Ezekiel not to keep quiet when sin was about to kill someone.
      “If I say, ‘Wicked man, wicked woman, you’re on the fast track to death!’ and you don’t speak up and warn the wicked to change their ways, I’ll hold you responsible for their bloodshed. But if you warn the wicked to change their ways and they don’t do it, they’ll die, but at least you will have saved your own life” (Ezek. 33:8-9, The Message).
      That’s a warning a lot of us need to hear today if political correctness has made us too nice to tell anybody that the wages of sin really is death.

 
  
By Gene Shelburne
Essay from Elmer Beshears
      It is not only sheer folly, but arrogantly presumptuous, for me to conclude that I alone, among throngs of Christians who are equally sincere in their search for understanding of God’s will, have exceeded all others in the knowledge of God’s revelation to man.
      Fearful indeed is God’s judgment upon me, should I, limited as I am in my feeble knowledge of the great “I AM,” pursue a course that pits brother against brother, congregation against congregation. The tenets I hold must be absolute before I enforce them upon my fellow Christian. Pitifully shallow is my own wisdom, if I should value it above the combined judgment of many, who are alike striving to “know Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.”
      The apostle Paul asked the Corinthian brethren a question that challenges us all: “Did the Word of God come out from you, or did it come to you only?”
      Have I learned anything about God that I did not know when I first became a Christian? One thing that I have most surely learned, is that I do not have all the answers. If I have learned things in the past, is it not possible that I can still learn? Have I exhausted the mind of God? If then, I do not understand all things perfectly, of what part can I claim perfect knowledge?
      There are, to be sure, certain basic truths upon which Christianity is founded, that are absolute. Truths upon which my faith rests. These truths I can know. These great principles I can, and do confidently believe without reservation. About
these I have no doubt. I should, if faced with the situation, stand alone, against all odds, upon these great truths, giving no quarter, praying for strength to stand. Anything more that I may learn about these divine truths only enhances my knowledge. My faith is increased, my hope assured.
      There are some things that are not so clearly revealed – some areas of Christianity which are not so easily understood. As I study God’s Word and practice Christianity, I sometimes learn that I have been mistaken on some points and have to change my mind. Knowing my own limitations, do I have any authority? Indeed, should I have any desire to measure others by myself? I’m told by the scriptures that it is unwise for me to measure even myself by myself. How then could I measure others by my standards? I am no one’s master, nor is any my servant. No one must please me, in order to please God. It is one thing for me to have certain reservations about some things that some Christians may practice, and decline to participate in them, or on the other hand, I may feel compelled to do some things that are not practiced by all. It is, however, another thing altogether, for me to either demand or expect that others adhere to the standards I have set for myself.
      The Body of Christ bleeds profusely from the wounds inflicted by those who would turn brother against brother by shallow reasoning. God forbid that I force an ill-founded premise upon my fellow Christians, for then I have joined the ranks of the heretic.
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