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Anna Street Church of Christ
Newsletter
Vol. 57, No. 17
Sunday, April 24, 2022
NEWS
 
What a blessing to have 94 folks in our sanctuary on Easter Sunday! We were also blessed with a wonderful service.  

This coming Sunday, April 24th, Misti and Henry will be taking pictures after the morning service to update our foyer display. Please make time for that and smile for the birdie!

 
Write it on the calendar! Mark Farr will be speaking on Sunday, May 1st, then we will have a potluck lunch so that we can visit with him. Bring a favorite dish and come show support for the fine work Mark and his family are doing for the Lord.

Also on May 1st, the elders will share the results of our recent congregational survey to identify possible new elders and deacons.

     Guess who's coming to Anna Street Church on May 25th!

 

Make plans to attend and bring snacks because...
college students will be here!

 
Anna St Crafters’ Morning, Saturday, May 21st from 9:30am to 12:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.  We are scheduling another morning of Craft Project Productivity, Fun and Fellowship Bring a craft project you are working on and come join us!   Lunch will be provided, so we need a headcount.  Please put your name on the sign-up sheet at the bulletin board next to the front door.

  • Caleb Drummond got first in State for Orchestra!  Also, Lillian Keller placed 4th at Battle of the Books and will go to Regionals on Friday! We are extremely proud of our Anna Street Church kids!
  • Preston Kay, Rosie's boyfriend, has been having gastrointestinal issues for two weeks and was admitted to the hospital on Friday Hopefully, the doctors can get this ailment resolved quickly.
  • 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, will see her orthopedic surgeon April 27th to see if the bones are trying to realign or knit together.  Sister Ann will see her surgeon April 14th. then hopefully start physical therapy. She will see the surgeon again May 5th. We pray that both will receive good care and soon be well again. Wardell is in Norman, OK and will be back May 5th.
WEDNESDAYS IN 
APRIL
 
Come join us at 6:45 p.m. for some uplifting 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

In the Easter message, Nathan focused on the Resurrection and how it should affect our lives; our chorus, Jesus is risen!
   
Sunday's lesson is here.
An Easter Truth
 
     As Easter drew near again this year, I was surprised to find myself pondering the blessings we find in death instead of life—the exact opposite of my usual Easter meditations.
     Several years ago I saw Leonard Wolcott’s blunt assertion that “there is no Easter apart from Good Friday.” He went on to explain, “There is no resurrection without the cross, no rising with Christ except in dying to self that we might live again, or rather that the risen Christ might live through us.” He was right. Without death, resurrection means nothing.
     But thinking of death as a blessing is still not my normal perspective. The Creator embedded in all of us a basic survival instinct. He made us so that we’re constantly alert to danger and hungry for the nourishment and oxygen it takes for us to stay alive.
     We do everything in our power to avoid death—both our own and the end of life for those we love most, and that’s good. One of St. Augustine’s most memorable lines says we are “deafened by the clanking chains of mortality.” Dodging death is our full-time job.
     But death is not always a curse. In the final days of my dear mother’s traumatic struggle with a malignant brain tumor, she prayed over and over, “Lord, take me home!” And when he did, we thanked him. We knew she had transferred to a realm where there would be “no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, no more pain: for the former things are passed away.” We knew without doubt that death blessed her.
     In Madeleine L’Engle’s book called The Summer of the Great-Grandmother, she looked back at those final days with the grandmother she loved so much. After the funeral she wrote, “It’s a good thing to have all the props pulled out from under us occasionally. It gives us some sense of what is rock under our feet, and what is sand.”
     At least a dozen of my close friends have buried their spouses in the months just past. I’m sure that each of them, after enjoying decades of togetherness, have found it brutal to adjust to living alone. I hope that when Easter came, it  reminded them that life always follows death. The anguish of Good Friday is always dissolved into joy before the open tomb.
                                                                                                   Gene Shelburne
Look After Mom While I'm Gone

     A certain actress trended on Twitter last week for saying that men should stop telling their boys to take care of their mothers while they are gone. Her reasoning was that it insinuates women can’t take care of themselves.
    Rather than fall into the trap of gossip hidden by “he said, she said,” let’s talk about the substance of the real underlying issue. Men and women are not the same.
    While men and women may be equals under the law, God made them with different capabilities. Men need women, and women need men. God designed people with his own relational existence in mind, and the creation of two sexes which complement one another builds on this theme.
    Do women need men to help them reach the top shelves, lift that heavy garbage, do a little remodeling, or tell them they are beautiful and loved? No, not really, but also yes.  Do men need women to cook, decorate, scratch their backs, or tell them they are handsome and loved? No, not really, but also yes. Men and women need each other, because, as we saw in Adam’s case, on their own they become completely miserable. Not only are they both needed for procreation, but they make the other better. Men would be terrible without women teaching compassion. Likewise, women would be worse off without men’s protective prowess.
    Some people can’t help but focus on scenarios in a negative light. Unfortunately, culture’s influence has made this the rule rather than the exception.
    What is more important? That a woman can do everything a man can? (By the way the answer is no in both directions.) Or that a father is teaching his son to look after his mother? For a good example look no further than Jesus.

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home. (John 19:25-27)

    Who is wrong? The perfect Son, who defeated death and saved all who believe? Or culture?
    There is no contest. Culture loses every time. Thank you, Jesus, for being the best example, yet again.
 
Nathan Keller
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2310 Anna Street 
Amarillo, TX    79106


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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