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NEWSLETTER
Vol. 56, No. 03
Sunday, January 16, 2022
 
NEWS
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cole Drummond has tested positive for Covid. The Drummonds will be confined at home until Jan. 18th. Penny asks that we please pray for him and for protection for the rest of the family.
  • Penny Drummond's cousin, Diane White, has now developed pneumonia in her left lung. The right lung is cleared up. She has been put on another antibiotic. Please continue to pray for a quick recovery. 
  • Pat and Gary McClish are asking for prayer for Gary. He had heart surgery in Austin on January 7th to repair multiple blockages.
  • Melva Griffin had a biopsy sent off on a suspicious swollen lymph node in her neck. We pray a good report results from this.
  • Carolyn Butler says she is doing well. This is welcome news and we hope to see her back here in a week or so.
  • Bill Grant has had his second round of chemo. So far, so good. We pray he continues to respond well to the treatments.
  • Gwenda Grant's mom, Wilma Bell, will be moving to Hillside House at the end of the week. Let's be praying for this family as they face these trials.
SERVICES AT ANNA STREET
Sunday morning Bible studies begin at 9:45 a.m.

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: 

Teaching Time       7:35 – 8:15 (40 min. of teaching)
Break                     7:25 – 7:35 (10 min. break)
Song Practice         6:45 – 7:25 (40 min. of singing)


Youth Group Meetings are at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday nights. Let us know if you are coming so that we may order the right amount of food.
                                            
LAST WEEK'S LESSON
In this sermon, Nathan taught us what an Ebenezer was, using 1 Samuel 4 and 7. He also took the time to discuss the past year at Anna St. and how God has helped us. How has he helped you?

Sunday's lesson is here.
 
Grandmother's Journal
     In the piles of family lore that pack his garage, my oldest brother recently discovered a priceless journal. Its first entries were from 1943—mid-WW II, written by our mother’s mother, our Grandmother Key. It was not a daily diary but a record of thoughts and feelings she jotted down every few days for more than thirty years.
     On some of the pages Grandmother told about neighbors or church friends she had been involved with in some way. Often she wrote about “her girls”—dozens of local lasses who spent time in Grandmother’s kitchen learning to cook or sew or to read the Bible and pray.
     In some of her most precious notes, however, she was looking back at family members and events, sometimes even before she was born. In other places she reflected on her own childhood or her courtship and her own brood when the kids were still youngsters.
     During the last bi-annual Key Place retreat with my brothers, I spent ten or twelve almost non-stop hours reading Grandmother’s distinctive cursive notes in that journal, sitting beside the same table where she wrote them. Those were golden hours.
     I loved the memories she recorded about her own wedding. Driving a mule-drawn wagon, she and my grandfather-to-be rolled up to the front door of the preacher’s tiny two-room country shanty. He came out onto his front porch with his wedding book in hand. They stood up in front of the driver’s seat in their wagon, said their vows, and drove away, never setting foot out of the wagon.
     Evidently that inexpensive, informal wedding worked. They didn’t need to spend a fortune or put on an elegant performance for their family and friends. Without flowers or tuxes or high-dollar photos, the knot they tied that day lasted only sixty-three years.
     Latest marriage stats tell us that almost half the people in the U.S. are not married. And the legal link of those who do vow, “Til death do us part,” will actually last just an average of seven years.
     Being single is not wrong. But, in far too many instances, it’s not healthy. From the very beginning God could see that “it is not good” for a person to be alone. If you doubt this, just consult with any single mom whose budget and calendar are stretched to the limit as she struggles to fill a two-person role alone.
 
 Gene Shelburne
Don't be Childish
      As I drove to San Jacinto to drop off our youngest child, I was blessed to experience one of the best concerts available. Little Vivian sang several songs. My favorite was, “Baby Jesus We Love You.” In this song she relayed what each of the animals in the Nativity were saying as they made their animalistic utterances. The sheep, for example, said, “Baa, Baa, baby Jesus we love you.”
     I noticed something neat as I glanced back at her in the mirror. She was doing hand signals with every part of the song. Whenever she came to the name of Jesus, she would point to both wrists signaling the Romans use of nails. I was so proud of her, but this made me start to think.
     Every single person learns a little differently. Some only need to listen, while others need to see as well. Others require a tactile lesson and can only learn when they are touching. Some need discussion or debate, while others will only ever learn through rote memorization. As a biology teacher, I knew I should teach using as many of these modalities as possible to improve everyone’s learning experience, but something happened. I grew up.
     Most teachers who specialize in adults will admit there is a conflict within them. They wonder whether they should teach using all these modalities and risk being told, “Don’t be childish,” or play it safe; stand at the front of the room and lecture.
     I think the answer is found in Jesus’ example; after all He is my favorite teacher. He would reference the Old Testament patriarchy or prophets. Sometimes He would also tell what seemed to be original stories in order to convey a lesson (Prodigal Son or The Good Samaritan). Other times His imagery would draw upon the current moment. In John 8, for example, Jesus calls himself the “light of the world” while teaching on the Mount of Olives. This occurs during the Feast of Tabernacles when massive torches could be seen blazing above the temple miles away. Having the freedom to teach anywhere had its benefits. He could teach in a way that was memorable and applicable.
     Little kids, like my daughter, are successfully taught large portions of scripture by putting them with music and motions. Could it be that, regardless of our age, learning doesn’t change? How many songs can you sing without the words in your hands? The reason for this is, you learned using multiple modalities with repetition. Hymns, which are meant to glorify God, play a vital role in teaching biblical concepts, ideas, and even scriptures.
     What’s my point? I don’t believe we are as old in our minds as we would like to pretend.
     “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 18:3).
     It's not so bad to be like a child.

 
Nathan Keller   
 
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