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NEWSLETTER
Vol. 55, No. 31
Sunday, August 1, 2021
NEWS
  • Please pray for Jeff Drummond as he recovers from COVID-19 and for protection for the rest of the family.
  • Noah Read, grandson of Mark and Paula, sustained burns to his arm after pulling a hot pot of tea off the cabinet.
  • We are invited to attend the Olsen Park Elementary Prayer Meeting on Tuesday, August 10th at 8 p.m. at the flagpole.
  • Tommy Cummings has requested our prayers. She is unable to attend church services at this time.
  • 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.
  • The church's house just north of the parking lot is empty. If you know anybody who might want to rent it, please have them contact Lyndon Latham (681-0178).
Back to School
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.

 
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)
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
 
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)
Reflection and Prayer
Stop Fighting Ghosts

I’m sure there is someone in this world that doesn’t like you. You can probably imagine their face contorted with discontent as they survey your actions. Like a ghost our bullies or bad relations follow us everywhere. Like an illness they infect our thinking and sometimes the purity of the good we do. Even worse, the illness becomes an obsession where we hope and pray for the failures of the source of our consternation.
  1. Read Psalm 137:7-9
          How would you characterize the attitude of the
          author towards the Babylonians?
 
  1. Read Matthew 5:43-48
          How does our Lord tell us to treat our enemies?
 
  1. Read Mark 2:13-17
          Who did the Jews view as their enemies?
          What was Jesus’ purpose for coming?
 
  1. Read 1 John 4:10-12
          What did Christ give up for you?
          Think of the people who haunt you which might
          cause you bitterness. How can you help God’s
          love to be complete in you?
 
  1. Think of the person in question and list things you know about them (work, well-being, family, interests, and hardships).
 
  1. Pray on your own using that list. Pray that they would be blessed and come to a closer relationship with Jesus, and yourself; not for your sake, but for the sake of God’s love becoming complete in you.
LAST WEEK'S LESSON
Lyndon Latham was inspired by an article Curtis Shelburne wrote about the storming of the capital building in D.C. Sunday he showed up with the inspiration to preach to himself. While this may be the case, it is a lesson we all needed to hear. If you would like to hear this message, listen here.
"Once to Die"
      During the peak virus days the leaders of our congregation met to set a date for us to resume public worship. All of us were starving for quality time with the Body of Christ.
      “It’s urgent for people our age to get vaccinated,” one of the guys told us that night. To emphasize this, he showed us an online graph that documented two lines of data.
      The first line showed the number of virus cases per age group. I was surprised to see that by far the bulk of COVID-19 patients were in the 20-to-40-year range—folks who tend to be active in our infected world. Only a tiny percentage of virus victims were senior citizens.
      Line Number Two, however, featured the age of those killed by the virus. It showed that while young adults were by far the most often infected, few of them died. Instead, the highest percentage of virus deaths were suffered by persons older than 80—in others words by a group far less likely to catch the virus in the first place.
      Did this graph prove that all of us oldtimers urgently needed to get in line for the virus vaccine? Maybe. But I dug a bit deeper into the trove of online mortality stats and found that in the years before anybody
heard of COVID-19, people over 85 were 7 times more likely to die than people who were 65-to-75. A graph line depicting deaths for all ages was basically flat until it reached 70, and then it spiked off the top of the chart.
      What these graphs showed us—both the data before and during the pandemic—was something all of us knew already: old people die. Always have. Always will.
      The old King James Version tells us, “It is appointed to all men once to die” (Heb. 9:27). Of course, we don’t have to read the Bible to learn that. From the day we’re born, all of us who face reality know where we’re headed. All of us can say with ancient Jacob, “I will go down to the grave” (Gen. 37:35). If the virus doesn’t send us there, a rattlesnake or an uncontrolled 18-wheeler may do the job.
      The mortality studies are conclusive. All of us will die. The one thing we do control is whether we ask Jesus to get us ready.

  

 
 

By Gene Shelburne
“Time for Bed, Child!
 
Go to Sleep!”

      When I learned that CBS’ 60 Minutes news program was doing a story on sleep, I was interested. Sleeping is one thing I’ve always been really good at. But if anyone has pointers to help my technique . . . So I made sure to watch what was a fascinating program, and I learned a lot.
      In 1980, a study was done using rats who were kept awake indefinitely. After five days, they began dying. They needed sleep as badly as they needed food. All mammals do.
      Modern folks in our society have been a little snooty and dismissive about sleep, as if needing to snooze at all is something of an embarrassment, a luxury we could likely do without if we weren’t lazy and unmotivated.
      Not so.
      Recent studies show that sleep is every bit as important to our health as diet and exercise, and that we need 7 1/2 to 8 hours of it each day. The lack thereof seriously impacts our memory, our metabolism, our appetite, and how we age. A recent study at the University of Chicago School of Medicine restricted the sleep of young, healthy test subjects to four hours a night for six consecutive nights. At the end of that time, tests showed that each of the subjects was already in a pre-diabetic state (which would be naturally reversed when they resumed sleeping normally).
      They were also hungry. Lack of sleep caused a drop in levels of leptin, a hormone that tells our brains when we’re not hungry.
      A lack of sleep? No problem. If you don’t mind being fat and sick. One researcher said that sleep deprivation should definitely be considered a risk factor for Type II diabetes. The program host went on to mention studies done all over the world linking lack of sleep to obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke—not to mention the mood swings that make sleep-deprived

people “hell on wheels” to harmony in their homes and workplaces, and whose brain activity on MRIs mimics that of the severely psychiatrically disturbed.
      To those who say they have trained themselves to do fine with little sleep, the researchers reply, “Nonsense.” For a day or two, artificial “counter measures” such as caffeine or physical activity may mask the problem, but it is cumulative and real, and can’t be hidden for long.
      “People who are chronically sleep-deprived, like people who have had too much to drink, often have no sense of their limitations,” said Dr. David Dinges at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. “It’s a convenient belief,” he says. But he issues a standing invitation for “any CEO or anyone else in the world” to come to his laboratory and prove it.
      We easily adopt society’s lie that our true worth is in what we produce. We’re so impressed with ourselves, our indispensability, our strategies and plans. We quit “wasting time” by sleeping much. Then the wheels come off even as we slog on physically and emotionally as if through molasses. And the God who is real Rest and Peace but who himself never needs to sleep, chuckles and says, “Time for bed, child. Go to sleep and let me do within you what you can’t do for yourself.”
      I think there is a lesson in that, but right now I need a nap.
 

By Curtis K. Shelburne


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