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Anna Street Church of Christ
Newsletter
Vol. 57, No. 16
Sunday, April 17, 2022
NEWS
 
On Easter Sunday, April 17th, everything is canceled except for the 10:30 church service. Bring a friend or two with you! 
  • Mark Farr will be speaking on Sunday, May 1st. We will have a potluck lunch so that we can visit with Mark. We hope that you can participate.
  • Nathan asks that we please pray for Westworth Church in Ft. Worth  as they search for a new minister. The current minister, John Jewell, is headed to York College in Nebraska to take the position of VP of Student Life.  
  • 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 doctor on April 20th. Sister Ann will see her surgeon April 14th. We pray that both will receive good care and soon be well again.
  • Yuvonne Boothe had successful surgery on her wrist April 8th. We are thankful that she is doing well.
  • Virginia Rhodes is suffering from a painful knee following surgery and rehab. After her MRI in Dallas, we pray that her doctors can determine the cause and help her become pain-free.
  • We are very proud of Caleb and Samantha Drummond for going to State in the Latin competition. Caleb placed 4th for building a model called Circus Maximus.
  • Paula Read took a group of 29 kids from Amarillo High to State to compete in the same category as Caleb and Samantha. Her group earned enough points to place 10th in their division. We're proud of these kids and their teachers!
  • Former Anna Streeter, Ron Coots, fell and fractured his back April 10th, possibly due to a seizure. Sue asks for our prayers as he faces surgery.
  • Gene recently learned that private services were held for long-time Anna Street Church member, Lynn Laningham, who passed away two months ago.


Congratulations to Jessie and Melinda Arredondo who were married on April 13th. We pray God's blessings on them as they journey through life together.
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

Nathan had us focus on the multitude's behavior during the Passion week. How could Jesus go from King to Criminal in a matter of days? What can we learn?
   
Sunday's lesson is here.
Is Easter Still Legal?
 
       As we get ready to celebrate Easter this year in our new woke world, some of us feel like we have to keep looking over our shoulders to see if bowing before the cross and honoring our risen Lord might get us into trouble with the powers that be.
     In Omaha, Nebraska, one school spent big dollars reprinting all their yearbooks to eradicate a cross-shaped symbol on the cover. Earlier a principal at the same school was put on leave after he banned Christmas candy canes shaped like a “J” because they might refer to Jesus.
     A Michigan newspaper editor tells of visiting the chapel in a V.A. hospital and finding the chapel’s cross and all the other Christian symbols draped—hidden from view—in compliance to government instructions from Washington, D.C. When she asked about it, the chaplain told her that a V.A. official had also ordered him—an ordained Christian pastor—to “stop talking about Jesus, and stop reading Scripture out loud.”
     Does it surprise you that travesties like this happen in what used to be called “a Christian nation”?
     Hats off to Arizona’s Gov. Doug Ducey. When an anti-religion group demanded that he erase his social media posts that contained Easter greetings and a Bible verse, this no-nonsense official offered his critics copies of the U.S. Constitution. Secular Communities of Arizona insisted that Ducey’s posts (that included the phrase, “He is risen!”) violated the line that separates church and state. The governor stood his ground. In reply, he tweeted that he would never remove those posts or any others that revealed his personal faith.
     Instead of moaning about the growing governmental restriction on public expression of our faith, maybe we can share an Easter chuckle with the guy who jested that one possible political proof of the resurrection is the number of dead people who voted in recent elections in North Dakota and Hidalgo County.
     Or—better yet—we can see a true political picture of Easter if we watch the first government moguls who had to decide how to deal with the news that the grave of Jesus was empty—that the man they killed was alive again. All of their plots to bribe the guards and silence the witnesses turned out to be flops. Soon the whole world was hearing the Good News that Jesus Christ did rise from the dead.
Gene Shelburne
Where Did Easter Come From?

     The answer a person gives you to this question depends on the book, article, or TV program they watched. People who are combative with our faith will echo the ideas of the Venerable Bede, an 8th century Anglo-Saxon historian/monk, and say it is derived from worship of Eostre, a pagan goddess. On Britannica’s online database they say that there is a widespread consensus from language experts that this is incorrect, and nothing outside of Bede’s words bears evidence to this fact.
     Instead, modern historians believe the word “Easter” evolved accordingly:
Language Latin Latin Old High German Old English Modern English
Word alba in albis eostarum eostre Easter
Meaning dawn dawns, Spring east east  
 
 
     TIME reasons, that dawns mark the beginning of days that will outlast the nights (Spring), and those dawns erupt in the east.
     The French don’t even bother with any of these arguments, because unlike English they derived their word for Easter (Paques) directly from Latin and Greek, which in turn came from the Hebrew word, pesach (Passover).
     Let’s ask a more specific question so we can get to the point. Where did the Christian holiday come from?
     An empty tomb. The tomb was found empty by Mary and others on the 16th day of Nisan (Jewish calendar) which is not linked to our 7-day week. Consequently, churches always celebrated Easter on the Sunday after the 14th day of Nisan (Jesus’ crucifixion).  In 325 A.D., the Council of Nicaea decreed that Easter should be observed on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the Spring equinox. Easter can be on any Sunday between March 22 and April 25. Therefore, the day we celebrate isn’t really the day of the resurrection.
     But we should still ask the following question, “Why was this timetable selected?” An empty tomb. The reason for Britannica’s or TIME’s article is simple. An empty tomb.
     The reason unbelievers try to argue with Christians in the first place is the same. An empty tomb. 
     In 1 Corinthians, Paul says, “if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” Cultures, societies, and governments have all been impacted by the spread of the gospel, which is a result of the unity and conflict created by the most epic event in history. An empty tomb.
     The devil seeks to distract us from what is truly important. Easter isn’t about eggs or bunnies. It has never been about pagan goddesses or seasons. Easter is about the empty tomb.
     The message of the empty tomb is so powerful we feel its effect in our society two thousand years later. Do you feel its affect? Do those around you feel its affect through you? Is your life a testimony pointing back to the greatest event—the empty tomb? If we call ourselves Christians, the contrast should be unquestionable. It isn't even about the name of a holiday.
 
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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