PRAISE & PRAYER CONCERNS

April 22, 2018

CHURCH CALENDAR
And when you pray this week: Praise our Lord and Savior; Praise God for giving you the invitation to pray. Praise God for giving you the desire to learn to pray. Ask God to strengthen your prayer life. Thank Him for His many blessings; Pray for our church and the members; for our country; and ask extra blessings and help for the following:

Tithe Counters: Jo Hackler & Joyce Cowart
Worship Deacon: Cindy Summers
Elders: Stephen Edwards & Beth Gay
Worship Leader: Marty Graham
Open Building: Mike Rodgers
Home Centered: Stephen Edwards & Beth Gay
Ushers: Deborah & John Weitzel
Greeters: Shelby Evans, Mike Milich, &
Linn Wallace

Dear Church Family,
    Well, I'm back from Florida. If anyone wants to see any pictures of the trip, let me know. We had a wonderful time, but I'm pretty tired! Regardless, it's back to work for me!
    I hope everyone enjoyed Rev. Marilyn Fiddmont again. I heard she had a good message. Thanks for warmly welcoming her and taking her out to lunch!
    This Sunday, April 22
nd is Earth Day. So, I got to thinking about what that means for us in 2018. In Genesis 1 "Then God said, "Let us make humankind in our image, according to our like-ness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth." 27 So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth."" When many people read the words "fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over…" they think we are being told to control all God's liv-ing creatures and to do whatever we want to do with them. That couldn't be farther from the truth. When the Bible tells us to "subdue it" that really means we are called to make order out of chaos. We are to help manage God's creation. The word that is usually translated as "dominion" really means "to rule." So, we are called to "rule" as benevolent Kings and Queens and take care of and provide for God's creation.
    So, what can we do this Earth Day to celebrate God's creation? I have an idea. We have 3 nice raised beds at the back of the church and I have some seedlings that I don't have room for in my own garden. I thought that we could order in lunch after church and then plant some veggies. Any vege-tables that we grow, we can give to Some Other Place. Because when we are called to help take care of God's creation, it doesn't just mean plants and critters. It means God's best creation- people. So, let's celebrate this Earth Day by following God's first mandate in the Bible to be fruitful and multiply and to be good stewards of His creation.
Blessings,
Pastor Beth

Tuesday, April 24th
9:30 am CWF
 
Wednesday, April 27th
5:15 pm Dinner
6:00 pm Bible Study
7:00 pm Choir
 
Thursday, April 26th
8:30 am Workday
 
Friday, April 27th
6:30 pm Book Club
 
Sunday, April 29th
3:00 pm SETX/SWLA
Area Assembly of Christian Churches

MARY AMMONS
ANDY
THE FREDERICK/DUKE FAMILY
JEFF SMITH
MAGGIE GERBER
MIKE WALLACE
JOHN RAFFAELLI
SHOOTING VICTIMS IN PARKLAND, FL.
MICHAEL& WENDY PAGGETT
WANDA LABOEUF
DARLENE FOXWORTHY
STEVE ALLEN
THE GAY FAMILY
ANGIE EDWARDS
ROBERT CHAMBERS
TODD OLGES
ALL THOSE AFFECTED BY HURRICANE HARVEY IN FLORIDA, PUERTO RICO, FIRST RESPONDERS,
AND OUR MILITARY

PEOPLE WE CONTINUE TO REMEMBER: Layla Grace, Ashlynne, Mabel Ferrell, David Delaney, Sasha Fisher, Lucien Hebert, Ramon Ordonez, Mandy and Kory Gerber, Inge & Dr. Brad Black, Gary Bruce, The Carlisles, Kenneth Connor, Stephanie Cowart, Bill
Cumming, Linda Dallas, Mary Dalton, Debra
Dunham, Linda Sue Earls, John T. Franks, Marty Graham, Fay Henry, Shirley Hilton,
Barbara Huffhines, Betty McLean, Stella Melder, Cindy Moses, Mary Weitzel, Johnny Wills, Brandi & Joe Wood, Alice Springfield, The Haney Family, Melissa Hubbard, Casey Brown, Linn Wallace, John & Evelyn Ger-ber, The San Miguel Family, the AJ Arisco Family