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: Joan & Dick Morrow
Worship Deacon: Jamie Bollich
Elders: Melinda & Mike Hamilton
Worship Leader: Michele Harrington
Open Building: Mike Hamilton
Home Centered: Melinda & Mike Hamilton
Ushers: Charlotte Davis & Geoffrey Stephenson
Greeters: Shelby Evans, Mike Milich, &
Dear Church Family,
I can't believe summer is drawing to a close. School has started or will start soon. We're making plans already for the Stewardship Campaign and Trunk or Treat. Where does the time go?
Sunday I spoke on Ephesians 4:25-5:2, but I want to talk more about Ephesians 4:29; specifically the second part of that verse:" Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them." I real-ly think that our society has forgotten how to do this. It seems like all I ever hear or read are complaints. Isn't anybody happy anymore? It's all throughout society- stores, newspaper, internet, businesses, T.V., and yes, even in the church. In the grand scheme of things, does it really matter if we have to wait 2 minutes longer in line at Walmart or if there is a mistake in the church bulletin? Is it really helpful to point out every little mistake that we come across in our daily lives? My answer is no.
Not only is it not helpful, it can be unhelpful and discouraging. If a person hears constantly about mistakes made or that people are discussing their mistakes amongst themselves it can hurtful and damaging to one's self esteem. Instead, the Apostle Paul suggests that we should use words that are good, helpful, and encouraging. What's the saying? You can catch more bees with honey than vinegar. We are likely to have more success if we encourage and build others up, then if we constantly criti-cize and tear people down.
What do we do when we have a legitimate concern? We practice what's called constructive criticism. First, we meet with the person with whom we have a concern face to face. It does no good to share our complaints with our friends and not the person in question. Then, we share something that the person does well. This is where the word "constructive" comes in. We are building people up. Then, nicely and gently we share our concern. The person we are sharing the concern with is more likely to respond to the concern if they feel they are valued.
So, let's try to be constructive this week rather than destructive. Before we let a complaint come out of our mouths, let's think about if what we are complaining about is truly going to matter in the long run. Let's seek to build each other up with encour-aging words. And let us always love one another!
God loves you and I do too!
Wednesday, Aug. 15th
6:00pm Summer Series
Craft Night: Collages with Beth & Beth
Sunday, August 19th
9:15am Sunday School
10:30am Sunday Worship
6:30pm Evening Praise Service
Monday, August 20th
6:30pm Board Meeting
Tuesday, August 21st
5:00pm A "Tasting" for Some Other Place
THE DIXON FAMILY
ST. STEPHEN'S CHURCH
SHOOTING VICTIMS OF
SANTA FE, TX
THE GAY FAMILY
ALL THOSE AFFECTED BY HURRICANE HARVEY FIRST RESPONDERS AND OUR MILITARY PEOPLE
WE CONTINUE TO REMEMBER:
Robert Chambers, 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 Gerber, The San Miguel Family, AJ Arisco Family