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: Janice Justice
Elders: Ann Abshier & Jan Lyle
Worship Leader: Donna Dillon
Open Building: John Gerber
Home Centered: Ann Abshier & Jan Lyle
Ushers: Charlotte Davis & Kristy Bowell
Greeters: Shelby Evans, Mike Milich, &
Dear Church Family,
I'm sitting here listening to Andrea practice for Scrooge at Beaumont Com-munity Players and it strikes me that Advent and Christmas time will be here before we know it! But first, we have to get through our Stewardship Drive.
The theme of the Stewardship Drive is "Be doers of the Word and not just hearers…" So that got me to thinking about what we "do" at church. It's easy to see what we do at church just by looking at the church itself. If you face the church, on the far right is the Sanctuary where we worship; in the middle is the children's education wing where the kids learn; and on the far left is the Fellowship Hall where we fellowship. The Fellowship Hall is also where we offer hospitality to strangers through hosting outside events. So, the things we "do" at church are worship, learn, and fellowship. First Christian Church is not just a place of Worship. It's also a place of learning and fellowship for all God's people.
Why do I say all God's people? Because Matthew 28:19-20 says:
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." How can we fulfill the Divine Commission if we don't provide all people with opportunities to worship, learn, and fellowship?
And these things that we do are also Scriptural. Jesus spent time in the temple learning (and teaching) the Elders. He spent time fellowshipping with his disciples, sinners, tax collectors, and even clergy. And of course, Jesus spent time worshiping in the Synagogue and in the Wilderness. All these activi-ties were supported monetarily by his followers even then.
So as you prayerfully consider your pledges for the Stewardship Drive, please remember that the church is not just about worship (although that's a huge part of it) it's also about learning and fellowshipping. Let's help support all of these aspects of God's church.
Thanks and Blessings,
Wednesday, October 10th
6:00pm Bible Study
7:00pm Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, October 11th
8:00am Workday (Donut Day!)
Friday, October 12th
11:30am Potluck Lunch
Saturday, October 13th
3:00pm Linn Wallace's Birthday Party!!!
Sunday, October 14th
*9:15am Sunday School
*10:30am Sunday Worship
*6:30pm Evening Service
Monday, October 15th
6:30pm Worship Ministry Meeting
Tuesday, October 16th
6:30pm Board Meeting
PATSY & THURMAN BOBO
THE BAXTER FAMILY
RITA & MAX LAPRE
CELESTE, STELLA, & COOPER JR STEPHENSON
THE DIXON FAMILY
THE GAY FAMILY
ALL THOSE AFFECTED BY HURRICANE HARVEY
FIRST RESPONDERS &
THOSE IN THE PATH OF HURRICANE MICHAEL
WE CONTINUE TO REMEMBER:
The Allens, Robert Chambers, Layla Grace, Ashlynne, Mabel Ferrell, David Delaney, Sasha Fisher, 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, Mark Severns, 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