Sunday evening singing canceled until after Labor Day.
Gluten Free communion bread is available in the foyer.
Don’t forget to check the bulletin board for lost & found items and to sign up for anything you can!
The teens will be doing an Activity each month. If you would like to sponsor one, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. There is also a flyer on the bulletin board with more information.
The truck is coming! New Mexico Christian Children’s Home in September. All items are appreciated. There is a card on the bulletin board. More information coming.
Secret Sister luncheon will be at Pam’s house. Saturday August 24. More information to come. Sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. All sisters are invited!
Ladies retreat Friday September 20 @2 – Sunday September 22 @ 3. Details & sign up sheet on the bulletin board. See Vanessa with questions.
Potluck today at noon in the annex. Everyone is invited.
Still needing hosts for Coffee and fellowship October – January.
Sign-up sheet on the bulletin board to host the coffee and fellowship.
The Bridge Shelter is closed for the summer.
Delta ladies day Saturday September 21. Flyer posted on the bulletin board.
Good Samaritan need for the week: Small cans of fruit. Donation box in the foyer.
August 18, 2019
I know that life can be hectic and the pace exhausting. I understand how our thinking about Sundays can easily go from it being “a day of worship” to “it is my only day off.” I hope you see how the focus changes between those statements, because I’m seeing more and more of the second. Personal obligations can stretch us thin and we do need our down time. But Sunday is not a day when “nothing” happens. We advocate strongly that Sunday is the first day of the week and the day when we worship, but for what purpose? We say it is for worship, but I also know that the ideas of duty, tradition and having something to do can motivate attendance. We say “worship” is the reason, but do our habits and behaviors support that? Classes and worship can’t start on time because people arrive late and men must be rounded up to serve even though there is a monthly assignment sheet prepared. Little coordination is given to worship as to songs, themes, needs, etc. There is more time spent preparing for ballgames, cookouts, vacations and days off than is spent for worship. It seems that worship is tired, and a chore most of the time. I have sensed no life, no vibrancy in our singing, that we really don’t believe what we sing, or give any thought to what we sing.
What is your expectation for worship? I grew up with the instruction that worship is to be reverent, and the meaning is: stoic, emotionless, go through the motions so that I can say I’ve been to worship. Emotions have been shamed, mocked and avoided, all the while talking about the fact that worship should be meaningful. There is no meaning without emotion. You can’t focus on the cross without a cry shame and need welling up inside you!!
Is your attitude: I’m a child of God who has come to praise, thank and exalt God with my heart, mind, soul and strength, or: it is my day off but I need to be here, so I hope the singing and preaching is good today, I don’t want my time wasted.
If you come unprepared to praise God, if you come out of duty, if you arrive late and come expecting to receive but not give, you show disdain for the God who saved you and made you his own out of his love for you. Worship will never be meaningful to you. Frustration, tiredness, disheartenment will be your company. What does worship mean to you?
from the Rob Hall archives
Updated: Sunday, August 18
Pam’s family with the passing of her aunt Jean Holder
Phil Cummings – friend of the Spandrio’s , stomach cancer
Betty Semadeni had cataract surgery Friday.
Rosemary Blair’s family
Elaine Hart, Jimmy Porter’s sister, passed away last week.
The Frederick family are in Texas to be with Royce Frederick.
Charles Wilderson, Steve’s dad, cancer has returned
Jolie, Nayana’s friend, hospital in Albuquerque, injured kidney and only has one.
On Going Concerns
Clarence & Eddie DeLoach
Dave Phelps & family
The Brown family
Marvin Ancell, Coffs Harbor
Royce Frederick, India
Philip James, Hogback
**Names will be updated monthly
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