THE HEIGHTENER                                  

"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall exalt you."  -James 4:10


Volume XXVIIII

July 31, 2007

Number 31

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

 

Here’s a story that came to me from Lynn Pulliam, who received it from Jimmy Wellborn.  It hits the nail right on the head! 

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor.  The conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups –  porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain-looking, some expensive and some exquisite – telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

After all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said:  “If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones.  While it is but normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress.”

“Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee.  In most cases, it’s just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.  What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you 

consciously went for the best cups . . . and then began eyeing each other’s cups.”

“Now consider this:  Life is the coffee, and the jobs, houses, cars, things, money and position in society are the cups.  They are just tools to hold and contain life, and the type of cup we have does not define nor change the quality of  life  we  live.   Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us.”

God brews the coffee, not the cups . . . enjoy your coffee.

 

I want to say thank you to the individuals who participated in our Sunday evening program:  Merritt Eagling, Jason Ray, James Elliott, Jr., James Elliott III, Matthew Taylor, Tom Hopkins, Romeo Brinkley, Chris King, Ed Kelly, and Craig Hodges.  It was a splendid time of reflection and renewal. 

Our “Spring Spiritual Renewal” has been changed to “Fall Spiritual Renewal.”  The weekend meeting was postponed last April because of the illness and death of Fred’s mother-in-law.  We’ve rescheduled the event for September, and I want us to start making plans for complete participation. 

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One preacher’s appointment with a new congregation coincided with the church’s appeal for aid for victims of a hurricane.  On the first Sunday, though, the center page of the church bulletin was accidentally omitted.  So members of the congregation read from the bottom of the second page to the top of the last page.  “Welcome to Andrew Jensen and his family . . . the worst disaster to hit the area in this century.  The full extent of the tragedy is not yet known.” 

I look forward to seeing you Sunday with a Bible, a smile and a positive word!                                                                                         RA

 

                          

See the Need – Appreciate the Value!

AGAPE’s Next Foster Parent Class

The need remains great for foster parents to care for children being referred for placement to Georgia AGAPE.  We hope Christian families will continue to rise up to share their blessings and the love of Christ.  Remember, each child’s life is precious to God!  Our next orientation and training class is set to begin soon.  For information or to register, please call Jayne Osburn at Georgia AGAPE – (770) 452-9995.  (Classes will begin in August.)

 

 

FROM THE MAILBAG

Dear Friends,

Though I’m late saying it – it’s certainly just as genuine and heartfelt had I said it earlier!

During my recovery I was fed and visited and prayed for and loved!  Who could ask for more?

My family at Cedar Grove will continue to be forever special to me – each and every one of you! 

Thank you so much for your ongoing love and support.                                                                                    Joyce Robbins

 

Dear Cedar Grove Family,

Thank you so much for making Heather have such a special birthday.  She loved all the cards she got and left them hanging on her door for weeks.  Thanks also for all the gifts, gift cards and money that was sent to her.

Jeri brought us a large check that was donated to us. We can’t begin to thank you enough for helping to take the financial burden off our minds so we can concentrate on Heather’s health.

We are so blessed to be part of such a wonderful church family.

With love,

Benny, Renee, Heather & Justin Moore

 

SPECIAL THANKS

Friday and Saturday saw good progress made on our building project.  Thanks to those who gave their time and energy:  Keith Bearden, Merritt Eagling, Bobby Elam, Everett Hayes, Jim O’Brien, Jimmy Pulliam, Tom Raines, Chris Thompson, Jim Warren, Doyle White, Ralph White.

      

 

GEORGIA AGAPE

Georgia AGAPE has an African American baby girl available for immediate adoption.  She was born June 11, 2007.  Moore information is posted on the bulletin board. 

 

LOOKING AHEAD

¨        The East Cobb church will host the “Southeast Church Planting Workshop” on August 17-18, 2007.  It will focus on renewal and outreach. 

¨        The 15th Annual Benefit Dinner & Auction Gala benefiting Southwest Christian Care will be on Friday August 19, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.

 

 

 OUR SICK

Jeri Maddox is scheduled for foot surgery this Thursday. 

Continue to remember Evelyn Bohannon, Susan Carson, Nell Peters, J. W. Raines, Richard & Joyce Smith, Geneva White and Heather Moore.

 

 

THOSE TO SERVE - August 5, 2007

Welcome

Romeo Brinkley

Song Leader

Jimmy Pulliam

Opening Prayer

Phil Hamby

Lord's Table

*Joe Maddox

 

*Dick Massey

 

Merritt Eagling

 

Trent Burnett

Scripture Reading

 

     Ephesians 4:31 , 32

Closing Prayer

Keith Bearden

Welcome -PM

Jimmy Pulliam

Song Leader

Jimmy Pulliam   

Opening Prayer

Tom Hopkins

Scripture Reading

 

Psalm 111: 1-4

Closing Prayer

James Elliott

Communion Preparation

Nancy Kirkland

Nursery Attendant

 

Volunteers needed

 

 

 

RECORD 7/29/07

Bible School

69   

Worship AM

110   

Worship PM

53   

Wednesday Bible Study

52   

Contribution

$ 2,793.37