THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


May 22 2007

Number 21



“Why do we garden?  We garden because we are created in the image of the Master Gardener, in whose likeness we grow in measure as we garden.  We are not only the field that God gardens but his fellow gardeners in the Paradise he is restoring” (Vigen Guroian).

I don’t know if you’re putting out tomatoes or grooming your flower beds, but it would be hard to miss the beauty of springtime.  Scripture comments frequently on the changing of seasons.  That’s by design of the great Creator.  For example:

For behold, the winter is past;
   the rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth,
   the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtledove
   is heard in our land.
The fig tree ripens its figs,
   and the vines are in blossom;
   they give forth fragrance.

(Song of Solomon 2:11-13)

Here are some additional thought provoking comments about spring:

“I have noticed spring pays little attention to the manufacturers of calendars.  She strolls into town when she’s ready and not a moment sooner” (Philip Gulley).

“There is another sort of day which needs celebrating in song – the day of days when spring at last holds up her face to be kissed, deliberate and unabashed.  On that day, no wind blows either in the hills or in the mind; no chill finds the bone” (E. B. White).

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life  lasts.   There  is sym- Viewpoint, continued

bolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for the spring.  There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains fo nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter” (Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder)


Lovely spring:  Beautiful spring!

The woods with vocal welcomes ring,

And we a grateful offering bring

To our God who sends the spring

(Welcome Spring, a Shaker hymn)


Each little flow’r that opens,

 Each little bird that sings,

God made their glowing colors,

 God made their tiny wings. 

(Cecil F. Alexander, All Things Bright and Beautiful)


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




The Spring of Souls


‘Tis the spring of souls today;

Christ has burst his prison,

And from three days’ sleep

In death as a sun hath risen;

All the winter of our sins,

Long and dark is flying

From his light, to whom we

give laud and praise undying.


Now the queen of seasons,

bright with the day of splendor,

With the royal feast of feasts,

Comes its joy to render,

Comes to glad Jerusalem,

Who with true affection

Welcomes in unwearied strains

Jesus’ resurrection.


(John of Damascus, Come Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain)




Congratulations to Blake Mitchell who was named Valedictorian of his class at Oak Mountain Academy.



A finger food fellowship is planned for May 27 after the evening service to honor our graduates.  Graduating from High School this year are:

            Adam Banuelos                   Chapel Hill

            Jansen Cannon                    Arlington Christian

            Kyle Maddox                        Arlington Christian

            Blake Mitchell                      Oak Mountain Academy



  All ladies are invited to a Bridal Shower for Lindsay Hodges at 3:00, Sunday May 20 in the Fellowship Room.




The first of five camp weeks begins on June 3.  The theme this year, “Have More Faith,” is taken from 2

Corinthians 5:7, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”  The emphasis throughout the weeks of camp will be on

developing and building a stronger faith in God.  Applications are available in the church office.



Joyce Robbins is recovering from surgery on Tuesday.

Tom Hopkins and Murray Kirkland were sick Sunday.

Continue to remember Evelyn Bohannon, Susan Carson, Nell Peters, J. W. Raines, Richard

and Joyce Smith Geneva White, Virgil Mize and Heather Moore.



THOSE TO SERVE - May 27, 2007


Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

Phil Hamby

Lord's Table

*Jim Warren


*Joe Maddox


Dick Massey


Tom Raines

Scripture Reading

Romeo Brinkley


   P salm 107:8, 9

Closing Prayer

Bill Moore

Welcome -PM

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Greg Cannon   

Opening Prayer

Jimmy Pulliam

Scripture Reading

Jim Warren


1 Timothy 4:11, 12

Closing Prayer

Armando Banuelos

Communion Preparation

Joyce Shelton

Nursery Attendant


Volunteers Needed




RECORD 5/20/07

Bible School


Worship AM


Worship PM


Wednesday Bible Study



$ 2,507.75