THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXVIIII

October 16, 2007

Number 42

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

 

The update from the Atlanta Inner City Ministry was impressive.  I appreciate the work of Bo Davenport as well as the ministry of Alfred Donald.  They both have such a heart for the impoverished and the disadvantaged.  I was especially encouraged as I heard many of our church family talking about ways to help the Inner City Ministry.  I hope we’ll follow through with some of those ideas. 

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The crumbling, old church building needed remodeling, so the preacher made an impassioned appeal, looking directly at the richest man in town. At the end of the message, the rich man stood up and announced, “Preacher, I will contribute $1,000.”

Just then, plaster fell from the ceiling and struck the rich man on the shoulder.  He promptly stood again and shouted, “Brother, I will increase my donation to $5,000.” Before he could sit back down, plaster fell on him again, and again he virtually screamed, “Preacher, I will double my last pledge.” He sat down, and an even larger chunk of plaster fell hitting him on the head.  He stood once more and hollered, “I will give $20,000!” This prompted a deacon to shout, “Hit him again, Lord! Hit him again!”

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If there’s anything emphasized in Scripture, it is that Jesus will return.  “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet   call  of  God, and  the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever (1 Thess. 4:16, 17).

But use your imagination a bit.  If media could report on that grand event, would the headlines sound like these?

Time:  “He’s Man of the Millennium!”

Parents:  “The Son of God—How to Raise an Overachiever”

Field & Stream:  “Fisher of Men Returns”

The National Enquirer:  “Christ Comes Back — And He’s Seen Elvis!”

Self: “God Comes Back for Me — Not You, Me!”

Atheist Monthly:  “OOPS”

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I hope you’re making plans for our “Friend Day.”  Think about whom you will be inviting.  I look forward to seeing you Sunday with a Bible, a smile and a positive word!                                                                                           RA

 

 

            

October 28, 2007

 

                

 

BIBLE SCHOOL EMPHASIS

Winners for October 14 were:

·         Cradle Roll – Houston & Harrison Hamby

·         Pre-School – Devin Hunt, Mason Minichowski & Dean Wisenbaker

·         Kindergarten & 1st – Cassidy May, Cooper Minichowski & Kate Wisen-baker

·         Elementary – Mark Goss

·         Teens – Hanna Putman

·         Adults – Jill Marlow

 

 

FROM THE MAILBAG

Dear Cedar Grove Church of Christ

As we move forward through the most difficult time of our lives, we continue to be blessed and very thankful for the church family at Cedar Grove.   Your thoughts and prayers continue to help ease the pain and anxiety for what lies ahead for us.

We cannot begin to thank you for the generous love offering that was collected for  us.  We are fortunate that Benny and I could take a leave from work to be with Heather and now, thanks to our church friends, we don’t have to worry about losing our home, too!

The cards have been a great joy to us all.  They make us feel as though we aren’t alone but part of a wonderful new family.

Love,

Benny, Renée, Heather, and Justin

 

 

 

 

FALL FESTIVAL

Everyone is invited to attend our Fall Festival on Friday, October 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the church building.  You may wear your costumes.  We need each family to donate one bag of candy to be brought to church by October 24.  There will be a sign up list for food posted on the bulletin board soon. 

 

 

 

 

ATTENTION MEN!

Saturday, October 20 will be another WORK DAY to install siding on the storage building.  Work will begin at 7:30 a.m. 

 

 

 

 

AREA EVENTS

·         The annual Bremen Lectureship will be October 18-21.  The theme this year is:   Greatest Thoughts That Have Ever Challenged My Mind.  More information is on the bulletin board.

·          The Lithia Springs congregation will host an area wide singing on Friday, October 25 starting at 7:00. There will be finger foods following the singing. 

 

 OUR SICK

Amber May is having outpatient surgery Tuesday.

Mary Mitchell’s father, Gene Ewing, will have surgery to remove a melanoma Tuesday. 

Tom Hopkins will have surgery soon.

Sally Ray’s mother is having tests this week.

Jim Warren’s brother-in-law is having a biopsy.

Jacquelyn McDowell was sick Sunday.

Doyle & Ralph White’s niece, Beth Peeler, will be having surgery for a malignancy on Friday.

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

Geneva White.

 

 

THOSE TO SERVE - October 21, 2007

Welcome

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

Doyle White

Lord's Table

*Dick Massey

 

*Dave Hamby

 

Danny Hamby

 

Jimmy Pulliam

Scripture Reading

Jimmy Scott

 

     Titus 1:7-9

Closing Prayer

Keith Bearden

Welcome -PM

Ross Anderson

Song Leader

Greg Cannon  

Opening Prayer

Phil Hamby

Scripture Reading

Jim O'Brien

 

            1 Samuel 22:2-4

Closing Prayer

Romeo Brinkley

Communion Preparation

Betty Bearden

Nursery Attendant

 

 

Paula Anderson, 

Susan May 

 

 

RECORD 10/14/07

Bible School

89

Worship AM

116

Worship PM

62

Wednesday Bible Study

53

Contribution

$2,679.17