THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXXVIII

February 28, 2017

Number 9 

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

I recently read a story about a young boy in elementary school and wondered if we, adults, care as much about people as we sometimes do "things."

"An elementary school was engaged in a major fundraising drive to purchase plants and flowers to beautify its grounds. After collecting $400, it scheduled a Saturday for a special planting celebration and sought the help of kids and their parents. One of the students – a girl I'll call Karen – announced she and her parents would not be participating in the planting because her father had lost his job and they had been evicted from their apartment. She said she would have to move to another school. Chris, a fourth-grader, made a motion to donate all the money they had collected for plants to Karen's family so she could stay in the school.

"If we're a CHARACTER COUNTS school," he said, "caring is more important than "'plants." The motion passed unanimously. When the faculty heard about '~!he gesture, they decided to match the $400. When word reached the local newspaper, the community got involved. Money was contributed, and Karen's father was offered a job. Karen was able to stay at the school and           eventually graduated.

“’By the way,’ Dr. Smith added, ‘the school was beautifully landscaped with plants and flowers, donated by members of the community, all because of the character of one fourth-grade boy.’"

I couldn't help but think about the man found in Luke 5 that was so sick he had to be brought to Jesus by his friends on a bed. Because of the great crowds they couldn't reach Him so they proceeded to take the sick man to the rooftop and lower him into the room where Jesus was speaking. I can only imagine the rope bums the men received on their hands trying to lower their friend down to Jesus. For them, it was a small price to pay for their friend to be healed. When you have a few minutes take a look at your hands. Have you had any rope bums lately?

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch Your Step

Even though I've been a city boy all my life, as a kid I spent much of many summers on my Uncle Jake's dairy farm in central Ohio. During, these summers, the truism of one common epigram became all too obvious, "If you want milk, you've gotta put up with the manure." The cats that hung around the barn knew what that meant. In their quest for any stray milk, they were adept at avoiding the inevitable "plop" and maneuvering around the steamy piles of manure. If you spent any time on a farm with cows, you know what I mean.

"If you want milk, you've gotta put up with the manure." This life lesson is taught over and over. For Noah to have the safety of the ark, he had to endure the noise and smell inside the ark. If you're going to catch fish on the Sea of Galilee, you have to stay up all night. If you want the championship ring, you have to work and sweat in practice until your head rings. Every good thing in this life has a price that has to be paid.

The reward is worth the temporary unpleasantness. Remember: Moses chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. Several years ago, the School of Business at Harding University had an acronymic motto: TINSTAAFL. This stood for "There Is No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.' Nothing of value is free.

Remember the old auto maintenance commercial that coined the phrase, "Pay me now or pay me later." Is there any part of life that is exempt from this rule? It is an axiom that reaches from here to hereafter. Nothing good comes without a price tag. Nothing good comes without a sacrifice – not even an eternity with God.

When we love milk, the manure is not a burden. When we love safety, the unpleasantness of the ark is not a burden. When we love fish, the nightly toil is not a burden. When we love the victory, the practice is not a burden. When we love God, His commands are not a burden (1 John 5:3).

I guess whether you're in the barn or in life, you just have to watch where you step! 

by Michael E. Weimer

 

 

  

 

                         

 

 

Our next delivery to A.I.M. is planned for March.  Please continue to bring food items to help their distribution.  

 

 

 

 

Southside Area Youth Devotional 

  NEXT EVENT:  

March 19, 2017

East Point

5:00 p.m.

 

 

  

 

Ladies Bible Study Logo     

Fellowship Room

7:00 p.m.

Coming meeting dates:

March 7, 2017

March 21, 2017   

 

SOUTHSIDE PROGRESSIVE MEETING

The 2017 Progressive is being conducted February 26-March 2 with Eric Thornton speaking.  The Thursday night session is at the Shannon congregation, so that is a splendid opportunity for us at Cedar Grove to support the effort.   

 

 

SYMPATHY

The sympathy of the congregation is extended to Betty Smith and all her family.  Her brother-in-law, Ray Eanes, passed away a few days ago.   The funeral was February 18 in Tennessee.  

 

 

   

 

Dear Friends at Cedar Grove

Thank you very much for beautiful plant you sent to our dad's funeral.  Your thoughtfulness and generosity are very much appreciated.

Sincerely,

Dawn and Ricky Wright

Kellye and Dennie Knight

 

Dear Cedar Grove Family,

Thank you very much for flowers you sent while I have been suffering with my back.  They really brightened by room! Thank you also to the many who send cards and notes -- it is such a help to know someone is thinking about me!

Love,

Jean McBride

To My Cedar Grove Family, 

Thank you very much for all the cards, phone calls, prayers, and the beautiful flowers.  It is such a blessing to be a part of such a loving Christian family!  I love you all.

Love,

Nancy Kirkland

Dear Cedar Grove Family

Thank you very much for the concern you showed when my arm was broken.  We appreciate your prayers, calls and the meals you brought.  We give thanks for you all!

Love,

Janie and Eddie Brown

Dear Ladies Class, 

Thank you so much for the beautiful fruit basket!  I really enjoyed it and I appreciate your thinking of me.  

Love, Jean McBride

Dear Cedar Grove Family

The past year has flown quickly – thank you for making it a positive year for the Cedar Grove church and for the Kingdom.  Thank you for your continual encouragement and partnership.  Thank you especially for the gift that was presented to us recently.  We love and appreciate our church family!

Love, Ross & Paula

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Greenwald, Chris' father, has been having a series of tests the past two weeks.

Continue to remember Susan Carson, Stan Caudle, Jean McBride, Linda Moore, Lanier Richards, Janice Smith, Keith Tatum and Jimmy Wellborn.

 

Bible Reading Schedule for 2017

Read the Bible Chronologically

Week 9

February 27  Leviticus 24-25; Psalm 81
                     
Hebrews 9

February 28  Leviticus 26-27; Ps. 112;
                     
Hebrews 10

March  1  Numbers 1-2; Ps. 64, Hebrews 11

March  2  Numbers 3-5; Hebrews 12

March  3  Numbers 6-7; Hebrews 13

 

Week 10

March  6  Numbers 8-11; Colossians 1

March  7  Numbers 12-14; Psalm 28;
                 Colossians
2

March  8  Numbers 15-18; Psalm 113;
                 Colossians 3

March  9  Numbers 19-21; Colossians 4

March 10 Numbers 22-25; Luke 1

 

Week 11

March 13  Numbers 26-29; Luke 2

March 14  Numbers 30-33; Psalm 35; Luke 3

March 15  Numbers 34-36; Luke 4

March 16  Deuteronomy 1-3; Psalm 36; 
                  Luke 5

March 17  Deuteronomy 1-3; Luke 6

 

 

Week 12

March 20  Deuteronomy 6-9; Luke 7

March 21  Deuteronomy 10-14; Psalm 5;
                  Luke
8

March 22  Deuteronomy 15-18; Luke 9

March 23  Deuteronomy 19-22; Psalm 6; 
                  Luke 10

March 24  Deuteronomy 23-26; Luke 11

 

 

Week 13 

March 27  Deuteronomy 6-9; Luke 7

March 28  Deuteronomy 10-14; Psalm 5; 
                  Luke
8

March 29  Deuteronomy 15-18; Luke 9

March 30  Deuteronomy 19-22; Psalm 6; 
                 
Luke 10

March 31  Deuteronomy 23-26; Luke 11

Read the Bible in Order

March  1   Deuteronomy 23-25

March  2   Deuteronomy 26-28

March  3   Deuteronomy 29-31

March  4   Deuteronomy 32-34

March  5   Joshua 1-3

March  6   Joshua 4-6

March  7   Joshua. 7-9

March  8   Joshua 10-12

March  9   Joshua 13-15

March 10   Joshua 16-18

March 11   Joshua 19-21

March 12   Joshua 22-24

March 13   Judges 1-3

March 14   Judges 4-6

March 15   Judges 7-9

March 16   Judges 10-12

March 17   Judges 13-15

March 18   Judges 16-18

March 19   Judges 19-21

March 20   Ruth 1-4

March 21   1 Samuel 1-4

March 22   1 Samuel 5-7

March 23   1 Samuel 8-10

March 24   1 Samuel 11-13

March 25   1 Samuel 14-16

March 26   1 Samuel 17-19

March 27   1 Samuel 20-22

March 28   1 Samuel 23-25

March 29   1 Samuel 26-28

March 30   1 Samuel 29-31

March 31  Catch-up Day

 

 

 

 

            

FEBRUARY & MARCH BIRTHDAYS

 

 February   1

Paula Anderson

 February   1

Sandra Wilkins

 February   3

Lisa Sickler

February   3

Greg Granberry

February   3

Ralph White

 February   3

Ja'Michael Morris

 February   4

Hannah Putman

 February   7

Landon Perry

February   8

Larry Simmons

 February   8

Cooper Minichowski

 February  11

Drake McDowell

 February  21

Janie Brown

 February  27

Tucker Corbitt

February  28

Cassidy May

 March   1

Riley Minichowski

 March   5

Greg Cannon

 March   6

Sharon Hodges

March   9

James Elliott

 March   9

David Grogan

 March  14

Doyle White

 March  20

Amanda Owens

 March  28

Onice Fields

 March  29

Ed Kelly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THOSE TO SERVE - March 5, 2017

Welcome

Jimmy Pulliam

Song Leader

Jimmy Pulliam

Opening Prayer

David White

Lord's Table

* Greg Cannon

 

* Greg Granberry

 

Bill Baker

 

David Grogan

Scripture Reading

Jim Warren

 

Matthew 5:19, 20

Closing Prayer

Eddie Brown

   

Welcome - PM

Jimmy Pulliam

Song Leader

Jimmy Pulliam

Opening Prayer

Phil Hamby

Scripture Reading

Doyle White

 

Matthew 7:7-10

Closing Prayer

Ed Kelly 

Communion Preparation

Pulliams

Nursery Attendant

 
 

 

 

 

Cedar Grove Church of Christ

Serving in Our Assemblies

     

Morning

March 5

March 12

  March 19

  March 26

Call to Worship

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Singing

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

David White

Larry Simmons

Jim May

Jim Warren

Table – Lead

Greg Granberry

Jim Warren

Greg Cannon

Joe Maddox

 

Greg Cannon

Jimmy Pulliam

Phil Hamby

Joe Minichowski

Table – Serve

David Grogan

Bill Baker

Steve Esler

David Grogan

 

Bill Baker

Joe Minichowski

Greg Granberry

Jim May

Scripture

Jim Warren

Chris Greenwald

Larry Simmons

Doyle White

Closing Prayer

Ed Kelly

Greg Granberry

James Elliott

Eddie Brown

           

 

Evening

March 5

March 12

March 19

March 26

Call to Worship

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Singing

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

Phil Hamby

Jimmy Pulliam

Eddie Brown

Doyle White

Scripture

Doyle White

Ed Kelly

Greg Granberry

Phil Hamby

Closing Prayer

Eddie Brown

Jim May

Ed Kelly

Greg Granberry

           

 

 

               
 

RECORD 2/26/2017

Bible School

41

Worship AM

62

Worship PM

31

Wednesday Bible Study

31

Contribution

$ 2,123.00