THE HEIGHTENER                                  

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


Volume XXXVIII

November 28, 2017

Number 47  

                                                                    

VIEWPOINT

Juanita White was the mother of Ralph, David and Doyle White (and the rest of their clan).  She was a talented person with an enduring influence.  One of her gifts was that of expressing thoughts poetically.  

If you're enjoying this year's brilliant fall leaf display, then you will enjoy Mrs. White's "Ode to Autumn." It's reproduced in the block below.  

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"Thanksgiving" has passed, but not the attitude of gratitude.  Consider these 17 thanks statements:  

Thank you, God for the times You have said "no." They have helped me depend on You so much more.

Thank you, God, for unanswered prayer. It reminds me that You know what's best for me, even when my opinion differs from Yours.

Thank You, Lord, for the things you have withheld from me. You have protected me from what I may never realize.

Thank You, God, for the doors You have closed. They have prevented me from going where You would rather not have me go.

Thank you, Lord, for the physical pain You've allowed in my life. It has helped me more closely relate to Your sufferings on my behalf.

Thank you, Lord, for the alone times in my life. Those times have forced me to lean in closer to You.

Thank you, God, for the uncertainties I've experienced. They have deepened my trust in You.

Thank You, Lord, for the times You came through for me when I didn't even know I needed a rescue.

Thank You, Lord, for the losses I have experienced. They have been a reminder that You are my greatest gain.

Thank You, God, for the tears I have shed. They have kept my heart soft and mold-able.

Thank You, God, for the times I haven't been able to control my circumstances. They have reminded me that You are sovereign and on the throne.

Thank You, God, for those people in my life whom You have called home to be with You. Their absence from this earth keeps my heart longing for heaven.

Thank You, God, that I have an inheritance in the heavenly places . . . something that this world can never steal from me and I could never selfishly squander.

Thank You, God, for the greatest gift You could ever give me: forgiveness through Your perfect Son's death on the cross on my behalf.

Thank You, God, for the righteousness You credited toward me, through the death and resurrection of Jesus. It's a righteousness I could never earn or attain on my own.

Thank You, Father, that You know me, You hear me, and You see my tears. Remind me through difficult times that You are God, You are on the throne, and You are eternally good.

And thank You, Lord, not only for my eternal salvation, but for the salvation You afford every day of my life as You save me from myself, my foolishness, my own limited insights, and my frailties in light of Your power and strength.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Showing of the Trees

 

          Before our eyes a magic scene These
wooded hills so lately green
       Have been transformed to bright array
Autumn presents her Rare Bouquet.

       With purest paints that glow and gleam
a wondrous Artist passed unseen
       and with a masterstroke He makes a masterpiece
with no mistake!

       From tiny tints to tones so bold
Sun-beige, amber, flaming gold!
       No fairy kingdom could compare, with this
our hillside glory fair.

       Some lands rich gems and sculptors prize
In some impressive building rise.
       We're blessed above such things as these.
Our regal Showing of the Trees!

       Created as our Master wills
Designed with grace upon our hills.
       The Painter royal -- hands Divine
Displayed for common eyes like mine!

 

By Juanita White

 

  

 

                         

 

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Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. (Isaiah 58:10)

 

 

 

Southside Area Youth Devotional 

  NEXT EVENT:  

December 17, 2017

Tara

5:00 p.m.

  

 

DISASTER RELIEF EFFORT

Dear Brethren,

Your check dated October 3 in the amount of $4, 500 was received by Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort, Inc. and was greatly appreciated.  The Lord's work could not continue without the financial support from you and others each year.

We are now sending supplies to California for the victims of the wild fires and different areas affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana and areas affected by Hurricane Irma in Florida.  We have sent our first supplies to Puerto Rico.  We are prepared to send more shipments of food, baby supplies, cleaning products, personal care items, water, appliances, bedding and other much needed supplies to victims of disasters as needed.  

Thanks again for your support, and please keep us in your prayers, as we continue to strive to help those in need.

Yours in Christ,

Mike Lewis, Executive Director.  

 

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November 5, 2017

Our Friend Day was quite successful with attendance of 109!

 

 

 

 

 

To Our Cedar Grove Family,

Words cannot express our appreciation and gratitude we have towards our loving church family.

Thank you for the prayers, flowers, cards, calls and meals you gave us before and after Susan's surgery.  

We love you all!!!

The May Family

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Following the "rock painting" event at Azalea Estates, the director of activities sent the following note:

Hello Janine,

Your group was just wonderful!  Thanks so much much.  Next time we'll try for a larger group.  How fun! Please tell all your group hello.  And come again!

Janet

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Joyce Shelton's niece, Donna Kirk, has been diagnosed with colon and liver cancer.

Gloria Simmons continues to recover from her injuries.

Sharon Hodges has been suffering from Bell's palsy.    

Continue to remember Susan Carson, Stan Caudle, Jean McBride, Hilda Morrow, Lanier Richards, and Jimmy Wellborn.

 

Bible Reading Schedule for 2017

Read the Bible Chronologically

Week 49

December 5 Esther 7-10; Revelation 3

December 6 Ezra 7-10; Psalm 97; 
                        Revelation 4

December 7 Nehemiah 1-3; Revelation 5

December 8 Nehemiah 4-6; Psalm 98;
                        Revelation 6

December 9 Nehemiah 7-9; Psalm 140; 
                        Revlation 7

 

Week 50

December 12 Nehemiah 10-13; 
                          Revelation 8

December 13 Malachi 1-4; Psalm 2;
                          Revelation 9

December 14 Job 1-3; Psalm 29; 
                          Revelation 10

December 15 Job 4-7; Psalm 99; 
                          Revelation 11

December 16 Job 8-11; Revelation 12

 

Week 51

December 19 Job 12-14; Psalm 100; 
                           Rev
elation 13

December 20 Job 15-17; Revelation 14 

December 21 Job 18-20; Psalm 141; 
                           Revelation 15

December 22 Job 21-23; Psalm 101;
                           Revelation 16

December 23 Job 24-27; Revelation 17

 

Week 52

December 26 Job 28-30; Revelation 18

December 27 Job 31-33; Psalm 102;  
                          
Revelation 19

December 28 Job 34-36; Revelation 20

December 29 Job 37-39; Psalm 103;
                           Revelation 21

December 30 Job 40-42; Psalm 150;
                           Revelation 22

 

 

 

Read the Bible in Order

December 1  2 Corinthians 1-5

December 2  2 Corinthians 6-9

December 3  2 Corinthians 10-13

December 4  Galatians 1-3

December 5  Galatians 4-6

December 6  Ephesians 1-3

December 7  Ephesians 4-6

December 8  Philippians 1-4

December 9  Colossians 1-4

December 10  1 Thessalonians 1-5

December 11  2 Thessalonians 1-3

December 12  1 Timothy 1-3

December 13  1 Timothy 4-6

December 14  2 Timothy 1-4

December 15  Titus 1-3; Philemon

December 16  Hebrews 1-5

December 17  Hebrews 6-9

December 18  Hebrews 10-13

December 19  James 1-5

December 20  1 Peter 1-5

December 21  2 Peter 1-5

December 22  1 John 1-5

December 23  2 John; 3 John; Jude

December 24  Revelation 1-4

December 25  Revelation 5-7

December 26  Revelation 8-10

December 27  Revelation 11-13

December 28  Revelation 14-16

December 29  Revelation 17-19

December 30  Revelation 20-22

December 31 Catch-up day

 

 

 

            

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

 

December   8

Gloria Simmons

December   9

Nancy Northcutt

December  14

Za'Mya Morris

December  19

Steve Esler

December  21

Wanda Grogan

December  22

Donna Putman

December  28

David White

December  20

Jeanette Bullington

 

 

 

 

 

 

THOSE TO SERVE - December 3, 2017

Welcome

Jimmy Pulliam

Song Leader

Jimmy Pulliam

Opening Prayer

David Grogan

Lord's Table

* Phil Hamby

 

* Doyle White

 

Steve Esler 

 

Bill Baker

Scripture Reading

Greg Cannon

 

Isaiah 8:11-13

Closing Prayer

Collins Egwu

   

Welcome - PM

Jimmy Pulliam

Song Leader

Jimmy Pulliam

Opening Prayer

Jim Warren

Scripture Reading

Ed Kelly

 

Psalm 31:1-3

Closing Prayer

Jim May

Communion Preparation

 

Nursery Attendant

 
 

 

 

 

Cedar Grove Church of Christ

Serving in Our Assemblies

 

    Morning

      December 3

     December 10

      December 17

     December 24

Call to Worship

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Singing

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

David White

Greg Cannon

Opening Prayer

David Grogan

Joe Maddox

Greg Granberry

Jim Warren

Table Lead

Phil Hamby

Larry Simmons

Phil Hamby

Joe Maddox

 

David White

Greg Cannon

Jim May

Larry Simmons

Table Serve

Steve Esler

Jim May

Collins Egwu

Jim May

 

Bill Baker

Steve Esler

Bill Baker

Collins Egwu

Scripture

Greg Cannon

Greg Granberry

Larry Simmons

David Grogan

Closing Prayer

Collins Egwu

Ed Kelly

Eddie Brown

James Elliott

Morning

   December 3

     December 10

   December 17

December 24

Call to Worship

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

David White

NO ASSEMBLY

Singing

Jimmy Pulliam

Doyle White

David White

 

Opening Prayer

Jim Warren

Phil Hamby

Jim Warren

 

Scripture

Ed Kelly

David White

Doyle White

 

Closing Prayer

Jim May

David Grogan

Ed Kelly

 

           

   

         
 

RECORD 11/26/2017

Bible School

40

Worship AM

68

Worship PM

34

Wednesday Bible Study

27

Contribution

$ 3,050.50