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ADULT BIBLE CLASSES FOR THE WINTER QUARTER
New adult Bible classes for the winter quarter will begin on Wednesday, December 3 and Sunday, December 7.
Worship Service Times
Sunday: Bible Study 9:30 am, Worship 10:25 am and 5:00 pm
Wednesday: Worship 7:00 pm
|Everybody likes the idea of giving and generosity. But when it comes down to putting it in the plate or writing the check, there always seem to be so many excuses: We do not agree with the church`s spending priorities; My giving is a private matter; It`s my money, I earned it. The list goes on and on. Hopefully what I`m about to say will encourage you to think differently about your giving. I would like to address a few of these one by one. |
The first one is "It`s my money, I earned it." It is a common idea (especially in America) that a person has absolute authority over his own stuff. But the reality is very different. The earth is the Lord`s, and everything in it (Psalm 24:1). Everything we have has come from the LORD, and only indirectly by our earning (1 Chronicles 29:14). Our wealth belongs to us in the same way that a child`s room belongs to a child. The room actually belongs to the parent, but the child is given temporary, accountable charge over it. This is even more so for Christians, who have been bought with the price of Jesus`s blood (1 Corinthians 5:20). Our lives and all of our stuff are ultimately at the disposal of the God who bought us. Remember, you can never out-give God.
How about this one, "I don`t agree with how the church might spend the money"?
That is an understandable objection. But God teaches us to submit to those he has placed in authority over us, and not to be a burden to them (Hebrews 13:17). As Christians, we may have many good disagreements over how money is used in the church, but only if a church is using money immorally or illegally should we consider a confrontational approach, and even then only in a biblical manner (Matthew 18:15-20). The best way to influence the church is to pray and trust that our elders are handling the money appropriately. If this is your excuse, I would encourage you to talk to the elders and gain some understanding rather than not give at all
(1 Corinthians 16:1-2).
Last but not least, "My giving is a private matter between God and me, no one else."
In our culture, a man`s money is no one`s business but his own. Many Christians say that their giving is a private matter. They point to Jesus`s teaching in Matthew 6: “When you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.” But Jesus`s words here have to do with our inner motives for giving (to please God rather than men), not a privilege of privacy. Any time you find yourself insisting that some part of your spiritual life is nobody else`s business, it may be a warning sign that you are trying to hide something. We should keep in mind that the church shares a mutual responsibility for the spiritual growth of its members (Galatians 6:1-5), including our use of money. This means that Christians should be honest and accountable with each other about how we handle God`s money. So my giving is actually between God, me, and my Christian brothers and sisters.
May we be the kind of disciples that are so giving that we are known for our generosity. Giving sets us free, while hoarding entraps us (James 5:2). Giving brings blessing back to us (Luke 6:38). Giving allows us to store up treasures in Heaven rather than here on the earth (Matthew 19:21).
Prayer List as of 9/26/2014
Emma Briscoe, Leroy Marcum, Pat Garrison, Rodney & Andrea Jones` grandson—Easton. Mark Williamson will be going to M.D. Anderson for his 3-month check-up and tests on October 3. Abby Albrecht has now completed 3 rounds of chemotherapy.
Presley Turner was baptized last Sunday. We rejoice with the Turner family.
Ken & Joyce Young
3506 Hillview Dr.
Norman, OK 73072 Phone: 405 928-4213
There will be a baby shower for Christina Briscoe this afternoon at 2:00 in the small kitchen. Christina is registered at Target, Tulip Tree, and Babies R Us.
Congratulations to Stan & Gina Meek on the birth of a grandson, Emory Briggs, born to Paige & Blaine Phipps on Wednesday.
First Friday for Ladies
First Friday for October will be a potluck dinner on October 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room. Ladies are asked to bring a favorite dish to share. Wendy Mullen will be the speaker. Please enter through the north middle doors.
Men`s Fellowship Night
There will be a Men’s Fellowship night on Monday, October 6 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the multipurpose room. Rodney Jones will be speaking on taking care of your family financially.
There will be a deacons meeting on Sunday, October 5 at 4:00 p.m. in the conference room.
There will be a sandwich supper & gift card shower honoring Ethan Garrett and his bride-elect Danielle Holcomb, in the multipurpose room following evening services on Sunday, October 5. Members are asked to bring sandwiches and desserts. The chips and drinks will be provided. Everyone is invited to stay for the fellowship and to relay their best wishes to Ethan and Danielle. The couple is registered at Target and Bed Bath & Beyond.
Adult Class Fellowship Groups
The adult class fellowship groups will meet on Sunday evening, October 12 following evening services. If you are not in a group and would like to be, please contact Tony Graham, Jeff L`Hommedieu, John Crocker, or Stuart England.
Kids` Fall Carnival
The Kids` Fall Carnival will be on Saturday, October 25 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Donations of candy, apples, trinkets, Capri Suns, juice boxes, Kool-Aid Koolers, etc. are needed and may be put on the table in the small kitchen. Many volunteers are also needed to assist with this event. See Brett McKnight or Kevin Strong if you can help with this event.
September 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$18,168.89
September 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$13,614.49
September 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$13,343.19
Weekly Budget for 2014 . . . . . $17,677.00
Habitat 4 Humanity is scheduled for October 25. If you have questions about this, see me or Kayla C.
Our first Adopt-A-Student meal will be TONIGHT, September 28, in the small kitchen immediately following worship. This will be a meet and greet night to start off our Adopt-A-Student ministry. If you have been assigned to a student, I have already notified you.
There will be a student luncheon today.
SKI TRIP – January 5-9, 2015
Remember to get your deposit to me if you are signed up. We have started making reservations for you, so please commit to going on this trip if you are signed up. It is going to be a good one!
We will be leaving from the building next Saturday at 8:15 a.m. for the OU @ TCU football game. Please do not be late!!!!!!!! We will be returning home that evening.
Our Wichita Mountains Hike is scheduled for November 15. I hope you will plan on going with us.
October 12 is our next Sunday night hangout. I am still planning something. More information to come.
Boo and Amanda Scott
Grace and Peace….. Boo
WESTSIDE ACTIVE YOUTH
We enjoyed an awesome all-church picnic last Sunday evening! Many thanks to the Westside Teens for their participation, encouragement and assistance with the children for the games. You did super and I appreciate you!
Thanks also to those who took part in the GO Conference retreat at Camp Rock Creek this past weekend. It was a great opportunity to grow spiritually.
This evening we will go to the Myers` home for a combined youth devotional. The girls are asked to bring desserts and the boys are to bring beverages. Plan to be with us and enjoy this time of food, fun and fellowship.
The next school lunch will be Norman Lunch on October 6. Norman students, be thinking where you want to meet for lunch!
It`s that time of year! Time to sign up for the Spring Break Ski Trip! This coming year we plan to go to Wolf Creek. The dates will be March 16-20, 2015. The deadline to sign up is October 22 and a deposit will be due on this date. This is always a great event that we look forward to each year! Be sure to see me if you have questions concerning details for this exciting event.
Be sure to look for the October youth calendar this week!
Lord Take Control . . . . . Brett
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