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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
|Fighting for the Minds of Our Children |
By Phillip Johnson
“He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.” These were the words of the ruthless, Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. Hitler diligently worked to infiltrate the minds of young people with his radical ideology. Hitler`s plan to control Germany and take over the world focused on children. Hitler knew that if he won the minds of children, in time he would win the world.
More recently, ISIS, has launched a similar plan. This radical, militant Islamic group is striving to take over cities and countries in the Middle East and beyond. In their efforts to build up their armies, they actively recruit children. ISIS, much like Hitler, is on a mission to win the minds of young people. They believe the words from Hitler to be true, “He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.”
There is a battle going on for your mind and the minds of your children. Solomon knew the importance of the mind. Listen to his words from Proverbs 4:23. “Above all else guard your heart, for from it flows the well spring of life.” This was a message of importance. “Above all else….” This phrase should grab our attention. What Solomon is saying should be at the top of our “to do list”. “Above all else guard your heart.” This won`t happen accidentally. We won`t guard our hearts by chance. We must take deliberate steps to guard our hearts. This effort starts by filling our minds with the right things.
As Christians, our goal is to be like Jesus. We actively seek Jesus in our lives. We want to love the way Jesus loved. We want to minister the way Jesus ministered. We want to display His patience to others. We want to show His kindness to people we meet. We want to live like Jesus. We will never live like Jesus until we learn to think like Jesus. We must fill our minds with Jesus. This needs to start with our children. “He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.” We need to win the minds of our youth for the Lord.
Prayer List as of 11/21/2014
Abby Albrecht, Myrtle Bowers. Robert Green had outpatient surgery on Tuesday morning. Cade Giltner had eye surgery on Thursday morning. Brian Kohlscheen had knee surgery last week.
Senior Christians, remember that the H.O.O.P.L.A. Banquet will be in the multipurpose room following morning worship.
All Bible classes will meet in the large auditorium for the combined Thanksgiving Devotional this Wednesday, November 26.
Tuesday Morning Ladies Bible Class
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Tuesday morning ladies Bible class will not meet this Tuesday, November 25. Class will resume on December 2.
The church office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 27–28 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Lost and Found
If you are missing any items such as jewelry, Bibles, children`s books, or clothing, please check the lost and found baskets located in the overflow area and in the church office. Many items have been turned in and are accumulating in the baskets.
Gifts for Children In Foster Care
If you are interested in helping to provide Christmas gifts for children in foster care, please see Vonne Giltner for more information and for names.
First Friday for Women
First Friday is December 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room. The activity that evening is “Get Ready for Christmas!!!” All women are invited to bring an activity (gifts to wrap as well as wrapping paper, cards to address, etc.), and any food or drink you want, and to use this time of fellowship to get ready for the holidays. Please enter through the north middle doors that evening. Contact Melissa Wilson for additional information.
Adult Class Fellowship Groups
The adult class fellowship groups will meet on Sunday, December 7, following evening services.
New Wednesday Night Bible Classes
The Wednesday night adult Bible classes for the winter quarter will begin on December 3.
University Classroom —TBA, taught by Drew Scott
Overflow Area —How to Study the Bible, taught by Tony Graham
Large Auditorium— Bible Characters, taught by Jerry Beebe
Small Kitchen — Muscle And A Shovel, taught by Phillip Johnson
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway and to those who helped hand out baskets on Friday. You touched many lives in the Norman community.
November 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $23,075.94
November 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $16,637.95
November 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $13,330.83
Weekly Budget for 2014 . . . . . $17,677.00
We will be hanging out on December 7 after evening worship. We hope that you will make an effort to come. This will be our last night together for this semester.
The student luncheon will be in the small kitchen today.
Don`t forget to bring canned food items for our food drive in the University Room. For more info or questions see Kes St. Clair.
SKI TRIP – January 5-9, 2015
We will be leaving from the building at 3:00 a.m. on JANUARY 5. DON`T be late! If you need a place to crash until we leave, let me know.
Our Sooner Servants Christmas Party has been scheduled for Friday, December 5 at the home of Curtis and Karen Mullins. Wear the ugliest Christmas sweater that you can find and you will win a prize. Also, bring a $10 gift for our games. It`s going to be a blast.
Our last Adopt-A-Student night is TONIGHT. We hope that you and your families are making an effort to reach out and build one another up. Thanks for helping to make this a great ministry.
The semester is drawing to a close. We`ve had a great one so far, so let`s finish it out strong! We are so thankful for all of you and the great examples that you are setting on the campus of OU and here at Westside.
Boo and Amanda Scott
Grace and Peace….. Boo
WESTSIDE ACTIVE YOUTH
Today is the annual HOOPLA Banquet in the multipurpose room immediately following morning worship! Remember we need all our teens to help serve and sing for this event. Be sure to make your way back to the multipurpose room as quick as possible after the closing prayer in order to welcome our guests.
Tonight is the first of our three Westside Teen Lectures. Jacob Hale and Josh L`Hommedieu will be our speakers this evening. Thorin Turner and Riley McKnight will speak on November 30. Gage Johnson and Trevor Talley will be speaking on December 14.
Tonight following the Teen Lecture, we will go to the Lane family`s home for our youth devotional. The girls are asked to bring beverages and the boys are to bring the desserts.
Tomorrow is Noble Lunch. Look for me out in front of the school when the bell rings!
If you have not registered for the Winter Quest Retreat at Pettijohn Springs Christian Camp, it`s time to do so now. The retreat is scheduled for January 16-18. The deadline to register for this retreat is December 21. Be sure to see me for a registration form.
Also, be sure to sign up for tickets to the OU vs. WVU women`s basketball game on January 4. The deadline to sign up is December 17. Tickets are $3 each.
Lord Take Control . . . . . Brett
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