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MARCH 13, 2019

Welcome

We welcome Konstantin Zhigulin Ministry from St. Petersburg, Russia. Konstantin, who has been here before, writes Christian songs. He will be leading and teaching us songs tonight. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the ministry of Konstantin Zhigulin and support his projects, please send a check written to Cole Mill Road Church of Christ to, 1617 Cole Mill Road, Durham, NC 27705-2407. Please leave the memo line EMPTY and specify on a SEPARATE note - "for Konstantin Zhigulin`s Ministry"

Prayer Requests

  Kathryn, William and Laura Ashburn: “Mary Joy, a friend from school at Harding, was in a car accident on her way home. She had brain surgery Saturday, March 9th) to relieve pressure, but she is currently in a coma with some other major injuries. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.”

  Joni Blackman: “My brother’s jail sentence ends on Wednesday (March 13th). He still has intentions to enter His Way upon his release. Please pray God will convict him and touch his heart so that he chooses to follow through this time. Also, pray for peace for my step-mother in whatever he decides to do.”

  Jim Blue: “I pray for the residents of His Way to find the Love of Christ! Through the Love of Christ, they will find PEACE, JOY, and SALVATION in his Loving Relationship.”

  Richard Brown: “Please keep Sandra in your prayers. She isn’t feeling well today (Sunday, March 10th).”

  Dittos: “Remember the Wood Family in Greece as they work with refugees. Pray for The Binfords to have some rest in the coming week.”

  Melanie Gipson: “Pray for my pains and healing. Prayer for me to keep coming here growing and learning. Prayer for some friends with special needs.”

  Joan Hacker: “Prayers for families of two Harding students from Missouri. They were traveling home for Spring Break and had a car accident. One has a concussion; the other is in critical condition with brain injury.”

  Denita Kneeland, sister of Dot Bowen, Mary Callins, Trudy Lewis and Bennie Thompson, is scheduled to have shoulder surgery on Friday, March 22nd, to repair a Rotator cuff with fifty percent tear (ouch)! Anticipated complete recover time is 9 months to 1 year, with off work time being 2-3 months. Please pray that the surgery and recover will go exceptionally well!”

  John Kuhn Family: “Please continue to pray for Tonda’s mom, as she is still recovering from burns. She now has another bad respiratory infection. Pray that she comes to a relationship with Jesus. Please pray for Tonda as she and Rodney travel to Tennessee tomorrow (Monday, March 11) to check out a replacement for our big van. Pray for safe travels and that God will show clearly if this is a good van for our family. Also continue to pray for God’s will to be done in Gwenyth’s case and that her family can find freedom in Jesus.”

  Stephanie Lewis: “Praise and thanks to God that my aunt’s surgery was successful, and it appears that all the cancer was removed. She is recovering at home.”

  Rafeal Palmer: “Could you all keep Tynesha Palmer and family in prayer as we all process the loss of her father, Paxton Holyfield Sunday night (March 10th). He died from a massive heart attack and just had his 50th Birthday on Saturday. So please keep her lifted up in prayer.”

  Porters: “Please continue prayer for our friend, Randy Bastin, and uncle of Catherine Riggins, as he recovers from a serious medical issue.”

  Alexander Spencer: “Pray for family, financial success, and a home. God kept first.”

  David Walls: “I pray for my grandmother to get well.”

  Jonah Wright: “I pray that my dad feels better.”

  Our Shut-ins: Cindy Anderson, James Brown, Jamie Cole, Margie Gough, James Hall, Martha Jones, Sally Mans, Ted & Rosalie Moore, Johnny Powell, Louis Teague, Bennie Thompson, and Bill & Sherill Townsley.

  Mothers-To-Be: Jordan Gibbs (4/15)

Sympathy

Our sympathy is extended to The Rafeal Palmer Family (former members) in the passing of Tynesha’s father, Paxton Holyfield on Sunday evening, March 10th. There will be a memorial service Sunday, March 17th, at Jim Rush Funeral Home, 2600 N. Ocoee Street, Cleveland, TN 37312 at 4:00 p.m. (which is 3:00 p.m. our time). Sympathy cards may be sent to Rafeal and Tynesha Palmer, 802 22nd St NW, Cleveland, TN 32311. In lieu of flower, donation may be made to Royal Family Kids Camp, a place that was dear to Tynesha’s father’s heart and he loved to volunteer there. Here is the link to donate http://bit.ly/2JklxDI.

Our sympathy is also extended to The Chazz Moye Family in the passing of his father, Richard W. Moye, on Tuesday, March 12th. There will be a Memorial Service Saturday, March 23rd, at 12:00 p.m. at the Elkins East Chapel, 7435 Highway 72, Killen, Alabama 35645. Visitation will be one hour prior (11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) to the service.

Thank You

Thank you, church family, for all of your support, prayers, food provided and service to the Binford Family during Grant’s hospitalization and passing. Please continue to pray as the family goes through the grieving process.

Nursery Servant Needed

Please contact Suzie Nance at drnance(-at-)hiwaay.net or 256-653-2508 if you are able to serve in the nursery on Wednesday nights during the months of March through May.

Wednesday Adult Classes

Spring Term 2019 – March 13 through May 29 (12 Weeks)

The adult midweek classes planned for the spring term are largely drawn from the New Testament.

1.   Romans

Before Paul's travels took him to Rome, he had already heard of the faithfulness of the disciples there. In his letter to the Romans (both Jew and Gentile), Paul lays out in great detail the good news of Jesus and what it means in the lives of those in Christ. Join us in a 12-week exploration of Paul's longest and perhaps deepest letter.                                                          Teacher: Ben Clark (Room 200)

2.   I Corinthians

This class will be a textual study of Paul’s 1st letter to church at Corinth.  We will read the letter in class and discuss its relevance to today’s church.

Teachers: William Greenleaf and Jim Norville (Room 219)

3.   I Timothy, II Timothy, and Titus (Ladies Only)

This class will cover these epistles and their value in the everyday lives of today's women of God, as well as, their encouragement and direction in women's ministries.  Teachers will be drawn from a cross-section of young and older women, mature couples that serve together as ministry leaders, and the Central elders.     Class directors: Janice Greenleaf, Kathleen Lowery, and Delois Smith (Room 205)

4.   Prayer

This class will primarily provide opportunity to pray together, but there will also be some time to encourage each other in the basic Biblical principles concerning prayer and the types of prayer that the Scriptures describe.                                                                  Class leader: Mike Lowery (Room 113)

From the Elders

Our Journey 2019 continues. We appreciate the interest and involvement in this Journey. As we move forward, let us take a few minutes to review why we undertook this Journey. They are:

·        Provide better shepherding of the church by giving positive direction to the church through focusing on five basic Spiritual Growth Areas and related Christian Characteristics during 2019:

    Upward – My Personal Walk with God

    Inward – Our Life Together in Christ

    Outward – My extending the compassion of Christ to a lost, helpless and harassed world. 

    Forward – Our equipping the saints to fulfill their calling; our passing the Gospel to future generations.

    Oversight, guidance, and care – Devoted, mature, Godly leaders (involved in all of the above)

·        Encourage the taking of personal responsibility for responding to the scriptures. 

    Each of us asking ourselves the questions, “What does the text say?” “What is it calling me to see and do?”  “What is my response?”

·        Increase the sense of congregational unity through a shared experience on basic spiritual matters.

·        Have conversations/communications on spiritual matters arising from our having specific common Growth Areas and Christian Characteristics each week.  (Remember Earl Lavender’s admonition on the need to   develop a habit of “defaulting” to discussion of Biblical matters when we are together.)

Currently our focus is on the critical Christian Characteristic, Intimacy with God. Intimacy is not a Biblical word as such, but is a word that captures several Biblical teachings regarding what God is seeking in our relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. To better address this Christian Characteristic, we divide our exploration in two parts:

·        Week 7 addressed Part 1 – Basic conditions for intimacy (which concluded with the classes this morning):

    Peace

    Simplicity

    Solitude 

·        Week 8 (this week) is addressing, Part 2 – Wholesome practices in the pursuit of intimacy:

    Diligent study of the Scriptures

   Fervent prayer

    Fasting (This is typically thought of as denying ourselves food, as physical health permits, but can include other things that occupy our time and attention like games, TV, web-surfing, etc.)

Key word: Intimacy

Memory verse: Ephesians 2:22

These spiritual disciplines are of utmost importance in our growing closer to God. We cannot draw closer to God if we don’t diligently study His will for mankind as revealed in the Scriptures. Neither can we draw closer unless we are communicating with Him in fervent in prayer. Biblically, fasting is an expression of humility before God and dependence on God. Matthew 9:15 says, “Jesus answered, ‘How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.’”  We see this in practice, for example in Acts 13:1-3 and 14:23.  

This is a lifetime journey. Regardless of spiritual age and maturity, each of us can benefit by asking ourselves, “How am I doing in each of the Growth Areas and related Characteristics? What’s working well and where can I improve? How can I share my thoughts and experiences with others?” 

Old concepts and habits are often hard to break, and new habits and concepts are hard to sustain. Let us be very intentional about our continued growth in our intimacy with God. Let us remember, we are enabled in this through the Holy Spirit which God has put within us. Let us take care to not grieve the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30) or put out His fire (1 Thessalonians 5:19-22).  

“And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” Ephesians 2:22 (NIV) May God continue to bless us all as we continue the journey, individually and as a congregation of His people.

The Elders,

Chip, Ed and Richard

Servants Needed During Assembly

Attendants for the baby nursery during Sunday worship are needed for March, April, and May. If you could help, contact Cathy Farless or sign the sheet outside the nursery. Help is also needed for the Toddler nursery. A signing sheet is also outside Toddler classroom.

Happy Times Openings

Happy Times is now taking registrations for the 2019-2020 school year. We have classes for 3 years old and Pre-K for 4 and 5 years old. For information about our program and tuition rates, call Debbie Baucum, 256-509-6200.

March Team Servants

Ushers—Yocus Jones’ Team

Counting—Alan Moore’s Team

FLC Set Up—James Ryans’ Team

 Activities

Mar

14

Ladies Bible Class Hosts Sonrisers’ Meal

 

17

HUGS (during morning assembly)

 

 

Teen Time (5:30-7:30 pm)

 

22

Club Xtreme and TeensAltitude/Laser Tag/etc.

 

24

Family of Teens’ Pot Luck after assembly

 

26

Ladies Bible Class (10:15 am)

 

29

College – Friday Night Live (6:30 pm)

 

31

Teen Time (5:30-7:30 pm)

Apr

2

Ladies Bible Class (10:15 am)

 

5

College – Friday Night Live (6:30 pm)

 

5-7

Teens – Spring Retreat

 

9

Ladies Bible Class (10:15 am)

Men to Serve Sunday, March 17

Communion Thoughts: Mike Porter

Serving: Jared Mosley, James Ryans, Jim Blue, Jonathan Goad, Justin Harrison, Andrew Baucum,

Mike Baucum, D’Mitri Lewis

Prayer: Justin Harrison