Resurrection Sunday!

April 16th will be marked by much of Christendom as the date for the resurrection of Jesus. While we can get a good idea of the actual date of his resurrection by looking to the Jewish calender and Passover (he arose on the Sunday after Passover), that seems to be missing the point. In instituting the Lord’s Supper before his death, Jesus said his followers were to commemorate it often in remembrance of him (I Corinthians 11:25). The early church met on the first day of every week (Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:1,2). Why? It seems to me it was clearly being done in remembrance of Jesus’ resurrection. Once a year (i.e., "Easter") is not often; weekly is often! Yes, we will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on April 16. . . and 23, and 30. . . and every other Sunday this year! Be sure and join us.

Special Contribution Final

On March 5th, we took up a special contribution to help the Hindman family make a survey trip to Moscow, Russia this summer. They will be looking at housing and other needs as they make plans to move to that city as mission workers in 2007. The final contribution amount, after some late donations, totalled $675. Rob, Denyce, and Malachi are very thankful for the financial help and partnership with them in this work.

It’s a Girl!

SierraJean.JPGCongratulations to Stacy, Mark and Travis Ruckman on the arrival of Sierra Jean. Sierra was born March 1, weighing 7 lbs. 2 oz. All the family is doing fine. Sierra attended her first church service on Sunday, March 5, and was the center of attention.

Missions Special Contribution

Hindmans.jpgOn Sunday, March 5, we will have a special Missions Contribution to help Rob, Denyce and Malachi Hindman make a "fact-finding" trip to Moscow, Russia this summer. Moscow is a city of 13,000,000 people with only three small congregations of the churches of Christ. God has already done the unimaginable in opening the Iron Curtain; we can help see that the opportunity to preach the gospel there is not neglected. To read more about why we should care about supporting missions, CLICK HERE. You can learn more about the Hindmans by going to their website: www.robhindman.com. Rob served 18 months as a missions worker in Samoa, and Denyce was in Moscow for almost two years. You can learn more about the special contribution by calling the church office or speaking with our elders.

Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief

Many of us want to know what we can do to help in the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation. We have a unique opportunity in churches of Christ to help through organizations that represent our interests and values as they carry supplies and help into these areas. Go to this website maintained by the Christian Chronicle newspaper to learn more about their efforts: Hurricane Relief Effort Ministries. On the Christian Chronicle website we can also keep up with churches and members who were devastated and efforts to help them.

New Bible Institute Classes Begin July 28

Two new classes began Thursday evening, July 28th for TBI. At 7:00 II Corinthians is being taught by Abe Lincoln. At 8:00 Hebrews is being taught by Gerald Paden. Regular students of TBI will recognize both instructors. Study Guides for both classes are available from Don Belk and at the class meetings. Anyone unfamiliar with TBI can go to the Tanglewood Bible Institute page for more information or call the church office at 432.366.3619. Classes are open to anyone interested.

Kesler Family in Casa Grande, Arizona

Ray, Lisa, Tray, and Micaia Kesler moved to Casa Grande, Arizona at the end of May to minister to the Church of Christ there. We enjoyed having them with us; we can still get frequent updates from Ray’s mom, Noritta Kenyon. Here is a link to an article that appeared in the Casa Grande Dispatch newspaper about them.