November 2014 A Gideon Representative spoke for us during the Morning Worship Service on October 12th. Wesley Stevens; Dwayne Curless; Seth Stevens; Jeff Bullis; Levi Little; Teresa VanHoose; and Pat Stevens. Anniversaries: Bob & Shirley Pell. Luke Stevens will be going on a Missions Trip to Vietnam in December. Cornerstone joined with other churches in raising the needed funds for his trip. The West Union Helping Hands will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall on Thursday morning, November 13th. This month, we will be making cookie trays for some in the community. For our noon meal, each lady is to bring a sack lunch. Our Annual Soup Supper and Auction for three Missionary Couples was held on October 17th. We had a Great Turnout and a Great Time of Christian Fellowship. On Sunday afternoon, October 19th, some from our church took part in the Life Chain in Adams County, taking a stand against abortion. As we stood holding our signs, it was a great blessing seeing the positive responses we had from the folks passing by. We are taking part in Operation Christmas Child this year. We will be taking our filled shoe boxes to the West Union Christian Union Church, which is the drop off center. Ohio Christian Union First District News Cornerstone Christian Union The church honored us on Sunday October 19th for Pastor Appreciation Month. They also honored Kevin Young for all he does at the church. We have a great group of thoughtful folks at Cornerstone. Our Monthly Gospel Sing will be on Sunday night, November 9th starting at 6:00 P.M. We will be having refreshments in the Fellowship Hall following the service, in celebration of those having birthdays and anniversaries during the month of November. Birthdays are: Curtis Those on our prayer list: Ed & Esther Harmon; Gary McClanahan; Bob Pell; Linda Tolle; Margie McFarland; Doris McFarland; Janet Ralston; Marcella Young; Shirley Hall. Reporter Pat Stevens Pastor Cliff Stevens SCHEDULE OF CHURCH SERVICES Sunday School 9:30 A.M. Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 A.M. Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 P.M. Wednesday Bible Study & Pray Meeting 7:00 P.M. (We are studying the book of Jeremiah) O t way C h r i s t i a n U n i o n Be sure to check us out on Facebook Page under Otway Christian Union Church God blessed us with another great Trick-or-Treat Outreach. We held our annual outreach on trick-ortreat night. We served cookies and hot chocolate in the fellowship hall and was able to extend God’s love and kindness to those in our community. This year we are joining West Union Christian Union Church and collecting gifts for the Samaritan’s Purse - Operation Christmas Child. We will be collecting shoeboxes filled with gifts until November 13th. If you would like to join us please contact us on Facebook! Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. Thanksgiving Dinner: After Sunday evening service on November 16th we will be going over to the Fellowship Hall and enjoying soups, sandwiches and salads. Everyone is welcome to come give thanks and enjoy some great food. A Time for New Beginnings: Not only does God do new things through us but He also does new things within us. God is steadily renewing us, or making us new, as we yield to Him in our lives. In what area of your life do you sense the Holy Spirit nudging you to step out and try something new, or even new-to-you, in order to spread the love of Christ? What's stopping you from responding? Read 2 Corinthians 5:17 to find out what new work is done within us when we choose to give our lives to Christ. NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS West Union C.U. Ruedalla McCown The Singles and Doubles Sunday School Class had their annual Coats for Kids 11/03 auction on Saturday evening, October 4th. They raised approximately $1400 from the sale of items at the auction plus monetary donations. They thank everyone Russell Gaffin who participated. 11/04 Kevin Galloway, a Gideon representative, spoke during our morning worship service on October 12th. That afternoon the first Youth Rally Quiz of the season Pauline Tracy was held at the Adams County Christian School. Our Senior Team placed first in 11/15 the Senior Sword Drills. Marjorie Swearingen is the leader. They appreciate your prayers and support. Dennis Hawkins 11/20 The First District Council was held here at West Union Christian Union Church on Saturday, October 18th. Pastor Lee reported that it was a good council with good messages although the attendance was down. Thanks to Velma Vogler and Brooke Justice Etta Lou Taylor for being our delegates. 11/27 Shandra Havens 11/29 Jesse Pertuset 11/29 On Saturday afternoon, October 25th, a few members of our congregation went on a Leaf Tour to enjoy the beautiful color of autumn that our county has to offer. Trick or Treat was held in the Fellowship Hall on Friday evening, October 31st, from 7:00 through 8:30 pm. Hot and chocolate and cookies were served to the children and their parents. Candy was passed out to the children. Pray for the children who were invited to Sunday School. Thanks to all those who participated in any way. To show our love and appreciation for Pastor Lee and his family, we will be celebrating Pastor Appreciation on Sunday, November 2nd. We are having a covered dish dinner in the Fellowship Hall after the morning worship service. The meat, drinks and bread will be furnished by the church. We are participating in Operation Christmas Child again this year and are happy to announce that we will be a relay center for the shoeboxes. As was discussed at Council on October 18th, you and your church are invited to join us. There are still a few more days for you to fill those boxes and drop them off at our relay center in our Fellowship Hall beginning November 17th. Dates and times are as follows: Monday thru Friday November 17 thru 21 2:00 - 6:00 PM Saturday November 22 12:00 - 4:00 PM Sunday November 23 2:00 - 4:00 PM For more information you can contact Angela Horvath, Relay Center Coordinator, at 937-386-2954 or 937-217-6620. We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving on November 27th. NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS: Spencer McFarland 11/03 Ron Palmer 11/04 Alisha Satterfield 11/06 Elijah McCarty 11/09 Louise McDaniel 11/10 Sue Stanfield 11/14 Isabella Hamm 11/23 Zander White 11/16 Union C.u. Bentonville On October 18th Gideon Representative, R. T. Jefferson, spoke at our church. First District Council met on October 18th. Pastor Myers and Ronda attended and reported on the things that were discussed. . Bible School was on October 23rd and 24th from 6:00-8:00 pm. It was very successful. There were approximately 24 attending. On October 26th after Sunday School the children had a puppet show about Jonah and the Whale. They did a very good job. The singing group Satisfied sang during the morning worship service. There was a covered dish dinner at the Bentonvile School for our Pastor in honor of Pastor appreciation. Everyone enjoyed good food and fellowship. At our evening service Satisfied sang again. This was a very good day. The Kings Daughters Class will meet at Frisch's on November 16th for their meeting. November 11th is Veterans Day. We would like to thank all the veterans for their service to our country. We continue to pray for all of the men and women who serve our country today. On November 23rd our church and the Church of Christ in Christian Union will be passing out turkeys for Thanksgiving at the Bentonville School Parking Lot. We want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for. We are so thankful for our freedom to worship. Please continue to pray for Gary & Brenda McClanahan, Pat McFarland, Pat Myers, Ron & Mary Rigdon and Benard Thatcher. We pray for everyone who is unable to come to church. Thank you Lord for saving my soul, Thank you Lord for making me whole; Thank you Lord for giving to me Thy great salvation so rich and free. (Seth & Besie Sykes) Reporter: Shirley Shaw Pastor: Darrell Myers November Birthdays Haley Nesbit Darla Copas John Brown Landon Grooms Delsey Trefz Payton Price Ash Price Christine Riggs Barry Copas Bridgett Kitchen Serrie Nesbit Sydney Roberts Steve Harris Jason Grooms S at t e r f i e l d C h a p e l 1st 3rd 4th 8th 11th 12th 12th 13th 15th 19th 20th 27th 29th 30th Deposit God’s word in your memory bank, and it will draw interest for life As we reported last month the outside of the church has been completely repaired, with new roofs and the heating and air conditioning upgraded. Now more good news, King James bibles were donated for the pews by an anonymous donor to replace the old ones which were well used with several loose pages. In God’s hand our little becomes much Friday evening, October 31st,members of the church passed out candy to trick or treat, only it was called “Trunk or Treat” as the members had the treats in the trunk of cars with a message of love and scripture Thanks Donna Sue Pistole for the great poem announcing the Trunk or Treat on our One Call Now Don’t put a dimmer switch on your light for Jesus October 5th we had Bob Hill,a Gideon speaker, for the morning service. October 12th, the message was brought by Tilson Green for both morning and evening service as our pastor and his family were on vacation. Then on October 19th , with over 120 in attendance, we had our church homecoming and pastor appreciation day with “Satisfied” bringing the November message thru song and testimony with Pastor Bill giving an alter call. We Anniversaries then retired to the fellowship bldg..for a super meal with the church Marty & Barbara providing the meat and potatoes. Grooms 1st Why are the godless everywhere so frightened by the sound of prayer? Brian & Bridgett Kitchen The Ladies Aide will meet Nov 6th. at the fellowship bldg.. The topic will be 8th “Grace and Thanksgiving”. They will have a carry-in lunch with Penny Dixon preparing the meat and potatoes. Winston & Donna Today is a gift, that is why it is called the present Pistole Our Youth Leaders, Radah Brown and Robin Young, are having our youth 9th and the young at heart a bowling party at the Sunset Bowling Lanes, Saturday, Nov. 8th.,12:00 P.M. Come out and support those who are our church of tomorrow. True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else Preacher Bill will be honoring our veterans on Nov 9th with a special message. Don’t forget to thank a veteran on Nov. 11th.,a day set aside for our veterans. Remember “all gave some, some gave all”. Autumn is a second spring when every leaf turns into a flower The following are on our prayer list: Ray Mata, the Erwin Brown family, Mary Lou Ruoark, Gail Ann Wolk, the Bonnie Hale family, Ronnie Roush, Sherry Graham family (lost home in fire), Luther Jolly, Ricky Ray , Terry Mahaffey, Buddy Roberts, Peyton Price, Gary McClanahan, Shirley and Harry Grooms, Naomi and Norman Abbott, Beth McNeilan, Ione Dixon, Rosa Bell Grooms, Berma Rooselot, Laura Hoskins, Kaitlyn Swearinger, Dana Setty, Jim Kattine and the family of Jonathan Shively No legacy is so rich as honesty Hills Chapel WHICH NAME? DESIRING UNITY FOR CHRIST’S CHURCH BY BRETT WILSON I came across one of my old jerseys the other day that brought back a lot of memories from high school. During that time in my life, I was a very avid soccer player and was dedicated to the sport. I played under a great coach and gained a lot of experience as a four-year starter playing midfield. As I looked over the jersey though, I was reminded that Northwest High School, during my junior year, made the decision to purchase new uniforms for the soccer team. So, knowing that we would appreciate the recognition as would any high school student, my coach requested that the older jerseys be given to us with our last names printed on the back. Uniquely, with the temptation to pad our personal stats (that I believe was perhaps inadvertently promoted by our jerseys), we refused personal glory. Instead, our teamwork made it one of the most successful seasons we experienced as we competed for a SOC championship. While I was reminiscing back to that time, God stopped me and began revealing how this same story is paralleled in His church. I’m not talking about soccer, but as it refers to recognition and honor. His questions to me were these, “Was I willing to forget the name on the back of my shirt so that I could play for His team? Was I willing to allow His name to be more important than my own?” For those of us who serve the church, we are usually quick to answer questions like these with your typical “I-have-myact-together-and-I’m-perfect” response, but if you are truthful, you would probably acknowledge that your actions haven’t quite caught up with your words. Needless to say, I was convicted and moved to repentance as I realized that far too many times I have lived for “the name on the back of my shirt” instead of working collaboratively for the sake of His Church. If I learned nothing else from that moment, I learned this one truth—The Church must repent of its’ division and refusal to work together. Instead, the Church must embrace unity in order to live out its’ mission. I suppose that John wrote it as simplistic as possible. “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). Think with me for a second on this one. Is it even possible for these two names—our own (driven by selfishness) and Jesus’—to co-exist? I think far too often that our name or our church’s name has stood in the way of what Christ wanted accomplished. I firmly believe that the only way that Christ’s name will increase is when local congregations agree that their name is less important than His. Let me give you a series of questions for you to consider that may help you evaluate where you and your church stand: Have you or your church recently served alongside (or with) another local church to help our community? Have you taken the initiative to organize such a mission? Do you or your church sometimes view local churches as competition as opposed to partners? Have you ever talked negatively about other local congregations, either from the pulpit or in everyday conversation? I know on the soccer field that a team that doesn’t work together displays minimal impact. Paul realized this same truth when he wrote to the church at Corinth. I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. (1 Corinthians 1:10) The encouraging word is that when teammates strategize together, communicate effectively on the field and move the ball by using every member of the team, great things happen. My prayer is the same for the Church. So here are a couple practical steps that I would ask you consider joining me in doing: First, would you commit to pray 20 minutes each day for the churches in southern Ohio? Second, would you begin making connections with area pastors to initiate and organize service opportunities? The Church has a large work ahead that can only be accomplished, to the full extent, through the cooperative efforts of local congregations. Let’s help bring unity to the body of Christ! Beasley Fork Christian Union We were blessed to have Terry Fite joined us for service the morning of Oct. 11. He brought a good message. He and Pastor Tommy also played and sang some great songs of worship. “I am blessed, I am blessed Every day that I live, I am blessed When I wake up in the morning ‘Til I lay my head to rest I am blessed, I am blessed!” The church collected items to create a care package to send to Sgt. Todd Brown (Tommy & Jackie’s grandson), who is currently stationed in Kuwait. We were glad to hear from him that he received his package and it brightened his day. Please join us in prayer for Todd’s quick and safe return home, along with all the other soldiers who are serving. Happy Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11, and THANK YOU and GOD BLESS YOU for your service!!! Donald McCarty reported on the 1st District Council that was held on Oct. 26th. 26 were in attendance, with 8 churches represented. Pastors Bill Setty and Darrell Meyer shared messages. Angie Horvath shared about the opportunity to take part in Operation Christmas Child. Ideas and plans were discussed for another 1st District Revival. Donald McCarty shared a message about not allowing changing circumstances in your life to change your relationship with God. On our Oct. 26th morning service, we had a great time celebrating Tommy & Jackie for Pastor Appreciation. We surprised him with guests and a special service and meal. We showered them with gifts-a bag of rice (his gag gift), a monetary gift and card (his real gift), and the kids made a candy card and colored/painted pictures. Thanks to Brian Justice and his wife, who joined us. Brian brought a pertinent message on being a Christian in the present-TODAY. Thanks also to Rosemary, Kenny, and Annette of Blood Bought, who came to sing. All enjoyed delicious food and wonderful fellowship following the service. Birthdays Paul Kemp – 4th Kimberly Kemp – 6th Hunter Kemp – 8th Jackie Brown – 14th Doug Mack – 17th Anniversaries Paul & Kimberly Kemp – 8th Tommy & Jackie Brown – 20th Upcoming Events Ladies’ Aide – Nov 1st Sunday School Convention at Island Creek – Nov 2nd Youth Rally – Nov 9th Tommy holding Revival at East Fork – Nov 13 - 15th Cliff & Pat have the Sure Shake Salt & Pepper Shakers to be distributed for the King of Kings Radio Station (89.5), for a donation of $10.00 a boxed set. They have all six colors: Blue, Green, Red, Pink, Yellow and Clear. All money raised goes to the radio station. If you are interested in getting a set, call us at 937-544-2876. "Praise God, from Whom all Blessings Flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen." ---Thomas Ken--HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
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