Sept 2 Bulletin

"Immanuel:  God is With Us"


9:00 am—Music and Prayer with Worship Team

Impact Hour streams live at 10 am

Sermon streams live at about 11:45 am

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Recordings are also available



10:00 am—Impact Hour:  Tom Szabo

“Searching for the 12 Apostles” session 4


11:00 am—Worship for all ages


11:30 am—Children’s Church and Nursery meet in Creekview Room


Morning Message:  Pastor Clay Stidham

“The End of The Law”

Deuteronomy 4:20-24, 30-40

Isaiah 5:24-25

John 3:1-21

John 4:13-26

Matthew 5:17

Romans 10:4

Galatians 1:11-24, 2:19-20


12:15 pm  Commitment and Dismissal

1:00 pm Council meeting at the office is cancelled for Labor Day Weekend



August 31-September 14—Friday prayer group will not meet

Pot Luck will be at the Hampton and Communion will be 4th Sunday this month 


September 4—Young Life Prayer/planning at Office 6 pm

September 9—Tom Szabo will speak at both 10 am and 11 am 

September 12—Men’s Bible Study 7 pm at Office

September 14-15—Mountain Men’s Summit

September 16—Pot Luck at Hampton follows service

September 23—Communion

September 29—Women’s Christmas Tea Warm Up 10 am at the Office



In the News

McCain: war hero, but no hero to many conservatives

August 26, 2018

By Luis Arellano

Publicly, Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who passed away yesterday, is being mourned as a statesman and war hero who survived torture in the Hanoi Hilton. Privately, former colleagues, Republican party officials, and conservative activists see a more complicated picture of his legacy. To them, McCain’s legacy is studded with scandals and political betrayals that few want to discuss openly. 

Supremes give thumbs down on Catholic foster program

An emergency plea from families helping Philadelphia’s neediest children through a Catholic Social Services foster care program has been given a thumbs down by the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined Thursday to intervene in a lawsuit over the charity’s refusal to place children with same-sex couples.

Catholic Social Services had asked the court to order the city to resume placing children with its foster care program while litigation continued.

Three justices dissented — Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas — and the battle lines now are being drawn in a lower court.

Aretha Franklin's eulogist draws criticism for his remarks on black America

In his eulogy for Aretha Franklin, Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. of Salem Bible Church in Atlanta said it's time to "turn Black America around." USA TODAY

A Georgia pastor's eulogy of Aretha Franklin has sparked criticism from some people who accused him of being homophobic, sexist and demeaning to other black people. 

The Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. of the Salem Bible Church in Atlanta touched on Franklin's life and career but also criticized black-on-black crime and said single mothers are incapable of raising sons by themselves. He said black America has lost its soul and that it's "now time for black America to come back home." 

Vice President Mike Pence quotes Bible in response to being called 'Christian supremacist'

It's no secret there is little love lost between the McCains and President Trump. So when VP Mike Pence referred to the president during a memorial service for Sen. John McCain, social media users read a lot into the look on daughter Meghan's face.USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence turned to the Bible when asked recently what he makes of a new critical biography that calls him as a “Christian supremacist."

“The Bible says count it all joy when you endure trials of many kinds," Pence told the Christian Broadcasting Network in an interview excerpt released Friday. "Any time I’m criticized for my belief in Jesus Christ, I just breath a prayer of praise."

Todd Starnes: Texas cheerleaders win a victory for freedom of religious expression – Praise the Lord

Texas court rules cheerleaders can display bible verses


Student reacts to unanimous decision 

There are two hard and fast rules in life: don’t mess with Texas and don’t mess with Texas cheerleaders. The Kountze Independent School District in southeast Texas has learned that lesson the hard way. 

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday refused to hear the school district’s appeal of a case involving Bible verses written by cheerleaders on run-through banners displayed at Kountze High School football games. The action by the state’s highest court all but ends a more than five-year legal battle that garnered support from Texas’ two Republican U.S. senators, Ted Cruz and John Cornyn.

Todd Starnes: BOYCOTT! California Democrats declare war on In-N-Out Burger


In-N-Out is owned by a deeply religious family, known for discreetly placing Bible verses on hamburger wrappers and soft drink cups.

It's fair to say that In-N-Out is to beef what Chick-fil-A is to poultry.

So when the In-N-Out donation to the California Republican Party was exposed, Democrats and the mainstream media lost their lunch.







Unity and Diversity in One Body

1 Corinthians 12  (NKJV)

12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink [g]into one Spirit. 14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.

15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be?

20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, 24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, 25 that there should be no [h]schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.


Word for Worship

Letter to Jessica


Dear Jessica

You never had a chance to meet me but I will meet you in Heaven.  I attended your graveside service Friday afternoon.  There were about 20 people there to honor you and your brief life of only two months.  The sounds of mourning were in both English and Spanish.  

While I was at the reception, I was notified my dear friend and college roommate had passed away the previous evening only a month after being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 71.

I thought about another friend who buried her 35 year old son on August 25, the same day that 81 year old Senator John McCain died.  

While I watched your grieving parents and siblings place your tiny casket in the ground, Senator McCain lay in state in Washington DC.  Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, was being celebrated in an eight hour memorial before being laid to rest.

Franklin died on August 16, the day before my grandson turned three.  August 15 marks the wedding anniversaries of my parents, my sister and my brother.  My mother-in-law passed away on August 8 in 2016.  My sister’s birthday is August 1.

No wonder my head is spinning.  August has been punctuated by the extremes of joyous celebration and heartbreaking loss.  

The funerals of the rich and famous stand in great contrast to your simple service, Jessica.  While some genuinely mourned with respect, others took the opportunity to insult their critics and political enemies.

I will never forget you Jessica.  I am comforted by the words of Jesus, Paul and also of King David upon the death of his newborn son.


Matthew 19:14 (NKJV)

14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

2 Samuel 12:23 (NKJV)

23 But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18  (KJV)

13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.


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