July 14, 2019
Ponderosa Christian Camp
Please be prayerful for the Elementary session of camp that begins this week at Ponderosa. Pray for a fun, safe, and spirit-led week for the staff and campers. If you are interested in attending a Ponderosa session, you can register at Ponderosachristiancamp.org.
Summer Fun ACCH
Donations of Summer Fun gift cards for the ACCH are still greatly appreciated. See the flyers in the foyer for more details.
New Topical Studies Class
The Wednesday evening Topical Studies class will begin a new topic entitled, “The Essential Nature of Man”. This class is taught by Larry Lawrence and meets in room 205.
MPulse Campers return
The middle school teens and their chaperones have returned from MPulse Leadership Camp at Abilene Christian University. Make sure to ask one of these teens about their week and everything they experienced!
We extend our sympathy to the Kendrick family. Gerald Kendrick, former preacher at University Church of Christ, passed away from complications of a massive stroke. Our prayers are with Gerald’s wife, Marjorie and the entire Kendrick family.
August 10th, 11-2pm
Mark your calendars for the annual ACCH BBQ on Saturday, August 10th from 11am-2pm. The cost is $10 per person (kids 11 and under are free). Come tour the cottages, meet the houseparents, and enjoy great food and music.
To the members of the Quilting Ministry,
What a beautiful quilt! We are so blessed by your thoughtfulness. It will be a special thing for Elowen to cherish as she grows. Thank you!
Sarah Jean & baby Elowen
Dear Mountainside Family,
I want to thank you for the prayers, calls, cards and the beautiful quilt and pillow I received after my wrist surgery. You are such a blessing to me and truly a most
loving family who shows God’s love every chance you get.
New ACCH Director
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We just wanted to share the good news that we have a new Development Director! Britton Pruitt has joined our team. Britton attends church at Netherwood Park Church of Christ with his wife, Sharon, and their two children. We look forward to getting to know him and ask for your prayers that he will accomplish great things for ACCH!
God Bless you all!
Director of Campus Life
Albuquerque Christian Children’s Home
Evan Van Sickle joined the Christian Student Center staff last month and specializes in apologetics (the rational defense of the Christian faith). When he moved here from Bryan College in Tennessee where he recently graduated, Evan only brought what he could fit in his car and donated everything else. Now he needs to furnish his apartment. He is receiving a salary, but it will take a while for him to purchase everything he needs.
Here is where you can help. If you have any of the following used items that you can donate, please notify the church office at 292-8347 or hello.mountainsidechurchabq.org. You can also contact the CSC at 505-265-4312. Anything you can give will speed-up the process of getting Evan settled and will reduce his cost. Thank you in advance for your generosity:
Bed (ideally 2 to accommodate occasional guests); Dresser; Bookshelf; Desk; Coffee table; end table; couch/ chairs; TV/ entertainment center; flatware; vacuum; optional knick-knacks like pictures, rug, hangers.
From Rick’s Desk
How can anyone love God without knowing God? The answer is easy, they cannot. Loving someone is dependent upon a relationship with someone; knowing them. Knowing God is a blessing beyond compare, but it does not just happen. It requires knowledge of God and that knowledge comes from His word. Getting to such a place requires desire and responsibility, but it is not difficult. It can be accomplished by anyone. God is never hard to find. He is always right there.
Now, when we come to know God and accept that He is God, there is a transformation that begins to take place. This change is out of reverence, honor, and obedience because we realize who God is and what He has done for us. It is then we learn to love as God loves. His love for us is the catalyst for our worship and praise for Him. Knowing God’s love makes our obedience to His commands a joy rather than a requirement. "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only'" (Luke 4:8).
To love God is to put Him first without exception. When Jesus was asked what the greatest command was he said, “Love the Lord our God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). This is an undivided love where God becomes our priority. If we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, then we won’t allow other things to get between us and His will. The world will see our love for God and God’s love for them, by the way we love each other. (Mark 12:31)
To love God is to desire Him, to yearn for His righteousness, His Word, and His grace. “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God” (Psalm 42:1). This desire will take place, but only when we are consistently nurturing our relationship with Him. This keeps that fire of our knowledge of His goodness burning bright, and we will want more of Him. (Psalm 34:8) A great example of this is Mary of Bethany, “who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said” (Luke 10:39).
True love for God is why God’s word resonates with a believer. This is why the psalms are so gratifying as we meditate upon them. Look at what the Psalmist said. 7 The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8 The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. 9 The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. 10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. (Psalm19:10).
If a man is separated from his sweetheart, he longs to hear from her. When he receives a letter, he eagerly opens it to read the content. His love for her causes him to love the correspondence they share together. The same is true with our love for God’s Word. Because we love the Author, we love His message to us. We read it avidly and often, we hold it close, and we place the words in our hearts. Loving God is much more than a simple phrase, it is a way of life.
Paul Page has been transferred to a rehab facility due to a fractured femur that occurred several weeks ago. He has requested no calls or visitation at this time.
Sarita Peterson, friend and coworker of Jane Oberg, is battling breast cancer.
Diego Ortiz, friend of Steve Oberg, was hospitalized with seizures and may require surgery.
Prayers for our senior saints: Mary House, Tommie Bedford, Al Gil; Fran Higginbotham; Arlene DeFoor; Bill and Alice Stevens; Juanita Ortego; Gene Decker; Frank and Maria Ulibarri; Joe and Betty Groom; Dennis Mangan, Leslie Anyanonu’s father; Gloria Brannan; Rose Hensley, Latayne Scott’s mother; Delora Moore, Jackie Decker’s mother.
Continue to pray for: Dan Scott, Mike Erick, Karen Scott; Ken Hush, father of Doug Hush; Greg Kelly; Carmen Hudgins, Juanita Ortego’s daughter; Jeff Liddell; Stan Samuels, Steven Samuels’ father; James Stanesic, brother of Carol Stevens; Teresa Groom; Barbara Murphy; Lisa Walker, Steve Boberg’s niece; Babetta (Kay) Darnell, mother of Lance and Bronson; Sam Hanna; Lilah Swan, daughter of Larry and Zrita Martinez; Sharlene and Shannon, Winette and Ira Parr’s daughters; Sherry Abraham’s mother Pat; Sherry Boberg; Guylene Grady, Judy Rogers’ mother; Chris Stringham; Amanda Riccon, Sherry Abraham’s niece; Terry Padilla; Dan Scott; Lin and Jackie Decker; Aleasha Decker.