August 11, 2019
Once again we rejoice as two more of our young people have made their confessions of faith. Last week, Teague Blair was baptized at Ponderosa Christian Camp. On Monday, Vanya Archibald decided to accept Jesus as her Lord and Savior and be baptized. We rejoice with Vanya’s parents, Preston & Maryam and grandparents, Doug & RoiAnne Archibald, and Teague’s parents, Rich & Monica Blair.
School & Prayers
Many schools have already started or begin this week. Please keep the students and teachers of this congregation in your prayers. AND… If you notice a large empty section where the youth group sits, it’s because over 50 teens and chaperones are heading back from the annual youth lake trip. Please pray for safe travels.
Family Camp Registration
Family Camp registration begins today and will conclude on Sunday, August 18th. Family Camp is Aug. 30-Sept. 2nd. You can sign up for all or part of the weekend at the table in the foyer. Contact Chad or Monica Darnell with questions.
Aloha Shirt Sunday
On Sunday, August 25, we will have our Fourth Annual Vernon Beach Aloha Shirt Sunday. This is a fun way to remember a wonderful Christian brother who loved his Hawaiian Shirts. So, on the 25th, put on your best Hawaiian Shirt. Then be here to worship God with your church family and to honor a Godly man’s memory.
Netherwood park ladies retreat
August 23 & 24
Netherwood Park Church of Christ is hosting the 2nd Annual Ladies Retreat August 23 & 24. The topic is “My Love Life”. The cost is $25. A panel discussion will be held on Friday night from 6-9pm, breakfast will be served at 8:30am with speakers and discussion from 9am-2pm with lunch and snacks. To register you can go to www.netherwoodpark.com or call their office at 505-256-7389.
September 20 & 21
The area-wide men’s retreat is coming up on September 20-21. To claim your spot you can go to www.ponderosachristiancamp.org. It will be a great weekend. Please plan on joining us.
It’s Back-To-School time! We have the opportunity to help the children of Albuquerque Christian Children’s Home get ready for school. You can find the big yellow posters on the bulletin board in the foyer.
Baby shower table
The Baby Shower Table is set up in the foyer for the families of Tanya Harmount and Valerie Poland. Both ladies are expecting baby girls this month. Both families are in need of diapers, wipes and/or gift cards...both are registered at Target.
Back to school party
It’s that time already! Join us for a Back to School party for kids age 0-grade 12 this Friday, August 16 from 5-8pm in the Family Center. Pizza, ice cream, and water slide provided! Bring your swimsuit and towel.
Thank you so much for your prayers, cards, support and encouragement during my hospital stay. Unfortunately the treatment was ineffective against my migraines, but God is good regardless! I love and appreciate our Mountainside family!
In Him, Christy Herron
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We would like to thank the many of you who have donated to the Barbara Decker memorial fund over the past years. This year alone, over ten kids were able to attended Ponderosa Christian Camp on behalf of the fund. We are so grateful that we can continue to share Barbara’s love of spreading the gospel to kids.
Greeting Card Donations
The Prison Ministry is requesting donations of greeting cards. All occasions (except Christmas) are appreciated including: birthday, anniversary, thinking of you, get well, blank inside, etc. Cards may be left in basket in the foyer.
The Drawing Group is planning an outing to the ABQ Zoo on Saturday, August 31st. We will meet at the church building at 9:30 AM. Contact Elaine Koehler to sign up. Hopefully, we can fill up the van. Bring cameras and or sketch books. We will plan to return to the building by 1:30 PM. Tickets can be purchased that morning at the Zoo.
Howard McCall is recovering from his recent shoulder replacement surgery.
Sue McCall will have surgery this week to replace the faulty and infected knee replacement she received last year. The recovery will be extensive.
Prayers are requested for Vera’s sister, Carol. She is awaiting testing for recent findings in her stomach.
Paul Page is in rehab for a fractured femur. He is thankful for the prayers, cards, and calls, but requests no visitors at this time.
Bob Hartley, a friend of Etta Love, has gone home from UNMH. He still has a lot of healing ahead and would be grateful for continued prayers.
Bob Lafler’s test results came back negative for cancer, praise God! However, Bob is still dealing with some major stomach issues and is being treated with diet.
Melissa Clayton didn’t get the kind of medical results she had hoped for. Prayers are still greatly appreciated.
Breck Vernon, son-in-law of Roger and Julia Holloman, tore a ligament in his foot and will have an MRI on Friday. Surgery is pending.
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 and Virginia O’Dell’s mother.
Continue to pray for: Sarita Peterson and Diego Otriz, friends of the Obergs; 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; Lin and Jackie Decker; Aleasha Decker.
From Rick’s Desk
God’s Love During Disappointment
Last week we were blessed to have a message from Ben Merenes, where he stressed the reality that life as a Christian is not a life void of disappointment. He also reminded us that our life as a believer is blessed despite life’s disappointments. We have a network of support and encouragement from God’s word, through the body, (the Church), and from the Holy Spirit. Within this network is the avenue of prayer.
Personally, you may have prayed for healing, for a job, for a baby, for a spouse, and the list goes on and on. You may have faithfully and earnestly prayed for weeks and months, possibly even years. Desiring relief from life’s ailments and struggles is common and human. Yet, you may find yourself still sick, still unemployed, still childless, still single, hurting physically or emotionally, and again, the list goes on and on. This is where it can get tough.
It is easy to become disappointed. It’s easier to become disappointed in God. Over the years I have known couples who have longed for a child of their own but could not get pregnant. This period of their lives was full of longing and prayer. Other couples they knew got pregnant, but they did not. Of course, there was deep disappointment. But through it all, God’s word calls us to live by faith. This faith means trusting in God’s promises. So, what does God promise when we are disappointed, hurt, and struggling? Will He give us everything we desire?
Psalm 34:10 says, The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. Wow, did you hear that? God promises that those who seek him will lack no good thing. This is comforting and confusing at the same time. If something is good, God will give it to you. Now that’s very comforting to know, but what if you are still sick, unemployed, or whatever your hardship happens to be. How does one answer the obvious question, “how is God fulfilling his promise to you?”
If one is truly seeking an answer to this question, perhaps there is a better question to ask, “What is the greater good?” There are some great insights to this question within the word of God. The Psalmist wrote, I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” (Ps. 16:2), and, Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you (Ps. 73:25). The apostle Paul also gave us some great insight as to “what is the greater good”. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ. (Phil. 3:8)
These are great examples from faithful men, who understood the greater good. The greatest good is God himself, and knowing God in the person of Jesus Christ. This is not just knowing about God. This is actually knowing God. This means to feel his glory, sense his love, experience his presence. When we experience God in this way, we are so full that we desire nothing else. God is the only all-satisfying good, which is why He is the greatest good. In other words, what makes something good is that it brings us more of God. When a prayer is answered or we are healed of a sickness, this is good because it can bring us more of God by showing us his power and mercy. In the same way, not receiving the answer we desired can bring us more of God by drawing us even closer to him, leaning on His peace that passes understanding.
THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
Last week, our nation endured two more mass shootings; one in El Paso, Texas and one in Dayton, Ohio. Every time there is some tragic occurrence, such as these shootings, the “influencers” tell us that their “thoughts and prayers” are with the families who have been impacted by the event.
Of course, as Christians, we understand the power of prayer. But we sometimes are at a loss to know what our prayers should be. Christianity Today recently published an article by a man named Taylor Schumann. Mr. Schumann is a survivor of a shooting that took place in Virginia a few years ago. He suggested ten topics for which believers should pray following a shooting.
· Pray for physical wounds, pain, and future treatments
· Pray for the invisible wounds
· Pray for wisdom for physicians, nurses, and all medical specialists
· Pray for shielding from photos and information of the shooter
· Pray against nightmares and for the ability to sleep and to rest
· Pray for financial provision for medical costs and other needs
· Pray for guidance and support during the legal process
· Pray that victims have a strong support system
· Pray against re-traumatization after other shootings
These are great insights from a man who has experienced first hand the trauma of an individual shooting indiscriminately into a crowd of people. Keep praying.
Next week we will have a Park Night at Lynnwood Park after evening services. Come and worship with us at 5pm, and then we will head over to the park at 6 o’clock. Food and water will be provided. Hope to see you all there.
There is a whole lot of us in Ft Sumner Lake/Santa Rosa this morning. If you are reading this and we have your child, please remember to pick them up at 3pm today. Thank you all for an amazing summer!