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Sunday Morning Worship:
9:30 am

Sunday Morning Class:
11:00 am

Sunday Evening Worship:
6:00 pm

Building Address

1701 West Main St

Medford, OR  97501

Phone Number

541 772 9640

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Home Bulletins March 12, 2014

March 12, 2014






This is pure speculation, but it seems to me that when the modern worship movement came into town, churches became more and more age segregated. There is probably a doctoral student somewhere in America working on this topic right now, so I’ll wait for that book to come out to tell me more about it. But as a general observation, I do not remember churches in my youth having such radical age divides as they do now. And my guess is that music is one of the main reasons for this change.



This is certainly an oversimplification of a larger problem. But music is one of the main ways that a church shows its stylistic preferences. Thus, music becomes an important way for a church to identify itself. My guess is that many people make the decision about where they will go to church based largely on the style of music. It’s just easy to be around people who like the things we do.



The Uniting Gospel – I don’t think anyone has ever gone into a country club and said in amazement, “How did all these people find each other...this is amazing!” No one ever wonders what brings country-clubbers together. It is obviously their wealth, their love for refined leisure and their desire to play golf or tennis. So it’s actually not that amazing at all that they’re together. I’m afraid you could walk into many of our churches and make similar observations. This is the old people church with the organ and hymn book. This is the young people church where people wear skinny jeans and the music is loud. It’s just easier to divide that way.



But, the beauty of the gospel is that it brings together people who would not naturally choose to be together. Let me show you from scripture how I know this to be true. There was never a divide quite as strong as the Jew-Gentile divide at the beginning of the church. Jewish people spent their lives thinking of all of the ways they were to be separated from the Gentiles. When God started saving Gentiles, this created a huge problem for Jewish Christians. Now Jews were to become one body with...Gentiles?! Think of how strongly Paul had to confront Peter just to remind him that a Jew could eat with a Gentile. Wouldn’t it be easier just to have a Jewish Christian church and a Gentile Christian church? But that’s not what Paul said to do. He knew that a united people in one church would display the beauty of the gospel more brilliantly.



Reconciled to God and One Another – Paul says in Ephesians 2:14-18, “For He himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.”



In these verses, do you see the two things that the blood of Christ does?



First, it brings sinners who were far away from God near to Him through the blood of Christ. If we want peace with God, then we have to come through Christ. Only His blood will bring us to God in a way that God will accept.



Secondly, it brings people who were far apart together in one body. Do you see all the phrases that describe what the blood of Christ did to the Jews and Gentiles? The blood of Christ broke down the dividing wall of hostility. It created one man out of two. It made peace. And ultimately it reconciled both peoples together to God. P.T. Obrien says in his commentary on Ephesians, “Believers come near to God and to one another (Gentiles and Jews) through the saving death of the Lord Jesus Christ.” The blood of Christ compels us to be unified with those who are not like us apart from Him.



Whatever seemed like the predominate thing that identified me before Christ is now gone. American, Caucasian, young, musician, Swedish ancestry, Southerner. All those things fade into the background under my new title: Christian. And what is the only thing that has the sheer power to sweep away my allegiances from my old identities? The gospel. The blood of Jesus, shed on the cross, bought me back from sin’s captivity. And this is the way that every person comes to God. No one was a little better off. Not Jew, not Gentile. Not African-American or Caucasian or Hispanic or Asian. Not psalm-singer or hymn-singer or Passion Worship-singer. No one. The cross of Christ is what reconciled us to God and is what unites groups of people that were hostile towards one another.



Humble Orthodoxy – For this reason, I don’t believe we should be content with the generational divide that is prevalent in many of our churches. Doesn’t Paul’s admonition to the Ephesians attack the very center of where most of our church conflicts begin? Deep down most of us think that “we” are better than “them”. I believe my reasons for doing things are better than yours. I believe that my tribe is better than your tribe. I am more worthy of making the decisions than you are. My opinion should be held in greater regard than yours. Paul plainly says that no one has an advantage; thus no one should think that they have more importance (Romans 12).



So, let me ask you, is your congregation marked by a unity that doesn’t make sense apart from the Spirit? Spirit filled, multi-generational unity is a powerful witness to God’s work in our churches. Let’s endeavor by God’s grace to see the gospel of Jesus Christ bring us near to those who are different than us. Let’s plan for, and pray towards fruit in this area. It will take a great amount of intentional service and sacrifice. But it is an endeavor that God calls His church to as we remember that His blood purchased a unity for us that is beyond the natural man.


– Daniel Renstrom




A Call to Unity Service

South Medford High School

March 16, 2014, 6:30 p.m. - Theater Room


West Main Church of Christ has collaborated with three other churches to offer our community this unique time of reflection, forgiveness, peace and healing after the recent teachers' strike in Medford School District 549C.


If you have lingering feelings of resentment or doubt, if you want to offer a hug or a handshake, no matter what side of the issue you were on, this will be an inclusive time of forgiveness and healing for teachers, parents, school board members and students - with representatives from each of these groups speaking personal words and offering prayers for our community.


Please plan to attend and share with all the community members on your list so we can all move forward together!



Bible Busters Art Show  --  Announcing the Bible Busters Art Show hosted by the 4th-6th grade class! Please mark your calendars and plan to attend Sunday, April 6th at 6:00 p.m. All Bible Busters classes will have featured art from their classes.

We would be honored to invite the Youth Group and all adults to submit art for the show as well. More details to come. Please contact April Olson or Jessie Pannell for information. See you there!



Sunday Evening Ladies Bible Study  --  Ladies and No Gentlemen: You are welcome to join us at a Bible Study meeting at the building from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Sunday nights beginning April 13th. We will be studying God’s Word through Exodus using Priscilla Shirer’s study, One in a Million. The study is eight weeks long with seven DVD sessions. Member books are available for $12. Invite your friends and plan to come! Contact Jessie Pannell for more information or to order a book.



The Daddy-Daughter-Dinner-Dance is scheduled for April 26 for all young ladies ages 5-18 years old and their favorite adult gentleman. Tickets will be on sale March 16-April 9 for $12.00 per person.   This special evening will include: dinner, dessert, dancing, partner games, a keepsake photo, and a sterling silver bracelet charm. Contact Marcie Dixon if you need more information.



Retiring . . .  We want to say thank you to Harvey Martin for his fifty years of service to West Main as a deacon. Harvey is retiring in order to have more time with Helen. Harvey has been in charge of our communion preparation for many years. He has also been our “photo historian” for West Main. We have enjoyed his many photos over the years that he has posted around our building on Anniversary Sunday. Thank you, Harvey, you have been a great blessing to West Main and we appreciate all that you have done for us.



HAPPY 95TH BIRTHDAY  -- The family of Al Vice invites you to celebrate Al’s 95th Birthday on Saturday, April 12, at the Clubhouse at Mountain View Estates from 2-4:00 p.m. It is located at 333 Mt. View Drive, Talent, OR. Please join us - your friendship with our dad is a treasured gift.



Save the Date  --  Please save the date of July 19, 2014, for the wedding of Jasmine Frunk and Thaddeaus Flock.  Please see the notice posted on the courtyard bulletin board.



Placing Membership  --  We would like to welcome Bill Ferguson to our family at West Main.  If you haven't met him yet, please introduce yourself this next Sunday.




Prayer Requests and Praises . . . For Evelyn Bates as she recovers at home - her tests were all good...For Bob Trimmer as he recovers from carpal tunnel surgery on his left hand - he is doing well...Prayers for safety for Jacob Johnson who is being deployed to Korea with the Marines...For Lisa Allen who will begin her chemotherapy on March 13 - prayers for her strength...The knee replacement surgery for Sharon Englert has been postponed until a later date...For Severta Shipley who continues to recover from a fall...For the Pannell family as they travel to Colorado for a family funeral...Michael Wilson who is giving thanks for Jesus, for his family, and his brothers at the VA...Jenny Way requests prayers for patience and for those who work with her to have patience...For David Mayes to be more Christlike and that he might influence his friends, Cora and Brandi...For our President and all of our military men, women and families.




Thank You Note -- Dear West Main Church of Christ,

Thank you for the beautiful flowers and the uplifting cards, phone calls and love. My tests all came back negative which was a big answer to prayer. I begin chemotherapy on March 13. I feel so loved and lifted in prayer and I give God glory and thanks for surrounding me with wonderful people to support me during this challenging journey I’m on. Thank you again.

Love, Lisa Allen and Family



Calendar of Events

Mar 14-16: Blurred Lines Seminar has been rescheduled to May

Mar 22-30: Mexico Mission Trip

April 6: Bible Buster Art Show

April 26: Daddy-Daughter Dinner