Service Times

Sunday Morning Class:
9:00 am

Sunday Morning Worship:
10:15 am

Sunday Evening Worship:
6:00 pm

Building Address

1701 West Main St

Medford, OR  97501

Phone Number

541 772 9640

Updated Website is available at

www. churchwestmain.org

Home Bulletins June 4, 2014

June 4, 2014

 

 

CAMP!

 

 

It is NO exaggeration that we are going to have the biggest, best and

most amazing year ever! The theme, lessons, games, activities

and facilities are lined up to make this year magical!

We cannot wait to see what God does for us.

 

The only thing missing now is YOU! We need you to turn in your

registration forms and bring your friends along! If for some reason you

need to leave a day or two early, you will only have to pay for the days you are there!

 

We are going to make lifelong memories and we cannot wait to see you there. 

If there are any questions contact Brian Pannell. Get your forms turned in right away.

 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS SUNDAY, JUNE 15!!!

 

 

 

LOVING APOLOGETICS:  THE BEST DEFENSE

 

 

In First Peter we are instructed to “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil” (I Peter 3:15-17).

 

 

The English word “answer” in the above Scripture is the translation of the Greek word “apologia,” which means “to make a defense.” Defending Christianity with formal, rational, scientific, and philosophical reasoning is enjoying immense popularity in the Evangelical Church worldwide. One particular astute and effective apologist is William Lane Craig. I highly recommend Craig’s website (www.reasonablefaith.org or simply type “William Lane Craig” in YouTube for numerous videos). Virtually every week Craig is debating or conversing with the world’s top unbelieving scientists and atheists at top-tier university campuses. William Lane Craig is making a strong defense for the case of Christ and Christianity to a secular world.

 

 

In addition, we witness the popularity of apologetics in recent movies such as, “God is Not Dead;” a Christian movie based on how young people in particular may guard their faith from being attacked on secular campuses. Just a few years ago three million Christians completed the apologetic program, The Truth Project, a work of Focus on the Family. There is also the recent debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham on taking the six days of creation as literal and scientific that made national headlines. There are even several Christian universities now offering Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Apologetics.

 

 

So from popular to academic levels, Christian apologetics is capturing the attention of a good portion of the Western Evangelical Church. I believe this focus and interest on apologetics is overall a good and healthy thing. Christians must not fear or cower in the face of challenges made to our faith, God, and His Word. We cannot sit idly by as the forces of darkness seek to destroy faith and trust in God and His revealed Word.

 

 

I would like to make just one observation here concerning apologetics. In the text from First Peter the apologia that is being called upon concerns our “good behavior” that is rooted and reflects our “hope.” Notice that the apologia spoken is in answer to those who question our morality, who would “speak maliciously,” or “slander” our “good behavior.”

 

 

While intellectual debates certainly have a place in Christian apologetics, I wonder if we sometimes focus on the intellectual concerns of the Bible and Science to the exclusion of how we actually live for Christ. What of the apologetic for Christ and Christianity summed up in Jesus’ words, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35). Where is our love apologetics in the contemporary church?

 

 

Years ago someone said to me in reaction to my “intellectual sermons,” “No one cares how much you know till they know how much you care.” I am not saying we neglect or ignore intellectual and philosophical defenses of Christ and Christianity. I am saying perhaps we are over compensating to the point of neglect and ignoring the more powerful apologia of love. Defend your faith, yes, but do so with “gentleness and respect” in the power of God’s love. In the end, as simple as it may sound, God’s love manifested in your behavior is the best defense.

 

– Terry

 

 

 

Kids in Action is for our children aged 3 years - 6th grade. We will be continuing to have activities for you each Wednesday evening this summer. On June 11 we will be cleaning in the Fireside Room from 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Parents, we could use your help too. Smile) On June 18 we will have a game night and snacks while others are passing out invitations for our Neighborhood BBQ at Lewis Park on June 25 at 6:30 p.m. Please come join us for these fun nights! For more details please contact Denise Beeks.

 

 

 

Sunday Evening Ladies Class will begin on June 22.   We will be studying Soul Keeping, Caring for the Most Important Part of You.   If you would like to order a book, please contact Jessie Pannell or Toni Parker.

 

 

Vacation Bible School  --  Our VBS theme this year is: Kingdom Rock - Where Kids Stand Strong for the Lord, and is for kids who have finished Kindergarten through 6th grade. If you need more info or would like to volunteer to help, please contact Denise Beeks.

 

 

Our High School Graduates  -- This past Sunday we honored our high school graduates at West Main.   They are: Christina Duarte, graduating from South Medford High School; Rachel Liles, who graduated from the Liles Home School; Tomi Roderick, graduating from North Medford High School; and Tabitha Walker, who graduated from the Walker Home School. Please let these young people know how proud you are of their accomplishments and their future goals.

 

 

Open House  --  Buddy and Melanie Rennels invite you to an Open House as they honor their son, Blain, on his graduation from Oregon State University with a degree in Construction Engineering Management. The open house will be Sunday, July 6th, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at their home.

 

 

Wedding Showers  -- **We will be honoring Amber Parker and Carlos Fernandez on Sunday evening, June 8, at 6:00 p.m. with a shower from the theme of “I Love Lucy” from the 1950s. Please bring plenty of your favorite potluck dish to share for dinner.

Amber & Carlos will be married at the Box R Ranch on Saturday, June 14, at 5:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

 

**We will be honoring Alisha Kelton and Michael Premer with a Couples Wedding Shower on Sunday evening, June 22, at 7:00 p.m. (No Life Group on this Sunday Evening.) This will be a Creative Cupcake Fellowship, so bring your best cupcakes to share. Alisha and Michael are registered at Bed, Bath, and Beyond and Macy’s or you may call her mom, Mary Kelton, if you need more gift ideas.

 

 

Wedding Announcement --   Larry and Wydie Denn are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Wynter Thomas, to Ron Higgins, at a family wedding on May 24, 2014. Wynter and Ron are living at Wynter’s home address that is listed in the directory. We want to wish all of God’s Blessings to this happy couple!

 

 

 

Prayer Requests . . . . For Gaby Dimas who is being treated in Fresno, CA - her liver function is only at 10% - she is not sure when she can return to San Felipe...Continued prayers for Rosa Gomez...For Doris Sutherlin’s sister-in-law, Nora, who is scheduled to have surgery this week...For Don Lazzareschi that his cancer will be purged...For the friend of Peggy Woods, Marge, who is in the hospital following a stroke...For Joan Scraggs, (Jennielle Denn’s aunt) who is in the hospital with complications from stomach cancer and for her family.
Baptism  – Congratulations to Trevor Denn, who put our Lord on in baptism this past Sunday.  Trevor is the son of Trevor & Jennielle and the grandson of Larry & Wydie Denn.
April  Financial Statement

INCOME:

General Fund Contributions         $22,110.40
Non-Budgeted Contributions            $788.53
Development Funds & Rents         $2,028.00
Interest/Other Income                    $491.62
Total Income for Month         $25,418.55


EXPENSES:

Administration and Payroll        $12,990.97
Youth on Fire                             ($240.63)
Vision Ministries                         ($434.51)
Office                                       $1,269.85
Nurturing Brethren                          $0.00  
Operational Ministries                $1,462.84
Worship & Facilities                   $1,433.78
Non-Budgeted Mission               $1,158.43
Development & Kings Hwy         $4,509.39
Total Monthly Expenses      $22,150.12




Calendar of Events

June 8: Amber Parker & Carlos Fernandez Wedding Shower;
            Fireside Room; 6:00 p.m.

June 14: Parker & Fernandez Wedding at Box R Ranch; 5:00 p.m.

June 15: Singing Night at P.M. Services; 6:00 p.m.;
               Bring Finger Foods to Share

***Camp Registration Deadline***

June 19: Ladies Class Tea Party; Meet at the Building at 10:30 a.m.
               To Car-pool to Myrtle Creek

June 22: Wedding Shower for Alisha Kelton & Michael Premer;
               Fireside Room; 7:00 p.m.

***If you did not get the hand-out this past Sunday of our Summer of Love activities, please pick one up this Sunday so that you will know the dates of all the upcoming activities.

 


 


 

 


 


 


 


 

 


 


 



 
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