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 August 13, 2014

August 13, 2014

 

 

EMIGRANT  LAKE ENCAMPMENT

 

 

We will have our fifth annual worship encampment at Emigrant Lake on Sunday, August 24, at 10:00 a.m. We have reserved Picnic Area D. (This is a different area than we have had before.) Entry fee is $4.00 per vehicle. *If you need a ride please let the office know.*

 

 

This is another good opportunity for you to invite family, friends and neighbors to enjoy a time of fellowship and worship. This is a wonderful experience of worshiping outdoors and getting to know one another and others in a relaxed and beautiful environment.

 

 

Please bring your own table service, lawn chairs, games, and a potluck dish to share. We will provide the meat, but ask that you bring the side dishes. We will have a sign up sheet at the back of the auditorium this Sunday for the side dishes.

 

 

*Services at the building will begin at 10:15 a.m. for those not going to the Worship Encampment. We will NOT have Bible Class or Nursery Care that morning.

 

 

 

LITTLE  BIBLES

 

 

In the physical sciences, where truth statements often take the form of mathematical equations, I have been astonished at how compactable truth is. In that world, some very big ideas can be reduced to very small algebraic expressions. Many of the great breakthroughs in science have produced simple equations that said a lot. This has caused me to think of truth as having that inherent character.

 

It does not surprise me then that the truths in the Bible are like that too. For example, Romans 12:9-21 has been called the “little Bible.” There, in just a few verses, the whole of Christian character is compacted into a few words. Furthermore, there are many other “little Bibles” within the larger text – kernels, if you please, that are much bigger than the space they take up in words.

 

 

In Matthew 5, when our Lord began to teach, he summed up the blessings that come with the way of life he calls us to. What an impact these short verses can have when we take them seriously!

 

 

In Romans 13:8-10, Paul sums up the essence of the Ten Commandments and what replaces them for followers of Christ. “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellow man has fulfilled the law. The commandments, ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not covet,’ and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” In this case, one word says it all.

 

 

In James 1:27, we are called away from pomp and ritual to the real thing – “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” If I think of this as an oversimplification of the whole, I will be quickly humbled when I try to make it a rule for my life. It has far-reaching implications beyond its brevity.

 

 

Faith and good works are often considered as opposites by combating theologians. This should not be blamed on the lack of clarity in God’s Word. One simple passage can put this whole matter to rest. “For it is by grace that you have been saved through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:8-10

 

 

These passages are just a sampling of the potent “little Bibles” you will encounter in God’s Word. On one hand, their simplicity is a delight. They are too plain and straightforward for me to miss their meaning. I am also steered away from the many sidelines and false emphases religion may fall into. And they bear the marks of truth.

 

– James Gibbs

 

 

 

Elders and Deacons Meeting – Tuesday, August 19, 6:30 p.m. at the building.

 

Back to School Supplies  --  Last year we were able to help 250 children with their school supplies with your generous donations. It takes over $3,000.00 to be able to help this many families. Please prayerfully consider how you can help with your donations for this worthy outreach. If you need more information, please contact September Flock. Our school supplies giveaway is scheduled for Saturday, August 23, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

 

Clothing Giveaway -- Now is the time to clean out your closets to help with our clothing giveaway on August 23.   Please bring your good clean clothes (only new underwear or socks) for children and adults and put them in the correct boxes in the courtyard. If you are able to help with setup on August 20 or at the giveaway on August 23, please sign up on the church Facebook page. All workers need to be at the building by 9:00 a.m. on the 23rd. Thank you for all of your help.

 

 

KIA and Service Projects Wednesday Evenings 6:30-7:30 p.m.

August 20: Back to School Giveaway Setup. No Laundry Service; Videos upstairs for younger kids - ages 2 years - 3rd grade; 6:00-7:30 p.m.

 

 

Children's Worship Volunteers  are needed for September - May. This is a wonderful way to bless our children during worship services.  Contact Jennielle Denn or Wyndee Thomas to volunteer.

 

 

Children's Nursery Helpers are needed during our Sunday morning worship time.  Contact Diane Liles if you are willing to care for our little ones.  You don't have to sign up for a whole month at a time.  Whatever works into your schedule will be a great help.  Thanks!

 

 

*We are in DESPERATE NEED of your help for Coffee Servers for August 31 and for September - December. This is an easy ministry to do – anyone can do it – teens, singles, families with children and Prime Timers. If you don’t want to do it by yourself – get a friend to help you. Please sign up on the list posted in the hallway by the stairs. All help is greatly appreciated.

 

 

Building Doors  --  Please remember to make sure that the doors to the building are securely closed when you shut the doors.  Recently, the doors at the West entrance of the building have not been shutting completely.  Please double check.  We appreciate your help.

 

 

 

Prayer Requests . . . Nino Dimas requests prayers for his brother-in-law, Manuel, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He is undergoing chemo and has lost a lot of weight. Also pray for his sister, Bange...For the brother-in-law of Larry and Wydie Denn, Bob Freeman, who fell and re-injured his hip and also has A-Fib...Please pray for the safety of our college students who are traveling this week to school...For the safety of our Teens as they are on their Agape mission trip...Pray for more rain to help put out our forest fires...For Kerry Vaughn who is in RRMC with a staph infection...Mandy Breithaupt requests prayers for her friend, Nardica, who is having a lot pain from cancer...For our members who are traveling on vacation...Prayers for recovery for Rob, uncle of Jessica Fitzsimmons and Zach, as he needs vascular surgery...Prayers for Jenny Way to find joy and peace...For David Mayes to be a good example to his friends ... For our President and all of our military men, women and families.

 

 

 

There Will Be a Come - and - Go Wedding Reception honoring Thaddeaus and Jasmine Flock this Sunday, August 17, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the home of Gerry and September Flock. Finger Foods will be provided and everyone is invited to attend.

 

 

Calendar of Events

August 17: Sunday Night Live

August 20: Setup for School Supplies & Clothing Giveaway

August 23: School Supplies/Clothing Giveaway

August 24: Emigrant Lake Family Encampment

August 29: Teen Faith Quest

 

  

 
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