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 20, 2014

August 20, 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.

 

 

*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.

 

 

 

IN  SEARCH  OF  THE  IDEAL

 

 

In the history of the spread of Christianity, movements have sprung up with the goal of restoring the spirit and practice of the early churches. Such a search for models would find many good examples, yet none of these churches were perfect.

 

 

Perhaps one of the best churches in the New Testament was in Philippi, in Macedonia, which was at first composed only of women, later followed by men, including a Roman jailor. They were a great encouragement to Paul and supported his evangelistic efforts as he made his way from them through Greece. Their one blemish was an internal dispute between two hard working women that needed help from other members to heal. (Acts 16 & the Philippian letter)

 

 

In ongoing history the marring hand of man is also seen in the church. Great violence has been done to the cause of Christ – from the crusades against the Muslims to the showmanship of modern televangelists. People have had the digestive system of a goat in the sidetracks they have followed in religion. In response to such conduct, Gandhi is quoted as saying he would have become a Christian, but for Christian behavior.

 

 

It would therefore be a futile effort to copy imperfect churches – early or late in history. This has caused some to insist that the church should evolve with society. One writer compared such evolution to aviation’s advances. He insisted that when we forgot about copying bird flight, we were then free to design jets. He failed to mention that birds do not crash, as well as current efforts to develop safer bird-like takeoff and landing.

 

 

Despite human failure, the ideal is still there to copy. It is found in the instruction to the early churches by the inspired writers of the New Testament, and not in flawed church practice. In letters to the churches we find teaching and examples that churches were urged to imitate.

 

 

However, these ideals held up in the Word of God are regarded by some as a straitjacket that would suppress creativity in progress minded churches. This thinking then opens the door to the latest social norms.

 

 

If we are to learn anything from God’s work in the material world, it is that his designs are optimum and best. I am continually astonished at the multiple purposes served by each of His creations. And they all fit together with evidence of great planning.

 

 

So, also, do the designs for the church seen in the New Testament show purpose and amazing forethought. Although often derided as out of step with our times, their validity is confirmed by what men turn to as replacements.

 

 

We should never let human failure obscure the ideal. In reviewing the history of Jewish failures, Paul tells us in Romans 3:3-4 that we should realize that when men go astray, God remains where he has always been. Human failure does not nullify the ideal. And so, in the midst of human failure, the ideal is still there, waiting to be restored by faithful people.

 

– James Gibbs

 

 

 

 

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. If you are able to help 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.

 

 

Kids in Action Closing and Bible Busters Kick-Off Dinner will be on Wednesday, August 27th, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. We will be serving pizza and ice cream that evening. Please R.S.V.P. to Denise Beeks by either phone, text or e-mail if you plan on joining us on August 27th. Our Bible Busters Teachers will be there to give you a brief overview of Bible Busters that will begin on September 10 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for children ages three years - sixth grade. We look forward to seeing you for another great year of Bible Busters.

 

 

We Need Children’s Worship Leaders to assume this ministry and organize volunteers and children’s worship for September - May. Contact Jennielle Denn or Wyndee Thomas to volunteer. This is a wonderful way to bless our children during worship services.

 

 

Ladies Class Barbeque will be held at the home of Barb Viera on Tuesday, September 9th at 11:00 a.m. This will be our luncheon for our preview of our upcoming study of the Gospel of Mark. Please bring your lawn chairs; all the food will be provided. If you would like to car-pool, please be at the building at 10:00 a.m. Our regular Ladies Class will begin on Tuesday, September 16th from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Our coffee fellowship begins at 9:30 a.m. All ladies are invited to attend our barbeque and to join us for Ladies Class beginning September 16th.

 

 

Our Women’s Retreat is scheduled for October 10-12 in Bend, Oregon. To get the discounted rate at the hotel, reservations must be booked by September 10th, so start making your plans to attend now. Charla Simpson will bless us this year as our speaker. Retreat registrations will be available Sunday, August 24th. Please contact Jessie Pannell with any questions. We can’t wait to be together again!

 

 

 

Prayer Requests . . . Pray for improvement for Larry & Wydie Denn’s brother-in-law, Bob Freeman...Jenny Way asks prayers for guidance and to be calm and courageous...Issaic Belden was in an accident and had to have screws put in his hip. He is slated to enter the Air Force and cannot ship out if the injury is too serious...Pray for Liz Turley who had spinal surgery on Tuesday...Mike Spodnik’s friend, Leif Voeltz, is fighting cancer and an infection...For all of our members who are still traveling this summer... For David Mayes to be a good example to his friends and for Layla to have good health...For our President and all of our military men, women and families.

 

 

 

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 October - 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.  


 

Calendar of Events

August 23: School Supplies/Clothing Giveaway 

August 24: Emigrant Lake Encampment

August 27: KIA Closing and Bible Busters Kick-Off 6:00-7:30 p.m.

August 29: Teen Faith Quest

September 9: Ladies Class BBQ at Barb Viera’s Home; 11:00 a.m.




 
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