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 September 3, 2014

September 3, 2014

 

 

BACK  TO  SCHOOL  TIME

 

It is back to school time. This is always a double edged sword. We all have a love/hate relationship with it. We hate that it means early bedtimes and early rising again. We hate the idea of homework. But we love seeing friends, and establishing routines again. After a busy summer, school seems like a welcome relief.   :)

 

 

As we enter this new season, we begin to switch into new approaches of ministry at church as well. We let go of summer and enter the fall.

 

 

One thing we REALLY want to expand this year is our continued community outreach into Oak Grove School. Last year we started a relationship that we pray will grow. The strike threw it off, but we are getting it back on track. We need to build a team!

 

 

We will be going into the school and running their “RAM STORE” for two hours every Wednesday afternoon. It is SO fun! Last year we got to know the students, teachers and staff and really started building good relationships. But, just a few of us cannot sustain this alone. We NEED your help. Would you consider helping out?

 

 

The more volunteers we have, the better! We can spread out the assignments and you can volunteer as little or as much as you desire. See Brian or Terry with any questions.

 

 

We pray this year we can truly reach deeper into our neighborhood school and shine the light of Jesus! Please join us.

 

– Pannell

 

 

Next Wednesday, September 10th the Youth Group will have our BACK TO SCHOOL PARTY! We will eat dinner, play games and discuss our upcoming studies! Don’t miss this fun night and bring your friends!

 

 

 

THE  LONELIEST  THING  WE  WILL  EVER  EXPERIENCE

 

I am a bit of a Star Trek fan. Not a rabid fan, mind you, but more of a Sci-Fi fan in general. Recently, I caught a rerun of the Star Trek movie, The Undiscovered Country. There is one scene in particular that caught my attention. One of the characters, Spock, has a life after death experience for which his friend, Dr. McCoy, asks him, “Can’t you tell me what it felt like?” Spock responds, “It would be impossible to discuss the subject without a common frame of reference.” “You mean I have to die to discuss your insights on death?” McCoy retorts incredulously.

 

 

Spock is correct. How do you discuss an experience that you share with no one else?   I often read, “Death is the loneliest thing we will ever experience.” We literally die alone. No one will share our death with us. The theologian, Paul Tillich soberly writes:

 

 

“We remain alone in the anticipation of our death. No communication with others can remove this loneliness, as no presence of others in the actual hour of our dying can hide the fact that it is our death, and our death alone, that we die. In the hour of death we are cut off from the whole universe and everything in it. We are deprived of all things . . . in which we forgot our being alone. Who can stand this loneliness?”

 

 

“We are deprived of all things,” means, in other words, in the hour of our death we can no longer hide or escape from being a solitary individual who is alone with our thoughts. In the moment of death there are no more distractions the universe may offer up to keep our minds preoccupied.   No one else will be inside our own consciousness distracting us or speaking to us. In the hour of death there is just “me, myself, and I.”

 

 

So I wonder if the fear of death is more about the fear of being alone than the fear of dying? Perhaps one motivation behind those who seek out séances is for the purpose of alleviating the fear of being alone in death—the loneliest thing we will ever experience. We long to converse with someone who knows life after death, and so maybe not feel so alone in our final hour.

 

 

When Jesus rises from the dead and appears to two women at his tomb, he says, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me” (Matthew 28:10). Jesus also tells us, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). Scripture further teaches us that Jesus died and rose again so that “he might destroy him who holds the power of death - that is, the devil - and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death” (Hebrews 2:14-15).

 

 

Death closes in on us and appears to isolate us as solitary individuals. Yet the Scriptures seek to reassure us, not falsely comfort us, that we while we “walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil [even the evil of feeling abandoned], for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4).

 

 

We have many promises, witnesses, testimonies, and assurances from the Word of God that despite the solitary experience of our deaths, we are never truly alone. Yet, only alone by faith can you choose to believe what is revealed. Otherwise, a lack of faith is a lonely affair. If only we would seek out God in our loneliness, could we then not die lonely.

 

– Terry

 

 

 

This Sunday, September 7, is Promotion Sunday. All children will be moving up a grade level, but not necessarily moving to a new classroom.   We have classes available for all ages - babies to adults. Below is listed the grade levels, the teacher’s names, and the classroom that they will be in. Please come join us for class beginning at 9:00 a.m. ! ! ! !

 

Children’s Classes:

Cradle Roll - Zana Walker, Lobby Nursery Room

2 - 5 year olds - Chaley Johnson; Room 2

K-1st Grade - Barb Viera; Room 5

2nd-3rd Grade - Codi Spodnik; Upstairs Room 21

4th Grade - Dawn Lake; Room 3

5th-6th Grade - Charla Simpson; Upstairs Room 23

Junior High- Mark Moreno; Upstairs Couch Room

High School - Brian Pannell; Upstairs; Room 24

 

Adult Classes:

Auditorium – “God’s Promises” *Brad Holm

Fireside Room – *Terry Christopher

Upstairs Room 22 – College Age Men & Women; *Don Walker

East Room - Ladies Class – “Study of the Minor Prophets” *Denise Beeks

 

 

Wednesday Evenings: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Bible Busters – Ages 3 years - 6th Grade

Adult Class in Auditorium; “Historical Christianity & World Culture” *Dan Beeks

 

 

Ladies Class Barbeque will be held at the home of Barb Viera on Tuesday, September 9th at 11:00 a.m. We will have lunch and preview our lessons, the Gospel of Mark. Please bring your lawn chairs; all the food is 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. Please contact Jessie Pannell with any questions or to get your registration. We can’t wait to be together again!

 

 

Christmas Pageant/Play/Talent Show. . . We are looking for new leaders to take over this ministry for our Christmas Pageant/Play/or Talent Show. If you would like to assume this leadership role, please contact Christi Olson. This program has always been a blessing to our church family during the holiday season.

 

 

 

Prayer Requests . . . For Steve Patterson’s mother, Virginia, who is on hospice...For Jenny Way to get her brain book done everyday and to make good decisions...Sara Cade requests prayers for Harold Storm who was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer...Continued prayers for Wade Bryant as he heals...Haley Clasby requests prayers for her father, Don, who is in the hospital because of a motorcycle accident - prayers for his healing...Prayers for the sister of Nellie Kelton, Roda Norris, who has terminal lung cancer. Please pray for spiritual healing...Please remember Leilla Sparks and family as they mourn the loss of Jay’s wife, Janie, who passed away recently. She had had cancer...For our President and all of our military men, women and families.

 

 

 

Calendar of Events

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

September 16: Ladies Class Begins; FSR; 10:00 a.m.;

                        Coffee Fellowship at 9:30 a.m.

October 10-12: Ladies Retreat in Bend, Oregon

 

 

 

The Diary of Life

In the book of life you are writing

You alone are the one

Who can write upon those pages

A true record of what you have done.


The day the last page is finished,

It is certain you cannot know,

So think wisely of what you are writing;

Try and make it worthwhile as you go.


When the diary of life has been written

And is finally yellow with age;

When all the deeds of your lifetime

Have been entered upon each page;


Will the acts that before you are listed

Be things that you are proud to review

As there on the desk of eternity

The diary shall be opened anew?

 


Virginia Katherine Oliver

(Garden Valley Church of Christ)







 
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