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 17, 2014

September 17, 2014

 

 

OAK  GROVE  SCHOOL . . . . A  WORTHY  MISSION  FIELD

 


We often view the mission field as something that is thousands of miles away, usually in poor and third world conditions. It is foreign, exotic, scary and completely strange to us. Yes…these are worthy mission fields. But do you also know that by stepping through your door today you are entering a mission field just as worthy? Our community all around us, is a place that needs the light of Jesus and we can find ways to reach them if we are creative.

 

 

One way we are trying to do this is by supporting our local school. Oak Grove Elementary is very eager to build a partnership with the West Main Church, and we NEED YOUR HELP! Involvement with our local schools gives the Church enormous opportunity to minister to the greater community, by simply serving in love and providing a smiling, caring face.

 

 

There are countless ways to serve our local schools and develop a ministry to the students and staff. Just as Jesus was keenly aware of the needs of those he came in contact with, we too can follow his example by kneeling down, bringing a towel and “washing the feet” of our community. It’s time for the local church to serve their local schools and love their students. This is our mission field…just down the street.

 

 

In a few weeks we are starting to serve again in the RAM STORE. We desperately need more volunteers to fill this team. PLEASE contact Brian or Terry and let us know your willingness to serve and we will plug you in.

 

– Pannell

 

 

 

DROP  FOUR  ANCHORS  AND  PRAY  FOR  DAYLIGHT!

 

 

In Acts twenty-seven, Luke tells the account of Paul’s journey to Rome to stand trial before Caesar. Under guard of a centurion named, Julius, the apostle, along with 276 men, set sail on the Mediterranean Sea from Caesarea headed for Rome. The trip at sea is beset by storms. Paul advises his fellow travelers, “Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also” (Acts 27:10). But Julius does not heed Paul’s warning, and despite the tempest at sea, they press on.

 

 

Initially, Julius’ decision seems to be right as favorable winds fill their ship’s sails and progress on their journey is achieved. However, Luke then recounts, “Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the “northeaster,” swept down from the island. The ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind; so we gave way to it and were driven along” (27:14-15). The situation goes from bad to worse. In order to lighten the ship in an attempt to weather the severe storm, “they began to throw the cargo overboard. On the third day, they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands” (27:18-19).

 

 

All attempts by the ship’s sailors to make safe harbor fail. In total despair, Luke says, “When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved” (27:20). Paul then speaks the proverbial, “I don’t want to say I told you so, but I told you so,” saying, “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss” (27:20).   The words Paul speaks next are even more startling:

 

 

“But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. Nevertheless, we must run aground on some island" (27:22-26).

 

 

So 276 seafaring travelers will shipwreck but live. Encouraging news? I suppose shipwreck is better than death! Fearing they might run aground on rocks as they near a shore, the sailors “Dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight” (27:29). In spite of all the efforts to save the ship, they eventually run aground on top of a reef and the waves of the sea batter and bash the ship to pieces. As a result, every passenger either swims to shore on their own or on broken planks from the ship. “And so it was that all were brought safely to land” (27:44).

 

 

Is it not the case that many times we feel like we are lost in the storms of life? We are tossed and turned by waves of depression, anxiety, and worry. Like Paul’s traveling companions at sea we feel like we are “dropping four anchors from the stern and praying for daylight”! We desire a safe harbor and peace from our troubles. We grow tired and weary of life’s struggles. God teaches us in Acts 27 that we may experience shipwreck in our lives, but we have eternal life with God, though we might have to “run aground on some island" (27:26). So fear not seafaring Christian, God has agreed in Jesus Christ to spare you your life! God will bring you safely into his eternal arms. The storms may come at night, but God’s mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23).    

 

– Terry

 

 

 

Leadership Retreat  -- Our annual leadership retreat for our Deacons and Elders and their families is scheduled for this Saturday, September 20. We will be in Area "A" at Cantrall- Buckley Park. We are asking that you please be there by 11:00 a.m. We have our space reserved from 10:00 a.m. so you can come early and relax. Please bring the food you would like to barbeque and a side dish or dessert to share. We plan to be together throughout the afternoon. Entry fee per vehicle is $4.00. If you need more details please contact Dan Beeks.

 

 

Our Women’s Retreat is scheduled for October 10-12 in Bend, Oregon. 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!

 

 

Sunday Night Live  -- Please come join us this Sunday night, September 21, at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium as we learn new songs. Bob Stapp, will be bringing the evening lesson and sharing about Youth for Christ.

 

 

College Boxes  -- We are starting to assemble our boxes for our college students. We need all of the items brought to the building by this Sunday, September 21. We have eight students who we will be sending boxes to. If you are unable to shop for items, we also need cash for mailing fees or to shop for the items. For more information please contact Denise Beeks.

 

 

We Need Your Help! -- We need every available person to join us at our Kings Hwy property (2145 Kings Hwy) at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, September 27, as we will be re-roofing the house. See Buddy Rennels with any questions.

 

 

A Wedding Shower for Shawna Parker and Kyle Robich will be held on Sunday, September 28, at 6:00 p.m. at the building. We will be having an “80s Theme Shower featured around The Brady Bunch.” We will have a television and music trivia contest from the 80s for anyone who would like to challenge Kyle. Please bring your favorite dessert to share at the shower. The shower is focused around the kids as Shawna and Kyle are combining households and will have four boys, 4,5,6, and 9 years of age, any gifts that feature family fun would be appreciated, such as: books, tickets to the family fun center, games, etc. If you need more gift ideas, please contact Toni Parker.

 

 

Christmas Pageant/Play/Talent Show . . . We are looking for new leaders to take over this ministry for our Christmas Pageant/Play/or Talent Show for this year.   If you would like to assume this leadership role, please contact Christi Olson.

 

 

 

Prayer Requests . . . For all the families who have lost their homes and possessions in the fire in Weed, CA - please pray that the area fires will be put out quickly...Prayers for Cory Murray who will be deployed this week to the Middle East and for the safety and protection of all of troops who are serving in the military...For Kenzie Cox, one of our youth group members, had a severe ankle injury playing volleyball - please pray that it will heal quickly...For September Flock - her knee is giving her problems - please pray for her quick healing...For our President and all of our military men, women and families.

 

 

Thank You Note

Hello and Good Day,

I want to thank you for your generous day of clothes and lunch. The sweaters will sure work for me this winter.

Thanks to the “Blazing Barbequers” - everything was very tasty. The day was a lovely surprise.   Thank you again and kind regards.  Lori

(This was a thank you note received in regards to our recent Clothing and School Supplies Giveaway.)


 

Calendar of Events

September 20: Elder/Deacon Leadership Retreat at Cantrall-Buckley Park;

                         11:00 a.m.

September 28: Wedding Shower for Shawna Parker & Kyle Robich;

                         In the Fireside Room at 6:00 p.m.

October 10-12: Ladies Retreat in Bend, Oregon


 


 



 


 

 
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