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 October 15, 2014

October 15, 2014

 

 

OUR  CHILDREN  ARE  A  BLESSING ! !

 

 

I recently read an amazing story in the news about a brave young kid in Chicago named Luis Reteguin, who saved his mom from a dangerous attacker. One night, at 1:00 a.m., a man armed with a knife entered their home. Luis and his mother happened to be awake, while his younger sister and older brother were asleep. At the time, Luis thought it was his father since he usually arrived home at that hour. The intruder even opened the door to Luis’s room, something his father usually did at that hour, but did not come in. It wasn't until his mother began screaming that Luis realized something was wrong. Courageously, he ran to his mother’s room and saw a man attacking his mom with a knife. Luis immediately jumped on the man and began punching him. The man began to fight back. Breaking free, Luis ran to the kitchen and called the police. At this point, the attacker became scared and fled the house. This young man’s courage, strength, and quick-thinking saved his mom's life!

 

 

While terribly frightening, this inspirational story reminds me of just how much our kids are capable of! While it is often easy to shrug off their ideas, or their interruptions into an “adult conversation,” I have found that some of the deepest and most soul stirring theological questions I have been involved in often involve my kids! I am reminded that we need to remember that God uses EVERYTHING to teach us…..including our young people!

 

 

I believe God gave us children to help us know Him better. They are newer to this world and are not weighed down by the culture, greed, materialism, or other belief systems. In their innocence they are uncorrupted by the world. It is the purity of children that enables us to see the blessings and wonder of the world. Jesus understood this, chastising his friends for trying to dismiss children trying to see Him, as a nuisance or a bother. It is so true that “out of the mouths of babes come gems.”

 

 

We have amazing kids and ministries for them at West Main! If you are not yet doing so, get plugged in to learn from the kiddos here at West Main. Volunteer in youth group or Bible Busters. Teach a class or work in the nursery. Sign up to work VBS or Camp. I can promise you that you’ll be blessed, and not only will you teach….you will learn!

 

 

One area where we still have a HUGE need is Children’s Worship. As of yet, no one has stepped up to fill the roles needed to get it running again. It is a very important ministry to members and especially to visitors. Our kids are missing it badly. Please pray about stepping up and helping out.

 

 

We have amazing kiddos here…let’s all thank God for that!

 

– Pannell

 

 

 

FEELING  THE LORD'S  SUPPER  (PART ONE)

 

 

A point of great sadness within Christendom is the conflicts of interpretation surrounding the Lord’s Supper. Sadness, I say, because Jesus certainly means for us to be united and uplifted in remembrance of his sacrifice on the cross, his death, his resurrection, and his return. Yet we have schisms over whether the elements of bread and fruit of the vine are literally the body and blood of Jesus (Transubstantiation), or whether those elements are merely symbolic. People of faith divide over how frequent to celebrate the Lord’s Supper (once a week, once a month, once a year, etc.). As believers we argue over who can or cannot participate (only baptized believers, children of believing parents, or an open invitation to whosoever seeks). We even have debates over the elements themselves (leaven or unleavened bread, grape juice, or wine).   If all this were not enough, we even disagree over whether we should serve from one cup or multiple cups, one loaf or many.

 

 

How sad indeed that the one time, place, and practice where all of God’s children should come together, we have division. All this is not to say that these disagreements are insignificant or should not be hashed out in Christian dialogue and debate. I merely am pointing to the irony (tragedy?) that the practice of unity Jesus gives us is a place of disunity.

 

 

One particular tragedy of disunity surrounding the Lord’s Supper that I would like to briefly consider is the aspect of our affections. In other words, how should we feel when we come to the Lord’s Supper? Now, I have been a faithful attending member of the Church of Christ for twenty-eight years, and during that time I have heard every manner of Lord’s Supper meditation. My impression, if I may be permitted to overgeneralize, is that we basically promote one of two camps of feelings when coming to the Lord’s Supper.

 

 

One camp says, we should come to the Lord’s Supper with sober and solemn feelings of seriousness. The Lord’s Supper is a memorial service where we remember the grave sacrifice that cost the Father his only Son. We should sit in solemn silence as we contemplate our sins that put Jesus on the cross. The feeling here is one of guilt, shame, and sorrow. One frequent means used to bring us to this feeling is the (mis?)use of First Corinthians chapter eleven. You know the verse: “Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord” (1 Cor 11:27). In other words, we often (mis?)use this verse as a means of putting the fright of God into those who are about to partake. “Do this rightly,” we seem to be saying, “or God will strike you dead!”

 

 

Another camp of feelings puts emphasis on the theme of eschatological feast. In other words, the feeling is one of celebration as we feast with the Lord anticipating His return (“Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” Rev 19:9). We are to rejoice and sing that our sins are forgiven and Christ is coming again to take us into his bosom. The feeling here is one of joy. Folks in this camp want to sing during the “celebration” of the Lord’s Supper. The other feeling camp thinks singing joyfully during a memorial service is disrespectful. “How can I contemplate the Lord correctly,” they say, “if I cannot hear my inward thoughts over your shouts of joy?” The other camp says, “How can I celebrate Jesus’ return when you sit there in silent doom and gloom? You are forgiven! Rise, eat, and sing!”

 

To be continued . . . .   – Terry

 

 

 

Our Sunday Evening Ladies Class will begin a new study this Sunday, October 19. This is a NO HOMEWORK CLASS as we will be using the Beth Moore video series, “Anointed, Transformed, and Redeemed.” This class begins at 6:00 p.m. in the East Room and all ladies are invited to attend. If you need more info, please contact Toni Parker.

 

 

Come Celebrate with Us . . . We will be celebrating our 64th Anniversary as a church family on October 26th. Please invite your friends, family, and former members to come join us for our special day. We will have a potluck luncheon following our morning service. Please bring plenty of your favorite dishes to share with our guests. Plan now to join us as we celebrate our special day!

 

 

Our Adopted Children  -- Now is the time that we start saving to send extra money for our Christmas gifts for our adopted children. We need to send our extra funds in November in order for them to get the money in time to purchase gifts for the children. Please be generous with your donations when the donation can is passed around in Sunday morning class OR you may write a check and place it in a contribution envelope marked CRF. Thank you for all of your support for our children.

 

 

Calling All Performers . . . It’s time for the Annual Christmas Program! If anyone is interested in participating in this year’s Christmas Program or helping in any way, please sign up on the bulletin board in the back of the auditorium. More information to follow on tryouts and practices. This year’s program will take place on Saturday, December 20. If you have any questions please call Meagan Delgado. Thank you so much and I look forward to this year’s performance!


Thanksgiving Dinner  -- We will be serving Thanksgiving Dinner at the building on Thursday, November 27. Laura Drew is the contact person. Please give her a call to find out how you can help. Be watching for more information in the coming weeks.

 

 

Coffee Servers are needed for the month of December. Please sign up on the sheet posted in the hallway by the stairs. Thank you for all of your help.

 

 

Prayer Requests . . . . For Liz Dunlap as she recovers from neck surgery - she is at home now...For Barbara Logsdon as she recovers from a fall that broke her other wrist - she is now in Highland House Rehab in Grants Pass recovering from surgery...Harold Storm would appreciate your prayers for the injury to his left leg - please pray for a speedy recovery...For Severta Shipley and Mandy Briethaupt who have not been feeling well lately...For the son of Doris Sutherlin, Russell, who has a broken collarbone - please pray that it heals quickly so that surgery can be avoided...Praise: Nathan Lake has a new job!...For the sister of Mavis Owens, Carol Ellis, who has the beginnings of dementia...For the sister and brother-in-law of Ruth Ellen Stiehl - both of them were exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning - her brother-in-law passed away and her sister is still struggling to overcome the effects of it. Please pray for comfort for the family and that her sister will recover...David Mayes requests prayers for Cora to be a positive influence; improved health for Layla; for Mikey to come to Christ and for himself to be more Christlike...For Steve and Jay, friends of Rick Dauphin, that they will be baptized into Christ...For our President and all of our military men, women and families.

 

 

 

Thank You Note . . . Thank you so much for the food, flowers and prayers after Dan’s passing. It was all greatly appreciated. I enjoyed seeing everyone again.   – Sharen Hargis

 

 

Calendar of Events

October 26: Anniversary Sunday

November 27: Thanksgiving Dinner



 

 


 

 
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