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 January 21, 2015

January 21, 2015

 

 

I  WILL . . .

 

* Like Paul, forget those things which are behind, and press onward

   (Philippians 3:13)

* Like David, lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence comes my help

   (Psalm 121:1)

* Like Abraham, trust implicitly in my God (James 2:23)

* Like Enoch, walk daily in fellowship with my heavenly Father

   (Genesis 5:22)

* Like Jehoshaphat, prepare my heart to seek God (II Chronicles 19:2-3)

* Like Moses, choose rather to suffer, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for

   a season (Hebrews 11:24-25)

* Like Daniel, commune with God at all times (Daniel 6:10)

* Like Job, be patient under all circumstances (Job 13:15-16; James 5:11)

* Like Caleb and Joshua, refuse to be discouraged because of superior

   numbers (Numbers 13:30; 14:6-9)

* Like Gideon, advance even though my friends be few (Judges 7:7)

* Like Aaron and Hur, uphold the hands of the leaders of the church with

   prayer and support (Exodus 17:12)

* Like Andrew, strive to lead my brother to Christ (John 1:40-42)

* Like Stephen, manifest a forgiving spirit toward all who seek my hurt

   (Acts 7:60)

 

(Author Unknown; House to House/Heart to Heart Vol. 15 #1)

 

 

 

VEGETATION -- EARTH'S SOLAR BATTERY

 

 

In the Biblical creation story, as soon as the oceans receded and dry land appeared, it was then covered with vegetation. Today, highway engineers also know that fresh land must be quickly planted to avoid erosion. But as with all of creation, each part has many jobs. This writing is therefore about the many other roles of plants in the Lord’s preparation of the Earth for life, besides the hold on soil by plant roots.

 

 

Since most of this story will be about how plants are essential to life on earth, we would like to first pause to note once more that our God is obviously concerned with beauty as well as utility. Joyce Kilmer’s poem, “Trees,” is one man’s testimony to that splendor. One of the highway hazards in my life are the side glances at vegetation out of my pickup window. If my beekeeper interest in plants causes my demise in that way, please know that enjoyment had a part in what happened.

 

 

As plants lift their leaves to the sun, they drink in the energy of sunlight. Some of this energy is passed on to the body of the plant or tree and nourishes growth. In death, the heat from the burning of dry plant bodies is evidence of the battery-like storage of solar energy that waits for use by man or animals. In our quest for the ideal solar battery, we have sought in vain to duplicate the leaf and the wonders of photosynthesis that take place there.

 

 

Plants are therefore the beginning of the food chain that energizes animals, man, and our many heat engines. Carnivores are not an exception. They eat herbivores that dine on plants. The potency of the blood in my body is due to energy first stored by plant leaves.

 

 

God’s grace is evident in his many ways of storing plant energy. Rather than causing us to burn dry plants for our fuel needs, compacted plant matter in the form of gas, coal, or oil are evidence that he cares for our convenience. When coal is mined, the imprint of leaves can sometimes be seen in the cleavage planes of the lumps.

 

 

Earth’s oceans are alive with plants as well. Seaweed, with its long tentacles, reaches upward for sunlight. Less obvious are the surface algae and other small ocean plants that are the food for a myriad of ocean creatures. The eventual fossilizing of ocean plants appears to be due to the burial of ocean floors and subsequent pressurization caused by tectonic movement of continental plates. Most of the oil is thought to have this source.

 

 

While energizing the Earth, plants have another vital role in the support of life. In the process of photosynthesis, water molecules are torn apart and oxygen is released into the atmosphere. This vital gas is needed for the recovery of the energy stored in plants via the chemistry of fire.

 

 

Is it reasonable to attribute all of these grand interconnected designs to chance? Or should we agree with the Psalmist that: “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’”?

 

– James Gibbs

 

 

 

Sacred Renewal . . . .  We are ending our time of Sacred Renewal this coming Sunday. The elders’ desire is that everyone make an effort to be present this Sunday morning, January 25th. Our sermon topic is: Tomorrow’s Church Today.

 

We will have a fellowship meal following our morning service. The meal will be provided, but we are asking you to bring lots of your favorite desserts to share.

 

Also, please plan to participate in our Twenty-four Hour Prayer-Fast Vigil which will be held Saturday - Sunday, January 24-25, from 8:30 a.m. Saturday to 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the building. It is open to all.

 

 

Sunday Evening Ladies Class will be starting a new series, Sacred Secrets, by Beth Moore this Sunday evening, January 25th. Class begins at 6:00 p.m. in the East Room. If you would like to participate please contact Toni Parker or Ranae Westeren as workbooks need to be ordered. Cost of the workbook is $10.00.

 

 

2015 Directory  -- Our proof copy of the directory is posted in the hallway by the East Room. Please review your listing and initial it if everything is correct or make the necessary corrections or additions. If your name is not listed and you would like to be included in our directory, please add your information on the sheet posted for new names.

 

*Also, if you would like to be added to or removed from the Prayer Chain, please check that listing also.

 

 

Coffee Servers are needed for 2015. Coffee Servers are especially needed for February. Please sign up on the list posted by the stairs. Thank you for all of your help.

 

 

 

Prayer Requests . . . .  For the family of Jo Anne Youngblood, sister-in-law of Sara Cade, who passed away last week...Also prayers for comfort for Nellie Kelton on the passing of her sister, Roda Norris, this past week...Diane Flock has applied for a full time job and is asking for prayers that she will get it...For our President and all of our military men, women and families.

 

 

 

Wedding Wishes --  Stephen and Diane Liles are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Ariel Grace, to Issaic Caine Belden. They are planning their wedding for Saturday, June 13th.  Congratulations to the happy couple !!!!!

  

 

Benevolence Help  --  Derrick Purl, the minister at Hope Christian Church, has been diagnosed with cancer and has ongoing medical treatment.   He and his wife are parents to two young children. If you would like to help with some of his expenses, please contribute to our benevolence fund. Please do Not put his name on the memo field of your check.   Please put your contribution in a separate envelope or attach a note to it specifying that it is for our benevolence fund. Thank you for your generous help.

 

 

Reconciliation Ambassadors of Southern Oregon is a new group of local Christians who are interested in the issues of disparity and particularly concerned with a Christian response to racial issues. They will be holding a meeting at Westminster Presbyterian in The Gathering Place on Saturday, January 31, at 9:00 a.m. Any Christian interested in this dialogue is invited to attend.

 

Mike Green, a local resident and co-founder of Scale Up Partners, will be available to us so that he can share his experience of being a black man and a black husband and father in Southern Oregon.

 

For more information please contact Codi Spodnik or see the flyer on the courtyard bulletin board.

 

 

Calendar of Events

January 24-25: Twenty-four Hour Prayer-Fast Vigil

(8:30 a.m. Saturday to 8:30 a.m. Sunday) at the building; Open to All

January 25: Sermon Topic: Tomorrow’s Church Today; Fellowship Meal after Service

 


 
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