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 February 4, 2015

February 4, 2015

 

 

SET  FREE

 

Sunday, February 15, 6:00 p.m.

West Main Church Auditorium


 

 

Last year we hosted a poetry night. It was SUCH a huge hit, and SUCH a blessing for all involved that we are bringing it back! This year the theme is SET FREE. You are asked to base your poem on some aspect of that theme. All poems and all styles are welcome. All ages are encouraged to participate. In fact, the more the merrier!

 

This year the event is part of Jessie Stoner’s senior project for graduation. She is also using the night to help feed the hungry through ACCESS. So she asks that the “ticket for admission” be two cans of food. Please bring those with you and she will be collecting them.

 

If you are going to participate, or have questions, please contact Brian Pannell or Jessie Stoner at 541-890-2376. We look forward to another powerful evening!

 

 

 

TURNING TAKERS INTO GIVERS

 


Is it possible to change a covetous man who is consumed with taking from others - into a compassionate giver? Jesus did. What can cause this metamorphous?

 

 

In raising this question we are not asking about the super rich who sometimes are prompted to turn to benevolence in their old age. Jesus called attention to rich men who were tossing coins into the temple treasury out of their surplus, in contrast to a poor widow who gave out of her need. Rather, we have in mind the radical change of a hardened taker, for whom the need of others is the last thing on his mind.

 

 

Consider the tax collectors mentioned in the life of our Lord on earth. Had I lived in that day, I doubt that I would have chosen to keep company with them as our Lord did. They had taken sides with the enemy, their Roman conquerors, and extracted taxes from their own people. No wonder they were despised. Yet Jesus seemed to specialize in them in his outreach.

 

 

In the case of Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector in Luke 19, the word seems to have gotten around of Jesus’ interest in men like him. In his eagerness, he climbed a tree to see Jesus as he was passing his way. When Jesus offered to go home with him, this despised man was moved to the point of repentance. He declared that he would henceforth give away half of his possessions and right the wrongs in his past. Love cannot only cover a multitude of sins, it can also turn a man away from sin. In this case, it turned a taker into a radical giver.

 

 

Matthew, another tax collector, recognized Jesus as a greater treasure than what he had been pursuing in his life. When Jesus entered Matthew’s home for dinner, many other tax collectors and dubious characters also showed up to eat as well. Jesus had seen Matthew as a man who could be changed. He became one of Jesus’ disciples. In him, another case is made for acceptance and love.

 

 

Jesus’ apostles learned from him about turning takers into givers. Paul writes about thieves who had become believers in Christ. He charged them to turn from taking from others to working for wages so they would be able to give to the needy. Radical turnarounds like that are possible – even for thieves.

 

 

The training of early Gentile Christians is another example, found in II Corinthians 8 & 9. There are some sixteen reasons in those chapters for being a giver. Although many today resort to the Mosaic law of tithing as a motivation, tithing is not to be found in that list. We now have a higher calling in Christ – that of sharing our lives and goods.

 

– James Gibbs

 

 

 

Prayer Circle  --  Please come join us each Wednesday Evening as we gather together in prayer for one another and the Lord’s church at West Main. We meet in the auditorium from 6:30-7:30 p.m. to pray, read scripture, sing and encourage one another. The prayer circle is for anyone of any age. The Prayer Circle is facilitated by one of our elders every week.


 

 

Prime Timers Valentine’s Day Potluck  -- Prime Timers - You are invited to a Valentine’s Day potluck luncheon on Wednesday, February 11th, at noon in the Fireside Room. If you would like to share a wedding photo, please bring it.   Please bring lots of your favorite potluck dish to share and come join the fun and festivities. Contact Darold Hutsell if you have any questions.

 

 

VBS Meeting  --  Sunday, February 15, 2:00 p.m.  Anyone interested in teaching, helping with crafts, helping in the kitchen or in some other capacity, please be at this meeting.  Contact Denise Beeks with any questions.

 

 

Our Mexico Dinner and Auction will be held on Saturday, February 21, at 5:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room. This year’s project will focus on rebuilding the camp kitchen and men’s restroom facilities which are being torn down to make way for a road. If you have items to donate for the auction, please contact Valda Newton.

 

***Also, if you are planning to go on our Mexico Trip during Spring Break, March 21-29, please contact Valda or the church office for your registration forms. Forms will be available this Sunday, February 8. You will need to have your money and registrations returned by March 1.

 

 

Camp Yamhill Men’s Retreat  -- West Main will be hosting the men’s retreat at Camp Yamhill, March 6-8. The cost for the weekend is $88.00. Our speaker this year is Rich Little from the University Church of Christ at Pepperdine University. You are encouraged to pre-register on the Yamhill website at www.campyamhill.org. or you may register when you arrive.

 

 

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.

 

 

Baby  Shower -Mark your calendar for two upcoming baby showers on Sunday, February 22, at 6:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room for Jed & Ashley Rennels (expecting Brynlee Ann) and Blain and Kelsey Rennels (expecting Brayden Alan).  Both couples are registered at Target.  If you would like to contribute to a group gift, see Melanie Rennels.  There will be a finger food fellowship that evening, so bring lots of your favorites to shareEveryone is invited to attend!

 

 


Prayer Requests . . . . For Terrie Becker as she recovers from surgery - she is expected to go home today. She came through surgery fine and they were able to get all of the tumor...Wydie Denn requests prayers for their son and grandson, Travis and TJ Denn, who are in Africa - prayers for their safety and that their ministry will be well received...Also, prayers for Ariann Wisdom for good results for health issues...Doris Sutherlin requests prayers for her brother, Terry, who has a bad infection in his right hand - prayers for his healing...For the mother of Linda Farris, Norma, who had a stroke last week and is currently in intensive care at the hospital in Redding...For Colleen Godfrey who will be moving to Whidbey Island, WA, in about six weeks to be with her fiancé. Also, prayers for his acceptance of Christ as his Savior and for prayers for them to have a beautiful life together...For the friends of David Mayes: Cora, Layla, Mike and Brandi - for their health to improve and to accept Christ and for David to be more Christlike...For our President and all of our military men, women and families.

 

 

 

Baptism  -- We rejoice in the Lord that Merrick Pannell was baptized on Sunday, January 25th. Please congratulate Merrick on her decision to be baptized.

 


 

Thank You Note  --   Dear West Main Church of Christ:

We want to express our sincere gratitude for your support of our family. We know that God brought us here for a specific purpose and we are continuing to prepare for what the next part of that purpose is. There are so many ways that God is providing for our needs and we cannot help but be thankful. Thank you for being part of His provision.

 

God Bless,  Derrick and Tiffany Purl

 


Calendar of Events:

February 11: Prime Timers Valentine’s Day Potluck Luncheon; Noon; FSR

February 15: VBS Meeting; 2:00 p.m.; Fireside Room;

                      Set Free Poetry Slam; 6:00 p.m. Auditorium

February 21: Mexico Dinner/Auction; 5:30 p.m. Fireside Room;

                     Contact Valda Newton for details.

February 22: Baby Shower for Jed/Ashley Rennels and Blain/Kelsey

                      Rennels; 6:00 p.m.; FSR. Be watching for details.

 

 

 

 
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