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 April 8, 2015

April 8, 2015

 

 

GREETINGS FROM ARIZONA

 

 
   

Hello church family! I hope you are all well, and I hope you had a wonderful Easter celebration with family and friends. I am VERY excited to share with you some news regarding our youth group this summer!

 

 

We are taking off on a new ministry adventure! For the first time we are leaving this state for our summer mission trip. We will be flying to Tuba City, Arizona, to work on a Navajo Indian Reservation. We will be teaming up with the East County Church of Christ youth from Gresham and the Newberg Church of Christ youth group.

 

 

We will be working in many ways while there. Tuba City is at poverty level, and most of its citizens struggle to make ends meet. So we will be working for them in the morning helping with building projects, house repairs, storing fire wood for the winter, etc. We want to serve them in love. In the afternoons, we will help lead a VBS for local children and several nights will host teen events for the locals, all in hopes of sharing the joy of the gospel message.

 

 

We are very excited! It is going to be a wonderful and life changing trip. We have eleven team members embarking from West Main. It is going to take LOTS of fundraising, as each person has to fund their travel, food, etc. Some of you will get a letter requesting help. (We made sure that no one at church gets more than one request.) We also want our team to EARN this, so as to have more ownership. So we are, right now, officially offering their services. These kids are “FOR HIRE.” They are willing to help you clean, do yard work, paint, babysit, ANYTHING you need, in order to help fund their mission efforts. If you have a job, please contact Brian Pannell and we will get you the help you need. We can work with any schedule and any request. Here are the “laborers in the vineyard”:

 

Jeremiah Bigboy, Zach Kirk, Jonah Michael, Courtney Denn, Michala Denn, Dylan Moreno, Paul Flock, Katie Covington.

Need help? They are willing!!!! Please contact us ASAP.

 

– Pannell

 

 

 

DEPRESSED PEOPLE ARE ANGRY PEOPLE?

 

 

I once read that depression is anger turned inward. I thought at first to myself, “Is not saying depression is anger turned inward blaming the victim of depression?” I mean it almost seems like piling more weight on an already emotionally burdened person. “You say you are depressed? Well, that is because you are angry at your own self!” I typically think a person is depressed because something is happening or has happened to them, not because of something they do to themselves. Furthermore, is not depression an expression more of sadness, and not of anger?

 

 

While there seems to be multiple causes to depression, Scripture certainly hints at anger toward oneself as one possible cause. Let us consider just two passages; one from the book of James and the other from Genesis. James writes (4:1-3):

"What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.”

 

 

According to James, a desire or passion that goes unfulfilled can drive an engine of anger within us. When our desires are frustrated in some way, we seek to overcome the perceived obstacles in forceful ways. We may use the most direct force of physically violent action, or choose to be verbally violent, or emotionally manipulative. But what happens when our anger expressed through violence is unsuccessful, or we perceive that we are not strong enough to overcome the obstacles to our desires?

 

 

In the book of Genesis, when Abel’s offering is looked upon with favor by God, but Cain’s desire for God’s favor was rejected, we read the following (4:5-7):

 

“But for Cain and his offering [God] had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell.   The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”

 

 

Notice above the connection between Cain’s desire, anger, and his “face fallen,” in other words, the connection between his anger and depression? Cain desired God’s favor, but on his own terms. When his desire went unfulfilled, he became angry. But what forceful action could Cain take toward God? Cain could not bring about change in violent ways toward God, so his anger turned inward. Perhaps he thought of himself as unworthy or too weak. Cain was psychologically beating himself up.

 

 

Cain may not be able to beat up God, but what about beating up his brother, Abel? Perhaps with Abel out of the way, Cain could forcefully gain God’s favor. So Cain’s face was no longer fallen, but he raised his face toward Abel in murderous rage (Genesis 4:8).

 

 

Anger rooted in unfulfilled desire would either be expressed toward others violently, or if we are not able to force our way, then that anger will turn inward, and our faces will reflect a depressed state.

 

 

While anger turned inward may not be the only cause of depression, it certainly is one cause that we ought to consider.

– Terry

 

 

Our 2015 Directories are now available on the information center in the courtyard and on the lobby tables.  Please take only one directory per family.  The directories in the binders are for new members only or for those members who did not get a binder. 

 

 

 

Family Camp-Out  -- Please come join us at Joseph Stewart State Park for a family camp-out on August 21-23.You need to make your camp reservations ASAP to reserve your campsite. Please make your reservation for Loop C. If you can’t get Loop C, please make it for Loop A. Campsite reservations are $22.00 per night. We will worship at the lake on Sunday, August 23. More details to come. If you need more info, please contact Stephen Liles.

 

 

Prime Timers Luncheon  --  Prime Timers - you are invited to a luncheon at Twin Creeks on Thursday, April 16, at noon. Lunch will be provided. Please R.S.V.P. to the church office by April 9, so we can let them know how many people are coming. Thank You.

 

 

Daddy-Daughter-Dinner-Dance will be held on April 18 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room.   The cost is $24.00 per couple. If you think that you will be coming - please register with Marcie Dixon.

 

 

Please Mark Your Calendar for our annual Camp Fund-Raiser Dinner. It will be held on Saturday, May 16,at 6:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room. More details to come. If you have any questions, please contact Brian Pannell.

 

 

Willamette Valley Men’s Day  -- The Keizer Church of Christ has invited our men to join them for a Men’s Day and Golf Scramble on May 16. Please see the complete information on the courtyard bulletin board.

 

 

Medicine Bottles for Malawi  --  Paige Dixon is collecting empty medicine bottles to sent to Malawi as part of her Girl Scout Bronze Award for community projects.  She and her fellow girl scouts are trying to collect three hundred medicine bottles by the end of May.  Tear off as much of the label as you can and she will do the rest.  Please give your bottles to Paige.  Thank you for your help.

 

 

Nursery Help Needed  --  Diane Liles is in need of nursery help on the following dates: June 28, July 5, July 26, August 9, and October 18. If you can fill one or more these dates, please call or text Diane.

 

 

 

Prayer Requests . . . Marie Anthony is still having difficulty waking up after surgery and is still in ICU...Bob Trimmer still has back pain – please pray that it will be relieved soon. Also, prayers for Dorothy as she takes care of him...The Liles Family requests prayers for Emy Park (the minister’s wife at Woodburn) for her complete recovery and healing after a double mastectomy...Rylie Michael requests prayers for her soccer teammate, whose two year old sister passed away last week - prayers and comfort for the family...Rick Dauphin wishes to thank everyone for their prayers following his surgery...For Faith and Patrick Yates - prayers of comfort after the passing of their father, Dean Yates, this past week...For Scott Kelly as he travels to say goodbye and make final preparations for his mother’s passing...Christina Duarte requests prayers for mother, Rene, to be able to find a permanent job...For David Mayes to be more giving and Christlike and for his friends, Cora,to be a good influence; Tanya, good health for her baby; Brandi, prayers for her spiritual growth...For our President and all of our military men, women and families.
 
 
 

February Financial Statement

 

INCOME:
General Fund Contributions              $23,953.00
Non-Budgeted Contributions              $6,595.39
Development Funds & Rents              $1,927.00
Interest/Other Income                             $0.53
Total Income for month             $32,475.92

    
EXPENSES:
Administration and Payroll               $12,443.32
Youth on Fire                                      $950.02
Vision Ministries                                  $667.87
Office                                              $1,109.89
Nurturing Brethren                              $578.99
Operational Ministries                       $1,861.66
Worship & Facilities                          $1,038.35
Non-Budgeted Mission                         $724.45
Development & Kings Hwy                $6,691.46
Total Monthly Expenses             $26,066.01

 

 


Calendar of Events

April 18: Daddy/Daughter Dinner Dance

June 28-July 4: CAMP

July 13-17: VBS

 

 

 
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