April 9, 2000
Volume 10, Number 15

What Shall I Give?

Before we can truly be useful to God we must meet Him face to face. Before we can accomplish any great thing we must go to God and find His will. Moses met Him at the burning bush and we meet Him through His inspired Word, but we must meet Him nonetheless.

And when we meet Him what shall we givev? All David had was a sling, but with Godís help that sling brought down a mighty nation. All Jonathan had was a sword but with Godís help tht sword also brought down the heathen. All Rahab had was basket; all Dorcas had was some material; all Paul had was dedication and desire.

Anything and everything we have, being will to use, God will glorify. Men and women surrounded by common things which God can make uncommon is usage.

Ask a farmer what he has as he stands before the open furrows of his field. His answer, "Only seeds." But seeds, as is the Word of God, are designed to be planted, and, the Lord will give the increase..

Shannon Jackson

Elder Selection Process

First, we would like to thank all of the congregation for their interest and participation in the elder selection process. Most of the members participated - submitting names of men to serve in this capacity.

All the names submitted were reviewed at the regular business meeting in April and again last Sunday evening. There were a number of men for personal, health and other reasons who withdrew their names from consideration.

Following this process there were three men whose names had been submitted that said they would be willing to serve the congregation as elders. They are: Delbert Leavens, Wayne Vowell and Ted Wheeler.

At this time, we would like to put these names before the church. If any of our members have a scriptural reason that would prevent one of these men from serving it is asked that you submit your objection in writing to Jim Dougan, Clarence Riggenbach or Jim Treece. These submissions should be turned in by April 23rd. Any submissions will be reviewed at that time.

If there are no scriptural reasons submitted - then we will move forward with the appointment of elders on May 7th, the first Sunday in May.

Again, we want to thank the congregation for their support during this process.

May God bless us as we strive to do His will and follow the pattern that He has set forth in His Inspired Word.

A Special Welcome to our Visitors

Please fill out a blue visitor card so that we might have a record of your visit. If needed, there is a nursery available at the rear of the auditorium. Bible classes for all ages are available Sundays at 10:00 am and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. We hope that you will join us for these studies. Please come and worship with us again soon.

Youth - News & Notes

Weeki Wachee Bible Camp - June 11-17, 2000

Bible Bowl 2000 - September 9, 2000

Doing the Best Things in the Worst of Times

In an old English church building, a memorial table bears this inscription:

"In the year 1653, when all sacred things throughout the nation were either demolished or profaned, Sir Robert Shirley, Baronet, founded this church, whose singular praise it is to have done the best things in the worst times and hoped them in the most calamitous."

English history verified how turbulent the times were. A civil war had resulted in the king being beheaded. The country was tom by strife and dissension; the atmosphere reeked with hatred; the overall outlook for the times was dark indeed. In such a dismal day, Sir Robert Shirley decided to act and do something constructive ... he built a church building! Then, as now, the worst of times demand the best of deeds!

Who better to do the best of things than Christians?! If you are bothered and disturbed over the crisis of the times and the conditions of our day, throw all your influence with all your might on the side for right. Cast your lot with individuals that are trying to make a difference for good. In Philippians Paul charged, "That ye may beblameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world" (Philippians 2:15).

When all around you grows dark, let the light of your Christian life shine ever so brightly.

Bill Dillon
Gospel Gems

Gospel Gems contains lessons that encourage personal and spiritual growth. Each lesson can be read and or presented in just a few minutes. Volumes 1 & 2 are now available in print.

Remember in Prayers:

Iva Turner - Betty Dougan - Bill Sherman

Cathy Jenson - Virginia Law - Viola Morinier



Ladies Class: Mondays at 11:00 am

5th Sunday Contribution: We will have a 5th Sunday contribution on April 30thówith everything over our budget given on that day going toward our building program. Note: The engineering for the project is nearing completion and the architect is working on some preliminary sketches
Sunday Adult Bible Class: "Inspiration of the Bible" (10:00 am)

Wednesday Adult Bible Class: "Jeremiah", chapter 9. (6:30 pm)

Sundayís Lessons:

"Peter & The Keys to the Kingdom" (Matthew 16:13-20)

"Overcoming Our Enemies" (Roman 12:14-17)

Rehabilitation puts a new coat on the man.
Transformation puts a new man in the coat.

(Romans 12:1-2; 6:1-18)


Service Opportunities

Time of Services


Wayne Vowell



Press Phillips

Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services


11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Carl Rigney

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm


Larry Jenson



Ted Wheeler

Ladies Bible Class:

11:00 am

Closing Prayer:

Frank Small


Evening Services

Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

Clarence Riggenbach


Larry Jenson

Our Record - Last Week


Ted Wheeler

Closing Prayer:

Jim Dougan



$ 1460.00
Delbert Leavens
Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Kerry Keathley
Mike Weber
Weekly Average (yr):
$ 1843.49

Lance Leavens

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