January 2, 2000         Volume 10, Number 01

A New Beginning

A new year, a new millennium—exciting times! We can look back—at the holidays, time just spent with family and friends—at 1999, with many of the surprises that life brought our way, some pleasant and some not so pleasant.

Today, we can look forward to a brand new year! With the hope of a new start on goals and resolutions, old and new. Look back at your 99 calendar. It is filled with all the tiny details of last year. Phone calls, doctor’s visits, meetings, school activities, vacation plans, deadlines – a thousand tiny details that all fit together to form the whole of your year.

Now look at your 2000 calendar. For the most part it is clean and fresh. You see none of the events, important or unimportant, that will make up the year ahead. I hope that you will take some time and look through those blank pages and think about the year ahead of us.

It is ready to unfold and involve us in all of its tiny details. Before this happens, look into all those empty places on your new calendar and envision each filled with greatness, prosperity, success and victorious Christian living. As members of the Lord’s church in Venice, we will be traveling through these blank pages together. Let us fill them with progress, accomplishment and praise – all to the glory of our God.



The Boy Who Kept Sunday

A boy in his early teens was working for a New York newspaper as a printer's apprentice. Everything went fine until one Saturday when he was handed a job that had to be finished before Monday morning. That meant he would have to work on Sunday. The lad approached the composing-room manager and stammered, "I will work until twelve tonight, sir." "You can't finish by tonight," growled the boss.

The young fellow tried his best, but when midnight came the job was unfinished. With the papers trembling in his hand, he told the manager: "I must resign, sir, as I cannot work on Sunday. I can't break God's law."

The manager tried to convince the boy that a few hours work on the Lord's day would not be so wrong, but the boy, who was the main support of his mother, stood firm and was about to accept his paycheck when the manager slapped him on the back and smiled: "Say, you've got real stuff in you, son. You're just the kind of boy I need here. You can finish that job Monday. Go to church and worship God. God bless you, John."

That young fellow advanced steadily in the printing business. His name was John Harper, founder of Harper & Row, whose publications are known around the world.

Arthur Tonne

Youth News

This section of our bulletin is going to be devoted to our young people. Upcoming activities, news, articles, etc. We have a great group of young people here at Venice. Let us keep them in our thoughts, prayers and plans as they enter this exciting new year and millennium.

Balancing Acts

Have you ever been to the circus and watched the tightrope walker? Have you ever dreamed about being a tightrope walker? Isn’t it amazing how much higher it seems at the circus than on TV? Even more amazing is how they are able to maintain their balance in spite of all the yelling and things going on at the circus. The reason they are able to maintain their balance is that they do not allow themselves to be distracted by all of these things. They keep a constant focus on the rope ahead of them.

In a way, Christian’s are tightrope walkers, too. As we go through life there are many “distractions” along the way. A Christian though does not allow himself to be distracted by these things. They keep their focus upon God, Jesus and the Bible. When we do this it will bring balance to our life and help keep us from “falling” into sin. (Jeremiah 29:13; Colossians 3:1-2, NKJV)


Our Sick:  

Everette Riggenbach

Stephanie Bennett

Frank Small

Angie Bowker

Ernest Bowker

Clarence Riggenbach

Virginia Law

Viola Morinier

Cathy Jenson

Bill Shermon

Mary Jane Collier

Ralph Lapp




Ladies Class: The class will resume on January 10, 2000. (Monday at 11 am.)

Wednesday Study: Jeremiah, chapter 2. 6:30 pm.

Fellowship Meal: Sunday (Jan. 2) at noon.

Sunday’s Lessons:

"What Have They Seen In Thy House" (2 Kings 20:1-15)

"Facing the Inevitable - Death" (Genesis 47:27-50:26)

Lectureships ...

25th Annual Lectureship “Do You Understand Preaching?” January 17-20, 2000 

Florida School of Preaching

1807 S. Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33803 


2000 Treasure Coast Lectureship “In His Steps” January 18-20, 2000

Jupiter-Tequesta Church of Christ

11701 SE 17th Street, Tequesta, FL 33469



“Winter Gospel Meeting” January 9-13, 2000

Cape Coral Church of Christ

1010 SW 20th Avenue, Cape Coral, FL 33991


Speaker: Tom Holland

Times: Sundays at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 6:00 pm - Weekdays at 7:00 pm

Note: Flyers for these meetings are posted on the bulletin board in the foyer. Be sure to pick up one of the FSOP newsletters in the foyer. Ted will be speaking on the 20th at 9 am.



Dream Big

There is little power ... in little plans.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.



Service Opportunities

Time of Services


Wayne Vowell



Walt Thompson

Bible Study

10:00 am

Morning Services


11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Kerry Keathley

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:

Charlie White


Larry Jenson

Our Record - Last Week


Ted Wheeler

Closing Prayer:

Jim Dougan



$ 1332.82

Delbert Leavens

Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Dale Schwartz
Dick Navarre
Weekly Average (yr):
$ 1601.33

Jim Treece

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