November 26, 2000
Volume 10, Number 48

Grace and Providence

Almighty King! whose wondrous hand
Supports the weight of sea and land;
Whose grace is such a boundless store,
No heart shall break that sighs for more;

Thy providence supplies my food,
And ‘tis Thy blessing makes it good;
My soul is by Thy Word,
Let soul and body praise the Lord!

My streams of outward comfort came
From Him who built this earthly frame;
Whate’er I want His bounty gives,
By whom my soul for ever lives.

Either His hand preserves from pain,
Or, if I feel it, heals again;
From Satan’s malice shields my breast,
Or overrules it for the best.

Forgive the song that falls so low
Beneath the gratitude I owe!
It means Thy praise, however poor,
An angel’s song can do no more.

First National Thanksgiving Proclamation

Whereas, it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; Whereas, both the houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness!" Now therefore, I do recommend next, to be devoted by the people of the states to the service of that great and glorious being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be, that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country.

George Washington, 1779

A DANGEROUS DOUBLE STANDARD

In 1925, the state of Tennessee forbade the teaching of evolution in the public schools. An article in the Knoxville News-Sentinel, November 24, 1983, revealed that over 80 percent of the state's biology teachers would oppose being forced to teach the idea of Biblical creationism. I must point out that creationism is not only Biblical; it is also scientific. One can conclusively prove that a Supreme Being exists without ever referring to one verse from the Bible. The article also said that 67 percent of the state's teachers reported that they stressed evolution with a moderate to strong emphasis. Over half said that student response to the teaching was generally positive. Things can sure change in 66 years.

These statistics should literally frighten us. In many school systems, the God-less theory of evolution is being spoon fed to our children and it is being taught as a fact of science. It is not a fact! It is a theory and not a very good one at that. The most disturbing fact of all is that creationism is not being taught alongside of the theory of evolution. Supposedly, it violates a student's first amendment rights if he has to listen to the creationist point of view. It is strange to me that the first amendment is protecting unbelievers and is forcing believers in God to sit back and take notes on something so contrary to their beliefs. Why is it not a violation of a student's first amendment rights if he believes in God and has to sit and listen to the theory of evolution being taught as fact? Someone says it is because creationism suggests religion and you can't force religion on somebody. Yet, it is equally true that evolution is one of the basic tenets of humanism which was declared to be a religion by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1961. Even the humanists themselves call humanism a religion. Thus, the obvious question arises: If creationism can't be taught in the public schools because of its religious implications, then why is evolution allowed to be taught when it is connected with religious humanism? There is an obvious double standard that must be dealt with by educators. It is seemingly okay for the theory of evolution to be taught as fact to students who believe in God. Yet, it is supposed to be a violation of a student's first amendment rights if creationism is proposed as the alternative to evolution.

Isn't it ironic that a country which stamps "In God We Trust" on its coinage will not give equal time to the creationists in the public schools? Those who believe in God have just as much of a right to have their theistic view voiced in the schools as those who don't believe in God do to voice their atheistic sentiments. If your children are being taught evolution, write your government officials, the school board and the administrators of your school to tell them that you feel your children's rights are being violated. Let's stand up and be counted.

B.J. Clarke

To set apart this day of Solemn Thanksgiving...
that the Lord may behold us as a people offering praise and thereby glorifying Him.

First Thanksgiving Proclamation

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.

Remember in Prayers:

Cathy Jenson - Robin Vowell - Naomi Morton - Virginia Law

Richard Treece - Leslie Johnson - Buddy Morgan - Erin Guin

Bill & Jeanne Sherman - Viola Morinier - Lillian Comiskey

Web-Site ... Moving soon to... www.venicechurchofchrist.com

News:

 

Building Program: This past week we received our plans from the architect. We also have our permit from the Southwest Florida Water Management District. The engineers have applied for our permit to hook up to city water and we should be in a position to apply for our building permit and begin getting bids on the work.
Click here for a preview of some of the work that is being done.

Sunday Adult Bible Class: "A Visual Study of the Missionary Journeys of Paul" (10:00 am)

Wednesday Adult Bible Class: "Jeremiah", chapter 31. (6:30 PM)

College Care Package: Anyone wishing to contribute something to the care package for Geoff Lund please see the list of needed items on the bulletin board.
Men's Prayer Breakfast: Saturday, December 16th. at 8:00 am. The elders will be preparing breakfast.
Ladies Day: February 3, 2000. Guest speaker will be Rhonda Thompson from Montgomery, Alabama.

Sunday’s Lessons:

The Church ... "Prevailing over Hell" (Matthew 16:18)

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Service Opportunities

Time of Services

Announcements:

Wayne Vowell

Sunday

Ushers:

Walt Thompson

Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services

Worship:

11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Kerry Keathley

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm

Songs:

Delbert Leavens

Monday

Sermon:

Ted Wheeler

Ladies Bible Class:

11:00 am.

Closing Prayer:

Glen Law

Wednesday

Evening Services

Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

DClarence Riggenbacs

Songs:

Delbert Leavens

Our Record - Last Week

Sermon:

Song Service

Closing Prayer:

Jim Dougan

Attendance:
81

Communion

Contribution:
$ 1580.00
Larry Jenson
Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Charlie White
Jim Treece
Weekly Average (yr):
TBA

Don Douglas

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