December 16, 2001
Volume 11, Number 50


Christianity does not remove you from the world and it's problems. It makes you fit to live in it, triumphantly and usefully.

Real Christians do not carry their religion; their religion carries them. It is not a weight -- it is wings. It lifts them up; it sees them over the hard places. It makes the universe seem free, life purposeful, hope real. It sets them free from fear, futility, discouragement, and makes sacrifice worthwhile.

Author Unknown

Our Sympathy

We extend our deepest sympathy to the Leaven’s family at the passing of Frances’ mother, Naomi Morton, on Thursday.

Services will be held at the building on Monday, December 17th, at 11:00 am.

Cards can be sent to:

Delbert & Frances Leavens
1056 Piedmont
Venice, FL 34293

A Special Thanks to
Dick & Ola Mae
for opening their home to all of us.

Click here to view other photos
from the
"Navarre's Holiday Gathering"

Coming Soon ...

… a new program of outreach into our community entitled House to House / Heart to Heart. It is an 8-page bi-monthly magazine that presents the gospel of Christ in a very positive format. At present more than 750,000+ issues are being mailed with great success throughout the country.

We have ordered our first issues and hope to begin an initial mailing of the magazine into our community around the first of the year. (Sample issues the foyer.)

If you have a friend, neighbor or co-worker that lives in Charlotte or Sarasota Counties that you would like to have placed on the mailing list—please give us their name and address. (There are sign up sheets for the mailing list on the table in the foyer.)

A Seminar That You Will Not Want To Miss ...

You are cordially invited to attend a seminar dealing with these and other important issues. The speaker is Dr. Bert Thompson, former professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A & M University. He is Executive Director and co-founder of Apologetics Press. He is also the editor of Reason and Revelation, a monthly journal on Christian evidences, published by Apologetics Press since 1981. All sessions are free. In addition, handout materials accompanying each lecture will be made available free-of-charge to those in attendance. Most sessions are followed by questions and answers.

Tentative Schedule

Friday, January 25, 2002
at the Venice High School Auditorium
7:00 p.m. “The Creation / Evolution Controversy

Saturday, January 26, 2002
at the Venice High School Auditorium
1:00-2:30 p.m. “Creation or Evolution … Which? Part I
2:30-3:00 p.m. Question and Answer Session
3:00-3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. “Creation or Evolution … Which? Part II

Sunday, January, 27, 2002
at the Church of Christ of Venice Building
10:00 a.m. “Scientific Evidences for the Inspiration of the Bible
11:00 a.m. “The Effect of Evolution on the Home, Church and Nation

Note: Friday and Saturday Seminar sessions will be held at the Venice High School Auditorium.

More details and scheduling coming soon!

Florida School of Preaching
27th Annual Lectureship
January 21-24, 2002
“Do You Understand Worship”

Click here for more details.

Annual Bible Reading Program

This week’s Bible readings are:

Sunday, 16th: Philippians 3; Ezekiel 23; Isaiah 51
Monday, 17th: Philippians 4; Ezekiel 24; Isaiah 52
Tuesday, 18th: Colossians 1:1-23; Ezekiel 25-26; Isaiah 53
Wednesday, 19th: Colossians 1:24-2:19; Ezekiel 27-28; Isaiah 54
Thursday, 20th: Colossians 2:20-3:17; Ezekiel 29-30; Isaiah 55
Friday, 21st: Luke 3:18-4:18; Ezekiel 31-32; Isaiah 56
Saturday, 22nd: Luke 3; Ezekiel 33; Isaiah 57

"Jesus understood the individual, and had time for him.”


New Directory

If you have not picked up your directory you can pick up on in the foyer. Please - one directory per family.

Due to some technical difficulties (computer) we are still working on some pages. If your family page is missing it may be due to such a problem or we may need to take/retake your photo. If your page is missing or you have an addition/correction please see Ted.

Corrections: Please note that the Zip code for the Rigneys and Garlics should be 34275.

Additions: For those of you who have already picked up a directory there are cover pages on the table in the foyer.
The 2002 Bible Reading Schedule is also ready. It is 3 pages and can be placed in the back of your directory

Walt & Jeanette Thompson - Melissa Keyso - Pansy McCord
Grace Webb - Craig Collier- Richard Dolan
Bill & Jeanne Sherman - Leslie Johnson - Viola Morinier
Virginia Law - Walt & Jeanette Thompson - Mary Kaupilla

Sunday’s Lessons:

AM ... "Do You Hear What I Hear" (Luke 2:8:20)
PM ...
"David Reigns #1" (2 Samuel 3:1-19)


Service Opportunities


Time of Services


 Wayne Vowell




 Walt Thompson


Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services



11:00 am

Bible Reading:

 Dick Navarre  

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm


 Mike Weber  



 Ted Wheeler


Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Closing Prayer:

 Glen Law


Evening Services



Opening Prayer:

 Clarence Riggenbach



 Mike Weber


Our Record - Last Week


 Ted Wheeler  

Closing Prayer:

 Jim Treece



$ 1657.00
Dale Schwartz
  Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Larry Jenson
David Coffman

Delbert Leavens

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