May 27, 2001
Volume 11, Number 21

Remember Who We Are

What do you think is the most important thing that could happen in the Venice church? In your mind, in the privacy of your thoughts, in your hearts of hearts, if one thing could happen that would make the greatest single difference in this congregation, what would it be? Do you have that "big thing" in your mind? Keep it in your mind, and read with me from Philippians 2:2:1-11:

Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

If God chose one thing that could happen in this congregation, that would make the greatest difference to His purposes in us, this would be His choice.

He would choose for this congregation to be filled with teens, with young men and women, with middle aged men and women, with mature men and women who had the attitude and the mind of Jesus Christ. These would be people who emptied themselves before God. These would be people who sacrificed for God's purposes. These would be people who humbly served God in any way God led them.

Why would God choose that?

Because they would be people who shared one mind, the mind of Jesus. Because they would be a people who took care of their love. Because they would be a people who based their unity on a single purpose for existing--God's purpose in Jesus. Because they would be people who refused to be selfish or conceited. Because they would be people who valued other people with genuine interest in those people. In short, because they would be people who humbled surrendered life to God just as Jesus did, with the same heart and mind Jesus had.

Everything God wants to happen in Venice could happen if God had a congregation of people who thought from Jesus' perspectives and based their actions on Jesus' motives.

Is that the way you think? Are those the motives for your actions?


Church Directory

A draft copy of the new church directory is in the foyer.

Please check your information and initial if correct.

If you need to have your picture taken (or retaken) please see Ted after services.

For Our Youth

Weeki Wachee Christian Camp
June 10-16, 2001
Weeki Wachee, FL

Central Florida Bible Camp
July 22-28, 2001
Eustis, FL

See Ted or Renee for more information.

Annual Bible Reading Program

This week’s Bible readings are:

Sunday, 27th: ... Romans 2:1-3:8, 1 Samuel 10:17-11:15, Psalm 56
Monday, 28th: ... Romans 3:9-31, 1 Samuel 12, Psalm 57
Tuesday, 29th: ... Romans 4, 1 Samuel 13, Psalm 58
Wednesday, 30th: ... Romans 5, 1 Samuel 14, Psalm 59
Thursday, 31st: ... Romans 6, 1 Samuel 15, Psalm 60
Friday, 1st: ... Romans 7, 1 Samuel 16, Psalm 61
Saturday, 2nd: ... Romans 8, 1 Samuel 17:1-54, Psalm 62

When saving for old age - be sure to put away a few pleasant thoughts.

Ghana Newsletter:

The May-June newsletter which should be online later this week. To read the latest news, reports from Ghana and find out about the upcoming campaign ... go to

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.

Clarence Riggenbach - Stepheny Bennett - - Charles Furr - Miriam Small

Bill Sherman - Leslie Johnson - Viola Morinier - Virginia Law - Naomi Morton

Ron Jones - Mary Kaupilla


Wednesday Bible Classes:

Sunday’s Lessons:

"What Mean These Stones?" (Joshua 4:6-7)

"Song Service " (Come help us praise God in song!)

Service Opportunities


Time of Services


 Wayne Vowell




 Walt Thompson


Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services



11:00 am

Bible Reading:

 Frank Small  

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm


 Jim Treece




 Ted Wheeler


Ladies Bible Class:

11:00 am.

Closing Prayer:

 Carl Rigney



Evening Services


Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

 Jim Dougan



 Jim Treece


Our Record - Last Week


 Song Service  

Closing Prayer:

 Kerry Keathley



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  Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Kerry Keathley
Jim Dougan

Wayne Vowell

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