February 3, 2002

Volume 12 - Number 5     

The Road of Life

At first, I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die. He was out there sort of like a president. I recognized His picture when I saw it, but I really didn’t know Him.

But later on when I met Christ it seemed as though life were rather like a bike ride, but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that Christ was in the back helping me pedal.
I don’t know just when it was that He suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since.
When I had control, I knew the way. It was rather boring, but predictable...It was the shortest distance between two points.

But when He took the lead, He knew delightful long cuts, up mountains, and through rocky places at breakneck speeds, it was all I could do to hang on! Even though it looked like madness, he said, “Pedal!” I worried and was anxious and asked, “Where are You taking me?” He laughed and didn’t answer, and I started to learn to trust.
I forgot my boring life and entered into the adventure. And when I’d say, “I’m scared,” He’d lean back and touch my hand.

He took me to people with gifts that I needed, gifts of healing, acceptance and joy. They gave me gifts to take on my journey, my Lord’s and mine.

And we were off again. He said, “Give the gifts away; they’re extra baggage, too much weight.” So I did, to the people we met, and I found that in giving I received, and still our burden was light. I did not trust Him, at first, in control of my life. I thought He’d wreck it; but He knows bike secrets, knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners, knows how to jump to clear high rocks, knows how to fly to shorten scary passages. And I am learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places, and I’m beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion, Jesus Christ.

And when I’m sure I just can’t do anymore, He just smiles and says...”Pedal.”

Author Unknown

"And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God and the Father by him."
Colossians 3:17

Last Sunday afternoon at the congregational meeting the church expressed their interest in proceeding with the Building Program. (If you were unable to be present there is a flyer available in the foyer outlining the Building Program - past, present and future.)

Over the next few weeks we will be working to raise as much capital as possible to enable us to know how much financing will be needed. It is asked that you remember this in your prayers and your giving.

At that meeting, various ideas were expressed on how to raise needed capital. Some expressed an interest in making a special contribution to the Building Fund. Envelopes will be made available in the foyer for those who would like to make a special contribution.

Others suggested they might like to make a pledge to give a certain amount over a period of time. This would certainly be welcomed and also be of a help in providing a better idea of funds that would be available for the Building Program

The contribution on each 5th Sunday will be placed into the Building Fund. The next 5th Sunday will be March 31st.

Also, please note that the budget has been raised to $ 2000.00 per week. Each family is asked to consider the new budget and the building program as they purpose what they will give.

Can God Trust You?
Luke 16:1-13
The Truth About Sin
2 Samuel 12:1-15

We are very interested in our young people and want to provide them with the best opportunities to learn in our classrooms. We are in the process of looking at new materials and are in need of members who are willing to serve as teachers. Please see Ted if you can help teach.

God measures my trustworthiness by how I manage what He has given me at this present time.


Ladies Day
March 16, 2002
Orange Street Church of Christ
Speaker: Joyce Kidwell Stearsman

Sign-up Sheet on Bulletin Board




Remember in Prayer


 Wayne Vowell


Frank Small ~ Walt & Jeanette Thompson
Betty Dougan ~ Michael Woods
Rose Sovis ~ Pansy McCord
Bill & Jeanne Sherman
Melissa Keyso ~ Leslie Johnson
Virginia Law ~ Viola Morinier
Mary Kaupilla ~ Catherine Sparks



 Delbert Leavens


Morning Services


Bible Reading:

 Delbert Leavens  


 Jim Treece  


 Ted Wheeler


Closing Prayer:

 Charlie White


Evening Services


Opening Prayer:

 Clarence Riggenbach



 Jim Treece



 Ted Wheeler  

Closing Prayer:

 Mike Weber

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