Mar. 10, 2002

Volume 12 - Number 10     

Remember to Forget

And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh:
For God, said he, hath made me forget.

Genesis 41:51

Some things should be forgotten. Joseph could have wasted his life dwelling on the injustices he suffered. As a youth, his brothers sold him into slavery, and he was forced to live in a hostile land. He had to spend his teenage and adult years away from his beloved father. Joseph even spent time in prison. In spite of all he endured, he harbored no resentment. In fact, he named his son Manasseh, which means “forgetting.” He explained, “For God … hath made me forget.”

The result of “forgetting” past hurts is illustrated in the life of William Sangster. A guest who had come to spend the holidays with Sangster was watching him address the last of his greeting cards. One of the names on the list startled the friend. “Surely you are not sending a card to him,” he said. “Why not?” the preacher asked. “Don’t you remember what he said about you just 18 months ago?” Sangster replied that he only remembered a resolution he made at that time. He had determined that with God’s help he would forget about the man’s cutting remark. The card was sent as planned.

Yes, some things need to be dropped from the Christian’s memory. He shouldn’t harbor wrongs done to him. He mustn’t let some unkind word keep him from maturing in Christ as he should. And he should never use another’s insensitivity as his excuse for not serving the Lord.

Are there things in your past that you need to forgive and forget?

Let me forget the hurt and pain
Found along life’s way;
Let me remember kindnesses
Given day by day.

- Berry -

It is far better to forgive and forget than to resent and remember.


"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

Special Contribution

Last Sunday, the congregation showed their support of the building program by contributing $ 14,246.75. Earlier in that week another $ 1800.00 was contributed to the building program. This is a great start. Thanks to all. May God bless you for your generosity and support.

For those wishing to make a special contribution to the Building Fund — envelopes are available in the foyer. Be sure to mark your contributions: BUILDING FUND.

Fifth Sunday

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

New Budget

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.

“And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up,
and every one whom his spirit made willing,
and they brought the LORD'S offering to the work …
And they came, both men and women, …
and brought a willing offering unto the LORD …”

Exodus 35:21-29



















Delbert Leavens
Dale Schwartz

Teachers ...

Class materials are ordered.

“Forgiveness is a funny thing; it warms the heart and cools the sting.”
William A. Ward

New Members ... David & Barbara Riser

On February 24th, David Riser placed membership with the church. That same morning his wife, Barbara, was baptized into Christ. We are happy to welcome to the Lord’s church in Venice.



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

Larry Jenson
Art Stapleton
Betty Dougan
Walt Thompson
Frank Small
Pansy McCord
Bill & Jeanne Sherman
Virginia Law
Viola Morinier
Patricia Collins
Leslie Johnson
Melissa Keyso



 Delbert Leavens


Morning Services


Bible Reading:

 Kerry Keathley  


 Jim Treece  


 Ted Wheeler


Closing Prayer:

 Charlie White


Evening Services


Opening Prayer:

 James Bowman



 Jim Treece



 Dale Schwartz  

Closing Prayer:

 Wayne Vowell

Our Record - Last Week


Dick Navarre
Dale Schwartz - Clarence Riggenbach
Mike Weber
$ 14,246.75
$ 2695.00
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