Sep.22, 2002

Volume 12 - Number 38     

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

Fifth Sunday Contribution

September 29, 2002

This Sunday is our Fifth Sunday Contribution.
This contribution will be placed into the Building Fund.

Note: We met with the bank on Friday and they said they hope to have something ready for us by mid-week. As soon as the financing is approved we hope to being work ASAP. All of Sunday’s contribution will be placed into the Building Fund. If you would like to make a special contribution to the building fund - there are envelopes in the foyer.

The Cookie Thief

A woman was waiting at an airport one night.
With several long hours before her flight.
She hunted for a book in the airport shop,
Bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop.

She was engrossed in her book, but happened to see,
That the man beside her, as bold as could be,
Grabbed a cookie or two from the bag between,
Which she tried to ignore, to avoid a scene.

She read, munched cookies, and watched the clock,
As the gutsy “cookie thief!” diminished her stock.
She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by,
Thinking, “If I wasn’t so nice, I’d blacken his eye!”

With each cookie she took, he took one, too.
When only one was left, she wondered what he’d do.
With a smile on his face and a nervous laugh,
He took the last cookie and broke it in half.

He offered her half, as he ate the other.
She snatched it from him and thought, “Oh brother,
This guy has some nerve, and he’s also rude,
Why, he didn’t even show any gratitude!”

She had never known when she had been so galled,
And sighed with relief when her flight was called.
She gathered her belongings and headed for the gate,
Refusing to look back at the “thieving ingrate.”

She boarded the plane and sank in her seat,
Then sought her book, which was almost complete.
As she reached in her baggage, she gasped with surprise.
There was her bag of cookies in front of her eyes!

“If mine are here,” she moaned with despair,
“Then the others were his and he tried to share!”
Too late to apologize, she realized with grief,
That she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief!


My natural mother once wrote a poem about being thankful that I have always treasured since I discovered it. She died in 1984 with skin cancer. But, all that I learned from her is still with me today. I thank God for every memory and every valuable lesson that she taught me about life.

Her Poem went like this …

Thank God for dirty dishes,
They have a tale to tell.
While other folks go hungry,
We’re eating very well.

With home and health and happiness
We should not want to fuss.
For by this stack of evidence,
God is very good to us.

Cecelia D. Williams

It is often that stack of evidence that we so often forget or slight because we are too busy fussing or complaining.

John Williams, III

William Barclay once wrote,

"There is always something for which to give thanks; even on the darkest day there are blessings to count. We must remember that if we face the sun the shadows will fall behind us but if we turn our backs on the sun all the shadows will be in front."

(The Daily Study Bible Series: The Letter To The Philipians, Colossians and Thessalonians)



James 5:16
"Song Service "
Sunday night at 6:00 p,

Fellowship Meal - October 6, 2002. @ 12:00 noon. (Please plan on staying and sharing this time of food and fellowship with us.)

“Prayer is not eloquence but earnestness.” -- More




Remember in Prayer


 Wayne Vowell


Cathalee Sparks
Mike Weber
David Rizer
Amy Vowell
Viola Morinier
Iva Turner
Art Stapleton
Jeanette Thompson
Frank Small
Bill Sherman



 Delbert Leavens


Morning Services


Bible Reading:

 Kerry Keathley  


 Delbert Leavens  


 Ted Wheeler


Closing Prayer:

 Ernest Bowker


Evening Services


Opening Prayer:

 Clarence Riggenbach



 Delbert Leavens



 Song Service  

Closing Prayer:

 Trevor Wheeler

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