10/12/2008
Volume 31 Number 41

Who brought you to Christ?

I think it is great to grow up in the church.  You get a lifetime of teaching about God and His Word and the joy of a Christian family to care about you.  It was so thrilling to see my children baptized and know they were grounded in faithful teaching.

If you didn’t grow up in the church, who brought you to the knowledge of God?  Think about that person and what it took for them to ask you.  Are you grateful?  I would venture to say that would be a resounding YES!

I sometimes wonder where I would be if I hadn’t been introduced to Jesus.  Would I have found him on my own?  Would I have kept striving to know Him better?  Would someone eventually take the time to invite me to church?  I am so grateful to be where I am today!

My brother was brought to Christ through his wife.  He married and within a year was baptized.  One of the first things they thought of was how they could influence me as the little sister.  I spent the summer with them and during that time realized the joy of knowing Jesus and being in a church that loves God.  Being baptized and becoming part of the church was the greatest thing that ever happened to me!

I think for some people inviting friends and family to church comes quite naturally.  For others, it doesn’t.  I am sure that my brother was a bit nervous when he asked if I would like to spend some mornings during that summer visiting with their preacher.  I was grateful and studied about God in a way I hadn’t ever done before.  The Bible became real to me.

Our Friends and Family Day is coming and you can be that person who influences someone else’s life.  Sure, there are a lot of people that won’t be interested but some will.  How do we know who those people are?  Sometimes it is really hard to know.   We must keep striving!

Now is the time to think of people we can influence.  Scripture tells us to plant the seed and God will provide the harvest.  Send cards to your family and friends and be part of planting the seed.  There maybe someone out there that will be very grateful that you made the effort!

-A Grandview Member

News and Notes

BASIC PREACHING CLASS:  There will be a        special Basic Preaching Class offered on Tuesday nights at 6:30 at the church building for any of our male members who are interested in taking it in a less formal setting. I have one man already taking it and it is open to anyone else who is interested. The first night will be October 15th. Please see Art if you are interested in taking this class.

SONBEAMS will be going for breakfast at 8:30 on Tuesday Oct 14, to the Village Inn, 3410 8th St. S.W., Altoona.

FRIENDS AND FAMILY DAY—Oct 26:  The mailboxes are out and the invitations are ready.  It is time to start making out the invitations!

RACE FOR THE CURE:  There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board to participate as a group. The early registration deadline is past—go to this link for info: http://www.komendesmoines.org/

HAYRCK RIDE AND BONFIRE FELLOWSHIP with the Osceola Church of Christ will be Saturday, October 24th at 4:00 pm.  Hotdogs and s’mores are provided.  Bring your own drinks and chairs. You can bring a side dish also if you want.

Sign up of you plan to attend—Maps will be provided—Call Jessie Mort if you have questions! 770-8188.

ADVANCED PREACHING CLASS: It will begin on Sunday morning November 2nd in the Fellowship area. This is for men who are members at Grandview who want to continue with the preaching class series or who want a refresher course. Please let Art know if you will be attending. Thank-you

OGDEN’S LADIES DAY/MEN’S RENEWAL:  October 25th is the Ladies Day/Men’s Renewal at Ogden. If you plan to attend, please sign the information sheet in the fellowship hall as they need a count soon as to how many plan to attend.”- Art

Calendar of Events

  • Oct 18        Men’s Bible Study
  • Oct 24        Hayrack Ride & Bonfire fellowship with the Osceola church
  • Oct 25        Ogden’s Ladies Day and Men’s Renewal
  • Oct 25        Race for the Cure
  • Oct 26        Friends and Family Day!
  • Nov 1 & 2   Marshalltown Youth Rally—1402 S Center St
    SPEAKER: JOEL NETTLES, CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST, CEDAR RAPIDS

Prayer Requests

Prayer of Thanks!  Doris Gaulke had a test concerning her cancer and found out that there is no new cancer and no further treatment is planned!

Jim Mort had hip surgery on Wednesday.  He is at Iowa Methodist.

Barb South’s brother-Mike Hysell’s brain tumor has returned. He is having treatment.

Jeff Moore is no longer in a coma.  He will be coming to Des Moines (Iowa Methodist) for treatment.  If you want to encourage his family or follow his diagnosis go to www.caringbridge.org/visit/JeffMoore.

Karen Carico is doing worse and is still at Taylor House.  Continue to remember her and her family!

Karen Hardy is having challenges with her cancer.  Please keep her and the family in your prayers!

Please continue praying for:

  • Frank Ingersoll’s step-mother had a small stroke.
  • Karen Belk’s sister had a stroke and will have a long recovery.
  • Glen and Marge Stevens in dealing with Glen’s illness.
  • Toni Lovejoy’s father who has advanced prostate cancer and her grandmother diagnosed with lung     cancer.
  • Bob McClaran’s sister, Nathalie, who lives in South Carolina is in need of a transplant for her  eye.
  • Bob Kunce, Kim Greer’s father; Jean Cook, Archie’s mother, who all have cancer
  • Kimball Matkins, who has ALS —there is a website that chronicles his life at: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kimballmatkins.

Central Iowa Missions

  • Oct 12 – Osceola – Darin Thompson
  • Oct 12 – Knoxville – Joe Buxton
  • Oct 19 – Osceola – Michael Mazak

Birthdays & Anniversaries

  • Oct 15      Ruth Short
  • Oct 16      Archie Cook
  • Oct 17      Pam Dorrell


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