11/23/2008
Volume 31 Number 47

Emergency!

It is a phrase repeated over and over in hospitals around the world—”This patient needs blood!” The body cannot exist without it. It fights infections and makes life possible. If a part of the body loses the blood supply, even for a short period of time it begins to die. Its importance is undeniable, and the supply never seems sufficient, as evidenced by the ongoing blood drives around the country. Since this is the case, could there be a more appropriate symbol of our salvation than the blood of Christ?

But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:13).

How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! (Hebrews 9:14)

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect (1 Peter 1:18-19).

Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26:27-28).

Know this! Every characteristic mentioned of blood corresponds with the blood of Christ—except for one. Our bodies riddled with the infection of sin need a transfusion to cleanse them. Life in heaven for us would have been impossible without the blood covenant poured out on the cross as an offering for our sins. The body of Christ, His Church, could not exist without the blood. Without His blood we die in our sins with no hope of heaven. As you can see, we too are faced with an emergency, and His blood is our salvation. Remember though, I said every characteristic holds true but one. The blood of Christ is never in short supply. It runs backwards and forward through time cleansing and giving life to those who were dead in their sins.

Christ once took a cup of the grape, which symbolized his blood, and said, “Drink from it, all of you.” He did it to instate a symbol of what no one can live without, His blood. Let us never forget what the drink means and what the blood does.

Wade McKnight, Centerville Church of Christ. Centerville, Ohio    Wade McKnight, Centerville Church of Christ. Centerville, Ohio

News & Notes

DEVOTIONAL:  There will be a devotional on Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving—November 26. There will be no classes.

COOKIE EXCHANGE:   All ladies are welcome to Jo Mort’s house Dec. 4th at 7:00 pm for a night of fun.  We will have a cookie exchange,, candle exchange and a chance to help replenish the Welcome Basket Supplies.  You can participate in one, some or just come and have fun.  If you want to do the cookie exchange bring 3 dozen cookies.  If you want to do the candle exchange bring a wrapped candle do not include a tag.  Try to keep the candle under $10 or under.  If you would like to help replenish welcome baskets consult the list on the next page.

MEN’S  GET TOGETHER:  All men are welcome to a Sausage Feast.  Mitch Mort will host on Dec. 4th at 7:00 pm in his Manly Garage!  Bring a dish that uses sausage and the men will eat and have fellowship.  Drinks and table service will be provided.  Please bring a chair.

THANK YOU:  We want to thank everyone for the expression of love, concern, and prayers at the passing of Nancy’s father last week. We received many cards extending sympathy to us. The plant from the congregation was very nice. At times like this, we realize how blessed we are to be part of the Grandview family. – Art & Nancy Wallis

CARE PACKAGES:  We are collecting items for the annual “We Care” packages/baskets for college students, soldiers, and our shut-ins.  A sign up sheet is posted and a collection box is in the fellowship hall. The deadline is November 23.

CONSTRUCTION HAS BEGUN!  Please be very careful as the construction progresses.  Drive carefully and be careful of the children.

PROFILES:  If you have not already done a short profile of you and/or your family, please do one and turn it in to Jason Housby.  They will be made into a booklet for members and visitors to read.

Welcome Basket Items:

Women
Recipe Card Sets
Book Markers
Note Cards
Picture Frames
Chip Clips
Dish Cloths
Coasters (set of 4)
Combs and Brushes
Hot Pads

Men

Ice Scrapers
Garage Items
Duct Tape
Flashlights
Shop Towels
Bandana  Handkerchiefs
Detail Brushes (For Vehicles)
Tape Measures
Chap Stick

Children
Books
Games
Night Lights
Gloves and Hats
Gift Cards (McDonalds, Burger King, Subway)

(Donations for the purchase of Bibles, Placemats & Devotional Books will be accepted. These  will be given to new converts only.) We have plenty of dish towels, candles, pens, pencils and note pads.

Calendar of Events

Dec 4 – Ladies Class Cookie Exchange at the Mort’s
Dec  7 – AM Potluck
Dec 31 – New Year’s Eve Party at the building
Jan 16 – All Church Birthday Party

Prayer Requests

Beth Potter fell down some stairs and broke a bone in her foot on the way back from Canada.

Please remember expectant mothers and their safe pregnancies: Stacy Van Egdom & Christine Cary

Andy Behanish had surgery on his feet and is now at home.

Nancy Wallis’ and family on the passing of her father, Albert Delbridge, in Indianapolis.

Mike Johnson and Shane Siegle concerning their jobs. Please pray for new opportunities.

Karen Carico has been very ill and having difficulty managing the pain.  When visiting, please do not go into the room if the door is closed.

Karen Hardy and her continuing challenges.

Jim Mort’s cast was taken off and he hopes to be home before today.

Glen and Marge Stevens in dealing with Glen’s illness.

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

Jeff Moore— to follow his diagnosis go to www.caringbridge.org/visit/JeffMoore.

Toni Lovejoy’s father with prostate cancer and her grandmother with lung cancer.

Bob Kunce, Kim Greer’s father; Jean Cook, Archie’s mother, who all have cancer

Kimball Matkins, who has ALS go to:  http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kimballmatkins.

Central Iowa Missions

Nov 23 – Osceola – Michael Mazak
Nov 30 – Osceola – Joe Buxton
On Sunday afternoons, Art is teaching a 2-hour Basic Preaching class at Osceola and then speaking for their evening worship hour.

Birthdays/Anniversaries

Nov 23 – Steve & Barb South
Nov 23 – April Magneson
Nov 24 – Susan Mort
Nov 25 – Karen Carico
Nov 25 – Samantha Greer
Nov 26 – Nan Nelson



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