Volume 32 Number 17

Little Thoughts

Last Lord’s Day, while standing in the hallway in our educational wing, I watched the children on their way to Bible Class. I couldn’t help but pray a prayer of thanksgiving for the mothers and dads leading their children by the hand to get a greater knowledge of God. I wish that all parents everywhere showed that kind of love for their children.

Then I started thinking about those children. There’s so much to love about our kids. They are open, honest, affectionate, and filled with such simplicity. They don’t wear a disguise because they are unconscious of any kind of need of one. They receive instruction, facts, and gifts without any pretense. They are so pure.

So, three resolutions came to mind.

Let’s be kind to our children. Jesus received them gladly, and I should too. I thought again of our wonderful Bible class teachers who love and teach them. There’s no greater work. “Whoever receives one such child in my Name receives Me,” said Jesus. And again, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of My Father Who is in heaven.”

Let’s guard our children. Let’s put no stumbling block in their way either through our teaching or our example. Centuries ago, it was Juvenal who said, “Let nothing foul to either eye or ear reach those doors within which dwells a boy.”

Let’s become like our children. If we miss this, we “will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3).

William Eudy, Southside Church of Christ, Mineral Wells, Texas

News & Notes

GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENT:  Andy McGee will be graduating on May 17 at 1:00 at Colfax-Mingo High school and his open house is before that on May 2 at the McGee residence (105 N. League Road) beginning at 11:00 am.

MIKE HYSELL:  Deb McGee and Barb South’s brother, Mike, has gone back to work part time.  He and his family want to thank everyone for their prayers and caring!

NEW WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLASS: Darin Thompson is about to conclude the good study of the book of Ecclesiastes he has been teaching on Wednesday nights in the basement at 7:00. Beginning May 6th, Art will be in the basement teaching a class: “Twenty Lessons from the Book of Psalms”. It will only meet 20 times and then we will move on to some other topic. This study is sort of a continuation of Darin’s study on Ecclesiastes because it, too, is from the “wisdom literature” section of the Old Testament. Bring your Bible to class with you and be prepared to let your heart (emotions) as well as your mind (thought/logic) be explored and explained in the context of God’s Word through the Psalms. – Art

MWBC COLLECTION:  Don’t forget to get some Ranch Dressing for Midwest Bible Camp!

IN MEMORY:  If you would like to make a donation in Easton Van Egdom’s memory please consider one of these two organizations.  Help-a-heart.com is an Iowa organization that helps families with children who have heart problems.  You can also donate to the American Heart Assn at donate.americanheart.org.  -Stacey and Jared Van Egdom

PROFILES:  If you haven’t done a profile of you or your family lately, please write one up.  They are being printed for members to take and also being compiled in a book.

JEFFERSON’S SUMMER GOSPEL MEETING:  July 26-29 beginning at 7:00 pm with speaker David Wright.

CLOTHING GIVE AWAY: Bring good used clothes to church for the August give away.

Rumor:  It is possible that we will be having our May fellowship at Doan’s park in Pleasant Hill.  We will keep you posted!

Prayer Requests

Dan Bailey has learned that he has Type II Diabetes.

Rich Potter’s aunt is dying and he has gone to California.

Karen Hardy’s son Ken and his wife Brianna are expecting and the baby could come anytime.

Remember the family of Easton Van Egdom

Tammy Spark’s dad went to Mayo Clinic to have his carotid arteries cleared.

Glenn Stevens is still having some problems from the tooth that was removed last week.  They have taken him off of some of his medications which will increase his risk.

Karen Hardy’s cousin passed away recently.  Karen Hardy’s mother is not doing well and will very likely end up in a nursing home soon.

Karen Belk’s sister, Ina Reiker, has gone home from the hospital

Barry Phelps is recovering at home.   Remember Millie during this time.

Mike Ogle had a cyst removed from his wrist on the 17th.  He still has it wrapped but things are going well.

Gene McClaren asked that we remember, Karen, a former babysitter that has cancer and is not doing well.

Beth Potter’s uncle, Jim Asmus,  has had good tests so far.  There will be more tests.

Pam Dorrell’s friend Joan has cancer that has returned and is in the hospital and the family is in the process of looking for a care center for her.

Looking for Employment:  Tyler Sparks’ Brother-in-law; Toni Lovejoy; Jake is pursuing a job with the Sheriff’s office; Rich Potter

CEDAR FALLS:  Sharon Burke is still battling with cancer.  Ward Bickford (an elder) is battling an infection.

Expectant mothers:  Cassie Johnson

Toni Lovejoy’s father is terminal with cancer and his pain meds are not holding.

Calendar of Events

  • May 2 – MWBC Clean Up Day
  • May 16 – Karen Acres Singing
  • July 26-29 – Jefferson’s Gospel Meeting
  • Oct 12-15 – Holding the Traditions Lectureship—Dubuque

End of this issue.