Volume 32 Number 20

And You’ll Grow, Grow, Grow…

I have heard several prayers for growth lately although, in truth, I remember hearing it in prayers since I was a young child. In most cases the prayers are intended to express a desire for greater numbers. While I agree whole-heartedly with the importance of including God with we set any goal we set; I do think we need to pray for Church growth with a much broader mind. A prayer for greater numbers is empty unless the growth we are praying for includes a growth in every aspect of our spiritual body. The good news is we are given the key to Church growth in the scriptures.

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ (Ephesians 4:11-15).

We have here a reminder that we have all been given specific talents. Furthermore, we need to use these talents to build each other up in, “Works of service, unity in the faith, knowledge of the Son of God and attaining the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” The key here is that our main goal should be to build each other in the awesome experience of Christ. In so doing, there is no possible way that we cannot grow in Christ ourselves.

In my search I did not find prayers for, “Church number growth.” I found many exhortations for growing in faith, knowledge, kindness, and most importantly love. Now don’t get me wrong there are several examples of exceptional growth in numbers. However, the growth in numbers was simply a byproduct of incredible spiritual growth in the Church. The numbers grew because there was a group of loving, sharing, people focused on the gospel of Christ. Nothing else in their life took precedence over their growth in their faith and knowledge of Christ. Now, that is a growth we must pray for—and not just for our congregation but in every congregation of the Lord’s Church across this nation and around this world.

Wade McKnight, Centerville Church of Christ, Centerville, Ohio

News & Notes

POTLUCK:  Sunday, May 24th after evening services at Doanes Park Shelter in Pleasant Hill. Table service will be provided.  Please bring your own drinks.  If you have questions, ask Mitch Mort.

TEEN FELLOWSHIP:  The Grandview teens are invited to a fellowship at the Miller’s home on Sunday evening after services (May 17).  Teens bring drinks and snacks of choice.

GRANDVIEW FAMILY PICNIC/CAMPOUT at the Augspurger’s was postponed until June 12 because of the rainy weather.

VBS:  There will be a VBS planning meeting at 5:00 pm this afternoon!  Please come!

EASTON’S ARMY:  Stacy VanEgdom is organizing  a team for the Heart Walk on June 6 at 8:00 am.  She is trying to get t-shirts with Easton’s picture on it.  If you are interested in a t-shirt, to walk or to make a donation, please contact Stacy as soon as possible.  Time is running out!

KAREN ACRES SINGING this afternoon at 2:00 pm.

EVERYONE INVITED TO: Graduation Open House for Stephen Albers  Saturday, May 30th 1-5 pm Albers’ home 6924 Brookview Drive, Urbandale, Iowa 515/270-4606

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE! – Once again we have been given an opportunity to serve. Starting on Sunday afternoon, May 31st, at 2:00, we will be conducting a worship service for ‘The Shores’ retirement center behind Copper Creek in Pleasant Hill. This is an outreach program for the Grandview Church of Christ. It is just another way in which we can use our talents for the Lord to try to expand His church kingdom. In June we are scheduled to be at ‘The Shores’ June 14 & 28. Thank-you for your continued support. – Art

CLOTHING GIVEAWAY:  There are two bins (one in the Commons area and one by the new baptistery) for you to put clothes in for the giveaway.

BUILDING REPORTS:  There are reports concerning the remaining building to be done.  Please take a copy!

NEW LEVEL PREACHING CLASS: For those of you men who have come through some of the earlier levels of preaching classes, there is a new preaching class with all new materials. It is called ‘Going On Unto Perfection’ and is an advanced level practical ministries course. It would be a good class for all of you Central Iowa Missions preachers who have taken the other courses and have been going out to preach from time to time. The new class should begin some time in June.  -Art

Prayer Requests

Remember the family of Keith Johnson who has passed away.  He was an elder of the West Madison church that used to be here in Des Moines.

Please continue to remember Karen Hardy and her family  in your prayers.

Pray for the family and friends of an Urbandale High School student, Jared Parks, who died in a tragic accident this past week.

A boy at Jenna Mort’s school was hit by a car and killed.

Judy Singer in the passing of her mother and for her younger brother, Jimmy who was especially close their mother.  Pray also for her shoulder that has been giving her some pain.

Carol Nikkel, aunt of Amy Penick, who had stem cell replacement.

Louise Nikkel, grandmother of Amy Penick is having hernia surgery soon.

Bob Kunce, Kim Greer’s father, is receiving Hospice care at home for his cancer.

Tammy Sparks’ dad went through his surgery well.

Kim Ferrell’s co-worker Rick Drabeck has been informed by hospice to remain with his son Kahlon, as he is unresponsive to anything at this time.

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

Continue to remember the Van Egdom family.

Those looking for employment:  Tyler Spark’s brother in law, Toni Lovejoy, Jake Ferrell pursuing a position, Rich Potter, Ken Hardy, Floyd West (Suzie Easter’s brother)

Karen Belk’s sister, Ina , was able to visit Karen in Des Moines.  We are so grateful for her progress!

Expectant mothers:  Cassie Johnson

Glen Stevens was having chest pains Wednesday.

Toni Lovejoy’s father is terminal with cancer.

Note:  If there is anyone that you would like to add to our prayer list or if there is an update for a current listing, please call (957-0542) or email Sandy (sklongfellow@yahoo.com).

Calendar of Events

  • May 17 – Karen Acres Singing
  • May 19-30 – Davis City church Youth Rally  “What School Doesn’t Teach You…”
  • May 24 – PM Potluck at Doanes Park
  • Jun 6 – Heart Walk at Capitol
  • Jun 12 – Grandview Campout
  • Jul 17 – Knoxville church Youth Lock in
  • Jul 26-29 – Vacation Bible School
  • Jul 26-29 – Jefferson’s Gospel Meeting
  • Sep 5 – Crystal Lange & John Even wedding
  • Oct 12-15 – ‘Holding the Traditions’ Lectureship—Dubuque

End of this issue.