06/21/2009
Volume 32 Number 24

Quite a Character…

Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. Abraham Lincoln

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. Helen Keller

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.  –Ralph Waldo Emerson

I was browsing through some quotes the other day and found these. I was immediately drawn to Abraham Lincoln because I admire his character, and I wondered if he often recognized disparities between the shadow and the real thing. The quote from Helen Keller was fascinating because of her own character that emerged from her trials and sufferings; and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote reminded me of a message from another writer, James the brother of Christ.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens word to the but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it–he will be blessed in what he does (James 1:22-25).

The common thread which runs through these quotes is that character is revealed through our actions. Lincoln reminds us that our character is what we really are, not what is said about us. James urges us to put into effect that which we hear, because our character is seen by what we do. We cannot sit around waiting to be inspired—inspiration comes through our work. Helen Keller calls for us to press on, for while we may go through trials, it is how we face those trials that determines our character. James puts it like this…Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything (James 1:2-4). Finally, Emerson’s quote hits far too close to home. What comes out of my mouth mirrors the kind of character I have. Therefore, I think I better work on the things I say, because it will reflect the things I do, and inscribe to the world the kind of character I have.

Wade McKnight, Centerville Church of Christ, Centerville, Ohio

News & Notes

THANK YOU!  A BIG thank you for everyone who participated and donated to the heart walk in Easton’s memory!  Even in the rain it was a big success.  Between donations and t-shirt fundraiser we are able ato donate (give or take a few dollars) $2,140.00 to help with the fight of heart disease.                      -The Van Egdoms

WORSHIP:  Gaylon Harrison is going to be helping Joe with the worship roster.  Joe would like one more man to help as well and trade off duties.  Contact him if you would be interested.

TEEN GIRLS OVERNIGHT:  There will be an overnight for the teen girls at Ann Longfellow’s home on Monday, June 22 beginning at 5:00 pm.

BLOOD DRIVE:  The blood drive is scheduled for August 15.

CLOTHING GIVEAWAY is scheduled for August 22nd.

JASPER COUNTY CHURCH OF CHRIST in Newton has had 6 baptisms in the past 3 weeks. We rejoice with them in their success!

BRIDAL SHOWER honoring Crystal Lange will be July 25 at the building.  Plan to join us for brunch.  Crystal and John are registered at Target, Younkers, and Williams and Sonoma.    If you have questions, please contact Beth Potter or Debbie Nieve.

BABY SHOWER:  Cassie Johnson’ baby shower will be at the Walker’s house on July 11.  Cassie is having a girl.

Opportunity to Serve: If you would like to help work in the sound room during worship/classes, please contact Jason Housby.

SIGN:  We are in need of a person to put scriptures and/or sayings on the sign out front of the building.  If you are interested, please contact Jeremy.

JEREMY OUT OF OFFICE:  Jeremy will be in Arizona from Monday through Friday this week.

PREACHING CLASS:  All new preaching class materials – Going On Unto Perfection – will be taught soon as a Sunday morning class. Be watching for further details. This is available for all men who have gone through the other levels of preaching classes. – Art

Prayer Requests

Prayers for Brody Decker.  Brody will be a student in Jo Mort’s class when school starts.  He has just been diagnosed with leukemia.

Amy Penick’s grandmother, Louise Nikkel, had surgery on Tuesday.  Everything seemed to be going well, however things have changed some.  She is in a great deal of pain and her medications to control the pain are causing some problems with her mental capacities.  She has also developed pneumonia.  She can’t cough well because it causes so much pain with her hernia repair.  They have now put her in the ICU with oxygen.  She is not yet on the respirator, but if things don’t improve soon, they will put her on it without hesitation. Please keep all our family in your prayers.  We have been through a lot lately. Thanks,  Amy Penick

Ed Hutchins from the Hickman church is having hernia surgery.

Andrew who was visiting Wednesday night asked for prayers for he and his family.

Elaine Folding’s family is going to be visiting Des Moines and they will travel to Kansas City for a reunion.  Please pray for safe travel.

Jeremy will be going to a camp in Arizona all week.

The church in Billings, Montana, has been dealing with a member being arrested in the death of his wife during a hunting trip.  There is a lot of turmoil at this time—please pray for their faithfulness.

Addie Meyers  new baby, whose parents are acquaintances of Beth Potter, will be having some chromosome testing.

Kristin Fagin a friend of Kim Ferrell recently lost her husband and is suffering through depression right now.

Karen Hardy is working on a part time basis.  Visiting her would still be a good idea but please call first.

Karen Hardy’s mother has been placed in an Assisted Living facility.

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

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), Tom Doty (has been applying out of state).

Expectant mothers:  Cassie Johnson (Aug 1)

Toni Lovejoy’s father is terminal with cancer.

Calendar of Events

  • June 22 – Girls Overnight at Ann Longfellow’s July 11 – Cassie
  • Johnson’s Baby shower
  • July 17 – Knoxville church Youth Lock in
  • July 25 – Crystal Lange’s Bridal Shower
  • July 26-29 – Vacation Bible School
  • July 26-29 – Jefferson’s Gospel Meeting
  • Aug 15 – Blood Drive
  • Aug 22 – Clothing Drive
  • Sep 5 – Crystal Lange & John Even wedding
  • Oct 12-15 – ‘Holding the Traditions’ Lectureship—Dubuque


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