Volume 32 Number 25


A few days ago a group was getting ready to leave the church building to see a movie. We had a mix of teens, children and adults that would be riding the van to the theater.

I was walking down the hallway with my youngest son, Payton, and the Nix’s little boy, Glen. I was joking with them said ato Glen, “Hey, you aren’t old enough to be in the church van are you?” Without missing a beat and with all seriousness, this five year old boy waved his hand in front of him and said, “I can ride the van, but I can’t drive it yet.” As if I didn’t know. You see, even a five year old knows his limitations.

Do we know our limitations? Many times we think we are IT! We can do anything and nothing is beyond reach. Isn’t that what we are told from a young age by our parents, teachers, coaches, and others? The problem is that some of those supporters leave out the most important element to our success – GOD.

The song we sing says it right, “Without Him I would be nothing; Without Him I’d surely fail. Without Him I would be drifting, Like a ship without a sail. Without Him I would be dying; Without Him I’d be enslaved. Without Him life would be hopeless, But with Jesus, thank God, I’m saved.”

As Christians, we have to realize we are limited without God. But with God, there are no limits to our possibilities! Consider the great things we can do with God as our source of confidence and power.

“In the fear of the Lord there will be strong confidence” (Proverbs 14:26)

“Be of good courage, and let us be strong” (2 Samuel 10:12)

“Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9)

God’s Word is full of examples of limited, ordinary men and women who did extraordinary things because they trusted in the Lord for all their success. You and I can also do great things if we are “strong in the Lord and the power of His might!” (Ephesians 6:10)

Mark Hammitt. Weber Road Church of Christ, Corpus Christi

News & Notes

SONBEAMS will be going for breakfast at 8:30 Tuesday July 14, at the Village Inn, 3410 8th St S.W. in Altoona. Anyone is welcome to join us
for food and fellowship. Lyle

VBS:    Please remember to  sign up on the sheet in the back of the auditorium for some of the needed tasks.

Also, be thinking of  who you might be able to invite to attend.

WORSHIP:  if you would like to help Joe Longfellow and Gaylon Harrison with the worship roster please see Joe.

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

SIGN:  If we have a number of people that would be interested in putting verses in the sign we could do it on a rotating basis.  This is an important work that impacts the public.  Please contact Alan Augspurger or Joe Longfellow if you can help.

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 Nieves.

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

ALL C.I.M. PREACHERS – “Going On Unto Perfection” an advanced practical ministries class will be offered during the Bible class hour on Sunday mornings beginning next Sunday, July 5th, in the new classroom in the old fellowship hall. All of the Central Iowa Missions preachers are encouraged to participate in this class if at all possible. It is all new material.                                  – Art

GOSPEL MEETING:  The West Liberty Church of Christ is having a three day Gospel meeting from June 19 to June 21.  Mike Ell from Chanute, Kansas will be speaking on “Denial” “The Main Thing” and “Just One Glimpse.”

Prayer Requests

Jason Housby’s parents, Bob and Marla, are in transition preparing to go to Italy for mission work.  Please remember them in prayer for a good transition.

Prayers have been requested for Nick Lacina who worships with his parents the Center Street Church of Christ in Marshalltown.  Nick is 18 and has leukemia.  He has a three year course of treatment that leaves him weak and sick.

Jeremy Folding sprained his ankle while in Arizona this week.

Jared VanEgdom’s job is in danger.

Tyler Sparks lost his job.

Phyllis Mort asked for prayers for her sister, Carol, who had a CT scan which revealed a mass on her kidney and she must see a surgeon.

Please pray for those who are travelling during this summer time. Many are on vacation.  The Millers will be on vacation for two weeks.

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

My grandmother, Louise Nikkel, is now in a rehabilitation hospital and is doing better.   Amy Penick.

Glen Stevens had a good report on his heart and lungs.

Andrew asked for prayers for he and his family.

Addie Meyers  new baby, whose parents are acquaintances of Beth Potter, had a test for Down’s Syndrome and the test was negative.  The baby is fine.

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 who is 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’s due date is very close—pray for safe delivery and good health.

Calendar of Events

  • 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

End of this issue.