07/26/2009
Volume 32 Number 29

God’s Trigger…

Memories come flooding back to you in the most surprising ways. We were in a Chinese restaurant, of all places, when I recognized the music as something I had heard on the Andy Griffith show. I recalled the exact episode and words to the song, even though the version at the restaurant was instrumental. In my mind, I could see Barney singing loudly off key as he walked around trying to find out who was, “flat,” “?Welcome sweet springtime we greet thee with song?” It is absolutely amazing how God created us, a few notes from a song, a smell, or a sight similar to something long forgotten and memories come flooding back. Not only is this memory triggering mechanism amazing and one more proof of God’s design, its purpose is not just a trivial one—He gave it to us with reason.

God gave us this ability to heal our relationships… “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23-24)

His gift allows us to connect and believe His message…The Jews replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” But the temple he had spoken of was his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the Scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken (John 2:20-22)

It reminds us of God’s many promises… “Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”(Genesis 9:16-17)

The world may tell you we came from a random muck of gobbledy- gook; however, we are God’s design. An obscure song reminded me of that. Remember this the next time God’s trigger kicks in.

Wade McKnight, Chickasha, OK

News & Notes

A BRIDAL SHOWER honoring Alison Augspurger will be held on Aug 6 from 7-9 pm at the building.  Alison and Rich (Stricklett) are registered at Target and Bed Bath and Beyond.  See Beth Potter if you would like to donate to a group gift or help with the shower.

SHORES:  I realize that many of you at Grandview will be doing final setup for the VBS that begins tonight. If some of you, who are not busy setting up for VBS, could come to The Shores to help sing and lend encouragement, it would certainly be appreciated. – Art

ANNIVERSARY: Bob and Gene McClaren will be married for 60 years on September 3.  They will be having a reception August 30.

CLOTHING GIVEAWAY:  Here are some designated times when we will be sorting clothes downstairs:

  • Tuesday-Aug 4  6:00-8:00pm
  • Saturday -Aug 8  10:00-12:00pm
  • Thursday-Aug 13  7:00-8:00pm
  • Saturday-Aug 15  10:00-12:00 pm
  • Tuesday-Aug 18  7:00-8:00pm

Please continue to donate clothes!

VBS IS HERE!  There will be a rehearsal after worship for those in the skits.   Please check the back window for any nights we need cookies.

Bring your friends!

BLOOD DRIVE:  For more than 45 years, The Blood Center of Iowa has been committed to serving the needs of Iowans by saving lives through volunteer blood donation.  The Blood Center provides blood and blood products to 49 hospitals in 44 Iowa counties and collects more than 100,000 units of blood each year to serve the needs of local hospital patients.  Eligible blood donors must be at least 16 years of age, be in general good health and weigh at least 120 pounds.

If you would like to help by donating blood, please sign up for an appointment on the sheet at the back of the auditorium.  If you would like to support the drive by providing refreshments, working at the hospitality table, making follow-up  calls, or being available during set-up and clean up, sign up on the appropriate sheet.

Come to Vacation Bible School

July 26-July 29
7:00 pm—9:00 pm
Sunday through Wednesday

Classes for Kindergarten through adult

Visit:

  • A marketplace
  • Paul while in prison
  • The underground church

Enjoy:

  • Crafts
  • Snacks
  • Puppets

Prayer Requests

Mike Richardson asked for our prayers for his mother, Bonnie Richardson, who had surgery last Monday to remove a lump from her breast.  The surgery was successful, they believe they removed all of the cancer, but her blood is not clotting properly and she had to be given a blood transfusion.  She will remain in Mercy Hospital the rest of this week in order to make sure that the fluids drain clear and that she does not lose any more blood.

Mike also  told us that his son, Manuel Richardson, was released from prison.  He went forward at church to be restored and Mike has asked for prayers for his son.   Manuel is due to get married in the next couple of weeks at the Richardson’s farm.

Wes Mort’s co-worker’s (Sonya Blockinstad) son was shot and is in critical condition.

Nancy Wallis, Ethel Delbridge, was taken to the hospital  this last week and was diagnosed with low blood pressure and dangerously low sodium levels.  Please keep her and her family in your prayers.

Dora Crocker is doing well after her surgery.  Thank you for your prayers on Dora’s behalf! – The Baileys

Mike Mazak asked for prayers for his father who is in failing health and that his heart may be opened to God.

Francis Cockrell-Colton the daughter of Harriet will be having surgery on the 4th of August to have the Adenoids removed from her neck.  They are swelling dangerously.

Mike Hysall has received word that his brain tumor is growing. The doctors want to try to treat the tumor with some experimental drugs and the insurance company has now approved their use.

A nephew of the Melvin’s, Chase, will be having chest surgery on Monday to remove a mysterious lump.

Dennis Webber, minister of the Church in Scottsdale, AZ, has died. Dennis & Linda attended White’s Ferry Road School of Preaching with Ray & Betty Bailey in the early 1970’s.

Kati Johnson the wife of Pam Dorrell’s nephew is having trouble with her eyesight and they don’t know why.

Jason Housby’s parents, Bob and Marla, are in transition preparing to go to Italy for mission work.

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.

Those looking for employment:  Tyler Sparks and his brother-in-law, Rich Potter, Floyd West (Suzie Easter’s brother), Tom Doty and Jared VanEgdom’s job is in danger.

Phyllis Mort’s sister, Carol, has lung cancer and needs further tests.

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

Bob Kunce, Kim Greer’s father, and Karen Hardy dealing with cancer.

Expectant mothers:  Cassie Johnson’s due date is very close (Aug 1) — pray for safe delivery and good health.

Calendar of Events

  • Jul 26-29 – Vacation Bible School
  • Jul 26-29 – Jefferson’s Gospel Meeting
  • Aug 6 – Alison Augspurger Bridal Shower
  • Aug 15 – Blood Drive
  • Aug 22 – Clothing Drive
  • Aug 30 – McClaren’s reception
  • Sep 5 – Crystal Lange and John Even wedding
  • Sep 19 – Alison Augspurger and Rich Stricklett wedding
  • Oct 12-15 – ‘Holding the Traditions’ Lectureship—Dubuque


End of this issue.