Volume 32 Number 3

Many Styles, One God

The styles of John the Baptist and Jesus were so different from each other. John lived like a desert hermit; Jesus toured the towns and cities. John became known for fasting, Jesus became known for feasting and going to parties. Their styles and messages did not appeal to many Jewish leaders. As a result, the leaders criticized, slandered, and opposed them. They wanted a Messiah more like them.

God has used, and still uses, various “styles” today. Whether we use power point, hymnals, or sing from memory, it can all honor God. All of us are living examples of the diversity of “styles” God has used. Whether we were brought to Christ as the result of camp, Gospel Meeting, campaign, friend, relative, minister, or youth meeting, God uses various people with their various styles. Whether it was a chart study, pamphlet study, filmstrips, or nothing more than a Bible, God uses various styles. Whether it is baptism in a baptistry, stream, swimming pool, or lake, God uses various styles.

I know of Christians who have been mentored through ministries that deal specifically with empty nesters, teens, seniors, parents, prisoners, alcoholics, addicts, divorcees, jobless people with no skills, etc. Forty years ago, many of these sorts of ministries were rare. But with the new challenges we face today, many are meeting these challenges.

Let’s consider what it will take to minister to the challenges we currently face. God has given us a mission as parents, grand- parents, and as a church. Let’s be open to where God will lead.

John Telgren, Qohelet Web Ministry, Leavenworth KS

News and Notes

CONGRATULATIONS! Micah Hardy put his Lord on in Baptism on Wednesday night. A group went over to the Hickman Church for the baptism. Take time to congratulate Micah!

KAREN ACRES SINGING: We are scheduled to sing on January 18th at 2:00.

PREACHING CLASSES: Textual Analysis In Advanced Preaching” class will begin the second Sunday of February in the basement here at Grandview. Any of the male members at Grandview are welcome to attend this class during the morning Bible class hour.

TEEN GATHERING: The Baileys will be hosting a Grandview Teen gathering at their home on Sunday 1/18 after evening services. Grilled ham and cheese sandwiches will be served.  Teens – please bring chips and/or cookies-bars-desserts.

LADIES CLASS: LADIES FELLOWSHIP will be this Tuesday, Jan 20 at 7pm at the Starbucks on Merle Hay Rd (just North of I-80) Topic will be: “More is Never Enough.” Join us for a evening of “coffee” and fellowship.

BIRTHDAY PARTY POSTPONED: Because of the construction and the difficulty of holding the party, it is best that we postpone it.

KATY ALBERS (former member) will be doing mission work in NW Scotland. If you are interested in contributing to her expenses there will be envelopes and brochures available.

BIBLE BOWL: Be thinking about participating in the Bible Bowl. The text is 1 Samuel 1-10 New American Standard. The date is Feb 14 (snow date Feb 21) Practices are Sunday afternoon at 4:00. Grandview is co-host.

NEW: We would like to begin a listing of activities/achievements of the Grandview Church members. For instance, if your child has a recital, please give me the time and place and we will enter it onto a list. We would like to give interested members the chance to attend. Also, if you have achieved something such as getting a promotion or honor roll, this would be great for the list as well .

Prayer Requests

Van Egdom Family: Easton had tests that showed nothing has changed. Jared and Stacey are able to hold him whenever they want. Because of the place of the hole in his heart he will probably have to have surgery in about six months. When he masters eating from a bottle we should be able to bring him home! Chase is doing great! He is eating every three hours and gaining weight. He is a good sleeper. Enoch is missing dad a lot because he is at work all day and at the hospital at night, but he loves Chase and wants to hold him. Stacey’s parents have been staying with them and have been a great help!

Joe Breton’s mother suffered a mild stroke on Jan 8. He hopes to have her back at her home on Jan 16. She has recovered approximately 95% of her right arm and leg which was the area that the stroke affected. She had a hip replacement on the left hip three weeks ago that she is also recovering from.

Cedar Falls Members: Glen Davis is doing well after surgery. Sharon Burke Is in Houston at a cancer facility. She also now has a bowel infection.

Jan Johnston from Indianola (attended Evergreen congregation in Des Moines) passed away Thursday afternoon. Our sympathy is with her family.

Jeremy’s aunt is having back surgery.

Karen Hardy has been having more tests and her hip has been very painful. Please remember her in prayer!

Remember to pray for the elder nominations.

Expectant mothers: Cassie Johnson

Marge Stevens – Her sister’s health has been decreasing drastically. This along with Glenn’s health has made her life very stressful.

Tyler Sparks’ Brother in law – looking for work.

Lyndsay Gordon’s sister’s baby, Michaela Sue Nobel, has gained about an ounce and is now in an incubator which is good progress. She still needs a lot of prayers.

Louise Gordon is beginning to get her eyesight back. Please pray for continued progress.

Barb South’s brother-Mike Hysell’s brain tumor has returned. He is having treatment.

Millie Buxton is still having eye problems and please pray for Joe’s job.

Jake Ferrell’s mother has been ill and has been referred to Iowa City or Rochester.

Toni Lovejoy’s father and her grandmother with lung cancer; Bob Kunce, Kim Greer’s father also has cancer.

Jeff Moore— to follow his diagnosis go to www.caringbridge.org/visit/JeffMoore

Kimball Matkins, who has ALS go to: www.caringbridge.org/visit/kimballmatkins.

Central Iowa Missions

Jan 18th – No One from Grandview Going

Jan 25 – Osceola – Joe Buxton

End of this issue.