Volume 32 Number 32

All Tangled Up…

Next to our house, in the corner of our fence was a bush-turned-tree that had grown over the house and over our neighbor’s house. We needed to remove the beast so we started the process of cutting it out little by little, starting with the tangle of branches and working in to where we knew the trunk must be. When we finally got to the trunk we were met with an interesting situation, the branches from the bush had wrapped in and out of the chain links and completely around the corner post where you could no longer see the metal, only the wood. Having no hope of removing the encasement we now have a potential bird house stand or in the very least a natural conversation piece.

There are two natural spiritual applications here. One is an illustration of how Satan works. I am sure this plant started out as an attractive piece of landscaping. Yet, over time, as the branches wove in and out of the fence, it became something else entirely. Satan, works in this way, one branch of sin curls around you and without your realizing it you become encased in sin with little hope to escape. There is a reason that we are told to run when we come in contact with sin. “But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness (1 Timothy 6:11),” also “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us (Hebrews 12:1).

However, in all of his entangling there is something Satan would like us to forget, and that is the second and more important spiritual application. He would like us to forget that this is exactly the kind of relationship that God wants with us. God does not want to be some distant being that we never come in contact with. He wants us to become so wrapped up in His love that it is impossible to tell where we stop and He starts. Is that not one of the reasons he sent his Spirit to live in us? When sin encases us this is the only thing that can overcome. God’s Love, Christ’s sacrifice and the Holy Spirits in-dwelling, all tangled up.

Wade McKnight, Southern Oaks Church of Christ, Chickasha, OK

News & Notes

OPEN HOUSE:  Everyone is invited to a come and go open house at the Foldings on September 12th from 3-7pm. We will be grilling burgers and hot dogs for all those who would like to attend. Please RSVP by September 6th.

RECEPTION: Richard and Beth Potter are hosting a reception for daughters Kelly Potter and Michelle Parker (Mike, Sawyer, and Harrison too!)  Sunday, August 16 from 1 – 4 at Sunrise Park in Pleasant Hill.  Join us for a pot luck lunch at 1 or stop by for a visit in the afternoon.  There is playground equipment, plenty of parking and restroom facilities nearby.

CAMP SUCCESS:  Mike Ogle reported that about 15-20 people gave their lives to the Lord this year as a result of the work of the Nebraska Youth Camp.


Friday night, September 11th

“Won’t It Be Wonderful There?”

Marshalltown Community College Campus
Hosted by the church of Christ in

More details to follow!

EDUCATIONAL SERIES:  The Jasper County church of Christ would like to invite you to come and see the series on the Myth of Evolution. We will be showing it each Thursday evening beginning August 13th at 7:00 PM. Come and enjoy the informative series and the great Christian fellowship.  We are located at 1100 N. 3rd Ave. E in Newton Iowa.  Fred Rhodes

EDUCATION WORKDAY:       The new quarter is beginning and we are going to have a workday on Aug 23 after morning worship.  If you are interested in teaching or even if you are a parent please come and see what goes on in Bible class.

CLOTHING GIVEAWAY:  We will be sorting clothes and arranging the room Thursday and Friday nights.  If you can join us during one of these sessions, please feel free to attend.

We will also need people to come Saturday morning. Please let Sandy know if you can come. The Give Away will be from 9-11am.  There will probably be people here before that time.  If some men could attend during this time to help, the ladies  would appreciate it.  (Donuts, coffee and juice will be provided.)

We would also invite household items to the Give Away.  All items should be in good condition.

Zambia Mission Work

Emily Flaherty is collecting the following items for the orphanage and hospital run by our brethren in Namwianga, Zambia. Please put your items in the box in the Commons by this Wednesday evening. Emily will be spending the fall semester with Harding University in Zambia – HIZ.

Needed items for the orphanage: Baby lotion and powder, cough/cold pediatric liquid, diaper pins, diaper rash ointment, diapers – premi to 2 yrs sizes (cloth and disposable),. Formula powder, hand sanitizer, Infant Tylenol (generic is fine), plastic pants, premi bottles/nipples, toys for toddlers, vitamins (pediatric liquid or chewable) and wet wipes.

General items needed for the hospital: Band aids, cotton balls, disinfectants, gauze (sterile & non-sterile), gloves (non-sterile exam), tape for bandaging, Ace bandages, arm slings,  toothbrushes & paste, Aspirin, Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Antacids, antibiotic creams, antifungals, antihistamines, Calamine lotion, Folic acid tablets, hydrocortisone creams (1/2 or 1%), Iron tablets, multivitamins (adult & prenatal).

Those having access to medical supplies, please see the more complete list on the back window for items you may be able to donate.

Deadline is August 23!

–Russ and VIcki Flaherty (Sherri Lange’s sister)

Missions VBS Supplies

We would like to begin collecting supplies for the mission work again this year.  The supplies are an important addition to the  work that we do through the Richardsons in Bonaire, Mexico, Costa Rica and Jamaica.  We need the following items:

  • Construction Paper—as much as we can get since this is a hot item in these countries.
  • Crayons—200  plus boxes
  • Children’s Safety Scissors—150
  • Markers—50 boxes
  • Glue Sticks—200
  • Bible related stickers (for attendance and other projects) – 50 sheets

Thanks for your help!  Darin

Prayer Requests

Mike & Cassie Johnson’s 3 week old daughter, Cora, was admitted to Mercy on Tuesday with an unexplained fever. The cause has not been determined.  Cora’s temperature has dropped to 94 degrees and has been under a heat lamp. Her heart rate is also elevated.  Cora has been moved to PICU and is also on oxygen.   Please pray that her temperature is stabilized.  Remember not to visit with Karen about this situation.

Karen Hardy’s health is continuing to deteriorate.   She is in room 839 at Mercy.

Bob and Gene McClaren’s grandson Benton fell at camp and broke his arm.

Ronnie Harrison’s sister Sharon will began radiation treatments for her cancer.

The Duquettes,  as well as Mark & Chrystal Huston, ask for prayers for their newborn granddaughter, Fiona Grace Huston.  Doctors are thinking she may have a bacterial infection in her lungs.  Mark and Chrystal live in Bryan, Texas.

Gail Kish, a friend of the Foldings, fell backward out of a chair and broke three vertebrae in her back.

Mark Keyser a friend of Mike Ogle fell of a roof and broke his back.

Lyndsay Gordon asking for prayers on behalf of a friend of her sister: Tommy and Amber Flinn and their newborn son, Miles.  Miles was born a week overdue weighing 7 lbs. 1 oz, but he was born with Pulmonary Hypertension and has been having many challenges.

Please continue to remember Marge and Glenn Stevens.

Gage Crutchfield did not have a stroke as previously thought. The doctors believe his paralysis is being caused from the brain trauma he received during his four wheeler accident several months ago. He is no longer fully paralyzed, but still partially.

Nancy Wallis broke a bone in her foot and is having pain in the other foot.  She is having more tests.

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

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 (Susie Easter’s brother). Jeannie Duquette as she is seeking a new work opportunity.

Phyliss Mort’s sister in law Carol will be having two more tests to see if she has cancer in her clavicle and left lung.

Expectant mothers:  Sarah Mongan, Kayla Wallis

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

Rod Potter, a friend of Beth Potter (no relation) has been diagnosed with cancer of the prostate. James Farrell, brother of Beth Potter’s co-worker is in end stages of lymphoma.  Michelle, sister-in-law of Beth Potter’s co-worker, is dying of cancer.

Calendar of Events

  • Aug 15 – Blood Drive
  • Aug 15 – Davis City Church of Christ Gospel Meeting
  • Aug 22 – Clothing Give Away
  • Aug 30 – McClaran’s reception
  • Sep 5 – Crystal Lange and John Even wedding
  • Sep 12 – Open House at Foldings
  • Sep 19 – Alison Augspurger and Rich Stricklett wedding

End of this issue.