09/20/2009
Volume 32 Number 37

No Place Like Home…

I have to admit it has been an adjustment getting comfortable in our move from Ohio back to Oklahoma. The thing is, it just didn’t feel like home. This was somewhat surprising since Oklahoma is where both my wife and I were raised. It wasn’t only the fact that no one can seem to park straight in this town, and it’s not that anything was really wrong—in truth everyone was very kind and welcoming. We just felt unsettled. You want to know something else? I hope we never get too settled here…

Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us (1 Peter 2:11-12).

The point is, this isn’t our home, Peter reminds us that we are, “Aliens and strangers in this world.” Never forget that this life and this world is not what God has prepared for us, so do not get comfortable with what it has to offer. As beautiful as God’s creations are, and as wonderful the relationships we have in this world, they are just a shadow of the things that God has planned as an inheritance for his children

Therefore, don’t get settled in here, look forward to your new home and in the meantime, live as aliens and strangers. Let the Spirit shine out through your life, and tell as many as you can about your, “Other place.”

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am (John 14:1-3).

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

News & Notes

KAREN ACRES:  We will be singing at Karen Acres on September 20.

LADIES QUILTING will begin Sept. 15. We will meet each 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 9:30 to 11:30 at the building.  We work independently on our projects, sharing tips and ideas. If you are a quilter or are interested in learning to quilt, or just want to come and share in the fellowship, we would love to have you join us. Questions?  Call Betty Bailey.

LADIES CLASS:  On Sept. 22 we will get together at the Starbucks north of I35/80 by the Hilton Garden Inn.

Missions VBS Supplies

  • Construction Paper—as much as we can get
  • Crayons—200  plus boxes
  • Children’s Safety Scissors—150
  • Markers—50 boxes
  • Glue Sticks—200
  • Bible related stickers – 50 sheets

Thanks for your help!  Darin

THE SHORES: On Sept. 13, there were 22 from there and 11 or 12 from Grandview.

CIM PREACHING:  In the not too distant future there will be a meeting of all the CIM preachers and those interested in being a CIM preacher. Be watching for an update on this.

COLLEGE STUDENTS:  Remember to pray for our college students away at school and send a note to encourage them. The first round of tests are just around the corner!

Prayer Requests

The Buxton’s went to Indiana because of the death of Joe’s grandmother.

Those looking for employment:  Tyler Sparks and his brother-in-law, Floyd West (Susie Easter’s brother) and Phil Walker

Betty Bailey’s back is getting better. She is continuing to take it easy.

Kieran Mort had to have a root canal on Wednesday. Please pray for a speedy recovery.

Joe Buxton’s Grandmother passed away on Monday. Continue to pray for Joe during this time of sorrow.

Brian Hisky’s neighbor Laylee is probably not going to be able to keep her children due to some poor decision making on her part. Please pray for her and the decision she will make in the future.

Kayla Wallis has had a miscarriage.  The family is doing pretty well but please remember them.  Their address is:   Troy & Kayla Wallis, 336 Newburg Rd, Grinnell, IA 50112

Dora Crocker – Please pray that Dora can keep up with classes and be cured of her thyroid cancer.

Mary Steele’s daughter Tiffini has endometriosis and is in a lot of pain. The medications they are trying are having bad side effects. The doctors don’t want to perform a hysterectomy due to her age and risk for heart disease.

Bob and Marla Housby arrived safely in Italy and have moved into their apartment.

Elaine Folding requested prayers because of the pain in her left knee.

A friend of Phyllis Mort, Martha Winkelman, has cancer of the pate and is struggling with a lot of pain.

Joanne Miller, a member of Evergreen, had good news after the last of her medical diagnoses, however she still has more to go through.

Amber Birmingham, a friend of the Morts, has asked for us to pray for the complete removal of a tumor that was found. She is 22 years old.

The family of Jason Hubbard needs our prayers for their 12 year old daughter Abbey and the family with difficulties.

Anne Ogle’s mom, Arlene, will be having the spot removed from her chest soon.

Gail Kish a friend of the Foldings, is doing much better after her accident.

The brother in law of Nancy Wallis, Gary Brown, is having medical issues.

Karen Kauffman from Hickman church asked for prayers for Preston Barth (parents Vicki & Chris Barth) who is 2 years old and has kidney failure from an E coli infection

Ronnie Harrison’s sister Sharon has begun the cancer treatment and is having the side effects from that treatment.

Lyndsay Gordon asking for prayers on behalf of a friend of her sister: Tommy and Amber Flinn and their newborn son, Miles who is having heart problems.

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.

Phyllis Mort’s sister in law Carol is now in a nursing home and receiving treatment.

Expectant mothers:  Sarah Mongan.

Calendar of Events

  • Sep 20 – Singing at Karen Acres
  • Sep 22 – Ladies Class
  • Oct 12-15 – ‘Holding the Traditions’ Lectureship—Dubuque
  • Ladies Quilting—1st & 3rd Tuesday at 9:30-11:30am  Building


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