10/11/2009
Volume 32 Number 40

“It is Well with my Soul”

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

Horatio G. Spafford had established a successful legal practice in Chicago. Along with his financial success, he always maintained a keen interest in Christian activities. Some months prior to the Chicago Fire of 1871, Spafford had invested heavily in real estate on the shore of Lake Michigan, and his holdings were wiped out by this disaster. Desiring a rest for his wife and four daughters as well as to assist in a campaign in Great Britain, Spafford planned a European trip for his family in November of 1873. Due to unexpected last minute business developments, he had to remain in Chicago, but he sent his wife and four daughters on ahead as scheduled. He expected to follow in a few days. On November 22 the ship was struck by an English vessel and sank in twelve minutes.

Several days later the survivors were finally landed at Cardiff, Wales and Mrs. Spafford cabled her husband, “Saved alone.” Shortly afterward near the area where his four daughters had drowned, Spafford penned this text whose words so significantly describe his own personal grief-“When sorrows like sea billows roll…” It is noteworthy , however, that Spafford’s hymn does not dwell on the theme of life’s sorrows and trials but focuses attention in the third stanza on the redemptive work of Christ and in the fourth stanza anticipates His glorious Second Coming. Humanly speaking, it is amazing that one could experience such personal tragedies and sorrows as Horatio Spafford did and still be able to say with such convincing clarity. “It is well with my soul.”

Taken from “101 Hymn Stories” Kenneth W. Osbeck

News & Notes

SONBEAMS: The Sonbeams will be going for breakfast at 8:30 on Tuesday Oct. 13, at The Machine Shed Restaurant, 11151 Hickman Rd. See Lyle if you need a ride.

FRIENDS AND FAMILY DAY: October 25! The mail boxes and invitations are out so address an invitation to those you want to attend!

PREACHING CLASS: There is a sign-up list in the old fellowship area for those men who may be interested in attending the “Extra Advanced Preaching Class” that will be starting in a few weeks. Please sign the list if you plan to attend to be sure we have enough booklets. Thanks! Art

THE SHORES: Today, October 11th, we will be conducting services again at The Shores retirement center in Pleasant Hill at 2:00 p.m.. We could use singers and encouragers again today. Thanks to those who continue to participate in this program

MEN AND BOYS CAMPOUT will be held on October 23. There will be a meeting the week before to plan food etc.

MEN – if you are a CIM preacher or plan to be one, you and your family are invited to a special gathering on Sunday afternoon, October 18, at 4:30, in our new fellowship area, for Pizza, pop, or coffee. After we eat, I will take the men into the side room and discuss some things about the CIM program. Please let me know how many from your family plan to attend so I can order the correct amount of pizzas. Either tell me in person, call me at 262-4069, or e-mail me at anwallis2@hotmail.com . This is an important meeting that may determine the future course of the CIM program. – Art

Mike and Ann Ogle are moving the 17th. Moving can be stressful, please pray for them during this time.

NEW CLASS – This Wednesday night, October 7th, the two classes will combine into one class again in the main auditorium. The new topic will be: ‘Where The Saints Met’. We will be looking at various cities where the early church was established. We look forward to having you with us in class for this important study.

CLINT MONGAN: If you are interested in donating to Clint Mongan’s fund make checks payable to the “Hickman Road Church of Christ” and in the memo line put, “Mongan Family Fund.” Mail them to:

Hickman Road Church of Christ
Attn: Mongan Family Fund
5217 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50310

CRAFT TIME: On Saturday, Oct 17th after we help the Ogle’s move, the ladies will gather for a craft time here at the building. Bring along any projects you are working on and come fellowship as you work. If you don’t have a project you are working on, come anyway. We’ll get you started on something.

Prayer Requests

Prayer of Thanks! Micah Hardy’s friend Ben Brewer had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. It is now gone!

Traveling: Dorrells home from Texas; John and Crystal Even home from France

Friends and Family Day is coming up on the 25th. Please pray for it’s success.

Robert Lukenbill, preacher from Marion, Iowa, was going to stop at Cedar Rapids hospital on way home from Florida. He had double pneumonia and was hospitalized in Florida while there.

Bill Gordon is having a slow recovery from a cough and cold.

Mike Hysell is very weak from treatments.

Jake Ferrell went to the doctor to see if he needs surgery on his shoulder.

Alice Potter, Rich’s mother, the doctors have ruled out a heart attack but they will do more tests on her heart function.

Clint Mongan is now in rehab at Younkers #419.

The Kruse and Kreinbring families in the death of Damena Kreinbring. They are members at the Hickman Road congregation.

Ernie Lowry, Carrie Johnson’s father, has been discharged from the hospital and seems to be doing pretty well so far at home with his heart rate staying regulated by oral medication. Thanks to everyone for your prayers!

Dora Crocker with thyroid cancer. Please pray that her treatment is successful.

Shane Siegle’s sister, Cherrie Hubbard has been diagnosed with breast cancer. At this time they are saying surgery and 6 weeks of radiation is all she will need. We pray that is all and that she can get back to being cancer free very soon.

Those looking for employment: Floyd West (Susie Easter’s brother) and Phil Walker.

The family of Geri Hawhee as she passed away.

Mary Steele’s daughter Tiffini dealing with endomitriosis.

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

Martha Winkelman’s (a friend of Phyllis Mort) cancer has spread throughout her body.

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

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, having tests.

Ronnie Harrison’s sister Sharon has been losing weight from her treatments.

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.

Nick Lacina who has leukemia and worships at the Center Street Church of Christ in Marshalltown.

Expectant mothers: Sarah Mongan and Dawn (Wallis’s daughter)

Missions: Bob and Marla Housby in Italy; Richardsons; Emilee Flaherty – medical missions in Zambia.


Fanny J. Crosby,1820-1915, penned many of the hymns we sing.
When she was eight when she wrote this poem:

Oh, what a happy soul am I!
Although I cannot see,
I am resolved that in this world
Contented I will be.

How many blessings I enjoy
That other people don’t;
To weep and sigh because I’m blind,
I cannot, and I won’t.

Calendar of Events

  • Oct 11 – Area Wide Devo-Marshalltown 5:00 pm
  • Oct 11 – The Shores—2:00 pm
  • Oct 13 – Sunbeam’s Breakfast
  • Oct 12-15 – ‘Holding the Traditions’ Lectureship—Dubuque
  • Oct 17 – Ogles moving
  • Oct 18 – CIM Gathering 4:30 pm
  • Oct 23 – Men and Boys Campout
  • Oct 25 – Friends and Family Day


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