10/18/2009
Volume 32 Number 41

Streaming

Upon stepping in a sizable puddle this morning I had the opportunity to contemplate some of water’s properties. Water can completely saturate a material, be it a shoe, sock or pant. Water is one of the most powerful forces on this planet; it can erode rock, shape, and also form land, and water flowing in caves can create massive rock formations. Life is impossible without water and our blood is about 95% water. In a spiritual sense I find that fascinating, as Christ called himself living water and it is His blood that saves us.

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”(John 4:10)

Please note that this is not the first time the term, “Living water” was used. We also see God speak these words to Jeremiah.

“My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” (Jeremiah 2:13)

In His words to Jeremiah, God says while He, a spring of living water, was available, His people chose to ignore it, relying on their own strength, plans and desires. God said it best when he said that relying on ourselves and what we’ve “created” just doesn’t hold water. To fully partake in the living water we must first allow some of the properties of water to shape us. We must let God’s streams flow over us eroding our desires and forming us into what we need to be. His water must completely saturate us and like spectacular monuments we see formed in caves, we must allow His streams to form in our hearts mighty structures that are shaped by His hand.

As you reflect on that, take a moment to consider something else. Where John 4 was not the first, it is also the last time we see the term, “Living water” used. We have seen it describing the Father and the Son however, we also see it referenced to us, at least the Holy Spirit who dwells in us…” ‘Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.’ By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified (John 7:38-39).” Think about that one a while. Makes you want to clean up the cistern doesn’t it.

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

News & Notes

FRIENDS AND FAMILY DAY: October 25! Put your envelopes in the mail boxes today!

ENGAGEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Dan & Donna Bailey announce the engagement of their son Timothy to Dora Renee Crocker of Sherman, Texas. They plan to marry December 6th here at Grandview.

THE SHORES: Last Sunday at The Shores Michael Mazak brought a good lesson. Singing was great! We had 22 from The Shores and 10 from Grandview for a total attendance of 32 for services there. A big ‘Thanks’ to everyone who helped. We will not have services there again until Nov.8th.

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

WOMEN AND GIRLS OVERNIGHT will be at Sherry Lange’s home beginning at 7:00pm on Oct 23. Bring snacks and games.

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

MEN – Today at 4:30 the CIM preachers and prospective CIM preachers and their families will have pizza & pop in the fellowship area, then the men will have a meeting to discuss the work of the CIM program.

TEENS: The October Teen Gathering will be at the Thompsons.

  • Bring pop and snacks
  • Bring a pumpkin to carve
  • Prizes will be given for top 3 pumpkins
  • Soup will be provided

LADIES CLASS will be at Starbucks on 86th Street North of I80 on Tuesday the 20th at 7:00 pm.

SHOPPING! On Nov 7 the ladies will be going on a shopping trip to Mall of America and IKEA. There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board in the Commons area. If you have questions contact Debra or Missy.

NEW ADDRESS:

Rich and Alison Stricklett
3312 Poplar Dr. SW
Bondurant, IA 50035

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.

MIKE HYSALL: We received word that Mike has been admitted to the hospital and the family has been told that he has only a few weeks of life left. The tumor has continued to grow, whereas it was thought to have been stabilized. The doctors are talking with the family about Hospice arrangements for the near future.

The family has requested our prayers at this time. As well as requesting our understanding that they would only like to have family visit Mike at this point.

Prayer Requests

Dawn White (Art and Nancy’s daughter) spent about a week in the hospital and is home now, but will probably be on a PICC line for fluids and nourishment during the next 10-12 weeks of her pregnancy.

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

The Bailey family.

Brian Hiskey’s grandmother was hospitalized Monday with heart palpitations.

Brian’s friend Laylee was in danger of having the state take away her child, now she is pregnant again and the state may take both children.

Brian’s friend, Jeff Ward, has esophageal cancer and liver cancer.

Dot, Beth and Jeannie’s step-mother has wide spread cancer in the abdomen.

Robert Lukenbill, preacher from Marion, Iowa, is still in Cedar Rapids hospital and now is in isolation.

Bill Gordon is very tired all the time.

Brenda Johnson needs her hours at Walmart increased to previous levels.

Mike Hysell is very weak from treatments and is having some paralysis.

Jake Ferrell to have his shoulder get better so he can go back to work.

Alice Potter, Rich’s mother is having angiogram.

Clint Mongan is now in rehab at Younkers #419.

Pray for our nation and all the challenges facing it.

Shane Siegle’s sister, Cherrie Hubbard has been diagnosed with breast cancer. We pray that she can get back to being cancer free very soon.

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

Elaine’s daughter Jennifer that has parvo virus.

Mary Steele’s daughter Tiffini is having more doctor visits for her endometriosis on Oct 26 and 28.

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, Dawn White, Dora Crocker

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

Calendar of Events

  • Oct 18 – CIM Gathering 4:30 pm
  • Oct 18 – Teen Gathering—Thompsons
  • Oct 20 – Ladies Class—Starbucks
  • Oct 23 – Men and Boys Campout-Yellow Banks Park
  • Oct 23 – Women and Girls Sleepover—Lange’s 7:00pm
  • Oct 25 – Friends and Family Day!
  • Nov 7 – Shopping trip to MN
  • Nov 8 – The Shores
  • Ladies Quilting—1st & 3rd Tuesday at 9:30-11:30am Building


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