10/25/2009
Volume 32 Number 42

For Such a Time

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this? (Esther 4:14)

This was the message Mordecai sent to his cousin Esther when the Jews’ lives were at stake at the hand of Haman. These words have always been a source of encouragement to me. It reminds me that God puts us in situations in which we are best able to do His work.

The idea of God using us in situations we hadn’t even thought of, is at the same time motivating and daunting. While undoubtedly this is the way Esther felt, I do believe that I frequently get the wrong idea about doing God’s will. Too often I associate doing God’s will with some great effort. However, I believe in the majority of cases, doing God’s will has nothing to do with some nearly impossible task that can only be accomplished with divine intervention. In fact, our, “Such a time as this” moments are most often the simplest things; a kind word, a helping hand, an invite to lunch, or a listening ear. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not saying these are not great things—the kind word may come when, the person it was spoken too feels completely useless. The helping hand may have saved an injury, hundreds of dollars, or a person who was at their wits end because of burn out. The invite to lunch could have cheered an especially lonesome heart and a listening ear is indeed a rarity and has even saved lives. These are all great things, made so because God was at work in your simple tasks. Remember, Esther saved her people because of an invitation to dinner.

Here is the problem though, it is often these very things that we ignore because of their simplicity. Maybe it seems like a nuisance or something so small you feel it is hardly worthy of your time. Yet, the point is, the greatest thing you may ever do, may also be the simplest task. The secret is making yourself available when God provides opportunities and to recognize you may be where you are, for such a time as this.

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

News & Notes

BRIDAL SHOWER:  There will be a shower for Dora Crocker (Tim Bailey) on November 15 at 2:00pm at Ann Longfellow’s home.  We will have a planning meeting on Wednesday night Oct. 28.

CARE PACKAGES:  The Teen Class will again be requesting your assistance in getting the 2009 Care packages together.  The teens are asking for donated single serving packets of food and other items on the sign up list or that you might think a college student, soldier, or shut- in might enjoying receiving or eating.  For now the box to put the donated items in will be outside the teen classroom.   We intend to collect from now until Sunday evening, Nov. 15.  As in the past year, monetary donations to help with the package shipping costs are welcome also.

Every year the recipients of these Care Packages are blessed and so are we for making lives a bit brighter.

– The GrandView Teen Class

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

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.

Cassie, Melissa & Micah’s grandmother was moved to the beginning Alzheimer’s Unit in York, Nebraska. Also, their Great Aunt Pearl has very advanced breast cancer and a call expected at any time.

Brian Hiskey’s grandmother was hospitalized 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.

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

Mike Hysell is now in hospice.

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

Alice Potter, Rich’s mother had an angiogram.

Clint Mongan is now recovering at home.

Pray for our nation and all the challenges facing it.

Shane Siegle’s sister, Cherrie Hubbard has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Those looking for employment:  Phillip Walker, David and Frank Colton and Floyd West (Susie Easter’s brother);              Also remember our state workers!

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 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, Anne Ogle

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

Calendar of Events

  • Nov 7 – Shopping trip to MN
  • Nov 8 – The Shores
  • Nov 15 – Shower for Dora Crocker (Tim Bailey)
  • Dec 6 – Dora Crocker and Tim Bailey wedding
  • Jan 22 – All Church Birthday Party!
  • Feb 20 – Jess Mort and Jerod Flaherty wedding
  • Ladies Quilting—1st & 3rd Tuesday at 9:30-11:30am  Building


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