11/01/2009
Volume 32 Number 43

Tests…

This week has been one of tests for me. I had to take the driving test for my CDL, I helped my son study for a test at school and there have been several out of the ordinary things that have come up that were a test to my nerves, patience, and communication skills. While tests are never particularly enjoyable (if they were they wouldn’t be called tests), I can say that I have gained much knowledge from the challenges. In Luke 9 we read of a test Christ gave to his apostles…

When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them: “Take nothing for the journey–no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic (Luke 9:1-3).

Basically, Jesus sent them out with just the clothes on their back; however, the question is why? I think Jesus was saying, “I need you to trust me.” While spreading the Gospel, they were also receiving a valuable lesson. Whether it was their clothes and shoes not wearing out or finding a home that welcomed them, God was teaching them, “When you trust Me your faith will be rewarded, and I will provide for your needs.”

I can tell you that prayers were sent up for my tests this week, and what could have been really “sticky” situations were handled in a way that made me wonder why I was worried. Of course, the situations were sticky–they just posed no problem for God. Therefore, my advice to you is not to avoid tests when they are placed before you, instead meet them with God in front of you.

The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the desert. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place (Deut. 1:41).

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.  Please bring a favorite recipe to share with Dora and an ingredient or two to help stock their cupboards.  If you would like to donate to the group gift, please give it to Ann or Sandy Longfellow.  Tim and Dora are registered at Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond.

NEW ADDRESS:
Mike and Anne Ogle
5819 Urbandale Avenue
Des Moines, IA  50322
313-7277

THANKS: I wanted to let everyone know that Dora received very good news at the specialist today in Plano, TX. The baby appears to be perfectly healthy! We are so thankful for the Lord’s protection, as He alone knew the baby was there. Thank you for your prayers and amazing support for Tim & Dora and our family. -Donna Bailey

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.

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.

Prayer Requests

Please remember the family of Mike Hysell who died last Sunday.

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 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.

Mary Steele’s daughter, Tiffini, has learned she has an essential tremor which runs in the family and is annoying but doesn’t cause health problems.  She will be having a hysterectomy sometime in July for her gynecological  difficulties.  We thank everyone for their prayers and we thank God for continually watching over us.

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.

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

Alice Potter, Rich’s mother had an angiogram.

Mike Mazak’s father is in failing health and his desire to bring him to Christ.

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:  David and Frank Colton and Floyd West (Susie Easter’s brother) ; Also remember our state workers!

Phil Walker has found a job in Birmingham, Alabama and will begin work in mid-November.  Marnie and the girls will be staying in Des Moines for a time.

Elaine’s daughter Jennifer that has parvo virus.

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.

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


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