Volume 32 Number 49

Sinners Anonymous

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matt. 11:28-30

There are a lot of support groups for different causes. The most famous of these is probably Alcoholics Anonymous but there are others. There are support groups for cancer victims and survivors, for shopaholics, for people suffering from psychological disorders, and for people with all kinds of dependencies. The list goes on and on.

The reason for these support groups is so a person finds out there are others with the same disorders as he or she has. In this way they can confront weaknesses knowing they are not alone in their fight. Knowing others share what may be called a sickness gives them strength to pull together and it gives them the ability and courage to express themselves so that they can deal with the problem more effectively. Many of these expressions start off with a phrase like, “Hello, my name is Joe and I am an alcoholic.” It is the beginning of the healing process.

In the church of Christ, an invitation is usually given at the end of a lesson which encourages members to come forward and share their burdens with the rest of the people in the church and to request prayers on the person’s behalf. The difficult part is the standing up and coming forward. None of us wants to admit they have a weakness or a problem in front of a group of people. We feel alone and uncertain. What if we don’t express the problem correctly? What if we do something wrong? Will we be laughed at? Will we be looked at as weak and contemptible in front of everyone else?

We might look at this time as a kind of Sinners Anonymous. We do have fears and uncertainties but the others around us have problems like we do and are glad when we go forward in response to the invitation because they want us to succeed. They are there for us and know that they might feel the need to make that same walk forward someday, requesting prayers on their behalf from a God who also wants us to succeed in overcoming whatever problems and difficulties we may have.

Christ did not come for the perfect or the rich or for the famous. In Luke 5:31-32; Jesus answered them; “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Christ came for those who are afraid and uncertain.

Come forward just once and say, “Hello, my name is Joe and I am a sinner.”

News & Notes

KAREN ACRES AND THE SHORES:  On December 13th, there will be Singing at Karen Acres at 2:00pm as well as our regular services at The Shores at 2:00pm. We would greatly appreciate it if there could be singers to help out at both. Thank-you in advance for those who come to help with these services.

SERVICE OPPORTUNITY: We would like to get a number of people to rotate doing the sign outside the building.   There is a sign up sheet in the commons area. You can put up a verse or display something that relates to an activity that is going on.

Joe Longfellow is looking for someone to help construct the worship roster.  If you are interested  Please contact Joe.

GRADUATION:  Meredith South will be graduating from Freed Hardeman University on December 18 with a Bachelor of Science in Merchandising and Interiors. Congratulations, Meredith!

NEW  YEARS EVE:  Come to the building at about 8:00 pm and bring a snack and a favorite game and spend time ringing in the New Year.

Prayer Requests

I would like to ask for prayers for the family of Dan Wright. Dan was the quarterback for my high school team all through school. He passed away from a drug overdose. He was into drugs in high school but had gotten away from that life and had turned his life around for the last several years. He had become a successful business owner and great friend. He apparently fell back into his old ways and it took him away. His family can use all the prayers they can get.  Thank you very much,  Brian Hiskey

Joe Longfellow requested prayers concerning his relationship with this father.

Josh White (son-in-law of a member of the church in Council Bluffs) had a stroke and is in Mercy hospital. Additionally, his family has requested prayers that both he and his wife Kaylla come to the decision to be restored in their relationship with God. They are living in Polk City for the next week and then will be moving to Ankeny.

Shane Siegle’s sister, Cherrie Hubbard has now learned her cancer has spread to her bones.

Mike Mazak concerning his medical review and transitioning into whatever the Lord provides for them.

Galen’s father, fell and broke his shoulder.  He has been moved to a nursing facility.  He has had many health problems over the last few months, and Galen’s mother has been dealing with some health issues herself.  Please pray for this family during this time as they are dealing with some internal conflicts that have arisen.

Ann Ogle’s grandfather, Earnest Kughl, had all of the veins in his left leg collapse. They will attempt corrective surgery but if that does not work they will have to amputate it below the knee.

Michael  Watson’s fiance, Stephanie Pounders who is suffering from insomnia.  Please pray that this passes quickly and that stress is reduced in her life.

Amy Penick asks for prayers for her grandfather who is moving into a nursing facility after breaking his shoulder and her grandmother who also has health issues.  Prayers are also for her parents (Gwen and Galen) who are making all the decisions for their care.  Thanks also for all the support!

Brian Hiskey’s grandmother was hospitalized with heart palpitations; his 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; and pray for his co-worker Mike as he has been temporarily laid off from work and he usually handles these situations poorly.  Also, 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 but  will be on medication.

Clint Mongan is now recovering at home.

Elaine’s daughter Jennifer that has parvo virus.

Pray for our nation and all the challenges facing it.

Dan Nitz, Marnie Walker’s father for chest pains.

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

Those looking for employment:  David and Frank Colton, Floyd West (Susie Easter’s brother), Kyle and Deborah Wallis,.

Marnie Walker and the girls in Des Moines with the house for sale while Philip is in Alabama.

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

Ronnie Harrison’s sister Sharon has been having cancer 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:  Richardsons; Emilee Flaherty – medical missions in Zambia; Bob and Marla Housby—Italy

Calendar of Events

  • Dec 13 – The Shores
  • Dec 13 – Karen Acres
  • Dec 31 – New Years Eve Get Together
  • Jan 3 – AM Potluck
  • Jan 22 – All Church Birthday Party!
  • Feb 20 – Jess Mort and Jerod Flaherty wedding

End of this issue.