Volume 33 Number 1

Bible Reading Is FUNdamental

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.  Psalms 119:105

In 1966, an organization commonly termed RIF [Reading is FUNdamental] was founded.  It is the largest and oldest children’s and family nonprofit literacy organization in the United States. The basic purpose of RIF is to prepare and motivate children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to those children and families who need them.

In a parallel sense, congregations of the Lord’s people should also have a desire to prepare and motivate children, adults and families to read their Bibles on a regular and consistent basis.  We have that wonderful admonition in II Timothy 2:15, which reads as follows: “Be diligent [Study] to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

A basic analysis of this verse tells us that Paul wanted his readers to develop a good understanding of God’s word.  One way this is accomplished is by regular attention to the reading of the Bible. Thus, the expression, Bible Reading Is FUNdamental [BRIF].

We know many members at Grandview read their Bibles on a regular basis, and to continue and encourage this activity, it has been suggested that we begin to track the number of chapters read each week by the members at Grandview. The idea is that each Sunday members at Grandview will turn in the number of chapters read the previous week. To collect the number of chapters read each week, we will use the “visitor cards,” located on the pew backs.

Each person participating will simply write the number of chapters read on a card and pass them in when cards are collected during the announcements. It will be interesting to note how many chapters are read in one quarter by the members at Grandview. This is not some form of a contest; rather, it is simply one way to follow our pattern of regular Bible readings and to report on the results of that practice on a weekly basis.

We hope you will join us in the fun activity.

The elders.

News & Notes

A GIRL:  Tim and Dora Bailey have found out that they are expecting a girl.  Congratulations!

POUNDING:  Michael Watson and Stephanie Pounders will be getting married during the holiday. When they return we would like to give them a pounding to help stock their pantry.   If anyone would be interested in helping please contact Donna Bailey.

OGDEN:  Art will be teaching the Intermediate Preaching Class at Ogden on Sunday nights at 5:00. He will teach the book of Hebrews to a combined group starting at 6:00 p.m. This begins tonight and is to run for 13 weeks.

LOOKING FOR WORK:  Marla Housby is seeking part-time employment in the Des Moines community.  If you can help with information; please contact her at 515.988.4220.

PAST MEMBER NEWS:  Please share your holiday news from former Grandview members on the bulletin board in the Commons. Cards, newsletters and photos are most welcome. If possible, post their address so others can reconnect with them. Plan to spend a few minutes at the board catching up with loved ones:)

“Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”     Acts 17:11

Prayer Requests

Diane George’s mother has been placed in hospice care.

Tom Collier is looking for work.

Cassie Johnson’s sister-in-law’s grandfather passed away.

Debbie Nieves’ family in the passing of her grandmother. Please remember Debbie’s family in your prayers.

Brian Hiskey asks for prayers for the family of Dan Wright a high school friend.  Dan was into drugs in high school but had become a successful business owner and a great friend.  He passed away from a drug overdose. His family can use all the prayers they can get.  Thank you very much,  Brian

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

Please pray for Deb Kuper and the children as well as Chad.

Brian Hiskey’s friend, Jeff Ward has received word that his turmor has spread to his brain.

Anne Ogle’s grandfather, Earnest Kughl, is still in the hospital. They were unable to operate on his leg and his health is rapidly deteriorating.

Galen Duckstein’s father is doing better and is in a nursing facility. Please continue to pray for the family during this time as they deal with continuing conflicts that have arisen.

Brian Hiskey’s grandmother was hospitalized with heart palpitations they are not sure what is causing the difficulty; his friend Jaylee decided to abort her baby. She has a court appointment were she will have her remaining child taken away from her. She is 16 years old; and pray for his co-worker Mike as he has been temporarily laid off from work and he usually handles these situations poorly.

Dot, Beth and Jeannie’s step-mother died on Christmas Day.  Please pray for the family.

Clint Mongan is now recovering at home.

Elaine’s daughter Jennifer is no longer experiencing symptoms of Fifth disease.

Pray for our nation and all the challenges facing it.

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

Those looking for employment:  David and Frank Colton, Floyd West (Susie Easter’s brother), Deborah Wallis, Michelle Parker (Potter’s daughter), Tom Collier.

Kyle Wallis is now certified to be a substitute teacher and feels there will be steady work.

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

Ronnie Harrison’s sister, Sharon, is doing better but still struggling with her appetite.

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

Expectant mothers:  Sarah Mongan, Dawn White, Dora Bailey, Anne Ogle

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

Mike Mazak will be medically discharged from the service in about March.

Caleb Guillo: After lots of tests including an echo-cardiogram and lung function, the Mayo Clinic pulmonologist determined that our son’s otherwise good health and the positive outcomes of his previous lung collapses (pneumothoraxes) bode well for him in the future.  We will continue to monitor his condition and consult with the doctors.  All the prayers have been greatly appreciated.

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

Josh White (son-in-law of a member of the church in Council Bluffs) had a stroke. Additionally, his family has requested prayers that both he and his wife Kayla come to the decision to be restored in their relationship with God. They are living in Ankeny.

Calendar of Events

  • Jan 3 – AM Potluck
  • Jan 22 – All Church Birthday Party!
  • Feb 20 – Jess Mort and Jerod Flaherty wedding

Central Iowa Missions

Jan. 10 – Osceola – Joe Buxton

The Shores – 2:00 p.m. – Michael Mazak
speaking;  Song Leader is Joe Longfellow

Blockton – Darin Thompson

End of this issue.