Volume 33 Number 3

Help Wanted…Shepherd, Fisherman, Carpenter…

As you journey along the paths where your Bible studies guide you sometimes you just have to wonder at the mind of God. We look at routes God blazed to lead His people, and realize that only God would have been able to see what His people needed. Travel with me down a few of God’s roads.

Moses, Hebrew by birth, saved by his mother’s wisdom and a watertight basket, to be raised as an Egyptian prince. However, God was not in need of a prince, He needed a shepherd. So down the path Moses goes spending a few quiet years tending sheep. Yet, he was a shepherd like no other, a shepherd with a prince’s education. Now, God had a man with the knowledge of leadership, but a shepherd’s heart to lead his new nation. It is probably no coincidence that God led Samuel to another shepherd, David, as His chosen king to lead Israel.

Fast forward a few hundred years, and we see some of Christ’s closest companions were fishermen. How fitting that the group he chose to mentor and spread His message, had engrained in them hard work, teamwork, and an aversion to letting “one get away.”

Now look at the path God chose for a Savior. He could have been born into royalty, power or influence, but God had another design. He chose a young virgin, most likely a teenager, and an earthly father who was a carpenter. Christ grew up with a humble mother and father as his example. You must wonder how this example, along with spending hours watching and helping his father shape wood—seeing in the wood what few others could see, gave Jesus the tools needed to shape the destiny of the world?

To be sure God sees things we fail to grasp, which leaves us asking this question. What does God see in us that He needs to shape the world? What is in you, the homemaker, accountant, teacher, driver, engineer, nurse, farmer, teenager, child, shepherd, fisherman, carpenter… that God has given you for His purpose? The “Help Wanted” sign is out.

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

News & Notes

ANNIVERSARY:  You are cordially invited to celebrate with Jim and Phyllis Mort their 50th Wedding Anniversary.  An open house will be at Grandview Church of Christ Sunday, January 24th from 2-4 pm.

SHOWER:  There will be a shower for Jess Mort on Jan 31 in the fellowship hall from 2-4pm with an ice cream sundae bar.  Please see Anne Ogle or Missy Thompson if you would like to give to a group gift.

BIRTHDAY PARTY!   Jan 22 – 7:00 pm.   Plan to attend!

WEDDING:  Grandview members are invited to the February Mort/Flaherty wedding. RSVPs will be placed in the back of the auditorium.  Please get them to the Morts no later than FEBRUARY 1st 2010!

NEW EMAIL:  The Wallis’ have a new email:  anwallis2@hotmail.com

CHILI COOKOFF:  Polish off all those favorite Chili recipes and get ready to compete!   February 7th at our pm potluck will be the day!  Bring Hot, Mild or in between.

THE SHORES:  Last Sunday at The Shores there were 21 from the health care facility and 15 from Grandview. Thank-you for your continued good representation for this important program. They appreciate your interest. Keep up the good work!

BIBLE BOWL: We are 1 month away!  This year’s Bible Bowl will be at the Hickman Road congregation in Des Moines and co-hosted with last years winners – Harlan.  The date is February 13th with registration beginning at 9am and rounds beginning at 10.  The text is 1 Samuel 13-20 from the New American Standard Updated Edition.  Be sure and study from this text as the translations vary widely.  If you have questions or need more info, you can respond to my e-mail or call 515-255-8055.  Thanks you so much and we hope to see you there.  Colby Clap

POUNDING:  Bring a food item or gift certificate for Michael and Stephanie Watson to help celebrate their recent wedding!    It will be after evening worship on the 17th.

TEEN GATHERINGS:  If you would be interested in hosting the teens on the third Sunday evening during this year, please sign up on the sheet in the Commons area.

LADIES CLASS We will have a ladies fellowship this Tuesday, Jan 19 at 7pm at a new location. We will be meeting in the meeting room at Caribou Coffee 3220 Ingersoll (south of I-235 take 31st St exit in DM). The discussion will on how to become a woman of influence and making a lasting impact on others. If you have questions contact Debra Augspurger .

Prayer Requests

Lyndsay Gordon has a prayer request for her friend from high school Katie Ford had a stroke last Saturday night.  She is only 31 years old.  She is at home now resting, and they don’t know what caused it.  They are working with her meds to see what they can do to help her.

Lyndsay also asks for prayers for her niece Michaela who is in Blank Children’s hospital with RSV.  She will be in there at least through the weekend.  With her oxygen levels dropping and her infection she can’t go home until they get better.

Jerad Penick’s grandfather went to the hospital with an unknown heart condition.

Justus Folding has pink eye in both eyes.

Please remember all those looking for employment– this is a very stressful time for them!  David and Frank Colton, Floyd West (Susie Easter’s brother), Deborah Wallis, Michelle Parker (Potter’s daughter), Tom Collier.  Anne Ogle’s mother Arlene is in danger of losing her job.

Anne Ogle’s grandfather, Earnest Kughl had his leg removed and is not responding well to treatments.  Ann’s dad has been having difficulty dealing with his father’s current condition.

Joanne Miller has been diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension.

Please pray for the Bailey and Summerhayes family in the passing of Donna’s mother.  They are currently traveling back from Ohio.

John Stevens was released from the hospital. It was determined that he had a bleeding ulcer.

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

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.

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 will probably 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.

Clint Mongan is now recovering at home.

Pray for our nation and all the challenges facing it.

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, Melissa Ludwig

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.

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 Kaylla come to the decision to be restored in their relationship with God. They are living in Ankeny.

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.

Calendar of Events

  • Jan 17 – Pounding for Michael & Stephanie Watson
  • Jan 19 – Ladies Class—Caribu at 31st and Ingersol
  • Jan 22 – All Church Birthday Party!
  • Jan 24 – Mort 50th Anniversary—2-4 pm
  • Jan 31 – Jess Mort Shower—2-4 pm
  • Feb 7 – PM Potluck—CHILI COOKOFF!
  • Feb 13 – Bible Bowl—Hickman Road  – 9 am
  • Feb 20 – Jess Mort and Jerod Flaherty wedding

End of this issue.