Bulletin / Prayer List 4-22-18

Prayer List
Kathy Hill is recovering at home.
Florene Griffin is in Woodland Nursing Home room 423. It is behind TMC.
Frank Rhoden’s son is home recovering from a staph infection.
Andy LeDane’s mother Faye is undergoing test.
Denise King’s grandmother is in the hospital. 

James Griffin, Jimmy Griffin, Jerry and Betty Harris, Billie Phillips, Billie Bradford, Betty Clark, Eddie Hickerson, Gary Hickerson, Dorothy Hodges, Bobbi King, Audrey McKin, Beryl Miller, Della Price, Eddie Rolens, Brian Scott and, Della Skerkis

Serving in the military; 
Faith Balzen, 
Cody Blomstedt, and 
Chris Johnson. All are in the U.S. at this time. 
Tyler Davies has been deployed to Guam. 
Josh Van Deren is scheduled to be deployed to Africa in July. 

Let us pray for our country and government leaders and those who are in harms way, military and civilian personnel. 
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much… 

Fellowship is next Sunday April 29thafter morning worship service. Everyone is invited and encourage to attend.

Beginning Sunday May 6thwe will change our Sunday evening service time from 6:00pm to 5:00pm. The change is to assist those who have trouble driving at night.

Pantry Item: Can Corn

April 29 Prayers: Morning: Robert Embry – Greg Counts
Evening: Don Harrington – Don Baker
Scripture Reading: Don Harrington

Before any man can be considered as a member of civil society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.”
James Madison
Why does the Lord’s church exist?
By Edd Sterch

Why does the Lord’s church exist? 
For what purpose did He build and purchase it? 
What does Jesus want us as His body to be doing? 
A study of the Scriptures will reveal that the church exists to:   

* Exalt God. Eph. 3:21 mentions that God is given glory in the church. The church exalts God through proper worship and actions that honor Him. Everything the church does should be to the glory and praise of the One who created it. The church is to always be offering spiritual sacrifices to God (1 Pet. 2:5). 

* Evangelize the world. In Acts 13-14 (as well as many other places in that book), we see Paul and company preaching the word of God to lost souls. This was a church sponsored mission (Acts 13:1-3; 14:27) which was in obedience to the Great Commission of Christ (Matt. 28:18-20). The church evangelizes through proper preaching and teaching. The church is the keeper and proclaimer of the truth (1 Tim. 3:15). 

* Edify the believers. In Eph. 4:16, we can see that when the body (the church) is joined together, encouragement and edification take place. These are to take place every time the church properly gathers and fellowships. This helps to keep the church energized which affects so many others (2 Cor. 9:2). 

* Equip the Saints. Eph. 4 also gives us another thing that should take place in the church – equipping the saints for service (v.12). It is vital that the church be developing it’s members for the most effective use of their talents. This comes about through proper education, mentoring, and training programs (cf. 2 Tim. 2:2). 

* Ease the burdens of the needy. In 2 Cor. 9:13, Paul commends the church at Corinth for their “liberal sharing with...all men.” The church should be concerned about helping those in need, both within and without. The church does this through proper benevolence programs and projects. This helps to get the name of the church (and her Lord) out in the community (Acts 2:44-47). Obviously after studying these, it begs the question:
 “Why does the church here exist?” 
Are we glorifying God in all of our efforts of the above? 
Could we do more as a congregation? 
Are you helping this church in these areas? 

Let’s resolve to do all that God asks us to do – in His name, by His authority, for His glory!