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Church of Christ 

Volume 46                                      For the week of December 1, 2019                                  Number 47

 From Your Minister:  We all know the pain of discouragement. Think for a moment about the opposite- encouragement. Here’s a fun exercise. Go to BibleGateway.com (or your concordance) and type in (look up) ‘encourage‘. I found 39 verses, and what a story they tell! I came away encouraged, and I want to be an encourager! “But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called ‘Today,’ so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin” (Hebrews 3:13).

Quotes for the Week:
A helping word to one in trouble is often like a switch on a railroad track an inch between wreck and smooth, rolling prosperity. - Henry Ward Beecher

God created us to thrive on encouragement from others. - Willie Robertson

Encouragement is awesome. It (can) actually change the course of another person's day, week, or life. - Chuck Swindoll

Good words are worth much, and cost little. - George Herbert

Bible Gem for the Week:
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.

Family News:  
Suzie Pence has moved into Carson. She is flying to Florida for a family cruise for her daughter’s wedding. Safe travels and love to all!

We are continuing to collect articles for the Domestic Violence Shelter. We need Shampoo, Cream Rinse, Body Wash, and Hand/Body lotion. Thank you!

Upcoming events: Wed. Dec. 4 @5:30 pm ~ decorating ornaments and bags for nursing homes at the church building.

Sat. Dec. 7th around 4:00, caroling and delivering ornaments to nursing homes.

Sat. Dec. 21 @ 5:00 pm~ Caroling on trailer around town. Bring finger foods and drinks to share after.



Pure nard, an expensive perfume (John 12:3)

Love’s reckoning will always be unusual. It was by no means the ordinary thing to do for the homeless Savior; that breaking of the alabaster and that lavish anointing were quite out of the usual way.

Did Mary’s heart beat painfully as she glided in with her household treasure? Did she intuitively hide her purpose from all eyes but His,who read its irrepressible meaning? Perhaps she thought only of Him who was her all.

Apparently she obtained her spikenard for the very purpose that she might anoint the Lord’s body in burial. Possibly it was only an impulse which made her decide to anoint Him beforehand… Let us rejoice that she made the Master’s heart before it was too late.

One tiny violet of encouragement will mean more to those with whom we live today than will acres of orchids when their pulses are stilled in death.

There were four women who set out later with their spices, only to find the empty tomb. The opportunity for anointing had passed. It is passing today! Not in realms of glory will we be able to share in His suffering, to help in bearing the Cross. Here and here alone such service may be ours.

O soul of mine, be extravagant in love of Jesus! There is no fragrance like that of my alabaster box-- the box I break for Him!

I shall not pass this way again,

But far beyond earth’s “where and when”

May I look back along the road

Where on both sides good seed I sowed.

I shall not pass this way again,

May wisdom guide my tongue and pen,

And love be mine, that so I may

Plant roses all along the way.

I shall not pass this way again,

Grant me to soothe the hearts of men,

Faithful to friends, true to my God,

A fragrance on the path I trod.

                                    ~from Springs in the Valley by L.B. Cowan

Prayer Time: God, the Great Encourager, is always accessible through prayer. ~Monroe
Allison’s brother in law, John McCloy of Moses Lake, WA is suffering from leukemia. The family has gone there this weekend. Please be persistent in prayer. We rejoice that Bob Wittbrod, Elaine Kirk’s brother, has received good news following his cancer treatments! Let’s continue to keep in prayer. Let us be praying for: Aulika and Mickey, June Cantwell, Gary Crowder and his mother Joan, Cindy Gregory, George Harper, Marjorie Hendersen, Jo Ella Jones, Gail Kimbro, Stan and Millie McGarry, Mike and Judith McKay, Cheryl Miller, Grecia Ramirez, Anna Rigsby, Al and Susan Sheehan, the Shriker family in No. Carolina, and Jon and Allison and Megan Van Grimbergen.  Let us keep Daryl and Valerie Griffin and the people in Venezuela in prayer. Mark 14:32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”

 

Thanks to all who helped us provide food for 10+ families through the Northern Nevada Dream Center! YOU did a great job!