Rod Waltz, Darrell Newton,
Dale Wise & Rick Roscoe
Biill Rosenbaum & Jack Zwissler
Sun. Morning Bible Class/43
Sunday Morning Worship/73
Wed. Night Bible Class/29
Mary Rose Rosenbaum for van scheduling. Please see Charles Waltz for
worship service scheduling. Women-See Michelle Buckingham for worship
class and greeters.
If you are scheduled twice
on any particular Sunday for worship class and nursery Michelle Buckingham
wil gladly cover the nursery for you.
as if you
the Lord, not men."
AREN'T WHAT THEY SEEM
Two traveling angels
stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family. The family
was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion's guest room.
Instead the angels were given a space in the cold basement. As they
made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the
wall and repaired it. When the younger angel asked why, the older angel
replied, "Things aren't always what they seem".
The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but
very hospitable farmer and his wife. After sharing what little food
they had the couple let the angels sleep in their bed where they could
have a good night's rest. When the sun came up the next morning the
angels found the farmer and his wife in tears. Their only cow, whose
milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field. The younger
angel was infuriated and asked the older angel "how could you have
let this happen!? The first man had everything, yet you helped him,"
she accused. "The second family had little but was willing to share
everything, and you let their cow die." "Things aren't always
what they seem," the older angel replied.
"When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there
was gold stored in that hole in the wall. Since the owner was so obsessed
with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the wall
so he wouldn't find it. Then last night as we slept in the farmer's
bed, the angel of death came for his wife. I told him to take the cow
instead. Things aren't always what they seem."
Sometimes this is exactly what happens when things don't turn out the
way we think they should. Just trust that every outcome is always to
your advantage. You might not realize it until much later.
Submitted by: Jack Zwissler
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NEWS AND NOTES
Turner and Rosetta Bryant are both home and not feeling well.
The Lord blessed us with another great food give-away! Sixty
degrees temperature in December, several great helpers and thankfully
plenty of food. God truly provides! Our numbers were much more manageable
as we served 175 families with 36 of them were new families for a total
over 540 individuals.
On December 25th and January 1st we will have our regular Worship
Service at 10:30 a.m. but no Bible Classes. Our Wednesday class schedule
will remain the same.
The Northeastern High School Agriculture class has provided us
with our Poinsettias this year at a special discount rate. The plants
are $3.00 and can be purchased in honor or memory of someone special.
Please talk with Adele Brock to purchase a Poinsettia.
Anita Reckers, from Milan, IN and a member of the Sunman Church
of Christ, is married and has 4 children. She is completing her Masters
Degree at IU East. She is in need of housing for 2 Friday nights a month
starting in January 2012 - April 2013. If you would be willing to host
her either part time or full time please let Mike know so he can work
out a schedule. For more information please talk with Mike..
Make plans now to attend the Tulsa Workshop March 21-24.
Our Annual Corporation Meeting and a Congregational Pitch-in
is set for January 22, 2012.
Please pray for the sister of one of our youth. That person submitted
a prayer card which stated; Please pray for my sister for what she did.
I dont know about you but I am glad that this youngster submitted
this card requesting prayers and that this same youngster believes in
the power of prayer.
A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SONG
is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me. What in the world
do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge
who won't come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?
This week, I found out.
From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted
to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol
as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning:
the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their
church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality
which the children could remember.
-The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
-Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.-
-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke
-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books
of the Old Testament.
-The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
-Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy
Spirit--Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership,
-The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
-Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit--Love,
Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness,
and Self Control.
-The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.
-The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief
in the Apostles' Creed.
So there is your history for today. This knowledge was shared with me
and I found it interesting and enlightening and now I know how that
strange song became a Christmas Carol.