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October 26, 2014                      Vol. 6   No. 4


By Alan Smith

Consider these quotes from the past:

“This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication.  The device is inherently of no value to us.”   Western Union internal memo, 1876

 “Everything that can be invented has already been invented.”  Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1898

 “The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value.  Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?”  David Sarnoff’s associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the1920’s.

Now consider these more recent quotes:

“But what…is it good for?”  Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip

“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”  Ken Olsen, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977

“640K ought to be enough for anybody.” Bill Gates, 1981

It’s amazing that we’ve accomplished so much technologically in this country considering the pessimistic views held by many (even more amazing when you consider that some of the achievements eventually came from people who at one time held the pessimistic views themselves.)

What is your vision of the future?  What would you like to accomplish?  More to the point, what would you like to see God accomplish through you?  There will likely be someone around you ready to tell you that “it can’t be done”, or “we’ve tried that before with no success”, or “it’s too much trouble.”  And they might be right.  Or they may have a “grasshopper complex” like the ten spies in Numbers 13 who were unable to see what God could accomplish because they were looking so intently at the obstacles in their way.    

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”  (Ephesians 3:20-21)

May the God who can do more than we can even imagine (and I can imagine a lot!) be with you this day.

Church Family:  Anna Wright - Aultman Hospital. Pam Mallery had out-patient surgery on Wednesday. Keith Kull had out-patient knee surgery on Monday.  Jody Dimit is recuperating at home. Howard Moffett: Aultman/Woodlawn. Also, keep Ellen Gray, Gene Buxton, Dorothy Townsend, Roberta Shine, Wayne & Betty Anderson, and Jim Ladson in your prayers.

Friends & Family:  Mark Rybicki (Mercy Medical Center); Remember our Shut-In members, those in the Armed Forces, our Brethren in Kenya and the Leadership of the Lord’s church here at Northwest.

Responses:   Allen Crawford responded to the invitation last Sunday morning to request special prayers for himself and his family.
Dolores Ladson also responded last Sunday morning to request prayers for her husband, Jim.  

Death:   Mary Brown (former secretary at 9th St.) passed away last Sunday, October 19th. We extend our sympathy to her family at this time.

Placed Membership:     Zakiya Harris placed her membership with us last Sunday. She comes to us from the Eastern Church of Christ on Baird St. in Akron. Her address and telephone number are in the printed bulletin. Please make our new sister feel welcome!

Congratulations:        Scott & Tiffany Craddock (son and daughter-in-law of Bill & Vee) are the proud parents of a new baby girl; Kenzie Olivia born last Sunday, October 19th. Kenzie weighed 9 lbs. / 2 oz.   Congratulations to the family!

Ladies’ Breakfast:      Saturday, November 1st at 9:00 AM here at the building. The young ladies of our congregation will conduct the devotional; please sign the sheet on the bulletin board if you will be attending.

Ladies:  The Card Ministry schedules for the next three months are on the table at the rear of the auditorium. Please remember to pick up your copy.

Golden Agers:  This Tuesday, October 28th – NO MEETING.

Miss Molly’s Tea Room:        The annual trip to Miss Molly’s Tea Room in Medina will be on Saturday, December 6th. Details and signup sheets are posted on the bulletin board.

Daylight Savings Time Ends Sunday November 2nd. Remember to turn your clocks BACK 1 hour this Saturday, November 1st.

Devotional:  2:00 PM at Hennis Nursing Home in Bolivar.

Trunk And Treat:     Following evening services. Park on the west end of the parking lot with trunks facing the aisles. DO NOT BRING YOUR CHILDREN TO CHURCH DRESSED IN THEIR COSTUMES (time will be allotted for dressing following the worship service). Also, make sure children are dressed appropriately – nothing scary or otherwise offensive.  Plan to stay and pass out treats! J

NeedOur brother, John Hartley, is now living in Kent, OH and worshipping with the church there. As a result of his move he lost many of his possessions including much of his clothing. He has very few things left and is in need of everything. His sizes are as follows: Shirts – 2XL, Pants – 46”waist; 30” inseam, Shoes – 10 ½, Coat - 2XL. He will be in need of winter clothing like gloves, hats, etc. 

NOTE:  If you could use hearing aid batteries (size 10), please contact the office.  They were donated to anyone who could benefit from this particular size.

November 14th-15th – Youth Rally @ Kittanning, PA. *****Details on Teen Bulletin Board. ******
December: Christmas Break – Lock-In for Grades 3-12 (Date: TBA).
February 26th – March 1st: CYC

Reminder:  Please remember to sit in the center sections (closer to the front) this evening as we sing praises to our Lord!

Acme Receipt ProgramTurn in your Acme Grocery Receipts for NOCYC now through February 4th.

Current Bible Class Offerings

1.   “Luke” – Lance / Auditorium
2.   “New Testament Christianity” – Doug Clouse / Room 12
3.   “Acts” – Bill / Room 14
4.   “Attitudes Of Gratitude” – Juanita Brown / Rm. 17

1.   “All You Need To Know” – Lance / Auditorium
2.   “Titus” – Bill / Room 14
3.   “Minor Prophets” – (Men’s Class) – E.C. Bradley / MP Room (South)
4.   Ladies’ Class – Shirley Wyatt / Room 7

Classes are provided for children of all ages.

     Do we have enough “positivity” in the congregation?

     What is positivity? It sounds like it might be contagious. (It is) Webster defines positivity as “quality or state of being positive, certain.”  Positive thinking is necessary for anything to grow. The statement “positive builds, negative kills” is true.  We can’t be against everything and expect the church to grow.  We certainly must be against all sin and wrong, but if that is all we ever talk about, there will be no growth either spiritually or in number.  There is nothing more positive than the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.  It is the answer to the world’s problems. 

     Paul’s letter to the Philippians, written from prison, is a very positive letter.  “Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like- minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind” (2:1-2).  “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say rejoice!  Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God: and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (4:4-7).

     A positive attitude begins by looking at what needs to be done and what “can” be done instead of the attitude that “nothing” can be done.  We must be willing to reach out and try to advance the kingdom in this area.  There may be some things that we try that will not be successful but that does not mean that we just quit.

     I read about the Lord’s church in Hillsboro, OH.  It was a congregation of 22 Christians who in 2013 decided to have a door-knocking campaign in their community.  With the help of brethren from the Gospel Sharing Ministry and Sojourners, they carried these plans out in 2014. Overall they knocked 295 doors, found 140 people at home, conducted 25 home studies, and baptized 14.  Their membership increased by more than 50 percent.  An interesting sidelight is that during that time they also performed 2 wedding and both couples were baptized.  (Right way to start married life).

     Fear keeps us from being positive about the success of a proposed project.  We must remember there is nothing negative about the gospel.  The only negative involves how we get the message to the public.  We cannot be like the farmer who did not plant seed of any kind because he was afraid that drought, disease, bugs, hail or some other disaster would cause a crop failure.  God has told us to sow the seed of the gospel and He will take care of the disasters and give the increase where possible.  We have no excuse to not sow the seed of the kingdom.  It will not be easy but that is not a reason for not trying.                                  -B. C.

A.M. – “What Is Liberality?” (Romans 12:6-8)LANCE
 P.M.  –   SINGING

October 26, 2014                    A.M.                                        P.M.

Opening Prayer                       Elder                                       Elder
Song Leader                            Stephen Lindenberger             Stephen Lindenberger
Communion / Offering           Bill Craddock                         Emmanuel Bradley
Prayer                                      Keith Kull                                          
Reading                                   John Logan                                                    
Text                                         Romans 12:6-8                        SINGING
Dismissal                                 Keith Hill                                                       

Serving Communion:
1.  Matt Logan            5.  Leo Howard                                   1.  T.J. Myers              3.  John Hartley
2.  Wesley Wyatt        6.  Jim Jacobs                                      2.  John Simone           4.  Bryan Reed
3.  Don Hopkins          7.  David Witter
4.  Mark Daverio         8.  Clyde Burfield

November 2, 2014                   A.M.                                        P.M.

Opening Prayer                        Elder                                        Elder
Song Leader                             Stephen Lindenberger               Stephen Lindenberger
Communion / Offering              Mike Moss                               John R. Oberlin
Prayer                                      Bob Franks                              John Oberlin                            
Reading                                    Devin Watson                           John Heid                                
Text                                         John 14:1-3                              II Timothy 2:15            
Dismissal                                  Bill Dimit                                  Leonard Miller             

Serving Communion:
1.  Marty Norris           5.  Al Rohr                                           1.  Darin Nicholls          3.  Clyde Burfield
2.  James Blackwell      6.  Don Hopkins                                   2.  Jeff Thompson         4.  Ken Gessel
3.  Leo Howard            7.  Steve Moser
4.  Mark Daverio          8.  Matt Moser

For The Record (10/19/14)
AM Worship…………..270
AM Bible Study……….180
PM Worship…………...113
Wed. B.S. (10/22/14)…..100