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October 19, 2014                      Vol. 6   No. 3


Reaching Out To The Lonely

     The story is told about a New York City Policeman investigating a case.  He made a phone call, but even before he finished dialing, he somehow knew he had made a mistake.  He let it ring though.  The phone rang once, twice-then someone picked it up. “You’ve got the wrong number!” a husky male voice snapped before the line went dead.

     Mystified, the policeman dialed again.  “I said you got the wrong number!” came the voice.  Once more the phone clicked down.

     “How could he possibly know I had the wrong number?” the policeman asked himself.  A cop is trained to be curious-and concerned.  So he dialed a third time. “Hey, come on,” the voice said.  “Is this you again?”  “Yeah, it’s me.  I was wondering how you knew I had the wrong number before I said anything.”  “You figure it out!”  The phone slammed down.

     The policeman sat there awhile, thinking.  Then he called the man back.  “Did you figure it out yet?” the man asked.  “The only thing I can think of is nobody ever calls you.”  “You got it!”  The phone went dead the fourth time.

     Chuckling, the officer dialed the man back.  “What do you want now?” asked the man.  “I thought I would call-just to say hello.”  “Hello? Why?”  “Well, if nobody ever calls you, I thought maybe I should.”

     We live in a world of lonely people (many of them, ironically, surrounded by other lonely people).  And all of our technology hasn’t made things any better.  Today you can have hundreds of Facebook friends, but not have one person who will be there when you need them or who will listen when you have something to share.

      Many in the world are like the Psalmist who said, “I am like a desert owl, like an owl living among the ruins.  I lie awake.  I am like a lonely bird on a housetop.” (Psalm 102:6-7)

     Sometimes that loneliness expresses itself in gruffness and an apparent attempt to push people away.  In reality there is an aching desire to know that someone truly cares, that someone loves them unconditionally, and someone is willing to listen.  Jesus reached out to those who were “outcasts”, experiencing loneliness.  May we, as His people, keep our eyes open to those around us every day who live in loneliness, and may we share the love of Christ in a way they may have never seen before.

                                                                       -Alan Smith - Thought for Today

Church Family:  Pam Mallery will have out-patient carpal tunnel surgery this Wednesday. Jody Dimit had shoulder replacement surgery at Aultman Hospital last Wednesday. Anna Wright remains at Aultman Hospital. Howard Moffett: moved to Aultman/Woodlawn. Gene Buxton was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. Dorothy Townsend is on Hospice.
Gene Cattrell (Francis E. Cattrell) remains at Summa Rehab Hospital, 29 North Adams, Room #114, Akron, OH 44304. A card shower would be appreciated. Address labels are on the bulletin board for your convenience.

Friends & Family:  Steve Hayes (friend of Louella Lewis & Teddi Block); Mark Rybicki; Steve Heckathorn.
Remember, too, 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:      Sarah Campana responded to the invitation last Sunday morning to request our prayers for upcoming health decisions.
Allen Crawford also responded last Sunday morning to request prayers for his family.

Thank You:    Dear Christian Friends, We want to thank all that donated money to the camp for food this past summer. In Christian love,
-Leroy & Peggy Toothman (camp managers)

Ladies Breakfast:       Saturday, November 1st at 9:00 AM here at the building. The young ladies of our congregation will conduct the devotional. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.

REMINDER: Remember to update your phone number on the form posted on the east-wing bulletin board by the end of October. Thank you.

Birthday FellowshipThe Birthday Fellowship will be held Today following evening services. Bring finger foods and a 2 liter bottle of soda!

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 21st there will be a Bible study and then lunch at Bob Evans (Dressler Rd.). Meet at the building at 10:30 AM.

Miss Molly’s Tea Room:        The annual trip to Miss Molly’s Tea Room in Medina will be on Saturday, December 6th. We will leave the church building at 9:30 AM and return by 2:00 PM. There is more information and a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. Questions: see Ruth Smith

Trunk And Treat:     Next Sunday, October 26th 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 candy!

Attention Ladies:        Please sign-up for the Stark County Ladies’ Day on Saturday, October 25th.
            Speaker:         Sally Shank
            Place:              Northwest Church of Christ
            Time:              Registration 8:00 – 9:00 AM
All ladies involved with the program must also sign-up.

FYI:    On Tuesday, Oct 7th, Clyde Burfield informed the eldership of his decision to leave his position here at the Northwest Church of Christ to pursue a better employment opportunity. His last day of employment was Oct. 7th, due to his new job starting on Wednesday, Oct 8th. The eldership will inform the congregation of the plans to fill the vacated position in the near future.
At this time the eldership would like to thank Clyde for his many years of service and wish him success in his new employment venture.

October 26th – Trunk & Treat following evening worship service.
November 14th-15th – Youth Rally @ Kittanning, PA (more info coming).
December: Christmas Break – Lock-In for Grades 3-12 (Date: TBA).
February 26th – March 1st: CYC
Acme Receipt ProgramPlease start collecting your Acme Grocery Receipts for NOCYC now through February 4th.

ONFTM..........................October 20th
Stark County Ladies’ Day...October 25th
Devotional at Hennis......October 26th
Trunk or Treat................October 26th

New Outreach Opportunity
We have been approached by Walker Elementary School in the Canton South School District to help in their first grade classrooms while the children are in learning centers.  Our responsibilities would include reading to students, listening to students read, helping with basic 1st grade math skills, flashcards, helping students with their spelling words, helping with writing skills and perhaps, helping with very basic computer skills.  Frank Kruger III, principal for the school, assures us that no special skills are necessary for this service.  We hope to start this ministry either later this month or the first week of November.  It would require approximately two hours of your time once a week.

            An informational meeting with Frank will be held TODAY in the social room immediately following our morning services.  If interested please plan to attend. This ministry will be overseen by the elders in charge of our Evangelistic Outreach/Mission Work, Harry Rose and Keith Kull.

Of all the sins with which man can be tempted, what seems to be the most difficult to resist?  What seems to lead to the downfall of most people?

     It would be impossible to say what sin causes the most trouble for people today as there are so many ways to sin available to the human race.  But there is one that seems to give many, many people a lot of trouble and that is, the sin of sexual immorality.  We see its evidence around us every day in so many ways.  There are the homes that are broken because of sexual unfaithfulness.  Woman, young girls and young boys are molested by sexual predators.  There are men and women turning to those of their own gender for sexual satisfaction which the Bible calls homosexuality.  One of the biggest evidences of sexual immorality is the number of men and women cohabiting without the benefit of marriage.  The sin of prostitution, both male and female, is as old as man himself.  One of the largest industries in the world is that of pornography that helps destroy the minds of both men and women.  Some become so addicted to this type of self-gratification that they cannot carry on a normal sexual relationship.  We could go on and on listing the sins of immorality, but you get the point.

     There is only one sexual relationship that is pleasing to God and that is between husband and wife (Heb. 13:4).  All other sexual relationships are sin in His sight.  The Bible is filled with scriptures denouncing sexual immorality.  The Apostle Paul wrote, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived.  Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor. 6:9-10).   “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?  Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot?  Certainly not!” (1 Cor. 6:15).  “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are:  adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness…” (Gal. 5:19).

     Christians cannot allow themselves to be involved in immoral conduct and remain faithful to God. “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice  for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries” (Heb. 10:26-27).  Christians have no excuse, or reason, for immoral conduct no matter what their situation may be.  The only one who wins when there is immoral conduct is SATAN!

                                                                                             - B. C.

Current Bible Class Offerings

Sunday Morning
1.    “Luke” - Lance, Auditorium
2.    “Christianity In A Hostile Culture” – Tom Walton, Room 12
3.    “Acts” – Bill, Room 14
4.    “Attitudes of Gratitude” – (Ladies Class) - Juanita Brown, Room 17                                                      

Wednesday Evenings
1.    “The Bible World” - Lance, Auditorium
2.    “I & II Timothy” – 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.

A.M. –
“The Christian’s Relationship To Civil Government” (Romans 13:1-7)BILL
P.M.  – “Hatched, Matched, And Dispatched” (Romans 6:16-18) - LANCE

October 19, 2014                    A.M.                                        P.M.

Opening Prayer                       Elder                                       Elder
Song Leader                            Stephen Lindenberger             Stephen Lindenberger
Communion / Offering           Doug Clouse                           James Blackwell
Prayer                                      Jim Jacobs                            Patrick Shepler                       
Reading                                   Frank Kruger, III                    T.J. Myers                  
Text                                         Romans 13:1-7                    Romans 6:16-18
Dismissal                                 Cliff Schofield                        Bill Dimit                               

Serving Communion:
1.  Marty Norris          5.  Kevin Johnson                               1.  Ray Brown             3.  Ken Gessel
2.  Eugene Fox            6.  John R. Oberlin                              2.  Jeff Thompson       4.  Bob Stotler
3.  Darin Nicholls        7.  Josh Heid
4.  Virgil Anderson     8.  T.J. Myers

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

For The Record (10/12/14)
AM Worship…………..226
AM Bible Study………..151
PM Worship…………...113
Wed. B.S. (10/15/14)…...97