NORTHWEST CHURCH OF CHRIST
3904 38th Street NW, Canton, Ohio 44718
330-492-5523    Fax: 330-493-7119

 


July 27, 2014                                                   Vol. 5   No. 43

CRADDOCK’S CORNER

MENTORING!

     Webster’s Dictionary defines Mentor as “Someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person.” The word originated in Greek mythology; Mentor was a friend of Odysseus entrusted with the education of Odysseus’ son Telemachus.  He was Telemachus’ trusted counselor and guide.  Synonyms include teacher, guide, counselor, tutor, coach or advisor.  Essentially a Mentor is someone who cares about someone else and seeks to help him or her develop into a well-rounded, successful person.

     The Bible is filled with information about older people guiding and helping younger ones.  Paul told Titus, “But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; the older women likewise that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things-that they admonish the younger women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.  Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you (Titus 2:1-8).  It is obvious that everyone should be an example to others, helping them along life’s way, especially the older toward the younger. Even older kids assisting younger kids! 1 Tim 4:12 says, “Be an example…”

     Now in order for any mentoring effort to be successful there must be willing participants.  The older, or more skilled, must have the desire to pass on their experience and knowledge through a caring relationship. This requires time, energy, thought and dedication.  The younger, or less skilled, must recognize their need to acquire more knowledge and experience, and then commit to the leadership of a mentoring partner.

     It is my prayer that both older and younger will recognize and embrace the value of a mentoring relationship.  In this way we ensure Godly Spirits and Actions for generations to come.  Take care!                                                                                                                                                            -Terry D. Casey

FAMILY NEWS AND NOTES:
Church Family:  Mary Pool was moved to Aultman/Woodlawn on Wednesday. Anna Masalko, Gwen Rose and Wauldine Flinn are now home. Keep Judy Franks, Shirley Cain and Anna Lee Book in your prayers.

Friends & Family:  Kyle Camarata (grandson of Chuck & Hope in Lancaster, OH) is recovering from an automobile accident. Dena Fore (daughter of Amelia Evans) had a kidney transplant last week. Aria Poth (5 months old) diagnosed with neuroblastoma; Debbie Fetty: breast cancer, and her mother: copd; Linda Snyder (cancer); Aletheia Gould (infant daughter of Brian & Mary Gould); Becky Block; Rich Culler; Kasey Schofield; Mike Wilson.                                                                                                   
        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.

ResponsesKylee Thompson responded to the invitation last Sunday morning to obey the gospel and be baptized. Her address and telephone number are listed in the printed bulletin.

Death:   We extend our sympathy to Jerry Cain and his family at the passing of his brother, Franklin Cain on Saturday, July 19th.

Thank You:    Our Northwest Family, Thank you isn’t enough to express our gratitude for your out pouring of love at the passing of our mother, Naomi, by way of cards, comforting words, hugs, thoughts & prayers and the beautiful plant. They all mean so much! In Christian Love, Jim & Mary Jacobs, Carol Heckathorn and Family

Sewing Ladies:   The ladies will continue to meet for sewing on Monday mornings at 10:00 AM until noon.

Devotional:     We will have a service at the Hennis Nursing Home in Bolivar TODAY beginning at 2:00 PM.

Baby Shower:   There will be a baby shower for Erin & Brady Hammond (daughter/son-in-law of Keith & Jan Kull) and their son Luke Howard Hammond on Sunday, August 31st from 2:00-4:00 PM here at the building. They are registered at Target. Please sign the sheet on the bulletin board if you plan to attend.

Birthday Fellowship  The Birthday Fellowship will be held TODAY following evening services. Please bring finger foods, a 2 liter bottle of soda and plan to stay and celebrate with us!

Help Needed:   Shirley Cain is in need of a ride home from Columbus on Monday, August 4th. Contact her at 330.224.0648 if you can help.

Attention Singers:    We will be singing for Steve Wilson at Brewster Park on Monday, August 11th at 6:30 PM.

YOUTH
Lock-In: Friday, August 8th from 8:00 PM through 7:00 AM for students 3rd – 12th grade. MUST have permission/medical forms. Sign-up sheet on the teen board. Deadline: August 6th.

Young Ladies Of The Congregation in grades 6th – 12th:  Beginning in September, there will be a new Bible class on Sunday mornings especially designed for you. To get acquainted with each other and our new class, we plan to have a luncheon on Sunday, August 17th following Bible study. Please plan to attend.

Annual Church Picnic:  The Annual Church Picnic will be held on Saturday, August 16th from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. The church will provide the meat and beverage. Please sign the sheets on the bulletin board for your specialty side dish and the number of people you will bring. We will also need help with set-up and clean-up. See Emmanuel or Cheryl Bradley if you have any questions.

Save The Date:   Ladies, mark your calendars for Saturday, October 25th. It is once again time for the Area Wide Ladies Day.
Place: Northwest Church of Christ
Time: 8:30 AM
Speaker: Sally Shank (OVU)
Please save that day to be spiritually uplifted!

Ladies:  You will find the Card Ministry schedule for August, September and October on the table at the rear of the auditorium.

Current Bible Class Offerings

Sunday Morning
1.    “Luke” - Lance, Auditorium
2.    “Christianity In A Hostile Culture” – Tom Walton, Room 12
3.    “Hebrews” – 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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Services at Hennis..........................................July 27th
Birthday Fellowship........................................July 27th
Church Picnic
.................................................August 16th

ALLEN SCHOOL SUPPLIES

PENCILS.....................................................2900
8-JUMBO CRAYONS......................................210
24-COUNT REGULAR CRAYONS.....................343
GLUE STICKS................................................362
BOTTLES OF GLUE........................................207
SETS OF MARKERS.......................................240
2-POCKET FOLDERS......................................153

QUESTIONS PEOPLE ASK        
     “Anthropomorphism” is a word we hear used from time to time.  What does it mean and why is it important?

     This is a good question and a word we tease our interpreters for the non-hearing about.  This 16 letter word is important and helps us understand our relationship with God.  God is spiritual and almighty.  We are physical and weak.  The attributes of God are so infinite, and our minds so finite, that we scarcely can fathom the Creator’s marvelous features.  To help us in this area the biblical writers often resorted to symbolic language.

     One such figure is called anthropomorphism, whereby certain attributes of God are described in physical terms such as eyes, ears, face of the Lord (1 Peter 3:12), or the arm of the Lord (Isaiah 53:1).  A similar figure is known as anthropopathism  (which my spell check will now recognize), which attributes certain human emotions or thinking processes to God, such as when the Lord is said to have “repented” that He made man (Gen. 6:6).  This type of symbolism must be remembered when thinking of such things as “does God ever limit His own foreknowledge” or “does God ever change His mind?” 

     The Bible clearly teaches that God is omniscient meaning that He is all-knowing.  Thus, God knows the future just as He knows the present and the past.  God knew that He would need to destroy man with the flood and start over with Noah and his family to repopulate the earth, but do you believe that God was happy with that fact?  As man would we not feel sorry that the human race had turned out so much different from what we wanted it to be?  How often do we say “I wish I had not done that?”  God did not wish that He had not made man but He was sorry for the degree of their sin.  This is expressing the emotions of God in human terms so we can understand His feelings.  God was saddened by the sins of Adam and Eve.  He is saddened by the sins we commit today.  God knows all this and does not change His mind about things just because things go wrong. 

     But because He knows all things that will happen in the future does not mean that He causes things to happen.  God will never deny us “free will.”  We are in control of our conduct before God from day to day.  When we know this we visualize God as “seeing” us.  Because of this Paul wrote in 2 Cor. 5:9, “Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to him.”  How does God see us, does He have eyes?  For this reason I must see God and His characteristics in human terms.  Enoch walked with God and God took him home.  Does God have feet?  I cannot see myself walking with God if He does not have feet. 

     We sing “I hold to the hand of my Savior and friend.”  Do God and Christ have hands?  In my physical way of thinking if I am to hold Their hands They must have hands.  Now you can see why anthropomorphism is important in our relationship with God. God is a spirit thus He does not have the physical characteristics we possess.  But it helps us to think that He does because we just do not KNOW what a spirit looks like.  Also it helps us to believe that God “thinks” as we do.  God does not need to think-HE IS ALL KNOWLEDGE!

(Parts of this article are taken from articles by Wayne Jackson)

TODAY’S SERMONS:  
A.M. –“What Do I Still Lack?” (Matthew 19: 16-22)LANCE
P.M.  – “Traveling Far? Travel Light” (Hebrews 12: 1-2) - LANCE

Those reading for lessons during the worship service are asked to use the “New King James Version”, as it corresponds to the pew Bibles and the projections on the screen.

PRIVILEGED TO SERVE
** If you are unable to serve in the scheduled capacity, let Art Hopkins know. **

July 27, 2014               A.M.                                        P.M.

Opening Prayer           Elder                                       Elder
Song Leader                Stephen Lindenberger             Stephen Lindenberger
Communion                E.C. Bradley                           Doug Clouse
Offering                      Bill Craddock                        Doug Clouse
Prayer                          Dick Dimit                              Cliff Schofield                                   
Reading                       Terry Pyles                              James Blackwell         
Text                             Matthew 19: 16-22                 Hebrews 12: 1-2                     
Dismissal                     Keith Hill                                Ron Franks

Serving Communion:
1.  Marty Norris          5.  Don Higgins                       1.  John Simone           3.  Bryan Reed
2.  Clyde Burfield       6.  Steve Moser                       2.  Don Hopkins          4.  Al Rohr
3.  James Spencer Jr.   7.  Matt Moser           
4.  Jim Spencer            8.  Patrick Shepler

August 03, 2014         A.M.                                        P.M.

Opening Prayer           Elder                                       Elder
Song Leader                Stephen Lindenberger             Stephen Lindenberger
Communion                Mike Moss                              Leonard Miller
Offering                      Chuck Camarata                     Leonard Miller
Prayer                          Mark Daverio                          James Blackwell                     
Reading                       Devin Watson                         Josh Heid       
Text                             John 4: 6-15                           Matthew 7: 7-12                    
Dismissal                     Jim Jacobs                               Cliff Schofield

Serving Communion:
1.  Marty Norris          5.  Leo Howard                       1.  Ray Brown             3.  Terry Pyles
2.  T.J. Myers              6.  Steve Moser                       2.  Rick Blackburn      4.  John Simone
3.  Darin Nicholls        7.  Patrick Shepler
4.  Don Hopkins          8.  Virgil Anderson

For The Record (07/20/14)
AM Worship…………..248
AM Bible Study……….182
PM Worship…………..125
Wed. B.S. (07/23/14)…...98