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

 


CRADDOCK’S CORNER

PROCRASTINATION

     One lady wrote: “My sister was bemoaning the fact that she had procrastinated cleaning and organizing her house.  She felt a lot of pressure to get moving.  That afternoon she phoned, sounding glum. ‘I went to the bookstore and bought a book on how to get organized.  I was all fired up, and decided to clean out all the shelves in the living room.  While I was working, I found the same book.  I had bought it a couple of years ago.’”

     ProcrastinationA verb meaning “To delay or postpone action; to put off doing something.”

     Hara Estroff Marano in “Psychology Today” wrote, “There are many ways to avoid success in life, but the most sure-fire just might be procrastination.  Procrastinators sabotage themselves.  They put obstacles in their own path.  They actually choose paths that hurt their performance.”  Sounds a whole lot like Acts 24:25: “Now as he (Paul) reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, ‘Go away for now, when I have a convenient time I will call for you.”’

     The list of things about which we might procrastinate is endless.  So, how can we avoid becoming a procrastinator?  First, develop a better concept of the brevity of life (See James 4:13-14).  Second, understand that not doing what is right and necessary is, at the very least, unhealthy and at the worst it is sin (James 4:17).  And third, postponing, for whatever reason, doesn’t help you.  It only prolongs any agony and/or robs you of success.  And in truth, delay does not honor God (Ephesians 3:21).

     Listen to the inspired Paul, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation”
(2 Cor. 6:2).  May we use today to claim God’s offer of salvation.  And may we continue every day claiming the same and honoring him in all things!  Take care.
                                        -Terry D. Casey

        
FAMILY NEWS AND NOTES:
Church Family:  Marjorie Whitley is at Aultman Hospital. Leonard Miller: Affinity Medical Center. David Clay: Mercy Medical Center. Marlen Thompson: Hennis Nursing Home. Lynna Beaber: Aultman/Woodlawn.  Also, keep Mary Lively (blood clots), Neil Silvus, Alethia Gould and Jim Ladson in your prayers.

Friends & Family:  Wes Quillen (friend of Sharon Saunier); Angel Wood (wife of Jamie) suffered a stroke; Judy Notaro (Kim Pool’s sister), Joyce Clouse: chemotherapy; Roco (1 ½) & family (friends of Foster & Kim Pool): cancer; 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.

Death:  We extend our sympathy to those who have lost loved ones recently: Keith Butler, brother-in-law of Wilda McCullough, passed away last Saturday. The funeral was Wednesday.  
Gerald Andrews, husband of Ruth and brother-in-law of Lila Kindall, passed away on Monday. Calling hours: Wednesday, April 29th 10:00-11:00 AM with the funeral at 11:00. All services will be held here at Northwest.
Violet Cole, one of our shut-in members, passed away Wednesday.

New AddressBarb Ramsier is now at The Inn at Belden Village, 3927 - 38th St NW, Canton OH  44718 (Room B-18). Her phone number is 330-454-2433. Please update your directory. 

ONFTM Tomorrow evening at 6:00 PM. Fill out a commitment card on the table in the foyer if you plan to attend.

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

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

Graduate Recognition:    Sunday, May 17th. The names of all graduates need to be submitted to the office by Sunday, May 10th, along with a photograph of the graduate, if possible.

FYI  Beginning Sunday, May 3rd, the children, and teachers will go directly to their Bible classes following morning worship. There will no longer be an assembly in the annex building.

Golden Agers:  Tuesday, April 28th: Bible study then out to eat (meet at the building at 10:30 AM).

The Card Ministry schedules are on the table at the rear of the auditorium for the months of May, June, and July. If you signed up to send cards, please pick up your copy.

Current Bible Class Offerings

SUNDAY MORNING
1.   “Luke” – Lance / Auditorium
2.   “Acts” – Bill / Room #14
3.   “Lessons From Proverbs” – (Ladies’ Class) –Juanita Brown / Library
4.   “Muscle And A Shovel” – Keith Kull MP Room   (Center)
5.   “Welcome To The Northwest Congregation” – E.C.     Bradley / Room #9

WEDNESDAY EVENING
1.   “The Journeys Of Paul” – Lance / Auditorium
2.   “Galatians” – Bill / Room #14
3.   “Minor Prophets” – (Men’s Class) – E.C. Bradley / Room #9
4.    “LadiesClass”Shirley Wyatt / Room #7

Classes are provided for children of all ages.

Potter Children’s Home:
A representative will be in our area May 17th-22nd. They are asking our congregation to provide the items listed for their Commodities Outreach Program. You will find a container for these items in the foyer. Thank you for your support.

1. Baby Wash
2. Lysol Disinfectant Spray
3. Velveeta Cheese
4. Cooking Spray
5. Honey Mustard Dressing
6. Vanilla Pudding
7. Canola Oil
8. Monetary Donations  (Turn in to Office)

Mother’s Day Luncheon:   Saturday May 9th at noon here at the building. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board with choices of sandwiches. Please list choices by the end of April. Cost: Adults $7.00, Ages 4-12 $3.00, 3 & under Free. Money will be collected by Judy Franks, Jody Dimit and Hope Camarata.

Ladies SewingThe ladies will be sewing each Monday from 10:00 AM – noon.

YOUTH Schedule

May 17th:  6-12th grade – Lunch & Activity here at the building. Sign-up sheet on the teen board.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
        
Devotional at Hennis...........April 26th
Birthday Fellowship.............April 26th

Friday Night Sing:     Please check the schedule on the bulletin board. Anyone needing a ride to those can see Don Hopkins.

Cleveland Indians Game:   This year’s trip to the Indian’s game will be on May 22nd. This is dollar dog night and fireworks after the game. Cost of the tickets and bus ride is $35.00. Seats are located along the 3rd base line in the upper reserved section. We have accommodations for 56 people (friends and family included) on a first come / first serve basis. Sign-up on the bulletin board and pay Richard or Ruth Smith to reserve your seat.

QUESTIONS PEOPLE ASK

     Does God’s grace simply make up the difference between our efforts to be righteous and salvation?  How much are our efforts worth in our salvation?

     I read a story written by Brother Jack Wilkie which reminded me of my understanding of God’s grace in my younger years.  Here is the story.  Did you ever have one of those moments as a kid when you really wanted to buy something?  Whatever the item may have been, you had your eye on it for months as you saved to buy it.  Finally the day came when you decided it was time to make your long-awaited purchase.  You got your parents to take you to the store, you proudly took the item off the shelf and walked straight to the checkout line…only to find out that you were a few dollars short.  Maybe the price had gone up since you last checked, or you hadn’t figured in the taxes, but whatever the case, you simply did not have enough to get what you wanted. So, in your time of desperation, maybe your mom or dad stepped up and covered the extra cost.  They made up the difference for you and now your trip to the store ends happily ever after with you having secured what you wanted all along.

     Great story, but not a good analogy of God’s grace despite the fact that many Christians see it that way.  That group included me for quite some time.   If this idea were true, it would mean that we are personally responsible for earning as much of our salvation, by doing good works, as possible.  Well what percentage of our salvation does God require before His grace begins?

     The truth of the matter is that by our own efforts we cannot accomplish the forgiveness of one sin.  Our salvation is received totally by the grace of God.  “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourself; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:8-10).  Salvation is God’s gift to man through the blood of Jesus Christ.  Works of merit have nothing to do with our salvation. 

     But God’s grace is not received without conditions.  God is the giver of grace and man is the receiver.  We cannot receive a gift, without some effort on our part.  But after we have done what is necessary to receive the gift it still is just that, a gift.  God told man that to receive His grace that faith in Christ as God’s Son is necessary, that this faith must lead to repentance of sins which will lead to making a commitment to the Lord and finally followed by immersion in water for the remission of sins.  These are not works of merit but works of God. 

     Once one is saved by God’s grace, there follows a lifetime of service to God.  These works of service are not works of merit but works of God.  God’s grace is free, but must be received and lived under.  Our entire life as a Christian is under God’s grace.                                             -B. C.   

TODAY’S SERMONS:
A.M. –Sowing The Seed: Going Out To Sew”- (Matthew 28:18-20)- LANCE
P.M.  – “Martha, Mary, And Jesus” (Part II) (John 12:1-8) – 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. **

April 26, 2015                         A.M.                                        P.M.

Opening Prayer                       Elder                                       Elder
Song Leader                            Stephen Lindenberger             Stephen Lindenberger
Communion / Offering           Bob Franks                              Jeff Thompson
Prayer                                      Keith Kull                              Eugene Fox
Reading                                   Darin Nicholls                         Leonard Miller                       
Text                                         Matthew 28: 18-20                 John 12:1-8                
Dismissal                                 Leo Howard                            Ned Taggart

Serving Communion:
1.  Mark Daverio         5.  Don Higgins                                   1.  Bob Stotler             3.  Patrick Shepler
2.  Keith Hill               6.  Doug Clouse                                  2.  John Simone           4.  Ray Brown
3.  Devin Watson        7.  Terry Pyles
4.  James Blackwell     8.  Ned Taggart

May 03, 2015                          A.M.                                        P.M.

Opening Prayer                       Elder                                       Elder
Song Leader                            Stephen Lindenberger             Stephen Lindenberger
Communion / Offering           John Oberlin                            Kevin Johnson
Prayer                                      Mark Daverio                         Patrick Shepler
Reading                                   Devin Watson                         Ned Taggart               
Text                                         Matthew 22:34-40                  Luke 8:26-31              
Dismissal                                 Howard Koon                         Leo Howard

Serving Communion:
1.  Wesley Wyatt        5.  James Spencer                                1.  Ray Brown             3.  Denver Moore
2.  Marty Norris          6.  Jim Spencer                                    2.  Terry Pyles             4.  John Hartley
3.  Matt Moser            7.  Jim Jacobs
4.  Steve Moser           8.  Glenn O’Connor

For The Record (04/19/15)
AM Worship…………....250
AM Bible Study………...174
PM Worship………….....111
Wed. B.S. (04/22/15)…......98