Church News for Thursday, June 19

Published 3:56 pm Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Mt. Carmel No. 1

Sunday service began with a welcome and time of fellowship to greet our visitors and church family who came to join our worship on Father’s Day. It was also Men’s Day at our church. It was good to see and hear the men’s choir that our director Hershell Scott had singing some old songs.

The fathers in our church were recognized and honored with a small gift. While the fathers were standing, Bro. Derrell prayed a special prayer asking God to lead their footsteps to love and guide their children in the spirit of the Lord.

The message for the day was taken from Luke 17:26-27 and Hebrews 11:7. It was titled “Three Ways a Dad Needs to Be.”

Live your life as a shining light for Jesus. Be saved, let your light show and be faithful. We read in Hebrews that Noah prepared an ark to the saving of his household. By faith, Noah built the ark. The day Noah built the ark, a flood came and destroyed the people of the earth. As it was in the day of Noah, so shall it be in the days of the Son of Man. Fathers, let your children see your faith in action. Dad, do you have the same leadership as Noah?

This past Saturday’s VBS kick-off was a fun-filled afternoon. The young and old took part in the ball game. Afterwards, everybody was ready for refreshments. VBS will begin on Sunday night, June 22 at 5 p.m., and then it will run each night this week from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. “Agency D-3” is the theme of this year’s VBS. Please remember to pray for this school.

Remember our prayer time each day and we will see you in church on Sunday.

Christ Independent Methodist Church

Dr. Mac Stinson’s sermon was taken from Corinthians 13:11-13. The sermon title was “A Holy Kiss.”

Paul ends Chapter 13 with these words: “Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind and live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss.”

The church today needs to focus on what is central to our faith, meaning love for God and love for one another. It was said if the early believers, “See how they love one another.”

The “love” they were referring to is the way in which early Christians cared for each other, especially the poor. We know from reading the Acts of the Apostles that many Christian communities shared their material possessions in common. They also shared freely with those in need who were not part of the Christian community.

“We in the church today need to be more intentional about our love for one another. We too need to focus on that which is central to our faith: love for God and love for one another.”

Corinth was in Paul’s day the first city of Greece. It was a flourishing commercial center possessing trade routes unsurpassed anywhere in the empire. Wealth, ease and vice abounded. Pagan customs predominated. Its little Christian church was confronted with many perplexing problems. Paul received a letter from this church; his reply was our 1 Corinthians. It was written in the spring of A.D. 57.

We wish to thank all who donated their contributions and time for our yard sale. We also thank Dr. Phil and June Simms for using their carport for our convenience. Thanks to all who purchased our merchandise and all who helped with the sale.

Remember to pray for those away at Camp Beulah.

I did not receive a list of those attending camp, but know that you were missed by your home church.

Have a blessed week.