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7/17/2013 8:17:00 PM
Eden Chapel United Methodist Church

Welcome to Eden Chapel United Methodist Church a very unique experience in worship. We do Sundays a little different at Eden Chapel and we believe you will enjoy it as much as we do. We begin every Sunday morning with a very personal Communion Experience in our Prayer Chapel. Then we prepare for our Sunday Morning Worship which leads us into our Gathering Time; after that we are off to Sunday School to share our lives and experiences with each other. We have children, youth, adult and inter-generational groups, so we just know that we have one for you. Our Sundays are as follows: Sunday 9:00am Weekly Communion in the Prayer Chapel, Sunday 9:30am Worship in the Sanctuary, Sunday 10:30am Gathering in the Fellowship Hall, Sunday 11:00am Sunday School and Special Bible Study Classes, Sunday 5-7pm Children and Youth Programs (with meal at 5pm)

This is the 9th Sunday after Pentecost at Eden Chapel and Pastor John will be teaching from the Gospel according to Luke 10: 38-42 with the sermon title: "It's all about me!" About 30 miles from Belfast, Northern Ireland is a stately castle that tourist can visit called Castleward. The house was built in the 1760's by Bernard Ward, the first Viscount of Bangor and his wife, Lady Anne. One of the most striking features of the castle is it displays two quite different styles of architecture. The front of the castle is neo-classical while the rear is Gothic. Why the two different styles? Because they each wanted it their way! Not only did they differ in these preferences in architecture, they apparently had other differences because she walked out on the marriage a short time later. Depending on your point of view, the house was a celebration of diversity or a monument to stubbornness. You know; "It's all about me!" How many times have we forgotten that our mission is to make relationships for God (Kingdom work) and not really getting the fence painted (self work)? The next time your mission project gets rained out, take a moment to get to know the people you are serving, it just might be the greatest mission you have ever been on!

Please remember you are always welcome to come and experience a very unique way of learning more about God and church family. Again weekly Communion is at 9am; Worship Service starts at 9:30am; Gathering Time is 10:30am with classes at 11:00am. Eden Chapel United Methodist Church is located at the corner of 92nd Street and S. Fairgrounds Road. We are the little church under the Big Sign. Come see us, we think you will find a home with us!

The Church of Christ in Perkins

By Richard Poe
It has been about twenty years since I last wrote an article for the church that meets at 1200 N. Lovers Lane. I really appreciate the articles Bob Penick has written over the years and he is still writing "Love Line" for The Journal.

A former member of our congregation, Dale Kastner, taught the Bible class and presented the sermon on July 7th. He is currently attending a preaching school and doing mission work. He gave a report on this work and indicated he and his wife, Leann, plan upon graduation next year, to take over a mission work in Africa.

We welcome back to Perkins, Lusi and BiBi Azpe from Torreon, Mexico. They are visiting with their daughter, Lilia Wall and her husband, Allan. This is becoming a summer traditions and the congregation thinks it is a great one. Again, a big welcome to Lusi and BiBi.

Eleven members of our youth group are currently attend a one week church camp. They are studying the Fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23.

New small groups have been organized will meet for the first time this Sunday. The leaders are Corry & Katie Tyler, Brady and Ashley Moore, Kirk and Toni Battles, James and Kay Moore, Nathan and Valerie Hill and Lyn and Kristy Werner.

Jesse Bale has been collecting clothes for a work in India. He will be delivering them in the next few weeks.

On Wednesday nights, Nathan and Valerie Hill are teaching the adult Bible classes. Nathan is leading a men's class in the study of "Leadership Within the Church" and Valerie class is entitled "Becoming a Woman of Excellence."

Member of the Perkins community are invited and most welcome to attend any of the activities of the congregation. We meet Sunday morning at 9:00 for Bible study and 10:00 for worship and Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. We also have other weekly events involving serving the community.

May each of you have a great week and experience God's Shalom.

Immanuel Baptist Church

By Claudia Andrews
What a great week we had at Falls Creek with 20 students and 8 sponsors! We proclaimed Jesus as our "Thirst Quencher" based on John 4:13-14 with the FC theme being "thirsty." Nine students made decisions for recommitment, call to ministry, baptism and purity. Preacher for the week Matt Kearns preached clear messages calling out students to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. We covet your prayers for our students in Perkins as they seek to be follows of Christ.

We celebrated our Falls Creek week during the evening worship Sunday with singing, testimonies, a slide show of the weeks events and two brief videos: one of a marriage proposal and one of a baptizing at FC. We finished the evening with another baptism in our new again baptistery!

In the Sunday morning service Reva Anderson and Lynn Davis played a viola-violin offertory "Heaven Came Down". We were treated with two vocal music specials: Jay Davis sang "My Tribute" and Tobie Sanders sang "Broken and Spilled Out" for those who came to celebrate Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Our Interim Pastor Dr. Lonnie Lee's brought the morning message "A Search for the Perfect Church" taking his text from Acts 2:37-47. He urged us again to pray much that we be prepared spiritually be the church God wants us to be. There is no such thing as a perfect church as it is made up of all kinds of people needing a place to come together. In the passage, over 3,000 people came to believe in Christ in one day, and then began devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer. The church was and is critical to the life of a believer. It is not your church or my church; it is Christ's church: He died for her! The body of believers needs to be about evangelism, teaching/discipleship, ministry, fellowship, and worship. Brother Lonnie emphasized fellowship this morning, reminding us it's not just about the food! Fellowshipping together is a rest from persecution, coming together with God, a meeting of hearts-going beyond friendship. Coming together in the building, feel the "fresh air", loving the church (people); agape (unconditional love) even those you may not get along with. Philippians 2:1: fellowship means we focus on one goal - loving and serving Jesus!

Come visit us at 2415 E 104, just a mile north of Perkins. Info: 547-1222 or www.immanuelbaptistperkins.org

Christian Church of Perkins

By David Pock
What is PCA? It simply means "Positive Christ-like Attitude".

What kind of power does this have for you?

It creates the power of love in your heart. Paul says that out of all the supernatural gifts given to you by the Holy Spirit, Love is the greatest of all and Love shall never pass away! 1st Cor 13:13.

It starts with one small seed in your heart and it grows into something so strong and beautiful no one can take it from you. It's the never ending power of God's word in you! All His promises being made real in you! A never ending power to conquer and be victorious, through love, all the days of your life! Romans 8:37-38

Learning to think and act like Jesus means taking the time to know Him! Letting Him truly live in you is not only an exciting thing to think about. It is a promise He will keep.

You are not powerless if you are a Christian, the fact is, most of us have not even tapped into the unlimited power of God that is deep within us! After all, He himself said, "All things are possible with God." Now that is power!

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church

By Fr. Ken Harder
"Who is my neighbor?" The scholar of the law asked, not for the sake of truth but for the sake of justifying himself. What is a neighbor? An important, long-term decision a person makes is what house to buy. A house is purchased for its own merits, such as enough space for a family, style, size of the yard and of course, location, location, location. The value of a house depends on the area in which it is located. A very nice house in a run down neighborhood will be worth less than if it were in a well cared for neighborhood with houses of similar size and worth. We want to surround ourselves with like minded neighbors so that our children will be safe, we can have pleasant companionship and our own houses will retain their value. This is fine, but this is not what Jesus means by neighbor. It is very easy to have a house in a nice neighborhood and as such, limit our lives to a limited but comfortable reality. In the gospel, a man falls victim to the evil of this world. Sometimes the evil is brought on by the malice of others, as in this case. Other times it is brought on by natural circumstances in which there is no intended evil. The result is the same, a person is in need. One person, a levitical priest finds himself in the same neighborhood as the victim, but passes by because to reach out to him would cause him the inconvenience of ritual impurity; he would have to go through a ritual cleansing before he could perform his important tasks and so he passes on, with the justification that he has important work to do. Another man passes by, this one intentionally moves away from the man, as if by doing so, the situation can be removed from him and likewise, he doesn't have to be inconvenienced by the victim's need. Finally, a person who is considered an outsider to Jews, a Samaritan, passes by. He stops and moves in close to the victim. He accepts the inconvenience and makes the man's need his own work. The neighbor, as we hear, is the one who treats the person in need with mercy. My friends, it is easy to avoid helping others. All you have to do is avoid seeing them, hearing them or being close to them. It is easy to put a fence up, so to speak, so that we don't have to be aware of the misery of others. Being a neighbor, as Jesus intends, is a matter of making ourselves aware of the needs of others. This can be difficult because it takes us out of our comfortable, well-defined lives and enter into a situation where we share the pain of others. Being a neighbor doesn't just mean giving money to charity, although that is a noble thing. Being a neighbor is making yourself present to the pain of others. Perhaps the greatest example of being neighbor is those who stood at the foot of the cross of Christ. They could do nothing for him to alleviate his physical pain but they could comfort him with their presence. The way to please God, as Moses notes, is not seeking some far-off, exotic philosophy or some other quest, it is near you. Love God above all else and neighbor as self. Make yourself aware of the need of others and show mercy in the gift of yourself to them.

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