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10/9/2013 5:39:00 PM
Eden Chapel United Methodist

Welcome to Eden Chapel a United Methodist Family Fellowship and 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 (sharing and snacks). Then 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 Sunday Celebration is as follows: 9:00am Communion in the Prayer Chapel, 9:30am Worship in the Sanctuary, 10:30am Gathering Time (sharing & snacks), 11:00am Sunday School for all ages, 5:00pm Children and Youth Activities, Our Weekly Celebration is as follows: Wednesday, 6pm Choir Practice, Thursday, 8am Prayer and Bible Talk.

This is the 21st Sunday after Pentecost at Eden Chapel. We will be celebrating our relationship with Jesus Christ as our burdens are lifted from our lives giving us freedom to receive the blessings God has prepared for each of us. Pastor John will be teaching from the Old Testament Book of Psalm 66: 1-12 with the subject: "Celebrate Jesus, Celebrate" Blessings and burdens! We all seem to have some of each, however I believe it is what we do with them that makes us who we are! There is an old legend about three men and their sacks. Each man had two sacks, one tied in front of this neck and the other tied on his back. When the men were asked what they carried inside their sacks, the first man said. "In the back sack I carry all the good things in my life, that way they are hidden from view and no one knows. In the front sack I carry all the bad things in my life, every now and then I stop and open this sack and think about these bad things." Because he concentrated on the bad stuff, he didn't make much progress in life. The second said, "In the front sack are all the good things in my life. I like seeing them, so quite often I stop and show them off to people I meet. The sack in the back, I keep all my mistakes! They sure are heavy, they slow me down but for some reason I just can't put them down!" He also didn't make much progress in his life.

The third man said, "The sack in the front is great! There I keep all the positive thoughts I have had about other people, all the blessings that I have experienced, and all the great things that other people have done for me! The sack on my back is empty! There is nothing in it! You see I cut a big hole in the bottom a long time ago. In there I put all the bad things that I hear about myself and others. They go in one end and out the other, so I'm not carrying any extra weight at all." He made great progress in his life and in the lives of all those around him! Others were happy to see him and glad to be his friend!

You see we all carry both sacks, so what are you carrying in your sacks? Come and celebrate Jesus with us and you will find that Christ himself will cut the hole in the sack full of troubles and you won't need to carry them with you any longer!

Eden Chapel is located at the corner of 92nd Street and S. Fairgrounds Road. Come and enjoy a Family Fellowship experience with us! We hope to see you this Sunday.

Immanuel Baptist Church

By Claudia Andrews
Tonight (Wed., Oct. 9)! Walter Plant, a blind musician, who plays four keyboards, sings, and blesses those who hear him will be at Immanuel Baptist from 7-8pm. There is no charge, but a love offering will be taken to bless him. Come enjoy the praise!

Reva Anderson played a viola offertory "Beneath the Cross of Jesus" and Gale & Rita Cavanaugh sang "Three Old Rusty Nails" before the sermon for those who came to celebrate Jesus as Lord on Sunday.

Dr. Lonny Lee's message "A Dish That is Best Served Cold" (revenge) was taken from Genesis 37-50 of the story of Joseph. Dr. Lonny paraphrased the story of the young, favorite son of Israel (Jacob). He stated that in today's world folks seem to want revenge or "get you back" rather than practicing forgiveness, even among Christians. Joseph's life was filled with opportunities for building a case for revenge. His coat of many colors was stained with blood because his brothers sold him because he shared his dreams about his brothers bowing down to him. Even when he did the right thing when Potiphar's wife tried to frame him, Joseph still kept his heart following and accepting God's direction for his life. Even in prison, he "bloomed where he was planted" and was eventually second in command to the Pharaoh because he interpreted his dream concerning a coming famine. Comes the day when his brothers and family comes to Egypt to escape the famine and Joseph reveals who he is. Revenge? No: Joseph told his brothers "...you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive." We need to seek God path and keep to His plan. It is often in the valleys that we grow because He is by our side leading and sustaining us to keep on the right path.

A Bible questions and answer time was interacted with Dr. Lonny during the evening service. One topic was about Job and the why of his trials. God blessed Job much more in the end, but only God knows the answer and Satan is always trying to kill, steal, and destroy the Christian, but our destination is a "shoo-in" because of Jesus! We must be sure our testimony reveals what we believe in our hearts because it can be a help to someone else.

WM&M's meet Sat., at 8am for a Quick Breakfast and interactive devotion. "Movie in the Park" begins at 7:45pm at the Territorial Plaza - "Hotel Transylvania" is the movie! It's all FREE, but bring your lawn chair or blanket!

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

Perkins Church of Christ

By Richard Poe
The sermon for this past Sunday was entitled "Consider carefully what you hear..." Mark 4:24. Jesus, when teaching a lesson through the parable of the sower, told his audience to: Listen! It seems the apostles were having a difficult time understanding what the sower, seed and soil had to do with a heavenly message. So Jesus said the same to them: "Listen!" After revealing the meaning of the parable, Jesus indicated they should consider carefully what they heard as their knowledge would continue to increase.

Listening can be difficult. There is a lot of noise in the world we live in, literally and figuratively. It is easy to be distracted. It takes discipline to listen to understand. But it is worth the effort, especially when it comes to the richness of God's word.

We extend our condolences to the family of Jerry Sharp. Our prayers are with you during this time of grief.

This past Monday night, several of the women of the congregation joined with a audience of 800 women to hear Missy Robertson of Duck Dynasty speak at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, Ok. Missy spoke about the family and their faith in Jesus, and some of the challenges they faced with the producers in staying the way they really are.

October 12-13 is Silver Dollar City Church of Christ weekend. It's a big event with a lot of good singing and preaching and enjoyable fellowship.

Have a great week - Shalom.

The Christian Church of Perkins

By Dave Pock
Power Verse: 2nd Corinthians 5:7 We live by faith, not by sight.

God's Promise to YOU! Psalms Chapter 25

There it was, the old Coot, at least that's what we called them in those days. A Coot was a scavenger bird that looked a little bit like a duck. They weren't much good for anything, and I was allowed to shoot them to keep them from stealing fish out of our pond. ....Yes sir, there it was, forty maybe, fifty yards away. I watched him land on our pond and I wanted to shoot him. My Grandfather was with me and as I took aim He said, "Careful Son, he's way out of range for that twenty-two rifle . You need to move closer." I was full of excitement.

Talk about enthusiasm, I had just turned eleven years old and was allowed to turn in my genuine Red Ryder BB Gun for Granddad's old single shot twenty-two rife. He was carefully training me to use it safely and to make every shot count. I said, "Please Granddad, let me try from here." He gave his OK and I took aim, dead on, and fired. The bullet missed. It dropped short of the target. The Coot didn't even notice that I had fired at him and he went on swimming around looking for something to eat.

"Please, Granddad, just one more shot from here, please." He smiled that smile of his and said, "OK son but aim higher." This time I dropped to one knee and aimed about an inch above the target and fired. Bang! The bullet hit dead on and I had bagged my first, old Coot!

You would have thought I was my Grandfather's hero! He shouted, "Good Shot! Why! I never would have believed it! You hit him dead on son! I ain't never seen anyone ever shoot that good! Man, what a shot!"

That wasn't all he had to say....within a week every neighbor, friend, and relative, within forty miles of our old dirt farm, knew that had I shot that old Coot from fifty yards away! He told everybody about it!

I was only eleven but, I was feeling like a man! It was a big step in my life. It was a great thing that happened, not because I hit the target, but because my Grandfather gave me an example of how our heavenly Father reacts when we aim high enough to hit the target!

The problem for most of us is, we don't aim high enough to have to depend on God to receive what we are dreaming about. God always rejoices when we follow His guidance, just like I followed my Grandfather's advice..., "Aim higher!"

I can still here him saying "Aim higher" and sometimes I hear my heavenly Father saying..."Aim Higher" and when I drop to my knees and acknowledge his advise, I always hit the target and my greatest reward is knowing how pleased He is because He did it through me!

Father, help me to always aim high! High enough for you to work through me!

This is a PCA week! Go and live it to the full! Galatians 2:20God,

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church

By Fr, Ken Harder
"Increase our faith," the apostles say to Jesus. That sounds like a noble request. After all, isn't our Christian task to grow in faith? Jesus response is not exactly what they expected. If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could command this tree to uproot itself. This, "if then " conditional statement is really a statement of how little faith they have and how little they understand what it is. Faith is itself a gift from God. No one can believe in Jesus as the Son of God without the gift of the Holy Spirit. John says this in his first letter, "beloved, it is not that we have loved God, it is that he first loved us." So if faith is a gift from God, then is it up to God to increase it? This is where the apostles make their mistake. Faith is God revealing himself to us and offering us a relationship with him. The key here is to understand that faith is a relationship, which means it is a mutual reality. We cannot know God, nor know his life, if he doesn't reveal himself first. Having done so, it is our part to do the same. Our faith is in a real sense, revealing ourselves to God. Of course God knows us, he knows more than we know. The action of revealing oneself to another is what a relationship is about. It is what allows the mutual love to flow between the parties. Seen in this way, we can understand why Jesus had strong condemnation for hypocrites. Hypocrites are so blinded by pride that they cannot authentically reveal themselves to 20God, they can't acknowledge their nothingness before him, yet be bold enough to approach him anyway. The request of the apostles is a real danger for any Christian. We want the surety of faith without having to invest ourselves in it. Faith can only grow within us if we put effort into it. The authentic faith life requires the Christian to remember they are always present to God and to let all actions and thoughts show this. Our weaknesses, which cause or failures to do this, can actually help us to grow in faith. The more aware we become of our weaknesses and thus our failure to live fully the gospel values, the stronger the desire grows within us to live out our faith. In other words, the object of faith, love of God, begins to grow. Like any relationship, our faith in God is a gift, yet it requires a gift of self in return. The rest of today's gospel passage is a reflection of what our relationship with God is. Anything we do for God is a response to him using the gifts he already gave. No one can make a claim on God because of what they have done. Anything we have done is a response, not an initiative. We recognize, as does the useless servant, that all comes to us from God but we must use what has been given so that our faith may become real and even though it may seem small, it can do great work.

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