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10/30/2013 9:18:00 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, Thursday, 9am Bible Study - Gospel According to Matthew.

This is All Saints Sunday at Eden Chapel and DON'T FOREGET TO SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK! Our monthly Communion Service will be next week on Sunday the 10th of November because Pastor John will not be in attendance. George McElhoe will be bringing the Word of God this Sunday.

"Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth." (1 Corinthians 13:6) A couple of weeks ago I had the honor of performing a wedding ceremony and the couple picked Chapter 13 of 1 Corinthians (the Love Chapter) as their scripture. I told the couple that in this verse lies the "Test for Love". Here's the example. There was a young couple on a date when the boy's affection goes beyond the girl's comfort zone. She resists and he insists with the oldest line in dating, "But I love, I just want to be close to you and if you loved me......!" This boy does not love her although he may love her body or he may love boosting to his buddies about his conquest. But he does not love her! You see, "True Love" will never ask the "beloved" to do what he or she thinks is wrong. Do you want to know if someone's love for you is true? Do you want to know if your friendship is genuine? Then ask yourself, "Do they try to influence me into doing something that is wrong or against my beliefs all in the name of love?" This is the simple "Test for Love" and I know that you are smart enough to figure out the correct answer!

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.

Lost Creek United Methodist Church

This past Sunday was a special day in the life of our church. After six weeks of Confirmation classes, 14 youth became the newest members of Lost Creek, including 3 baptisms. Their confirmation classes concluded with a dinner at the church on Saturday evening, followed by a special worship service. During this service, parents spoke of their dreams for their children, shared what made them the proudest, and finished with prayers of blessing for each of these young people. We look forward to see where these journeys of faith will take each of them!

Our younger children enjoyed a Fall Festival Funday Sunday that evening. There were lots of fun games, food, costumes and fellowship. These same children will be starting rehearsals for this year's Christmas program next Sunday evening.

The Lost Creek ladies are busy this week serving the Love Feast at Southern Heights in Stillwater. Plans have also begun for Lost Creek's annual bazaar coming on Saturday, November 23.

The Alaska Mission team is off and running for 2014. They will be serving a Mexican fiesta next week beginning at 11:00. You can get a great meal while supporting the Alaska Mission!

We worship each Sunday at 8:30 and 11:00 with classes in between at 9:45. To find out more about our church, see our website at lostcreekumc.org or "like" us on Facebook. Lost Creek is located between Stillwater and Perkins at 8002 S. Washington on 80th Street between Hwy. 177 and Western Street. You are always welcome to join us!

Immanuel Baptist Church
By Claudia Andrews

Twelve youth and seven adults had a great time Saturday at their "Pumpkin-carving, Hot-Dog roasting over their new fire pit, and spooking Hayride". S'more's and a kinda scary movie topped off the night of fellowship. We have a great group of students and sponsors!

At this printing the AWANA Clubbers will be learning God's Word and enjoying a night of "Trunk 'n Treat", AWANA Clubs is for 3 yr olds through grade 12, enrollment is always open, and membership is not required.

Lynn Davis played an exciting ballad "Keep on the Firing Line" for the offertory and the IBC Choir sang "Chariot of Clouds" before the sermon for those who came to celebrate Jesus as Lord on Sunday.

Dr. Lonny Lee's message "I'm Really Sorry, Lord" was taken from Hosea 6:1-7. "I promise I will never do it again" is a got-caught phrase and Israel used it just like we do. We always admit it, but when are we going to stop doing it? Real repentance involves more than lip service. 1) We must be sincere; being sorry enough not to do it again. We must fight through it: Revelation 2:1-7. 2) It's a surrender of the heart as the day we received Christ. Be willing to say no to sin, keeping our eyes on Christ. 3) Realize it's about true spiritual service; a changed heart, who we are, not what we do. Read God's Word, pray, do what God tells us and we know to do; He will forgive, but we may still have to reap the circumstances.

Dr. Lonny's evening message "Out of Sight & Out of Mind" was taken from Hosea 4:6-10. Atheist Madeline Murray O'Hair created a dividing line in the early 1960's which resulted in an effort to remove God from the American scene. The world seems to be tolerant of everything except Christianity. The Lord does not like that there is no faithfulness, kindness, and lack of knowledge of God in the land! We must have leadership in our churches who have knowledge of God, teaching and preaching His Word diligently. Without that knowledge, we see an increase of sin and shame. Psalm 119:11 should be seared in our hearts and acted upon. Isaiah 5:20-23 is a statement of "woe" that continues to this day. We reap what we sow. I Peter 4:17 calls the church to task! We must act upon II Timothy 2:15 and stand in the gap, being found faithful!;

Mon., Nov. 4, 11:30am, our A-Y'S group meets for lunch with guests the Murray brothers. Guests are welcome!

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

Perkins Church of Christ
By Richard Poe

This past Sunday several members of the congregation (young and older) enjoyed a time of singing at the Red Bud Assisted Living facilities.

Sunday evening, many of our teens and families had a great times at the home of Nathan and Valerie Hill. Hamburgers to eat, songs to sing around a camp fire and a devotional led by Trent Dobbs made it a most enjoyable way to close out the day.

Our condolences are extended to the Corry Tyler family over the death of Corry's father.

October 31, 2013 (Thursday) is Fall Festival celebration at 1200 N. Lovers Lane. From 6:00 pm to 8 pm there will be hot dogs and games to enjoy and prizes to win. The Perkins community is invited to stop by and enjoy.

The adult Bible class will begin a study of the Holy Spirit on November 3. This study will include a review of Francis Chan's book, "Forgotten God." If you would like to attend and need additional information, please call 547- 5393

Sunday morning worship will be followed by a potluck dinner.


Christian Church of Perkins
By Dave Pock

This Week's Power Verse: Matthew 6: 9-10 "This, then, is how you should pray: "Our Father in heaven, be done on earth as it is in heaven.

God's Promise to YOU!! 1st Cor. 12:7

Jesus gave us a reason to live! It was all about LOVE and He asks us to pray a certain prayer. I believe it is a prayer that needs to be prayed every day by every Christian in the world.

Many believe, because the Kingdom is here on earth, we shouldn't be praying those same words. Let me point out that YES....the Kingdom of God is here....that Kingdom is within you and it is also the Church! But, it is not in everyone.....it has not come in to the full! The words "on earth as it is in heaven" could be translated to say "throughout the earth like it is throughout heaven.

Aside from the fact that the Kingdom of God is not on the earth like it is in heaven....it is the most loving and unselfish prayer Christ ever commanded us to pray. Why?....Because, when you pray those words, you are praying a prayer of love designed by the greatest Lover of men who ever lived and it is designed so, when you pray it, you are praying for every Christian on this earth. "Give US, OUR daily bread....Forgive US, OUR sins! Lead US not into Temptation.....Deliver US from evil." Wow! Talk about PCA** at it's best! Pray it and mean it and you truly have a PCA!

US means you and me and every Christian on this earth. And in my opinion it includes the Christians that 95% of us never pray for.....the Persecuted Christians. Well over 200,000 people each year are put to death because they will not reject the name of Jesus! Thousands around the world are being driven from their homes, put in prisons, starved, whipped, and even beaten to death! (check out the vom webpage on our website)

We need to pray this wonderful prayer of love for them and the poor and the sick and the hungry and the homeless, and the rich and the well to do and the common man, as well as, our children, our relatives and our enemies!

Think about it! How, can we not pray this prayer if we have a PCA**. If we have a PCA we will have love in our hearts for our fellow Christians and our fellow man! Why not take a minute and pray it right now?

Father, please make me like your Son! Mold my attitude so it will be just like Jesus'!......in His name...Amen

**PCA ...Positive Christ-like Attitude

Mehan Union Church

This is the day - the Lord is my shepherd - my provider - my protection - my friend - I shall not want - He gives me all I need!

He will do the same for you. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow Me (you) all the days of my (YOUR) life. Psalm 23.

To honor our pastors breakfast, messages of thanks, and songs were presented Sunday morning for Larry, Steve, David.

To top that off, the winner of collecting mission trip money went to Pastor Larry who had the honor to kiss a pig!

Children are gifts from God. We will soon have two newborns in our congregation -Baby Boy Cazzelle and Baby Girl Listerman. Gift baskets for both are set up in the foyer. Please keep these parents in your prayers.

Hot dogs, football, and an outdoor movie was enjoyed by all Sunday evening at the Ballards. Thanks to the person providing the screen.

Saturday's Drug Awareness Meeting was a great success, Very informative and educational about the drug problem we all are facing.

Remember Christ lives, He forgives our sins, He restores our souls with His Righteousness, The Savior is waiting for you to come to Him.

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
By Fr. Ken Harder

A Pharisee and a tax collector are in the temple. The setting of this parable is itself important. The temple is the special place of God's presence. In the temple, all human pretension is gone; it is a place where the dignity of God surpasses all human symbols of status. The crucial mindset of any person is that compared with God, human dignity is insignificant. In acknowledging this fact, I am not saying that human dignity is insignificant; in fact it is priceless because God, the one with infinite dignity, makes human dignity worthy of his Son. The Pharisee starts out by giving thanks, which is very good. Yet, in his prayer he ceases praising God and praises himself. The Pharisee sees his own good behavior and his success in following the law as something that makes him worthy of God and therefore, more worthy than others. In this, the Pharisee makes a serious mistake; he gives himself a higher dignity rather than recognizing that his dignity comes solely from God. In fact, by his prayer to himself, he practically puts himself on the same level as God. His prayer also contains a comparison of himself to others, who he judges as unworthy. The tax collector is a sinner, probably the worst of sinners. He takes money from his own people and hands it over to the hated Roman Empire while making a nice living for himself. He is a traitor of the worst sort. He too, comes to the temple. He stays far away from the Holy of Holies, he keeps his eyes lowered, he beats his breast (which is an ancient action showing repentance for bad choices, for choosing sin) and he asks for mercy. This sinner walks away justified. The word justified means that he is right with God. Notice that he doesn't say that he will change his ways. The tax collector knows he is a sinner and doesn't know how to get out of it. My friends, this parable is very important for us to understand. On the one hand, we want to avoid the error of the Pharisee. However, that is not enough; the mindset of the tax collector is the example to follow. The tax collector is very simple in his prayer. He acknowledges that his actions have made him unworthy. He knows that he has no claim on God, yet his sorrow and shame do not prevent him from recognizing who God is. He calls out for mercy, not because he deserves it; he calls out trusting in God's goodness. How often do we do that? It is very easy to let the shame of sin turn into despair. When that happens, our lives become disjointed. The remedy for this is to take the example of the tax collector and make it our own. In doing so, we learn to have gratitude, which is a response of love, for what we have received and know that we do not deserve. Gratitude then becomes our way of life and prevents us from falling into the pride of the Pharisee.

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