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  • T H E MA N C H E S T ER C H U R C H O F C H R I S T, MA N C H E S T ER, N H Ap r 29, 2009 THE BULLETIN Back to the Basement Manchester Church of Christ 66 Mammoth Rd. Manchester, NH 03109 603.623.5559 book on this chapter of the mht_church@comcast.net Manchester church's history -- “the sewer back-up incident”. www.mhtcoc.org Now that the basement is usable again, our usual Elder’s Link: May church rhythms can resume -- Larry Glass – 887-1741 the Wednesday evening supper larrycalling@yahoo.com before Bible class, Monday Lee Davis – 547-8876 Night for the Master (May 4th), ladnlad@comcast.net and our regular places for If you have any concerns that the Bible classes for children, elders should be aware of, or need teens, and adults. to speak to with them, please contact Lee or Larry this month. We were finally able to utilize our church basement, Our Worship Services fellowship hall, and Bible class Sunday AM: 8:30 & 11:00 rooms this past Sunday. Bible Class: 10:00 Hooray! Sunday PM: 6:00 It took a lot of behind Small Groups: the scenes work to get West Side Small Group: 6:15PM at workmen on site, choose Doug Paul’s replacements, and then Merrimack Small Group: 6:00PM at (Saturday) to do the final Stuart Peacock’s clean-up and preparation. Nashua Small Group: 6:00PM at Paul Mosier's Thanks to all who made a contribution in whatever way Wednesday PM Devotional/Bible Classes: 7:00 to the completion of this News Items? Please submit before project and helped close the 11AM each Tuesday. This Sunday morning is our communion service. Barring any special monthly “elders' pulpit” and Barry Fogal questions you might bring with you-- I will be preaching. Park will be helping always encourage you to bring questions to fill a vacant pulpit in Worcester, MA. to the Bible class forums-- I'll be talking about a few interesting archaeological The Sunday evening assembly at discoveries in the news and some other the church building will be a Bible class religiously related headlines (and what forum after our short devotional and the Bible says about them). PA G E 1
  • T H E MA N C H E S T ER C H U R C H O F C H R I S T, MA N C H E S T ER, N H Ap r 29, 2009 “So then you are no longer strangers and Our Family aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household,” Ephesians 2:19, NAS95. Coming up in April... are willing and able to house through July 4. There is much some teens. work to be done to get the camp Reminder Tonight is a song night. ready for the summer so please We will be devoting our usual Prayers needed Doreen Lee is still consider helping out. Bible class time to singing at CMC (room C119). Although Registration forms are in the praises to our almighty God. the new treatment was foyer. beneficial to her, it didn't go as Canned Food Drive This past well as they had hoped. Please Ladies Day The Northern Valley Sunday(April 26) was the keep her in your prayers and let church in Lancaster, NH will be official relaunch of our her know you are thinking of her hosting a ladies day on congregation’s pantry ministry. through calls, cards and visits Saturday, May 16th. More If you were unable to bring your (she really enjoys seeing details can be found on the food items or if you haven’t people). bulletin board in the foyer. signed up yet, the sign up sheet is in the foyer. Wednesday Night Supper The Celebration There is a graduation Wednesday Night Supper is announcement and picture What else? starting up again. Please posted on the bulletin board in remember to sign up on the the foyer for Adam Chilcote. MNFM Now that the remodeling in sheet in the back of the (Ellen Horion's son) Check it the basement is complete, we auditorium if you plan to attend. out. can meet again for Monday Night for the Master. We will be This and that... meeting next Monday, May 4th. Dinner will be served at 6pm Note from Dick Dick Potter will be Wednesday Night Menu followed by prayer time, visiting head cook 4th week at Gander roast turkey and writing cards of Brook this summer and he is encouragement. The menu is looking for a few people to help. stuffing/potatoes ham, scalloped potatoes, You can give him a call at 432- vegetable, bread and dessert. 5685. He also says we could use squash/green beans Please join us. some potholders and kitchen bread towels and washcloths for the Youth Rally The Manchester youth kitchen downstairs. dessert rally is quickly approaching!! Mark your calendars for May Gander Brook's work and w0rship 29th-31st. See Linda Paul if you week is scheduled for June 27 Worship Leaders Prayer Concerns Sunday, May 3, 8:30AM Scripture ..................... Rick G. Health: Doreen Lee, Pat Arel, Bill Songs ......................... Stuart P. Lord’s Supper ............. Earl M. Waisnor, Rosemary Landry, Deniza Prayers .................... Ken B. & Larry G. Coordinator ................ Ken S. Chase’s niece, Marge Simon, Penny Scripture .................... Mark E. Ranger, Manley Jones, Michael Lord’s Supper ............ Duane C. Sunday, May 3, 6:00PM Anderson's brother Coordinator ............... Ken B. Songs.......................... Mark E. Leadership: Ministers, Elders, Deacons Sunday, May 3, 11:00AM Wednesday, May 6, 7:00PM Evangelism: Bible studies in Songs ........................ Gerry M. Songs.......................... Stuart P. progress, our website, MNFM, food Prayers ....................Pete S. & Lee D. pantry Return to the Lord: Brethren who have forsaken the assembly PA G E 2
  • T H E MA N C H E S T ER C H U R C H O F C H R I S T, MA N C H E S T ER, N H Ap r 29, 2009 Life A f te r Life (Fi n al P a r t) Pa r k Li ns c o m b I’m hopeful that the past and the end of the world] no one knows, Tim. 3:1), not only in the latter portion several articles on what happens after not even the angels of heaven, nor the of the first century in which persecution this life is over for us (individually and Son, but the Father alone." Matthew was growing, but also in the last days of collectively) has been helpful. I think 24:36, NAS95. Yet sadly, there are still the “last days”. we need to think more about what does plenty of folks that try to discover the come after this life as a way to keep exact date of the Lord’s final end to this “("Behold, I am coming like a ourselves committed and energetic in world; some of their flyers and claims thief. Blessed is the one who the service of our Master. After all, the fill a file folder in my file cabinet titled: stays awake and keeps his Lord didn’t give us all this information “Religious Nuts” — yeah, I know, real clothes, so that he will not just to help fill out the Bible to proper professional — oh, well. But God — walk about naked and men will number of pages or proper heft for an think of Noah’s flood, Sodom and not see his shame.")" eternally important book; God's Gomorrah, the destruction of Israel and Revelation 16:15, NAS95. revelations to us about the hereafter are Judah and Jerusalem — tends to wait intended to motivate us. And this last until things are so bad that His great And… installment of this series on eschatology patience can wait no more for judgment. "I heard another voice from (study of the last things) is given to us This is to say, simply, that God probably heaven, saying, ‘Come out of by God as an important motivator doesn’t have a date circled somewhere her, my people, so that you will during hard times in our Christian walk, on His great calendar in the heavens; not participate in her sins and and especially if we happen to be found that the end will be less determined by receive of her plagues; for her alive during the last days of the “Last an arbitrary terminal date set by God as sins have piled up as high as Days”. Let’s talk about last days of the it will be determined by the enormity of heaven, and God has Last Days. the earth’s sin, the lack of goodness in remembered her iniquities. Pay What do I mean by the last the world, and the nexus of man’s sinful her back even as she has paid, days of the Last Days? Well, the choices that God has chosen as His and give back to her double Scripture is clear that the Christian era flashing red light (e.g., the level of according to her deeds; in the is considered to the “Last Days” (Acts depravity of “Babylon”, the killing of cup which she has mixed, mix 2:17; Heb. 1:2; James 5:3). And when the witnesses (Rev. 11), the abomination twice as much for her.’" you consider the sweep of Bible history of desolation (Mt. 24:15), whatever they Revelation 18:4-6, NAS95. — the Patriarchal era (Adam to Moses), may turn out to be). the Mosaic era (receiving the Law Anyway, despite the fact that The essence was to say, “No through Christ’s death on the cross), and we will never know the day or hour of matter how bad things look, that only the Christian era — the Christian era is Christ’s return, that it will be a complete the way they look; that’s not the way the “last days”. But, of course, the surprise to everyone, there are some they really are. Hang on tight, hang on Christian era has been quite long from a general things that we can and should with your fingernails, if you must, but human standpoint, a little over 2000 know for the sake of our souls. Jesus hang on. Things are going to look years; so, to our way of thinking, these speaks of them in Matt. 24 and terrible, like all is lost, but it is not! God Christian era “last days” haven’t exactly continues talking about them in wins, and you want to be on the right been “the countdown”. But there will, Revelation: in the last days of the “Last side, when Armageddon (a metaphorical naturally, be some last days that will Days” the world will become incredibly reference to a battlefield in which the truly be a “countdown”. And the human sinful (e.g., Rev. 18:5), Christianity will good guys are terribly outnumbered) question has always been, “And exactly be almost completely extinguished (e.g., happens.” when will these days be?” Rev. 11:7-13; Lk. 18:8), persecution will The point for us is simply this, we Before I get any further into become stronger and stronger (e.g., 2 do not know when it will happen, but this study, do not get the impression Pet. 3:3-7; Rev. 13:16-18), disciples of we must get ready, stay ready, and that I am in any way making any sort of Jesus will defect to follow the world remain ready through even the worst of an attempt to predict the end of the (e.g., Mt. 24:9-13). They will be situations. world. Let me make it clear that the difficult days, indeed! Lord left all vagueness and guess work And the whole point of the in the dust, when He said, "But of that writing of Revelation seems to be day and hour [of Christ’s second coming anticipation of such “difficult” times (2 PA G E 3
  • T H E MA N C H E S T ER C H U R C H O F C H R I S T, MA N C H E S T ER, N H Ap r 29, 2009 Our Congregational Calendar Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 26 27 28 29 30 1 2 Bible class 7PM Happy Birthday: Happy Happy Birthday: Leah Chandler Anniversary: George Abood Happy Birthday: Lee Davis David & Sandy Steven Bell Hazelton 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Bible class 7PM Happy Birthday: Happy Birthday: Happy Happy Birthday: Happy Birthday: Matthew Peter Lauzon Happy Birthday: Anniversary: Kaylee Daggett Mary Roukey & Karafelis & Sue Bell Patrick & Deb Elizabeth Wendy Plybon Happy Garven Hoggard Anniversary: Carl & Beth King T ee n N e w s Y o u n g A d u l ts Our Statistics Sunday Morning Worship (combined) 164 Contribution $5,238.53 T h e M a n c h es te r c h u r c h o f C h rist 66 M a m m o t h R d. M a n c h es te r, N H 03109 PA G E 4