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Spiritual Health Care Manchester Church of Christ
66 Mammoth Rd.
Manchester, NH 03109
As most of us have eternal health care? I speak here
watched on our TV sets recently about personal Bible study, email@example.com
there is a titanic struggle and assembly attendance, www.mhtcoc.org
debate in our nation over the encouraging one another,
idea of health care reform. fellowship, prayer, moral Elder’s Link: September
There are those who want to integrity, hospitality, producing Lee Davis – 547-8876
make health care available to good fruits in our lives,
everyone through governmental expunging the spiritual toxins
means, and there are others who out of our lives (materialism, Larry Glass – 887-1741
staunchly disagree because of idolatry, etc.), and church firstname.lastname@example.org
concerns that government involvement. If you have any concerns that the
seldom runs anything well or We teach our children elders should be aware of, or need
to speak to with them, please
cheaply. I have opinions, of from a young age about proper contact Lee or Larry this month.
course, but this isn’t the proper hygiene habits (wash up, brush
forum nor the reason for writing your teeth, get a check-up, get
this anyway. your shots, get your rest, eat Our Worship Services
So why bring up this right, etc.) and religiously Sunday AM: 8:30 & 11:00
national debate? Just to point practice them ourselves. Why so Bible Class: 10:00
out the substantial passion, little concern about their and Sunday PM: 6:00
money, and effort going into our own spiritual hygiene? Small Groups:
concern about physical health Let’s revive our interest West Side Small Group: 6:15PM at
and well-being. Don’t in our spiritual health; let’s hear Doug Paul’s
misunderstand me, I personally a little brotherly sound and fury Merrimack Small Group: 6:00PM at
want the best quality health care about our spiritual health Stuart Peacock’s
available for myself and my habits; and let’s begin this fall Nashua Small Group: 6:00PM at Paul
family and everyone I care with a fresh faith, a courageous Mosier's
about; but why so much “sound spirit, and the full armor of God! Wednesday PM Devotional/Bible
and fury” over physical health Classes: 7:00
care and so little over spiritual, News Items? Please submit before
11AM each Tuesday.
This weekend will be considerably different The morning sermon will be “O my God, I
that others in that many of us will be at Gander Brook for Trust in Thee” (Lessons from David’s Faith), rather than
the congregational retreat. And since so many will be our “Growing Beyond” series, which will continue next
retreating together, we will have some significant holes in week.
our teaching staff and worship assembly here in Sunday evening (the last Sunday of August —
Manchester. With this exceptional situation in mind, we can you believe it?) we’ll have our usual devotional
will not be having Bible classes this Sunday morning and service (including offering the Lord’s Supper to those
we will not have our usual 8:30AM services — only the who couldn’t make Sunday morning worship) and follow
11AM worship. Our 6PM services will continue on as up with a Bible class forum. This Sunday evening we’ll
scheduled. start a series on Lessons From Faith Heroes. Actually, the
sermon on David will be the first taste of the study, we’ll
discuss it more in our Sunday evening Bible study.
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“So then you are no longer strangers and
aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the
saints, and are of God’s household,”
Ephesians 2:19, NAS95.
Coming up in August... Labor Day picnic The annual labor items in beginning in
day picnic will be held at the September.
Service time change Due to the Potter's home on September 7th.
retreat at Gander Brook this See the sign up sheets on the This and that...
weekend we will not be having bulletin board in the foyer. Meat
Bible classes this Sunday Wednesday night suppers will
will be provided so make sure
morning and we will not have begin on September 16th. Please
you add your name to the list so
our usual 8:30AM services — sign up on the list on the
Dick knows how many to plan
only the 11AM worship. Our bulletin board in the back of the
6PM services will continue as auditorium if you would like to
scheduled. Labor Day Christian Encampment volunteer to cook.
Gander Brook is hosting the first
Mark your calendar The Northern New England Lectures
annual family encampment on
Manchester family retreat at The 14th annual lectureship
September 4-7. See the flyer on
Gander Brook is scheduled for entitled “The Holy Spirit and the
the bulletin board in the foyer
August 28-30. This is a great Providence of God” will take
for all the details.
time of fun and fellowship with place in Tilton, NH on October
your brothers and sisters, as Ladies class will start up again on 9-11. Further information can be
well as a time to renew your th
September 15 at 9:30 am at the found at
spirit. There are registration church building. Children are lakesregionchurchofchrist. org.
forms available in the foyer. welcome. Please RSVP to Linda
Save the dates ladies The Greater
Please fill one out ASAP so we Paul. More information will
Springfield church of Christ in
can get a head count for food. follow.
Chicopee, MA is hosting a
See Stuart Peacock if you have
Give Away Day Mark your Ladies' Day of Prayer on
any questions. rd
calendars for October 3 and Saturday, October 10th.
Help needed Darlene and Alan have collect good, usable items from Registration, information and
set this Sunday around 3pm for your home to share with the directions to follow.
moving into their new Manchester community. The
Oxford Hills Ladies Day entitled
apartment. They are in need of sign up sheet is posted for help
“Flesh vs. Spirit” will be held on
strong backs and trucks. Please that will be needed before and
Saturday, October 17th. Please
contact Darlene at 228-6856 if on Give Away Day. Please sign
see the flyer posted on bulletin
you can be of help. up for as many assignments as
board in foyer for more
you can. There will be a tractor
What else? information.
trailer available to place your
Worship Leaders Prayer Concerns
Sunday, Aug 30, 8:30AM Scripture ..................... David S. Health: Doreen Lee, Pat Arel, Bill
Songs ......................... Lord’s Supper ..............Earl M. Waisnor, Deniza Chase’s niece, Marge
Closing Prayer ........... Coordinator ................ Ken S. Simon, Penny Ranger, Manley Jones,
Scripture .................... Michael Anderson's brother
Lord’s Supper ............ Sunday, Aug 30, 6:00PM Leadership: Ministers, Elders,
Coordinator ............... Songs............................Ken B. Deacons
Evangelism: Bible studies in
Sunday, Aug 30, 11:00AM Wednesday, Sept 2, 7:00PM
progress, our website, MNFM, food
Songs ........................ Paul M. Songs..........................Stuart P.
pantry, Give Away Day
Closing Prayer ...........Gerry M.
Return to the Lord: Brethren who
have forsaken the assembly
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HO N K, HO N K! — ZO O M, ZO O M!
PARK LI NS C O MB
As some of you may find our misplaced priorities, our Weren’t these the sorts of
know, traffic often riles me up. unwillingness to step out on issues God wrestled with in the
As some of you have shared with faith, our short-sightedness Bible…
me, I’m not the only one. There’s frustrating. If I may be so bold —
nothing like having someone pull could sayings like, “O you of little • as Israel wandered 40
out in front of you and then go faith,” be considered to be God’s years in the wilderness?
considerably under the speed horn honking at our occasional • when Abraham and Sarah
limit — because they either aren’t(or chronic): offered “help” to God to
in any hurry at all or they’re fulfill God’s promises?
looking for a street sign they • lack of faith (e.g., “What? • when David slept with
probably missed a mile ago — to Are you crazy? That could Bathsheba?
make you just want to gnash your never work!”), • when Moses offered
teeth. “Grrrrr,” I think, “don’t • our wrong-headed excuses to God’s
you realize others may be in a priorities (e.g., saving command to go to Egypt
hurry to get someplace money rather than saving and tell Pharaoh to “Let
important?” And — oh, yeah — I souls), My people go”?
really “love” it, when they come • our stalling and excuse-
to a complete stop in the middle making regarding Are you “going with God’s
of the road as they gape at the spiritual opportunities flow?” Making His priorities your
street signs and then consult (e.g., “There’s time own? Stepping out in faith, even
their map (without any sense of enough to do that later” when it looks crazy? Looking less
urgency, it would seem) — or “Someone else should at your needs and more to your
oblivious to the traffic behind do that”), opportunities for serving the
them stacking up. • our flinching at and Master? Reading God’s word to
reluctance to obey and get on the same page with God’s
But it occurred to me serve (e.g., “Lord, are you purposes? Hearing God’s word
recently in a conversation with a sure you want me to do and obeying without hesitation
friend that God must surely find that?” or “Maybe we or flinching?
Himself similarly frustrated and should think about this a
a little angry at our behavior. little more.”), Are you getting in the way
Because, yes, God does have His • our arrogance (e.g., “My or helping Him on the way? Are
plans, His destinations for way is the only way it can you hearing “Honk! Honk!” or
history, His purposes for His be properly be done.”), “Zoom, zoom!”?
people, and a grand scheme
• our sins that mess up our
around which all of creation
abilities to serve God as
revolves! And yes, sometimes
He had planned,
people — we — “pull out in front”
• our self-absorption (e.g.,
of Him and with our pokey
“I’m just to busy to do
agenda, looking to accomplish
our own things, to arrive at our
own destinations, delay and • or our oblivion to God’s
“jam” God’s greater, more great purposes (e.g., “God
important, eternal purposes. Not just wants us to be
that mankind will ever manage to happy.”)?
defeat God’s ultimate purpose —
ever! But He doubtlessly must Honk, honk!!
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Our Congregational Calendar
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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Bible class 7pm Manchester Manchester
Happy Happy Happy Birthday: Family Retreat Family Retreat
Anniversary: Anniversary: Darlene
David & Cecila John & Mary Chamberlain Happy Birthday:
Skerry Scarlett Judy Spears Ken Spears
30 31 1 2 3 4 5
Manchester Bible class 7pm
Family Retreat Happy Birthday: Happy Birthday: Happy Birthday: Happy Birthday:
Ken Bell Corey Roukey Judy Perreault Frank Perreault
Happy Birthday: Glen Lauzon
Randall Chaffin Happy
Randy & Candy
Te e n N e w s yo u n g Ad u l t s
• Mark your calendars for the Gander
Brook Teen Retreat- September 11-13
Sunday Morning Worship (combined) No count
T he Ma n c h es te r c h u r c h o f C h r is t
66 M a m m o t h R d.
M a n c h e s t e r , N H 03109