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  • 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 J u l 1 , 2009 THE BULLETIN School’s Out; Summer’s Manchester Church of Christ 66 Mammoth Rd. Launching Manchester, NH 03109 603.623.5559 mht_church@comcast.net www.mhtcoc.org Elder’s Link: June Lee Davis – 547-8876 ladnlad@comcast.net Larry Glass – 887-1741 departure, and in fact a lot of Well, Gander Brook is well missionaries in Honduras have larrycalling@yahoo.com on its way to being launched for the returned to the US until the political If you have any concerns that the season. Work and Worship Week crisis passes. Your prayers for our elders should be aware of, or need (WWW) is doing a great job of de- brethren — one of whom has been to speak to with them, please winterizing the camp to ready it for injured as he got caught between two contact Lee or Larry this month. the children that will, starting demonstrating factions — are asked. Saturday, be coming to enjoy the Our Worship Services games, friends, Bible classes, and But Gander Brook isn’t the strong spiritual examples of the staff. only thing happening this summer; Sunday AM: 8:30 & 11:00 Are your kids registered yet? Vacation Bible School is scheduled Bible Class: 10:00 for August 17-19. VBS is a wonderful Sunday PM: 6:00 Howard Norton, a Harding way to introduce your neighbors and Small Groups: professor and long-time missionary their children to the church. The fun, to Brazil and Latin America friendships, crafts, puppet shows, West Side Small Group: 6:15PM at generally, has been the special songs, and Bible stories are always a Doug Paul’s speaker for WWW. What great big hit with the kids, and parents are Merrimack Small Group: 6:00PM at lessons he is bringing from the book almost always interested in their Stuart Peacock’s of 1 Thessalonians. Brother Norton children learning something about Nashua Small Group: 6:00PM at Paul was scheduled to go to Honduras to the Bible. Plan on coming yourself Mosier's work with the Baxter Institute, a and start inviting friends. Wednesday PM Devotional/Bible strong Latin American preacher Classes: 7:00 training school, but the current crisis News Items? Please submit before in Honduras has delayed his 11AM each Tuesday. I’ll be out of town visiting family in San but what does the Bible say? Antonio, TX, this weekend and our own brother Gary Diaz will be bringing the Sunday message Sunday evening our brother Ryan Lloyd will from the Scriptures. Gary’s lessons are always again bring the evening devotional (including full of Scripture, thoughtfulness, and enthusiasm; Communion for those who might be unable to don’t miss it! I’ll be back in town next Sunday, assemble with us in the morning) and the Bible July 12, to resume our study on the Holy Spirit. class segment following. If you aren’t committed We’ll be talking about the charismatic to a small group, you’re encouraged to join the (miraculous) gifts. Many religious groups group at the church building at 6PM each believe they have such miraculous gifts today, Sunday evening. PA G E 1
  • 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 J u l 1 , 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 July... work. See Betty with any Can you help? We have recently questions. provided some food for a lady MNFM We will be meeting next who had a house fire, but she Monday, July 6th.. Dinner Help needed Pete has a list of has a few other needs. Sheets will be served at 6pm tasks that still need to be and blanket for a queen size followed by prayer time, done around the building, bed and clothing for herself visiting and writing cards of including mowing the grass and her daughter. (Daughter: encouragement. Please join weekly. Please check with size sm/med shirts and size 5 us. Pete to see how you can help. long jeans; mother: size lg/xlg Gander Brook Week one of the This and that... shirts and size 11 jeans) Please camping season begins this let Park or Kim know if you Saturday, July 4th. Please be Attention men Copies of the can help meet these needs. in prayer for all involved, the worship service schedule for staff, counselors and children, the next quarter can be found Camperships Every year there on the bulletin board in the are children who would like to and that many lives may be go to Gander Brook, but touched this summer. back of the auditorium. because of family finances are What else? A bit of news As a master unable to do so. The cost of a gardener intern, Darlene week of camp is $265 this Angels are rejoicing! We rejoice Chamberlain has been writing year. If you are able to help with Stuart and Susie Peacock Q and A articles for the with this act of service please in the baptism of Jonah this cooperative extension give your donations to Mike past Sunday evening. Be sure service's newsletter called Moser. to congratulate him for this “Weekly Market Bulletin.” life-changing decision. This newsletter goes out to There are copies of the Ladies Welcome to the family Jonah! agriculturalists throughout retreat forms, Gander Brook the state. newsletter and Gospel Prayer request Betty Baron's Advocate in the foyer. Please nephew, William, has just Missing sword Darlene help yourself to a copy. been diagnosed with brain Chamberlain has misplaced cancer. He is married with 3 her Bible. It is an NIV in a children and can no longer dark blue cover. Worship Leaders Prayer Concerns Sunday, July 5, 8:30AM Scripture ..................... Paul M. Health: Doreen Lee, Pat Arel, Bill Songs .........................Doug P. Lord’s Supper .............Rick G. Waisnor, Deniza Chase’s niece, Marge Closing Prayer ...........Stuart P. Coordinator ................ Ken S. Simon, Penny Ranger, Manley Jones, Scripture ....................Brandon H. Michael Anderson's brother Lord’s Supper ............ Ken B. Sunday, July 5, 6:00PM Leadership: Ministers, Elders, Coordinator ............... Doug P. Songs............................Ken B. Deacons Evangelism: Bible studies in Sunday, July 5, 11:00AM Wednesday, July 8, 7:00PM progress, our website, MNFM, food Songs ........................ Gerry M. Songs..........................Stuart P. pantry, Give Away Day Closing Prayer ...........David S. Return to the Lord: Brethren who have forsaken the assembly PA G E 2
  • 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 J u l 1 , 2009 T h ree Obs ta c le s t o Ma rital I’ve done my share of marital S t a b i l i t y David pursued happiness with of disavowing them, declaring them of counseling over the past 25 years. Some no relationship to you. Yet, husbands and Bathsheba, Israel pursued happiness by couples stayed together, some didn’t, but wives in the world do so at the first sight wanting to return to Egypt, druggies those that didn’t were often predictable of incompatibility. pursue happiness through their drugs, from the beginning. That is not to say God says, “Not so fast! That’s and sometimes spouses pursue happiness that they were irreparable or too far family, like mother, father, brother, or with selfishness, adultery, or “having gone; it is to say that there were certain sister. It’s a covenant and you have things my way.” They are all paths not to destructive attitudes in one or both loyalties, duties, obligations, and ties that happiness, but destruction; holiness is spouses that seemed to be pretty much are non-negotiable.” Psalms 15:1-4 " always a better choice, leading to long set in stone. I thought I would share Who may dwell on Your holy hill? … He term peace, love, joy, and fulfillment for some of those destructive philosophies or swears to his own hurt and does not self and others. viewpoints briefly in this bulletin article, change…." Covenants are not like cell not so you can self-diagnose your phone contracts, no matter what the The Crazy Idea that God’s Word marriage as being unfixable or accuse world says or does. Doesn’t Apply to My Private Life your spouse of being “the problem”, but Kindness, love, courtesy, so that we can each evaluate ourselves The Half-Truth that God Just Wants forgiveness, gentleness, proper and hopefully improve our marriage Me to be Happy parenting, service, submission, relationships in the one place we can To the world, life is all about compassion, etc. — every Christian guarantee any response our own hearts. happiness here and now. Fun, pleasure, would agree that they are all fine recognition, etc. are super-important. Christian virtues; but surprisingly, some A Weak and Worldly View of Vows Spiritual stuff is ignored and reject out- feel that requiring them within family Sadly most of the world of-hand, because it is perceived as being walls is — well, meddling in their believes the vows of marriage to be as a lot of discomfort here and now for a affairs. breakable as the cell-phone contract you dubious reward in the hereafter. And Virtue, righteousness, morality terminated last week — it costs you even Christians these days seem to have — these apply everywhere from the most some, but it is terminable. This is not bought this devilish line that happiness is public forum imaginable to the most God’s view, however. the point of our existence. I’ve been private family behavior. It is not The Scripture calls marriage a shocked at the number who’ve meddling, but even if it were, God has covenant (Malachi 2:14). Indeed, when rationalized their martially destructive the right to meddle, because He’s God. Adam received Eve as his wife from the behavior by saying “Well, I just know Don’t be fooled. You are not really the Lord, he used covenant language, "The that God doesn’t want to see me king or queen of your own universe at man said, "This is now bone of my unhappy.” home. God will judge you on what you bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall Happiness was the goal of the say and do at the dinner table, in the be called Woman, Because she was taken teachings of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, living room, in your checkbook, on your out of Man." For this reason a man shall Cicero, and the classic and modern computer, and in the bedroom. Psalms leave his father and his mother, and be philosophers; but they weren’t part of 94:3-9 says, "…How long shall the joined to his wife; and they shall become Jesus’ teachings. Don’t misunderstand, wicked exult? … they speak one flesh." (Genesis 2:23, 24). Covenant, following Jesus doesn’t automatically arrogantly… They have said, "The you see, is more than just an agreement and always exclude happiness — quite LORD does not see, Nor does the God of or run-of-the-mill contract, it is the contrary. But it does sometimes mean Jacob pay heed… He who formed the essentially taking a person not sacrifice, self-discipline, and sometimes eye, does He not see?" genetically related and treating him or long term difficulty. You see, God is her as if they were genetically related. nowhere nearly as interested in our Let your vows be truly sacred. And with this family relation comes happiness as He is in our holiness — not Understand that God wants us holy first special loyalties, obligations, duties, and that He hasn’t given us "… life and and happy second. Realize that God ties. Family loyalties and ties are so deep breath and all things" (Acts 17:25) and expects Christian thoughts, words, and and strong that we would only ignore or "Every good thing given and every deeds even behind the closed doors of a disavow them under only the most perfect gift…" (James 1:17). But home. Incorporate these into your family extreme of situations. No matter how holiness is the goal, the point of life, and watch how your home angry we might be with mother, father, existence, not happiness. Adam and Eve relationships improve. brother, or sister, we wouldn’t even think pursued happiness in the forbidden fruit, PA G E 3
  • 4. 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 J u l 1 , 2009 Our Congregational Calendar Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 28 29 30 1 2 3 4 Bible class 7PM Happy Birthday: Happy Birthday: Happy Birthday: Natalia Hombs Jakob Owen Happy Carol Eskel & Steve Roukey Anniversary: Gerry & Lynn Happy Millette Anniversary: Steve & Mary Roukey 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Bible class 7PM Happy Birthday: Happy Happy Birthday: Happy Birthday: Missy Duer & Anniversary: Ivan Hoggard Happy Birthday: Jerome Paul Karen Dugre Barry & Melanie Zane Daggett Fogal Happy Anniversary: Bob & Carol Eskel T ee n N e w s Y o u n g A d u l ts • Movie/game day coming soon. Be watching for details. Our Statistics Sunday Morning Worship (combined) 135 Contribution $3,336.88 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