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  • T HE MA N C HESTER C H URC H OF C HRIST, MA N C HESTER, N H M a r 25, 2 0 0 9 THE BULLETIN ...While under construction Manchester Church of Christ 66 Mammoth Rd. Manchester, NH 03109 603.623.5559 mht_church@comcast.net www.mhtcoc.org Elder’s Link: April Duane Coss – 424-9152 drcoss@myfairpoint.net Barry Fogal – 487-2387 bfogal@comcast.net If you have any concerns that the Wasn’t it great to be until further notice; construction elders should be aware of, or need meeting back in the church in progress often leaves dangers to speak to with them, please contact Lee or Larry this month. building again this past Sunday. to children and adults alike. For The homes we met in and later this reason we’re keeping the side the movie theater were fine in a door and the back door locked all Our Worship Services pinch, but meeting together again the time; we don’t want anyone to Sunday AM: 8:30 & 11:00 in the auditorium — with our use them for entry points — only Bible Class: 10:00 hymnals, the nursery, our audio for exits in an emergency. Sunday PM: 6:00 visual equipment, and our Likewise, we’ll have to endure Small Groups: “places” — just felt right. How difficult restroom arrangements. much better, when (God willing) We’re designating the restroom in West Side Small Group: 6:15PM at Doug Paul’s we are all able to meet together in the foyer as a women’s and one auditorium one day. children’s facility and the Merrimack Small Group: 6:00PM at Stuart Peacock’s In the meantime, restroom in the annex as a men’s construction and refurbishment rooms. Nashua Small Group: 6:00PM at Paul Mosier's will necessitate some If you have any questions inconveniences for us all. We are about our refurbishment, please Wednesday PM Devotional/Bible Classes: 7:00 all asked to stay out of the direct them to Lee Davis who has basement and educational wing taken the lead in this project. News Items? Please submit before 11AM each Tuesday. We’re used to thinking of kingdoms surveyors, and a transit. What do you bring and countries as having borders. So what in for the Kingdom of God? about the Kingdom of God? We know that it knows no physical borders, but are there Sunday evening we’ll gather and spiritual borders, by which we can know if join in a devotional period of song, prayer, we are in the Kingdom or not? The Bible and Scripture. The theme will be says there is, but the lines seem to be “Commitment and Devotion to the Lord”. muddled these days. When you have border disputes, you want to bring in maps, deeds, PAGE 1
  • T HE MA N C HESTER C H URC H OF C HRIST, MA N C HESTER, N H M a r 25, 2 0 0 9 “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 March... moving to Dublin, NH on April FYI A phone tree is being worked 18th and could use some help on so that it will be possible to moving. Please let Peter or reach everyone in the family Teens There will be a devotional Debbie know if you are when necessary. Please at the Moser's this Friday, available. check your phone number March 27th at 7pm. Girls bring listed in the directory and let snacks, guys bring drinks. Service opportunity Doug Paul is Kim know if it is not accurate. Attention ladies There is a ladies still in need of volunteers to Attention men A service schedule day next Saturday, March 28th take the Lord's supper to shut- for the next quarter can be in Biddeford, Maine. See Sue ins. Sign up sheet is on the found on the bulletin board in Davies if you are interested in bulletin board in the foyer. the back of the auditorium. going. Gander Brook The winter of Special contribution Just a 2007-2008 brought such a This and that... reminder that this coming heavy snow load on the porch Sunday, March 29th will be a that it almost collapsed. The fifth Sunday, which means a Sonshine basket There is a basket damage is so severe that the contribution will be taken for in the foyer marked for Doreen whole porch needs to be our building fund. Lee. She is struggling so it replaced- for $90K. There is a would be nice if we could fill flyer and forms in the foyer if this basket for her. Little items you are interested in helping What else? could include: note cards, with funding. Proud grandparents Gerry and chocolates, nice pens, small Lynn Millette welcomed a new journals, lotions, & magazines. granddaughter into the world Please bring items by Wednesday Night Dinner on Monday at 7:55pm. Emily Sunday,March 29th. Elizabeth Hazelton weighed 8 Pantry revival Please continue to Postponed until further pounds, 9 ounces and was 20 bring items for our food pantry notice. inches long. I'm sure they have and place them in the box in a few pictures to share. the foyer. The requested items Help needed The Lauzon's will be for this week are canned pasta and canned fruit. Prayer Concerns Worship Leaders Health: Doreen Lee, Pat Arel, Bill Sunday, March 29, 8:30AM Scripture .....................Gary D. Waisnor, Rosemary Landry, Deniza Songs .........................Stuart P. Lord’s Supper .............Pete S. Chase’s niece, Marge Simon, Penny Prayers ...................Mike M. & Duane C. Coordinator ................Ken S. Ranger, Manley Jones, Michael Scripture ....................Mark E. Anderson's brother Lord’s Supper ............Larry G. Sunday, March 29, 6:00PM Leadership: Ministers, Elders, Coordinator ...............Doug P. Songs...........................Mark E. Deacons Evangelism: Bible studies in Sunday, March 29, 11:00AM Wednesday, April 1, 7:00PM progress, our website, MNFM, food Songs ........................Paul M. Songs..........................Stuart P. pantry Prayers ....................David S. & Lee D. Return to the Lord: Brethren who have forsaken the assembly PAGE 2
  • T HE MA N C HESTER C H URC H OF C HRIST, MA N C HESTER, N H M a r 25, 2 0 0 9 Li f e Af t e r Li f e (P a r t 3) P a r k Li n s c o m b What comes after this life is a Flowers Gone?), “When will they ever When our mortal bodies no big, but important subject. I’ve been learn; when will they ever learn?” longer need this physical world that we attempting to cover what the Bible says know, God will do away with it, destroying about it, and I’ve been gratified by the The trumpet will sound it in fire. 2 Peter 3:7-13 “But by His word interest and response that many of you Have you ever been startled by the present heavens and earth are being have given in the form of follow-up an alarm clock or a ringing phone? It was reserved for fire… the heavens will pass questions and requests for reprints. This the combination of the quiet, the secure away with a roar and the elements will be portion of the series will take on what is feeling, and the sudden loudness of the destroyed with intense heat, and the earth probably the most misunderstood and sound. When Jesus comes it will and its works will be burned up… the confused sub-topic of the whole series, the apparently be accompanied with just such heavens will be destroyed by burning, and second coming of Jesus. Not that Jesus’ a suddenness and startlement — the elements will melt with intense heat! return is in dispute by any religious group trumpets, shouts, and the voice of the But according to His promise we are making any appeal to the Bible; but the archangel (Mt. 24:31; 1 Cor. 15:52; 1 Th. looking for new heavens and a new earth, many speculations and claims that 4:16). in which righteousness dwells.” Some theologians and their denominations have Once the trumpets have religious groups (e.g., the Jehovah’s offered — not on the basis of Bible fact, sounded, there will be no time to prepare Witnesses) find this horrific, but Paul tells but often on the basis of what is splashy, (Mt. 24:39; Lk. 21:34; Mk. 13:36; 1 Th. us that the creation has been waiting for exciting, or novel — have muddled Jesus’ 5:3). Heaven will be a prepared place (Jn. this day since the moment of the fall of and the Holy Spirit’s clear teachings about 14:2,3) for prepared people; all mankind (Rom. 8:19-22). God intends to it, and with their doctrinal confusion have preparations must occur beforehand (Mt. give us a new kind (kainos in Greek) of dealt out false hope and deep 25:1-13). It will not be a “developing heavens and a new kind (kainos in Greek) disappointment to would-be believers story” on CNN or FoxNews with news of earth — immortal, eternal, everlasting from the early centuries down to the analysts and commentators (Mt. 24:23- — a.k.a., Heaven (1 Pet. 1:4; Col. 1:5). present time. So, what does the Bible say 26); all men will know and understand at about Jesus’ second coming? one moment what is happening — “For Judgment and kingdom just as the lightning comes from the east It is at the Lord’s second coming No one will know the day or the and flashes even to the west, so will the and after the resurrection that the hour coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew judgment of all mankind will occur (2 Th. Jesus said, “But of that day or 24:27). There will be no secret coming, 1:6-9; 2 Cor. 5:1-10; Mt. 25:31ff; and hour no one knows, not even the angels in Jesus won’t be slinking back into town. It others). It is the reason that men will call heaven, nor the Son, but the Father will be the glorious return of a victorious, on hills and rocks to fall on them and alone.” (Mark 13:32). In case Jesus wasn’t conquering king (Mt. 19:28; Mt. 25:31; 1 cover them up (Rev. 6:12-17); they do not quite clear enough, He and the apostles Cor. 15:54-57; Rev. 19:11-16). want to face the justice and wrath of God. went on to say that the second coming Finally, at this time, the Lord would be like a thief coming, a surprise Resurrection and change plans to hand the kingdom, over which He with no warning at all (Mt. 24:43; Lk. Part of what will make Jesus’ has been reigning, to the Father (1 Cor. 12:39; 1 Th. 5:2; 2 Pet. 3:10; Rev. 3:3; Rev. sudden return so clear to all is what will 15:24-27). Contrary to premillennialists’ 16:15). Underscoring this unpredictable happen at that moment: 1 Thessalonians teachings, 1 Cor. 15:24ff teaches that at nature of His coming, Jesus went on to 4:16, 17 “For the Lord Himself will the resurrection (“the last enemy that will say that on the day He returns, people will descend from heaven with a shout, with be abolished is death”) which is to happen be going about their daily business, as if the voice of the archangel and with the at Jesus’ second coming, Jesus will hand there were many tomorrows, planting trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ over His kingdom to the Father. fields, buying and selling things, and will rise first. Then we who are alive and building houses (Mt. 24:37-41; Lk. 17:26- remain will be caught up together with False teachings 30). There will be complete sense of peace them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the There are a number of religious and safety, no sense of danger or air, and so we shall always be with the groups and teachers who don’t teach what judgment (1 Th. 5:3), when Jesus comes Lord.” Beyond the sudden trumpet sound the Bible says about the second coming of again. will the immediate rising of all the dead in Jesus. They include the Jehovah’s In spite of Jesus’ clear statement Christ (and all the rest of the dead, too — Witnesses, Hal Lindsey (author of The of fact, there are still those who will claim Jn. 5:29; Acts 24:15; Rev. 20:13). This will Great, Late Planet Earth), The Left to know the day and hour of His return. be immediately accompanied by the Behind series (books and movies by Tim One recent televangelist explained: when “change” of all that are alive at Jesus’ LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins), and Jesus said this, He really didn’t know; coming — from a mortal body to an premillennialists in general. They are but through the revelations that have immortal body (1 Cor. 15:51,52; 1 Th. joined by a number of denominational been made since Jesus original words, HE 4:17). More detail on these things will preachers (there seems to be a new one (the televangelist) has been able to figure follow in later parts of this series. every week) eager to fill their church it out. The words to a Pete Seeger song buildings through sensational claims that comes to my mind (Where Have All the The earth will be destroyed in fire they know the date of Jesus’ return. PAGE 3
  • T HE MA N C HESTER C H URC H OF C HRIST, MA N C HESTER, N H M a r 25, 2 0 0 9 Our Congregational Calendar Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Bible class 7PM Happy Birthday: Happy Birthday: Happy Birthday: Nicole Hillhouse Rachel Devoe & Happy Don Dion & & Adrian Ortega Louise Roy Anniversary: Lynn Millette Tony & Julie Casella 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 Bible class 7PM Happy Birthday: Happy Birthday: Happy Birthday: Happy Birthday: Freddie Scott Apgar Happy Birthday: Stephanie Zachary Daggett Hillhouse Nate Moser & Cordaro Freda Potter Te e n N e w s Yo u n g A d u l t s • There is a devotional at the Moser's on • Come join us for Bible class on Sunday Friday, March 27th at 7pm. Girls bring morning! snacks, guys bring drinks. Our Statistics Sunday Morning Worship (combined) 140 Contribution $3,806.86 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 PAGE 4