June 2, 2019
WELCOME TO THE
We want to extend a warm wel-
come to any guests that have come
our way today. We hope that you
enjoy our worship. If you have
any thoughts or questions about
any part of our services, feel free
to contact the elders at:
5348 Old Springville Road
Pinson, AL 35126
Worship 8:00 AM
Bible Class 9:30 AM
Worship 10:30 AM
Worship 5:00 PM
A Challenging Year
(Congregational Challenge Below).
The title above may seem that struggles have hit the Harp
household. While no one is perfect, and no one is free from
strife, the title is not referring to this. I have challenged my-
self personally this year - both physically and spiritually.
The physical task has been brought on by a need to change eating habits and diet. As a result,
my blood pressure and cholesterol are normal, and I am 35 pounds lighter. The spiritual test
has come in the form of a “read the Bible in 30 days” challenge.
As I write this, I just put the Bible down at 3:30PM on May 30th
having completed the challenge.
Both challenges have been difficult in their own ways, but complimentary in nature. The Spiri-
tual challenge has helped the physical one. The physical challenge has given me the confi-
dence and stamina to tackle the Spiritual one.
Jesus faced His own challenge physically by fasting for 40 days. Satan tempted Jesus physi-
cally with food but Jesus responded in a unique way to counter the temptation.
“And the tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to
become loaves of bread’” (Matthew 4:3). Jesus had fasted for 40 days when issued this chal-
lenge concerning food. Who can fathom the temptation Jesus faced to eat? The way He ap-
proached it is how all people should face Satan’s wiles: He countered the physical struggles He
faced with the only source we have for Spiritual insight. The Word of God.
“But he answered, ‘It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that
comes from the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4:4). He did not face the temptation with a personal
resolve to overcome, or even with His own decision to fast as His reason. If Jesus responded
with Scripture, you and I will do well to follow suit. He did not say, “I feel,” because we all know
the hunger he felt would have distorted His feelings. He did not say, “I am going to go with my
gut on this,” because His empty stomach may have interfered.
David said it best, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against
you” (Psalm 119:11). When we respond to Satan with, “It is written,” we are harnessing the
power of God’s name: I AM.
With this being said, I am issuing a challenge to anyone who would like to join us. Starting to-
morrow, will you join several of the office staff along with myself in a 90-day Bible reading chal-
lenge? Please pray about this and take one of the 90 day reading plans in the foyer and if you
would like you can check out one of the reader’s Bibles from my library. This is a special Bible
with no distracting notes and headings. Verses are also removed for easy, novel-like reading
with very subtle chapter breaks.
Will you allow this to be a challenging year?
A note from the Harp.
Average Weekly YTD:
Friends & Family
Kaitlin Peltz ( Brad Hagerman’s niece)
Roger Peck ( Carrie Mann’s Father)
Rosalyn Anthony ( Friend of Debra
Chris Burgess ( cousin of Martha
Wanda Cobb (Mother of Ryan Cobb)
Dorothy Ogden (Wife of David Ogden)
Asher Collar (Great nephew of Sue Ad-
ams & Robin Groom)
JoAnn Craig (Grandmother of Brian
Charles Dodd (Cousin of Bill Sims )
Don Cobb (Cousin of Robin Spitzley &
Patricia Rowe (Mary Harp’s Grand-
Jett Leahy (Cousin of Richard Harp )
Creed Stone (Bro-in-Law of Terry
Hebert Norris (Brother of Ancel Norris)
Melody Belle (Friend of Robin Spitzley)
Phyllis Blazer (Friend of the Fields)
Laura Jenkins (Wife of Jeff Jenkins)
Sandy Jenkins (Cousin of Linda Carter &
Patsy O’ Rourke)
Yvonne O’Brien (Mother of Connie
Jennifer Cather (Daughter of Dangars)
Ryan Montgomery (Son of Donna
Brianna Bulger (Sue Adam’s niece)
Dennis Zak (Charlie Chaney’s Bro-in-
Jerry Shea (Charlie Chaney’s nephew)
Tommy Shea (Charlie Chaney’s Bro-in-
Peggy Chaney (Sis-in-law of Charlie
Betty Trull (Sister of Sandra Singer &
Rachelle Taylor (Grand daughter -in-law of
Lucas Adkinson (Grandson of Billie & Mark
Jean Smith (Lisa Powell’s Mother)
Our prayer list is updated monthly.
Our Honored Guests 5-26-2019
In Town: Shawn Polk, Cammie Polk
Out of Town: Cornell Jones, Helen Jones, Pauline Macklin,
Shawn Polk, George & Jessica Shoemaker
Hospital / Rehab List
Gina Heaton– Recovering from surgery– No visitors
Karen Whisehunt– Knee Replacement– recovering at home
Lucille Large– Went home
Sue Nordgren—Surgery– recovering at home
Jim Williamson– Recovering at home
Gayle Varner– Recovering from a stroke
Mike Godwin– Meadow View Nursing Center
ATTENDANCE FOR 5-26-19
AM 357 PM 190
Events for the Youth
VBS– June 2-6, Six Flags June
Youth Campaign June 21-28
Maywood Camp July 7-12
Aim-Con July 19th-21st
Strengthen Our Body
29- John McMath– Strengthen Our Tongue
5– Richard Harp Sr.– Strengthen Our Eyes
12– Tim Shoemaker- Strengthen Our Face
19– Joey Sparks– Strengthen Our Brain
* 21-28 Youth Campaign
26-Serge Shoemaker– Strengthen Our Ears
* 7-12th Maywood Camp
10 Charles Cochran– Strengthen Our Hands
17-Josh Dykes– Strengthen Our Soul
24– Scott Harp– Strengthen Our Knees
31– Nic Weymounth– Strengthen Our Feet
14– Demar Elam– Strengthen Our Heart
21– Jack Self—Strengthen Our Voice
June 29 @ 7 am
All men are invited
Sign up sheet in the foyer
There is going to be a planning/brainstorming
meeting June 9th after 5 PM services for any
men who would like to help with this year’s
retreat committee. Fellowship room.
Contact David Skelton.....
Please bring your favorite
homemade ice cream or store
bought and topping for VBS
We are in need of Cookies and
Juice Boxes. There will be
classes for all ages.
Adult speakers are:
Scott Crawford– Sunday Night
Joshua Dykes– Monday Night-
Richard Harp– Tuesday Night-
Richard Harp Sr.– Wednesday
Our mother, Jean Dickerson would like to
thank everyone for the birthday cards and
the surprise in them. We would like to
thank everyone for the many sweet com-
ments you made on her Mother's Day
Picture. I read them all to her. You really
made her day!
& Brenda Chandler
JCA IS SEEKING EMPLOYEES
FOR THE EARLY LEARNING
CENTER. FULL AND PART TIME
POSITIONS AVAILABLE. MUST
BE 17 YEARS OR OLDER.
To Steve Maynard at the passing
of his cousin, Paul Gaddis this week.
Sign up sheet in the foyer for the
Youth Campaign. June 21-28.
Cost is $100. Money is due by
The connection groups of Steve
Putnam and Richard Harp will meet
on Wednesday night, June 12 at 6
pm in the fellowship hall. Please
bring a dish for a pot luck dinner.