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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   M a y 2 7 , 2009

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   M a y 2 7 , 2009

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                           M a y 2 7 , 2009

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                          M a y 2 7 , 2009

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  1. 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 M a y 2 7 , 2009 THE BULLETIN Leave a hole Manchester Church of Christ 66 Mammoth Rd. Manchester, NH 03109 Ever wonder why life doesn’t make needs prayer or backup. 603.623.5559 sense or seem fulfilling at times? Are you mht_church@comcast.net lacking an inner peace that remains behind Kami and I built this into our closed doors? Maybe we should try leaving a children at an early age. We would often end www.mhtcoc.org hole. This article written by Patrick Mead the day with two questions: “Where did you has influenced and increased my walk with see Jesus today” & “What did you do for Jesus God in magnificent ways, I pray it will do the today?” Elder’s Link: May same for you. Let me rephrase this: Make your life Larry Glass – 887-1741 necessary. When you die, as we all will, you “A couple was furious with our can either fill a hole or leave one. It’s your larrycalling@yahoo.com church. We had gone to see what happened to choice. I have no interest in filling a hole. I Lee Davis – 547-8876 them after someone noticed they had been have a great interest in leaving one. Make gone from our worship assemble for some your life something that gives, serves, and ladnlad@comcast.net time. ‘We are not coming back,’ the husband leads in such a way that when you are gone, it said. ‘That is an unloving, cold church that matters!!! I ask my family, and myself ‘What If you have any concerns that the claims to care about people but doesn’t.’ I difference did it make that you lived today? In elders should be aware of, or need asked on what basis he made that judgment what way did you do something that would to speak to with them, please and he replied, ‘We were gone four weeks have remained undone without you? Did your contact Lee or Larry this month. before anyone even noticed. What kind of life matter today? Did you pray for someone church doesn’t notice something like that?’ fervently? Did you sacrifice some money or pleasure for another’s benefit? Our Worship Services I replied, ‘What kind of person are you, that you could be gone for four weeks and Did you look for those who have Sunday AM: 8:30 & 11:00 no one could tell?’ They were shocked by this been robbed and beaten by life and offer them “attack” so I pressed on. ‘What work suffered everything you had to help them as did the Bible Class: 10:00 because you stopped your ministry? What Samaritan? Sunday PM: 6:00 mission field dried up because you withdrew your funding, prayers, and support? Could it People ask me how we raised our Small Groups: be that you never really were a part of the daughter to be such a sweet, dedicated, serving West Side Small Group: 6:15PM at church? Could that be why your departure Christian and how we raised our son to be a Doug Paul’s was unnoticed?’ noble, honorable, courageous man who is headed towards the officers ranks in the Merrimack Small Group: 6:00PM at I tell people, and I mean it, that the Marine Corps. We challenged them to make Stuart Peacock’s Rochester Church is the warmest, friendliest, each day an opportunity to make their life and most talented congregation I have ever count. The gist of it all is this, everyone lives, Nashua Small Group: 6:00PM at Paul worked with, but we don’t make it easy to be a but not everyone matters. Everyone dies, but Mosier's member here. All who come to be a part of us most never lived for something bigger than are called into the ministry and work of this themselves first. Everybody fills a hole at Wednesday PM Devotional/Bible body. They are expected to give and live as death, but not everybody leaves one.” Classes: 7:00 disciples, to be deeply involved in our work, and to be available to any other member who Serving the Son, News Items? Please submit before Ryan 11AM each Tuesday. This Sunday is the monthly elders' including communion, and then switch gears pulpit Sunday. Rumor has it that Larry Glass to a Bible class forum and we'll discuss some will be sharing God's word with us. Larry of the Biblical teachings behind the lyrics of always brings an engaging and challenging some of our favorite hymns. I think we'll find message, so be sure to come with an open our singing more meaningful and our spiritual Bible, an open heart, and maybe a notepad to lives lifted higher. get the most out of it. Consider this one, for example: This Sunday evening at the church “Anywhere with Jesus” -- what am I building we'll enjoy a brief devotional service, professing when I sing it? PA G E 1
  2. 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 M a y 2 7 , 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 May... This and that... Youth rally meeting There will be a Encouragement needed The This God Can Do... teen/volunteer/parent meeting following brothers and sisters If God can hang the stars on high, in the double classroom during would appreciate your prayers, Can paint the clouds that drift on by, Bible class tonight to discuss calls and cards : Duane & Darby Can swing the sun across the sky, what needs to be done before Coss, Doreen Lee, Raysa De los the rally. Santos, Penny Ranger and Linda What can He do for you? Paul. If He can send a storm through space, Youth Rally The Manchester youth rally is quickly approaching!! Gander Brook's work and w0rship And dot with trees the mountain's face, Mark your calendars for May week is scheduled for June 27 If He the sparrow's course can trace, 29th-31st. See Linda Paul if you through July 4. There is much What can He do for you? are willing and able to house work to be done to get the camp some teens. ready for the summer so please If God can send us sunny days, consider helping out. And nature from her slumber raise, Registration forms are in the Till song birds lift their notes of praise, foyer. What can He do for you? What else? Announcing the 24th annual If God can do all these things, Work day Peter Steffensen has Can count each little bird that sings, Northeastern States Men's scheduled a work day here at the Control the universe that swings, Retreat. It will be held in Kent, building for June 6th to clean up What can He do for you? Connecticut on June 12th & 13th. the yard/parking lot and other Please the poster in the foyer for miscellaneous tasks. He also If God can bring sweet peace to me, more details. states that the garage next door By Christ, Who hung upon a tree, needs re-roofed. And to my soul bring liberty, Wednesday Night Menu This He can do for you! Wednesday Night Supper The Wednesday Night Supper has tuna noodle casserole ---Glenn E. Wagoner started up again. Please chicken remember to sign up on the sheet in the back of the salad auditorium if you plan to attend. dessert Worship Leaders Prayer Concerns Sunday, May 24, 8:30AM Scripture ..................... Gary D. Health: Doreen Lee, Pat Arel, Bill Songs ......................... Doug P. Lord’s Supper ............. Pete S. Waisnor, Deniza Chase’s niece, Marge Prayers ....................Ken B. & Larry G. Coordinator ................ Pete S. Simon, Penny Ranger, Manley Jones, Scripture .................... Mike M. Michael Anderson's brother Lord’s Supper ............ Stuart P. Sunday, May 24, 6:00PM Leadership: Ministers, Elders, Coordinator ............... Ken B. Songs............................Mark E. Deacons Evangelism: Bible studies in Sunday, May 24, 11:00AM Wednesday, May 27, 7:00PM progress, our website, MNFM, food Songs ........................ Gerry M. Songs.......................... Mark C. pantry, Give Away Day Prayers ....................David S. & Barry F. Return to the Lord: Brethren who have forsaken the assembly PA G E 2
  3. 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 M a y 2 7 , 2009 PA G E 3
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  5. 5. 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 M a y 2 7 , 2009 A B rief C riti q u e o f An g e l s a n d De m o n s I started reading Dan some) demand it. And sometimes and intellect. Neither God nor man Brown's Angels & Demons recently even Christians buy it. Yet, the truth are served well by either extreme. in anticipation of the public's is that all truth – scientific On the other hand, God and man, probable interest due to his first historical, moral, technological, or faith and science, are served very movie, The Da Vinci Code and the whatever – is God's truth – He well by a rational reading of and numerous false teachings that he created every one of them: matter, obedience to the Lord's inspired promoted and lent credance to energy, and the laws that govern word, the Bible. through it. I wanted to be familiar them. with this latest movie from a book, I confess I don't know so I could be prepared with Don't misunderstand me, I enough about particle physics to informed answers, when the do not believe in evolution (a theory know how plausible the idea is of questions came. Now that I've only). As Dan Brown himself wrote: creating matter / anti-matter as plowed through it, I'd like to offer a “Science and religion are not at found in Brown's book. But even quick Christian critique. odds. Science is simply too young to here, I don't know that Brown is understand.” And I think that when trying to claim that we can have the As in The Da Vinci Code, science grows up, it will accept the creative power of God. As the joke Brown emphasizes a religious mounting evidence against goes: conspiracy theme to generate evolution. But the question for the interest. One of my first criticisms of Christian should not be whether A thousand years from now, Angels and Demons is the repetition scientific inquiry should be allowed, when scientists have solved all of a familiar theme: “religious but whether (1) the means of inquiry the questions that plague people are really some of the worst is proper and moral (e.g., Nazi humanity, they are finally ready for the ultimate challenge. They sinners” and “scientists are really experiments were patently elect a representative to address the good guys”, themes that have inhumane and immoral; not every God. become common fare these days in experiment is noble and worthy of the media. [Spoiler warning] The carte blanche permission to “God,” says the scientist in bad guy in this movie/book turns proceed), and (2) the discoveries charge, “You are no longer needed. You served a function in out to be a misguided religious can be used morally and wisely. Just Your day, but that day is gone. zealot who mistakes his emotions as because something can be done, We can do everything that You God's own voice – certainly a doesn't mean it should be done. And can do, so goodbye.” warning to all who seek to follow the where the ragged edges of morality Lord. But it does rankle me that this are approached, men need to There is a moment of silence. Then a voice booms out of the theme continues to be used by exercise moral caution. sky: “Everything?” Brown and others. But one last observation on “Yes,” answers the scientist, On the other hand, it did Angels and Demons: although “everything.” raise a good point that I think is Brown likes to take his shots at the “Can you make a human being worth making mention of, since we religious zealot who opposes science from dust?” must face the world daily with regardless of the good it could do, “Absolutely.” answers for the hope that lies within there's little criticism of the scientific us – science and religion don't need zealot who wouldn't believe in God, “OK,” says God, “let me see you to be at such odds. if God were to come up and shake make a human being.” hands with them. A criticism of The scientist reaches down and There is a pervasive zealotry should go both ways. digs his hands into the earth. perception in the world and among Scientific zealots empty the world of “Oh, no,” says God. “Get your Christians that God and science are God, of meaning, of morality, of own dust.” simply incompatible, that religious salvation, of hope, of eternity. people are anti-science, and that you Religious, anti-science zealots may Park Linscomb cannot hold on to both. Political rob the world of the benefits of the parties claim it, the media promotes ingenuity and progress God has it, and a lot of teachers (I've had made possible by giving us curiosity PA G E 5
  6. 6. 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 M a y 2 7 , 2009 Our Congregational Calendar Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Bible class 7PM Happy Happy Birthday: Anniversary: Karl Davies Brandon & Veronika Hombs 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Bible class 7PM Happy Happy Happy Birthday: Happy Birthday: Happy Birthday: Anniversary: Anniversary: Veronika Hombs Happy Birthday: Mandy Hazelton Faith Hazelton Jim & Darlene Rick & Sharon Rick Gordon Cordaro Gordon Happy Dave & Lenore Anniversary: MacKinnon Peter & Debbie Lauzon T ee n N e w s Y o u n g A d u l ts Are you ready for the youth rally?!! • Ask Ryan what you can do to help!! Our Statistics Sunday Morning Worship (combined) 137 Contribution $3,007.66 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 6