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February Calendar

 1         JOY Group – 2 pm

 4             REFRESH – 9 to 9:45 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

            4th-6th Grades Youth Group – 5 to 6:30 pm, 7th-12th Grades Youth Group – 6 to 8 pm

            Hymn Sing at Dearing Christian Church – 6 pm

 7         Adult Bible Studies & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

11        REFRESH – 9 to 9:45 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

            4th-6th Grades Youth Group – 5 to 6:30 pm, 7th-12th Grades Youth Group – 6 to 8 pm

            Valentine Banquet – 6 pm

14        Adult Bible Studies & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

15        JOY Group – 2 pm

17        Graceful Giving Ministries – 9 am

18        REFRESH – 9 to 9:45 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

            4th-6th Grades Youth Group – 5 to 6:30 pm, 7th-12th Grades Youth Group – 6 to 8 pm

            Hymn Sing at Westside Christian Church – 6 pm

19-21   Preaching & Teaching at Ozark Christian College

21        No Bible Studies Tonight!  Taking the bus to Preaching & Teaching!

25        REFRESH – 9 to 9:45 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

            4th-6th Grades Youth Group – 5 to 6:30 pm, 7th-12th Grades Youth Group – 6 to 8 pm

28        Adult Bible Studies & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

A Moment with Mike

 Wednesday, I came to the office wearing a Coffeyville Golden Tornado pullover athletic shirt.   Matthew made a comment about my having on a new shirt. I explained that it wasn’t really new, it looks new, but it was something left over from Micah’s high school days.  He said, “Stealing Micah’s shirts?”  I said something like, “I’m not stealing it, I’m sure I purchased it to start with”.

It got me thinking about our relationship dynamic with our Father God.  He has given us life (physical and spiritual life), and has allowed us to use it as if it belongs to us for a while.  But in reality, he owns our life, and eventually it will go back to Him.

In a spiritual sense, Jesus said we do not belong to ourselves because we were purchased at a price.  The price referring to His death on the cross as a ransom for our souls.   

Sometimes, I think we need reminded that we don’t really belong to ourselves.   We are stewards of the oversight of a life.  And one day we will be held accountable for how we used it.       

1 Corinthians 7:23 (NIV)       

            23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings.              

2 Corinthians 5:14–15 (ESV)                        

            14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.      

Valentine Banquet

The youth are putting on a Valentine Banquet at 6 pm on February 11th, and are hoping you all will come!  The dinner will feature Italian food, and you can be sure it will be delicious!  This is one of the biggest fund raisers of the year for the youth, so a donation would be appreciated very much!  Please sign up at the back table in the Sanctuary if you plan to attend!

 

Congratulations!

To Matthew Frech and Madison Hunter on their engagement, which was announced Sunday, January 14th!  We are so happy for them, and will keep them in our prayers as they prepare for the big day!

Rick and Lisa Brown went forward on Sunday, January 21st; Rick to be baptized, and Lisa (already baptized) and Rick to place their membership at Westside.  We are so happy to welcome them into our church family – and know the angels in Heaven are rejoicing!!!

 

Hymn Sing

 If you like to sing hymns, don’t miss the Sunday night hymn sings.  February 4th will be the next one at Dearing Christian Church.  A bunch from Dearing came to Westside for our first hymn sing…so let’s reciprocate on the 4th!  Then, on February 18th we will have the hymn sing at Westside again! 

 

Happy Birthday

 10        Diane McCartney

11        Jessica Rucker

18        Lynn Singer

21        Anita Newton

27        Jamie Rucker

 

Happy Anniversary

 Bill & Reola Mansfield on Feb. 14

Donnie & Marcy Splechter on Feb. 14

 

Think About It…

It’s very strange that heat on Sunday

Seems so much hotter than on Monday.

And weekday pains that we ignore,

On Sundays seem to hurt much more.

So we decide to stay in bed

When we should be in church instead.

God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.  James Hudson Taylor

 

Preaching & Teaching At OCC – Feb.19-21

On Wednesday, Feb. 21st, we will take the bus to hear the main session speaker, Rick Atchley.  Rick is the Senior Teaching Minister in Fort Worth at The Hills since 1989.  One of his great joys has been the privilege of raising his kids in a church that values children. 

He grew up in a religious tradition that taught him to fear God, but not to love him.  Even worse, he was not sure God really loved him.  That’s one reason why he is such a believer in the power of gospel preaching.  He was blessed in college and in his young adult years to hear the gospel of God’s grace preached, and over time he began to believe in a God who loved him, who was for him, and who did through Christ what he could never do so that He could spend eternity with me.  Romans 8 is his favorite chapter in the Bible.  He loves the strong declaration that “there is no condemnation in Christ,” and he is still moved by the realization that “if God is for us, who can be against us?”

There will be a signup sheet at the back table in the Sanctuary for those who would like to attend.  Junior High and High School students are also welcome to attend the main session.  Workshops for children 12 and under will be available.  For more information, please go to: www.occ.edu.

 

Mission Minded

On task with a bad attitude! By Sean Rook

Sorry to say but this has been me lately.  It is not that what I am doing I don’t like at all – I still like some of it.  The part I don’t like is taking more time than the parts I do.  It is not that what I am doing doesn’t help people or the company, or organizations move forward.  I would say that it has mostly to do with how I look at what is happening.  

I have the impatience of Job. You know if you read Job carefully, he is very impatient with God and doesn’t hesitate to let God know. Yet Job never gives up on God and never loses his faith.  Job is attacked on every side; from his family (what is left of them), his friends (let’s face it with friends like that you don’t need enemies) or himself.  Please don’t worry I have not given up on God, my faith and my stamina are being tested.  Funny story; we arrived in Haiti on     January 4th and on January 5th I was so sick that I could barely function.  I woke early to start getting the shoeboxes ready for the Orphans and the boxes we needed to have loaded to take out to the school in the village of St. Martin.  We got them all dug out of storage, sorted and then had a quick bite of breakfast.  As we started sharing opening the boxes with the orphans, I became violently ill.  After I got sick, I went back out and we loaded up to go to St. Martin, where according to the team, I was really pale.  Just before noon we left there and went back to the orphanage for lunch.  I went to bed.  I did not get out of bed till after 7 p.m. that night.  Went back to bed after not eating dinner and slept all night.  On Saturday I was fine.   So, WHY?  I believe it is because God knows how stubborn I am and that unless he completely takes my feet out from underneath me I will not rest.

I am just using me as an illustration.  Our struggles do not define us, the ugly that happens to us must not define us, our “situations should not define us, what matters is how we handle them.” I did not come up with that saying, a boss of mine did over 25 years ago when I was in a tough situation at work.  And though at the time it was not what I wanted to hear, that saying has stuck with me.  I have probably written something similar before and if so then I guess we needed to read it again.  

Kind of like scripture, if you only read the Bible once from cover to cover and never read it again you have missed the true nature of the Living God.  Every time we read the Bible we gain new understanding.  As we embark on the next chapters in the book, don’t read them with a bad attitude about having to do it again; read it as though it is the first time.  As I work on preparing for our different Bible studies, I go over the same passages of scripture multiple times before I can figure out what the Word is telling me.  I also have to be sure that I am listening to know the best way to impart what I have learned to others.  God does not always show us what his Word means as it is being read, often it comes in a moment later, when he is ready for us to “Get It.”

I have seen some of our required reading lists for the coming months.  It will take a bit of effort to stay on task.  It will take a few minutes of every day to read God’s Word.  And really, he gives us every day, so each day belongs to him anyway.  So why not honor him?  Learn something or be prepared to learn something and just maybe even though it is a struggle, you will be defined by the attitude you have and by the actions you take.    Feeling better now?  Yes!  I have to keep working on my attitude, ALWAYS.  May you find God’s blessing in every day.