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B4 THE JOURNAL, Thursday, July 8, 2021 Eden Chapel United Methodist By Barbara Wells Eden Chapel UMC welcomes all to join us each Sunday morning for our services at 9211 S Fairgrounds Road. Sunday School classes start at 9:30 am, followed by fellowship time at 10:30 am. Worship Service starts at 11 am; On July 4, Jenny Cundiff delivered a timely, mean- ingful, message entitled, “Independence Day—A Cele- bration of our Christian Heritage.” Her scripture focus was 2 Chronicles 7:14. She did a lot of research and provided excellent handouts to accompany her sermon. The scripture, combined with Jenny’s message, reminded us of the importance of praying for our country. A quote from one of her handouts, sums the gist of her sermon. “The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.” Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States from 1923-1929. , 7 Eden Chapel’s “Drive to Thrive” ministry team was absent from church on July 4 because they were minis- tering to Red Bud Assisted Living residents by cooking for them. In addition Jenny Cundiff shared her sermon at Red Bud after lunch! Preaching twice in one day was almost like having a two-point charge! Way to go, Jenny! Jenny will continue a similar theme for the next three weeks. She will be sharing what the scripture says about Life (July 11), Liberty (July 18), and the Pursuit .of Happiness (July 25). We are looking forward to each ‘of these messages. We had two new visitors on July 4 and we hope to continue attracting new people each week. If you have questions about Eden Chapel, feel free to email eden— chapel@hotmail.com or call 405-547-1 179. ‘ Immanuel Baptist Church By Claudia Andrews Beautiful day in the Immanuel house on Sunday! We enjoyed breakfast and fellowship as usual and then gathered to our Bible study groups. We enjoyed singing in Sweet harmony as Bob Duke led our worship. He sang a favorite hymn “What a Day That Will Be” before the sermon for those who came to celebrate Jesus as Savior and Lord. \ v Our Youth Minister Thomas Harders brought the morning message from I John 1:6-8. He shared his testimony through sermon as he felt he had not been truly listening to the Lord since he was a youth, when he realized God was talking to him and calling him to serve Him. We can’t say we are a good person and just giving lip‘service to the Lord; “If we claim we have fellowship with Him, yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.” He had been doing this until August 2018 when his heart was opened to receive Christ and everything changed; if there has been not change, there has been no action. There is a God-sized hole in our heart that can only Jesus Christ can fill. Things, people, ambition, etc. cannot do it. Isaiah 59:1-3 tell us “our iniquities (sin) have separated us from God” and it comes down to our decision to make the decision to repent and come to Jesus for forgiveness; we can’t blame anyone else any longer. Turn it over to God, our relationship and fellowship with Him gets better. Only God knows us better than our moms! If we try to handle it on our own, everything goes down hill! All we have to do is ask forgiveness and He gives it! Our earthly life is more than what we do, i.e. going to church, youth group, or fellowships. Being a Christ follower is more than that; our actions, our witness, affects others. Fellowship with God is impossible when we walk in the darkness: if we talk the talk we need to walk the walk. Walk in the light, Ephesians 5:8—1 1. Take every opportunity to share the gospel, Matthew 18: 19-20. Tues: 10am S.I.S'.T.E.R.S. meet in the church library; 7pm Men’s Bible Study downtown Perkins. Wed: 6-8pm Chosen Generation youth group meet in the youth room - however, they will be gone to camp July 12-16. Mon., July 12, 1 1:30am the A—Y’s Senior Adult group will enjoy a patriotic music program let by Bob Duke. Come visit us at 2415 E 104, just a mile north of Per- kins. Info: 405-547- 1222 or Facebook Immanuel Baptist Church, the “yellow sunrise” one. ‘ Christian Church of Perkins By Judith Riden When you worship Me in spirit and truth, you join the choir of angels who are continually before My throne. Though you cannot hear their voices, your praise and thanksgiving are distinctly audible in heaven. Your petitions are also heard, but it is your gratitude that clears the way to My Heart. With the way between us wide open, My blessings fall upon you in rich abundance. The greatest blessing is neamess to Me — abundant Joy and Peace in My Presence. Practice praising and thanking Me continually throughout this day. John 4:23-24, Psalm 100:4 Our sermon for July 11 will be “Concerns a Christian Should Have “ from 2 Corinthians 6:1-18 by Pastor Howard Faerber. “In all ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:6 Christian Church of Perkins, 121‘ E. Stumbo, (405) 547-2004. Bible Study 9:30 a.m., Sunday service 10:30 a.m., Wednesday Bible Study 6 pm. with light refresh- ments at 5:45 pm. St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church By Fr. Robert Duck You can say that one of life’s most annoying and important truths is that God’s power is made perfect COUNTY BAN Church News in weakness and his grace is sufficient for everything. St. Paul obviously was a very blessed man. He could boast of many things: an extraordinary family, the great- est teacher in all of Israel was his teacher, a man named Gamaliel. About his moral life he could boast, “I am blameless with regards to observing the law.” He had a vision of the risen Jesus. He was taken up, he tells us in Second Corinthians, into heaven where he saw things that he could not speak about simply because there were no words to describe what he had seen. He is the Apostle to the Gentiles; half of the New Testament is written by him. But that is not what made him blessed. With all this, Paulwould say that he was blessed because God gave, or pounded into him, a thorn. As with Paul so with us. If you do not yet have a thorn, be patient.'You will. God in his extraordinary love gives us these thorns. They are serious and ongoing annoy— ances. They are given to us out of love so as to whittle away pride, which regardless of what we may hear in the culture around us is the most serious of all sins. For pride is that mentality which thinks “I need nothing. I lack nothing. I am self-sufficient.” For all things, that is an illusion. So God in his mercy will allow anything and everything to come our way to shatter that illusion. The converse of pride is humility. Humility just means to know who you really are and who I really am. And who I really am is a creature, entirely dependent on the creator for everything. If he does not give me breath right now, I don’t have it. I don’t know about you but I think it’s safe to say that we despise weakness. I find few things as grating as the ongoing awareness of how inadequate I am, how insufficient I am, how easily I can fall, whatever the case might be. And yet, when we get to the end of our lives,I suspect we will all look back and understand that the greatest of all gifts that God has given to us were our thorns. Because the thorns wake us up. They lead us to cry out for his help. And unless we cry out for his help and know our need, he can’t be there. What do we do with a reading like this? Well, strange as it might sound and perhaps abstract as it might sound, might I suggest one thing: let’s resolve to thank God for our weaknesses, whatever they might be. Some of us, it’s our health declining. For some of us, it’s financial concerns. For some of us, it’s ongoing battles with seri- ous temptations. Maybe even sin. God does not send sin or delight in sin but God can use sin. God can handle sin. Let’s thank him for those things that he allows to come our way that remind us how much we need him. Let’s thank him that his grace is sufficient for whatever it is that’s on our plate. And let’s thank him for his faithfulness and his power which is made perfect in our weakness. St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church is located at 71 l N. Country Club Rd., Stillwater. Mass Times: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 a.m., 11:15 am. (Nursery available during 11:15 am. Mass); 1 pm. Spanish Mass. More info online at sfxstillwater.org {F (405)547-2436 {F MAIN BANK 202 S. MAIN, PERKINS CONVENIENCE BRANCH 417 E. HWY 33, PERKINS WWWPAYNECOUNTYBANK.COM @ ’ROUDLY SERVING All. OCR LOCAL CHURCHES 820 N. Main ' 547-2414 Steve & Kelley Myers See you in church Sunday Open Mon.-Fri. 7:30-5:30 pm. Sat. 8-Noon Sadler Road & Hwy. 33-Perkins 547-5333