July 2005

Published: 8 July 2005

By Neil Phelan

JULY, 2005 From the pastor Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I hope our letter finds you rejoicing in the Lord and thankful for His abundant grace. I appreciate the love that has been shown by our church towards the victims of the recent hurricanes. When we learned of the evacuees that were sheltered at the Recreation Center in Arkadelphia, our church responded in a very loving way. They got together and prepared a meal for the victims. We were expecting to be responsible for one meal every week, but the crowd diminished and the hospital and other facilities in the area took over the feeding of those that remained. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the members of our church for responding in such a loving and caring way towards those who had lost their homes. I was also very thankful for the donation that our church took up for the Primitive Baptist Churches that suffered in the storms. In just a few weeks our people contributed approximately $4,000! As most of you already know, we have sold the pharmacy part of our business. We had been negotiating with the chain, Freds, for over a year and we made the transfer the first of September. We still have the hearing clinic and the hospital equipment part of our business. I have enjoyed being away from the stress and the demands of running a pharmacy. I solicit your prayers that I will use my time wisely that it might become a special blessing for our church and the cause of Christ. What is happening AT HARMONY We have been very blessed in having a number of visiting ministers to be with us during our first Sunday night services. Elder Shannon Whip was with us for the first Sunday night in October, Elder Vernis Stanaland was with us the first Sunday in November and Elder Isaac Guess is scheduled to be with us for our night service in December. I hope you will make a special effort to be with us for these services. We have completed our series of expository messages from the book of Ephesians. I believe our church has been very blessed as we have all gained some wonderful insight into one of the most straightforward books in the New Testament. The book begins with doctrine, the basis of our Christian fellowship. It ends with a call to battle against Satan and the world. How wonderfully Paul, by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, constructed the flow of this marvelous book. I have received a great blessing from the study and exposition of it. I have been trying to update our web site. Elder David Montgomery has helped me with this project in the past but I hope to be able to take over this project in the near future. I am looking for a volunteer in our church that knows enough about computers and web pages to take on this task. Please let me know if you are interested in being our church webmaster. The preparation for a new church directory is underway. Our new directory will be pictorial. We, of course, want our church members to have their pictures in the directory, but we also want our visitors, which include friends and family members, to be included in our directory. This will help us to remember the names of our families, friends and visitors. We will be scheduling different times for the photographer to come to our church to take the pictures. These times will be announced in the next few Sundays. For $15.00, each member, or family, will receive one 8x10 portrait and a copy of the church directory. You do not have to buy this if you do not want to. There will be plenty of people who purchase the package to support the project and there will be no additional charge to the church. They will also offer additional print packages for those who are interested. This will be a great opportunity to get some good family pictures. We will be given an extra 50 copies of the directory which we will use for new members and for those who did not purchase the $15.00 package. If you have additional questions, please contact Sister Patty Burris who is in charge of this project. I believe this will be a great blessing for our church and I appreciate Sister Patty taking the time to oversee this project. Book review We have in our library, a collection of sermons by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon. He preached in London in the mid 1800's and is often referred to as "The Prince of Preachers". I have been personally blessed by reading his sermons and I am sure that you will as well. REMBER IN PRAYER Sister Cleo Luten has recently undergone surgery for esophageal problems. Roy Lynn Brandon (Bubbles) suffering from a staff infection on her leg. Brother Carl Osterloh, one of our oldest members, has been very weak and unable to come to church.