Friday, February 15, 2019

Our Sympathy...

Our sincere sympathy go out to Nancy Jones anKyle & Monica Jones and family on the passing of a sweet man, husband, and father, Roy Jones, early this morning.
Please keep this family in your prayers in the coming days.
Arrangements are pending with Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Update on Jean Anthony 2/14

It was announced last night that Jean was released from the hospital. She was taken back to the hospital this afternoon. No details known at this time. Keep her in your prayers.!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Prayer Request 2/12

Please continue to remember Derald's coworker Randall Cox as he is having back surgery in Dallas Thursday. 

Prayer Request 2/12

Derald Bulls sent this message tonight:
"Last Thursday evening, Dustin and Haley's son Laramy (Smith) , who is 12, was taken to Children's Medical Center/Plano with an elevated blood sugar of over 1200! But before they sent him to Dallas, they were able to get it down around 400. He has been diagnosed with onset early-stage type one diabetes. He will be on insulin the rest of his life. He will have at least four injections a day. He has learned to stick his finger and check his blood for which we are thankful. He is yet to try and give himself an injection. He's a little scared of that. But he is OK to receive the injections."
Please keep their family in your prayers, especially as Laramy goes back to school tomorrow. 

Prayer Request - 2/12

Jean Anthony has been admitted to the hospital with pneumonia. Please keep her in your prayers!

Monday, February 11, 2019

RRV Athlete of the Week

LACOC member, Cody Anthony is in the running for "RRV Athlete of the Week."  Click here to vote.

Weekly Update - 2/11


OUR SYMPATHY is extended to Monica Jones and family whose grandmother, Gertrude Teague passed away last Tuesday.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS:
  • James (Jimmy) and Dlinda Evans have moved from Abilene to Paris.  They are the parents of Leslie Keele.  
  • Jacob White has been attending with us for a few months.
  • Annetta Thomas is the daughter of Smithy and Kay Allen

CONGRATULATIONSKathy Grigsby is thrilled to announce the arrival of her great-grandson, Asher Ray.  He was born Feb 3rd.  Congratulations also to GREAT GREAT grandmother, Lucy Staley.

CONGRATULATIONS:  Widlord Thomas has been selected as the new minister at MLK Church of Christ in Paris, Tx.  He and his wife Karen and son David have already started their work. They do have a new baby coming soon!!!

 PRAYER REQUESTS:
  • Ora Henderson - Health
  • Wanda McFadden - Health
  • Kristi Taylor - Health
  • Marge Norlin - Health
  • Naomi and Johnny Bassett - Prayers for Naomi's health. Johnny had to be moved to another nursing home, out of town, for medication purposes. Hopefully he'll be back in Paris soon!
  • Vicki Humphrey - Cancer.
  • Carl Haggard - Cancer
  • Donna McGee - Cancer. 
  • Hugh and Jean Anthony - Health
  • Jackie Helm - Cancer
  • Dorothy Pearce - Health
  • Peggy Dotson - Health
  • Peggy Wright - Colonial Lodge
  • Roy Jones - Heritage House
  • Kristi Anthony - Physical and mental health. 
  • Lonny Parson, local minister, had a aneurysm last Sunday night.  He is in Medical City in ICU.  He's had numerous surgeries this past week and is still not out of the woods. 
  • Jay Spencer's mother, Lucille Spencer, is having health issues.
  • Carter Pearce (Dorothy Pearce's grandson) he had sudden and severe complications from his previous surgery, back in November.  He is now doing well. It will just take a lot longer to heal and adapt this time. He's in Children's Health Hospital.
  • David Kelley (Laura Cannon's Dad.) - Health
  • Randy Daw minister at Creekside CoC in Greenville, has a brain tumor.
  • Billy Icenhower - Cancer, blood clots and receiving dialysis.
  • Paul McClain - Is at home and continues rehab at Baylor.
  • Holt Price  - Cancer. Three year old son of former member Alden Bowers Price.
  • The Vanderpools - in Haiti
  • Prayers for our students and teachers
  • Prayers for our military.
  • Prayers for our first responders.
DON'T FORGET:  Add your favorite scripture for the year to our picture frames on the front wall of the foyer, across from the office.  Memorize and share God's word with one another!

MONDAY MOVIE NIGHT:  "The Blind Side" will be shown on Monday, Feb 11th at 6:45 p.m.
Free popcorn!



PANTRY NEEDS:  Cereal and grape jelly

RAINBOW ROOM:  Jeans ALL sizes

SIMPLE SUPPER:  This weeks' entrée is Chicken Spaghetti!

Keep The Date:Feb 11: Monday Movie Night - The Blind Side
Feb 20: Blood Drive
Feb 22-23: LACOC Ladies Retreat
Feb 23-24: Weekend with Buddy Bell
Mar 5:  Men's Breakfast
Mar 6:  Young Women's Bible Study begins
Mar 10:  Daylight Savings Time
Mar 18-22: Spring Break
Mar 31: 5th Sunday Fellowship
Mar 29-31:  Jr. High Retreat at CDR

Love you - MEAN IT!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Congratulations Derald Bulls

The United Way of Lamar County is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Leadership Award is Derald Bulls.
Mr. Bulls, who is currently the Director of Institutional Advancement/Alumni Affairs at Paris Junior College, is a past United Way of Lamar County Board Member, Drive Chairman and President. The award will be presented at the United Way’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
Jenny Wilson, Executive Director of the United Way, stated: “we are so excited to honor Mr. Bulls for his outstanding leadership, commitment and service to this community.”
In addition to the United Way, Mr. Bulls has served on the boards of Dylan’s Drivers, the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce, the Lamar County Child Welfare Board, Leadership Lamar County, Maddie’s Gift Scholarship Foundation, the Visitors and Convention Council and Paris Rotary among others.
 If you'd like to be a part of Derald being presented this award, you can purchase tickets for the United Way Annual Meeting call 903-784-6642 or email jenny.wilson@lamarcountyuw.org.

Official Signing Day!!!


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Update on Carter Pearce - 2/6

Dorothy Pearce's grandson Carter was in surgery on Tuesday for 5 hours as the result of sudden and severe complications from his previous surgery, back in November.  He is now doing well and in recovery. It will just take a lot longer to heal and adapt this time.
Dorothy does ask for your continued prayers for Carter and for his Mom and Dad, Brady and Stephanie.

Congratulations Emma!



It's Official Signing Day!!!


Prayer Request Update - 2/6

Lonny Parson, who is the pastor of the Honey Grove Cowboy Church, is battling for is life in Dallas after having an Aortic Dissection. Has had multiple surgeries and is in need of many, many prayers. Please continue to pray for him, his family and his Church. Please.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Norman Services


Dana (Gov. or Dana Bob)  Norman age 62 of Reno and formerly of Deport died Sunday afternoon Feb 3 at his residence.

Funeral services will be 2pm Wed Feb 6 at Lamar Avenue Church of Christ with Dr Jay Spencer officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery at Deport under direction of Wood Funeral Home   The family will receive friends at the church from 1-2pm Wednesday.

Dana was  born  Nov 2,1956 in  Clarksville, Texas the son of Delbert and Madelin  (Bocky) Bell Norman.  He was retired from Kimberly Clark after 25 years and worked for Campbell Soup for 15 years. He was a 1975 graduate of Prairieland High School,  was choir director for Deport Community Choir in 1985,former member of Deport Volunteer Fire Dept., former member of Prairieland School Board,  was a former Lamar County Sheriff Dept reserve and a member of Deport Masonic Lodge. He also played in the band Plank Spankers.  

Surviving him is his wife Sharon Norman of Reno, a son Stephen Norman of Powderly, a daughter Amanda Mikulus and husband Ryan of  Pflugerville, Texas and a sister Abby Strickland and husband Bo of Deport,  stepchildren David Chaney and wife Amanda of Hallsville  and Chance Chaney of Bentonville Ark   and grandchildren Shayne and Madelin Mikulus,  Alyssa and Harper Lee Chaney, Madyson Jones and Kyle and Hayden Osborne     

Monday, February 4, 2019

Prayer Request 2/4

Please pray for a local preacher, Lonnie Parson. He was in surgery most of the day and is still in serious condition. 

Prayer Request 2/4

Dorothy Pearce asked that we pray for her son Brady and his family. They are right now enroute by ambulance to Children's in Plano for another surgery on their son Carter's hip. Either the bone broke, screw came loose, whatever...there's been no further physical injury. He's in a lot of pain and under sedation. Doctors are waiting on them.
Dorothy said... "I know it's late but I wanted to get prayers started right away. I'm very concerned. Thanks."

Prayer Requests - 2/4


  • Please keep Ora Henderson in your prayers.  She is having health issues.
  • Also, Jay Spencer's mother, Lucille Spencer, is having health issues.

Our Sympathy...

Our sympathy is extended to Sharon Norman and family. Dana passed away yesterday afternoon. Funeral services will be 2pm Wednesday, Feb. 6 at Lamar Avenue Church of Christ with Dr. Jay Spencer officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery at Deport under the direction of Wood Funeral Home The family will receive friends at the church from 1-2pm Wednesday.
Dana was also the brother-in-law to Jerry and Kay Langley.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Congratulations!!

Kathy Grigsby is THRILLED to announce the arrival of her great-grandson, Asher Ray. He weighed in at 6 pounds 15 ounces and 20 inches long. Born at 7:34pm.
Mommy, Alaka, and baby are doing well.
Congratulations also to GREAT GREAT grandmother Lucy Staley.

Weekly Update - 2/3


Thank you Randy for our message from Colossians 2:11-15..."Buried with HIM in Baptism".  
I. A spiritual circumcision. (2:11)
II. This spiritual circumcision occurs in baptism. (2:12)
III. The rearticulating of being circumcised in baptism and the results. (2:13-15)
Points to Ponder:
1. What distinguishes our Christian identity?
2. The central action of baptism belongs to God.
3.Our goal must be to convert people to Jesus, not just to get them wet.
4. Frequently remember and reflect upon your own baptism and sees each opportunity to tell others about it.
What is YOUR baptism story?

SYMPATHY:  
  • Please keep the family of Sarah Smith in your prayers.  Sarah's funeral was this past Friday at Fry-Gibbs.  We're sure going to miss her and her sweet smile.  Keep her "Chicken Foot" friends on your heart too!
  • The family of Landon Moore.   He is the young man who passed away this past week, from Pattonville.
  • Bernard Bollman, Keith Bollman's brother passed away on Friday (2/1). His graveside service/burial will be held Wednesday (2/6) at DFW National Cemetery. 
  • John Cashion, Doris Moore's brother also passed away on Friday. His service was held today at Red Hill Cemetery. 
  • W.C. "Dub" Nelson, Charlotte Groom's brother passed away Saturday. His service will be Saturday (2/9) at Hillcrest Baptist in Cedar Hill. His burial will be Monday (2/11) at DFW National Cemetery. 
RESPONSE: Cynthis Norris wanted to thank everyone for their prayers. She received good news about her health this week.

 PRAYER REQUESTS:
  • Dana Norman is leading the end of his life. Keep Sharon in your prayers too.
  • Kristi Taylor - Health
  • Naomi and Johnny Bassett - Prayers for Naomi's health. Johnny had to be moved to another nursing home, out of town, for medication purposes. Hopefully he'll be back in Paris soon!
  • Vicki Humphrey - Cancer.
  • Carl Haggard - Cancer
  • Donna McGee - Cancer. 
  • Hugh and Jean Anthony - Health
  • Jackie Helm - Cancer
  • Dorothy Pearce - Health
  • Peggy Dotson - Health
  • Peggy Wright - Colonial Lodge
  • Roy Jones - Heritage House
  • Kristi Anthony - Physical and mental health. 
  • David Kelley had cardiac ablation this past Wednesday.  He's just recovered from a prostate surgery but they didn't get all of the cancer so he will need radiation when he has recovered from his ablation.  Then at some point he may need a pacemaker. (Laura Cannon's Dad.)
  • Gertrude Teague, Monica Jones' grandmother, is leading the end of her life.
  • Billy Thomas is having health problems and has very little kidney function. They have said he may require a transplant.  (Friend of Jennifer Blount)
  • Lakyn Baker - (Dinah Border's great granddaughter) has bronchitis.  She's only 3 months old.
  • Randy Daw minister at Creekside CoC in Greenville, had brain tumor surgery.
  • Billy Icenhower - Cancer, blood clots and receiving dialysis.
  • Paul McClain - Is at home and continues rehab at Baylor.
  • Holt Price  - Cancer. Three year old son of former member Alden Bowers Price.
  • The Vanderpools - in Haiti
  • Prayers for our students and teachers
  • Prayers for our military.
  • Prayers for our first responders.

DON'T FORGET:  Add your favorite scripture for the year to our picture frames on the front wall of the foyer, across from the office.  Memorize and share God's word with one another!

MEN'S BREAKFAST:  Tuesday (Feb 5) at 7am. Please sign up at the Welcome Center so food preparation can be made.

FAITHFUL READERS:  "Mr. Lee and Mrs. Gray" by Dorothy Love will be discussed on Sunday Feb 10th at 3:30pm.  Facilitated by Sherry Welch.

MONDAY MOVIE NIGHT:  "The Blind Side" will be shown on Monday, Feb 11th at 6:45 p.m.
Free popcorn!

YOUNG WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY: Starting Wednesday March 6th there will be a new bible study, starting at 10am.  Babysitting will be provided.  Books will be available in the office.  Please sign up at the Welcome Center if you are interested and how many kids you will bring so plans can be made for sitters.

PANTRY NEEDS:  Canned corn or green beans, canned soups with meat, laundry detergent

RAINBOW ROOM:  Jeans ALL sizes

SIMPLE SUPPER:  This weeks' entrée is CHILI DOGS!

Keep The Date:
Feb 1-28:  I LOVE MY YOUTH GROUP MONTH
Feb 5:  Men's Breakfast - John Cannon speaker
Feb 10: Faithful Readers
Feb 11: Monday Movie Night - The Blind Side
Feb 20: Blood Drive
Feb 22-23: LACOC Ladies Retreat
Mar 6:  Young Women's Bible Study begins
Mar 18-22: Spring Break
Mar 31: 5th Sunday Fellowship
Mar 29-31:  Jr. High Retreat at CDR

Love you - MEAN IT!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

PRAISE!!!

WoooHOOO!!!

After being off work for a week and a half, I'm back to the land of the living.
Strep throat is NOT for "old people".  It hurts. It knocks you down.
AND...  add in bronchitis too. UGH!
I'm back at work today and thankful to be feeling better!
Please wash your hands. Please cover your mouth when you cough/sneeze.
Most importantly... STAY HOME if you are sick!

Sarah Smith Funeral Services...

Sarah Nell Clem Smith 92, of Paris, died at 11:35 PM, Monday, January 28, 2019 at Paris Regional Medical Center.  Funeral services are set for 11:00 AM, Friday, February 1, 2019 in the chapel of Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home with Dr. John H. Cannon officiating.  Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until service time on Friday at the funeral home.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.
Sarah Nell was born October 11, 1926 in the Jennings Community of Lamar County to Robert Claude and Nola Maude Greenlee Clem.  She graduated from high school and Paris Junior College.  She married Alvin Zack Smith on October 2, 1959 at the Lamar Avenue Church of Christ.  He died in July of 1974.  She was a secretary for the Texas Highway Department in the Paris office.  Mrs. Smith was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, the hospital auxiliary, and the Texas Public Employees Association.  She was a longtime and faithful member of Lamar Avenue Church of Christ.
Sarah loved to travel with the Young At Heart group from Lamar Avenue Church of Christ and play Chicken Foot with a group of ladies from the church.
Survivors include a sister, Margaret Preston; her sister-in-law, Marjorie Clem; nieces, Cathey Weaks and husband, Gary, Lynn Rosas and husband, Alex, Jan Preston, Kay Forbes and husband, Harris, and Barbara Reeves; and her nephew, Norman Clem. 
Pallbearers will be Jay Spencer, Richard Peace, Kyle Jones, Keith Bollman, Lewis Anderson, and Wayne Kerby.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Our Sympathy...


Our sweet sister, Sarah C. Smith, passed away late last night. Arrangements are pending with Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home. Service details will be posted as they are known.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Prayer Request 1/28

Laura Cannon sent this message:
I would appreciate your prayers for my dad, David Kelly. He is scheduled to have a cardiac ablation on Wednesday.  He's just recovered from a prostate surgery but they didn't get all of the cancer so he will need radiation when he has recovered from his ablation.  Then at some point he may need a pacemaker.  I'm thankful that God has already blessed him with a good attitude and a strong faith! 
Thank you for your prayers!

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Prayer Requests 1/27

Jennifer Blount asked that we pray for 2 families in need of prayers:

  • The family of Landon Moore.   He is the young man who passed away this weekend. We  attendeded church with them, in the past, and they live in our community.
  • Also, Billy Thomas.  I work with his wife, Anecia and she has said to please add him to the prayer list. He is having health problems and has very little kidney function. They have said he may require a transplant.  

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Prayer Request 1/23

Derald Bulls sent this message: Please add my longtime friend and PJC co-worker, Randall Cox to the prayer list. He had back surgery and is now having issues with his leg and food. Randall is a wonderful Christian man and plays/played in several Christian groups thru the years. Many thanks!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Congratulations!!!!

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Stone Middle School’s One Act Play Charlotte’s Web! They won FIRST PLACE at Middle School UIL One Act Contest!!
Rebecca Murillo is their teacher/director!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Thank You!

(Myparistexas.com posted this article today. Below is excerpts from the article regarding LACOC member Tim Keele.)

LCSO Deputy Roper Hill and DPS Trooper Tim Keele have been honored for their quick-thinking actions last week.

They saved a man and two boys from a vehicle overturned in a muddy creek bed. Deputy Roper Hill and Trooper Tim Keele didn’t think twice about jumping into the creek when they came upon the wreck on January 8th. “We knew ahead of time there were children trapped in the vehicle,” said Hill. “The vehicle was overturned in a creek bed in a tree line and you could only see about an inch of the headlight faced down towards the ground.”  Together, they were able to get the family out of the vehicle with no serious injuries. “You don’t think twice about it in situations like that,” said Hill. “You just do what you need to do. When we pulled those kids out, one of them kept saying over and over ‘I love you, I love you’ and it was a good feeling.” 

"It could have been a lot worse but having Trooper Keele there to help, who didn’t hesitate for one second, I was very grateful for.” 

Sheriff Scott Cass said “Our county is blessed to have the dedicated professionals that work hard to make sure that folks are safe and helped in the time of need,” said Cass. “I want to commend Deputy Roper Hill and Trooper Tim Keele for their quick action during a major accident that both agencies responded to.”

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Our Sympathy...

Former member, Phyllis Giguere, age 66, of Sulphur Springs, Texas, formerly of Paris, Texas, will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Chapel, in Sulphur Springs, Texas.  Interment will follow at  Restlawn Memorial Park following the services with  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Phyllis earned her heavenly wings and dancing shoes, on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 5:00 a.m. surrounded by her love of her children, grandchildren and friends. 
She is survived by two children; Barbara Cherry Usry and husband, Charles Usry, and David Cherry; two grandchildren, Taylor Usry and Caiden Usry, all of Sulphur Springs, Tex.  

Our Sympathy...

This message is from former member, Sandy Keith. "Roy's sister Mary Jarnagin passed away last Friday in Magnolia Arkansas. If you like, you can read Mary’s obituary you can go to: www.lewisfuneralhome.biz  She was truly beloved and loved everyone in return. She has left a huge hole in our family and hearts."

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Weekly Update - 1/13

Thank you Randy for our message from Colossians 1:10-12... "Live a Laudable Life".
He also announced that Buddy Bell, from the Landmark Church in Montgomery, Alabama, will be joining us the weekend of Feb. 23-24 to talk about Life Groups.

WELCOME:  Carter Lytle has been worshipping with us, since last summer. He asked to be identified with LACOC today. 

PRAYER REQUESTS:
  • PRAISE:  Haiti Mission Team made it back safely.
  • Naomi Bassett - Health
  • Vicki Humphrey - Cancer. Doctors have said they've done all they can. She'll be going to Dallas to meet with cancer specialists to start a clinical trial.
  • Connelle Peace will have cataract surgery tomorrow. Hopefully this will correct the problem with her eyes and she won't have to have shots in her eyes every 6 months. 
  • Doris Moore - Lung issues.
  • Joel McGee - Received good results from thyroid surgery.
  • Carl Haggard - Surgery found that he has bladder cancer and will have his bladder removed.
  • Donna McGee - Cancer.  She's begun the blocker treatments.  
  • Hugh and Jean Anthony  - Health
  • Cynthia Norris - Health
  • Jackie Helm - Cancer
  • Vicki Humphrey - Cancer
  • Dorothy Pearce - Health
  • Peggy Dotson - Health
  • Peggy Wright - Colonial Lodge
  • Roy Jones - Heritage House
  • Kristi Anthony - Physical and mental health. 
  • Phyllis Giguere, has been placed on hospice, in Sulphur Springs. (She's a former member.)
  • Taylor and Rene Mayes had a miscarriage this past week. (Greg and Kristen May's son and daughter in law.)
  • Kay McMillian. She recently found out she has cancer and it is in the lymph nodes. They will do a PET scan on the 15th. (Friend of Leslie Keele.)
  • Randy Daw minister at Creekside CoC in Greenville, had brain tumor surgery. His dad passed away this week also.
  • Cindy Housley - Health (She's a friend of mine from Frisco.)
  • Kanyon Philips - Health (Jay and Gay Spencer's grandson)
  • Billy Icenhower - Besides all the other health issues he has, he now has a blood clots in lung and one in his leg. He continues to be in M.D. Anderson/Houston (Ken and Shelia's son). He's continuing chemo and dialysis and hopefully will have surgery in March.
  • Paul McClain - Is at home and continues rehab at Baylor.
  • Holt Price  - Cancer. Three year old son of former member Alden Bowers Price.
  • The Vanderpools - in Haiti
  • Prayers for our college students as they start back to school this week.
  • Prayers for our military.
  • Prayers for our first responders.

Clint Spencer came back from Haiti with a request from Laurie Vanderpool. They are in need of 85 soccer balls for the Haitian children. Clint asked that those who can donate $10 towards this cause.
If you weren't able to donate today, you may take your donation to the church office this week or Clint will be at the Welcome Center on Wednesday evening.
There's another mission group headed to Haiti this next week. They will get the balls  delivered. 



 RAINBOW ROOM ITEMS:  Jeans ALL sizes (school age) and soft fleece blankets

PANTRY NEEDS:  Mac-n-cheese and Chunky Soup

SIMPLE SUPPER:  This weeks' entrée is Chicken Taco Soup.

KEEP THE DATE:
Jan 13:  CDR Summer Registration
Jan 14:  Monday Night Movie "The Shack"
Jan 18-20:  Winterfest Youth Weekend - Jr. High and High School
Jan 28:  Young @ Heart - bring a dish to share and games to play.
Feb 10:  Faithful Readers
Feb 22-23:  Ladies Retreat
Feb 23-24: Buddy Bell at LACOC to speak.
Mar 18-22:  Spring Break
Mar 29-31:  Jr. High Retreat at CDR

Love you - MEAN IT!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Church is hard...

Church is hard.
Church is hard for the person walking through the doors, afraid of judgement.
Church is hard for the pastor’s family, under the microscope of an entire body.
Church is hard for the prodigal soul returning home, broken and battered by the world.
Church is hard for the girl who looks like she has it all together, but doesn’t.
Church is hard for the couple who fought the entire ride to service.
Church is hard for the single mom, surrounded by couples holding hands, and seemingly perfect families.
Church is hard for the widow and widower with no invitation to lunch after service.
Church is hard for the deacon with an estranged child.
Church is hard for the person singing worship songs, overwhelmed by the weight of the lyrics.
Church is hard for the man insecure in his role as a leader.
Church is hard for the wife who longs to be led by a righteous man.
Church is hard for the nursery volunteer who desperately longs for a baby to love.
Church is hard for the single woman and single man, praying God brings them a mate.
Church is hard for the teenage girl, wearing a scarlet letter, ashamed of her mistakes.
Church is hard for the sinners.
Church is hard for me.
It’s hard because on the outside it all looks shiny and perfect. Sunday best in behavior and dress.
However, underneath those layers, you find a body of imperfect people, carnal souls, selfish motives.
But, here is the beauty of church—
Church isn’t a building, mentality, or expectation.
Church is a body.
Church is a group of sinners, saved by grace, living in fellowship as saints.
Church is a body of believers bound as brothers and sisters by an eternal love.
Church is a holy ground where sinners stand as equals before the Throne of Grace.
Church is a refuge for broken hearts and a training ground for mighty warriors.
Church is a converging of confrontation and invitation. Where sin is confronted and hearts are invited to seek restoration.
Church is a lesson in faith and trust.
Church is a bearer of burdens and a giver of hope.
Church is a family. A family coming together, setting aside differences, forgetting past mistakes, rejoicing in the smallest of victories.
Church, the body, and the circle of sinners-turned-saints, is where He resides, and if we ask, He is faithful to come.
So even on the hard days at church—
The days when I am at odds with a friend, When I’ve fought with my husband because we’re late once again. When I’ve walked in bearing burdens heavier than my heart can handle, yet masking the pain with a smile on my face. When I’ve worn a scarlet letter, under the microscope. When I’ve longed for a baby to hold, or fought tears as the lyrics were sung. When I’ve walked back in, afraid and broken, after walking away.
I’ll remember, He has never failed to meet me there.
Church is a body, a family, a place to love God and love others through our struggles!
I love MY church!!

Update on Phyllis Giguere - 1/10

Debra Usry sent this message: Phyllis was moved to Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab. Her daughter Barbie said that "the hospice nurse was just here and only God knows the time frame ... but probably within the next 24 to 48 hrs she will be able to dance again. I didn’t even think she would make it from the hospital to the Rehab center."
Barbie wants me there so I am going to pack and leave as soon as I can.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Prayer Request - 1/10

Leslie Keele asked that we pray for Kay McMillian. She recently found out she has cancer and it is in the lymph nodes. They will do a PET scan on the 15th.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Update on Phyllis Giguere 1/9

Debra Usry sent this update on Phyllis Giguere by Barbie her daughter “Wanted to give you an update on mom. She is off the vent and doing ok on the oxygen. But, she is still going into afib, has cirrhosis of the liver, and pneumonia and a lung disease. Unfortunately. We are talking hospice 😭😭 the doctor said with hospice we could possibly have 6 months to a year. “

Thank you all!!!


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Update on Billy Icenhower - 1/8

Billy has done well with the forty eight hour chemo drip. As always thank you for your prayers.
(This update from Mom, Shelia.)

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Weekly Update - 1/6


Thank you Randy for your message this morning "Happy New Year 2019"  a new year brings a time of reflection and resolution.
He also asked us to CLAIM a verse as our own; study it, memorize it, live it!!!

Our Sympathy is extended to the family of John Figgins. 
He passed away last Sunday.  His services were held yesterday at LACOC.

PRAYER REQUESTS:
  • Please keep the Haiti mission team in your prayers this week.
  • Naomi Bassett - She had a fall last week. But in true Naomi style... she's doing just fine!
  • Joel McGee - Had surgery on his thyroid this week. They removed a portion of it. He is doing well.
  • Carl Haggard - Will have surgery on Thursday to have a mass removed.
  • Derald Bulls - Pneumonia
  • Judy Clark - Bronchitis and Type B flu.
  • Kim Hanley - Health
  • Lilla Buchanan - Health
  • Claude Jones - Health
  • Donna McGee began the blocker treatment this past week.  She's ok and at home resting.
  • Hugh and Jean Anthony  - Health
  • Cynthia Norris - Health
  • Pete Taylor - Health
  • Webber Woodall - Health
  • Carol Murphy - Health
  • Jackie Helm - Cancer
  • Vicki Humphrey - Cancer
  • Dorothy Pearce - Health
  • Peggy Dotson - Health
  • Peggy Wright - Colonial Lodge
  • Roy Jones - Heritage House
  • Kristi Anthony - Physical and mental health. 
  • Mac Fulbright - Dealing with cancer issues. (Friend of Derald Bulls.)
  • Randy Daw minister at Creekside CoC in Greenville, had brain tumor surgery this past week and is doing well. 
  • Cindy Housley - Health (She's a friend of mine from Frisco.)
  • Kanyon Philips - Health (Jay and Gay Spencer's grandson)
  • Billy Icenhower - He got a port for chemo this past week and will start a drip for forty eight hours, in the evening after dialysis. If all goes as planned they will do this every two weeks for 6 months.  At this time he has the dialysis catheter, biliary drain, abdomen drain and now the chemo port.  Continues to be in M.D. Anderson/Houston (Ken and Shelia's son)
  • Paul McClain - Is at home and continues rehab at Baylor.
  • Holt Price  - Cancer (son of former member Alden Bowers Price.)
  • The Vanderpools - in Haiti
  • Prayers for our teachers and students as they start back to school this week.
  • Prayers for our military.
  • Prayers for our first responders.

RAINBOW ROOM ITEMS:  Jeans ALL sizes (school age) and soft fleece blankets

PANTRY NEEDS:  Cereal and Spaghetti Sauce

SIMPLE SUPPER:  This weeks' entrée is Chicken Strips.

KEEP THE DATE:
Jan 5-11:  Haiti Mission Trip
Jan 8:  Men's Breakfast
Jan 13:  CDR Summer Registration
Jan 9:  Ladies Bible Class resumes.
Jan 14:  Monday Night Movie "The Shack"
Jan 18-20:  Winterfest Youth Weekend - Jr. High and High School
Jan 28:  Young @ Heart - bring a dish to share and games to play.
Feb 22-23:  Ladies Retreat
Mar 29-31:  Jr. High Retreat at CDR

Love you - MEAN IT!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Update on Billy Icenhower - 1/3

Update on Billy Icenhower:  Billy is getting a port for chemo today and will start a drip for forty eight hours tomorrow evening after dialysis. If all goes as planned they will do this every two weeks for 6 months. 
At this time he has the dialysis catheter, biliary drain, abdomen drain and now the chemo port. 
Prayers are always wanted and appreciated.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year 1/1/19


Prayer Request 1/1

Derald Bulls asked that we add his high school classmate to the prayer list, Mac Fulbright, dealing with cancer issues.