Many others worked hard to make the school a success, some came from other churches. Many members donated food and supplies. God bless them all for their endeavors.
During the church service Sunday, a power point program was shown of the bible school activities. It was set to the music and songs the children learned. It was important the congregation see and hear what the school was about.
Pastor Ken gave appreciation certificates to everyone who worked for the Bible school after the power point program.
“Happy Birthday” was sung to our July birthday members and “Happy Anniversary” sung also. Those who have celebrated a birthday are Jennifer Miller, Erika Rowe, Conner Moore, and Jack Parks. Judy Beckham will celebrate on 7-20, Eddie Raley on 7-21 and Deborah Hammonds on 7-29.
Pat and Lisa Leatherwood enjoyed their anniversary on 7-5 and Mike and Mary Haley married on 7-21.
Pastor Ken asked our church to pray for Mickey Belew who is seriously ill. Keep Butch and Carolyn Belew in your prayers also.
Norma Westmoreland and Kim Burks were added to our prayer list.
Mary Haley thanked all those who donated to the Food Pantry and said to keep giving because there is great need.
Encourage folks having a difficult time fixing meals to attend the Community Table. Our church received a wonderful thank you card from a couple who enjoyed their meal here. The next Community Table meal is on Wednesday, 7-30 from 5:30 till 7:30 p.m.
Our scripture lesson was from Matthew 13: 1-9 and 18-23. In these verses Jesus tells a parable about a farmer scattering seed, then Jesus explains the deeper meaning of the story.
Jesus spoke in parables and this scripture compares the Kingdom of God to a sower spreading seeds. Some of it falls on hard ground and is unable to take root. Some falls on shallow ground and initially sprouts but it withers without deep roots. But some seed fall on good earth and comes to fruition and produces a harvest.
The lesson Jesus says is the sower is God, the seed is the Kingdom, and the various kinds of soil represents you and me. This story really concerns the different types of soil. Or the response of the people to the Kingdom.
What is the state of our hearts when the seeds are sown with us?
The first is the hardness of heart. Jesus talked about soil that become packed down under the feet of men. These people hear the gospel every Sunday, they just don’t let their religion get in the way of how they want to live. The seed never really penetrates the soil of their heart.
Secondly there is a distracted heart. Jesus explained the seed that fell in thick briar patches. Briar patches are worry and wealth, either can distract the heart.
The defeated heart is next, it is rocky ground. Those folks are quick starters who fade away. They are those who seek Christ’s gift but resent the cost.
Finally comes the hopeful and joyous heart. This can produce fruit a hundredfold. This is meant to be the people who hears the word of God, considers it in their mind, and act accordingly. Thank God; for these people are the hope of the world.