February 2018









The Church is reading the New Testament Books of Luke and John during the month
of February. No special studies, or exams. Just you and the Word on a daily/monthly
basis. February is built around the heart. Everywhere we go we see hearts, cards,
and candies. Slogans: small ones, large ones, big enough to cover outdoor signs.
These are all reminders of the love that our Valentine’s Day represents. (A day
when husbands had better remember their wives. 🙂 Love. I wonder if it is possible that the
world could put aside its differences for one day. A day when everyone loved
one another. A person could feel freedom to walk without the threat of a
border, or that their life would be threatened because of challenging attitudes.

Today, we have divided continents. We have divided nations with great walls separating them. We have racial tensions because of color and attitudes. We have division because we don’t
understand someone else’s speech. Families are divided over trivial matters. Churches divide over the style of music or interpretation of scripture. The list can go on and on.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could forget our grievances for one day? If we did, I believe one day could continue into two, maybe many more days. Divisions are not of God; divisions are of the Devil.
The Devil has managed to spread evil into the entire world. The answer today, to warding off that evil is to open our heart to God and cry out for HIS love and mercy to extinguish the drama
and the hurt of evil that inhibits our thinking and to allow HIS peace to
intervene. Jesus came not to destroy, but to open to each of us a new way of
life. Jesus taught of the God of Love. Jesus came to show grace and mercy.
He lived a life filled with choices. And just like you and I, each day he had to
determine to choose Life. He followed God in his prayer life, and in his
everyday living. We too must do the same. Choose Christ! Choose to live a
life oflove. Valentine’s Day or not, love your family, love your neighbor, love
those you work with …

May God Bless You
Your Pastors,
Rev. Richard and Rosie Deckard


What’s Happening

Sun., Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. Kevin Berry will
minister. Kevin is returning to the
mission field. He has been a part of our
church family for a long time. Please
plan to come visit and listen to what
God is doing in his family’s lives.

Sun., Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m. there will be
a Valentine banquet. It will be a
catered meal so please sign up in the
Church foyer before February 4 so we
will know how much food to order.
Evang. Paul Murray will be the guest
speaker; Curtis Pruett and Vern Bettis
will be providing special music.

Sun., Feb. 25, 15 5 p.m. will be the
meeting of the Church Board, and of




Rita’s Review


For Attractive lips, speak words of
For beautiful eyes, look for the good in
To lose weight, let go of stress, hatred,
anger, discontentment, and the need to
control others;
To improve your ears, listen to the
Word of God;

For poise, walk with knowledge and

To strengthen your arms, hug at least
three people a day;
Touch someone with your love;
To strengthen your heart,
Forgive yourself and others;

For the ultimate in business, casual or
evening attire, put on the robe of
Christ; it fits like a glove but allows
room for growth.

Best of all, it never goes out of style and
is appropriate for any occasion.
Doing these things on a daily basis will
certainly make you a more beautiful




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