August 1, 2012 – Volume 8 – Issue 8
1. Pastor’s Thoughts
As I begin this month’s newsletter, I am amazed at how quickly the summer is progressing. Many of you had said we would have a hot one, and we certainly have, haven’t we? It is amazing the many thoughts that are going through my mind at this moment (and you didn’t think that ever happened to pastors, did you)? I was thinking of the approach of fall and cooler temperatures and then winter, wondering if we would have a bad one with some of those terrible ice storms we have had, and then thought, “What if all of these prophecy guys are right and Dec. 21, 2012 is the beginning of the Tribulation? I believe you know that I am a strong believer in the Pre-tribulation Rapture, and if I am correct in that belief that means that we could be RAPTURED and all go home to be with our Heavenly Father before that date! Wouldn’t that be great? However, if I am wrong on my view of the Rapture, we still need to live the best Christian lives we can! If we go through a part of the Tribulation there are millions who are going to need to see Jesus through us! There’s a story I have shared with many of you about the angel Gabriel talking to Jesus after He ascended to heaven. Gabriel asked Jesus what was His plan to redeem mankind and bring about their salvation. Jesus said, “I have left it with 11 men to turn the world upside down.” Gabriel said, “Yes, I know about them: Peter, the leader, denied even knowing you three times; James and John caused a big fuss putting their mother up to having them sit next to you on your throne; there was the treasurer of your group, whom you chose I might add, who sold you for 30 pieces of silver. And then Philip found Nathaniel to come and follow you and he said, “Can anything “good” come out of Nazareth?’” “So, what’s your real plan on saving humanity?” And Jesus said, “They are.” Before He ascended to heaven he told them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matt. 28:18-20).
So that is His plan for the redemption of humanity. The Great Commission has been handed down through the ages to we who call ourselves “Christians.” Sad to say, some of us treat it like it were the Great Suggestion! But it is a commandment. You and I are His plan to redeem the world! What an awesome job we have. Who do you know that needs Jesus? Who do you know that doesn’t attend church? As the old missionary song goes, “We’ll work till Jesus comes, we’ll work! Who’s the first one you can tell about Jesus?
2. Something to think about
Before you speak, think:
Is it necessary?
Is it true?
Is it kind?
Will it hurt anyone?
Will it improve on the silence?
Sai Baba — Submitted by Lauren Covington
3. Take time for a smile
Our church was saddened to learn this week of the death of one of our most valued members, Someone Else.
Someone’s passing creates a vacancy that will be difficult to fill. Else has been with us for many years and for every one of those years, Someone did far more than a normal person’s share of the work. Whenever there was a job to do, a class to teach, or a meeting to attend, one name was on everyone’s list, “Let Someone Else do it.” Whenever leadership was mentioned, this wonderful person was looked to for inspiration as well as results; “Someone Else can work with that group.”
It was common knowledge that Someone Else was among the most liberal givers in our church. Whenever there was a financial need, everyone just assumed Someone Else would make up the difference.
Someone Else was a wonderful person; sometimes appearing superhuman. Were the truth known, everybody expected too much of Someone Else. Now Someone Else is gone! We wonder what we are going to do.
Someone Else left a wonderful example to follow, but who is going to follow it? Who is going to do the things Someone Else did?
When you are asked to help this year, remember — we can’t depend on Someone Else anymore.
There will be a meeting of the Board immediately after the service,” announced the pastor. After the close of the service, the Church Board gathered at the back of the auditorium for the announced meeting; but there was a stranger in their midst — a visitor who had never attended their church before.
“My friend,” said the pastor, “Didn’t you understand that this is a meeting of the Board?” “Yes,” said the visitor, “and after today’s sermon, I suppose I’m just about as bored as anyone else who came to this meeting.”
Mildred, the church gossip and self-appointed arbiter of the church’s morals, kept sticking her nose in the other members’ private lives. Church members were unappreciative of her activities, but feared her enough to maintain their silence. She made a mistake, however, when she accused George, a new member, of being an alcoholic after she saw his pickup truck parked in front of the town’s only bar one afternoon.
She commented to George and others that everyone seeing it there would know what he was doing.
George, a man of few words, stared at her for a moment and just talked away. He didn’t explain, defend, or deny; he said nothing.
Later that evening, George quietly parked his pickup in front of Mildred’s house… and left it there all night
One Sunday a pastor told his congregation that the church needed some extra money and asked the people to prayerfully consider giving a little extra in the offering plate. He said that whoever gave the most would be able to pick out three hymns.
After the offering plates were passed, the pastor glanced down and noticed that someone had placed a $1,000 bill in offering. He was so excited that he immediately shared his joy with his congregation and said he’d like to personally thank the person who placed the money in the plate.
And there sat our Rosie all the way in the back who shyly raised her hand. The pastor asked her to come to the front. Slowly she made her way to the pastor. He told her how wonderful it was that she gave so much and in thanksgiving asked her to pick out three hymns.
Her eyes brightened as she looked over the congregation, pointed to the three most handsome men in the building and said, “I’ll take him and him and him!”
Two men, Robert and James, applied for an engineering position. Both applicants having the same qualifications were asked to take a test by the department manager. Upon completion of the exam both men only missed one of the questions. The manager went to Robert and said, “Thank you for your interest, but we’ve decided to give James the job.”
Robert replied, “Why? We both correctly answered nine questions. I believe I should get this job, especially since I’ve grown up in this town and James just moved here.”
The manager said, “We made our decision not on the correct answers, but on the question you missed.”
“How could one incorrect answer be better than the other?” asked Robert. “Simple,” said the manager. “James put down on question #5, ‘I don’t know’, and you put down, ‘Neither do I.'”
One afternoon, this guy drives down a highway to visit a nearby lake and relax. On his way to the lake, a guy dressed from head to toe in red standing on the side of the highway gestures for him to stop.
The guy rolls down the window and says, “How can I help you?”
“I am the red jerk of the highway. You got something to eat?”
With a smile on his face, the guy hands a sandwich to the guy in red and drives away. Not even five minutes later, he comes across another guy. This guy is dressed fully in yellow, standing on the side of the road and waving for him to stop.
A bit irritated, our guy stops, cranks down the window, and says, “What can I do for you?”
“I am the yellow jerk of the highway. You got something to drink?”
Hardly managing to smile this time, he hands the guy a can of Coke and stomps on the pedal and takes off again. In order to make it to the lakeside before sunset, he decides to go faster and not to stop no matter what.
To his frustration, he sees another guy on the side of the road, this one dressed in blue and signaling for him to stop. Reluctantly, our guy decides to stop one last time. He rolls down his window, and yells, “Let me guess. You’re the blue jerk of the highway, and just what the heck do you wanna have?”
“Driver’s license and registration, please.”
4. Nazarene and related websites
Rose Hill Church of the Nazarene: www.rosehillnazarene.org
Southern Nazarene University: www.snu.edu\home.asp
Church of the Nazarene headquarters: www.nazarene.org
Holiness Today: http://www.ncnnews.com/nphweb/html/ht/index.jsp
5. Rose Hill News
We were so excited at our Faith Promise pledges on July 15th. You surpassed our goal by $4,000; pledging a little over $14,000 for world missions. Rose Hill has always been a mission minded church. Thank you for your willingness to support missions across the world.
Lighthouse Class has scheduled an ice cream social at the church from 3-5pm on August 11th
Please plan on joining us at the church on Saturday, August 24th at 6:30pm for our second annual “Rose Hill’s Got Talent”
Men’s prayer breakfast is scheduled on the third Saturday of the month at 8am at the church.
Rose Hill August birthdays include: Sharon Gray (4th), Mark Melson (5th), Greg Hayes (10th), Jeanette Jones (15th), Don Skillern (16th), and Jesse May Armbruster (23rd). No scheduled anniversaries for August.
Please let us know if we missed your birthday or anniversary or if we have an incorrect date.
If you have a prospect for our church, please get the contact information to the pastor for follow up.
Thanks for reading the Rose Hill Herald.
Pastor Steve Comeans
Rose Hill Church of the Nazarene
11001 Kanis Road
Little Rock, AR 72211