Rose Hill Herald
November 1, 2012 –Volume 8 -Issue 11
1. Pastor’s Thoughts
Well, we are entering the Thanksgiving month! I was reflecting on the many blessings that I have to be thankful for. I am thankful that I was born in a Christian family with Christian parents who took me to church every time the doors were open. We were at church twice on Sundays, once on Wednesdays and when revival came, not a Sunday through Wednesday, but two weeks long! We were there. Can you believe it? And when I would tell dad that I had a test to study for or heavy homework, he had the audacity to tell me “bring your books and you can sit on the back row.” He told me,” When there are church services, we will be there!” When the Wizard of Oz came on, I would ask if I could stay home and see it as all of my friends at school watched it. The answer was always, “No we go to church.” (And you guessed it-it was on Sunday nights.) Well, when I finally saw it (they showed it on a weeknight), I discovered I really didn’t miss much after all. I believe that I am in the ministry today because of parents who instilled the importance of being in church and in getting to know God on a personal basis. Dad is now with the Lord and mom is in a nursing home and probably one day soon, she too will be with the Lord and have a brand new body!.
And then I am thankful that I was able to marry a Christian Nazarene girl. We have been married 43 years last June 21st. We have had our ups and downs, but God has seen us through a wonderful adventure. Then we had the privilege to have two wonderful children and now 5 precious grandchildren. We have discovered that God is so wise. Faith once said if she knew it was going to be so good being a grandma, she would have advanced to grandma as quickly as possible.
And thought I certainly wouldn’t be in the top 1000, by any means, for some reason God chose me to be His minister, in spite of who I am and with all the luggage I have from my past. When I think of His Greatness, I can’t help but think, “Isn’t God Good! All the time!” I am thankful to be the pastor at Rose Hill Church of the Nazarene. The people here are a blessed and loving people. We want to introduce as many as we can to Jesus. Right now, I am thinking of the old missionary hymn, “We’ll Work Till Jesus Comes.” That needs to be the motto and by-word of each of us. Jesus Is Coming Soon! How about you? Will you get busy?
2. Something to think about
Thoughts on Malachi: the very last verse.
Turn the hearts of the fathers to the children – and the children to the fathers.
The fathers are the past – the children are the future.
Both are vital – we cannot survive without either.
Today lays the foundation for tomorrow, and tomorrow is the reason for today.
3. Take Time to Smile
Little Tim was in the garden filling in a hole when his neighbor peered over the fence. Interested in what the cheeky-faced youngster was up to, he politely asked, “What are you up to there, Tim?” “My goldfish died,” replied Tim tearfully without looking up, “and I’ve just buried him.” The neighbor was concerned. “That’s an awfully big hole for a goldfish, isn’t it?” Tim patted down the last heap of earth, then replied,”That’s because he’s inside your stupid cat.”
A little guy was sitting in a restaurant eating his meal and minding his own business when all of a sudden a great big man came in and –whack!-knocked him off his chair and said, “That was a karate chop from Korea.” The little guy thought, Ouch; but got back up on his chair and started eating and minding his own business again. Then all of a sudden-whack-the big man knocked him down again and said, “That was a judo chop from Japan.” The little guy had had enough of that, so he left and was gone for about a half hour or so. When he came back-whack-he knocked the big man down from his chair and he was out cold. The little guy looked at the people around him and said, “When he comes to, tell him that was a crowbar from Sears.”
A little boy was smarting after being punished by his father. Shortly afterward he knelt by his bed to say his prayers, which ended with the usual blessings for all the family but one. Then he turned to his father and said, “I suppose you noticed you weren’t in it?”
A young man saw an elderly couple sitting down to lunch at McDonald’s. He noticed that they had ordered one meal and an extra drink cup. As he watched, the gentleman carefully divided the hamburger in half, and then counted out the fries, one for him, one for her, until each had half of them. Then he poured half of the soft drink into the extra cup and set that in front of his wife. The old man then began to eat, and his wife sat watching with her hands folded in her lap. The young man decided to ask if they would allow him to purchase another meal for them so that they didn’t have to split theirs. The old gentleman said, “Oh, no. We’ve been married fifty years, and everything always has been and always will be shared 50/50.” The young man then asked his wife if she was going to eat. She replied, “Not yet. It’s his turn with the teeth.”
The world’s stingiest man went Christmas shopping, but everything he saw was too expensive except for a fifty-dollar vase that was on sale for two dollars because the handle had been broken off. He bought it and had the salesman ship it by mail so that his friend would think he had paid fifty dollars for it and that it had been broken in shipment. A week after Christmas he received a thank you note from his friend. “Thank you for the lovely vase,” the letter read. “It was so nice of you to wrap each piece separately.”
During a flight on a commercial airline, the flight attendant asked a passenger if he would like dinner. The passenger asked, “What are my choices?” The flight attendant answered, “Your choices are ‘yes’ and ‘no.’”
4. Nazarene and related websites
Rose Hill Church of the Nazarene: www.rosehillnazarene.org
South Arkansas District: www.Southarkansas.org
Southern Nazarene University: www.snu.edu\home.asp
Focus on the Family: www.focusonthefamily.com
Church of the Nazarene Headquarters: www.nazarene.org
5. Rose Hill News
On Saturday, Nov. 3rd, don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour in observation of daylight savings time.
Small group, Tribe of Faith, meets on Mondays at 6:30 pm at the parsonage
Sunday morning, November 11th will be our Friend Day at the church. If you have a friend you are planning on inviting, please get the contact information to the pastor and a special letter will be sent to your “friend.”
Men’s prayer breakfast meets on the third Saturday at 8:00 am at the church
Chris Branstetter will be our special speaker on Wednesday night, November 14th at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary. Bring finger foods for a time of fellowship after the service.
(Short church board meeting approximately 8:45 on Wednesday November 14th after time of fellowship with Chris Branstetter)
Gary Jones will be leading the choir in Christmas cantata practice on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm. There will be no practice on Wednesday the 14th and 21st.
As is has been our custom, to allow you to travel to your family or them to come to you, the Wednesday night service on Nov. 21st (Wednesday before Thanksgiving) will be cancelled.
The church office will be closed Nov. 21st through 24th.
Rose Hill November birthdays include: Ron Carter (5th), Sam Gray (13th) Stefania Baldwin (25th).
Rose Hill Anniversaries include: Sam & Sharon Gray and Jim & Nola Moreland (19th)
If we missed or have an incorrect date for your birthday or anniversary, please let us know.
Please note that on Wednesday nights when choir is practicing, the teen room is open for prayer from 6-7:00pm
If you have a prospect for the 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