August 1, 2011 – Volume 6, Issue 8
1. Pastor’s Thoughts
It is so mind boggling to realize how quickly time is passing by. Here it is August! It was just June the other day, wasn’t it? As a child I always looked forward to going to visit my aunts and uncles. We rarely took “vacations.” Reflecting back, I believe that I would rather spend “vacation” with family members than to vacation as most folks do today. Being with family was so enjoyable then. I remember once when I was 5 or 6 years old playing on the floor with my cars and dad came into the room and said his sister and her husband and my 4 cousins were coming to see us and would be there 3 days. I was so excited I jumped on my mom’s lap (who was crocheting) and the force of my jump caused her needle to go right into my leg. After the crying and drama was over, my dad looked at me and said, “Well, son you certainly got the point tonight!” (And of course, I failed to see the humor in it). But whether I was going to family’s home or they were coming to my home, it was so good to be with my family. Sad to say for most of us, that closeness we used to have with “family” is not there. I have cousins that I have not seen in over 30 years. Last September my dad went home to see his heavenly family. What a celebration he must be having. My dad was a jokester. He wasn’t happy if he didn’t have something going on or was teasing someone. At his funeral I met some of his cousins that I have never met before. It was good to be with family. I often wonder why it is that for many families, they only seem to meet together for funerals or tragedies. With the advent of Facebook, I have been able to hook up with a lot of family. I still enjoy sending them an email to find out how they are doing. Do you have some family that you haven’t seen or talked to in a long while? I want to encourage you to re-connect with them. Through Facebook, I have communicated with family in Texas, Florida, Michigan and Ohio that I didn’t know I had.
In the three churches that I have pastored I have had members say, “I am closer to my church family than my blood family.” I want to encourage you to re-connect with your church family. Invite a family over for a cookout or just get together and spend some quality time. And most importantly, make sure that you are ready to take that “Big Vacation” where you get to go see your heavenly family!
2. Something to think about
“If you’re feeling down, sad or blue go outside and look up. The fresh air, sunlight and blue sky work better than medicine and you’ll feel better in no time.” — Scott Andrews
3. Take time to smile
(Check these 3 websites out for a big laugh)
There were three fathers to be in a hospital waiting room, waiting for their babies to be born.
The first nurse comes out and tells the first father, “Congratulations you’re the father of twins!” He says, “Great! I am the manager for the Minnesota Twins.”
The second nurse comes out and tells the second father, “Congratulations you’re the father of triplets”! He says, “That’s cool! I work for 3M.”
The third father opens the window and jumps out.
The third nurse comes out, and asks, “Where’s the third father?”
One of the other fathers said, “Oh he jumped out the window.”
The nurse asks, “Why?” “Oh, he works for 7-Up!”
Who said children are getting dumber every year. Check out the wisecracks below and judge for yourselves…
TEACHER: How old were you on your last birthday?
TEACHER: How old will you be on your next birthday?
TEACHER: That’s impossible.
CHARLOTTE: No, it isn’t, Teacher. I’m eight today.
TEACHER: George, go to the map and find North America.
GEORGE: Here it is!
TEACHER: Correct. Now, class, who discovered America?
TEACHER: Willy, name one important thing we have today
that we didn’t have ten years ago.
TEACHER: Tommy, why do you always get so dirty?
TOMMY: Well, I’m a lot closer to the ground then you are.
TEACHER: Why are you late?
WEBSTER: Because of the sign.
TEACHER: What sign?
WEBSTER: The one that says, “School Ahead, Go Slow.”
SYLVIA: Dad, can you write in the dark?
FATHER: I think so. What do you want me to write?
SYLVIA: Your name on this report card.
TEACHER: In this box, I have a 10-foot snake.
SAMMY: You can’t fool me, Teacher… snakes don’t have feet.
TEACHER: How can you prevent diseases caused by biting insects?
JOSE: Don’t bite any.
TEACHER: Ellen, give me a sentence starting with “I”. ELLEN: I is…
TEACHER: No, Ellen. Always say, “I am.”
ELLEN: All right… “I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.”
MOTHER: Why on earth did you swallow the money I gave you?
JUNIOR: You said it was my lunch money.
TEACHER: If I had seven oranges in one hand and eight oranges in the other, what would I have?
CLASS COMEDIAN: Big hands!
4. Nazarene and related websites
Rose Hill Church of the Nazarene: www.rosehillnazarene.org
South Arkansas District: www.Southarkansasnazarene.org
Nazarene Headquarters: www.nazarene.org
Southern Nazarene Univ: www.snu.edu/home.asp
Bible Gateway: www.biblegateway.com
Focus on the Family: www.focusonthefamily.com
5. Rose Hill News
July was a good month. We started out by having a wonderful concert by the Hallelujah Harmony Quartet followed by a “fantabulous” potluck lunch! Then on the 10th we had our Faith Promise campaign with a set goal of $13,000. Though our attendance was down, the wonderful folks of Rose Hill pledged over $14,000 for the World Evangelism Fund. Friday, the 15th, was Family Fun Night in the education unit. There was lots of good food, fun and fellowship. If you missed it…you missed it! Then on the 17th we celebrated all that the Lord has done for us by a wonderful family communion. (Laurie has a video of the communion on our website – www.rosehillnazarene.org, check it out).
August is also a busy month. Ladies Bible Study is scheduled for each Tuesday at 10:00 AM. There will not be a study on August 2.
The men meet at the church on the third Saturday of the month at 8:00 A.M. for Prayer Breakfast.
Prime Timer’s meet on the first and third Thursdays at noon for a time of fellowship and a good old fashioned potluck lunch.
The tribe of faith small group will not meet on Monday, August 1st, but will resume on the 8th.
The Sunday School is sponsoring “Rose Hill Has Talent” on Friday, August 26th at 7:00 P.M. at the church. If you have some talent you want to display be sure and sign up. See Belinda for details.
The Sunday School Board will meet on Wednesday, August 17th at 6:00 P.M.
Rose Hill birthdays for August include: Sharon Gray (4th), Greg Hayes (10th), Don Skillern (16th), Jessie May Armbruster (23rd), Andrew Jordan (27th) and Amy Marshall (30th).
If we missed your birthday or anniversary, or have listed an incorrect date, please let us know so that we can correct it.
Be sure and look at our church website. Laurie is making some wonderful changes: www.rosehillnazarene.org
Who do you know that is not attending a local church? Why not invite them to Rose Hill. We believe “Our church can become their home.” Get the contact information to the Pastor and he will contact them.
We are always looking for noteworthy items for the Rose Hill Herald. If you have any suggestions, articles or links you would like to submit, please do so.
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19)
Thanks for reading the Rose Hill Herald. I trust it has been a blessing.
Pastor Steve Comeans
Rose Hill Church of the Nazarene
11001 Kanis Road
Little Rock, AR 72211