SAN ANTONIO –Victoria Payne and Toni Tillman will be facilitating a Single and Parenting class on Wednesday nights at the Northwest church of Christ. While the seminar began on Sept. 18, Coordinator and Elder Chuck Morris says that all are welcome to start attending at any time during the seminar. The classes run through Dec. 18.
Said Morris, “All single parents, both women and men, are welcome, as are grandparents who are raising grandkids or lending the occasional hand. The companion book will be available when they first attend. Few things are as challenging as raising kids on your own. We hope to provide community and information to help.”
Childcare and classes for pupils of all ages are provided. Supper is served in the fellowship hall from 5:30 to 6:30 each Wednesday, followed by the video lesson and discussion from 6:30 – 8 p.m. The cost for the meal is covered by the church.
SAN ANTONIO — The first Women’s Bible Study of the year at the Church of Christ Student Center “was such a blessing,” said Martha Espinoza. Director Mark Forster’s new assistant continued: “We had a group of eight lovely ladies from various backgrounds with one thing in common–they were all eager to learn more about the Lord.”
Martha is teaching the Gospel of Mark, which has led to times of encouraging fellowship as well as study. The class members look forward to each session.
The center is located across from San Antonio College on Dewey Street. For more information, call the office at 210-736-6750.
Sarah (Sally) Simmons May, age 88, passed away September 11 this year. Sally was born in Hope, Ark., to Alden Furman and Minnie Lou Card Simmons. Sally met Lawrence May in Hope, and they married in 1947. She and Lawrence eventually became charter members of the San Antonio Northside Church of Christ, going all the way back to 1977.
Sally was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 71 years and by her loving 11 brothers and sisters. She is survived by daughter, Glenda Eades (Tom); son, Larry May (Thana); daughter, Sherri Calle (Jim); grandchildren, Brandon May (Kimberly), Amber Warrington (Stephen), Lauren Trampe (Brian); great grandchildren, Payton, Taylor, Tatum, Hunter, and Grace; as well as by many nieces and nephews, who loved her deeply. A special expression of gratitude is extended to Alma Lopez and family, who cared for Sally with the greatest love and compassion during her last days.
She was also a woman of many talents and accomplishments. At one point during her husband Lawrence’s military career, she served as President of the local NCO Club. (more…)
DRIFTWOOD – As autumn brings fresh, cool air to the Texas Hill Country, it also calls all music lovers to the area-wide singing known as “Hymns in the Hill Country.” The Buda-Kyle congregation is hosting the gathering for the sixth time on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m., at Camp Ben McCulloch.
The desire to bring area congregations together in praise and worship to God gave rise to this annual assembly. “It is so wonderful to come together as the body of Christ in an area-wide event such as this” said Bobby Burris, Buda-Kyle minister. So far, the event has drawn several hundred Saints each year to sing for an afternoon of making the melody in their hearts ring throughout the hills in praise and adoration toward God. (more…)
SAN ANTONIO — A few years ago Tammy Go, a member of the Northwest Church of Christ here, learned about the millions of people who do not have access to clean water. Too many children die before age five due to illnesses related to contaminated water. That sad fact got Tammy’s attention. She was invited to walk/run a marathon to help address this problem, and she said, “Yes!”
That was the beginning in 2016. This year, Tammy, captain for Team Northwest, says, “Join me in running and/or walking a half or full marathon!” Area runners will begin training on Nov. 4 to participate in the Alamo Full + Half Marathon on March 8, 2020. Details and registration to join Team Northwest can be found at teamworldvision.org/alamo2020.
Said Tammy, “Group walk/runs will be held every Saturday morning. This event is for all ages and abilities. We need walkers, runners and cheerleaders! Last year our youngest was 12 years old, our oldest in his 60’s!”
Since 2016, Tammy has participated in half marathons, full marathons, relay races and leadership conferences, all the while developing a deeper understanding about this program. She also began sponsoring a child.
In addition, Tammy made the journey with a World Vision International group to see the results first-hand. The interdenominational service organization works with emerging countries whose leaders operate in good faith with them to provide humanitarian and developmental aid at the local level. (more…)
by Marsha Dowell
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31); this is one of my favorite verses.
I like the picture it paints – a lone eagle, wings outspread, gliding over the earth. It seems to me it would be peaceful up there. Is the eagle able to accomplish this due to his power and strength? No. He rises because of the wind beneath his wings. All he has to do is spread his wings, take the leap into the air, and the wind takes care of the rest. The eagle is doing what he is meant to be doing. (more…)
by Paul McQuien
Several weeks ago our Sunday morning class teacher related an anecdote in which he had preached a sermon in his younger years on the validity of anger in the Bible. As soon as he finished the sermon, an elder stepped into the pulpit and publicly chastised him by insisting that anger is condemned in Scripture. The elder’s action was probably well-intentioned but inappropriate by embarrassing the speaker before the congregation instead of approaching him privately. But which one made the right call on anger, the elder or the teacher?
Unquestionably, anger is treated negatively in some New Testament contexts. Probably the most familiar passage is Ephesians 4:26, which reads, “In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry” (NIV). While this passage doesn’t condemn anger unconditionally, it does have negative implications. (more…)
CORPUS CHRISTI — Enthusiasm is building over a weekend getaway to Camp Bandina for the upcoming Recharge Youth Conference. Hosted by the Weber Road congregation here on Oct. 18-20, the outreach is based on “My Lord and My God” from John 20:27-29.
Said Youth Minister Kenneth Pinckley, “I am so excited about our youth rally! This event will benefit all those who attend and ‘recharge’ our students’ spiritual lives. The goal is to stoke the fire inside of them to spread the news of Jesus.” (more…)
SCHERTZ — The Lord’s great hand at work in the lives of His people will be in the spotlight at the 16th Annual Schertz Lectures this year. From Sunday to Wednesday, Nov. 10-13, speakers who come from Texas to Tennessee will showcase His works as seen in Genesis.
Said Schertz church of Christ Lectureship Director, Michael Ratcliff, “The lessons promise several days of in-depth study of one of the most interesting and important books of God’s word.” (more…)
SAN ANTONIO – “The glory that You have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as We are one, I in them and You in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that You sent me and loved them even as You loved me” (John 17:22-23). Students who participate in the Northern Oaks church of Christ’s Enhanced Bible Studies this fall will dwell on Jesus’ divine and inspiring nature as revealed in this verse and others. The group will continue studying John’s gospel together each Thursday, finishing Chapters 11-21 in the ten-week term. (more…)
LUBBOCK — Tim Burow will assume the responsibilities of President of Sunset International Bible Institute at the Opening Chapel. The 2019-2020 School Term events begin on Aug. 12 at 8:30 a.m.
Said Visual Communications Director, Jeff Rader, “Tim’s love for Sunset and his commitment to establishing the school as an instrument of the Kingdom of God ensure that Sunset International Bible Institute will continue to bring glory to God.
“We hope you will be with us or join us in prayer for this time of transition and God’s blessing on Tim Burow as he takes on this new responsibility in God’s kingdom.” (more…)
SAN ANTONIO – The Northside congregation has extended a warm welcome to new Youth Minister, Jenni Jones. Jenni grew up in the church and attended youth group activities at New Hope Church of Christ in Edmond, Okla., where her family members still go.
Of this turn in her life, Jenni muses: “I had never aspired to be a youth minister – it was simply something I developed a giant passion for as I went through college. Middle and high school students are my favorites to interact with.” (more…)
By Ann Drew
SAN ANTONIO — The West Bexar County Church of Christ staged the brethren’s first ever Vacation Bible School on Sunday, Aug. 11. It was a one-afternoon affair that was packed with Bible lessons and activities.
The kids enacted the story of Noah’s ark, learning lessons about the importance of children now and also in Bible times. Each lesson featured scriptures and crafts. Glenda Kirtland of the church coordinated the water cannons that simulated the rain once the door closed on the ark.
The students learned lessons from the activities that boys and girls did in Bible times. An adult class was held for those who were not helping with the children. (more…)