2017 Sept

The abundant life by Marsha Dowell

In John 10:10, Jesus says: “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” What do you think Jesus meant by this statement?  Physical abundance?  Spiritual abundance?

When you study the church of the first century and how rapidly it grew, and then look at the advantages we have today with communications and media, we are made to wonder just why Christianity is not growing as fast as it should.  Perhaps the difficulty lies in the life which most Christians live. (more…)

Our Departed

Joe Shaver, who served for many years as the board treasurer of Christian News of South Texas, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 6.  According to his son, Neal, Joe’s passing was peaceful. Funeral services were held at the Northside Church of Christ on Saturday, followed a few days later by a private burial at Fort Sam Houston. (more…)

Mushonga, music and harmony at Songfest

SAN ANTONIO – Brethren from across the region will gather to remember the Lord in musical, brotherly, and sisterly harmony beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23. Many will share a home-style meal and then go into the Northside Church of Christ auditorium for the 13th Annual Evening of Spiritual Harmony.

Lynette Kennedy, Coordinator of the San Antonio/Austin Southwestern Christian College Committee, says, “We encourage you to come out and enjoy a spirit-filled evening as we strive to raise the bar on our level of support for SwCC and its students.”

Shane Mushonga, director of admissions for the college and minister at Faith Pointe Church of Christ in Fort Worth, will provide an update on campus developments.  He will also will be the guest speaker on Sunday, Sept. 24, for Northside’s 8:30 and 11:15 a.m. assemblies. Between the two services, young men from the college and from the Northside and the Dellcrest congregations will lead a mid-assembly songfest.

The menu of comfort food on Saturday includes one choice of meat (angus roast beef, glazed ham, or oven-roasted chicken), green beans, and a choice of two additional sides (macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, or sweet potatoes), a roll, and iced tea.   Prepaid tickets for the meal are required. The cost is $12 for ages 13-adult and $7 for children 12 years old and under.  Please make all checks payable to SwCC Fund.  This meal will be available in the upstairs fellowship area and will conclude at 5 p.m.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m. the SwCC Choral Ensemble will kick off the songfest. Joining them in concert will be some enjoyable groups from the past—Sterling, the Hour of Truth Chorus (from Austin), and Poured Out.

New to the line-up this year are the Central Texas Mass Chorus and The Johnson Family of Valdosta, Ga. The three older children in the Johnson Family were recently seen on TV’s Steve Harvey’s “Little Big Shots.”

Although there is no admission charge for the concert, donations will be accepted and are tax deductible as the funds benefit SwCC and its students in the areas of academic support and improvement to student housing.  Immediately after the concert, cookies and lemonade will be served in the downstairs fellowship area.

Northside meets at 19818 U.S. Hwy 281N. For more information about the weekend or to purchase meal tickets, please contact Lynette Kennedy at 210-313-1457, Laura McKnight at 210-337-2044, or David Allen, pulpit minister of the Northside Church of Christ, at 210-494-1907.

A New Totality Perspective by Chyrece Campbell

SAN ANTONIO — Early Friday morning on Aug. 18, my husband, Greg, packed the car, made sure that our seven children were buckled up and that our dog was seated in his spot. After triple checking that we had everything and making several trips back home after starting down the road, we finally headed out for Sikeston, Mo., without turning back around 6 pm. That is how the trip started.

Despite the fact that there is a solar eclipse every 18 months somewhere on earth, most people on the planet do not experience it personally. We had decided to make the journey because it may be a once in lifetime event. Several of our San Antonio friends also traveled to various locations to see it, while others viewed it here. (more…)

Nelson backpacks Pacific Crest Trail by Dick Porter

SAN ANTONIO — A typical high school graduate, Noel Nelson knew exactly what he wanted to do: take a few months off before starting college and tackle a challenge before he started college.

What better way than backpack 2,659 miles from the Mexican border to Canada along the daunting Pacific Crest Trail, spanning both Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges and all that grueling trek provides: rattlesnakes, desert heat, mountain lions, bear encounters and deep snow. That’s right: snow… in the middle of summer, no less. (more…)

Baltic family camp trip 2017, by Judy Bittick

SAN ANTONIO –“Our God is Mighty to Save” was the theme of this year’s Baltic Family Camp held in Lithuania at the end of July. Attendees came from Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, India, and the former East Germany.  Northside Church of Christ members Judy Bittick and Dana Grubb, and Melanie Griffin from California, were invited back this year to teach the women’s classes. (more…)

Guest editorial He’s Still Taking Care by Drew Fryar

Brethren, my son Ender is cute as a button.  He’s had my heart ever since he got yanked into the world. And he likes me too.  He always has big smiles for me.  He gives really nice dry burps faster to me than to anyone else.  He likes our ceiling fan more than me but I’m no chopped liver, according to him.

Ender and I spend a lot of time together.  His mom works part-time and I’m home for the summer since I’m a schoolteacher; so there are five hours a day that I get to play Mr. Mom.  We really like our time together. (more…)

Review by Paul McQuien of Book: Trained Up, by Melissa Urtiaga

Local author Melissa Urtiaga has recently published a clever and charming children’s book titled “Trained Up: A Book about Trusting in God” (2017, Franklin Scribes Publishers). Appealing illustrations by Katie Paul, an Abilene Christian University alumna, accompany the text.

“Trained Up” takes its inspiration from a pun found in one version of a familiar passage, Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” (ESV). The pun works because the main character, Johnny, is a literal “train,” a locomotive whose mother has taught him to trust in God through the process of growing up.  The narrative could thus be considered a Christian version of “The Little Engine That Could.”  (more…)