Upcoming Events

Fiesty? There’s a camp for you!

BROWNWOOD – Got brio? Do your grandchildren describe you as cheeky? This cry’s for you: “Courageous!” It sounds out across South Texas for all 55-years-and-over senior saints, sassy and otherwise. They are called to hurry and sign up for the 39th Annual Golden Agers Camp planned at the Bandina Christian Youth campus for the week of Sept. 12-16.
“Courageous,” as in gutsy and spirited, is the theme for the lessons this year. The cost is $110 per brave camper and $215 for two when the daring and bold come as a married couple.
The plucky Jerry Biehl of the Austin Ave. church of Christ in Brownwood and the dauntless elder, Lytle Archie of Corpus Christi’s Arlington Heights congregation, are serving as the co-directors for this session. They recommend registering as soon as possible because spaces fill up.
Registration forms are sent to former campers. First-timers may ask Biehl for them by email at sjbiehl46@yahoo.com or by phone at 903-388-7483.
Courageous? Or do you want to be? Spirited? Not like the Peter who denied Jesus during His trials. More like the Simon Peter who learned from the risen Christ that, “Another will carry you where you do not want to go,” (John 21:18). This courageous Simon Peter writes: “For this is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does” (I Pet. 4:6 ESV). Sign up.

GMC equips church for missions

CEDAR PARK — Do you want to take the Good News of Jesus to a lost world? Join like-minded Christians at the 2019 Global Missions Conference (GMC) in Austin on Oct. 10-12.
The GMC is a gathering of churches of Christ to advance domestic and global evangelism. “For many,” said John Reese, president of World Bible School, “GMC conferences have been life-changers and direction-setters.” John has been a key planner of the GMC since the first in 2005. “Our prayer is that this GMC clarifies your vision, strengthens your resolve and opens new doors for you for global outreach.”

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John Reese of World Bible School, encourages GMC attendees.

Typically conducted every three years, the GMC provides opportunities for fellow Christians to worship, pray, plan, network and coordinate for effective mission work. This year’s theme is “Deep and Wide—Exploring Missions Dimensions.” “Wide” refers to the global scope of the Great Commission. “Deep” refers to making disciples who mature into all of Christ’s will.
Pursuing this theme, expert, respected presenters will encourage, equip and motivate participants to effectively spread the Gospel in an ever-changing world. Some one hundred tracks include Reaching New Generations, Missions in the U.S., Missionary Care, Social Media/Digital Outreach, Leadership in Missions and many others.
Christians share the prayer that “God may open to us a door for the word” (Col. 4:3). WBS’s Reese adds: “That door may be in the next house over, or in the next state, or in the next country. May God lift your vision, strengthen your resolve and lead you into all that He plans for you in the high adventure called the Great Commission!”
Both individuals and church groups are encouraged to attend this year’s conference. Child care and classes for children will be provided.
GMC 2019 is organized by WBS, and hosted by Brentwood Oaks church of Christ and Brentwood Christian School. Register at http://www.gmc2019.org.

GMC-Flags

Flags from around the world show how far the work has gone.

15 Years Strong: An Evening of Spiritual Harmony

SAN ANTONIO — Come and join us for our 15th anniversary of “An Evening of Spiritual Harmony.” The songfest will take place at the Northside Church of Christ, 19818 US Hwy 281N, on Saturday, Sept. 28, 5:30 p.m. dri-dinner-save-date.jpg
Spiritual melodies and uplifting singing will ring out as Sterling, Dawn, the Hour of Truth Chorus, Hims of Praise, and Northside take the stage. Also harmonizing throughout the evening will be the Southwestern Christian College Summer Tour 2019, students who currently attend the college in Terrell.
New to the songfest will be the stirring voices of The Company, from Ft. Worth. As an additional treat, Sterling and Dawn will blend together for a special selection in our 15th year celebration. Also, the voice of Sahriah Rogers, an eleven year-old songstress from the Eastside Church of Christ in Austin, will touch our hearts.
There is no admission charge for the concert. Donations will be accepted and are tax deductible as they provide SwCC scholarship opportunities for San Antonio/Austin area high school students, as well as financial assistance with improvements to student housing.
Prior to the concert, a Fellowship Meal will be available from 4 to 5 p.m. For more information, call Kennedy at 210-313-1457 or the church office at 210-494-1907.

2019 Coastal Bend Summer Youth Series to end with a bang

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Coastal Bend Summer Youth Series convenes for the last time this year with student worship leaders, a cookout, snacks and a game. The Weber Road church members will fire up the grill here on Saturday, Aug. 10.
Said Youth Minister Kenneth Pinckley: “Our SYS is the last one of the year. This is the last BIG event of the summer for many of our teens. We want to end with a BANG!”
Ryan Stark of the youth group will preach a message from James. Other students will lead the prayer and singing, and help family program coordinator, Stephen Charlebois run the game.
Parents and sponsors will grill burgers and hot dogs and serve chips, salad, soft drinks and desserts. Set-up helpers, servers, and the cleaning crew will take care of the rest.
Then it’s back to school.

Come to VBS!

SAN ANTONIO – The San Pedro church of Christ Vacation Bible School here will bring lessons on “Marooned: Steady Faith in Shifting Sands” on Aug. 4-7. Join in and bring a friend!VBS-Marooned
For more info, call the church office at 210-822-3305.
The West Bexar County Church of Christ members are holding a special VBS on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 11, from 1:30 – 5 p.m. Classes will be held at BigZ Burger Joint, 10106 TX 151, in the 78251 Zip code here.
“Children in Biblical Times” is the theme. Said Glenda Kirtland, “We will have classes for all ages from young to not so young. The crafts will open our minds as to what our responsibilities are as grandparents, parents, older sibling right down to toddlers.
“We invite all to come and learn what it was like for children in biblical times and see how that applies to today.”

CALENDAR

July 10 – Midweek Preaching continues

July 11– Summer Youth Series gatherings continue

July 10-13 – San Antonio Work camp

August 2-4 Discipleship University, Dripping Springs

August 10 – Ladies Day, Adams St. church, Beeville

September 21 – Ladies Day, San Pedro church, San Antonio (See ad)

September 28 – 15th Annual Evening of Spiritual Harmony, Northside, San Antonio

Save the Date

October 18-20 – Recharge Youth Conference hosted by Weber Road, Camp Bandina

November 9 – Bible Bowl on Mark’s gospel, Weber Road

Major lessons on Ladies Day

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Jasmine Norman

BEEVILLE – The church here will host a day of edification for women on Saturday, Aug. 10, with “Major Lessons from Minor Characters.” McKenna Miller and Jasmine Norman from the Southwest School of Bible Studies in Austin will serve as resource speakers.
Registration runs from 9-9:30 a.m. and lunch will be provided. Please rsvp by calling the church at 361-358-4428.

Millers heading to Pleasanton

Clockwise from left, Alina in her mom, Ann’s lap, Robert, Avery, and Alex Miller.

PLEASANTON — The elders here recently announced that Robert Miller of the Cibolo area will begin serving as minister beginning in September. The church began a search following Ray Bean’s announcement that he would be retiring.
The elders issued a statement saying, “We know that Robert will be a positive influence on many people, as well as a great point of contact for the church in this community.”
Miller describes himself this way: “As a disciple who has long understood my calling to preach and teach the Gospel message of Christ, over the years I have had the privilege of serving as a chaplain, minister, counselor, neighbor, and friend to various individuals and families around the world.”
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Midweek “Invested” lessons profit all

PLEASANTON – The “Are You Invested?” midweek preaching series continues at the Lord’s church here. Inspired by Php. 2:1-4, the speakers will teach of the encouragement, comfort, fellowship, tenderness, compassion and purpose that grow like compound interest when one is united with Christ, His Spirit, and His love.
Mark Forster of the Alamo City church of Christ in San Antonio began the July sessions. These are the remaining dates, speakers — and treats!
July
10 – Nathan Flynt. Ice cream sundaes follow.
17 – Delton McGuire (Prison ministry)
24 – Wayne Palk. Pie fellowship follows.
31 – Jim Crain, WBS
August
7 – Logan Brown
14 – Jonathan Bean and Jansen. Homemade ice cream follows.
21 – Mike Norwood
28 – Buck Jones

SYS set for Coastal Bend

CORPUS CHRISTI – The young people of the church here, Victoria and other towns are gathering at 7 p.m. once a week during the Coastal Bend Summer Youth Series. They will enjoy fellowship and food around the study of “The Book of James: A Faith that Works.”
Matthew Gibson of the Riverside church here coordinated the series. Riverside and Odem hosted in June. Here are the remaining dates. The * indicates a Saturday gatherings. All others are Thursday dates.
July 11 Midtown, Victoria
July 18 Mathis
July 27* Portland
August 1 Beeville
August 10* Weber Road, Corpus Christi

Sonshine group plans back to college party

CORPUS CHRISTI — “We want them to know that we are praying for them spiritually and for positive school experiences!” These words express the goal of the Weber Road church here in planning a Back to School Party for college students on the evening of July 28.
“This will be a dinner and dessert party for the entire congregation to share with our college students as the guests of honor,” say organizers, Donna Hannah, Phyllis Hibdon and Sandra Montgomery.
These members of the Ray of Sonshine group are also inviting their fellow members to donate thumb drives, sticky notes, book flags, index cards, sharpies, hand sanitizers, high polymer erasers, multi-colored highlighters, and mints. These supplies will help the students be ready for the first day of class. The love and prayers of the church will fortify them spiritually

Come practice telling Christ’s story

AUSTIN — Dr. James Nored’s “Christ-Centered Church on Mission” workshop is set to go at the Austin Graduate School of Theology from Jan. 14-18. The deep-study outreach seminar will be held at the school’s North Austin location.

The Next Generation approach helps train learners to tell Christ’s story. They may audit the course for $100 or enroll for college credit hours for $1,330. The books run from $20 to $85 total.

For more information, go online to austingrad.edu and click on the Events tab. Register by emailing DBond@AustinGrad.edu. For other information, call 512-476-2772.

Teens click to living for Christ at CYC

CORPUS CHRISTI – Students from the Weber Road congregation here and the Riverside church in Kerrville are among the South Texans getting ready to travel to Dallas for the Jan. 18-20 Challenge Youth Conference. The theme this year is “Unashamed.”

The conference is set for the Dallas Marriott in Irving. The organizers, led by Larry Davenport, have put together a program that seeks to empower teenagers with sound teaching that “challenges and encourages them to live their lives for Christ.”

According to Lonnie Jones of the Maysville church of Christ in Gurley, Ala., the conference aims to “challenge young people to see what Christians stand for in both teaching and example…. It is about positive conservatism. It is not about how to be better than the pagans, denominations or the ‘liberals.’ It is about how to be better people of God. (more…)