Bulletin of the Central Church of Christ
2722 Oakland Avenue • Johnson City, TN • 37601-1844 • Phone (423) 282-1571 or 283-HOPE www.GraceMine.org
October 26, 2014
Some Thoughts I’d Like to Share…by Tim Hall
Walking With Jesus, Except …
Would I have had as much faith as Peter had?
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Classes: 9:30 am
We often chide Peter for his fear while walking on the water with Jesus. Let’s not forget,
though: (1) It was dark; Matthew wrote that it happened during the fourth watch of the night
(Matthew 14:25). (2) The waters were boisterous; the boat, Matthew wrote, was “beaten by
the waves (14:24). (3) Peter was the one who asked to take this walk (14:28). Though he
soon became afraid, he at least wanted to have the experience of walking with Jesus on
When we choose to follow Jesus, John wrote, we choose to “walk in the light” (1 John 1:7).
It’s not quite the same as Peter’s walk on a dark, storm-tossed sea. But that doesn’t mean
walking with the Lord
A hymn we sometimes sing says, “O Master, let me walk with Thee in lowly paths of service
free … Help me the slow of heart to move by some clear, winning word of love; teach me
the wayward feet to stay, and guide them in the homeward way.” Those words, written by
Washington Gladden in 1879, accurately portray what it means to be a Christian. It means
we agree to serve others, just as Jesus did while He was on earth.
Many modern disciples are like Peter’s fellow apostles that night – they remain in the boat.
It seems safer than stepping out. But is it really safer to stay in the boat? Wouldn’t it be
more secure to be close to the Savior, no matter where He might be? He didn’t let Peter sink
that night; and He’s not going to allow sincere followers today to sink.
“Yes, Lord, I want to walk with You. Except – please don’t ask me to speak to strangers
about You; I don’t know how they might respond. And don’t send me to visit the sick; that
always makes me uncomfortable, and I might catch what they have. Funerals? No, I am
uneasy in those situations; I wouldn’t know what to say. And those folks who no longer
worship with us – I’d rather not be asked to call them; I wouldn’t want to make them mad.”
“Anywhere with Jesus I can safely go” – remember those words? That has long been a
favorite song. But are we willing to live the song? If Jesus asks me to follow Him on a
mission of mercy, am I happy to go – or reluctant? Do I act the part of Moses, who finally
blurted out to God, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else” (Exodus 4:13)?
“Footprints of Jesus that make the pathway glow; we will follow the steps of Jesus wher-e’er
they go” – except …
October 26: Let’s pray for: Charlie Hartman, Hodgkins lymphoma; Sue Honeycutt, hospice care; Nell Phillips; Jay Stevens; Sue Neeley;
Jennifer Easterling; Buddy Barefield; Ray Markland; Harold Napier; Joyce Hall; Margaret Sams; Elayne Trent; Becky Smith; Mary Nell Lilly;
Arlene Kellum; Troy Wright; Ken Lutterman; Isaac Vance; Caroline Faddis; Frank Chapo; Kerry Hutchinson; Allen Jackson; Robin Wishon;
Glenn Blacklidge; Doug Grindstaff; Lorene Arrowood; Teresa Guinn; Betty Hamilton; Mike Lyons; Gay Enkema; Karen Stevens. Skilled
nursing/assisted living/homebound: Calvin Ursury; Grace Muse; Harold Napier; Delora Tidwell; James Carden, Sr.; Sherry McCulley;
Mildred Hall; Theresa Whiddon; Louise Welch; Velma Stables; Lola Johnson; Jesse Crabtree; Johnny & Elayne Trent; Lon & Mildred Shuler.
FRIENDS AND RELATIVES: Tripp Davis, rehab in Atlanta; Barbara Ledford, lady in the community; Coraline Cutshall, 2-year-old
granddaughter of Mary Nell Lilly, surgery next Thursday to repair hole in her heart; Bob Patton, mild stroke; Lillian Hanger, mother of
Beverly Stephen’s coworker, upcoming surgery. Continuing problems: Sean Hogan; Valerie Merkel; Mildred Murphy; Neel Frakes; Patty
Mitchell; Ray Rice; Betty and Harold Justice; Sherrill Wilson; Gary Wallace; Kimberly Holtsclaw; Luke Story; Jeff Grindstaff; John Clark;
Philip Guinn; Dana Kelly; Dana Kelly’s husband’s sister; Christopher Leonard; Jeane Frizzell; Frankie Rogers; Holden Doebler; Jesse
Phillips; Bobby Redd; Christy Ingram; Azona Blevins; Greg Ryan’s father; Joe Doane; Amy Fair; Denise Reilley; Sandra Ryan; Greta Copas;
John Buchanan; Kristine Jenkins; Marilyn Frye Hardin; Jill Fair’s mother; David Spiece; Hunter Edwards; Mary Ellen Greer; Diane Carter;
Lucy Burgess; Lucy Hagerty’s friend Doris; Mike Mathes; Kenneth Hall; Hugh Honeycutt; Rita Veselak; Doris Kessinger; Cornail Proffitt.
PRAISE GOD: Mary Sheridan’s biopsy was benign! CHANGES/UPDATES UNDERLINED
MILITARY: Robbie Glenn, Eli Mitchell,
Jordan Heatly, Air Force; Nicole Stephens,
Brittany Lobos, Army; Brennan McCain,
Marines; Joshua Wyant, Afghanistan.
SUNDAY A.M. on WEMT: TV Sunday
School, 7:00; In Search of the Lord’s Way,
7:30; Biblical Viewpoints, 8:00.
LADIES, THERE IS a baby shower for Kay
Chintaleka here TODAY from 2:30 – 4
p.m.! They are expecting a girl and are
registered at Target and Babies R Us.
Hostesses: Sarah Booher, Chris Elliott,
Sarah Faddis, Mary McCormick, Linda
PANTRY NEEDS: Chunky soups.
MONDAY NIGHT FOR THE MASTER
tomorrow at 6 p.m.
“I STILL DO” MARRIAGE SEMINAR,
11/7&8, Hardin Valley Church, Knoxville.
Register at www.hvcoc.org.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: There will be
an all-church fellowship lunch on Sunday,
11/2. There will NOT be one on the 5th
Sunday of that month.
“HAPPY SOCKTOBER”. April Looney is
coordinating Central’s effort to collect socks
for the homeless. Please bring new or good
condition socks to the collection box in the
JANA HOLLINS was pictured in News &
Neighbor in an article about ETSU’s sports
34th ANNUAL BIBLICAL VIEWPOINTS
AUSTIN HAMILTON has asked for prayers
for his teacher as she goes through difficulty.
OUR SYMPATHY to Jacquelyn Ellis and
family on the passing of her grandfather.
Also to Jim Bob and Linda Moore’s
daughter-in-law Amanda on the death of her
grandmother, Mary Lynn Haynie.
RESPONSE: Donna Ray asked for our
prayers last week, as she wants to be back in
worship services after some time away.
TRUNK OR TREAT, next Wednesday night,
10/29, after services! Parents, have your
kids change into their costumes AFTER
classes. Treaters, please park where
indicated for safety’s sake.
PUT A CROSS over your name in the
Friendship Register if you read the Bible at
least 5 days. Last week: 30
GOSPEL MEETING, Laurel Avenue,
Damascus, VA, 10/26-30, TJ Gifford.
IT’S A BOY! Last Wednesday Heidi and
Paul Elliott welcomed a son who weighed 6
lb., 6 oz. Congratulations to them and to
proud grandparents Ron and Chris Elliott!
TENNESSEE CHILDREN’S HOMES have
helped children and teens (and for a brief
time, young women with special needs)
through many years. If you would like to
help this organization, backed by churches
of Christ, including Central, pick up a coin
box and collect your spare change for a few
weeks in it. We will bring them back on 11/9.
TIM HALL is away today as he attends a
family reunion in Kentucky. Dennis Russell
will fill the pulpit this morning, and Charlie
Russell will speak this evening in his place.
IF YOU HAVE BOOKS you enjoyed but
don’t care to give away, there’s room in the
old library set aside as a Lending Library.
We won’t be cataloging these or checking
them out; just pop in to find a good read and
return when finished.
“I WANT to take the time to thank everyone
at Central Church of Christ. First for
welcoming me into your church home. You
all have been such a blessing to me. Thanks
for all the counseling, allowing me and
Dehee to get married in such a loving
church. Also thanks for all the prayers both
while I was going through hard times in my
marriage and the passing away of my sweet
beautiful mother. Thanks for the donations
for the help of her burial. I can never thank
the church enough for all that you all have
done. Cynthia and Dehee Quewea”
KERRY HUTCHINSON sends her thanks to
all who have been praying for her during her
illness, and for the many cards she has
received. She asks for our continued prayers
for healing and for better days.
A picture of the Smile Boxes, including ours,
loaded to begin their journey to Nicaragua
sent by Levi Dodd, the Youth and Family
minister at Highland View Church of Christ
in Oak Ridge.
BIRTHDAYS: Jenny Usher, Fred Roten,
Sarah Booher, Ruth Ann Mowery (today);
Treva Bacon, Jordan Looney (Mon.); Cheryl
Chernesky (Tues.); Brittany Lepps (Wed.);
Brittney Johnson (Thu.); Michealyn Quewea,
Charlie Hartman, Kacey Jackson, Campbell
Kellum (Fri.); Doug Booton, Lily
Hutchinson (Sat.). ANNIVERSARIES: Danny
& Arlene Kellum, Adam & Kristy Maurer
(today); Nick & Amber Kent (Mon.); Bob &
Margaret Sams (Sat.).
“THEREFORE, WE ARE
AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST,
GOD MAKING HIS APPEAL
THROUGH US. WE IMPLORE
YOU ON BEHALF OF CHRIST, BE
RECONCILED TO GOD” - ESV, 2
10.26 .14 YOUTH NEWS – CENTRAL
CHURCH OF CHRIST
HERE’S WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO!
Tonight’s Devotional: Devotional tonight at the Church’s building at
5:00 before worship. See you then!
Wednesday Service Activity: Will be at the Assisted Living this week and
we need you to join us so we can brighten the day of the residents.
Meet at 5:30 at the Church’s building (food provided) and then we will
head over around 5:50.
Room design: Can you believe it has been 2 years since the last room
design? We are looking to do this on November 8th. Let me know you
are coming so we can prepare.
Papers Handed Out: You should have received a paper to fill out that
has questions concerning how you would handle particular situations in
discussing why we worship the way we do. This is to help me help you,
so please do your best and I would like those back by 10/31. Let me also
know if you have not received one and I will get you one.
LET’S TALK ABOUT IT!
One of the, if not the, most
important verses in the Bible is
Leviticus 19:2 where we are told
to be holy because God is holy.
This is a call to reflect the nature
of God in His character.
One of His character traits is
Bowling on Wednesdays? : On the last Wednesday of each month, we
do the service project at the Assisted Living. What are your thoughts
on taking one of the other three Wednesdays and doing a “bowling
night” before Church with pizza and such? Prices are cheap on
Wednesdays, so there is little expense and a lot of fun. Let me know
“truth.” So let me ask, how are
November Activity: We would like someone to step up and take on an
activity for November. Let me know what YOU would like to do and
how we can do it.
has revealed that truth in His
Four Square: At Pathfinders, they had a really fun game of Four Square
In the Air that everyone loved playing. The elders have approved this
and now we need to start coming up with a plan to make it. Let me
know if you want to help in design and build with me.
be Jesus and/or the Scriptures)).
Phone Numbers and E-Mail: If you need to update your phone number
or e-mail so that you can receive the texts that are sent out for the
youth, please let me know the updated information ASAP. You can
either e-mail me ([email protected]) or call me (540-664-7257).
this week. Seek to be like Jesus
you doing reflecting God’s truth?
We must seek the truth, and God
Word (John 17:17 (whether that
Here is my challenge to you for
and reflect truth in a world of lies.
Be courageous and help others to
October 26, 2014
Contact Doug Booton if unable to serve
Welcome: Gene Arrowood
Song Leader: Dennis Vonderfecht
Next Week: Matt Mahaley
Prayer: Joe Pugh
Next Week: Chig Gunter
Scripture: Mike Stephens
Next Week: Jerrod Tolley
Sermon: Dennis Russell
Topic: “The Christian Warfare: Where Are
Dismissal: Gene Arrowood
Next Week: Steve Ingram
Presiding: Everson Weekley
Next Week: Butch Carden
Serving: Alex Doyle, Andrew Easterling,
Cary Vantine, Earl Johnson, James Hunt,
Jerry Bacon, Jim Pierce, Josh Bacon, Larry
Reece, Luke Whitted, Michael Rasnake
Rick Farmer, Ron Elliott, Sherrell Shepard,
Tom Hudnall, W.C. Ausborn
Children's Training Class: the Gilliams
Nursery: Angie Williams, Natalie Eanes,
Song Leader: Gene Arrowood
Devotional: Dan Bowman
Dismissal: Andrew McCormick
Central Church of Christ
P.O. Box 4021
Johnson City, TN 37602-3961
(423) 282-1571 or 283-HOPE
Song Leader: Don Wolford
Prayer: Matt Mahaley
Scripture: Andrew Trent
Sermon: Charles Russell
Dismissal: John Jarrett
Lord's Supper: David Erickson, Brandon
Nursery & Toddler: Meredith Brewer
Building Security: Chig Gunter, Dave
Next Week: Brian Crabtree, Brad Sorrow
Opening, Closing building: Charles
Next Week: Andrew Easterling
Communion Prep: Gay Clark
Contact Sherrell Shepard, 477-2278, if
unable to prepare
Cup & Bulletin Pick-up: 3rd graders
Baptistery: Sheila Frakes
Registry Data Entry: Debbie Ingram
Communion Delivery: Torgerson
Report from last week
Classes: 177; A.M. 324; P.M.148. Wed. 171
Weekly Budget: $12,500.00
Church Building Debt as of 10/1: