“Where strangers become friends, and friends become family.”

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“Where strangers become friends, and friends become family.”
2201 Rainbow Drive
Gadsden, AL 35901
Phone: 256-547-3731
rainbowchurchofchrist.org
Times of Service:
Sunday
Morning Worship: 9:30 am
Bible Class:
10:30 am
Hispanic Service:
3:00 pm
Evening Worship:
5:00 pm
Wednesday:
7:00 pm
Issue
19
Volume 47
“Where strangers become friends, and friends become family.”
We preached and won 27 souls for Christ! We give all glory to the Lord! These souls were baptized at Chesa,
Dando, Bulawayo, Kumbudzi, and Madlulani. Please pray for them so that they too may grow unto spiritual
maturity and be fruitful in His vineyard. The WBS has again been given permission to teach the Bible to prison
inmates at Khami Maximum Prison. Please pray for the success of this ministry. Brother Mthokozisi Sibanda is
leading this Ministry.
We have just received a letter from the Churches of Christ in Mtshabezi. It reads
as follows and it is a translated copy: " To the Churches of Christ: Greetings in
the name of Christ to all Churches of Christ. We are appealing for food aid. This
year we did not receive any rains at all in Mtshabezi District. We are facing a very
serious drought. Our granaries are now empty and we as villagers are finding it
very difficult to make ends meet. We remember very well that you our brothers
and sisters helped us some years back when we faced similar drought and our
children survived through your help. This is why now we are coming back to you
our brothers and sisters for such help. May God bless you! Yours in Christ: Andrew Moyo, Macrea Tshuma,
Roger Nkala and Mbuso Moyo representing the Churches of Christ in Mtshabezi District."
The Amazon Church of Christ Clinic was unveiled by brother Carl Rudd who togetherness with his family
contributed much finance towards its construction. On this day, many villagers
gathered to witness this important event. Velaphi preached while brother
Rudd did the unveiling. We thank all who contributed towards this noble project
especially brother Dorian, his wife Cheri and Partners for Africa . This clinic will
not only help villagers health wise but will also be used as an evangelism arm of
the church in Filabusi.
Our brothers and sisters, thank you so much for your unflinching support for the
Lord's work in Zimbabwe. May the Lord continue to bless your caring and loving
hearts. In His service, Velaphi & Stella
Blake Jones
Dave Lasseter
Jessica Lasseter
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Minister
Youth Minister
Secretary
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256.504.5080
256.393.6405
256.547.3731
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[email protected]
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Pew Packers will be meeting tonight following our evening worship service. This is
always a great time of singing, learning, and laughing for the children of our
congregation.
Sunday, May 17th, all Elders and Deacons (and their families) are invited to the home of
Blake and Rebekah Jones following our evening worship service. The evening is more about
fellowship than food and if you can come, they would be honored by your presence.
On Thursday, May 28th, our Golden Generation Ministry will be meeting for its monthly
time of fellowship in the fellowship hall. If you have any questions about this see Roy Harris.
On Saturday, May 30th, we will be having our annual ABSOLUTELY FREE
Carwash and Pancake Breakfast. This yearly event serves as a wonderful
opportunity for us to serve our community. If you would like to help with this
event there is a sign up sheet in the hall way on the table.. We are also in
need of several items for our breakfast that morning and there is a sign up
sheet for that as well. Let’s all be praying for great weather as we serve those
around us for the glory of God. If you have any questions see Chris Mikle.
On Sunday, May 31st, the McCarver Visitation team will be meeting at the home of
Mark and Rachel Westcott. If you are not currently a part of a visitation team you are
encouraged to become an active part of this ministry. You will be glad you did.
Childhaven is searching for house parents. They are seeking couples of great faith
and love for teens and pre-teen girls aged 14-21. They will provide excellent salary
and benefits. For more information contact Dr. Jim Wright at 256.724.6720 or
[email protected]
BIBLE STUDY
187
McGUFFY’S BIBLE CLASS
26
SUNDAY MORNING
293
HISPANIC SERVICE
n/a
SUNDAY EVENING
n/c
MIDWEEK STUDY
131
LOCAL BAPTISMS
4
OTHER RESPONSES
29
HISPANIC BAPTISMS
-
HISPANIC RESPONSES
-
WBS/JAIL BAPTISMS
36
ZIMBABWE BAPTISMS
37
CONTRIBUTION
9205
Charles Clifton
&
PJ Duncan
With the beautiful spring weather comes
the never ending need to keep the yard
around the church building cut and
looking good. We are so thankful for
those who have volunteered in the past
to do this kind act of service. It is greatly
appreciated. If you would like to help out
with this there is a sign up sheet on the
hall way bulletin board or you can see
Charles Clifton
On Friday, May 8th, 5 men were baptized into Christ at the
Etowah County Detention Center! We praise God for this
wonderful news and we ask that you continue to pray for our
teachers as they share God’s word and that those who hear it
have receptive hearts.
rainbowchurchofchrist.org
facebook.com/rainbowcofc
@rainbowcofc & @rcocym
youtube.com/rainbowcofc
On Sunday night, May 10th, following our evening worship service Bryant
Birchmore made the most important decision of his young life as he decided to
be baptized into Jesus Christ! What an honor it was for his older brother William
to baptize him. We know that the parents of these young men, Jeff and
Stephanie Birchmore, are thrilled with their sons and we as a congregation could
not be more proud of these two Christian young men. May God bless Bryant as
he begins his Christian life and may we as his new found brothers and sisters in
Christ encourage him all that we can. Bryant, keep your eyes on Jesus...follow
Him and Him alone. We are so thankful that the Birchmore family is a part of our
family here at Rainbow.
LaReda Buchanan responded to the Lord’s invitation on Sunday requesting our prayers as she strives to be the
mother God has called her to be. We are so thankful for LaReda (and her son Joseph), let’s continue to honor
her request and lift her up in prayer.
Last week we honored (and roasted) our high school graduates, Corbin Parker, Raegan
Holmes, and Stephanie Spitz-Keener. While these three deserve recognition for their
accomplishments, we do not want to fail and mention other members of the Class of 2015.
Rainbow Kindergarten & Childcare
Our congratulations goes to this year’s
graduates of the Rainbow Kindergarten &
Childcare. They have traveled a long
challenging road as they prepare for “Big
School”. They have learned their ABC’s,
colors, the months and seasons of the year,
and many other essential things as they
prepare for their transition into the next stage
of their young lives. We are so thankful for
everything that their teachers do for them.
From left to right: Makenna Westcott, Britton
Bedwell, Avery McGinnis, Cheyanne Brinkley,
Orianna Campbell, and Olivia Kennedy.
Congratulations young graduates! We are proud of you and we look forward to all the great things
that you will accomplish.
Almost as educated as our above graduates, is the group below who graduated from college.
Janice Dean
JSU
Bachelor’s
Psychology
Blake Jones
HCU
Master’s of Ministry
in Counseling
Devin Jones
Trevor Montgomery
AU
UAH
Masters of Business
Bachelor’s
Administration
Civil Engineering
Evan Kidd
UAB
Bachelor’s
Accounting
Each month our Elders take a turn sharing the responsibility of “Elder of the Month”. During that month,
that Elder is the contact person for our flock for any needs that they might have. During the month of May,
Mike Bowdoin is the “Elder of the Month” you can reach him at 256- 282-2650(James 5:14)
May
Servants for May 17th
Serve the Family
Zach Buckner / Haydn Hayes
Tim Barnard / John McCullars
Jeff Birchmore / Roy Harris
Jeff Dover / Robert Edmonson
Ushers
Jeff McGlaughn / Ken Overbey
Communion Preparation
John Lengyel
Lock Up the Building
Donnie Keener
Opening Prayer:
A.M.
Ben Akins
P.M.
Tim Barbaree
Joseph Buchanan
Scripture Reading:
Chris Mikle
Preside Lord’s Supper:
Closing Prayer:
A.M.
Doyle McCarver
P.M.
Selton Long
Greeters: Tony & Jane Cleveland
Kathy Overbey
Ann Gentry
Tony Cleveland
Craig King
Know Your Bible
Greater Things
Communion Cup Pick Up: Buckner Family
McGuffey’s Group
#3
47
2
28
1
8
3
Total: 89
Chris Mikle
Deacons
Elders
Mike Bowdoin
256-282-2650
John Bowling
256-328-4727
David Wallace
256-390-2273
John Wallace
256-393-4015
Jeff Birchmore
256-547-3718
Elderly Care
Tony Cleveland
256-538-5295
Prison Ministry
Charles Clifton
256-549-1422
Involvement/Security
Steve Lorren
256-442-8192
Building & Grounds
Doyle McCarver
256-390-0770
Visitation/Transportation
Chris Mikle
256-413-1038
Outreach Ministry/Daycare
Tim Parker
256-490-2053
Fellowships
Mark Westcott
256-441-0667
Benevolence
Memories
10 Years ago—Kyle Parker and Kenzi Duncan graduated from Rainbow’s Preschool!
20 Years ago—Jason Mikle was bitten by a dog while door knocking!
Anniversaries
May 18—Colin & Brenda Windham
May 19—Scott & Linda Morris
May 20—Mark & Rachel Westcott
Birthdays
May 18—Rickie Cranford
May 21—Gayle Bellew
May 21—Cheryl Bowling
Prayer Requests
Nathan Owens is at UAB and a scan shows the cancer
has moved to the left lung as well as lesions on the left hip.
Kim Nalor is having tests done and is awaiting results.
Virginia Lasseter had neck surgery and is home
recovering.
Jason Higginbotham is having health problem and will
be having tests done.
Gene Brown has an appointment on June 15th to find
out if the chemo is working
Carrie Wallen had neck surgery and is home recovering.
Kathy Henderson, the daughter of Jean Bowling, is
now at home recovering.
Sherry Regan is recovering from surgery.
Robbie Hendricks, friend of the Birchmores.
Edward Davis, nephew of Ollie Clanton, is having
major surgery in New York this week.
Diann Mims, friend of Rita Phillips & Susan Wallace,
had back surgery.
Paul Fletcher, friend of Rita Phillips and Susan
Wallace, is in the MICU at Gadsden Regional due to
pancreatitis.
Shannon Evans, daughter of Ken Hollen, had foot
surgery.
Brittany Womack, niece of Julie Lorren, had her colon
removed and is doing well.
Larry Van Sant is having helath problems.
Marilyn Gentry is now home recovering.
Jeanette Smith, grandmother of Nikki Duncan, has been
having seizures and has moved to a nursing home.
Bobbie Gladden, relative of Susan Wallace and Rita
Phillips, is in the hospital.
Brenda Brogdon, sister of Jan Helms, is in the hospital
sick.
Anne Tierce, friend of Ann Gentry, had back surgery
and now has an infection.
Pat Willoughby, friend of Anne Tierce, is sick.
Joey Wheat, brother of Tina Parker, will be having back
surgery,
Janice Watson, cousin of Craig King, has a brain
tumor.
Liz Barbaree, Tim’s mother, has dementia She is in the
hospital and is going to rehab.
Nathan Owens
Eugene Brown
Reginae Marbury
Glenda Fitz
Jerry Mikle
Roger Dale
Maureen Staudt
Sherry Cardwell
Steve Proffitt
Jimmy Masters
Wade Richey
Libby McClendon
Please Continue to Remember These Also:
Helen Cloud, Butch Jones, Malburt Murphree, Kim Naler, Ron Patterson, Gordon Smith, Betty Jones, Beulah Sylvis, Louise Butler, Sarah Foote
Jennifer Davis, Harriet Wade, Natalie Garner, Connie Barabalce, Jill Gardner, Paul Colbert, Nellie Ruth Teal, Alton & Eloise Miller, Bill Cooley, Betty
Yancey, Bob Kennedy, Stan & Lisa Cook, Vangi Baker, Rita Bowdoin, Joseph Brown, Dewey East.

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