HAVEN HEIGHTS HERALD
June 6, 2023
WORKERS June 11
Nursery: AM: Kayla Alspach & Lindsey Alspach; PM: Hillary Evans & Sharon Krause; WEDNESDAY- Hillary Evans & Susan Hontz
TELLERS: Bill Alspach & Josh Henley
BUS DRIVERS: AM: Josh Henley & David Hutchinson; PM: Josh Henley & Scott Wells; WEDNESDAY – Scott Wells & Tony Tidwell
DEACON ON CALL: David Collins – 650-3649
WORKERS JUNE 18
NURSERY: AM: Bill & Janet Alspach; PM: Hillary Evans & Becky Richardson; WEDNESDAY- Hillary Evans & Randi Wells
TELLERS: Gail Hicks & Judy Covington
BUS DRIVERS: AM: Josh Henley & Corey Krause; PM: Josh Henley & Scott Wells; WEDNESDAY – Scott Wells & Tony Tidwell
DEACON ON CALL: Fred Coleman – 646-9281
Our sincere sympathy to Ava Jean Wilson and family in the sudden death of her daughter Julie Jones. Please remember her and her family in your prayers.
Deuteronomy 30:11, “This command that I give you today is certainly not too difficult or beyond your reach.” What was God’s command? Verse 16 says, “love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commands, statutes, and ordinances.” God has a way for us to live. Choose His way and enjoy His benefits.
We want to choose our way. We can even make it seem reasonable. We choose to put many things ahead of God. We will choose work and pleasure ahead of Church. I am reminded of Dan, a farmer in one of my churches. Dan had a large farm raising many crops. He worked hard and was very successful. Dan and his family made it to church every Sunday. He told me it was a matter of choice. If he was going to ask God for rain, sunshine, bountiful harvest, protection from storms – then he better walk with God in obedience. Choose wisely.
Forty years ago, I made a God led choice. I married Marla. Since I chose God led, I have confidence that I can ask Him to continue to lead, bless, help, and provide. I cannot tell you how thankful I am for God’s blessing of my wife. If you want what God has for you, choose Him and His ways. If you are smarter and more powerful than God, then you can choose your own way.
Choice is a powerful responsibility. Choose God’s ways.
I’ll See You Sunday,
MEDITATIONS OF THE HEART
When people outside the church look at those who belong to a church these days, they often look at us with skepticism. The early churches faced ridicule as being ignorant and unlearned. Such attitudes still prevail. Christians are regularly considered to be weak and mentally impaired for believing in God and certainly in a Savior. In 1 Corinthians 1, Christians are encouraged “to consider” their calling. Jesus specifically calls the simple and the less important to salvation, so that those wise and important by the world’s standards will be shamed by our salvation. Does this make us better? Not at all! Really, it just points us to Jesus and the fact that we can only boast in Him. Meditate on what your life was like before you trusted Christ. Whatever you may be today is because He turns your weakness into strength, your ignorance into wisdom. “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
VBS 2023, Twists & Turns, is quickly approaching! You may preregister any child that has completed kindergarten through fifth grade. See Bro. Jimmy or Angela for a form this Sunday!
I am beginning to realize more and more that I can learn from or receive wisdom from anyone as an example of “how to” or “how not to” live according to the Spirit. The trick is training myself to have spiritual ears so that I can truly hear. Out of the mouth of babes can come innocent wisdom that is well beyond their years, but if I am not focused and listening intently to their words, I may well miss it. At times, nonbelievers or Christians who are not walking in God’s light may have a critical word for me that may be true, but since it may not be delivered with “grace and seasoned with salt,” I may miss the nugget of truth that God wants me to receive. None of us like to learn lessons the hard way, but we may have to do just that when we do not remain humble. Moses was a pivotal part of conquering for the kingdom in very visible ways, but, like him, it is often the still, small voice to which we must attune our hearts. Moses heeded the advice of his father-in-law, Jethro, and was blessed along with the entire congregation of Israel. May we realize that as the body of Christ we are bonded together to encourage each other in wisdom from above.
We got away Monday with 27 souls aboard on our trip to the Summit Camp. Thank you for all the prayers and support getting ready for this time. We had an awesome first night. Our camp pastor is Mike Keahbone and he preached from Ephesians 2: 1-5. He gave his testimony and hit on the key word GRACE. He explained how God not only gave him grace, but also his drug addicted mother who was saved 11 months before she was called home. Keahbone talked about a dream he had where his mother was being pulled up by a being, and pulled down by another. He admitted even he had lost contact and didn’t care as his mother became homeless. He couldn’t save her. Then one day, out of the blue, she called and asked to go to church with him. She had been diagnosed with liver disease and was dying. That Sunday she found Jesus! The tug of war was over. Keahbone had 11 glorious months with the mother he always wanted. There are students right now in our cabin that I can see in their faces that they are still in that tug of war. Not just a tug of war with salvation but not living the life God intended. The Holy Spirit is moving, and folks THIS generation will determine the spiritual course and morals of our country that is at a crossroad. PRAY!
-The food items for the Food Pantry for Sunday June 11th are Canned Soup, Ravioli, Spaghetti O’s, etc.
-VBS is June is June 25th – 28th! If you would like to help, please see Bro. Jimmy.
-Ladies Salad Supper –Ladies we will be hosting a salad supper and we are going to invite the men. Please see Debbie Henley to Volunteer to bring something. We will need salad, veggies, dressings, grilled chicken, etc.
Ladies we will be hosting a salad supper and we are going to invite the men. Please see Debbie Henley to Volunteer to bring something. We will need salad, Veggies, dressings, grilled chicken, etc.
-Ladies Salad Supper - Ladies we will be hosting a salad supper and we are going to invite the men. Please see Debbie Henley to Volunteer to bring something. We will need salad, Veggies, dressings, grilled chicken, etc.
-Coming Up Soon – Kid’s Camp at Arkansas Baptist Assembly in Siloam Springs on July 24-28 for Kids who have completed grades 3-5. This is always a wonderful time for our children to draw close to Jesus, make new friends and have a great time! If you are interested in your child or friend attending please see Bro. Steve for information!
-Baby Bottle Campaign- The Baby bottles in our foyer areas are to raise money to support the life changing work of meeting the physical and spiritual needs of men and women who find themselves facing an unplanned pregnancy. By filling a bottle, you are helping us celebrate the lives that have been touched and saved through the ministry of the 1st Choice Pregnancy Medical Center. Please fill a bottle with change, bills, or a check to help with this life changing Ministry. Bottles need to be returned to the church by August 6, 2023.
-Operation Christmas Child
Do Not Include: Toothpaste or liquids or war toys, candy, gum, lotion, liquids, breakables such as snow globe or glass containers or aerosol cans. Nothing used or damaged. Make sure it fits in a shoe box.
Consider ages 2-4 or 5-9 or 10-14 boys or girls.
Suggestions for: June
Toys: Foam ball/small Kite/Finger Puppets/Slinky/Small Etch-a-Sketch/Interactive toys that include push button. Lights, noise (include extra batteries appropriate for item)/Yo-Yo/ Small Frisbee/ Kaleidoscope/Marbles/Costume items to play dress up, such as crowns and costume jewelry/Plastic toys and toy figures such
as animals and etc./Building Blocks/Baseball and mitt/Toy cars.