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Rock Chapel prayer requests: Tyler and Weston McIntosh, Caleb Dixon, Stanley Nehr, Jennifer Alexander, Joyce Deeds, Sandra Hawkins, the David Littrell family, Lily Gass, Max Yarber, Norman Virtue’s daughter, Sharon Renfrow, hurricane victims and families, and many unspoken requests.
Upcoming Events: Men’s Fellowship Breakfast this Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7 a.m.; General Board meeting next Sunday night; Youth Outing on Sept. 10; Sept. 11- Grandparent’s Breakfast at 10 a.m. and a Pig Roast at noon; Sept. 18- Stanley Jones Singers at 11 a.m.; Sept. 25-Fish fry at 6 p.m. Community invited; and October 16- Old Fashion Day with special music, photos, and old fashion clothing to church.
Birthdays: Vic Mills, Bernice Price, and Joy Mills on Sept. 3.
Choir Special: “Oh, How I Love Jesus.” Kaye Garrison played the piano for Sharon Renfrow today. Special by Rick and Helen, “One Little Lost Lamb and Here I Am.” Another Special by David Cantrell on the guitar, “What a Day, Glorious Day That Will Be.”
Children’s Church with Sandy Housley and Bernice Price. Many Visitors today: Aaron, Marie, John, Sheridon, David, Quiton, Layne, and Samara Cantrell; Angela and Anthony Crisp; Jamie, Nate, Maddison, and Mykka Moore; Becky Equivilley and her father, Mike Tate.
Evening Special: 2 Readings by Sandy Housley, “Seed, Soil, and Styrofoam Cups” and “You Don’t Make the Decision, God Does.”
Today’s sermon by Bro. Rick Batten: Mark 8: 34-37 and Hebrews 2. “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?” Joy Mills brought an antique “glue pot” for Bro. Rick to use for an example in his sermon. Her antique glue pot was purchased for $10 dated 1872- but what is it worth now? Now is the time to be careful with our soul. It has value. It is eternal. Things of this world can decay and depreciate.
He gave another example of his 15-year-old boots and his new boots. A brand new car-after you drive it off the lot, it has already lost some value. Your soul is eternal; it will last forever. A 100 generations from now, our souls will still be alive. We do have one chance or one opportunity to make a decision to affect us after death. Your soul will be resurrected to life or to damnation. “Be extremely careful with your soul.”
We as a church should try to encourage others to come to church. Everyone on earth directs their soul to heaven or hell. Our greater calling is to get others to know the value of their souls. So many people have trouble in their lives, and we should remember that Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Tonight Bro. Rick talked about friends and relationships. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. Many people would like to come to church to be around people who are friendly and have a love for each other. Remember to invite a friend to our special upcoming activities: the Men’s Breakfast, Grandparent’s Breakfast, the pig roast, Stanley Jones singers, and the fish fry. Community Invited!
Questions please call Bro. Rick Batten at 683-5657 or 250-0918/ Shelby Housley 746-4743/ or Shelby Moore at 746-4751/ or Monte Housley about the Men’s breakfast- 926-4687 or 259-1033. Visitors are always welcome at Rock Chapel. (Located approx. 9 miles north on highway E from the Norwood School).