1055 Gold Hill Road;
Fort Mill, SC 29708
Missionary in Residence
July 1, 2018
Who Are We? Not A Denomination 2
When one determines to allow the Bible to be the only rule of faith and practice, then speaking in Bible terminology will be the goal.
To avoid being denominational in our speech we should avoid saying:
“Church of Christ people.”
“Church of Christ preachers.”
“Church of Christ doctrine.”
“Come, let us hear what the Church of Christ teaches.”
“I am teaching him our position.”
“The Church of Christ is right in all points of doctrine and practice.”
In using Bible language, we would say:
“Christians,” or “God’s children.”
“Gospel preachers,” “evangelists.”
“New Testament doctrine.”
“Come, let us hear the word of the Lord.”
“I am teaching him God’s word.”
“The word of God is right and we are making an effort to conform the church unto the same.”
In an article discussing the language of Ashdod in Nehemiah 13:24, Chad Ramsey cites our need to be precise in our language:
It is not unusual to find individuals who speak of the Lord’s church as if it is merely one denomination among many. This erroneous idea is promoted when the title “Church of Christ” is listed alongside the various denominational groups of our day. When this is done, it is hard to see the church as anything other than one group among many. Such, however, is certainly not the case. Rather than being a title, “church of Christ” is a description. It is the church belonging to Christ (cf. Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28); it is the Lord’s church.
The church is not a sect or denomination anymore than was the church that came into existence on the first Pentecost following the resurrection of Jesus (cf. Acts 2). If we obey the same plan of salvation individuals in the first century obeyed, the Lord will add us to the same church they were added to (v. 47). This does not make one who obeys the gospel a “Church of Christ.” It makes one a Christian (11:26) and a member of the Lord’s body (1 Corinthians 12:13; cf. Colossians 1:18). To speak imprecisely about this matter, whether inadvertently or ignorantly, is to speak the language of Ashdod (G.A. July, 2015, 27-28).
Scriptural phraseology is important because it is pleasing to God, it teaches others to do only as the Bible directs by our example (1 Peter 3:15), and it is a distinctive feature of the New Testament church established by Christ. May we be careful to use Bible names to describe Bible things in Bible ways. “Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 1:13).
On Thursday nights this summer we will have a small groups Bible Study for all college aged Thursday nights. This Thursday night TBD.
William Ireland would love to have some additional volunteers to serve as greeters. If you are willing to serve in this important work, please see William.
There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board for the New Horizons group to determine a future date for a trip to the Museum of The Bible. See Keith Franklin with questions.
Haiti Mission Trip
Brett & Nancy will be leaving tomorrow for Haiti. They will be visiting several congregations in Northern Haiti. Brett will be preaching at many of these in the evenings. This begins a series of campaigns throughout the region that we are financially supporting. We began this effort in conjunction with the Haitian leaders instead of the annual seminar that we conducted for well over a decade. Hundreds of souls have been saved as a result of these campaigns.
A schedule is posted on the bulletin board of our Summer Series; this year our theme is: “One Another Christianity”. This Wednesday: Bob Mantie will bring our lesson.
LEAD Save The Date
LEAD will take place July 19—22. Men take note, this is for YOU! Brochures are available in the lobby.
Calling all sailors ages two thru rising 6th grade! Vacation Bible School is August 1st – 3rd from 5:00-8:30 pm. Dinner will be served. Please sign up by filling out a registration card, one per family, and placing it into the VBS Ship by the bulletin board. We are looking forward to being Shipwrecked with you!
Adults and Teens: We have a need for adult/teen volunteers to help with VBS. Many different roles are available. Please sign up on the bulletin board as soon as possible if you are able to commit. Thank you!
VBS needs your help collecting empty 16.9 oz plastic water bottles with attached caps. There is a bucket by the bulletin board for collection. Instead of throwing away or recycling these bottles, please consider donating them to VBS. Thank you!
Women’s Conference Save The Date
Sheila Butt will be our speaker for our 2018 Women’s Conference to be held here at GHR September 7th and 8th. Our Theme for this event is: “Unwavering” Hebrews 10:23. More details to come soon!
Save The Date Teaching Rocket Seminar
Save the date for Sunday, October 7th for a teacher’s seminar with Michael Whitworth. If you would like to attend please reply to: email@example.com so we can make a count for lunch. This is open to ALL teachers, past, present, future!
Autumn Leaves Worship Service
We will be conducting a worship service each Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm at the Autumn Leaves memory care facility next door. See Mark Walker with questions.
The collection bins for Haiti collections have been moved to the area across from the Kindergarten room. PLEASE look at the list of needs before donating. Lists are supplied. There has been an abundance of things donated that are not needed. Thanks, Nancy Pharr.
- Gilbert Shelton will have some post operative tests Thursday and requests prayers that his levels all remain good.
- Marvin Redd will not need follow up treatments, but will need scans to periodically check .
- Walter VonHelms had knee replacement surgery last Monday and is recovering at home.
- Delmy Canales first biopsy results were inconclusive and she will receive information from an additional test late this week.
- Gil Lawrence’s surgery went well, he is recovering at home.
- Sandy Ibbetson will begin her chemotherapy soon.
- Gail Berry continues to make slight progress at home.
- Tanya Leggitt continues to recover following her foot surgery.
- Ruby Lett is in Clear Creek Rehab Nursing Home, room 310 following a recent health episode.
- Madyson Newsome had successful outpatient surgery this past week.
- Garry Burkhammer‘s surgery will be delayed likely until sometime this fall.
- Ron Shepherd’s mother is now receiving rehab in Maine.
- Gil Lawrence’s mother is home and under Hospice care.
Please remember our Shut-Ins in your daily prayers:
Gloria Girard, Jimmie Greene, Ruby Lett, and Lois Viera.
- The mother’s of Barb Arbaugh, Rodney Grant, Linda Hill, Alan Jopson, Aaron & Liz Knight, Jim Passmore, Len Patterson, Mark Walker, and Kay Woods are all dealing with various health issues.
- Brett Pharr’s father, Claude received another round of chemo this past week.
- The father’s of Dave Beels, Jerry Brooks, Josh Buchanan, Greg Gross, Linda Hill, Jake Hunter, and Anthony Overton, are all dealing with various health issues.
- Phyllis Wampler’s sister, Juanita is now home and slowly recovering.
- Doug Creecy’s sister, Helen Parish’s cancer has returned.
- Remember Tim Bannister & Vicki Davis brother, Randy.
- Roger Craig’s sister, Trisha Hudson has a non-treatable lung disease and asks for our prayers.
- Tim Mastenbrook requests prayers for Cory Cox, son of Kenny and Melinda Cox (Please see the bulletin board for updates) Corey Cox, Room 414N, c/o Orlando Regional Medical Center, 52 W. Underwood St., Orlando, FL32806
- Former member BJ Ward had surgery to remove an area in one of her lungs.
- Ed Wampler’s sister, Pauline passed away, her funeral will be this Saturday in Manassas, Virginia.
- Continue to remember Marcella Heffner and Debbie Thompson and their families as they cope with recent loss.
Sermons & Classes
Sunday Summer Quarter Classes (June 3)
Sunday Adult Auditorium:
1 Corinthians/ Brett Pharr
Soils & Foundations/ Jeff Trotter
Wednesday Summer Quarter Classes (June 6)
Wednesday Adult Auditorium:
Summer Series/ Various Teachers (schedule posted)
Schedule of Services
Sunday Bible School
9:30 am – 10:15 am
Sunday Morning Worship
Sunday Evening Worship
Wednesday Bible Study
1: Singles / Couples w/out children
Leader: Grant Alumbaugh & Andrew Chaney
2: Families w/ infants – Pre K
Leader: Jason Harvey & Clay Batts
3: Families w/ children K – 5th grade
Leader: Hampton Hager
4: Families w/ children 6th – 12th grade
Leader: William Ireland
5: Empty Nesters
Leader: Jerry Brooks
LEAD Institute Website:
Password: church / Recipient last name
Scripture: Wesley Fuqua
Preside Table: Joe Manning
1 Assist: Bryan Kite
2 Assist: Aaron Knight
3 Assist: Brian Lambert
4 Assist: Robert Langford
5 Assist: Steve Loiselle
6 Assist: Bob Mantie
7 Assist: Kurt Marine
8 Assist: Ed McClellan
9 Assist: Ken McCullough
10 Assist: Barry Murray
11 Assist: Jacob Nunn
12 Assist: Jim Passmore
13 Assist: Anthony Overton
Opening Prayer: Marty Rosener
Closing Prayer: Justin Powell
Usher: John Wade & Jerry Brooks
Singing: Brett Pharr
Nursery: Reagan & Kelly Hunter
A/V: William Ireland
Singing: Alex Franklin
Scripture: John Wade
Opening Prayer: Gilbert Shelton
Closing Prayer: Ed Wampler
Lord’s Supper: Bryan Mery
Nursery: Velma Langford
Singing: Caleb VanHamme
Closing Prayer: Brian Moss
Comm. Prep.: Becker
Pickup Cups: Kindergartners
Next Week (7/8)
Scripture: Asa Jopson
Preside Table: Jimmy Williams
1 Assist: Ben O’Donovan
2 Assist: Jim Passmore
3 Assist: Chris Patterson
4 Assist: Justin Powell
5 Assist: Marvin Redd
6 Assist: Jamie Ridenour
7 Assist: Marty Rosener
8 Assist: David Savage
9 Assist: Gilbert Shelton
10 Assist: Ron Shepherd
11 Assist: Dave Sims
12 Assist: Doug Stallings
13 Assist: Norman Smith
Opening Prayer: Mark Walker
Closing Prayer: Charles Taylor
Usher: John Wade & Eric Haskin
Greeters Up: R & S Shepherd
Greeters Down: J & C Brooks
Singing: Jake Hunter
Nursery: Liz Knight
A/V: Jake Hunter
Singing: Alex Franklin
Scripture: Jason Harvey
Opening Prayer: Barry Murray
Closing Prayer: Bentley Janes
Lord’s Supper: Barry VanHamme
Nursery: Robin Bitting
Singing: William Ireland
Closing Prayer: John Wade
Comm. Prep.: Becker
Pickup Cups: Kindergartners
Sunday (7/1): Pray n’ Play: We will be at Andrew Conquest’s apartment for time spent in prayer and games to follow. Dinner will be provided!
Monday (7/2): All younger kids (pre-k to fifth grade) are invited to a night of fun and fellowship at church. There will be food, games, singing, and a devotional all in one night! A signup sheet is on the bulletin board.
Tuesday (7/3): Midweek devo will be at the Passmore’s house at 6:30. Come on out for singing and a message from Aaron Passmore.
Wednesday (7/4): Wednesday Night Cool Down will be at Scoop n’ Swirl!
Thursday (7/5): Middle and High schoolers are invited to take part in our JUGS (Just us Guys and Just us Girls) night. See Andrew Conquest or Clay Batts for details.
Saturday (7/7): The Virginia Creeper Trail! College and youth are invited to take a ride down the Virginia Creeper Trail! A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the foyer.
VBS Save The Date
Our Vacation Bible School will be August 1-3. Save the date and watch for information coming soon. See the Harvey’s with questions.
Andrew Conquest: Phone: (601) 850-0114 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org