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Onesiphorus: What A Guy!

In his second recorded epistle to Timothy, the apostle Paul spoke of a man by the name of Onesiphorus–say that one three times fast. Onesiphorus wasn’t a Paul, Peter, or even James–characters frequently referred to in Scripture. However, he was important. I know he was important because God thought enough of him to record his name and his deeds in the Book of books.
Here’s what Paul said about Onesiphorus:
The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not a shamed of my chain: But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me. The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well (2 Timothy 1:16-18).
I love character studies. Don’t you? This is a great one. When you read the short text above, what were some things that came to mind about this lesser-known Bible character? Here are some that I see:

#1 Onesiphorus was an encourager–“He oft refreshed me”.
#2 Onesiphorus was not a spiritual coward–“was not ashamed of my chain”.
#3 Onesiphorus was diligent in looking for opportunities to do good–“he sought me out very diligently, and found me”.
#4 Onesiphorus was one who tired himself in ministry–“in how many things he ministered unto me”.
These are just four that come to mind in a cursory reading, and when I read it again, I might see more.
Onesiphorus was quite a Christian. There’s not a single thing in the life of Onesiphorus that we read here that could not be said about us.
Do you encourage those who are discouraged?
Do you stand for what’s right, even when it’s not popular or might potentially cost you a friendship?
Are you constantly on the lookout for good works to support and be involved with?
When you come to the end of a day, have you worn yourself out in the work of the Lord?
May God bless us to be more like Onesiphorus.

Neil Richey – West Side Church of Christ in Salem,

Sermons for Today:
am: Robert Hatfield “How Do I Commit To Jesus?”
Reading: 1 Timothy 1:15-16
pm: Robert Hatfield “God’s Tested Church”

Family News

Honduras Mission Trip Meeting Today

There is an informational meeting scheduled for today immediately following morning services in the glass classroom downstairs for an upcoming mission trip being organized with the Baxter Institute to Honduras in early August. Anyone who is interested in going on a mission trip should attend.

New Horizons Senior Bible Study

The New Horizons Bible Study is here at the building Wednesdays at 12:00 pm. Anyone is welcome to attend. They are sharing Holy Land videos by Ray Vanderlaan. The video lessons will show how the civilizations of the past relate to us today and how we live and both serve, and not serve God. See Keith Franklin with questions.

Baby Shower

Please come to share the joy with Sandy Ibbetson at her baby shower on Sunday, March 15th at 4:30 pm at the church building. Sandy wishes to donate all the shower gifts to Palmetto Women’s Center in Rock Hill, which is a Christian based organization that helps women with their pregnancy needs, biblical counseling, etc. The center will gladly take any new gifts, but their biggest need is for newborn diapers, nasal aspirators, baby fingernail clippers, baby lotion, and baby thermometers (these items are used in layettes for their clients once they carry to term and deliver their babies).

If you would like to bring any gift to be donated, please keep in mind that it must be new and unwrapped. Contact Sophie Ibbetson with questions: 623-229-7168.

Spring Fling

The spring fling is scheduled for Saturday, March 28 from 3:30 to 6:30 at the building. The event is designed for kids 12 and under, and all family members are welcome. The youth group from Indian land is also invited. Activities will include an Easter egg hunt, face painting, a bouncy house, and more. Dinner will be provided at the building around 5:30.

There is a labeled box for pre-packaged baked goods and candy donations under the bulletin board in the foyer. We are asking for these donations for the cake walk and egg hunt events. Contact The Bradley’s or the Buchanan’s with questions.

Women’s Monthly Prayer Meeting Today

The women’s monthly prayer meeting is TODAY in the Women’s Connection Room. We will organize prayer requests from 5:00- 5:10 pm and pray from 5:10-5:50 pm. If you are unable to attend, but have a prayer request, please email your request to Sue Burkhammer before 4:0pm today.

Save The Date

“Identity Matters” with speaker, Alan Highers is scheduled for April 24-26th, 2020. Our theme is “In the Image of God” You are not going to want to miss this. Details on lessons to come; mark your calendars now!

Prayers For Haiti

Fonrose Teogene (one of our Haitian contacts and brother), requests prayers for the safety of Haitians due to the severe unrest there. Kidnapping has become a true threat for all those there. He asks us to pray also for the safety of the Church members and leaders and their families.

Also be praying for Chuck Dohm’s upcoming trip beginning October 13th where he will be conducting a week-long seminar at the Center for Biblical Training.

Area Events

See the bulletin board for event details

3.14   Carolina Men’s Day/GHR/”One Body”/Various Speakers

4.25-26  Identity Matters/ GHR/ Alan Highers

4.25  Ladies Day/ Seneca/ Becky Blackmon

7.29-8.1 VBS /Charlotte Ave.


Middle/ High School Youth Hangout
March 6th, 6:30-9:30 pm at the home of Alice Stewart. 1430 Striped Bass Lane, Lake Wylie.
Come out to enjoy food, fun & games.

Nation Ford Theater Department will be presenting “Cinderella” March 12-15. Tickets are online. Megan Andrews will be participating in the ensemble! Come out and support!

Girls Game Night
Middle school and up to young at heart; you are invited to play games here at the
building, Friday, March 20th at 7:00 pm. Bring your favorite game, supper (if you don’t have time to eat beforehand), or snack to share (Optional). Please note, no childcare will be provided. If you have any questions, see Angie Bedford or Jane Cherry.

Youth Rally
Lake Norman Youth Rally Saturday, April 18th. Sign-up on the bulletin board. David Price
is the speaker this year and the theme is “Jesus is My Superhero.” More details to come.

Girls Middle/ High School Bible Study
There will be a Middle / High School Girls Bible Study will be here at the building on Sundays, at 5pm.  Please come join us, any questions, see Haley Cox.


  • Lee McDermott’s surgery
  • Barbara Berlin is home recovering from a fractured pelvis.
  • Ernie Girard continues to recover following his recent surgery.
  • Continue to remember Betty Baker.
  • Chuck Magee received good news that his latest scans show no cancer.
  • Continue to pray for Harold Weston and for Sharon as she cares for him.
  • Continue to pray for both Dave & Cris Newell.
  • Linda Hill’s mother is in the hospital being treated for heart-related difficulties and pneumonia in her right lung.
  • The mothers’ of Rodney Grant, PJ Inness, Jim Passmore, and Margaret Wallace are dealing with various health issues.
  • The fathers’ of Jerry Brooks, Greg Gross, and Derrick Williamson are dealing with various health issues.
  • John Wade’s brother-in-law, Bill Hyslop has a malignant tumor on his kidney and a mass in his lung. Tests are being run to evaluate treatment.
  • Barbara VonHelms cousin’s husband; Glen Masters has an inoperable brain tumor. The family requests our prayers.
  • Keith Franklin requested prayer for friend/member at Archdale COC, Billy Johns who has suffered a double stroke and heart attack.
  • Charles Taylor’s co-worker, Helene Ward’s cancer has spread to her bones. Additionally, his co-worker Richard Ayers has been diagnosed with brain cancer.
  • Remember our shut-ins: Ed Berlin, Gloria Girard, Ruby Lett, and Lois Viera.
  • Harrison Brooks has deployed to Afghanistan.

Winter Quarter Classes

Today at “The Pearl” of Fort Mill

February 23, 2020

Speaker: Gilbert Shelton

Song Leader: William Ireland


Spring Quarter Classes (March 1)

Sunday Adult Auditorium:

Keith Franklin – Luke

Sunday Adult Downstairs:

Robert Hatfield & Steve Miller – Current Events

Women’s Small Groups:

    Proclaimed: Study of Mark – (Women’s Connection Room & Library)


Spring Quarter Classes (March 4)

Wednesday Adult Auditorium:

Tommie Washington & Jeff Willis – Voices of Calvary

Women’s Small Groups:
    Proclaimed: Study of Mark – (Women’s Connection Room & Library)