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Facing Tragedy

The death and destruction from the tornados in Tennessee this past week relate to the following thoughts on facing tragedy as a Christian.
Suffering is an inevitable part of life. Physical illness, disease, injuries, broken relationships, death, persecution, natural disasters, and wars; from the consequences of our own choices, as well as the choices of others; remind us that many aspects of affliction, pain and sorrow plague our lives here on the earth. Job said, “Man who is born of a woman is few of days and full of trouble” (Job 14:1, ESV).
We sometimes ask like Gideon: “Please, sir, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us” (Judges 6:13)? What should our response as Christians be to pain and suffering? We question “why me?” “Why now?” “What is God doing or not doing?”

God is with us.
“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore” (Psalm 121:1-8, ESV).

God is bigger than any storm.
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7, NLT)

God can bring good from storms. Storms can help us trust God more.
“ For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself.  Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again” (2 Corinthians 1:8-11)
Storms can strengthen our character.
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation” (Romans 5:3-4, NLT)

God can receive praise when we help others who have been impacted by storms.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).

Steve Miller

Sermons for Today:
am: Robert Hatfield “Contentment”
Reading: Hebrews 13:5-6
pm: Robert Hatfield “God’s Persecuted Church”
 

Family News

New Horizons Senior Bible Study
The New Horizons Bible Study is here at the building Wednesday’s 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.

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 he is conducting a week-long seminar at the Center for Biblical Training.
***Nancy Pharr is also on her annual trip to Haiti. Pray for her efforts and safety as well.

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 finger nail clips, 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.

Ladies Game Night
Young ladies around middle school on up to those who are 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 child care will be provided. If you have any questions, please see Angie Bedford or Jane Cherry.

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 a 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.

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!

VBS Save The Date
Our vacation Bible school dates are set for July 22-24. Please mark your calendars. Our theme this year is: “Concrete & Cranes…Building on the Love of Jesus” Details coming soon about how you can help!

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.

Youth

Cinderella
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!

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.

Prayers

* Ed Wampler is now home from the hospital.

* Gwen McPhaul had surgery this past week, she is now home recovering.

* Lee McDermott’s surgery was this past Friday he is home and was able to be with us Wednesday.

* Barbara Berlin is home recovering from a fractured pelvis.

* Ernie Girard continues to recover following his recent surgery.

* 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.

* Tracy Passmore’s mother, Leah Davis has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Treatment options are being discussed.

* 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, Heather Powell, and Derrick Williamson are dealing with various health issues.

* Keith Franklin’s sister, Tan Franklin (who is also Keith’s mother’s caretaker) had a stint placed but has been hospitalized with severe stomach pain.

* John Wade’s brother-in-law, Bill Hyslop has a malignant tumor on his kidney and a mass in his lung.

* Barbara VonHelms cousin’s husband; Glen Masters has an inoperable brain tumor. .

* 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.

* Sympathy to Paul Lieck on the passing of his mother, Kaleen this past Tuesday. Paul & Dian will be traveling to Texas next week for her memorial service on the 14th.

Winter Quarter Classes

Today at “The Pearl” of Fort Mill

March 8, 2020

Speaker: Hampton Hager

Song Leader: Matt Ibbetson

Sunday

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)

Wednesday

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)