F ro m t h e Pa s t o r . . . Keeping Our Focus. I have been finding myself standing in a room into which I had just walked trying to remember why I was there. My kids tell me it's age. Maybe they are right. The cashier at Whataburger agrees with them when she gave me free coffee. “It's free for senior citizens,” she said with a smile.
C o l l e g e H i l l s B a p ti s t C h u r c h
You do not have to be a senior citizen to be forgetful, or to lose focus. The day-to-day cares of life can get us sidetracked. But often a lack of biblical perspective leave us pursuing all the wrong things. Our churches are no different. It is easy to think of church as anything but what God intends it to be. Where He is worshiped. Where His Word is taught and preached. Where His Gospel is the focus. Where His love permeates relationships. Gary Miller, a pastor friend who once came and did a prayer conference for us, wrote this on his blog: “At the 2007 General Council of the Assemblies of God, during his final message as General Superintendent Thomas E. Trask preached, 'What many churches are offering America is a new religion that guarantees no hell and requires no holiness. It's a limp spineless Christianity that does not confront sin for fear of being judgmental. It's an impotent gospel that tells people everything is okay.' Continued on p. 2
Volume 3, Issue 29
JuLY 31, 2013
In this issue: From the Pastor
Keeping Our Focus continued
Ms. Mary Lou Fuller Day
REFRESH! 60th Anniversary
Ministries Contact Information
Keeping Our Focus continued
Brother Trask warned of five dangers threatening the effectiveness of churches: 1. Situational ethics in which Biblical absolutes are rejected. 2. Falling prey to cultural seduction. 3. Cultural accommodation, in which churches are distorting Scriptures on issues ranging from abortion to social drinking. 4. Inclusive salvation-a view that everybody goes to heaven and no one goes to hell. 5. Passionless pulpits-preachers that make sure no one in the pew is upset at the sermon material.” “...a new religion that guarantees no hell and requires no holiness. It's a limp spineless Christianity that does not confront sin for fear of being judgmental. It's an impotent gospel that tells people everything is okay.” This troublesome state of the church, I believe, is rooted in the church paying lipservice to the inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible but not teaching nor preaching the Bible, nor spending time in it. Too often the Bible is reduced to nice slogans or daily moral precepts. Where God is reduced to a god who simply exists to help us with whatever we need him for or to make us feel better. Like having a divine butler.
The disciples had a skewed perspective on the Messiah. They saw the glories of His rule and His coming kingdom, but they failed to see His role as the suffering servant. So when Jesus was crucified and died, they were all bummed out. Their hopes were dashed because they did not understand. Two of them, Cleopas and his companion, packed their bags and were headed home, deflated. That was when Jesus appeared to them. Cleopas and his companion were all confused and dejected so Jesus said to them, “'How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?' And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself” (Luke 24:25-27). Jesus explained to them from the all Scriptures, Genesis to Malachi, about Him and His plan of redemption. This must be our focus. This is what our lives should be about. This is what our churches should be about. The wonderful Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. We cannot lose this focus. We must not lose this focus.
What a blessing we all enjoyed this past Sunday as we celebrated with Ms. Mary Lou Fuller, recounting her many years of ministry here at College Hills Baptist Church, including the Prayer Ministry, Church Organist, Care Group Leader, AWANA worker, and countless others. She was presented with a corsage and plaque and we enjoyed a wonderful time eating delicious salads and visiting after morning worship.
We are currently collecting names, addresses, emails, etc. of former staff & members. If you have access to any information, please share it by contacting Stacy Stephenson at 325-942-9537 or by email at: email@example.com
Summer Wednesday Kids
Meet in the AWANA Room at 6PM (for K-5th Grade)
Tuesday mornings is Movie Club Time! Bring $1 + snack $$ if you wish. Meet at the church
Trip to Big Spring Water Park Wednesday, August 7th! Leave at 11AM & Back at 7:30PM Bring: Sack lunch, $5, and if you wish, money for snacks FMI: contact Philip Cross
WEEKLY MEETINGS: Sunday School: Sundays at 9:30AM Classes for all ages Preschool—5th Grade Kids on Fire Choir: Sundays at 6:00PM CHBC AWANA room Grades K-5th Grade AWANA Clubs: Wednesdays at 6:00PM Preschool—5th Grade FMI: Contact Philip Cross at 277-7980 or the Church office 949-5788
AWANA CLUBS MEET WEDNESDAYS 6-7:30PM ALL STUDENTS K-5TH GRADE ARE WELCOME!
Club Calendar: Clubs will resume on Wednesday, September 4th!
AWANA stands for "approved workmen are not ashamed". This wonderful, international children's program provides a clear, consistent presentation of the gospel through-• Bible memory – our cornerstone • Circle games exclusive to Awana • A fun approach to learning God’s Word • Leadership training that is second to none • The church leaders of tomorrow trained to serve today • Evangelistic focus designed to reach unchurched youth and their families
YOUTH MINISTRIES Weekly Meetings Sunday School: Sundays at 9:30AM CHBC Upstairs Home Groups: Sundays at 6:00PM Various Homes Outbreak: Wednesdays at 6:00PM CHBC Upstairs
COLLEGE MINISTRIES WEEKLY MEETINGS: Sunday School: Sundays at 9:30AM (in the College Room) Home Groups: Sundays at 6:00PM (Various Homes) Pause: Wednesdays at 8:00PM (Connel’s Home-30 Clare) FMI: Contact Ryan Connel at 227-1778 or church office at 949-5788
Summer Pause at the Connel’s: 30 Clare Drive
By Mail: College Hills Baptist Church 2102 Johnson Ave San Angelo TX 76904 By Phone: 325.949.5788
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BodyLife Home Groups meet Sunday evenings at 6PM. All groups are open to anyone, so choose one and join us! Host Homes:
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201 Churchill (Sam & Tracy Torbett) 6706 Grand Canal (James & Nina Reid) 208 Edinburgh (Lakan & Kim Mariano) 2102 Johnson (Church) 2639 Parkview (J.T. & Michelle Smith) 1525 S Van Buren (John & Paige Southwell)
Led by: Sam Torbett & Rex Stephenson Led by: James Reid & Philip Cross Led by: Lakan Mariano Led by: John Bilberry Led by: Andrew Siefker Led by: Ryan Connel
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YOUR CHURCH STAFF: Lakan Mariano: Senior Pastor
These men are responsible for hospital visitation and are available to anyone who has needs. Elder Fred Rike…….….....227-4208 Deacon John Bilberry……....942-1012 Elder Rex Stephenson….942-9537 Deacon Charles Harrison....653-4386 Elder Andrew Siefker…...212-4410 Deacon Jerry Walls………..…944-1876
Philip Cross: Family & Education Pastor
Ryan Connel: Pastor to Students
Micah Mariano: Worship Pastor
Cynthia Hickey: Ministry Assistant
CHURCH OFFICE HOURS: Monday—Thursday: 8:30AM—4:00PM Friday: 9:00AM—4:00PM Lunch Break: Noon— 1:00PM
Extended Session Workers: We appreciate all our extended session workers. Please be in your place by 10:20AM so you can be there before the children arrive. Please call Philip Cross @325-277-7980 if you are unable to work your extended session or if you have any questions. 1’s and 2’s: 08-04 Eric Tharp/Mable Chote 08-11 Allie Rike 08-18 Taylor Stephenson/Presley Fisher 08-25 Ashley Minor/Avery Brown
3’s & 4’s: Ray & Jessalyn Cherry Jessie Rike Rex & Josh Stephenson Cami Mariano/Careissy Reeves