Word From the Pastor
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An Irish Blessing May the road rise to meet you May the wind be always at your back May the sun shine warm upon your face The rains fall soft upon your fields And until we meet again May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Word From The Pastor As of late I have been mixing up my devotional times with the Lord somewhat. It’s not because I am board, or feel constrained by my usual routine; but instead it’s an inward restlessness that stirs deep in my soul to grow ever closer to Christ. This desire has caused me to look at many different resources as I spend time with the Lord. One such resource is called Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions. Worship through music is powerful and I absolutely love the way our band leads us on Sunday. But there are hymns from my youth that I find myself singing, silently throughout the day that really speak to me. One of those hymns is called “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” by Robert Robinson, 1735–1790. Here is the devotion from the book I mentioned above concerning this text. I pray that it will shed light on the words of this familiar hymn. Pay close attention to the final verse in the song. That is the one that gets me every time! I pray that you have a great month, and I hope to see you at Cowboy Fellowship as we study 1 Corinthians 13 during the month of March. ___________________________________________________________________
O Lord, You are my God: I will exalt You and praise Your name, for in perfect faithfulness You have done marvelous things, things planned long ago. (Isaiah 25:1) It would be enlightening if the people in the pew could stand on the platform and observe the congregational singing during an average church service. One would soon concur that there are many who appear to have attended church without the express purpose of having a personal encounter with God. Comparatively few people reveal evidence of losing themselves in worship and praise or of appropriating the great truths about which they sing. How different would be our times of corporate praise if each of us would heed the apostle Paul’s teaching of “singing with the Spirit and with the understanding also” (1 Corinthians 14:15). Not all of us are able to sing tunefully, but everyone in whom the Spirit of God dwells can and should respond with joyful praise when the opportunity is presented. During his early teen years, Robert Robinson lived in London, where he mixed with a notorious gang of hoodlums and led a life of debauchery. At the age of 17 he attended a meeting where the noted evangelist George Whitefield was preaching. Robinson went for the purpose of “scoffing at those poor, deluded Methodists” and ended up professing faith in Christ as his Savior. Soon he felt called to preach the gospel and subsequently became the pastor of a rather large Baptist church in Cambridge, England. Despite his young age, Robinson became known as an able minister and scholar, writing various theological books as well as several hymns, including these words written when he was just 23 years of age: Come, Thou Fount of ev’ry blessing, tune my heart to sing Thy grace; streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise. Teach me some melodious sonnet sung by flaming tongues above; praise the mount—I’m fixed upon it—mount of Thy redeeming love. Here I raise mine Ebenezer—hither by Thy help I’m come; and I hope by Thy good pleasure safely to arrive at home. Jesus sought me when a stranger wand’ring from the fold of God; He to rescue me from danger interposed His precious blood. O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be! Let Thy goodness like a fetter bind my wand’ring heart to Thee: Prone to wander—Lord, I feel it—prone to leave the God I love; here’s my heart—O take and seal it; Seal it for Thy courts above.
Schedule Of Events
MARCH 2014 SUN
The following are reoccurring events that take place each week/month at the same time unless otherwise denoted.
Discipleship Classes Sunday morning before Church at 9am
Church Services - Sunday at 10:45 AM
Baptism Sunday mornings before service church
Children’s Play Group Every Tuesday from 10am 11:30am.
Men’s Fellowship Breakfast 3rd Sat. 8-9 Call Bob Byrd for info at: 210-896-5525
CFY - Every Wednesday @ 6:30pm
Pre-Teen Ministry Every Wednesday @ 6:30pm-8 Bldg D
2nd Sat. Cleanup 8 am-10
2nd Thursday Helping Hands 10—12 Please Go To Our Website For Times And More Information!
Play Day 9a Discipleship 10:45 a Sun Morning Worship Serv. 1:30 GriefShare
4 10a-11:30a Play Group Kid Nation
5 6:30p-8p 5th & 6th Grade Youth 6:30p-8p CFY
9 10 10:45a Sun. Morning Worship Serv. 12-2p Leadership and Lay Pastor Mtg. 1:30 GriefShare
11 12 10a-11:30a 6:30p-8p Play Group 5th & 6th Grade Youth
16 10:36 Saddle up 10:45am Sun. Morning Worship Serv. 1:30 GriefShare
18 19 10a-11:30a 6:30p-8p Play Group 5th & 6th Grade Youth
23 9a Discipleship 10:45am Sun. Morning Worship Serv. 12pm-1 Elders mtg. 1:30 GriefShare
30 9a Discipleship 10:45a Sun. Morn. Worship Serv. 1:30 GriefShare
6:30p-8p CFY 7p-9p Adult Riding Group
6:30p -8p CFY
8 8:00a–10a 2nd Sat Clean Up 10a-12 Ladies Riding Group
13 10a Helping Hands 6:30p-9p CF band practice 6:30pm– 8 Judo
20 6:30p-9p CF band practice 6:30p – 8 Judo
27 6:30p-9p CF band 6:30p – 8 Judo
6:30p-9p CF band practice 6:30 p–8p Judo
8a-9a Men’s Fellowship Breakfast
Proverbs 16:24 Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
26 6:30p-8p 10a-11:30a 5th & 6th Play Group Grade Youth 6:30p-8p CFY
March Church Events
March 2nd Play Day - after church service (see flyer page 5) March 2,9,16, 23, 30 GriefShare 1:30 March 4th Play Group at Kid Nation 10-11:30 March 8th Second Saturday Clean up 8am-10am March 13th Helping Hands 10:30 - 12 March 24th Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace (See flyer Pg.5)
The Arena Ministry
Adult Riding Group 2nd Wednesday of every month 7pm - 9pm Contact Liz Powell 830-426-9391
Youth Riding Clinic 4th Wednesday of the month 7pm-9pm Contact Liz Powell 830-426-9391
Ladies Riding Group 2nd Sat. of the month 10am-12 noon Contact info.: Marian Knowlton phone 210-831-6079 email email@example.com
GriefShare Grief Recovery Support Group Your Journey for Mourning to Joy GriefShare is a special weekly seminar/support group for people grieving the death of someone close. It is a place where people understand how you feel and the pain of your loss. At GriefShare youâ€™ll learn valuable information that will help you through this difficult time in your life. GriefShare group will meet every Sunday at 1:30 pm for 13 weeks at Cowboy Fellowship If you have lost someone close to you or know of someone who has please call for more information. Church Office 830-769-3733 George Hannah 239-218-3377 Marinan Keeling 830-570-0267
Baptism In January - Amy Bennett窶適ielman came forward to be baptized professing she has accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. In February -David Douglas, Clyde Schuchart, Jonathan Gasner and Lanessa Harlan came forward to be baptized professing they have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Elder and Lay Pastor At the Town Hall Meeting on Jan. 26th Mike Dickmann was again voted in to serve as Elder for a second term. It was also announced at the meeting Mark Weatherston will serve as Lay Pastor and will be over the Arena Ministry.
3rd Annual Chili Cook-off The 3rd annual chili cook-off was held on February 2nd. The winners of the event were: 1st place went to Brenda Wiley Guerrero winning a $25 Gift Certificate donated by City Cleaners 2nd place winner was Mike Saldivar who received a $15 HEB gift card. 3rd place went to Connie Walker who won a $10 Sonic gift card.
Craig & Denise Williams In Uruguay Pushing the grocery cart down the aisle Friday, Craig received a flurry of phone calls from our real estate agent, Liz. Up to this point, we had seen at least 25 apartments and several caught our eye, but for varying reasons God closed the door on each one we tried to rent. On Friday morning we decided on another tiny and very economical (for here) apartment and made the appointment to reserve it. An hour before that appointment while we were buying groceries the phone calls came one after another while pushing the grocery cart up and down the aisles. Apparently, the owner of the economical choice (we'll call him Pablo) tells Liz that he is suspicious of us because we are Americans and began asking all kinds of unreasonable requirements to even consider renting to us. We were a bit surprised but told Liz we would comply and to proceed. A few minutes later Liz called saying another landlord, Laura, owner of a beautiful apartment we loved but didn't consider because it was above our budget, called to ask if we were interested in being her renters. Craig told Liz even though Laura lowered the price to the rejected amount we offered we wanted to stay with Pablo's which was still less expensive. Laura then lowers the rent another $100. Craig tells Liz we would only consider it if Laura would freeze that rent in a two year contract. We were not at all surprised she rejected our terms. We were fine to live in Pablo's more economical apartment with his ridiculous requirements. A few minutes later, Liz calls back telling us that Laura will accept all our conditions if we would be her renters. So we said YES. Then we find out that Pablo had decided he didn't want to rent to us. Craig then called Jose, owner of another small apartment, to cancel our appointment to look again at his apartment (that we considered our fall back if we could not find something else). Jose told Craig he was glad he called because he had just rented the apartment. Another of many confirmations from God. Thank you for joining us in praying that God would make it very clear where we should live. We have already met several of the residents and are praying God will use us to bring them to the Great Realities of Jesus Christ! Denise posted the following on facebook last June while living in Uruguay: "I will extol the Lord at all times His praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me, let us exult His name together." Psalm 34:1-3 What a glorious morning! I woke up sensing the presence of the Lord calling me to walk with Him. As I went out on the River Walk the Sunrise was absolutely beautiful! It was like God wanted to reassure me of His ALMIGHTY POWER and WONDER. I walked and praised Him, sat and prayed for Uruguay, our future, HIS will to be done... As I walked back there was a splendid partial rainbow full of color and promise. I don't know all God has ahead of us but I do know He promises to be with us and as we abide in Him He will produce HIS fruit for HIS gory! Praise the Lord! Denise said that as she sat and prayed that June morning she told God how hard it would be for her to move to Uruguay sharing all her doubts and reasons. As she poured her heart out to the Lord she felt like God wrapped her in His love and said "Trust Me, I have this." As she then turned to walk back she saw the beautiful partial rainbow, it looked like it was shooting out the top of a building by the sea. That building is visible from our new living room window as a continual reminder to trust and abide in God, He's got this! That may sound eerie and subjective, but we know God is awesome, mighty and can do amazing things just like when He parted the Red Sea for Moses and Israel. There is a great sense of God's powerful presence with us and we know He will use us as we walk in dependence and in the power of His Spirit. Thank you so much for all your prayers! It has already been an amazing journey.
We pray that the Christmas season and holidays were good to all of you. We definitely missed so many of our friends and family during that time, but we have had a blast here. We enjoyed having the Robinsons, our friends from Colorado, here with us as well as Josiah, a videographer from Seattle. God really blessed us with a season of rest, enjoyment and great fellowship. We climbed a mountain, went 4-wheeling down a river bed, took a trip to Kidepo National Park in search of animals, played lots of soccer, ate some questionable food (no details, Josiah), and enjoyed a number of early morning runs with the most beautiful sunrises. We celebrated Christmas day with a goat roast and an assortment of great food made by the ladies. It only took us 7 hours to kill the goat, clean it and cook it all on our little homemade grill. Thanks, guys, for coming to hang out with us! The kids are doing great. They are back into the swing of school after 2 weeks off and are working hard. Nevaeh and Rikot play house, sew clothes for their dolls and bead bracelets, necklaces, and other things. Ezra and Zion grow daily in their love and skill for soccer. Izzy is fascinated with bugs, chameleons, lizards and all other moving or crawling things. He really has a soft heart for animals. Selah and Acuka mostly just run around getting into trouble. The boys make their own slingshots and bows and arrows and go hunting. Ezra shot a bird the other day (incredible shot) and Izzy cried inconsolably. We told Ezra that if you shoot an animal you have to eat it, so the kids plucked the feathers, cleaned it and cooked this little bird and ate it. Everyone got half a bite. It has been an exciting month for us in the areas of church planting and discipleship. As I shared last month, Wari has really grown in his passion and knowledge for making disciples. He has been traveling around in a number of different villages sharing the gospel and looking for men who have a hunger for the kingdom. He is now actively discipling 11 men from 4 villages. In one village he has moved to the “watch” stage in the “Model, Assist, Watch, and Leave” (MAWL) strategy we use. A couple of guys are now leading a small church in the village of Lolelia and they have begun to move into another village with the gospel as well. We constantly pray for these leaders and other potential leaders. We pray that they will grow into “faithful men who are qualified to teach others” (2Tim. 2:2). Lolelia is one of the villages Wari has been traveling to and sharing in. It is about 10-15 miles from our village of Kaceri and is actually considered a “camp”, a temporary community where people live part-time in order to farm. They clear land, set up a small hut, and farm that land while having a more permanent residence in an established village somewhere else. Lolelia is on the border between Jie and Dodoth, two Karimojong sub-tribes that have been raiding and killing each other since probably before the United States was a nation. Needless to say they are long-time enemies. There is currently a big army presence there as they are trying to stop this insecurity. As Wari has been sharing the gospel, the army has really appreciated it and seen the value of the words of Christ and their ability to bring peace to our region. They asked us to come back and conduct peace meetings in the context of the Bible. The second week of January, Andrew and I accompanied Wari to Lolelia to show the Jesus Film, share the gospel, and speak on the peace found in Christ. The whole village of Lolelia showed up for the Jesus film that night and heard the gospel. We slept there in our hammocks, ate some boiled potatoes provided to us by a family, and spent some more time the next day sharing the gospel and the peace that Christ has to offer. We invited the villagers, beginning with the elders, to share about what they had heard and their responses. There was an overwhelmingly positive response by many people, but at the end a man stood up. He had been sitting with 2 others, separate from the rest of the people. He and his brothers were the only Dodoth in the midst of this Jie camp, and had come to hear what was going on. They lived in the first Dodoth camp across the border a couple of miles away. He shared that he was amazed at what he had heard about Jesus. He and his brothers wanted to follow Jesus, they wanted the peace of Jesus in their lives, and they wanted to be at peace with the Jie. He was the elected leader of his village and he wanted to go home, back to his village, and share all that he had heard about Jesus, but was afraid his people would not believe him. Wari talked to one of the guys he had been discipling from Lolelia, a Jie. This guy, Achilla, agreed to go back to the Dodoth village with these new believers and begin discipling them and sharing the good news of Christ. This week we got a report that he is there now, sharing and discipling a people that have been his enemies, raiding and killing his own clan. We can do nothing but be in awe and praise God for what we are seeing happen before our very eyes among His people. Please keep praying with us. I believe there is so much more the Father wants to do here and there's nothing more valuable we can do than get behind it in fervent prayer, “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” We pray that God would bring His kingdom down. Cont on page 10
Thanks for journeying with us. Here are some prayer requests that you can keep lifting up: 1. The Moses Project. Keep praying for God to provide the funds for this
work. We are being brought new cases of babies who have no mother or mother does not have milk to feed the baby with. We currently have three sets of twins with mothers who don't have enough milk, and four grandmothers raising their grandchildren. We will soon be starting a Bible study with these women, led by a Karimojong women our teammate, Elise, is discipling. 2. Wari. Pray for protection from the enemy over him as he labors for the gospel tirelessly. Pray God will raise up disciples for him that can share the work with him. 3. Pray for Kristi as she goes through pregnancy here in Kaceri. Pray that she can keep up with the demands on her energy and time. 4. Pray for the Spencers, a family that are looking to come and serve with us in Karamoja. Pray that God will make paths straight for them. 5. Pray for the new believers in the Lolelia area, and especially for Achilla as he disciples the believers among the Dodoth village. 6. The Akiru Project. Pray for God's blessing over the women's work and for their maturity as disciples. Five women and one husband were baptized last month. They will soon be starting a Bible study for new believers, taught by the more seasoned believers of the group.
In Christ, The Williams Kenneth, Kristi, Nevaeh, Rikot, Ezra, Zion, Israel, Selah and Acuka
On Thursday February 13th the Helping Hands met at Cowboy Fellowship to put together the bible bags and to restock the tables around the sanctuary. There was a good group today. Everyone was happy to see the sunshine and warmer weather. After the work was done the group went to CafĂŠ Chris for a good lunch and fellowship.
The Helping Hands Ministry Team met again on February 20th to help Adam Shelburne Cowboy Fellowship’s Children’s Pastor put together literature for the Children’s ministries’ classes. Afterwards they met at Café Chris for a nice lunch and fellowship. If you would like to be a part of this hard working ministry please contact Marty Pryor.
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