IN THIS ISSUE
Word from the Pastor
Covered Facility Update
Events & Announcements
The Parent Link
Word from the Pastor “To Many Buts” One of the things I have always loved and admired about Cowboy Fellowship is that we don’t make excuses. Our church has always been one that is willing to work, serve, and go where others are not. When things get tough or the outlook seems uncertain, we just put our heads down and trust God. As a result we have witnessed God do some amazing things over the years. But here lately it seems like I am hearing more and more people, both inside and outside of our church saying the word “but” a lot. When it comes to love, and especially the kind of love the Bible speaks of humanity is frequently quick to offer a “but.” We say things like, “But you don’t know what they did to me!” “But it’s harder than you think!” “But they are using me as a door mat!” “But__________” (you fill in the blank). When we examine scripture however it is clear that God did not leave any room for our “buts.” For example 1 John 4:16 says, “God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.” Jesus himself said the same thing from his very lips when He was asked about what the greatest commandment was. In His answer he pointed out not one but two commandments by saying, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” There is no room left in this passage for our excuses. We are tempted to say things like “But Jesus doesn’t know my neighbor!” In reality however the truth is “Yes he does” and he put you beside that neighbor for a reason! Instead of constantly bringing our list of “buts” to God, it’s time that we get on with bringing God’s love to the world around us. God hasn’t called and equipped us to be people of “buts” but rather people of love. Let the love of God flow from your life, and resist the temptation to bombard God with all of your “buts” in the coming days. Giving God our list of “buts” may be easy but it never changes anything. Forget about the “buts” of life and move boldly ahead with God into the future!
Schedule Of Events The following are reoccurring events that take place each week/ month at the same time unless otherwise denoted: Church Services - Sunday @ 10:45 AM Discipleship Classes – Monday 6:30pm—8:00 pm 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 R.E.A.L.M. - Every Wednesday @ 7:00 pm unless otherwise noted. Pre-Teen Ministry—Every Wednesday @ 6:30pm—8 Bldg D Living Hope - Every Thursday @ 7 PM For more info call Louise Manning at 830-480-4145
4 6:30 –8 Discipleship Class
10 10:45a Sun. Morning Worship Serv. 12-2 Leadership and Lay Pastor Mtg.
11 6:30 –8 Discipleship Class
10:45a Sun Morning Worship Serv. Saddle Up 10:30-11:45 upstairs
6:30 –8 Discipleship Class
10a-11:30 Play Group
24 10:45a Sun Morning Worship Serv.
25 6:30 –8 Discipleship Class
3 10:45 a Sun Morning Serv. Baptism
10a-11:30 Play Group
6 6:30p8p 5th & 6th Grade Youth
7 6:30p- 8 9p CF band practice 7p-8p Living Hope 6:30 –8 Judo 7p-10p Barrel Racing Practice
9 8:00 am 2nd Sat Clean Up 10-12 Ladies Riding Group
14 15 6:30p-9p CF band practice 6:30– 8 Judo 7-8 Living Hope
6:30p-8p 5th & 6th Grade Youth
10:30 am Helping Hands 6:30p-9p CF band practice 6:30—8 Judo 7p-8p Living Hope
6:30p-9p CF band practice 6:30—8 Judo 7p-8p Living Hope
Office Closed 6:30p— 7:30 p Easter Egg Hunt
12-1 Pot Luck Play Day
10a-11:30 Play Group
13 6:30p8p 5th & 6th Grade Youth 6:30-8p CFY
8- 9 Men’s Fellowship Breakfast
7p-9p Adult Riding Group
2nd Sat. Clean Up 8 am
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Day Light Savings Time begins on March 10th. Don’t forget to SPRING forward by turning your clock ahead 1 hour.
12-1 Elders mtg.
26 10a-11:30 Play Group
27 6:30p-8p 5th & 6th Grade Youth 6:30-8p CFY 7-9 Youth Riding Clinic
31 Easter 10:45a Sun. Morning Worship Serv.
Psalm 105:1 Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done.
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
Barrel Racing Practice—1st & 3rd Thursday at 7:00 pm
March 3rd - Baptism, Pot Luck March 3rd - GriefShare 1:30 Sunday at Cowboy Fellowship March 16th - Cowboy Fellowship Open 4D & Youth 3D Barrel Racing (See pg 7 for details) March 17th - Saddle Up Seminar 10:30 –11:45am upstairs in conference room March 24th - Third round of the Roping Series 2013. For more info. go to our website www.cowboyfellowship.org or call Jr. Martinez 830-570-7615 March 29th - Easter Egg Hunt – Jourdanton Park 6:30pm -7:30 pm For more info. contact Adam at 830-769-3733 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Covered Facility Update Work continues on the arena. There has been 634 feet of 3 inch water lines run to the east side of the arena to accommodate the live stock stalls, watering needs for live stock in the arena and the water wagon. Welding on the bow gates in the live stock stalls to provide added strength needed for Rough Stock events is complete. We have added extra dirt to keep it manageable for the different type events. There is a link on the Cowboy Fellowship website www.cowboyfellowship.org specifically dedicated for the arena. You are able to do online registration, pay deposits and fees, and download necessary forms and waivers. The Arena Ministry has been making good use of the covered facility. On the 2nd Wednesday of the month - Adult Riding Group meets, Youth riding clinic meets on the 4th Wednesday, Ladies Riding Group meets on the 2nd Saturday and Barrel Racing Practice is on the 1st and 3rd Thursday. Upcoming church events scheduled for March are: Cowboy Fellowship Open 4D & Youth 3D Barrel Racing on March 16th and the third round in the Roping Series on March 24. May is only 2 months away so we will soon be gearing up for our Heritage Days Celebration. We want to thank everyone who has donated time and prayers to support this project and we are very grateful for those who continue to faithfully support this project with your financial gifts. Donate Here
Dear Friends and Family, Words cannot express my gratitude for your prayers and financial support while my team was in Kenya. We definitely felt your prayers. We encountered many challenges on the drilling rig while we were in Kenya. God was faithful and helped us find all the necessary parts. While in Kenya, we discovered it was extremely difficult to find a truck to pull our rig and compressor. We also had maintenance issues on the rig, as it had been sitting still for three years in the states. The batteries on both the rig and compressor were dead. We also had to find oil, casing, and a new drill bit. This was not as easy as going to the local hardware store! Our drilling rig had been parked at First Love Orphanage in Karen, a suburb of Nairobi. I was able to spend some time with the sweet children at the orphanage while we were fixing the rig. After many hours of covering the city of Nairobi hunting for parts, we were finally able to pull the rig to our destination. We completed one well in the small village of Komarock. The people in the village were quite interested in our work. They thoroughly enjoyed the mzungus (foreigners) who came to drill for water. This village is where the work of Operation H2O first began 10 years ago. It was in this place that God gave the vision for providing clean water to Kenya. Drilling was extremely difficult at this site, because we had to drill through granite and rocky soil. In spite of these many issues, God was faithful to provide clean water for the village of Komarock. Before the installation of this well, women and children walked for miles to a pond for water. Now, they will have clean water for bathing, cooking, and drinking. We were also able to worship with the people in the village at Komarock Baptist Church. Most of the children in Komarock do not speak English. The language barrier was initially a challenge; however, towards the end of our time in Komarock I had built relationships with many of the children. We played and sang together. I gave them Play Dough, which they had never seen before. They loved seeing their faces on the camera. I also visited Komarock Primary School. The children had so many questions about America! It was my experiences with the children and the other people of Komarock that truly made this trip for me. Thank you again for your prayers. They were absolutely invaluable! Your financial support equipped us with the necessary resources. Because of your generosity and prayers, the work of Operation H2O will continue in Kenya. We hope to be able to drill many more wells! You may view all my pictures from the trip at kenya.cowboyfellowshipkids.org. Love in Christ, Adam Shelburne email@example.com
Open 4D & Youth 3D Barrel Race
SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2013 COWBOY FELLOWSHIP COVERED ARENA Books open at 8:30 Exhibitions: 9:00-12:30 pm -$5 each Peewee(8 & under) $20 starts at 1:00 pm– please pre-enter for guaranteed prize Youth 3D (18 & Under—1 second splits) - $25 Open Barrel Race 4D- $35 Youth can make one run and carry over to open or make 2 runs, May also carry over peewee times to Youth or Open class.
*** NO OFFICE FEES—NO ALCOHOL OR ICE CHESTS *** Concessions available 80% payout for all races Will draw for drag & offer buybacks for no times or if you just don’t like you run (all runs count in payout) For more information Contact: Tina Pawelek (210)413-3271 Brenda Knowlton (210) 313-8363, Samantha FitzSimon (210) 912-8451 Email pre-entries starting Monday, March 11 to firstname.lastname@example.org Cut off is Friday, March 15th at noon for online pre - entries. You may also phone in entries to 210-313-8363 - Brenda Knowlton
MATTHEW 25:35 One of the first items on the agenda for 2013 will be a fan drive. This will benefit people in need during the hot south texas weather. We will be collecting new box fans to distribute. Follow the bulletin and e-newsletter for the dates. We also have many other drives set up for the year.
2nd Saturday Clean Up Ministry
2nd Saturday Clean up March 9th 8:00 am Bring a friend, grab a mop and broom and enjoy some fellowship!
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 at Cowboy Fellowship for 13 weeks. 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
Food for Thought Why Go To Church? A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. "I've gone for 30 years now," he wrote, "and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them. So, I think I'm wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all." This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the Editor" column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher: "I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this. They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!" When you are DOWN to nothing... God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible! Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment! "When Satan is knocking at your door, simply say, "Jesus, could you get that for me?"
Helping Hands The Helping Hands Ministry met on Feb. 21, 2013 at Cowboy Fellowship to help Adam put together the Children’s Ministry activity books. After finishing their work they met at Café Chris for lunch and fellowship. During lunch at Café Chris Marty Pryor was surprised with a birthday party. After lunch several of the Helping Hands returned to the church for their weekly computer training . They meet every Thursday at 1:00 to have a computer session. If you are a newbie to the computer and have a laptop or Ipad stop by and learn some computer basics.
Castro Chronicles Where we are serving Quito, Ecuador We are serving God in Quito, Ecuador. This blog will hopefully be a source of encouragement as well as insight into the journey we have begun.
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Here is a video of a cute little penguin who doesn't want to get in the water. It's funny, because I think sometimes I'm just like that little penguin. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RI8hFUgpq4&feature=player_embedded
It's so scary sometimes to jump off into the "unknown." I want to, but until you do it, it's just plain SCARY! You go and scope it out, only to think, "Nope, I'm not jumping in that water!" You walk around shaking your head because you see your friends swimming around down there. Surely, it's not so bad. You go back out there, and get right on the edge only to find that you STILL don't have the courage to take the plunge. And then when you least expect it... God gives you the little nudge you need. Once you have fallen in, you find out that you can swim and that it wasn't that scary after all :-)
Dear Friends at the Cowboy Fellowship, Kristi and I were just looking over our financial records for the year and wanted to write you a letter saying thank you so much for your support of our family. We are honored that you believe in us and our work among the Karimojong. Before coming to Uganda, Kristi and I never really went on a fundraising trip, speaking at lots of churches or things of that sort. We simply sent out a letter and talked to friends and relatives allowing God to provide as he saw fit. He has been gracious to us during our time here, and we can say that we have never been in want. He has given us enough to do all that He has called us to do. Thank you for being a part of that. Through the contributions of only 17 regular donors and 31 donors for the year we have been enabled to live and work here, to support our family and provide funds for ministries such as medical, building a literacy center, recording an audio bible, discipleship, women's job skills project, etc. We have been able to see more than 60 people come to Christ and be baptized, 2 witch doctors burn their shrines, disciples being raised up, people being cared for in their dying moments, malnourished babies brought back to health, and so much more. God is really working here, and we are excited to see what he will do in 2013. We cannot say thank you enough. We love you and hope to visit you in San Antonio this year. Hopefully we will be able to take a short 3 month stateside trip in late summer to tell stories of what God is doing before going back. We pray that God is using you to reach Atascosa County for his glory. Thanks for your support. In Christ, Kenneth, Kristi, and the bunch Nevaeh, Rikot, Ezra, Zion, Israel, Selah and Acuka Kenneth Williams email@example.com Phone # 011 256 785758033 www.williamsinthewilderness.com
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