Modern Family—Greg Robbins Years ago folk singer Bob Dylan sang, “The times are changing.” And times certainly are changing when it comes to family life. This statistic has been stated so many times it has almost become cliché (but numerous sources confirm its truthfulness): about half of all new marriages end in divorce. The likelihood of divorce only increases when it comes to remarriage and situations when couples live together
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before marriage. Concerning cohabitation, today more than half of all people live together before marriage. Before 1960, virtually no one did. The greater portion of children born to women ages twenty to twenty-four in the United States are now born to unmarried women. The implication of this statistic is that countless children (Continued on page 2)
Special points of interest
Inside this issue
• May Events are highlighted on page 4. The full calendar is on page 6. • This year’s VBS is June 11-15. More information is on page 5. • You can receive this newsletter by email. Just go to www.heathchurchofchrist
Mission of the Month— TCM International
News and Statistics
Fighting the Good Fight—Elder Update—Lyle Dudgeon As we look over the tremendous accomplishments of the Heath Church of Christ over the past year we are reminded daily of the fact that we have been blessed by the hand of God with one of the finest staffs that any church could ask for. Our staff is well grounded in the Word, dedicated to each other and the future success of
God's kingdom here in the Heath community and throughout the world. Another great characteristic of our church is its immense capacity to simply love and care for one another. Many times I have told those inquiring about our congregation that they will (Continued on page 2)
Additions Joey & Kayla Roberts
Baptized April 8, 2012
Andrew & Anna Breen
Transferred April 22, 2012
Matt & Jocelyn Woodrum
Transferred April 22, 2012
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. ~I Corinthians 12:27 (NIV)
Modern Family (continued) This constant cultural bombardment has undermined traditional family life. All these trends and influences demonstrate that the times have changed. However, do you know one thing that has not changed over time? God’s truth and wisdom for families remains the same. God’s plans and guidelines for marriage and family are more needed and relevant than ever before. So in the weeks to come on Sunday morning we are going to turn to God’s word seeking to find solutions to the challenges facing modern families.
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are often being born into unstable domestic situations, without the benefit and security of having a married mother and father. Related, and deeply troubling, about 40 percent of children in America live in homes where there is no consistent father-figure. This means that four-out-of-ten sons do not have a dedicated father to guide them into manhood and four-out-of-ten daughters are not blessed with the safety and security of having a loving, affirming dad.
The secular world continuously bombards our homes with messages Upcoming Sermon Schedule: (through television, satellite, and May 6 – Modern Marriage internet) that threaten the relational and May 13 – Modern Parenting spiritual health of our families including: May 20 – Modern Divorce promiscuity among single people is fun, May 27 – Modern Heroes safe, and without consequences; there is June 3 – Modern Influences nothing sacred about sex; homosexual June 10 – Modern Questions relationships are the norm; and divorce provides couples an easy out when a June 17 – Modern Fathers marriage encounters a few bumps. June 24 – Modern Sexuality
Fighting the Good Fight (continued) many are afraid to defend the gospel, not see factions, divisions, etc., at Heath Heath Church of Christ sends out the Church of Christ. What they will see is clarion call to all who will hear that we people striving to feed the world the have the Bread of Life and we invite all spiritual sustenance necessary to come and eat. “Another great to fight the good fight and keep Let love prevail, let the faith through the examples characteristic of our the church march of their lives. church is its immense on. Keep loving one capacity to simply love I trust this report will serve as another, keep the an encouragement to all who and care for one another.” faith, because our read it, whether they are reward is coming. seeking a new church home or fighting To God be the glory now and forever the good fight. In a time when too more. (Continued from page 1)
We are here to REACH people for Jesus Christ, to TEACH people the Word of God, and to EQUIP Christians for service. 2
Mission of the Month TCM International
6337 Hollister Dr • PO Box 24560 Indianapolis, IN 46224 • www.tcmi.org TCMI was established in 1957 for church planting and radio evangelism in Toronto, Canada. They began to spread the Gospel behind the Iron Curtain in 1963. Their European base of operations, Haus Edeiweiss, near Helligenkreuz, Austria was purchased in 1971. In 1991 TCMI began the institute of Biblical Studies, now the TCM International Institute for Christian Leadership Training. On March 19, the first classes of the 2012 academic year began at Haus Edelweiss. Classes will simultaneously be taught at four in-country course locations as well. Courses that will be offered include: 2012 Courses at Haus Edelweiss Research Methods taught by Katharina Penner English Skills for Theological Studies taught by Bill & Sue Abegglen Old Testament Teaching and Preaching taught by Konstantin Nazarov The Church as Mission taught by Jozsef Steiner Counseling Techniques taught by Ken Goble 2012 Courses at In-Country Sites Youth & Children Ministry taught by Myron Williams, one week in Russia and one week in Belarus Worldview & Cults taught by Mihai Malancea, in Moldova Hermeneutics taught by Ted VanderEnde, in Romania The typical TCMI student who will be attending one of those courses is 39 years old, well educated, and involved in local ministry in his/her community—a ministry where he/she will likely remain for a lifetime. They have chosen to enroll at TCMI because the format of study allows them to continue to be fully involved in their ministry while pursuing their graduate level education. TCMI students are serving as missionaries in India, Norway, Western Europe, Afghanistan, Iraq, Siberia, Iran, Tajikistan, and Turkey. Seventy students are former Muslims. In one recent class of 33 students, 25 of them are working directly with Muslims in their countries. TCMI students and graduates are being the salt and light of God within the communities and cultures where they live, changing them for and through Christ’s message to “go and make disciples of all nations.” Faith Promise Update: Our goal for mission giving for June 2012-May 2013 is $95,189.00. As of April 29 we have pledged to give $84,784.00. We will continue to receive pledges for the next couple weeks. If you would like to receive the email newsletter from our Faith Promise speaker, David Linn, Team Expansion Venezuela, email MLS75@roadrunner.com to be added to the list. 2012-2013 Mission Possible booklets are available at the Mission Display in the church lobby. 3
Willing Workers May 9th, Willing Workers will be traveling to the Wilds, leaving promptly at 9:30AM. This is the last meeting until Fall.
Statistics for April, 2012 Attendance
2012 2011 Weekly Average 686 557 Missions Faith Promise Offering Monthly Faith Promise $7,876.92 Actual Monthly Offering $8,064.00 Monthly Promise 102.38% Year to Date Promise 96.95% General Fund
May 12th at NOON XYZ will have a potluck lunch. Darlene Hogue will share about her Haiti mission Actual $65,315.00 Needed $60,143.00 trip. Please sign up in the lobby if Landmark Fund ($200,000.00 by March 2013) you plan to attend. April Offering $38,843.00 Reminder: The trip to see Jonah Offering to Date $134,758.00 at Sight & Sound Theatre in Parking Lot Fund ($20,000.00 for Spring 2012) Lancaster, Pennsylvania is April Offering $910.00 Offering to Date $7,335.00 September 10-13. Information and sign up is in the church lobby. Heath Christian School To Moms With Love Registration is underway for the Fall 2012For mothers of preschool and Spring 2013 school year at Heath Christian elementary age children. Meets School. The preschool meets Tuesdays and May 16, 9:30-11:00am, and May Thursdays. Pre-Kindergarten classes meet 21, 7:00-8:30pm for encouragement, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For Bible Study, and more. more information contact our administrator, High School Graduates Michele Tichenor, at 740-522-8402.
Our HCC graduates will be recognized during both morning services on Sunday, May 20. We’d like to honor all of our grads who attend the church. We don't want to miss anyone, so please fill out a communication card found in Sunday's bulletin with the graduates name, high school, and where they will be attending college this fall.
Our Spring Musical, God of This City, will be performed by our Children’s Ministry May 20th at 6:00pm. Invite your friends and family to join us for a fun and inspiring evening.
Bottles for Life 2012
We are supporting the work of Heartbeats of Licking County through their Bottles For Life campaign. Our gifts help the Heartbeats pregnancy center offer expectant mothers practical help and positive alternative choices to abortion. Please visit the Bottles for Life display in the lobby. Take a bottle home, fill it with coins, cash, or a check (payable to Heartbeats) and return to HCC by June 3rd.
Isabella Grace, born Friday, April 6, to Jeff and Julie Smith, 7lbs, 12oz.
The Heath Church of Christ extends sympathy to the following: Family of Hershel Markle Family of Jim Norton, Trena Brown's brother Family of Juanita Sheldon, re Karen Agnew 4
May 2012 Sun
6:30a Men's Bib Fellowship Cafe 9:00a Last Call Ministry 7:00p -8:00p Mi Programming fo Teens and Adul
Pastoral Team Visits
9:00a Blended Worship & Bible Classes 10:30a Modern Worship & Bible Classes 5pm - 7pm Financial Peace University 6:00p Annual Congregational Meeting, Children’s Programs
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9:00a Blended Worship & Bible 12:00p XYZ Potluck with Darlene Hogue Classes 10:30a Modern Worship & Bible Classes 5pm - 7pm Financial Peace University & What We Believe 6:00p Fireside Worship (adults), Teen Activity & Children’s Groups
9:00a Blended Worship & Bible 7:00p- 8:30p To Moms With Love Classes 10:30a Modern Worship & Bible Classes 11:35a Visitors Reception 5pm - 7pm Financial Peace University & What We Believe 6:00p Children’s Musical
7:00p Heath Christian School Graduation
6:30a Men's Bib Fellowship Cafe 9:30a Willing W –Trip to the W 7:00p -8:00p Mi Programming fo Teens and Adul
6:30a Men's Bib Fellowship Café 9:30a -11:00a T Love 7:00p -8:00p Mi Programming fo Teens and Adul
6:30a Men's Bib Fellowship Café 7:00p -8:00p Mi Programming fo Teens and Adul 8:15p Missions Meeting
9:00a Blended Worship & Bible Classes 10:30a Modern Worship & Bible Classes 5pm - 7pm Financial Peace University & What We Believe 6:00p Fireside Worship (adults), Teen Activity & Children’s Groups
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10:00a –1:00p WCF Let Your Light Shine Brunch
10:00a -11:30a Ladies' Morning Bible Study -Room 117 6:30p Leadership Study 7:30p Board Meeting 8:00p Elders Meeting
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