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November 2012 Newsletter Heath Church of Christ

A Season of Thanksgiving

~Greg Robbins

The Apostle Paul wrote his New Testament letters through a lens of gratitude. Here is a sampling of passages from Paul’s writings: 1 Corinthians 15:57 – “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Philippians 4:6 – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Colossians 2:6-7 – “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 3:16-17 – “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Continued on page 2)

Additions Drew Wilson

Baptized October 29, 2012

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• November events are

highlighted on page 4. The full calendar is on page 6. • Find out about Unity Sunday and They Play, You Shop on page 5.

Inside this issue Mission of the Month— CCU & KCU

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News and Statistics

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November Calendar Children’s Ministry

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Student Ministry

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Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27 NIV


A Season of Thanksgiving (continued from page 1) circumstances; rather, our life of gratitude is deeply rooted in our dependence, trust, and confidence in God. This is why Paul encourages Christians to express thanksgiving in all circumstances.

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Gratitude bubbles up throughout the writings of the Apostle Paul. Why? Thanksgiving fills Paul’s writings because he had been a recipient of God’s mercy and grace. The Apostle understood that all of life is a gift from God. A spirit of gratefulness comes when we realize that we are the recipients of the Lord’s goodness. God creates us. He breathes life into our bodies. The Creator provides us with the bounty of the earth to enjoy. God meets all of our needs. When we fail, he forgives. And when we die, God receives us into eternity. Our lives are never outside of the Lord’s loving presence.

Martin Rinckart was a German minister during the 1600’s. He ministered during a turbulent era characterized by war, rampant death, and disease (he performed over four thousand funerals in one year). Yet despite these trying circumstances, Rinckart was able to express thanksgiving to God and pen these words: “Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices, Who wondrous things has done, in whom this world rejoices; Who from our mother’s arms has blessed us on our way, with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.”

All of life—every breath we take, every second we live, every drop of rain that nourishes the ground that feeds us, every warm ray of sunshine, every friendship, every loving relationship, every moment of joy and hope—is God’s gift of grace. Gratitude begins when we realize that we are truly dependent creatures; all of life is dependent on God’s goodness and grace. Gratitude is our ability to experience life as a gift. A spirit of thanksgiving opens up our hearts and imaginations to wonder, delight, joy, and humility. Gratitude makes our hearts generous and it liberates us from the prison of selfishness. Thanksgiving is not contingent upon our

Rinckart’s thoughts represent a spirit of gratitude toward the God who gives countless gifts. This is what the Apostle Paul had in mind when he taught that Christians should overflow with thanksgiving. Psalm 118:1 – “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

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Mission of the Month

CINCINNATI CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY 2700 Glenway Avenue • Cincinnati, Ohio 45204 • www.ccuniversity.edu The mission of CCU is to teach men and women to live by biblical principles and to equip and empower them with character, skills, insight, and vision to lead the church and to impact society for Christ. The Need—This school exists because: 1. New and established churches need faithful, creative, well-informed leaders to preach God’s Word and serve God’s people; 2. The workplace needs Christian leaders with high ethical standards; 3. Our city and world need well-educated Christian citizens who can communicate God’s grace and truth interpersonally and cross-culturally; 4. Students need the opportunity to study under faithful, Bible-believing professors who will shape their worldview and motivate them to honor God in all endeavors. Vision—Reaching millions by teaching thousands. Heritage—Since 1924, CCU has been committed to:  Communicating Biblical truth;  Producing servant-leaders who love Jesus Christ and model excellence in areas such as preaching church leadership, education, business, counseling and pastoral care;  Applying the ideals of Biblical authority, Christian unity, and effective evangelism to the current culture with passion and relevance. Strategic Differentiators—What makes CCU different from other colleges and universities? We are Christian. We are a Bible college and seminary, with Scripture and ministry at the core of our curriculum and the heart of our mission. We are connected to the undenominational churches of the Restoration Movement. We are strategically located in an urban center in the heart of America.

KENTUCKY CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY 100 Academic Parkway • Grayson, KY 41143 • www.kcu.edu The mission of Kentucky Christian University is to educate students for Christian leadership and service in the church and in professions throughout the world. The school has been around for 93 years and in those 93 years the school has educated students in many different majors including Church Ministry, Education, Music and Counseling. In the past few years, the school has started new programs including Social Work, Pre-Law, Business Administration, Nursing and even a football team. Currently the school is in the middle of a campaign called “The Way Forward” to help students in several different areas. The campaign will help to raise money for scholarships to keep the cost of Christian education down for students. They will also use money raised to upgrade some the many facilities that have been around since the 60’s and 70’s. The last area of improvement will go towards technology on campus. The cost to keep the school current in technology is astronomical. This campaign will help continue the long ministry of Kentucky Christian University to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 3


Statistics for October, 2012

Pray for Our Country Our Fireside Room will be open for prayer for America as we approach the November elections. Sunday, November 4 from 2:00 to 6:00pm and Monday, November 5 from 10:00am-5:00pm you are encouraged to come in during these hours for a concerted effort of prayer.

The Story Our 6:00pm Sunday Evening program, The Story, continues to be a great inspiration. All age groups; children, teens and adults, are getting a fresh look at how God is working throughout history to bring mankind into a loving relationship with him. The Ladies Bible Study on Wednesday evenings is also studying The Story. This is a great opportunity for everyone to learn more about God’s Word. Please join us on Sunday evenings!

Holly Daze Saturday, November 10, from 9:00am to noon is the 2012 edition of Holly Daze! There will be workshops (preregistration required), continental breakfast, fellowship, music and devotions.

XYZ Ministry November 12 at noon XYZ hosts Ray and Judy Linn for lunch catered by Clay’s Cafe. Cost is $8.00. A sign up is in the church lobby for this event.

Willing Workers Meeting Wednesday, November 14, 9:30am in the Fireside Room. Program: Salvation Army. Hostesses: Pat Schaffer and Anna

Attendance 2012 2011 Weekly Average 473 484 Missions Faith Promise Offering Monthly Faith Promise $6,692.00 Actual Monthly Offering $6,258.00 Monthly Promise 93.51% Year to Date Promise 91.72% General Fund Offerings Received $50,091.00 Offerings Needed $50,400.00 Landmark Fund ($200,000.00 by March 2013) September Offerings Received to Date

$7,165.00 $238,377.00

Lou Corbin. Roll Call: Kindness received… Visitation: Rosemary Barboza and Karen Agnew. Devotions: Karen Agnew.

Visitors Reception Our next Visitor Reception follows 2nd service on November 18, 11:35am in the Fellowship Café. If you are new to HCC, we would like to get to know you better, answer your questions, and introduce you to the church staff and leadership team. Please join us.

Thanksgiving Week There will be no Wednesday night programming the week of Thanksgiving. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Unity Sunday November 25 will be a combined family worship service. See the details on the next page.

Our Sympathy The Heath Church of Christ extends sympathy to the following families: Family of Taxi Shaffer Family of Jean George, Irene Droke's daughter-in-law Family of Betty Murphy, Pam Long's aunt Family of Ray Pierce, Karen Agnew's brother Family of Judy Bonham, Linda Morgan's sister-in-law 4


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9:00a Blended Worship & Bible 10:00a-5:00p Prayer for our Classes Country-Fireside Room 10:30a Modern Worship & Bible Classes 2:00- 6:00p Prayer for our Country-Fireside Room 6:00p The Story Adults, The Story Teens, The Story

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6:30a Men's Bibl Fellowship Cafe 9:00a Last Call F Distribution 7:00p -8:00p Ad Studies, RENEW Children’s Progr

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9:00a Blended Worship & Bible NOON-2:00p XYZ Fellowship Classes with Ray & Judy Linn 10:30a Modern Worship & Bible Classes 6:00p The Story Adults, The Story Teens, The Story Children

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9:00a Blended Worship & Bible 9:30a-noon HCS Pre-K Thanksgiving Classes 10:30a Modern Worship & Bible Classes 11:35a Visitors Reception 6:00p The Story Adults, The Story Teens, The Story Children

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Greg Robbins, Senior Minister g.robbins@heathchurchofchrist.com Dave Mason, Associate Minister d.mason@heathchurchofchrist.com Josh Davis, Teens j.davis@heathchurchofchrist.com Sandy Spence, Elementary s.spence@heathchurchofchrist.com Angel Williamson, Preschool a.williamson@heathchurchofchrist.com Bruce Slagle, Office Administrator office@heathchurchofchrist.com Jim Mack, Custodian j.mack@heathchurchofchrist.com Church elders can be contacted at elders@heathchurchofchrist.com

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November 2012 Newsletter