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Restore us, O LORD God Almighty; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved. Psalm 80:19 (NIV)

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Community Fun Day - Report

We all had a wonderful time at this event, and lots of people joined us for the fun, especially children. It was great to watch the children enjoy the water slide, the reptile zoo (a must-see exhibit as far as many of the children were concerned), the bounce house, and the dunking booth, which was filled constantly with older kids getting dunked by other kids and adults. Below are some photos from the day. We hope to see you there next year, the good Lord willing.

Community Fun Day returns on Saturday, August 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. You are invited! Everything is FREE.

We will have a waterslide, bouncy house, reptile zoo, and dunking booth. Grace Chapel Fire Department will bring their fire truck to show off, and there will be music and other surprise activities.

Foo includes, hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, cookies and brownies, and beverages.

NOTE: Children who want to play on the waterslide need to wear appropriate swimming attire and bring a towel All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Come and enjoy a fun day in the sun; and a cool inside area to eat.

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Quote to Ponder

William Carr (Pawns in the Game): Today it is common practice for people, especially those who act willfully or unwillfully [as agents of evil], to blame God for the sorry mess in which we find ourselves. The intelligent person will admit that God cannot be blamed. He gave us our Free Will, He gave us the Commandments as our guide, He gave us Christ as a teacher and living example. If we obstinately refuse to accept the teachings and example of Christ, if we also refuse to obey the Commandments of God, how can we reasonably blame any agency other than ourselves for allowing the Forces of Evil to gain supremacy?
https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2022/08/ toward_a_saner_government.html

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For Meditation

Statements from former Lesbian and unbeliever, Rosaria Champagne Butterfield:

“What good Christians don’t realize is that sexual sin is not recreational sex gone overboard. Sexual sin is predatory. It won’t be ‘healed’ by redeeming the context or the genders. Sexual sin must simply be killed. What is left of your sexuality after this annihilation is up to God. But healing, to the sexual sinner, is death: nothing more and nothing less.” So she is thankful that “when I heard the Lord’s call on my life, and I wanted to hedge my bets, keep my girlfriend and add a little God to my life, I had a pastor and friends in the Lord who asked nothing less of me than that I die to myself.”
–referenced in Good News magazine May/June 2014, p. 38

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Mini-Bible Lesson #42: In the Fold

References: John 10:1-6; Interpreter’s Bible, Vol. 8, pp. 620-623

Most certainly, I tell you, one who doesn’t enter by the door into the sheep fold, but climbs up some other way, is a thief and a robber. But one who enters in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. –John 10:1-2 WEB

When strangers break into the fold (the church), the sheep (true disciples of Christ) will be frightened by them or ignore them. They will only respond to the voice of the True Shepherd (Jesus).  The only right way into the fold is through the door, guarded by the gatekeeper who knows the True Shepherd and will only open the gate for him. This is the Pastor’s (Gatekeeper + the Word of God) responsibility to keep the gate closed to outsiders. It is the sheep (the people) who must stop their ears to the calls of anyone else but the True Shepherd. How do we know who is the True Shepherd? By knowing the Word of God, which speaks of him from Genesis 1 to the end of The Revelation. Anything pushed or presented by anyone that goes against what the Word of God says is a thief trying to steal the sheep (you) from the fold (the church), and turn you against the True Shepherd—Jesus.

“Those called of God to watch over his flock must be faithful and vigilant—lest some intruder break into the fold to work evil there—so that when the Chief Shepherd shall appear, the sheep that he committed to their care may be all there, none missing (I. B. V. 8, p. 621).”

But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice. – John 10:5 NIV

My faith may falter, but God’s faithfulness never fails. My love may ebb and flow, but his love (mercy) “is from everlasting to everlasting.” (See Psalm 103:17)

And Christ knows his people by name and individually. He calls us and keeps calling us, even when we stray or stop listening to him. Wake up and listen for his call and run to him. Let Christ go before you, and rest in the knowledge that he is always there, always faithful, always loving and merciful, always working to protect you, and lead you to maturity in the faith and in service to him and his kingdom. He will bring you safely home if you are one of his sheep (true disciple/believer).

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Special Resources

In the slide show above (not seen in the mobile phone version of our website) there are pictures showing some current bulletin boards at Ebenezer put up by the Haas Family, Tasha, Emily, and Abby, and of our new Resource Room.

The picture below is our new Resource Room with books, dvds, videos, and a TV screen (not shown in photo). Individuals are encouraged to take resources home for Bible study or reading; and classes can use the room to show videos related to their studies. We would appreciate donations of books or dvds, especially for young children for this collection.

 

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Ongoing Collections - Updated

Finding Hope Ministries Special Need

We are collecting coat hangers for Finding Hope Ministries' Thrift Shop. Please place them on one of the benches in the old fellowship hall. Volunteers to help set up shelves and hang up and price clothing are needed. Contact the ministry to volunteer. (Phone number: 828-228-4140)

General School Supplies

We are beginning to collect school supplies to pass out to teachers in the local schools to give to children in their classes who need them. You can fill up a backpack with the items, or only buy the individual supplies. Go here to see the list of items recommended. We will collect in August, and pass them out near the end of August. We thank you for your generosity.

Teacher's Closet Collection

We are collecting some items for our local teachers by helping fill up the Teacher's Closet. This ministry provides items for teachers and their students that they cannot obtain through the regular budget.

They include the following: Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, hand soap, paper towels, facial tissues, sharpies, dry board markers highlighters, black/blue/red ink pens. colored pencils, glue sticks, composition books and notebook paper (wide and college ruled), crayons, scissors (children's type), index cards, construction paper, pencil sharpeners, sheet protectors, file folders, large and small legal pads, white out, paper clips, staples, pencil pouches, markers, rulers, ring binders, card stock white/assorted, 3 ring note books, large and small pencil top erasers, and post it notes.

(NOTE: they have plenty of regular pencils at this time.)

South Caldwell Christian Ministries - Update 8/5

August is our month to collect non-perishable food items for the SCCM Food Pantry. Some suggestions for donations include: 1 lb. bags or boxes of rice, soups, peanut butter, canned fruits, crackers, instant grits/oatmeal, cereral, canned beans, canned meats, canned potatoes, canned vegetables. Please leave the items on one of the benches in the old fellowship hall. Do not leave expired items. Thank you.

We are collecting non-perishable food and clean used clothing in good condition that will be taken to South Caldwell Christian Ministries. You may leave the items at the church on Sundays or during normal office hours (8:30 to 1:00 p.m., Monday-Friday).

We thank you for helping us to minister to the needs of our community.

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"In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5: 16)

Our vision is to let our light shine into the dark world so that the world may come to know The Light, which is Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Contact Information: 828-396-2214 or ebenezerumc@yahoo.com;
4948 Burns Rd., Granite Falls NC 28630