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Summer Sermon Series, Through August 26 Join us as we spend the Summer with the Shepherd, based on Psalm 23.

Bible Book Camp, Mondays in June Kids ages 3-8 enjoy read aloud, play & snack time. Parents or caregivers stay and participate. 3-5 years 9:30-10:15 am, 6-8 years 10:00-10:45 am. Info & register ccanglican.com &lthttp://www.ccanglican.com&gt, 683-9292, or Avery Pullin (479) 213-0872.

God’s Creation Summer Field Trip: Flying Y Farms, Thurs June 21 Pre-K-6th graders, parents and caregivers, meet at church at 8:30 am to carpool to Tarzan. No drop offs without confirming space available. Info & register 683-9292, or Avery Pullin (479) 213-0872. July 27: Blakemore Planetarium.

T3 San Carlos Mission Trip, June 22-July 2 Please pray for our Ministry Team members and their Apache brothers and sisters in Christ in ministering to children, teenagers and adults through VBS, community nights, and sports activities with the San Carlos Girls & Boys Club. Please pray for: Alyssa Caldwell, Bob Hilton, Gretta Long, Grace Reed, Heather Reed, Seth Reed, Charles Sparks, Susan Talbot, Tom Talbot, Ben Thompson, Jennifer Thompson, Blazz Trahan, Laurel Utsman and Ross Whitten. Prayer bracelets are available to you in the Atrium as a daily reminder. Photos & accounts of our activities will be posted on the T3 website, ccanglicanym.com.

Membership Class, Sat June 23 This is an invitation to those of you who have been an active part of our church family for a while to make it official by attending a Membership Class and signing our Membership Covenant. At the class, we look at the vision and mission of our church family and explore what it means to be a member of Christ Church. Reserve space with Marty Burns at 683-9292.

This Week

Last Young Adult Capstone CBS for summer, Tues June 12 6:30 pm

Morning Prayer, Wed June 13 7 am

Girls’ & Guys’ Studies, Wed June 13 Dinner & class, Youth Houses, 6-7:30 pm.

40 Days of Prayer Small Group, Wed June 13 Room A, 6:30 pm.

Mom Gets a Break, Fri June 15 Reserve childcare 9:30-11:30 am, 683-9292.

SISters in Stitches, Fri June 15 Fridays, 11:30-1:30 pm.

Parents Night Out, Fri June 15 Reserve free childcare 6:30-8:30 pm, 683-9292 (rescheduled from first Friday for June only).

12 Step Meetings AA, 7 pm Tues, 10 am Sat; La Ha Alum/Friends, 7 pm Thurs; Coda, 7 pm Fri & Sun, Rm A.

Happy Father’s Day – Worship & Sunday School, Sun June 17 Traditional Service, 8:30 am and Family Worship, 10:45 am. SundaySchool for All Ages, 9:45. Children: HUB. Youth: Youth Houses. Adults: Love & Respect, Room A.

Yah-Yah’s, La Bodega, Sun June 17 5:30 pm dinner and fellowship at La Bodega, contact Julia Wilson, 432-685-3267, jwilson2507@yahoo.com.

T3 Meeting, Sun June 17 Invite friends and join us for “Game Night.” 7 pm in the Youth Houses.

Next Week

Young Adult Fellowship, Mon June 18

Age 18-30, South Youth House, 7 pm.

No Men’s IHOP Bible Study through the summer.

No Young Adult Capstone CBS through the summer.

Missions Committee Meeting, Tues June 19 Parlor, 7 pm.

Morning Prayer, Wed June 20 7 am.

Girls’ & Guys’ Studies, Wed June 20 Dinner & class, Youth Houses, 6-7:30 pm.

40 Days of Prayer Small Group, Wed June 20 Room A, 6:30 pm.

T3 Mission Team Overnight Stay, Thurs June 21 CCA, 8 pm.

T3 San Carlos Mission Trip, Fri June 22 Depart from CCA, 8 am.

Mom Gets a Break, Fri June 22 Reserve free childcare 9:30-11:30 am, 683-9292.

SISters in Stitches, Fri June 22 Fridays, 11:30 am-1:30 pm.

Membership Class, Sat June 23 Parlor, 9-12pm.

Healing Prayer Service, Sun June 24 Come hear Maria Howard’s powerful story of God’s healing, 6:30 pm.

CCA Kids Summer 2018 PreK-6th Grade Come & join the fun this summer!

Bible Book Camp Every Monday in June at CCA Kids’ Hub, 3-5 Years: 9:30-10:15 am, 6-8 Years: 10:00-10:45 am. Parents participate with children. Friends and siblings are invited! Read-aloud time, playground fun, and snacks provided.

God’s Creation Summer Series Field Trips June 21: Flying Y Farms: meet at church at 8:30 am to carpool to Tarzan. No drop off without confirming space available. July 27: Blakemore Planetarium: meet at Museum of the Southwest at 10:15 am.

Combined Sunday School: The Parables June: The Parable of the Sower. July: The Parable of the Talents. August: The Parable of the Good Samaritan.

Outreach at Manor Park Beginning June 24 and continuing the 4th Sunday of every month. Please sign up with Mrs. Avery if you would like to help on a particular Sunday.

Kidz at Kamp 3rd-6th Graders, July 12-16 at Riverbend Retreat Center in Glen Rose “Stop and consider God’s wonders.” -Job 37:14b.

T3 Summer Retreat at Schlitterbahn, Tues-Thurs July 17-19 Students in grades 7-12 and their friends are invited to join us.

Russia Mission Trip, July 14-31 Pray for the Russia mission team leading a summer English camp in Volgograd: Stan Jacobs, Neil, Maria, Rachel Howard and John Barrett. Contributions may be made to Christ Church by noting your gift for the Russia Mission Trip. For more info, contact Stan Jacobs, 661-9229.

Neighborhood Shepherd’s Prayer, June In Isaiah 41:10: God tells us and we believe HIM. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your GOD. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” For together we can handle whatever this day brings.
Thank You O Mighty GOD, Amen.

Mark Your Calendars

2018 Christ Church Sacred Music Series
August 26: MOSC Lone Star Brass, 9:30 am Combined Worship.
November 11: MOSC String Quartet, 9:30 am Combined Worship.
December 23: MOSC Lone Star Brass, 9:30 am Combined Worship.

Good News Daily Devotionals

Wednesday, June 13
Matthew 16:1-12 Then they understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. (v.12)
Yeah, I know it’s not funny, but I always get a chuckle out of how “obtuse” the apostles were at times. Actually, it just makes me feel a little better about myself when I eventually realize how limited my own understanding, action, statement, etc. has been.
The teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees was symptomatic of the old ways, and the apostles, as well as everyone else, were susceptible to their logic and persuasion. There are competing voices in our churches today. Divisions, based on denominations, new learnings, new understandings and heresy, are prevalent. As I continue my study of the Bible and learn more about the theology of my faith, it is apparent that effort and diligence is required. So, I point myself to the words of Paul in 2 Timothy when he reminds the reader, “Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” Great advice that I will follow

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Ecclesiastes 9:11-18; Psalm 72; Galatians 5:1-15

Thursday, June 14

Galatians 5:16-24 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (vv.22-23)
Are the fruits of the Spirit exclusive to the Spirit? Do non-believers (and even evil doers) get to enjoy the qualities of love, joy, and self-control? Apparently so. Why is it that I lose my self-control and my gentleness? That I stomp about the world in my abruptness?
Maybe I am a little too hard on myself and a little too naive when I observe other people. They probably get their fair share of difficulty, frustration, and shame. The lesson I am getting from Paul in his exhortation to the Galatians is that there is a conflict (a constant and ever-present conflict) between my flesh and my spirit. When I was much younger, I was of the mind that such conflicts would eventually, you know, just go away. Well, that’s one more thing I was wrong about.
This reading ends with, “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” It’s time to “walk the walk” and not just “talk the talk.” I’m not sure that I have crucified my flesh of its passions and desires, but I do know that I have experienced more and more of the fruits of the Spirit. And if that is taking place in my life, perhaps my flesh is moving ever so closer to the cross

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Ecclesiastes 11:1-8; Psalms 70, 71; Matthew 16:13-20

Friday, June 15

Matthew 16:21-28 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.” (vv.24-25)
I read this passage and condemn myself. I seek a comfortable life for myself and not the cross. Jesus is telling his disciples (that’s me included) that this world is to be denied. I can barely deny myself an ice cream treat after a big meal.
Am I any different than a morally up-right non-believer? What is setting me apart? OK, maybe I’m forsaking worldly status-that’s not hard-not much status to forsake. How about worldly plans (if I had them, which I don’t). The cross means death. Whether I discern that fact in a literal or metaphorical sense, it is inescapable. Jesus came to save me from my sin, and accepting him must include recognizing his right to rule my life. I am so far from perfection that having a loving God who would seek a relationship with me is in itself a mystery. I recognize who my Lord is. I pray for the strength to bear my cross

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Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:14; Psalm 69; Galatians 5:25-6:10

Saturday, June 16


Numbers 3:1-13 The Lord said to Moses, “Bring the tribe of Levi and present them to Aaron the priest to assist him. They are to perform duties for him and for the whole community at the Tent of Meeting by doing the work of the tabernacle.” (vv.5-7)
I delight in this passage because to reminds me of the privilege I have received as being a member of my church’s Altar Guild. Being called out for service has been a blessing and a continuing ministry. The Levites were elevated to perform holy service, presumably, for their ability to channel their strong character in the service of God. Loyalty to Moses during the episode of the Golden Calf resulted in their reward of spiritual service that was lost to the firstborn of the other tribes.
Performing spiritual service is a reward in and of itself. My connection with the Altar Guild is an experience that connects me with each and every person attending our worship service. It is a service that provides an additional pathway to connect with the Spirit in prayer and with a grateful heart

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Psalms 75, 76; Galatians 6:11-18; Matthew 17:1-13

Sunday, June 17

Numbers 6:22-27 The Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites.’” (vv.22-23 NIV)
Almost every Sunday, our priest raised his hand and repeated these verses as he made the sign of the cross over the congregation. The words became almost diluted of their power after a while until I realized that this was a commandment from God to the priests from the very get-go. Then suddenly their power seared into my heart like a brand onto a steer’s hide.
Much of our rich, liturgical tradition stems back from the Pentateuch, or the first five books of the Bible. These practices have been carried on for thousands of years and passed from priest to priest, synagogue to church, city to city, all over the globe.
Jesus is our Vine, and the roots of our worship run very, very deep indeed. As it states in the lesson from Luke, the master puts the manager in charge of his servants and holds him (or her) accountable. How often do you thank your priest (or pastor) for carrying out the Master’s commands

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Psalms 93, 96; Acts 13:1-12; Luke 12:41-48

Monday, June 18

Psalm 80 Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved. (v.3)
The allusion to the Aaronic blessing from yesterday’s passage is repeated almost as a chorus throughout this psalm. What does it mean and why is it so important?
Think of when people’s faces shine. Couples in love have a glow about them. So do women who are pregnant, or grandparents when the hug their grandchildren.
When, through confession, our sins are forgiven through the sacrifice of Jesus, God can then turn to us. When He does, His face shimmers with love and happiness. His child has returned. The relationship, once broken by sin, is restored. Being able to shine His face upon us, His children, was important enough for God to sacrifice His own Son in order to make it happen. Should it not carry a great deal of weight with us as well?
Lord, may I start out each day with this verse on my lips and in my heart

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Numbers 9:15-23, 10:29-36; Romans 1:1-15; Matthew 17:14-21

Tuesday, June 19

Romans 1:16-25 The wrath of God is being revealed against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness. (v.18)
If you live in Texas, as I do, June “Teenth” has a special meaning. On this day in history, the slaves in my state learned of the Emancipation Proclamation. (No cyberspace or TV back in 1863 to broadcast the news quickly.) Some owners didn’t want the word to get out. They wanted to keep people in slavery.
Today, people are still enslaved-by sin. Nothing new. As you read what Paul wrote to the first century Romans, you’d almost believe he meant it for today’s readers. Pleasure cannot set us free. Exploitation of others either. Money can’t do it or power. Only the blood of Jesus can.
As was the case two thousand years ago, we have a choice. We can be restored to a right relationship, or go on about our wicked ways just as our ancestors did. Let us choose to loosen the chains that bind us to sin and then quickly proclaim to others the emancipation that is available to all who believe Jesus is Christ

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Numbers 11:1-23; Psalm 78:1-39; Matthew 17:22-27