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This Week At Christ Church Anglican

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Wonderful Wednesday tomorrow is 5:15 pm Eucharist, 5:45 Family Dinner, and classes for all ages at 6:30. Join one of our adult Wednesday classes: Growing & Sharing Faith, Sanctuary; Women’s Bible Study & Fellowship, Room A; Discovery Bible Study, Room B.

Mom Gets A Break, Friday Reserve space by tomorrow for free nursery-K4 childcare, this Friday, October 139:30-11:30 am. 683-9292.

Men: Working or Retired: Latest Info on Retirement Planning, Men’s Breakfast, Saturday Get the scoop on healthcare, Medicare, 401(k)’s, etc. from David Vaughan with HealthTrust Financial Group, Saturday, October 148-9 am.

Families: Family Fun Night, new date: Friday, October 20 Pizza & bingo for the whole family, 6:30-8 pm. Reserve nursery-age 4 childcare Wednesday prior, 683-9292.


This Week

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Weekly dinner/Bible study, 6:30 pm.

Morning Prayer, Wednesday, October 11 Christ Church, 7 am.

WOW, Wednesday, October 11 5:15 pm Eucharist, 5:45 Family Dinner, 6:30 classes for all ages.

Children’s WOW Boot Camp, Wednesday, October 11 We will be playing a Jeopardy game, giving the children a chance to win big WOW bucks for maybe something on the top self!

T3 WOW, Wednesday, October 11 Girls & guys studies in the Youth Houses.

T3 Youth, Thursday, October 12 Leave CCA 6:30 pm for “Decision Texas” with Franklin Graham, Crowder and fireworks. Contact Tom at (432) 693-6867 if you want to ride to Horseshoe.

Franklin Graham In Midland, Thursday, October 12 Join Franklin Graham in sharing the Gospel and the Lord’s call to repentance and faith. Pray for our families, churches, and community. At the Horseshoe, 7:30 pm. Admission is free.

Mom Gets a Break, Friday, October 13 Free nursery-age 4 childcare every Friday9:30-11:30 am. Reserve by Wednesday prior, 683-9292.

SISters in Stitches, Friday, October 13 Join us for fun fellowship while working on your stitching project. Feel free to bring your lunch. Fridays, 11:30-1:30 pm.

Texas Size Garage Sale, FridaySunday, October 13-15 Kathleen Haynie, CCA member and Executive Director of Senior Link Midland, needs volunteers before and during the sale, which funds 1/3 of the meals delivered each year by Meals on Wheels. For more info, contact Tracy Renton, 689-6693.


Next Week 

Worship & Sunday School, Sunday, October 15 Traditional Worship, 8:30 am.  Sunday School for All Ages, 9:45. Children: in the HUB. Teenagers: South Youth House. Adults: Godly Marriage & Parenting, Room A; Prayer For Living, Parlor; Traditional Bible Study: James, Peter, John & Jude, Room B.

Yah-Yahs, Sunday, October 15  Meet at Anne Herbig’s, 1208 Shirley Lane at 5:30 pm.

Pray for Christ Church, Sunday, October 15 Join us Sundays at 6:30 pm for informal prayer in the Sanctuary. On Sundays when there is a Healing Service, join us for that too.

T3 Meeting, Sunday, October 15 7-12th grade students and friends join us for faith building and fun. Doors open at 6:30 pm for video games, foosball and hang time.

Young Adult Fellowship, Monday, October 16 Join us for our Bible study and discussion of Proverbs. Dinner and refreshments, 7 pm in the South Youth House.

Men’s IHOP Bible Study, Tuesday, October 17 Discussion, Bible study, & prayer, 6:30-7:30 am.

Retirement Planning, Thursday, October 19 Get the scoop on healthcare, Medicare, 401(k)’s, etc. from David Vaughan with HealthTrust Financial Group, 3-4 pm in Classroom B.

New Date: Family Fun Night, Friday, October 20 Pizza & bingo for the whole family, 6:30-8 pm. Reserve nursery-age 4 childcare by Wednesday prior, 683-9292.

T3 Work Project for Christmas In Action, Saturday, October 21 Leave CCA at 9 am to paint a house for one of the less fortunate residents of our community. Friends and parents are welcome. Contact Tom Talbot at 432-693-6867 to reserve your space.

Family Matters Seminar, Saturday, October 21 Free seminar to help marriage & families, with break-out sessions on stress, social media, teen behavior, gender issues, etc. Includes lunch and free childcare, at First Baptist Church, 9 am-1:15 pm. Register at www.eventbrite.com &lthttp://www.eventbrite.com&gt.

Young Living Essential Oils, Saturday, October 21 Go chemical free with essential oils, 10 am-2 pm. Details to follow.


Looking Ahead

Parents’ & Singles’ Dinner, Friday, Oct 27 At Clark & Melinda Lea’s. Reserve dinner & nursery-age 10 childcare by Wednesday prior, 683-9292.

Habitat for Humanity Apostle Build, Saturday, November 4 Mark your calendar for this fun service project for everyone 16 and over. We’ll be painting and putting siding on the house at 815 S. Tilden, 8:30 am-4 pm. Bring lunch for your group plus 3 construction workers. Free childcare for nursery-10 years old. Reserve by Wednesday prior, 683-9292.

Healing Prayer Service, Sunday, November 5 Come hear Michael Ballard, who is battling cancer with a positive attitude and peace in the Lord, 6:30 pm. Michael is executive director and a counselor at Agape Counseling.

Neighborhood Shepherd’s Prayer, October From Ephesians 3: 16-19: O Lord, I pray that out of your glorious riches you maystrengthen us with power through your spirit in our inner being, so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith, and established in love, we may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and know that this love that surpasses knowledge-so that we may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Amen.


We Need Help With


 Volunteer to help with Children’s Sunday School, Children’s Church, nursery, or with the Children’s Steering Team. Info: Diane Utsman, dutsman64@gmail.com &ltmailto:dutsman64@gmail.com&gt.

Choir & Praise Chorus Join our music ministries. Talk to Interim Music Minister Debbie Butler any Sunday. The 8:30 Choir rehearses at 11 am on Saturday. The 10:45 Praise Chorus rehearses at 10 am on Saturday.


Good News Daily Devotionals

Wednesday, October 11

Matthew 9:9-17 When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor-sick people do.” Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” (vv.12-13)
Matthew has just accepted Jesus’ invitation to be his disciple. That evening, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to be his dinner guests, along with his fellow tax collectors and many notorious sinners. The religious leaders are indignant, but Jesus reminds them, “Healthy people do not need a doctor-sick people do.”
We are all sick with sin, but we can come to God’s “healing center” each time we worship, to be forgiven and cleaned and made well again. We partake of Jesus’ body and blood in the Holy Eucharist-which we do in remembrance of him and to remind ourselves of his great forgiving love. After partaking of the heavenly banquet, we are sent back into the world to love and serve.
Thanks, Jesus, that you came to heal us and equip us to serve you and others.

2 Kings 22:14-23:3; Psalm 119:145-176; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34

Thursday, October 12

1 Corinthians 12:1-11 There are different kinds of service in the Church, but it is the same Lord we are serving. There are different ways God works in our lives but it is the same God who does the work through all of us. (vv.5-6)
In the passage about spiritual gifts the apostle Paul tells us that some are teachers, some give wise advice, some are helpers, and some get others to work together. And it is the same Holy Spirit who inspires each of us.
We see the different gifts given to Lazarus’s two sisters. Mary had the gift of worshipping Jesus and listening to his teaching (sitting at his feet and later bathing them with expensive perfume and wiping them with her hair). Martha had the gift of hospitality and saw that the meal was prepared and served.
In our church, we see the Choir practicing their music, the Flower Guild arranging the flowers that grace the altar, the Altar Guild preparing the linens and vestments, the ushers greeting the worshippers, the Sunday School teachers preparing their lessons for the children, the clergy studying God’s Word to give us their sermons. Just as the body has many parts so the Body of Christ (the Church) uses all our gifts.
Thanks, Lord, for giving us the many abilities that make Your Church complete.

2 Kings 23:4-25; Psalms 131, 132, 133; Matthew 9:18-26

Friday, October 13

Psalm 142 I pray to you, O Lord. I say “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.” (v.5)
Amid all the tumult of our daily lives-the wars and terrorists, the fighting and natural disasters, I often feel like the psalmist who said, “I cry out to the Lord; I plead for the Lord’s mercy” (v.1).
Watching the news or reading the newspaper just give me more cause for concern. Only as I read my Bible and pray, do I find comfort and hope for the future. Only knowing that I rest in God’s mighty protection, do I find any consolation. Even though today is Friday the 13th, I know that God is in control!
Thank You, Lord, that You hold us in the hollow of Your hand (the Irish blessing).

2 Kings 23:36-24:17; Psalm 140; 1 Corinthians 12:12-26; Matthew 9:27-34

Saturday, October 14

Matthew 9:35-10:4 He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” (vv.37-38)
I have been reading the reports of The Jesus Film Project workers who go into remote villages, hang up a sheet at sundown, and use generators to show this wonderful film in the “heart languages” of citizens of the so-called “third world.” Many people are coming to faith through this dramatic telling of Jesus’ life and death for us.
The American Bible Society reports the great need for Bibles in China where many are coming to faith. Are you supporting any missionary work? If we cannot go to a mission field, we can certainly support the work with our prayers and our money.
Lord, I pray for more workers in Your harvest.

Jeremiah 35:1-19; Psalms 137, 144; 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:3

Sunday, October 15

Acts 14:8-18

Men, why are you doing this? (v.15a NIV)
I just attended my first stock car race. After five minutes of engines roaring, I understood the process. I spent the rest of the time searching the faces and hearts of the spectators, wondering why they came. I was searching for Jesus, too.
Why did 3,000 people pay more than $25 each to watch cars race around a small oval track? What did they expect to see, feel, enjoy, or be thrilled by? There was little cheering and only scattered applause at the end of each race. All I saw was despair, boredom, and emptiness. Was this an escape from unfulfilled lives or dead-end jobs? What would bring new life and excitement to this crowd?
Just then, two cars crashed and careened into the center of the oval. The drivers climbed out of their wrecked cars and began a violent fistfight. The crowd came wildly alive. They screamed, cheered, and hollered. Violence aroused them.
Violence can only be overcome by the love of Jesus Christ and even though Jesus wasn’t visible at that race, I know that his love will prevail over this violent world.

Jeremiah 36:1-10; Psalms 146, 147; Luke 7:36-50

Monday, October 16

Jeremiah 36:11-26 “Yes,” Baruch replied, “he dictated all these words to me, and I wrote them in ink on the scroll.” (v.18)
Danny was convicted of selling drugs and sentenced to seven years in prison. His mother’s truthful, tearful testimony at the trial sealed his fate. As the guards dragged Danny from the courtroom, he shrieked at his mother, “I hope you die screaming of cancer.”
With only two years left to serve, the prison chaplain placed Danny in a four-day Kairos Prison Ministry retreat to reduce his hatred. Tough, hardened prisoners learned about the Christian life, studied, sang, prayed, and enjoyed fellowship with 42 civilian volunteers.
On Saturday night a healing and forgiveness service was held. Each man wrote the names of people he hated on a piece of paper. They placed that paper in a pan of water on the altar and watched as the names disappeared. Danny listed only one name: Mother. Later that night, he wrote to his mother, told her what he just did, and asked her to forgive him. She wrote back two words; “Why now?” It was a question Danny could now answer with God’s help. They wrote, phoned, prayed, and visited. When Danny’s time was up, he went home to live with his mother. All things are possible with God.

Psalms 1, 2, 3; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Matthew 10:5-15

Tuesday, October 17

Matthew 10:16-23 “When they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it.” (v.19)
Richard, a prisoner at the jail, said, “I gotta get out of jail next Thursday, please pray for me.” I cautioned him about not setting God up, and about the possibility that God may want him to say in jail longer. I prayed that Richard would open his heart to receive God. Thursday came and went. Richard was still in jail. God doesn’t “gotta” answer prayers.
Many years ago my prayer life began like Richard’s. However, as a sense of thankfulness to God flooded my life, I developed a second prayer posture: “Please God. Thank You God.” I wanted to be sure God knew how much I appreciated His grace in the past, and I wanted Him to know I would (hopefully) anticipate showers of blessings in the (near) future.
About a decade ago, with an aging mind and body and a heart filled with gratitude to God, I rolled into my third prayer posture: “What is Your will for me, Lord? Give me grace and strength to follow Your plan for me.” The Lord sent me into the prison. Richard is still working on his “gotta” plan for God, and has spent almost 200 Thursdays in jail since we first prayed together. And I am thankful that God has revealed His will for me.

Jeremiah 36:27-37:2; Psalms 5, 6; 1 Corinthians 14:1-12