E-Note for Tuesday, August 2

Good Morning, friends, and welcome to the first E-Note of August!

Way back when, I knew a college student who nearly made a career out of his schooling. He was a 4th-year senior when I arrived on campus. He was still there when I graduated 4 years later. Three semesters after that, the school finally told him to stop coming, because he was taking up a spot for someone who actually planned to graduate!

Can we all agree that 9 1/2 years of undergraduate education without a degree is ridiculous?

Here’s the thing, though. How many of US are right where we were as Disciples of Jesus Christ 10 years ago? Or even 20?


>Do we know the truth of the Holy Scriptures better than we did a year ago?

>Have we applied their truths to our lives in such a way that prayer is more important to us today?

>Have we applied the Scriptures to our generosity, toward God and others?


Perhaps a more helpful word to use there would be “Learning”, rather than “Study”? After all, “study” might hold some negative memories for some folks.

Regardless, when Jesus said, “Come as you are”, he didn’t say, “Stay like I found you”. 


As I write this, we are getting a light, refreshing rain. Growth will be the result, in our yards, flower beds and gardens. What will we do with that growth? Curse it? Ignore it? Or will we rather enjoy it for the gift it is?


Keep growing in learning, friends. That’s what unlocks new possibilities.


My Mom learned piano in her 50’s. After that she mastered the hammered dulcimer, too.

My Dad learned Spanish in his 60’s.


Where have you and I grown? Where will we grow today?

It’s a beautiful day for it.

In Joy,



Thanks to all who helped with our worship services last Sunday. Our volunteers rock!


Next Sunday, August 7th, we’ll begin a new series for worship: “Back to School”. We’ll be reviewing the basics of our Christian faith for the coming weeks, beginning with “The Majesty of God” (Psalm 8, Revelation 22:1-5). In coming weeks we’ll also look at “Jesus our Savior”, “The Primacy of Scripture”, “The Importance of Conversion”, and so on. This is a GREAT time to be in worship. For some folks it’ll be new material. For other folks, think of it as batting practice!

In addition, we will celebrate Holy Communion next Sunday in both the Embrace service and the Traditions service. A serving option will be available for any who are not comfortable taking Communion with “live” elements. What a day of rejoicing that will be!


Who do you know who’s having a hard time? Struggling day to day? “This Difficult Season”, a 40-day devotional book, has been made available to anyone who would like a copy. Drop by the church office or respond to this E-Note and we’ll get one to you.


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“Who is this Tanya?”

I’ve heard that from several folks. Tanya Benefield, wife of Tim Benefield, daughter of Mrs. Lois Spiese, has graciously volunteered to bring our Website and social media up to date. This has already allowed improved communication in our church, and we’re not finished yet! Thanks, Tanya, for your service to our church!


We remain in prayer for the start of this Fall Semester of School. Students, Teachers, Administrators, Coaches, Staff-y’all are the target of a lot of prayers!


The Administrative Council will next meet on Tuesday, August 9, at 6:00 in the Joe Davis Sunday School Room.


Well, Friends, that’s about it for now. Have a great day, open your Bible, talk (and listen) to God, and remember what Benjamin Franklin said:


“Intelligence without education is like silver in the mine.”