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OAKPOST NEWSLETTER - JULY 2017

 

Contemporary Worship Service

Saturdays ~ 5:30pm 

Do you need help waking up from your “SPIRITUAL SLUMBER?” 

Do you need a different way to worship your “HIGHER POWER?” 

A brand new contemporary worship service begins right here on Saturdays at 5:30. 

Come and help create a worship experience that  keeps you spiritually awake and alive!   

Annual Camp Tekoa Picnic is July 22! 

 

Our annual church picnic will be Saturday, July 22 at Camp Tekoa.  Once again, we will vanpool to and from the picnic, for those wishing to take advantage of this.  We will have lots of good food and time for fellowship.  Come join the fun, make some new friends, catch up with old friends, all the while Bringing Joy to God and Our Neighbors!

 

What is Palindromic Rheumatism? 

Palindromic rheumatism (PR) is a rare episodic form of inflammatory arthritis – characterized by sudden, multiple, and recurring attacks of severe joint pain and swelling.  Episodes can last from a few days to a few weeks or longer.  The joint usually returns back to normal without any permanent joint damage.  However, half of the people who have PR eventually develop rheumatoid arthritis, which does cause permanent joint damage.  The cause of PR is unknown and thus – there is no known cure.  

 

Pastor Vic’s first episode was in 1989 and since then he averaged two attacks per year typically lasting 3 to 4 days.  However, in recent years, the attacks have become more frequent, more severe, and have typically lasted for 2 to 3 weeks.  Pastor Vic truly appreciates your prayers for his “thorn in the flesh.” Each episode serves as a reminder to him that there are people who deal with pain and suffering every day with no hope of ever returning back to “normal.”

 

PASTOR'S PAGE

“Random Thoughts from a Wandering Mind”

The Bible is infamously difficult to read and understand.  My parents gave me a Bible when I was baptized at the age of 7.  By the time I was 47, I still hadn’t read one book in it.  I heard preachers claim that the Bible was a “manual for life,” though I could never understand why anyone would write a manual that was so complicated and difficult to understand.

Thankfully my wife, Debbie, urged me into a Disciple Bible Study at the age of 48 and I have been in love with the Bible ever since.  What I learned is that reading the Bible is difficult, but reading what others have to say about the Bible is easy.  I like it that intelligent people can take complicated texts and “dumb it down” for people like me!  So I stopped trying to read the Bible and I learned to study it instead through a variety of Bible commentaries.

The Bible actually does contradict itself – but that’s okay.  Most Christians are afraid to admit that the Bible does contradict itself. Non-believers love the fact that it does and they play on that fact to support their claim that God doesn’t exist.  But I believe that some contradictions actually make the Bible more true instead of less true.  For example, each gospel has a different account of the Resurrection of Jesus.  As far as I’m concerned, the differing accounts actually tell us that there was no attempt by the disciples to “get their story straight.”  Instead we have an authentic eyewitness testimony on each account.  Talk to the eyewitnesses at an accident scene – none will tell what happened exactly the same.

Doubt can make your faith stronger.  If there’s one thing I’ve learned since becoming a pastor and going through seminary it’s this – I have doubts.  Growing up I was taught that doubt was the enemy of faith.  But, as an adult, I find the opposite to be true.  It’s kind of like this, the more I doubt certain aspects of our Christian tradition, the more I find myself clinging to Christ.  There is something so profound in the Jesus I study in the New Testament that I become more and more convinced that he is my only hope in this life, and in the next.

The flavor of Christianity you grew up with isn’t the only flavor out there.  Many people are simply born into a specific denomination; they didn’t go denomination “shopping” at a young age, study the differences and make a sound decision.  Nope!  Most people are simply born into their denomination, and most probably believe their denomination is the only one that truly “gets it.”  I did not grow up in the Methodist church; I have only been a Methodist for 14 years.  But now that I have actually studied different denominations in seminary; I am convinced that Methodism actually does “get it.”  I am truly convinced that if everyone actually went denomination “shopping” at a young age; then the majority of Christians would be Methodists.

 

Blessings, Peace, and LovePastor Vic

 

LECTIONARY SCRIPTURE READINGS for JULY! 

Sunday, July 2            Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Genesis 22:1-14, Psalm 13, Romans 6:12-23, Matthew 10:40-42 

Sunday, July 9             Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67, Psalm 72, Romans 7:15-25a,

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 

Sunday, July 16          Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 25, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 

Sunday, July 23          Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Genesis 28:10-19a, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24, Romans 8:12-25,

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 

Sunday, July 30          Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Genesis 29:15-28, Psalm 105:1-11, 45b, Romans 8:26-39,

 

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

 

Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to the family and friends of: 

Denise Hughett Reynolds, who passed away on June 16, 2017 

And 

Curtis Vellano, who passed away on June 23, 2017  

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

July 1 - David Ray

July 1 - Carol Townsley

July 12 - John McDuffie, Jr.

July 21 - Brian Adams

July 26 - Curtis Wright

July 29 - Bob Craft

July 29 –Shannon Davenport

July 30 – Mary Cauble

July 31- J.D. Whisnant

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

July 27 - Bob & Jane Anderson 

July Mission Pot: MANNA Food Bank

OUR PRAYER LIST 

Homebound Members

Charles Fuller

Floyd White

Requested Prayers

Pete Anderson

Grayson Bailey

Ann Cauble

Cheryl Clark

Vernon Goodwin

Susan Johnson

David Miller

Paula Ray

Carole Townsley

Members in Special Care

Bob Craft – NC State Veterans Home

Larry Ray – NC State Veterans Home

Lawrence Ray, Sr. – NC State Veterans Home