Newsletter: week of 02/10/2008

The Wooden Bowl
I’m sure that you will remember the tale of the Wooden Bowl tomorrow, a week from now, a month from now, and maybe even a year from now. It is a very good story.
A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year-old grandson. The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his steps faltered. The family ate together at the table, but the elderly grandfather’s shaky hands and failing sight made eating very difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor, and when he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.
The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. “We must do something about father,” said the son. “I’ve had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating and food on the floor.” So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner. Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl.
When the family glanced in Grandfather’s direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eyes as he ate alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.
The four-year-old watched it all in silence. One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, “What are you making?’
Just as sweetly, the boy responded, “Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up.” The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.
The words so struck the parents that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done. That evening at supper time, the husband took Grandfather’s hand and gently led him back to the family table. And for some reason, neither husband or wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled or the tablecloth soiled.
Thanks to Fred and Margaret Riggins for sending this to us!
Living for Jesus, Bro. Royce

“Making Change”
“Making Change” by Dr. Ken Hemphill – A transformation guide to Christian money management is coming to Anderson, SC at Concord Baptist Church, March 17th. The seminar is from 6:00 pm—9:00 pm with dinner being served from 6:00—6:45 pm. The cost is only $10 per person. He will be giving helpful instructions on debt reduction, earning, saving and spending. Most inspiringly, Hemphill addresses the Biblical laws of giving and teaches a unique concept of “whole-life stewardship that becomes a person’s greatest legacy. If you are interested in going, there is a sign-up sheet in the vestibule. Deadline is March 2nd.

Extraordinary Women Conference
This conference will be at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville on Friday, March 28th from 7-10 pm and on Saturday. March 29th from 8:30 am until 5 pm. Chonda Pierce, Charles Billinsley, Lisa Whelchel and Thelma Wells along with several others will be there. If we have 10 or more ladies sign up, the cost will be $39 and $49 for a lesser number. Sign-up sheet is in the church vestibule or contact Rosanne Maw at 878-2766. The number of women who plan to attend will be needed no later than Wednesday, February 6th so she can order the tickets. The money will not be needed now. Rosanne will let you know when the money is due.

Meetings for February
Acteens will meet downstairs in the church, February 16th from 10 am until 1 pm.
WMU joint meeting will be February 19, 2008 beginning at 6:30 pm in the fellowship building. Chili and cornbread will be served. This is for all ladies at First Baptist Church Norris. Rebecca Platts will be summarizing the WMU book for 2008, “Directionally Challenged.” If you have any questions regarding the meeting, please see Becky Harper or Michelle Stancil.

“Magdalena Released From Shame”
You are cordially invited to preview this film which will be released in the US, March 7, 2008, and we have been asked to assist in the beta testing of a Bible study that will be used as a follow up disciple training to the film. This preview will take place in the fellowship hall, February 21, 2008 at 6:30 pm. Be prepared to stay till 9:30 pm to assist in the study. If you would like to assist, please sign-up in the vestibule.

Heart Month
February is Heart Health month. Health Ministry Team asks that everyone wear something red this Sunday to emphasize Heart Health.

February Snack
Schedule for Revolution
Snacks Drinks
2/6 Boggs Walters
2/13 Valentine Party
2/20 Herd Hooker
2/27 Norris McMahan

Have a night out
On February 15th from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm, let the youth baby-sit your child so you can go out for Valentine’s Day.
Sign-up in the vestibule.

Run for the Son
20th Anniversary Run for the Son. There will be an opportunity for you to participate in what God is doing all around the world through Run for the Son on February 10th. A special presentation will be given so don’t miss the 20 year celebration.

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