In the American Old West,
the pioneers used a kind of self-defense called "circling the wagons." It involved
driving a wagon train in a circle so that the pioneers could camp inside and keep the wolves out.
Today, some people see the church as a circle of wagons, protecting them from the
world around them.
The Hebrew people had to
circle the wagons in Babylon. They chose not to eat the Babylonian food or adopt
the Babylonian customs. They stayed separate, kept their rituals, preserved their culture,
and protected themselves. This lifestyle produced a group that would be called the
"set apart ones," which we translate Pharisees.
The problem was Jesus took
a different approach. He taught His disciples to reach out to outsiders. As a result,
the Church started a mission to reach Gentiles rather than keeping separate. With Jesus,
there would be no circling of the wagons.
The pioneers called their
wagons "Prairie Schooners." A schooner is a sailboat. Those tarps stretched over their
wagons looked a little bit like sails. And like a boat that sets out to open sea, the pioneers
weren't searching for safety but for adventure.
We must continue to do the
same. We are not here to keep people safe from the world; we are here to change the
world. We're here on a great adventure; to reach lost people for Jesus, not to hide out
from the world.
Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been
given to me.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I
you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
** Dean Whaley from Sunset Bible Institute is
speaking about Solar Missions to the adult classes and also delivering the message this morning, October 21st.
** Please join us for Potluck
and early service today.
** Family Movie Night is this
evening at 5:00 PM. The movie will be Paul, Apostle of Christ. Popcorn will be
provided, but you are welcome to bring other snacks and
** Our ladies class is
collecting money for Sonic cards to send our college and AIM students a special
** We are planning a Trunk or
Treat event, weather permitting, at Connor Park on Broadway next Sunday
evening, October 28th, from 5:00-6:30. We will have a devotional
followed by hot dogs and our annual Trunk or Treat. The community will be invited, so we need
everyone to bring treats to pass out from the pavilion or your trunk. Please
bring your lawn chairs.
** November 2nd and 3rd is going to be the AIMERS
long weekend. We are looking for anyone willing to adopt them for that
weekend. A sign-up sheet is on the activity table and more information will be
Central Church of Christ family, We want to express how grateful we are
for all the love and happiness that was given to us with a beautiful
Knowing we always have a loving church home in Tulia makes us eager and
excited to come visit as soon as possible! Thank ya’ll for the many
blessings and prayers over our marriage. God has surely blessed us with
amazing, loving people
in Tulia! With lots of love,
The Caviness Family
** Our hearts are rejoicing
with Debbie Huff on her recent baptism and commitment to Christ.
** For those who signed up,
your new church directory is on the activity table in the back of the
auditorium. You may still receive one if you will sign your name on the
list on that same table.
** Funeral services for Ruby
Jewel Smith were last Friday in Sunray. Ruby was a former member of our
congregation and sister to Jimmy McClendon of Tulia.
** We extend our sympathy to
Becky Tucker on the passing of her brother, Gary Elliff. His funeral services
were at Kornerstone last Friday.
Also keep these people in your
hearts and prayers:
service men and women, AIM Mission Teams, Ray Jennings, Darla Young, Brent Joy, Linda Hodges, Dwight McCrary, Susan Elliott, Gaye Young, Joe Ruiz, Gigi Barlow, Wynelle Waldo, Jay Weddel, David George, Jimmie Scott, Cierra Perkins, Terry Cash, Darlene Riley, Mary Ann Garcia, Phillip Allison, Connor Brice, Lanelle Dovel, Noe Jackson, Mickey White, David Calhoun, Charles McKone, Yvonne Nevins
Allison Toby Brown
Larry Stewart Daryl Tucker
Richard Combest Ross
Bobby Moudy Danny Tucker
Johnson Delphine Ruiz
Because the Lord is my
Shepherd, I have everything
I need! He lets me rest in
meadow grass and leads me
beside the quiet streams.
21st -- Potluck and Early Service
Sunday:Bible Class...9:30 a.m.
Worship...10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Bible Class 9:30 A.M. Bible Study...7:00 p.m.
1st and 3rd Sundays of the month...potluck followed by
early evening services.