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THE BUILDER SEPTEMBER 2021

NEXT MEETING SEPTEMBER 27
White Mills Christian Church
Executive Meeting at 7 P.M. (EDT)
(No Meal)
General Meeting at 8 P.M. (EDT)
Speaker: Kamarr Richée, Minister at Dogwood Christian in Hopkinsville

OUR WEBSITE ADDRESS:
www.kymenforchrist.org

FUTURE MEETING SCHEDULE
October 25—Woodlawn Christian
Speaker: Michael Luke, Minister at Lebanon Christian
November 22—Jamestown Christian

LOOKING AHEAD
Praying for much improved conditions in 2022, the Executive Committee is optimistically scheduling meetings for next year. If your congregation would be willing to host a meeting, please contact Jim Pope, Secretary, to reserve your date. Meetings are on the fourth Monday night each month January through November.

YOU HAVE INFLUENCE
Our speaker in Glendale, Nathan Ayers, reminded us that we each have influence. The statement caused me to reflect on the many people in my life who encouraged and guided me in life’s decisions. Mr. Ed Barlow from First Christian in E’town invited me to my first MFC meeting more than 20 years ago. After that first meeting, he continued to encourage me in my various levels of participation. I am grateful for his influence which started with an invitation to a “soup and sandwich” meal. Who have you invited (influenced) to attend MFC lately? —Charles Young

THE “GRAYING OF MEN FOR CHRIST”
The “Graying of America” refers to the aging of the U.S. population. According to the Census Bureau, by 2035 senior citizens will outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history. People over age 65 are estimated to number 78 million, while children under age 18 will number 76.7 million. The aging of the U.S. population will have profound effects on the country, and this demographic trend offers many opportunities for start-up businesses to meet the wants and needs of senior citizens, their families, and their caregivers.

So what does this have to do with the “Graying of Men for Christ”? None of us were in attendance when Men for Christ started in 1952. However, many of us have been associated with the organization for a substantial number of our total years. And, in case you haven’t noticed, the majority of our attending members would be listed in the “senior” category. Our organization is fortunate to have a number of senior members who are still willing to serve as leaders. But, to ensure the continued existence of Men for Christ, there must be younger men who are willing to step up to the plate to provide leadership for the future. We must challenge younger men to get involved as we challenge our senior members to reach out to and encourage the next generation of leaders.
—Charles Young

A GREAT QUOTE
“I believe there is an actual, literal Heaven. I believe there is an actual, literal Hell. Don’t ask me where and don’t ask me what it is going to look like and all of that. I don’t know. I only know that Jesus warned us about one and told us of the joys and the happiness of the other.” —Billy Graham

REMEMBERING MY FATHER
A little over 8 years ago, my father passed away. Dad was a simple quiet man, with an easy laugh and a song in his heart. He grew up on a farm; took care of the family farm and my Grandma after my Grandpa passed away. He was the hardest working man I’ve ever known. He worked in a steel mill, an oil refinery, and for a coal mining equipment manufacturer. Dad loved his family, his animals and his land and Jesus. The clearest pictures of Jesus I’ve ever known was how my Dad treated the world around him. I had the great privilege and honor to be able to speak at his memorial service. I shared a list of the things I had learned from my Dad; not the things he told me but the things I learned by watching him. Much of that list pointed me to God.
1. The love of a beautiful woman is worth more than all the riches in the world. Always tell her you love her and that she’s pretty; she may not always believe it but she’ll always appreciate it.
2. Be ready to forgive your children when they mess up because they will.
3. Sing! Sing to your animals, your children, your grandchildren, your wife, and your God!
4. There’s no such thing as a horse that can’t be ridden, only men who cannot ride.
5. Have a simple wardrobe. You shouldn’t worry about what you are going to wear.
6. Learn to grow things: grass, hay, vegetables, animals, children, grandchildren, families, Faith.
7. Don’t waste ammunition. Hit what you aim for.
8. A good book is better than a movie any day.
9. There’s no substitute for hard work and faith.
10. You can silence 6 rowdy boys at the dinner table by unbuckling one belt buckle.
11. You don’t have to be in church or on your knees beside the bed to talk to God. Those are good places to be, but God will listen to you wherever you are.
12. Be loyal, win or lose.
13. Learn to laugh. Learn to tell stories.
14. Take some time to stand on a hill and look down in the valley at all that God has blessed you with. —Ed Snyder, First Christian E’town

ELEVATE CHRISTIAN IS LAUNCHED
Elevate Christian in Lexington held the first services Sunday, September 12. They are meeting at Lexington Christian Academy. Please pray for this ministry!

THE BUILDER JULY 2021

NEXT MEETING JULY 26
Union Christian Church, 970 Union Church Road, Hodgenville, KY. The Executive Committee will meet prior to the 8 p.m. (EDT) regular meeting. The speaker will be Bro. Delane Pinkston.

FUTURE MEETING SCHEDULE
August 23 – Glendale Christian Speaker: Nathan Ayers, Campus Minister, WKU Christian Student Fellowship.
September 27 – White Mills Christian Speaker: Kamarr Richee, Minister, Dogwood Christian, Hopkinsville
October 25 – Woodlawn Christian Speaker: Michael Luke, Minister, Lebanon Christian
November 22 – Jamestown Christian

WELCOME
Campbellsville Christian announces Justin Dewell as our new Preaching Minister. Justin is a graduate of Ozark Christian College and Asbury Theological Seminary. He comes to us via Southeast Christian Church where he served the last two years in the Preaching Residency.

SERVANTS WILL BE MISSED
Bro. Raymond A. Martin, age 97, of Columbia, KY passed away on Sunday, June 20, 2021 at his home. His funeral was June 25 at Columbia Christian Church with burial in Haven Hill Cemetery.

Bro. Eldon Rucker, age 74, passed away June 11, 2021. His funeral service was June 18 at Tabernacle Christian Church.

THE PURPOSE OF MEN FOR CHRIST
January 28, 1952 – 69 years ago – Men for Christ conducted its first meeting at Columbia Christian Church. The meeting was in response to the need for new congregations. Our bylaws still lists our primary purpose as “to establish new congregations.”
1952–1956 Magnolia Street Christian
1953 – Owensboro Christian
1958 – Mannsville Christian
1959 – Greensburg Christian
1959 – Westside Christian
1961 – Indian Hills Christian/Danville
1962 – Bowling Green Christian
1968 – Glenview Christian
1969 – Community Christian/London
1974 – Southern Heights/Somerset
1977 – Lebanon Christian
Quite a list! So it seems that the purpose of Men for Christ was being accomplished. It has become increasingly difficult to singly launch a new congregation although many existing congregations have been assisted. Numerous factors have played into this situation. The goal to establish new congregations has not changed, but our methods have changed. We discovered that there is strength in numbers and that we can do more together. Our most recent church plantings have been joint ventures. In October 2010 we joined with North Bullitt Christian Church and Salt River Christian Men’s Fellowship to launch Journey Christian Church in Shepherdsville. In September 2017 we joined with Okolona Christian Church, Salt River Christian Men’s Fellowship and others to launch Crossroads Christian Church in Mount Washington. God has blessed both of these congregations. We now have an opportunity to join with others in launching Elevate Christian Church, a new congregation in Lexington. At the June 28 meeting, Men for Christ joined the effort with a contribution of $25,000. Launch date is set for September 12. Please pray for Bro. Rob Harlamert and Bro. Andrew Dawson in their efforts to reach lives for Christ.

THE BUILDER JUNE 2021

THE BUILDER
June 2021
WE ARE BACK!
Our June 28 meeting is set for Columbia Christian Church. We are still unable to have a fellowship meal. You are encouraged to patronize a local restaurant on your way to the meeting. The Executive Committee will meet at 7 p.m. (EDT) and the general meeting worship service will be at 8 p.m. (EDT). Scheduled speaker is Bro. Kerry Allen, President of Louisville Bible College.

IT’S TIME
If you have not yet experienced the joy of returning to worship with your friends at church, it’s time! It’s also time to make an effort to attend the meetings of Men for Christ. Even without the meals, the meetings can provide a time of Christian fellowship with our brothers in Christ. I don’t know about you, but I really missed it. –Charles Young

WHEN PEOPLE DROP OUT OF CHURCH
“If horse-racing fans can return to the Kentucky Derby and if customers can now eat in restaurants, it is time for genuine believers to return to church. Admittedly regular church attendance is not the only measure of a person’s commitment to Christ, but it is a significant indicator. Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for it. If we love Christ, we are going to love His bride and long to fellowship with His family. Of course, I am not talking about people who are still vulnerable to Covid. Some feeble, elderly saints and some who are infirm…need to continue to watch online. But the rest of us should not pretend that watching at home is an acceptable substitute for actual participation in worship.” –Excerpt from Bob Russell’s blog, April 25, 2021

There’s nothing SOCIAL about SOCIAL DISTANCING!

CHASING STRAYS
Chasing Strays. It’s not the title of a new movie or video game. Chasing strays is a task that belongs to elders. For centuries, people have been straying from the local church. This is not a new phenomenon. While on death row, the apostle Paul was deserted by Christians (2 Timothy 4:9-16). Some elders in the church at Ephesus “distort[ed] the truth in order to draw away disciples after them” (Acts 20:30). For a variety of reasons, the church has experienced an age-old revolving door of members—people come, and people go. The question is, do we chase strays? We should. After all, this is one of the responsibilities of elders as we shepherd the flock.

Church attendance has been declining for decades; COVID-19 simply exacerbated this phenomenon. At the height of the pandemic last summer, “one in three practicing Christians stopped attending church,” according to the Barna Group. In the third quarter of 2020, churches experienced only a 36 percent average in-person return rate after America reopened following the national lockdown, the UnStuck Group reported. Like it or not, many seats remain empty on Sunday morning, and rather than stew about it, we should do something about it. Now is the time to chase strays. –Read complete article in Christian Standard 1 May 2021; By David Roadcup, Jim Estep, and Gary Johnson.

NO ROOM FOR FEAR
“Regardless of your circumstances, you can take comfort in the fact that your identity, your worth, and your eternal security are not up for grabs. The Holy Spirit, who will never leave you, wraps your spirit in a warm blanket, surrounds your heart with a thick wall of protection and comfort, and says, ‘Everything is going to be okay.’ When you tune your heart to listen only to that voice, the Comforter drowns out all the other voices and noise, calming you in the most powerful way. And then fear will subside.” –Excerpt from His Mighty Strength, Randy Frazee.

ASSISTANCE OFFERED
Bro. Bill Welker is available for pulpit supply or interim ministries. Please call 270-566-0570.

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to Bro. Tim Underhill on his 20 years of ministry with Rolling Fork Christian Church.

QUOTABLE QUOTES
“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘Darkness’ on the walls of his cell.” –C.S. Lewis

“You can’t love someone or something if you’re always criticizing it. That’s not God’s heart for the church, and it shouldn’t be ours either.” –Jim Tune

“The most critical need of the church at this moment is men, bold men, free men. The church must seek, in prayer and much humility, the coming again of men made of the stuff of which prophets and martyrs are made” —A.W. Tozer

“Our aim is to build a church of Christ without denominational name, man-written creed or other barriers to Christian unity, whose terms of fellowship shall be as broad as the conditions of salvation, and identical with them.” –P.H. Welshimer

LIKE FACEBOOK?
“The Bible doesn’t work like Facebook, where your likes or opinions matter. God’s Word is true whether you agree with it or not.”

FUTURE MEETING SCHEDULE
July 26 – Union Christian (Speaker: Delane Pinkston, Retired Minister, Bradfordsville
August 23 – Glendale Christian (Speaker: Nathan Ayers, Campus Minister at Western Kentucky Christian Student Fellowship.)
September 27 –
October 25 –
November 22 – Jamestown Christian

THE BUILDER MAY 2021

THE BUILDER
May 2021

LET’S MEET MAY 24!
First Christian Church at 1811 North Miles Street in Elizabethtown is excited to be hosting our May 24 meeting. Preliminary plans are as follows:
*Executive Committee will meet at 6 p.m. ET
*Worship and regular meeting at 7 p.m.
*No meal will be served.
*Stuart Jones, Senior Minister at First Christian, will bring a pertinent message on Rising From The Rubble.

SYMPATHY EXTENDED
Among the hardships caused by the pandemic has been the inability to stay in touch with our brothers in Christ. We have received information about the deaths of more of our faithful members:
*Tim VanDyke, 72, Bradfordsville; 1-18-2021
*Elmer Wheatley,Sr., 87, Louisville; 1-25-2021
Sympathy is extended to the families.

MEMORIAL DAY
Over the years, Memorial Day has become a big holiday weekend. It’s now the unofficial start of summer, rather than a day of tribute to the departed it was originally meant to be. Even if we plan fun events for Memorial Day weekend, it’s important to stop long enough to bow our heads and pay respect to our departed loved ones—especially those who fell in battle while helping preserving America’s liberties. Let us take time to make the pilgrimage to various cemeteries and pause long enough to say, “Thank you, Father, for these special lives, for sacrifices made and for friendships we have shared.”

EMERGENCY FUNDS DISBURSED
Ten percent (10%) of the net yearly interest from the Votaw Trust Fund is transferred to the Emergency Fund. This fund is designed to cover needs created by weather damage, floods, earthquakes, fire or other types of natural disasters. In response to a request from Beattyville Christian Church, $10,000 was approved to assist the congregation with the major flood damage incurred.

LET’S PLAN AHEAD
Our June 28 meeting is set for Columbia Christian Church. Scheduled speaker is Kerry Allen, President of Louisville Bible College. Additional details soon.

Brothers In Christ
Tim Tebow is preparing himself once again for the physical demands of the National Football League. A devoted Christian, he is also preparing himself for the mental demands associated with the hate that has long been associated with his career. There are those who simply can’t resist bad mouthing and making fun of his faith. Football coaches, players and some in the sports media feel so threatened by Tebow’s strong Christian faith that they go out of their way to verbally hate him. In America we place a great deal of value on free speech. Lines have been drawn when it comes to hate speech toward Muslims, Hindus and Jews, as there should be. Gender and race are protected from hateful talk and we often see TV personalities lose their jobs for a slip of the tongue. Apparently, Christians are fair game.
This time Tebow has found some unexpected support from an unlikely celebrity in American culture. Gene Simmons, a Jewish-American member of the rock group KISS spoke up in Tebow’s defense, “It’s a shame that Tebow’s critics would stoop so low and mock the man for holding to his Christian convictions.”
In Acts 5:34-41, the Pharisee, Gamaliel, defended Peter and the Apostles when they were brought before the Sanhedrin and he eventually secured their release. Gamaliel was not a Christian, but he was, just like Simmons, a man who was not afraid to speak up and do the right thing. Just think about how much easier it should be for we as Christians to do the right thing for the Lord.
Jesus Christ was harassed, tortured and eventually suffered a painful death on the cross. He suffered through all of that for us. Do you have what it takes to stand firm against the mockery of hate speech, censorship, and horrible jokes directed at your Christian faith? Do you have what it takes to speak out when someone is harassed because of their Christian faith, as Simmons has done?
Tebow has stood firm and I’m sure he will again. He is an inspiration to his teammates and fellow Christians.
Grace and Peace to you, Russell Lunsford

THE BUILDER FOR APRIL 2021

MEN FOR CHRIST MEETING SCHEDULED
After 14 months, plans are being made to resume meetings. First Christian Church in Elizabethtown has agreed to host the May 24 meeting. Preliminary plans are as follows:
*The Executive Committee will meet at 6 p.m. prior to the general worship meeting at 7 p.m..
*There will be no meal served. Participants are encouraged to eat at one of numerous Elizabethtown restaurants or eat prior to leaving for the meeting.
*There will be ample meeting space for all who prefer to exercise social distancing.
*The worship time will consist of music, a guest speaker, and a business session.
*Additional details will be posted on the website at www.kymenforchrist.org and in The Builder.

IT’S OFFERING TIME!
The last offering for the General Fund was received February 24, 2020 at our meeting in Columbia. Most of us found new ways to get our tithes and offerings to our churches even though they were not meeting in person. Fewer men have expended the same effort in getting offerings to Men for Christ. Thankfully, approximately 25 churches have been faithful with their monthly gifts. Although we haven’t been meeting, the normal expenses have continued. So, we need to Catch Up! There will be an opportunity to do that at the May 24 meeting. Or, if you prefer to Catch Up now you can send your check to our treasurer, Randy Herron, 108 Ronaldson Court, Campbellsville, KY 42718.

BYLAWS AMENDED AND LOAN APPROVED
Thanks to the members who responded to the recent request. Ballots were sent to those whose names are on the email or regular mail address list for The Builder. Both the proposed amendment and the Votaw loan for Bristow Christian were approved by 98.03% of those responding.

AUDITOR REQUESTS
The firm of Wise, Buckner, Sprowles & Associates will be conducting an audit of Men for Christ records. If your congregation receives a confirmation request from the auditor, please encourage your leaders (treasurers) to respond quickly. This action will assist the auditor in completing a prompt, thorough examination of our records.

BROTHERS IN CHRIST
In the mid-1800s Camp Meetings were held on my great-grandparent’s farm on the Kentucky River in Lee County. They were Methodists. Traveling preachers, or circuit riders conducted the meetings. People would travel for miles to hear God’s word. The camp meetings would sometimes last two to three weeks. People would set up tents, sleep in covered wagons or just sleep on the ground. Preachers would jump on a stump or preach off the back of a convenient wagon. Folks brought food and my great-grandparents would provide fresh corn and vegetables from their fields, fruit from their orchards. Cattle and hogs would be killed. No one went hungry. Eager for the Word, people would move from preacher to preacher and old-timey hymns were sung. Soon rumors would spread about a special preacher and crowds would gather. I witnessed one such event while I served in Kuwait in 2002. I was sent to Qatar on a mission as the war in Afghanistan ramped up.

While there I kept hearing about a special chaplain. Attendance in the chapel tent was so large they installed a speaker and seats outside the tent to accommodate the large crowds. That Sunday morning, I got there early and got a seat up front. The small chapel filled quickly and overflowed. Chaplain Northrop did not disappoint me. His message was, “Some thoughts on Trials.” I remember this because I keep the chapel bulletin from that day in my Bible. The sermon scripture was Mark 4:35-41. In it Jesus sleeps calmly on a boat that weathers a severe storm, His disciples panic and wake Him. To their amazement He calms the storm and a lesson in faith is learned. The storm we are going through with COVID 19 will not last forever. The Executive Committee is discussing ways to safely resume our monthly (Camp) meetings. Our brethren at the Beattyville Christian Church have experienced a storm and have shown us the true meaning of faith. While most of their church was still under water, they continued to have Sunday services at a local school gym. Our thoughts, prayers and support are with them.
Grace and Peace to you, Russell Lunsford

SYMPATHY EXTENDED
Among the hardships caused by the pandemic has been the inability to stay in touch with our brothers in Christ. We have received information recently about the deaths of faithful members of Men for Christ.
*James Colson (Science Hill) 2-19-2021
*Jim Chelf (Lebanon) 12-30-2020
*Ethbert ‘Sonny” Norris (Bohon) 4-5-2021
Sympathy is extended to the families.

QUOTABLE QUOTES
“The greatest irony of the ages will be those who were too cool for Christ, and too cool for the church, and too cool for the Bible, and too cool for God; spending an eternity in a place that’s not cool at all.” –Barry Cameron

“Whenever I read the Bible and come across something that I disagree with, I have to assume I must be wrong.” –Francis Chan

“Jesus is not one of many ways to approach God, nor is He the best of several ways; He is the only way.”—A.W. Tozer

GET READY FOR SUMMER CAMPS
Camp Calvary, Mackville, KY
859-375-4376
www.kycampcalvary.com

White Mills Christian Camp
270-862-3933
www.whitemillschristiancamp.com