NEXT MEETING SEPTEMBER 27
White Mills Christian Church
Executive Meeting at 7 P.M. (EDT)
General Meeting at 8 P.M. (EDT)
Speaker: Kamarr Richée, Minister at Dogwood Christian in Hopkinsville
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FUTURE MEETING SCHEDULE
October 25—Woodlawn Christian
Speaker: Michael Luke, Minister at Lebanon Christian
November 22—Jamestown Christian
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.
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!