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Meditations on a New School Year
Posted by Rita at 2:14 pm on August 22, 2014

Meditations on a New School Year

Getting a good education is one of my core values.  Just ask my kids, and they will tell you that their mother is a drill sergeant when it comes to academic excellence.  I have always believed that education is an invaluable key that unlocks many doors of opportunity in this life.

But sometimes, I need to be reminded that with opportunity comes danger.  The temptation to rely on our own mental prowess, instead of God, lurks in the shadows.

God warns in Isaiah 47:10-11, “Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me.’ Disaster will come upon you, and you will not know how to conjure it away.”  People can become “too smart for their own good.”  When God is left out of the picture, any knowledge gained is worthless and in vain.

In 1 Corinthians 1:25, Paul proclaims, “For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom.”  What we know and understand from the world’s perspective doesn’t really matter in the presence of the mighty, omniscient God.  For ultimately, in the words of Solomon, the wisest man who has ever lived, “There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord” (Proverbs 21:30).

So as this new school year approaches and we encourage our children and grandchildren to do their best in school, may we be reminded that God is the true source of all wisdom and knowledge and decide now to place our trust in His understanding rather than our own.

Jan Knox

 


Announcements
Posted by Rita at 2:13 pm on August 22, 2014

Brazil 2015 – It’s not too late to join our group going to Itu, Brazil next Spring Break, but you’ll need to decide to go with us soon!  Passports need to be secured, airline tickets purchased, and Visa applications processed in the next month.   We head to Brazil on March 6, 2015 for an eleven -  day whirlwind of interacting with our brothers and sisters at the Itu Church of Christ, Crescimento Limpo Halfway House, an orphanage, and many opportunities to be “at table” sharing love and understanding with the many people to whom Mark, Ali, Phyllis and Antenor minister.  Many are excited to practice their English, and we’re hoping to pick up some Portuguese, too. We will return to DFW March 16 – tired and happy!  It’s looking like its going to cost around $3,000 per person. We are still working on lowering that cost, but don’t know if we’ll be successful. If you would like to be a part of this mission trip to learn what the Lord is making happen in Itu, contact John (johnduty@granburycoc.net) or Janna Duty (jduty5@sbcglobal.net)

Teen Parent Meeting – Sunday, August 31, in the parlor. The meeting will be during class. Hope you can make it!

Piecemakers Quilting Bee – Tuesday, August 26, from 4:00pm-8:00pm (note change), at the Christian Service Center. Bring your own supper. Experience is not necessary. Time is spent working together piecing quilts to be donated. If you have questions, contact Betty Curbo, Becky Roberts or Jamie Skelton.

Community Appreciation Day – Saturday, September 6, 10:00am – 1:00pm, at Hewlett Park (East Pearl St, across from the City Beach).  Come enjoy fun, free family activities and meet your community. The GCOC Family Ministry and the Christian Service Center will join together to host a booth at this event.  Volunteers are needed, so if you can help, please contact Jonna Eccles (jeccles@granburycoc.net) or Kevin Brown (kbrown@granburycoc.net).

 New church directories are here and may be picked up in the church office, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm.

It’s time for the Magi Project again! – While you’re out shopping for the upcoming school year, why not pick up a few extra supplies for the Magi boxes? We need markers, spiral notebooks, crayons and all kinds of school supplies. Now is the time to take advantage of the back-to-school sales. More details to follow in the coming weeks. 

GCOC Women’s Ministry

The Wednesday Morning Ladies’ Bible Class invites you to join us on September 3 at 9:30am for our ‘Kick-off’ Luncheon to start the 2014-2015 classes. We will study Cassandra Martin’s Impossible. This study centers on Luke 18:27, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” Books will be available soon. More information will follow but for now, mark your calendars and plan to join us. If you have questions, call Marsha Gilbert at 817-573-4984.

Ladies’ Day at Park Heights COC in Hamilton on September 13, from 9:00am-lunch. Lunch will be provided. The theme is “Being at Peace,” with Mona Popejoy as the speaker.  Call 254-386-3953 for more information or to make a reservation.

Women’s Spiritual Renewal, “Adorned by God,” featuring author and speaker, Donna Nabors. On September 13 from 9:00am-2:00pm. Sponsored by South Main Church of Christ in Weatherford at Tucker Red’s Banquet Room at the Ranch House Rd. Exit off I-20. For more information, contact the Church office at 817-594-3030 or go to the website at www.southmaincoc.net.

 

 

Ladies’ Day, hosted by College Hill Church of Christ in North Richland Hills, September 20, from 8:30am-1:00pm. The guest speaker, Linda Smith, of Little Rock, AR, will speak on the topic, Specialness of Christ: How He Relates to Us as Sisters in Christ. Childcare is free, and lunch will be served by the men of College Hill. RSVP to 817-281-8334 or office@ collegehillcoc.com. All ladies are welcome; bring a friend and fellowship with us.

A DFW Conference for Women, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” October 3-4 at Lewisville Church of Christ in Lewisville. There is no charge and includes lunch on Saturday. Contact the church office at 972-353-2518 or go to www.w2wconvention.com for more information. Registration deadline is September 15, 2014.

Connections Groups

The Sawyer Group will NOT meet in the month of August.

 GCOC Youth

Hello all, just wanted to remind you of the parent meeting that is scheduled for August 31 during class. The meeting will be in the parlor.

This Sunday night is our Back-to- School Devo. The devo will be at the Dobbins’ house in Pecan Plantation-  8103 Ravenswood. Vans will leave the church at 5:30pm and Tommy’s (Hwy 377 & Fall Creek Hwy) at 5:45pm. Bring your swimsuits. Also, girls bring drinks, and guys bring desserts. Come enjoy our last hurrah before school starts!

 


Announcements
Posted by Rita at 1:47 pm on August 15, 2014

New church directories are here and may be picked up in the church office, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm.

The Wednesday Morning Ladies’ Bible Class invites you to join us on September 3, at 9:30am for our ‘Kick-off’ Luncheon to start the 2014-2015 classes. We will study Cassandra Martin’s Impossible. This study centers on Luke 18:27, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” Books will be available soon. More information will follow but for now, mark your calendars and plan to join us. If you have questions, call Marsha Gilbert at 817-573-4984.

It’s time for the Magi Project again! – While you’re out shopping for the upcoming school year, why not pick up a few extra supplies for the Magi boxes? We need markers, spiral notebooks, crayons and all kinds of school supplies. Now is the time to take advantage of the back-to-school sales. More details to follow in the coming weeks. 

 Ladies’ Day at Park Heights COC in Hamilton on September 13, from 9:00am-lunch. Lunch will be provided. The theme is “Being at Peace,” with Mona Popejoy as the speaker.  Call 254-386-3953 for more information or to make a reservation.

Women’s Spiritual Renewal, “Adorned by God,” featuring author and speaker, Donna Nabors. It will be on September 13 from 9:00am-2:00pm and is sponsored by South Main Church of Christ in Weatherford at Tucker Red’s Banquet Room at the Ranch House Rd. Exit off I-20. For more information, contact the Church office at 817-594-3030 or go to the website at www.southmaincoc.net.

A DFW Conference for Women, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” October 3-4, at Lewisville Church of Christ in Lewisville. There is no charge, and it includes lunch on Saturday. Contact the church office at 972-353-2518 or go to www.w2wconvention.com for more information. Registration deadline is September 15, 2014.

 Men4God will host a men’s day retreat on Saturday, September 6, at 8:00am – 2:00pmin the Fellowship Center. Trey Morgan from Childress, Texas will be the featured speaker.  He will challenge and encourage us to be Men4God as we strive for a deeper relationship with the Lord and each other.  The cost is $25. Sign up in your Bible class today. Contact Ronnie Roberts at ronnie@robertstexas.com or Mike Gilbert at mikegilbert@wildblue.net for more information.