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Real World vs. Regular World 10/28/15

Good morning,
I posted a picture on my Face Book page this morning of Sue and our two grandsons and talked about how it was time to get back to the “regular” world and that we’d left the “real” world behind yesterday. Let me explain.

We got back to NM, flew into Albuquerque last night about 10:30, which put us home about 1:45 this morning. We’re tired, but it was well worth it. We planned out trip home to leave on the last possible flight out of Milwaukee into Albuquerque so we could spend as much time with our kids and grandsons as we could. I got to be there for 8 days and Sue was there for 6 and every day was full. We got a lot of time with our grandsons, a lot of time with our son and daughter-in-law; some special time alone together and we saw some beautiful fall colors in Wisconsin. We spent more than we should have and poured out as much love on those two boys as we could; but it was worth it – every single bit of it!

But as I was thinking about it all this morning it hit me that all too often when we come back from vacation or someplace special that we’ve been we call it getting back to “the real world.” But as I was thinking about that it hit me that I don’t think this is “the real world.” I think what we just left is at least a big part of “the real world” for Sue and me.

Two scripture verses came to my mind as I was thinking about this. The first one in Psalm 37:4 which says, “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” One of the greatest desires of my heart is my family. I love my children, my daughter-in-law and my son-in-law (to be) very, very much. And most of you know how I feel about those two grandsons – they are amazing. Now because they all live in different places and a long, long way from where we live here, we don’t get to see them often. But when we do get to see them we try and take advantage of it in every way we can. And we get to do that more than we probably deserve. Which takes me back to that verse; I believe each time God is giving me the desires of my heart.

The second verse that came to my mind this morning is from Matthew 18:19 where Jesus said, “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.” And that reminded me of the power that we ALL have in prayer.

Our son Brandon and I had a long talk about life, about family, about jobs, about expectations and disappointments and at the end of that conversation we covenanted together to pray specifically about some of the things we talked about in his life. Now I know this, but God impressed it upon me once again as a reminder. The GREATEST power that I have in my life is prayer. This verse reminded me that since he and I have agreed on some things, which we both believe are the Father’s will, God has promised that it will be done. That then expanded my thinking even more as God began to talk to me about the power that I/we have in prayer as we pray for those who are far away. It gives me more of an incentive to pray for my children and grandsons and God reminded me again that that is THE MOST POWERFUL AND THE GREATEST THING that I can do for everyone of them.

So back to the “real world/regular world” thing. The real world is what God is doing, NOT what I am doing. I live in the real/regular world where I GET to be your pastor, and I love that. I have never in my life been as excited as I am about what God is doing through and with Angus Church and I can hardly wait to see what is ahead. I love my involvement in the community through HEAL and through Hope Harbor (Puerto Esperanza) and I know that God is using that in me and with me and through me. This is where God has placed us and we love being where He wants us to be. It is real and it is the regular place of our lives.

But the desires of my heart, Shannon and Scott, Brandon and Ashley, George and Arlo and most of all Sue, that is God’s special “real world” gift to me and He did an incredible job. That is the most real thing in my life and I’m most proud of and happy in my role as husband, dad and grandpa. So, I’m going to cherish those times and love them when He gives me the opportunity to do so, and in the meantime I’m going to give everything I can to my regular world and I’m going to spend more time where there is power; in prayer! That is the BEST thing I can do for those 7 people.

And just so you know, I’m going to be praying more for you too. That is the best thing I can do for you. I love you; I really, really do.

I hope you have a GREAT day and I’d love to see you here this evening at 6 for some special time of prayer together.

Rick
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Upcoming Activities

Today, Wednesday October 28 – We have our regular Wednesday evening activities. Why not join us for dinner at 5:00 and then at 6:00 all who are not involved with teens or children are going to meet in the Sanctuary to learn how we can be more effective as we pray for our families, for each other and as we pray with and for the teens in our youth group.

Sunday November 1 – FIRST OF ALL, don’t forget to set your clocks BACK ONE HOUR when you go to bed on Saturday evening. We go off of daylight saving time this weekend and you get an extra hour of sleep this Saturday night.
SECOND, Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. our Hispanic Congregation is celebration their 3-year Anniversary with a special service and dinner following. We want to ENCOURAGE YOU AND INVITE YOU to plan on coming back on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 for the special service and stay for some GREAT food! We are all a part of this together and this is a great way to show this special group of people that we love and support them!

Wednesday November 4 – The adults will be meeting with the teens for a time of worship together and then we’ll be praying and sharing together. The last time we did this it was an amazing time together and every person who was a part of it got so much more out of it then we ever expected. I am counting on everyone who was a part of this last month to be here next week on Wednesday evening and praying with those young men and women we promised to pray for, and we’d love to have many, many more join with us.



First Responders Sunday

Good morning! I’m sending this on Thursday so as hopefully to get your attention just a little more.

This Sunday morning, October 11, 2015, is the Sunday we are honoring ALL First Responders, Law Enforcement, Fire and Medical, here in Lincoln County at Angus Church. We will have one combined worship service at 10:00 a.m. at Armstrong Tabernacle, just down the walking path to the west of our gym. We are STRONGLY ENCOURAGING everyone to make a special effort to be in attendance to honor these men and women and their families. We hope to see you here this Sunday morning.

If you signed up to help please plan on being her early, at least by 9:15, to make sure everything is ready. We’ll need people to help get the drinks ready, set things out, etc. Shelly may be calling you today to remind you and/or ask for your help. Also, if you signed up to bring a dessert or side dish, you’ll need to bring those with you and get them set up as well.

MEN, WE NEED HELP GETTING THE TENT SET UP SATURDAY MORNING AT 10:00! If we have 12-15 men here we can get the tent set up quickly and then set up the tables and chairs that we’ll take from our gym.

Remember, we’re providing lunch for all of these folks and their families and we want you to stay and eat as well. Of course many of you have volunteered to help but we want everyone to stay and eat and mingle with these wonderful people!
FINALLY, we want to encourage everyone to wear Red or Blue to honor these men and women. Pick out your best bright Red or Blue shirt, blouse or dress and let’s say thank you!

Looking forward to a great day this Sunday with you as we celebrate First Responders!

I love you,

Rick
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Upcoming Activities
Sunday October 11 – A Day to Honor our Heroes – First Responders, Police and Fire – Combined Worship service in Armstrong Tabernacle at 10:00 a.m. We will plan on eating with these incredible men and women and then Bonita Park will open up all of their activities for these men, women and their families for the afternoon. Remember, WEAR RED OR BLUE TO HONOR THESE FINE MEN AND WOMEN!

Sunday October 18 – Congratulations to two of our men who have been chosen to receive a Heroes with Heart award from HEAL and the Nest Domestic Violence Shelter. Rick Hall and Tom Battin were two of 12 individuals here in Lincoln County who were chosen to receive this award this year. This award goes to individuals in our county who make a difference in this county. Rick is a volunteer firefighter, our own Shelter Coordinator here at Angus Church, as well as extremely involved in helping people out in many different ways. Tom has served this county in so many various capacities on boards and committees, as a County Commissioner and currently as Mayor of Ruidoso. The Awards ceremony is Sunday October 18, 1:00 p.m. at Gateway Church of Christ. Let’s have an AMAZING turn out to support and honor these two men!



Prayer 9/30/15

I’m just going to begin this email by telling you that what I’m about to write will probably make some of you mad – perhaps it is going to offend someone – and there’s a chance some of you just won’t like the way I say it.

With that said, if you choose to read on, well . . . at least you’ve been warned.

Tonight we may be doing the most important thing we’ve done at Angus Church since I came to be your pastor here a little over 12 years ago. If you choose not to be here, that is your choice. Some of you aren’t able to be here; that is beyond your control and there isn’t anything you can do about it and basically I’m not writing this for you. But if you choose not to be here, choose, then what you’re saying is that whatever you choose is more important than what we’re going to be doing tonight.
Tonight we are going to join together with the teens for an evening to emphasize prayer. We’re going to do this in the gym and it begins at 6:30.

AGAIN, IF YOU CAN’T COME THIS ISN’T FOR YOU!

It is going to be different; we’re going to let them lead us in worship and singing, there will be some here who don’t want to interact with us; there will be things that will probably make most of us adults uncomfortable – BUT, I still believe this may be the most important thing that we’ve done in the last 12 years.

So, with that in mind, I’m inviting you to skip relaxing; to skip that favorite TV show; to not let your weariness or bad day or personal preference or anything else that you choose, to keep you away. I invite you to come and pray with each other, and most importantly to pray with a great group of teens who I believe NEED to see a bunch of adults from Angus Church praying with them, for them and loving them.

Finally, you don’t need to email or call me and tell me if/why you can’t be here. I am not going to take attendance, judge or think anything of anyone – and this will be the last thing that I say about this.

Dinner starts at 5 and we’ll convene with the time of prayer and praise at 6:30 in the gym.

I love you,
Rick
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Upcoming Activities

Today, Wednesday September 30 – All of our ministries, teen through adult, will be joining together tonight for a special emphasis on prayer at 6:30. We hope you’ll join us

Saturday October 3 – The annual Aspen Fest parade will take place on Sudderth beginning at 10:00 a.m. this Saturday. Hope Harbor (Puerto Esperanza) will have a float in the parade and we are planning on handing out brochures about this ministry as well as candy. If you would like to be a part of walking with the float and handing out candy and brochures we’d love to have you. When we find out where we are supposed to line up we’ll let anyone know who is interested; just let us know that you are interested.

Sunday October 11 – A Day to Honor our Heroes – First Responders, Police and Fire – Combined Worship service in Armstrong Tabernacle at 10:00 a.m. If you haven’t signed up to bring a dessert or side dish, we will ask again on Sunday. We will plan on eating with these incredible men and women and then Bonita Park will open up all of their activities for these men, women and their families for the afternoon.

FINALLY, congratulations to two of our men who have been chosen to receive a Heroes with Heart award from HEAL and the Nest Domestic Violence Shelter. Rick Hall and Tom Battin were two of 12 individuals here in Lincoln County who were chosen to receive this award this year. This award goes to individuals in our county who make a difference in this county. Rick is a volunteer firefighter as well as extremely involved in helping people out in many different ways. Tom has served this county in so many various capacities on boards and committees, as a County Commissioner and currently as Mayor of Ruidoso. The Awards ceremony is Sunday October 18, 1:00 p.m. at Gateway Church of Christ. Let’s have an AMAZING turn out to support and honor these two men!