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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!



Yom Kippur 9/23/15

It began at sundown last evening, Yom Kippur. This the most holy day of the year throughout all of Israel. It is a day of repentance and a time to connect with God. It is The Day of Atonement.

Yom Kippur is a day of fasting and atonement, solemnity and joy, the day on which Jews feel they are closest to God. For nearly 26 hours, from several minutes before sunset on 9 Tishrei (September 22) to after nightfall on 10 Tishrei (September 23), Jewish people “afflict their souls”: abstain from food and drink, do not wash or anoint their bodies, do not wear leather footwear and abstain from marital relations. These are called the Five Afflictions.

These five afflictions correspond to the Five Books of the Torah which they accept without allowing their physical needs to intervene. They also correspond to the five senses with which man performs mitzvoth (the commandments) and commits transgressions.
This is the day where the High Priest would go into the Holy of Holies and would speak the sacred name of God for the only time for the year. There would be the sacrifice of the lamb for the sins of the nation as well. Since the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D. there has been no place to sacrifice and so this has become the day of repentance for the Jew.

It is a day for all Christians everywhere to stop and reflect, to repent and draw near to God.

In Hebrews chapters 8 and 9, it is beautifully explained how Jesus Christ became our High Priest and entered heaven (the Holy of Holies), once and for all, not by the blood of sacrificial animals, but by his own precious blood on the cross. Christ himself was the atoning sacrifice for our sins; thus, he obtained for us eternal redemption! As believers we accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of Yom Kippur, the final atonement for sin.

In Daniel 9:24-26, the Hebrew prophet Daniel explained to us that:
Someday the Messiah (or “Anointed One”) would come to us
When the Messiah came, his purpose would be “to atone for wickedness” and “to bring everlasting righteousness”
The Messiah would then be “cut off and will have nothing”
After the Messiah was “cut off,” then Jerusalem and the Temple would be destroyed
Daniel specifically noted that foreign invaders “will come and will destroy the city and the sanctuary.”

Daniel shows us that a coming Messiah would bring atonement for our sins before the Temple was destroyed. Why would the God of Israel take away the Temple before providing a new way for atonement?

Now, add in what the Hebrew prophet Jeremiah explained to us that not only was the Messiah coming to the Jewish people, but that He would bring a “new covenant,” a new and exciting and God-ordained way by which we would have a personal relationship with the Lord our God.

Today we celebrate Atonement! Messiah, Jesus Christ, has come!

I love you,
Rick
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Upcoming Activities

Today, Wednesday September 23 – We have our regular activities tonight beginning with dinner at 5:00. At 6:00 we invite anyone who is hungry to pray, to learn more about prayer, to seek God’s heart to join us in the sanctuary as we journey into the school of prayer. We will take time especially on this evening to consider Yom Kippur.

Sunday September 27 – We will have ONE COMBINED WORSHIP service this Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. in the Gym. We will be celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles with a very special service together. Following the service we will have an old-fashioned potluck dinner so we encourage you to bring your favorite dishes to share with others. Come early, have a cup of coffee and visit with old and new friends.

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

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 are asking our folks to bring side dishes and desserts for these heroes and their families as we will be providing lunch for them. Call the church office to volunteer or find out more details!