All posts by Cheryl

The Back Page 3-11-2018

In Our Prayers

Continue to remember Harold Brunswick in the nursing home in Benkelman.

On the Calendar

Today, March 11. Potluck with men’s business meeting to follow. Because of illness, Ryan Brown was not able to come this weekend.

March 13 – April 17, 7 to 8:30 pm. Grief Support Group at Chase County Community Hospital, downstairs conference room. Bill will facilitate the discussion.

Thursday, March 15. Women’s Bible study will resume at 10:45 at the Sunset Apartments, beginning with Lesson 3, No. 8, in the James study guide.

Saturday, May 19. Doors of Opportunity and Bible Teacher’s Workshop, hosted by York College. See York.edu/btw for more details.

 

The Back Page 3-4-2018

In Our Prayers

Jacquie Grams’ gall bladder surgery went very well on Tuesday. She was able to return home the same day….Fern Smith’s shingles seem to have run their course…Continue to remember Harold Brunswick in the nursing home in Benkelman.

On the Calendar

Today, March 4. In Bill Bryan’s absence, Bill Lewis will present the lesson during worship.

Sunday, March 11. Potluck with men’s business meeting to follow. We will also welcome Ryan Brown and his wife Sarah and their two children, Grace and Isaiah (ages 3 and 1), from Clyde, Texas. Ryan will teach the Bible class and preach during worship.

Thursday, March 15. Women’s Bible study will resume.

 

The Back Page 2-25-2018

In Our Prayers

Carol Schuman and the Wallin family in the loss of their mother and grandmother, Mildred Myers. Her funeral was yesterday at Westside. Thanks to all who helped provide the food and served. The family was very appreciative.

Jacquie Grams will have gall bladder surgery in Greeley on Tuesday.

Fern Smith has shingles.

Continue to remember Harold Brunswick in the nursing home in Benkelman.

On the Calendar

Thursday, March 1. No Women’s Bible Study this week or next. The class will resume March 15 with Lesson 3, No. 8 in the James study guide.

Sunday, March 11. Ryan Brown and his wife Sarah and their two children, Grace and Isaiah (ages 3 and 1), will be here to discuss working with the Westside church.

Saturday, May 19. Doors of Opportunity and Bible Teacher’s Workshop, hosted by York College. See York.edu/btw for more details.

The Secret Place

There is a place where thou canst say, “Arise”
To dying captives, bound in chains of night;
There is a place – upon some distant shore –
Where thou canst send the worker and the Word.
Where is that secret place – dost thou ask, “Where?”
O soul, it is the secret place of prayer!
   ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

Prayer grants us entrance into the Holy of Holies. Prayer is a privilege that lifts us above the clamoring noise of the world and transports us into the very presence of the Majesty on High. The amazing thing about prayer is that God requires no prescribed style or form, no mantras to be repeated over and over by rote. He simply calls us to bring ourselves before Him just as we are!

There is no pretentiousness with God. We can’t fool Him. He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows our hearts and the intentions of our hearts. Prayer is the secret place where we can go and unburden our souls before the One who knows all our burdens and invites us to cast them upon Him (1 Peter 5.7).

In his book on prayer, Richard Foster says prayer is ordinary people bringing ordinary concerns to a loving and compassionate Father…no pretense to be more holy, more pure or saintly than we are… To believe that God can reach us and bless us in the ordinary junctures of daily life is the stuff of prayer…the only place God can bless us is right where we are, because that is the only place we are!

 – grace to you all and peace, Bill

 

The Back Page 2-18-2018

In Our Prayers

Fern Smith, who has shingles; Margene Hayes’s foot is slowly healing, though the treatments are difficult.

Please also continue to remember the Harchelroad family and the families who lost loved ones in the recent shooting in Florida.

Continue to remember Mildred Meyers and Harold Brunswick and those who care for them.

On the Calendar

Sunday morning and Wednesday night Bible studies. On Sunday mornings at 9:30 we’re studying the gospel of Mark. On Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. is a series called Messages for the New Year. The title of this coming Wednesday’s lesson is How to Develop Patience.

Thursday, February 22. Women’s Bible Study, 10:45 to noon, Cheryl’s home, Lesson 3 in the James study guide.

Saturday, May 19, 2018. Doors of Opportunity and Bible Teacher’s Workshop, hosted by York College. See York.edu/btw for more details.

“Blessed are the merciful…” (Matthew 5.7)

The word “merciful” translates a Greek word from which we get “benefactor.” It appears in this sense only one other time in the New Testament (Hebrews 2.17) where Jesus is described as a merciful and faithful high priest.

The Latin derivation of the word is misericordia, a compound term – misernas, meaning “pity, misery, or pain” and cordis, “heart.” So miseria cordis is “pain of heart.” That’s the primary meaning of mercy. It’s when we count another’s misery or need as our very own and then act within our power and ability to relieve or supply their need.

Jesus illustrated the meaning of mercy to a self-righteous and unmerciful lawyer in Luke 10.25-37. He told the story of a man who was beaten, robbed and left for dead by the roadside. On no less than two occasions, highly respected men could have helped him, but instead chose to pass by. Then a Samaritan, loathsome in the estimation of the Jews, stopped, rendered first aid, carried the injured man to a place of safety and paid for his keep!

Now which of these three, Jesus asked the lawyer, was a neighbor to the man robbed? The lawyer’s only response was, “The one who showed mercy toward him.”

Mercy considers neither status, ethnicity, nor race – simply the need, and compels us to extend whatever aid and assistance we are able to give.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”

 – Bill

 

The Back Page 2-11-2018

In Our Prayers

The Grams’ children and grandchildren are recovering from the flu; Jacquie’s mom, Fern Smith, has shingles; Mildred Meyers is in failing health; Jana Vinson has been diagnosed with mononucleosis; Margene Hayes is dealing with complications following foot surgery. She’s scheduled for multiple oxygen treatments in North Platte to help with healing.

Continue to remember Mildred Meyers and Harold Brunswick.

On the Calendar

Today, February 11 – Potluck and Men’s Business Meeting.

Thursday, February 15. Women’s Bible Study, 10:45 to noon, Cheryl’s home, Finish Lesson 2 and begin Lesson 3 in the James study guide.

April 13-14 Women Walking with God Conference, Wichita, Kansas. Cheryl and Norma plan to attend. Let one of them know if you’d like to join them. See womenwalkingwithgod.org for more information.

Saturday, May 19, 2018. Doors of Opportunity and Bible Teacher’s Workshop, hosted by York College. See York.edu/btw for more details.

 

The Back Page 2-4-2018

In Our Prayers

The family of Sid Harchelroad; Cody, Amanda, Avery, Andy, and Shane Jantz; The Grams’ grandchildren, Kaden and Greyson Oliver, have the flu, and Jacquie’s mom, Fern Smith, has been diagnosed with shingles….Mildred Meyers is in failing health. Carol’s brother and sister have been here to visit.

Continue to remember Mildred Meyers and Harold Brunswick in nursing homes.

On the Calendar

Thursday, February 8. Women’s Bible Study, 10:45 to noon, Cheryl’s home, Lesson 2 in the James study guide.

Next Sunday, February 11 – Potluck and  Men’s Business Meeting.

April 13-14 Women Walking with God Conference, Wichita, Kansas. Cheryl and Norma plan to attend. Let one of them know if you’d like to join them. See womenwalkingwithgod.org for more information.

Saturday, May 19, 2018. Doors of Opportunity and Bible Teacher’s Workshop, hosted by York College. See York.edu/btw for more details.

 

The Back Page 1-28-2018

In Our Prayers

DeMarys’s aunt, Sue Jackson, passed away on Monday at the nursing home in Wauneta. She was 96 years old. A graveside service will be held at a later date in Wyoming.

Continue to remember Mildred Meyers and Harold Brunswick in nursing homes.

 On the Calendar

Thursday, February 1. Women’s Bible Study, 10:45 to noon, Sunset Apartments. Due to the snow, last week’s class was cancelled, so they’ll study Lesson 1 in the James study guide.

February 24, 8 am to 3:30 pm – The Imperial Bible Church has invited our ladies to attend their Ladies Retreat. Invitations are on the back table.

April 13-14 Women Walking with God Conference, Wichita, Kansas. Linda Thomas sent us a notice of the conference. Deadline for early registration is January 31, with a fee of $63. If any Westside women would like to attend, Linda will reserve a room for us. See womenwalkingwithgod.org for more information.

Saturday, May 19, 2018. Doors of Opportunity and Bible Teacher’s Workshop, hosted by York College. See York.edu/btw for more details.

 

The Back Page 1-21-2018

In Our Prayers

Bob Grams saw a doctor in Kearney this week regarding treatment for nerve pain…Fern Smith’s colonoscopy didn’t indicate any cancer….DeMarys’s aunt, Sue Jackson, fell and broke her hip. She’s home from the hospital.

Betty Kramer, member of the Holyoke church and Maury’s mom, passed away suddenly last Monday. Her funeral was yesterday in Holyoke.

Continue to remember Sue Jackson, Mildred Meyers and Harold Brunswick in nursing homes.

On the Calendar

Thursday, January 25. Women’s Bible Study, 10:45 to noon, Sunset Apartments. Lesson 1 in the James study guide. Ask Cheryl if you’d like a study guide.

April 13-14 Women Walking with God Conference, Wichita, Kansas. Linda Thomas sent us a notice of the conference. Deadline for early registration is January 31, with a fee of $63. If any Westside women would like to attend, Linda will reserve a room for us. See womenwalkingwithgod.org for more information.

Save the Date! Saturday, May 19, 2018. Doors of Opportunity and Bible Teacher’s Workshop, hosted by York College.