Ways to Raise Money

Honestly, teaching a class on other religious denominations is not only hard, it’s down right boring. So to give the kids a break (and myself), Wednesday night I went to class with absolutely nothing prepared. After announcements and a time of worship, I said lets go over to the Coffeehouse. Honestly, I was a little worried beforehand that class would end at 7:25 and I’d have to come up with 35 more minutes of stuff, because you can’t just let the kids run free.

This last weekend we went to the TAG Youth Camp in Lynchburg, TN for a spring retreat with the Snellville CoC, Broadway CoC, and Lone Oak CoC. The other three churches had buses. They varied in size from the 23 passenger mini-bus to the 48 seater standard bus. The standard bus looked more like a charter bus than a school bus. The kids got to ride these buses on the way to Perry’s parents house in Fayetteville.

So Wednesday night, after maybe like 10 minutes of talking about the retreat, they started talking about how great it would be if we had a bus. We don’t exactly have a really large group right now, so a 23 passenger bus would help out since we usually have to take two 15 passenger vans, often with neither van having more than 10 people. Plus, there are some safety issues concerning 15 passenger vans. So there are definitely some valid reasons behind spending some money to purchase a bus when the 15 passenger vans still seem to do. Anyways, so for the rest of the class, the kids were talking about what they were willing to do to raise money to purchase a bus. Some of the ideas are good and feasible to do. Others weren’t so feasible. Perhaps the funniest came from Josh S. inspired by Freda M. Freda was talking about some pruebred puppies they had. Josh suggested that the LYF group get into Pure Breeding puppies and selling them.

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Hope for the Hokies

Passion: Hope for the Hokies
The folks over at Passion are giving away an EP that will encourage anyone at Virginia Tech or around the world who is looking for sure footing in the wake of these tragic events. They are born out of belief in God who comforts and repairs, a Heavenly Father who has paid the highest price to rescue and restore us all. And because of Jesus light can shine in darkness, life can come from death and hope will endure.
Hope for the HokiesPlease pass the word and visit the site http://www.hopeforthehokies.com/ to download the EP. Most importantly, let’s continue to pray for comfort and healing for those affected by the Virginia Tech Massacre.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Mount LeConte via Trillium Gap

If you haven’t already heard by now, a good number of us are planning on hiking the Trillium Gap Trail this Saturday (4/14). Plan for this taking up all of your day on Saturday. The Fuller’s will be meeting people at Laurel’s parking lot and leaving at 8:00 AM. Since a good number of us will already be near Gatlinburg, we plan on meeting up with them at the Rainbow Falls trail head around 9:00. There will be two different groups on this hike to suite different skill/fitness levels.
Mt LeConte Trail Map
One group will be going at a slow pace looking at wildflowers. Grotto Falls will be probably be the turn around for this group. The distance of this hike is 3.6 miles one way (with the option of 1.4 miles on the way back if one person picks up the van and drives to an alternate trail head). About 1000 feet in elevation is gained over the 3.6 miles. This will allow ample time for the wildflower lookers to identify flowers along the trail while the other group is hiking to the summit.
Trillium Wildflower
The second group will be hiking to the top of Mt LeConte. This is a VERY STRENUOUS hike. We will be returning via the Rainbow Falls Trail. Total distance of the hike is 15.3 miles with the possibility of extra miles if you want to go to the Cliff Tops, High Top, or Myrtle Point peaks. Over 4000 feet in elevation is gained from the trail head to the LeConte Lodge.
LeConte Lodge
Regardless of what group you choose to go with, there are a few things you need to have. Water is essential; 1 liter minimum, 2 liters recommended. You also need to pack a lunch, since everybody will probably still be on the trail come lunch time. Don’t use this trip to break in new shoes! If you have severe allergies and are likely to go into anaphylactic shock if stung, let someone else know if you have epinephrine with you. If you have asthma, remember to bring you’re inhaler. The weather should be nice on Saturday, but I recommend always having a poncho or packable rain jacket with you just in case the weather turns. Finally, I recommend a headlamp/flashlight too. There should be enough daylight that it won’t be necessary, but you never know. Always better to have it and not need it then to not have it and need it. A camera is also a nice thing to have. 😉

The return time will largely depend on the group hiking all the way up to the top of LeConte; unless all the people that rode the van just do the wildflower hike to Grotto Falls. I imagine that the people that hike to the top of LeConte would be returning to the Rainbow Falls trail head parking lot no later than 5:00. If time is a concern for you, but you still want to do just the wildflower hike, you can always drive yourself. (Parking at the Rainbow Falls trail head, will probably fill up fast). To get to the trail head, take US 441 (Chapman Highway) to Gatlinburg. Turn left at traffic light #8 (Airport Road). (While I don’t imagine the traffic will be too bad in Gatlinburg, they are doing construction around that light, so I would probably come in via the Gatlinburg Bypass, so you would turn right at traffic light #8.) Just over half a mile, the road comes to a 3 way intersection. You want to stay to rightmost of the three roads. The parking for Rainbow Falls is pretty well marked about 2.7 miles from that funky intersection.

Let me know if you want to go. If you do want to go, let me know if you want to meet at the church or at the trail head and which group (wildflower or summit) you want to be a part of. If you’ve got any other questions, go ahead and ask.

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Matthew 26:17-30
17On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 18He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’ ” 19So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.
20When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. 21And while they were eating, he said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.”
22They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely not I, Lord?”
23Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 24The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”
25Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?”
Jesus answered, “Yes, it is you.”
26While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
27Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
30When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

As I’ve already mentioned, last night I went to a Good Friday service over at Grace Baptist Church. One of the highlights of the evening was communion. This really got me thinking. I know I sometimes joke around that we have a heavenly trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and we have an earthly trinity of Command, Example, and Expedience. Classical Church of Christ doctrine says that everything we do in a church service must be derived from the Bible either through direct command, apostolic example, or necessary inference. There is well meaning behind that, but often gets misused like the “weaker brother” argument.

As you can see from the scripture above, Jesus was the first one to institute The Lord’s Supper a.k.a. Communion a.k.a. The Eucharist. I guess technically, by our system, he did it on a Thursday evening; though it was a Friday by the Jewish system. In the Churches of Christ we take communion every week to celebrate his resurrection. We use 1 Corinthians 11:23-29, Acts 2:42, and Acts 20:7 as to why we take communion weekly, i.e. we have command and example. It would also seem that the Gospel accounts for Jesus instituting The Lord’s Supper would call or allow us to offer communion on Good Friday (or Maundy Thursday). I’ve never even heard of a Church of Christ offering any kind of special service. (I am aware some people hate the use of the word special to designate a worship service because every service should be special.) When I asked a few other people, there response was we have no specific example of the first century church practicing this. My thought/response was “Who is our example, the first century church or Jesus?” I think we are missing out on a great opportunity to make an eternal positive difference in the lives of all who come our way. What do y’all think?

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One Lamb

The ultimate sacrifice…

One lamb for one man (Genesis 4)
One lamb for one family (Exodus 12)
One lamb for one nation (Leviticus 23)
One lamb for all humanity (Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, John 19)

Thanks to an invite from a friend, I went over to Grace Baptist Church for part two of their trilogy of the lamb series. It was a night of worship, drama, and communion. It was really cool. I kinda wish I could attend their Easter service now.

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