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January 2010 News and Notes

by Bennie Hill

In History: January 22, 1973 Roe v. Wade was the historic Supreme Court decision overturning a Texas interpretation of abortion law and making abortion legal in the United States. The Roe v. Wade decision held that a woman, with her doctor, could choose abortion in earlier months of pregnancy without restriction, and with restrictions in later months, based on the right to privacy.

Let the Scriptures speak: Psalms 139:13,15 “thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb…my substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret.” It seems to indicate that God recognizes the unborn as persons. Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou comest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee.” Jeremiah remembered God saying this!

Israel: At the close of the first decade of the third millennium, Israel has 7.5 million residents, including 5.7 million Jews (75.4 percent of the population) and 1.5 million Arabs (20.3 percent of the population). The remaining 319,000 residents are made up of Christians and followers of other religions.

According to the data, released Wednesday by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel’s population grew by 1.8 percent in 2009.

Cramer & Hanover (Lexington, KY) There was REJOICING IN HEAVEN the last Sunday of 2009 as we were thrilled to witness the good confession and baptism of two of our grandsons, Bryce O’Halloran (Florida) and Reece Mateyoke. (Lexington). God has richly blessed our family with twelve grandchildren and what a joy seeing four of them obey their Lord in baptism.

18th Annual Christian Crusade for Christ…has been planned for March 22-25, 2010 and will be at the Oak Grove Church of Christ in Louisiana. Theme: “Heaven’s Door Knocking.” A complete schedule will be forthcoming.

Next 5th Sunday Singspiration (January 31, 2010) Ebenezer Church of Christ (Salvisa, KY) at 6:30 p.m. Louisville/Indiana area: Ralph Ave. at 6:00 p.m.

How strong is Mission Emphasis in your Church? When was the last time the preacher spoke on Missions? Here are a few quotes from:

Let the Scriptures speak: Psalms 139:13,15 “thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb…my

substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret.” It seems to indicate that God recognizes the unborn as persons. Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou comest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee.” Jeremiah remembered God saying this!

Israel: At the close of the first decade of the third millennium, Israel has 7.5 million residents, including 5.7 million Jews (75.4 percent of the population) and 1.5 million Arabs (20.3 percent of the population). The remaining 319,000 residents are made up of Christians and followers of other religions.

According to the data, released Wednesday by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel’s population grew by 1.8 percent in 2009. Cramer & Hanover (Lexington, KY) There was REJOICING IN HEAVEN the last Sunday of 2009 as we were thrilled to witness the good confession and baptism of two of our grandsons, Bryce O’Halloran (Florida) and Reece Mateyoke. (Lexington). God has richly blessed our family with twelve grandchildren and what a joy seeing four of them obey their Lord in baptism.

18th Annual Christian Crusade for Christ…has been planned for March 22-25, 2010 and will be at the Oak Grove Church of Christ in Louisiana. Theme: “Heaven’s Door Knocking.” A complete schedule will be forthcoming.

Next 5th Sunday Singspiration (January 31, 2010) Ebenezer Church of Christ (Salvisa, KY) at 6:30 p.m. Louisville/Indiana area: Ralph Ave. at 6:00 p.m.

How strong is Mission Emphasis in your Church? When was the last time the preacher spoke on Missions? Here are a few quotes from:

Oswald J. Smith, Pastor and Evangelist (1889-1986)

Is your church involved in Missions? If not, why not? Remember the 2010 Prayer/Praise booklets are still available from the Church of Christ Worldwide (Lexington, KY) by contacting:

Bennie Hill, P.O. Box 54842 ,Lexington, KY 40555 (859) 269-1312 Bhill40482@aol.com Also, a power- point presentation is available on Wednesday nights of the Mission Office. (photos, description of various works, challenge for greater involvement)

IMPORTANT NOTE: (from Bob Yarbrough) After serving as treasurer for the Nakahara Mission for over 20 years, and with the approval of the Nakahara family and other trusted men of faith whose interest and support transcend more that fifty years, I will be relinquishing the Nakahara business function to Church of Christ Worldwide, P.O. Box 54842, Lexington, KY 40555, effective January 1, 2010.

PORTLAND CHRISTIAN SCHOOL. (Louisville, KY) Did you know there are plans for a new location for Portland Christian School, East Campus? This past June 27, 2009 St. Bernadette Parish and PCS announced that they have entered into an agreement for the eventual sale of the St. Bernadette property located at 8509 Westport Road to PCS. This contract is contingent upon PCS raising the needed funds.

PCS plans to relocate its east campus, now at 12610 Taylorsville Road. The Westport Road campus will accommodate growth in grades 1 through 8 and enable expansion of the school to serve students from preschool through high school. PCS’s primary campus, which serves students PK-12, will also continue operating at 2500 Portland Avenue in Louisville’s Portland neighborhood.

The Westport Road property includes 8.118 acres and five buildings with a total of 52,188 square feet of space.

Information & material about the “Campaign for Portland Christian School” can be obtained by contacting the school: North Campus (502) 778-6114 or East Campus (502) 266-9822 or email: www.portlandchristian.org Contact the school today!

LADIES INSPIRATION DAY for 2010 will be April 10th and hosted by the Kentucky Avenue Church of Christ – 4136 Hickman Ave. Louisville, KY 40213. (502) 456-5603




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I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

John 16:33