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UPDATE ON THE VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL at
NORTHSIDE CHURCH OF CHRIST !

Northside Church of Christ had a fantastic VBS during the week of June 1st! It was great to see all that attended this year. I want to thank all of our members who turned out and supported the Vacation Bible School with their tireless, generous, and selfless work! Thanks to everyone for their abundant prayers to God our Father for blessing us with this ministry!
From the preparations to the handing out of refreshments, we thank God for everyone that helped! For every deed and every helping hand, no matter how great or how small, be assured that the Lord noticed every kind word and deed and He will not forget what you have done for His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. It was a real blessing from the Lord to see the participation from our members, and it was such wonderful encouragement from God to see everyone working together for Jesus!

We really had a treat seeing the children – most of whom were from the neighborhood – getting to know all about Jesus and how to become “Fishers of Men” (Matthew 4:19). When asked if anyone knew what “Fishers of Men” meant, one of the youth replied, “Fishers of men means fishing for souls!” — What marvelous insight! So we used that phrase — “Fishers of men means fishing for souls!” — as one of our “catch” phrases during VBS… (pun intended).

… And talk about the singing! I think the children had never heard of most of the “standard” VBS songs, but by Friday night the kids had memorized about 10 of the songs, and singing their hearts out on every one! The most requested songs were “Roll the Gospel Chariot Along” and “I’m in the Lord’s Army”. Yes sir!!

Also, we thank God for the parents and families of the children. Some of the parents either stayed for the adult class and either helped with serving refreshments or in other kind and generous ways. And the children were so nice and well-behaved! Kids don’t get good manners accidentally .. it takes loving parents, grand-parents, and families who sacrifice for their kids, who actively nurture and love their children so they can turn out to be such polite, courteous, respectful and loving young children.

I also want to thank the VBS teachers who did such wonderful jobs this year. All of you are dedicated servants of Jesus Christ! – may God bless you all!

Also, thanks to Brother Dent for building our VBS sign, and thanks to David and Gary for bringing their ladder to put up the blue and white streamers around the building!

Here are the attendance totals for every night:
Monday night – 32; Tuesday night – 35; Wednesday night – 43; Thursday night – 35 (some children had baseball games), and Friday night – 48!

And last but not least … we appreciate the time, energy, and selfless work of the Lambert Book House for producing the “Fishing with the Master” VBS series for 2009. You guys are great! Also, thanks to Melody and Monte of the Bible Barn for ordering our materials!

And above and far beyond everything that has been said so far — let us not forget from Whom all our blessings flow! Thanks be to our mighty Father in Heaven for letting us plant the gospel of Jesus Christ into the hearts of men, women, boys, and girls in the great city of Levelland, Texas! To God be the glory for now and forever more!!!

Northside Church of Christ
530 West Monroe St., P.O. Box 671
Levelland, TX 79336
Office: 806-894-1989
Email: northsidechurchofChrist@live.com

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We also thank God for the sisters who attended our 25th Annual Ladies’ Day who are members of the Duggan Avenue Church of Christ in Littlefield, TX. May God continue to receive all the praise and glory!

And let us all, as Christians, continue to serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ here in West Texas, and throughout the world, standing fast in one spirit and with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel (Philippians 1:27).

The Apostle Paul, being inspired by the Holy Spirit, also wrote the following words to the church of Christ in Philippi:

Philippians 1:3-7 (KJV)

3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,

4 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,

5 For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;

6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.

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We had a wonderful Ladies’ Day on Saturday, May 23rd! To God be the glory! Our theme was “The Wise Woman Builds Her House,” from Proverbs 14:1. 96 precious sisters in Christ were present — what a wonderful turn-out! I know that our hearts were lifted and Heaven rejoiced. We want to thank all the sisters (and brothers) who helped with everything! We also thank God for Sis. Gloria Davis from the Dellcrest Church of Christ in San Antonio for her excellent presentation. We also praise God for the “Sister to Sister” singing group from the Odessa / Midland area. And last, but certainly not least, we thank God for all the sisters that attended from the Panhandle / South Plains and West Texas area, and also from San Antonio! Once again, to God be the glory and we thank Him for answering our prayers for blessing us with His word, and for blessing everyone with traveling grace and mercy to all who made the trip to and from Levelland, TX.

We want to thank the following congregations who attended our 25th Annual Ladies’ Day at Northside Church of Christ:

Amarillo.TX

North Heights Church of Christ

Anton, TX

Church of Christ

Levelland, TX

Austin Street Church of Christ
Cactus Drive Church of Christ
Northside Church of Christ

Lubbock, TX

Church of Christ at Manhattan Heights
Greenlawn Church of Christ
Parkway Drive Church of Christ
20th & Birch Church of Christ

Midland, TX

Church of Christ East Side
Fairmont Park Church of Christ
Lamesa Road Church of Christ
Lee Street Church of Christ
Northside Church of Christ

Odessa, TX

Highland & Bunche Church of Christ
Texas & Clements Church of Christ

Plainview, TX

Austin Heights Church of Christ

San Antonio, TX

Dellcrest Church of Christ

Slaton, TX

Division Street Church of Christ
Ivory Street Church of Christ

We also want to acknowledge the nice letter that we received from the Sisters at Scharbauer Street Church of Christ in Hobbs, New Mexico. They were providentially hindered from attending our Ladies’ Day this year, but we pray that they will be able to attend in the future, Lord willing.

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The Virtuous Woman

Proverbs 31: 10 – 31 (NKJV) — “The Virtuous Wife”

10 Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good and not evil All the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax, And willingly works with her hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships, She brings her food from afar.
15 She also rises while it is yet night, And provides food for her household, And a portion for her maidservants.
16 She considers a field and buys it; From her profits she plants a vineyard.
17 She girds herself with strength, And strengthens her arms.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is good, And her lamp does not go out by night.
19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hand holds the spindle.
20 She extends her hand to the poor, Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household, For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
22 She makes tapestry for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them, And supplies sashes for the merchants.
25 Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands, And let her own works praise her in the gates.

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