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Gordon's Jar Of Money (#437) wants you to come to the Silent Auction & Chili Supper

Posted by Site Admin on September 15, 2014 at 11:05 AM



Greetings everyone!

My name is Gordon's Jar Of Money (#437) and I would like to invite you to the Ladies Aid Silent Auction/Chili Supper that is taking place on Friday, September 26th from 6:00-8:00 pm in the AMCC Family Life Center.

Some of you will remember that one of my brethren (#202...born in 1959) made an appearance at last year's Silent Auction.  He was donated as an item to be sold, and word has it that his presence last year created quite the buzz and bidding war.  My brother ended up being purchased by that El Cheapo preacher of yours.  Even though he spent more than my brother was worth, I am told that he was quite pleased with the purchase he made.  I am also told that he has had to fight off all kinds of people who covet the jar, whether they be burglars or representatives from the Smithsonian Institution or even his own wife. 

You see, there is a belief out there that my kind could be considered an endangered species, but nothing could be further from the truth.  As my name indicates, I am one of at least 437 jars, presently buried in a deep underground bunker in Gordon Smith's backyard.  Hundreds of us have been living here for decades and I myself was relocated to the spot I currently reside in the year 1962.  For fifty-two years I have anxiously awaited the day of my release and I am hoping this will be the year--that I too will be put on display and that one of you kind folks would shell out the money and bring me into your home.

Time will tell whether that will actually happen, but I do want to take this time to invite you to this year's Silent Auction/Chili Supper.  It is a night filled with great food--the chili is wonderful and so are the sweet tooth foods you can purchase at The Country Store.  It is a night filled with quality fellowship, as you mingle and interact with everyone else in attendance.  And it is a night that is put together for a wonderful cause.  For years, AMCC's Ladies Aid has done wonderful work within the church and the community.  All the money raised during the Silent Auction will go to the Ladies Aid for various projects they will have throughout the year.

The Ladies Aid also needs your help.  They are looking for auction donations of baked items, craft items, woodwork items, and themed baskets.  If you haven't dropped off your donations, please do so by Wednesday, September 24th (just drop them off at El Cheapo's/the preacher's office by that day). 

In closing, I hope to see you there for this great event.  If you attend and you happen to see me, be sure to place a bid for me.  Or at the very least, just stop by to say, "Hi."  I haven't had a lot of human interaction for these last five decades, so I'll be looking forward to it!


Take care and God bless,

Gordon's Jar Of Money (#437)

Heaven

Posted by Site Admin on September 2, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Christian author John Eldridge wrote, “Nearly every Christian I have spoken with has some idea that eternity is an unending church service…We have settled on an image of the never-ending-sing-along in the sky, one great hymn after another, forever and ever, amen. And our heart sinks. Forever and ever? That’s it? That’s the good news? And then we sigh and feel guilty that we are not more ‘spiritual.’ We lose heart, and we turn once more to the present (world) to find what life we can.”

That quote has been a major motivating factor in the decision to offer a lengthy Wednesday night study on the topic of Heaven.  When you look at various opinion polls, questioning both Christians and non-Chrisitans alike, an overwhelming majority of Americans have a belief in Heaven--or at least in a place of eternal peace and bliss.  Most people believe there is a place--either in the sky or in another dimension or wherever--that they will go to upon their death.

And while most people do believe in Heaven, there are a number of differing views concerning it. Some people think of Heaven as a place where good people go after they die. Some people believe that it is a place where you exist in a spiritual state, but not a physical state. Others suggest that Heaven is simply a place of eternal relaxation—where we’ll never have to lift a finger or accomplish any tasks.

And then there is a group of people—some Christians included— who view Heaven in the way described by that original quote.  They envision it as a place of boredom, because they think all we’ll do is sit on a cloud, strum a harp, eat fruit, and sing songs for eternity.

Yet the Bible paints a much different picture of this place called Heaven.  So starting Wednesday night, September 3rd, Evan will be leading a lengthy study--one that will last until mid-December--and we will examine what Scripture has to say about the subject.  Though we sing songs about Heaven, read verses about Heaven, and cling to the hope of Heaven when a loved one faces or experiences death, seldom do we sit down and opened up the Bible to see what it has to say on the subject.

In this series we will examine every aspect of our eternal home: What will we do there?  What will it look like?  What will relationships be like?  Will we retain our identities?  What about animals?  What about children/babies?  How old will we be in Heaven?  Will we maintain the memories of life on earth?  These and dozens of other questions will be considered and (hopefully) answered from a Biblical viewpoint.

We do not need a best-selling book to tell us that Heaven is for real.  God informed us of this through His Word long ago (and still today).  It will be the purpose of this study to see what God has to say about Heaven--and He has a lot to say--over 400 references in Scripture. 

I hope you will join us as we begin this eye-opening journey this Wednesday night at 6:30 pm. 

I Am Jonah

Posted by Site Admin on July 23, 2014 at 7:25 PM

You'll be hard-pressed to find a story in Scripture that offers more than the story of Jonah.  Skeptics might scoff that the account literally took place, but few people scoff at the story itself.  Even the hardest heart can read this brief autobiography of a wayward prophet and come away smiling and fully entertained.  That's part of the reason Jonah's story is one of the first we learn about as youngsters--it is brief, attention-grabbing, and will elicit a chuckle or two.

But Jonah's story is more than just a frequent chapter for Children's books.  It has humor, but it's more than just a comedy.  It has action, but it's more than just special effects.  It has an amazing miracle, but it's more than just a crazy tale about a fish swallowing a guy and the guy survives.

The more I read Jonah, the more I recognize I'm looking into a mirror.  Jonah decides to ignore what God says and go his own way.  So do I sometimes.  Jonah eventually gets caught and is saddled with guilt.  Same here.  Having hit rock bottom, Jonah is humbled and reaches out to God, and God responds with a second chance.  He does that in my life too.  But even with the second chance, Jonah eventually throws a bit of a tantrum because God does something that he doesn't want Him to do.  Sadly, I've been there and done that.

I hope you'll join us on July 27th as we begin a 4-week series looking at Jonah's story.  I think you will reach the same conclusion that I have: I am Jonah.

Shelter Information

Posted by Site Admin on April 22, 2014 at 11:30 AM

An announcement was made during both services a couple of weeks ago regarding a project that AMCC's leadership has been discussing for a while now: building a shelter on our Snake Lick Road property.  As most of you know, we have used this property more in the last couple of years than we ever have and we hope to continue that.  We've had a couple of Church Picnics there, a camping outing, volleyball games, and a few other events.  The property has been a blessing to our church family and we believe it can be an even greater blessing if we have a nice sized shelter constructed there. 

As was mentioned in the announcement, the cost for the type of shelter we are looking to build (40 x 70) is about $20,000.  The Eldership has made the decision to build the shelter without having to borrow money, so essentially, once we raise the $20,000 we will start building. 

You can donate to the Shelter fund at any time.  You can do so by writing a check and placing the words "Building Fund" or "Shelter Fund" in the memo section on the check.  Or if you are giving a cash gift, you can obtain an offering envelope at The Welcome Center and write "Building Fund" or "Shelter Fund" on the offering envelope.  We do not presently have any plans to set aside special Sundays for giving to the fund.

Below are the two pictures that were shown during the announcement from a couple of weeks ago.  This shelter is one that another nearby church has built and it is what we are hoping to build on our property.



New Study For The Well: Angels & Demons

Posted by Site Admin on August 28, 2013 at 11:50 AM



"There is something in human nature that just doesn't want to face the reality that we live in two worlds.  We live in the physical, material world where we have jobs, read books, and go about our business.  And we live in a spiritual world--and that is a world at war."

- John Eldredge

" For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."

- The Apostle Paul, Ephesians 6:12

Our Wednesday night service, "The Well", resumes next Wednesday (September 4th) & I wanted to take a few minutes to promote a study series that I (Evan) will be leading.  "Angels & Demons" will be an 8-week study series that will take an in-depth, eye-opening look at the spirit world & the beings that inhabit it.

For the longest time, I had other plans regarding what I would teach once our Wednesday night service kicked back off.  Until about three weeks ago the plan was to do a character study on Elijah, followed by a study on his successor, Elisha.  While that may indeed happen at some point, I was compelled to shift gears.  Maybe it was God prompting me, or maybe it was just something I inspired myself to do, but the decision was finally made to spend considerable time on this subject.

Perhaps part of my motivation for leading this study is that it is seldom discussed.  I know in my church-growing-up-years, we rarely (if ever) broached the topic of Angels & Demons.  Even during my four-and-a-half years at a Christian college, I can count on a couple of fingers how many times Angels & Demons were discussed/taught at length.  For whatever reason, churches, teachers, and preachers that I have been associated with just stay away from this subject--at least for the most part.

This is unfortunate, because as you scour through the Scriptures, you will find numerous references to spiritual warfare & the combatants involved in it.  They are unseen to the human eye, but they are present nonetheless.  And their activity needs to be examined by every follower of Christ.  In studying them, we learn a lot about why we are the way we are; and why the world is the way it is.

So this is an invitation for you to join us next Wednesday as we begin our study.  Remember that we're starting at 6:30 pm each night & there will be no meal, as we've often had in the past. 

If this study is not something you are interested in, then I strongly encourage you to participate in Danny Fardo's study group, which will be extensively examining the topic of Discipleship.  Danny has a heart for that & I know he will lead that study very well.  Danny's group will be meeting in the lower level of The Worship Center, while my group will be meeting in The Worship Center itself.

Whichever group you choose, I hope that you will choose one.  Quite honestly, we have too many folks at AMCC who are content to take part for one hour per week & that's that in regard to church involvement.  That needs to change.  And it is my hope that one of these studies will pique your curiosity enough & you will be excited to take part. 

Personally speaking, I enjoy the Wednesday night study format because it is significantly less formal than what happens on Sunday mornings.  There is teaching, but discussion from those in attendance is encouraged & necessary.  I genuinely hope that you will choose to take part in some form or fashion.

Before I sign off, here is the schedule for "Angels & Demons":

September 4th- "Angels vs. Demons"
September 11th- "Misconceptions Of Angels"
September 18th- "The Purpose Of Angels"
September 25th- "Angels & The End Times"
October 9th- "Demons: Fallen Angels"
October 16th- "Demon Oppression & Possession"
October 23rd- "The Destiny Of Demons"
October 30th- "The Invisible War"

Note: On October 2nd, the "Angels & Demons" group will have a guest teacher, who will lead a session not related to the "Angels & Demons" study.


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