The Shenandoah Community of Christ congregation’s Mission:

We proclaim Jesus Christ and promote communities of joy, hope, love, and peace.

Christ’s mission is our mission.  From this point forward, all ministries, personnel, and resources of the World Church will be focused on the whole mission of Jesus Christ through five, life-changing, church-changing, and world-changing Mission Initiatives.

Invite People to Christ

Abolish Poverty, End Suffering

Pursue Peace on Earth

Experience Congregations in Mission

We welcome you and invite you to come worship with us!

Monday, 26 June 2017 – By Carol Bevel of Amarillo, TX, USA

As I think on the Blessings Jar that I received last year as a New Year’s gift from my secret pal at work, I remember many times that I have been blessed. Even though I have not followed the instructions to put something in the jar every day, it has helped me be aware of the blessings I receive daily.

I have received many messages from my Heavenly Father through the years. And most of them have the same message: “I am with you even when you can’t see me.” One stands out in my memory.

Several years ago I injured my back and was in so much pain I was considering surgery. One particularly bad morning while on my way to work, I was listening to an interview on the Christian radio station about a mission trip on which a person experienced many healings. As I was crying out to God, asking why I couldn’t be healed and why I had to endure this pain, my eyes began to focus on power poles along the highway. They were the old kind, the ones that looked like crosses.

As I drove alongside them, I noticed as I got closer to downtown they became more obscured and harder to see. God let me know that, just like those poles, God is with me throughout my day, bringing energy and power, even when we do not see God. My pain is now much better, and I am managing it well.

Knowing why God heals some and not others is one of life’s most challenging questions. This experience showed me that I have a journey of my own. As long as I maintain my relationship with God, I can get through anything.

Read the entire article at: http://www.cofchrist.org/daily-bread#!/2388/the-blessings-jar

Friday, 16 June 2017 – By Zachary Weaver-Snojaie of Cheshire, Manchester, England

For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. —Colossians 1:19–20 NRSV

Sometimes we are given reminders that we are supposed to be in a certain place at a certain time for a very clear reason. On December 24, 2016—Christmas Eve—I found myself in Vevey, Switzerland. It was a last-minute trip; I decided just a week earlier to squeeze in a holiday before the Christmas period. The night before flying out from Manchester, I had decided to change my plans to visit Vevey and stay there for two of the three nights I was away.

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>Proverbs 15:13-22

Did you know that when a violin string is not tight enough, the music will be flat and dull? And if the string is too tight, the music will be shrill and high-pitched. But if it is tightened even more, that string can snap!

It’s the same with tension in the home. Stress and strife raise tension in our homes. The string can get mighty tight, and sometimes, it can snap.

However, not all stress is bad. It takes a certain tension just to make the violin play at all. But I’m telling you that too much stress is dangerous to our happiness, our health, and our homes. I want to give you four instructions taken from this passage in Proverbs to help relieve stress in your home:

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By Diane Maupin, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, USA

Dolores was in my second-grade class. She was temporarily living with her grandparents, or they might have been foster parents. (When you’re 7 years old, you don’t always know all the details.) She rode my school bus and occasionally attended our congregation—usually Bible School—with her caregivers.

Dolores had some severe problems that made her a target of bullying. I remember one day seeing her cower behind the classroom door in tears after she had been shoved in the corner and left behind as her classmates headed for recess. The most powerful part of that memory—and the reason it has stuck with me—is that I did nothing.

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