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Subject: Rose Hill Herald

From:  Steve Comeans (spcomeans@rosehillnazarene.org)

 A publication of Rose Hill Church of the Nazarene

 August 1, 2010

 Volume 3, Issue 8

 1. Pastor’s thoughts

2. Laugh a little

3. Thought for the month

4. Helpful websites

5. Nazarene websites

6. Rose Hill news

1. Pastor’s thoughts:

Well, as I sit in my sister’s home working on the Rose Hill Herald, my thoughts are drawn to our wonderful church family.  It is always good to spend time with your family but it is also always good to get home.  We have had a wonderful time seeing our families.  I have been spending much time with my parents in the nursing home and apartment.  They seem so glad to see us.  One of the toughest things in ministry for Faith and I has been the separation from family. With my parents and both sets of siblings and their families in Ohio, a daughter and family in Oklahoma and a son and family in Colorado, it makes for minimum visits.  Being at Faith’s family reunion reminded me of the past days with family.  I must admit that separation from family has been one of the hardest things for me in ministry.  In talking with peers, I know that most ministerial families have to deal with this.  Faith and I feel so blessed to have such a great church family that love us as our Rose Hill family does. The one thing I have heard from visitors is the sense of love and togetherness they have felt at Rose Hill.  Church board member, George Bratton, has often said, “I am perfectly happy at Rose Hill.  I love everything about our church.  I don’t understand why others don’t.”  One of the things that characterized the church in Acts was the great love they had for each other.  That is one of the chief characteristics of Rose Hill.  I don’t believe that there were any members of that great church who suffered from loneliness.  Let’s become very observant of those who come through our doors and treat them as greatly loved “family.”   We must remember the words of Jesus in John 13:34-35,   “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." And, let’s agree that it will only happen if we all get involved.  I am reminded of that great admonition:  “If it is to be, it’s up to me!”

2. Laugh a little:

A minister, responsible for the religious education in a school once visited one of the classes, to check out the education level. He asked the students: "Please tell me, who destroyed the walls of Jericho?"
One of the students stood up and said: "It was not me, Sir!"
The minister thought the kids were making fun of him, so he turned to the teacher and asked: "Is this the way students normally behave here?"
The teacher was puzzled and answered: "I think this student is very honest and I really don't believe he could do such a thing".
Confused, the minister went to his assistant and explained to him what had happened. The assistant replied: "I know this guy very well, as well as his teacher, so I am absolutely sure none of them is guilty of destroying that wall".
When the minister heard this, he made a formal complaint before the Christian Education Commission. The answer he received from them was the following:
"Dear Sir, let us not make a big issue out of this. We will pay for the damages caused, accounting for them as current school repairs. Whatever the losses are, our insurance will cover them" :-)

A Minister was walking down the street when he came upon a group of about a dozen boys, all of them between 10 and 12 years of age. The group had surrounded a dog. Concerned lest the boys were hurting the dog, he went over and asked "What are you doing with that dog?" One of the boys replied, "This dog is just an old neighborhood stray. We all want him, but only one of us can take him home. So we've decided that whichever one of us can tell the biggest lie will get to keep the dog." Of course, the reverend was taken aback. "You boys shouldn't be having a contest telling lies!" he exclaimed. He then launched into a ten minute sermon against lying, beginning, "Don't you boys know it's a sin to lie," and ending with, "Why, when I was your age, I never told a lie." There was dead silence for about a minute.  Just as the reverend was beginning to think he'd gotten through to them, the smallest boy gave a deep sigh and said, "All right, give him the dog."

One Sunday a pastor told the congregation that the church needed some extra money and asked the people to prayerfully consider giving a little extra in the offering plate. He said that whoever gave the most would be able to pick out three hymns. After the offering plates were passed, the pastor glanced down and noticed that someone had placed a $1,000 bill in the offering. He was so excited that he immediately shared his joy with his congregation and said he'd like to personally thank the person who placed the money in the plate. A very quiet, elderly, saintly lady all the way in the back shyly raised her hand. The pastor asked her to come to the front. Slowly she made her way to the pastor. He told her how wonderful it was that she gave so much and in thanksgiving asked her to pick out three hymns. Her eyes brightened as she looked over the congregation, pointed to the three handsomest men in the building and said, "I'll take him and him and him!"

Things you never hear in church..............
1. Hey! It's my turn to sit in the front pew.
2. I was so enthralled; I never noticed your sermon went 25 minutes over time.
3. Personally I find witnessing much more enjoyable than golf.
4. I've decided to give our church the $500 a month I used to send to TV evangelists.
5. I volunteer to be the permanent teacher for the Junior High Sunday School class.
6. Forget the denominational minimum salary; let's pay our pastor so he/she can live like we do.
7. I love it when we sing hymns I've never heard before!
8. Since we're all here, let's start the service early.
9. Pastor, we'd like to send you to this Bible seminar in the
10. Nothing inspires me and strengthens my commitment like our annual stewardship campaign!
11. I couldn't find space to park outside. Praise God!

3. Thought for the month:


~ Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctor worry about them.

~ Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

~ Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, golfing, whatever.

~ Enjoy the simple things.

~ Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

~ Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes,  music, plants, hobbies, golf or whatever. Your home is your refuge.

~ Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

~ Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity. 

4. Helpful websites:

I ran across this website that is simply entitled: “The 101 most useful websites” In looking through this link, I think there are several sites that everyone will find useful.  Check it out.   http://www.bspcn.com/2008/03/31/the-101-most-useful-websites/

5.   Nazarene websites:

Rose Hill Church of the Nazarene: www.rosehillnazarene.org

South Arkansas District:  http://southarkansas.org/default.aspx

Southern Nazarene University: www.snu.edu/home.asp

Nazarene Headquarters: www.nazarene.org

6. Rose Hill news

Rose Hill birthdays include: Sharon Gray (4th), Grey Hayes (10th), Katy McDonald (15th), Don Skillern (16th), Jessie May Armbruster, Dana Burnett (24th) and Amy Marshall (30th).

The ladies meet every Tuesday at 10AM for a Bible study and then a time of fellowship at a restaurant.  The men meet on the third Saturday at 8:00 AM at the church for prayer breakfast.

We plan on taking in new members on August 8th.  If you are interested in becoming a member, please see the Pastor.  Also, we are planning on a baptism; let the Pastor know if you would like to be baptized. 

It is hard to believe, but summer is about over for our school kids and back to school it is.  Pinnacle Classical Academy (PCA) will be starting classes at our church on August 18th.  We are dedicating the doors on the east side of the building to school traffic only.  When stopping in at the church would you please use the doors on the west side?  Thanks so much for your help in this matter.  Your church board and I are much impressed with the goals and plans of PCA.  What a lofty goal to bring Christ into the school room!  Your church board is praying that PCA will be very successful in their venture.

This summer has been a tough one on Rose Hill folk, health-wise.  Sharon Gray underwent serious back surgery and is on the mend.  Angie Baldwin is also doing well after chemo and surgery.  Pat Means has been dealing with severe pain in her shoulder and is awaiting the doctor’s diagnosis.  Our associate pastor, Greg Hayes, had surgery to remove cancer and the doctor believes that he got all of the cancer, but will probably order one series of chemo.  Connie Hedgecock is still having many physical problems.  Others needing our prayers are Clara Herndon, Kristy and Collin Pollich, Riley and Katherine Gill and Norma Neukam. 


Labor Day weekend will be the last 3 day weekend of the year and many will take advantage and be away.  For those of us who will be staying at home, we are planning a special day on Labor Day Sunday, September 5th.  We will be planning a great family potluck.   Everyone will not be away, so this would be a good time to invite a friend to Rose Hill.  Remember that there are many who are un-churched.  You may be the one that God has chosen to reach a particular person that will not be reached if you don’t reach out!


 Your Feedback:

 Your response to the Rose Hill Herald is always welcome as well as any suggestions, articles or links you would like to submit.

 Thank you!

 Pastor Steve Comeans








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