• Sep8Wed

    Sheepish: Expectation

    September 8, 2021
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    From the Pastor

    Every week I have given you homework to help the message of this psalm infiltrate your life at the deepest level.

    Last week I asked you to make a list of those areas in your life in which your cup is running over. How did you do? How many did you come up with? If you really gave it thought, I bet your list was long.

    This week I encourage you to do the following.

    1. Finish memorizing all of Psalm 23. It's just one hundred twenty something words, so it's not difficult. If you haven't been doing the memorization, you can easily catch up this week.

    The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

    Repeat this psalm every day when you wake up, and right before you say good-night.

    2. This week, at the end of each day, write down three "good and merciful" things that followed you. I could set the number at five or I could set it at ten and the list would still be full, but let's start with three.

    Each day think of three good and merciful things that came your way. Maybe it was an unexpected blessing. Maybe you experienced victory in an area in which you've been defeated in the past. Maybe you fell down but God helped you get back on your feet before it was too late.

    Think of three good and merciful things that happened to you each day.

    The book of Isaiah says... He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. (Isaiah 40:11)

    I hope that what you've gotten from this series is that our Lord is not a drill sergeant, a tyrant, or a taskmaster. He's a shepherd and you are one of his sheep. If you will put yourself in his care, your life can be blessed beyond words.


    UNDERSTANDING THE CHURCH: Rev. Yates will lead a class to help us understand who we are as a church beginning on October 3 (take note of the changed start date) during the Sunday School hour. They will meet in the last classroom on the left past the office.

    MEN’S LUNCH: Men will meet for a time of lunch and fellowship on September 16th at noon at the Flat Tire Diner (4700 Old Hickory Blvd). Please take note of the changed date!

    LIFE LINE SCREENING: There will be another Life Line Screening at Old Hickory on Friday, October 29. Click here for details or register by calling toll free 1-888-653-6441 or text the word "circle" to 797979.

    BAPTISM: If you are interested in Baptism, please see Pastor Mike.

    MAGNOLIA DISTRICT WOMEN'S RETREAT will be October 22-24 at Camp Garner Creek with speaker Allison Durham Speer. Click here for details.

    HOLIDAY BAZAAR: Kick off your holiday shopping by supporting local crafters and vendors at the Holiday Bazaar in the FLC from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM on November 13. https://fb.me/e/1d0i0DQzO

    YOUTH GROUP NEWS!! Bring a friend and join us for fun, fellowship, and growing in Christ. Youth Group meets on Tuesdays from 6-8pm. The first hour will be games and snacks and the second will be the Bible study with a dive into Romans. BRING A FRIEND AND JOIN US! Contact Brice for more information.

    YOUTH BUNCH TO LUNCH will be every 2nd and 4th Sunday. Teens will meet after worship for lunch and fellowship.

    TAEKWONDO: Join Brice for free Taekwondo classes on Mondays and Fridays from 6:00-7:00pm in the Family Life Center.. Please email for more information.

    Please let us know if you can help in the following areas...
    • the Children's Department.
    • to serve as ushers and greeters.

    CHURCH CENTER: You are invited to join us on the Church Center app! Church Center is a place to connect with small groups and church events, send messages to your group, update your profile, and more! Download from the App Store and connect today. If you have trouble with setting up or updating your profile to keep your contact information up to date, see Jenn Houchin or Terri Ray.

    FOOD PANTRY: The Old Hickory Nazarene location is open on Wednesday from 5:00-7:00 PM. Volunteers and donations are needed.

    COFFEE SHOP: Uncommon Grounds is open every Monday-Saturday from 7:00 AM-2:00 PM. Invite a friend and use this great outreach to introduce the church to your friends.



    Debbie Woodard leads the Young Adult class via ZOOM for anyone who would like to join.
    Meeting ID: 868 1977 8952
    Password: Bible101

    Kenneth Ray & Gracie Smith lead the Friendship Class in person and via ZOOM for anyone who would like to join. They meet Sunday mornings at 9am in the classroom down the hall and to the right of the office.
    Meeting ID: 846 6822 8046
    Password: Bible101

    Brice Rupert leads the teens class (grades 6-12), Kelsey Quillen leads the kids class (grades k-5), both in person at 9:00am. We have kids classes for all ages.

    SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP begins at 10:00am in the sanctuary. The services will continue to be live streamed on Facebook and our website home page for those unable to be with us in the church building.

    OH|KIDS CHURCH for K-5th grade meets in the kids room downstairs during the worship hour at 10:00am.

    Coffee & Community Bible Study every other Tuesday at 9:30am in the Coffee Shop. Next meeting is on September 14.

    YOUTH GROUP meets on Tuesdays from 6-8pm. The first hour will be games and snacks and the second will be the Bible study.

    Wednesday Night Bible Study with Debbie Woodard is on Facebook Live (from Debbie's page) at 6:30pm.

    Richard leads prayer and devotional on Thursdays at 7:00 PM via ZOOM for anyone who would like to join.
    Meeting ID: 894 2501 3143
    Password: Prayer605

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