Newsletter, 10/09/2020

10/11/2020 Sunday’s Sermon by Nick Perez

Against the Grain ~ Rock of Ages

The king answered and said to Daniel, “Truly, your God is God of gods and Lord of kings, and a
revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this mystery.” Daniel 2:47, ESV

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Like a Tree

Kim and I owned our own house while we lived in Arizona. Mesquite trees are popular there, probably
because when fully grown they offer much needed shade from the brutal sun overhead. Our house had a couple of mesquites – one up front and two out back. Arizona is known for its very hot weather. But did you know that Arizona has a monsoon season when the skies open up and dump water on the desert? One evening we had one of those cloud-busters with a very strong wind. In fact, “microbursts” of upwards to 80 MPH have been known to blow trees down. Trees like the mesquite we had along
our back gate. I am still unsure if it made a sound because I don’t know if anyone was around to hear it, but that is a different discussion for another time.

One of the deacons came over with a chainsaw and helped cut up the fallen tree. It was interesting to note that while the tree was probably around fifteen feet tall, its root system was virtually non-existent. In those dry conditions, since the water tended to pool on the surface, the roots, rather than going deep, stayed near the surface. When that microburst hit that tree – timber! Without a strong root system, it is no wonder the tree came down.

The Psalmist says that when we “delight in the law of the Lord” and “meditate day and night” on God’s law, we are like a tree “planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither” (1.2-3). No, we will not be like a mesquite in the desert without a root system which will blow over when strong winds come. We will have strength and vitality to stand against whatever violent winds this world may blow our direction. Are our roots firmly planted in the Lord’s Word?
~Nick Perez

Fairmont Park Church of Christ (Midland, TX)
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Coronavirus Response

  • We are complying with state and county guidelines
  • Sunday morning worship is now open, and still online
  • Sunday Bible classes canceled until further notice
  • Junior Worship canceled until further notice
  • Wednesday Bible classes canceled until further notice
  • Potlucks canceled until further notice
  • Food Pantry by appointment only
  • Travelers Motel – food service only
  • Shower Shuttle canceled until further notice
  • Recommendations – Those who are over 60 or have underlying health conditions are encouraged to stay home.
  • Guidelines – If you are sick, stay home. Wash your hands. Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.

Contact Info for our Shut-Ins

  • Jewel Cherry, 2117 Bridgewood Way, Modesto, CA 95355
  • Charles Cook, Valley Comfort, 2809 Lou Ann Dr., Modesto, CA 95350
  • Tamara Cook, Neighborhood Manor, 1200 Woodrow Ave., S1 Modesto, CA 95350
  • Nadine Greff, Vintage Faire, 3620 Dale Rd, Rm. 25, Modesto, CA 95356
  • Betty McGoldrick, 13754 Jasper St., Lathrop, CA 95330
  • Russ Ortloff, 511 East D Street, Oakdale, CA 95361
  • Evelyn Wood, Bethel Assisted Living, 2345 Scenic Ave., Apt. 323, Modesto 9

***Please submit additions, corrections & updates to the office.

NOTE: Our Shut-ins are not allowed visitors at this time. Please take the time to send them a card or note of encouragement if you can.

Mourning the loss of loved ones

Rod & Allegria Rice – Rod’s brother, Wally
Twila McCullough – Vance & Jessika lost their unborn
daughter Hadley
Paula Meler – friend Mike Butler
The Wallers Family – Jean Wallers
Betty Weldon – friends Jim & Teresa Collins both passed away due to COVID
Marie Thompson & Family – Cletus Thompson

Recovering from Surgery

Yuri Gomez – awaiting test results
Betty Bussey – surgery for a broken femur Yolanda (Travelers Motel resident) – back surgery


Wayne Coulter
John Russell – friend Mariah awaiting test results
Bontha Raju – son Naga Bhushan & daughter-in-law Soni
Mary Mendez

Battling Cancer

Jacqui Coulter – father, Gene Fisher diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer
Robert – having final cancer treatment, prognosis not good
Paula Meler – Mason, a child undergoing cancer treatment
Patton Family – assistant high school basketball coach Leo Griggs
Sheila Walls – PET scan shows improvement
Pam Vanderford – sister Edith
Grace Whited, a 6 year-old at Murphys Church of Christ
Clementina Robles
Dee Rambo

Other Requests

Gary Patton – father, Herman, recovering from a fall; Elene’s brother, Juanito, having stomach pain
Michael Brown – coworker’s 93 year old mother-in-law Herna recovering from a fall
Paula Meler – aunt Beverly hospitalized with pneumonia; friend Joseph having an angiogram & possibly getting a stent
Traci McEnery – cousin Mark’s body is shutting down Melissa Shook – sister-in-law Tammy Russell did not have a stroke; has spots on thyroid Marie Thompson – brother having health issues Tonya Barnard – waiting for a kidney transplant
Twila McCullough – unborn great-granddaughter Hadley may have development problems
Art Turgeon – awaiting test results
Jim & Bonnie Greff – sister-in-law Denise Libby has severe health struggles & suffered a mini stroke Brad Hayman (Shower Ministry Guest) – recovering from an accident, may lose a leg
Carolyn Hairston – vision problems
Benzamma Rathu (Bontha’s wife) – typhoid fever
Leadership / Civil Unrest / Essential Workers / Unemployed / Fires / Hurricanes

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