The Weekly Update

(December 6, 2017)

Only 19 days remain until Christmas. That means 18 days left until men have to begin thinking about Christmas shopping.

The ACTS Community Resource Center will be doing a trial run for a thrift store in the center. The thrift store is open to the public no matter where you live. The store will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 8 and 9 (Friday/Saturday). They have some great clothes, including some name brands. The Resource Center is located at 202 S. Louisiana.

The Ladies Night Out Christmas dinner is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Dec. 14. This is open to all women. Please sign up in the foyer for the dinner and/or childcare so we can have accurate counts. For more information, contact Becky Waldrip at 672-8420.

We will be receiving donations for the December First Fruits Offering each Sunday this month. The money will be used for debt reduction. Pastor Daryl will explain more about it on Sunday.

Please check the calendar below for more information. You also can go to our website at

Sunday groups and classes:

  • Alex and Tori Flores lead a group leaning toward the younger crowd who wants to be in community and relationship. This group will meet 6-8 p.m., every other Sunday at the home of Rodney/Courtney Snyder, 3527 Bremond Dr. Check with Alex, Tori, Rodney and Courtney to double check the dates.
  • The Life Recovery Group, led by Gary and Laura Jones, meets at 6:30 p.m. at the church.
  • J.R. Duncan leads a men’s class at 9:00 a.m.
  • Intercessory prayer is at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday in the Red Room near the southwest entrance. This class is led by Jennifer Martin, Danielle Ramos and Linsey Beggs.
  • Steve and Brenda Cutberth lead an evening group called Lifestyle at their home, 8 Manchester Rd., in Bishop Hills. This is an interactive study of the Christian lifestyle and Jesus’ leadership style. Call 335-5572 for details. The group begins at 6:00 p.m.
  • Debra Crump leads, “Thin Within,” a grace-based weigh-down class, 9 a.m., in the classroom. Open to men and women.

December Schedule:

  • December 9 – MORE Angels shopping (9 a.m.) and wrapping, (9:45 a.m.)
  • December 10 – Our week to feed the homeless
  • December 10, 17, 24, 31 – First Fruits Offering (debt reduction)
  • December 14 – Ladies Night Out Christmas party, 6:30 p.m.
  • December 15 – Polar Express for children, 6:30 p.m.
  • December 17 – Water baptism and baby dedication
  • December 22 – Youth Christmas party, 6 p.m.
  • December 24 – One morning service at 10:30 a.m.
  • December 24 – Christmas Eve service, 5:30 p.m.
  • December 31 – Regular service times, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
  • December 3 – Youth week to feed the homeless

January Schedule:

  • January 7 – First Fruits Offering
  • January 10, 17, 24, 31 – Night of Praise, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • January 14 – Our week to feed the homeless
  • January 21 – Water baptism
  • January28 – Baby dedication

Weekly Schedule:

  • Sunday: 9:00 a.m., GROW classes (adults and children)
  • Sunday: 9:00 a.m., Intercessory prayer
  • Sunday: 9:00 and 10:30 a.m., Sunday service
  • Sunday: 9:00 and 10:30 a.m., Children’s church
  • Sunday: After 10:30 a.m. worship, MORE JV for 6th-10th graders
  • Sunday: Homeless meals needed second Sunday of each month
  • Sunday: 6:30-8:00 p.m., classes and community groups
  • Weekly – Community groups that meet periodically (


  • Chuck Melear is undergoing treatment for stage 4 throat cancer. A week ago, Sunday he received prayer because the insurance company wouldn’t allow him to start treatment without submission of a new plan by mail. The next day he received word that they had approved a plan. That night (Monday), he received prayer at a ministry time, specifically that he would not be sick and that he could wear his teeth again. In the week since, he has not become ill and he is able to wear his teeth again. Please continue to pray for healing.
  • Congratulations to Chloe Robinson, daughter of Cherie, who was the Globe-News Super Team Volleyball Most Valuable Player for this year in the Panhandle. Chloe also signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for Angelo State University.

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for Jennifer Martin who is recovering at home from arthroscopic back surgery on Tuesday.
  • Pray for Ryatt, newborn baby of Candi Campbell and L.J. Green, who is still in NICU at NWTH with fluid in her lungs.
  • Pray for Jeremiah Virden’s mother, Dorothy, who fell and cut her head today. She has been taken to the hospital.
  • Pray for Amanda Hardin who had recent surgery to remove a kidney. The tumor was more progressive than doctors thought. They are checking to make sure it hasn’t spread to lymph nodes or other areas.
  • Pray for T.J. Schuster’s uncle, Frankie Haney, who is undergoing cancer treatments at M.D. Anderson in Houston.
  • Pray for Christi Porter’s husband who has gone to TDCJ. Also pray for her son, Ryan, who is in federal prison and has received word his wife is leaving him.
  • Pray for those with long-term health issues: Carol Saunders’ father Eugene (Vibra, bowel surgery); Tim Murphy (ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease), Vickie Moss (cancer); Barbara Lill (Becky Waldrip’s mom, cancer in lung, lymph nodes); Charles Fraley (cancer in several organs); Jean Thurman (pain from an elbow injury that won’t heal); Ronnie Mullins (recovery from auto accident).
  • Pray for family and friends in our congregation who are struggling with meth and other addictions.
  • Pray for the Steve and Jill Hill family, missionary evangelists and former MORE members.
  • Pray for Martin and Rebekah Neil and their ministry Voices from the Nations.
  • In addition, please pray for all of our military personnel, leaders, president and cabinet members.

MORE Money:

Sunday, 11/26/17 offering was $11,990.29. Sunday, 12/3/17 offering was $16,204.16. YTD giving is $651,305.42. Budget is $653,170. Attendance was 450 and 466. First Fruits Offering for debt reduction so far is $3,360.44.


Thoughts for the week:


  • James 1:13-15 – And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. (NLT)
  • 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 – We are human but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. (NLT)


A man and his wife walked into a dentist’s office. The man said to the dentist, “Doc, I’m in one heck of a hurry. I have two buddies sitting out in my car waiting for us to go play golf so forget about the anesthetic. I don’t have time for the gums to get numb. I just want you to pull the tooth and be done with it. We have a 10 a.m. tee time at the best golf course in town and it’s 9:30 already. I don’t have time to wait for the anesthetic to work!”

The dentist thought to himself, “My goodness, this is surely a very brave man asking to have his tooth pulled without using anything to kill the pain.” So, the dentist asked him, “Which tooth is it sir?”

The man turned to his wife and said, “Open your mouth, honey, and show him the one that hurts.”



  • No. You’re wrong. So just sit there in your wrongness and be wrong.
  • I’d grow my own food if I could only find bacon seeds.
  • When I was a kid I wanted to be older…this is not what I expected.
  • You are about to exceed the limits of my medication.
  • No I don’t need anger management. You need to stop ticking me off.
  • Sometimes when I open my mouth my mother comes out.


A huge college freshman decided to try out for the football team. “Can you tackle?” asked the coach.

“Watch this,” said the freshman, who proceeded to run smack into a telephone pole and knock it completely over.

“Wow,” said the coach. “I’m impressed. Can you run?”

“Of course, I can run,” said the freshman. He was off like a shot and in just more than nine seconds, ran a hundred-yard dash.

“Great!” said the coach. “But can you pass a football?”

The freshman hesitated for a few seconds. “Well, sir,” he said, “if I can swallow it, I can probably pass it.”


That’s all, folks. Enjoy the rest of your week.


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