FROM ACROSS THE NATION
J.J. and Isabel Turner were honored June 29 for their five-year anniversary with the Bear Valley Bible Institute. J.J. serves as president and teaches in the graduate and undergraduate departments. Advancements during their tenure have included increased enrollment, the addition of the bachelor of biblical studies degree, masters and doctoral degrees, the School of Ministries Studies for ages 18-21 and the summer Future Preachers Training Camp. The new Bible Institute Research Center building also was completed.
The East Point Church of Christ will celebrate its 90th year on September 30. According to Warren Shaw, elder, the congregation sprang from a tent meeting sponsored by the West End church, also in Atlanta. Ministers and former members David Fincher, Phillip Gray, and Patrick Gray will conduct the homecoming. Former members are urged to attend.
Three national prayer ministries with Restoration Movement roots will come together September 6-9 for the 9th Annual Prayer Enrichment Workshop at the Calhoun Church of Christ. It is a summit designed to help speed revival through the Lords church, according to Keith Roberts, dean of CrossView College of Prayer, and pulpit minister for the Calhoun church.
In June the Calhoun church purchased the CrossView College of Prayer from World Radio Ministries of the Whites Ferry Road church, West Monroe. A Certificate of Prayer Ministry diploma is conferred on students successfully completing the audio cassette courses.
For more information see www.calhounchurch.org.
The Church of Christ North has been offering free gospel CDs on its web site which tell the story of Jesus, according to Garry Knighton, minister. The church has sent out more than 13,000 copies. Officials say they need additional funding to accommodate the growing number of requests.
Members of New England congregations met June 2 to discuss the future of churches of Christ in New England. Paul Clark, minister of the church in Nashua, N.H., shared his research on the church in New England. Jack Reese and Doug Foster, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas, discussed their book, The Crux of the Matter.
The day was provocative, helpful and hopeful, said Clark. Addtional meetings are planned for further discussion.
The Northwest Church of Christ conducted its 26th consecutive Back to the Bible campaign June 3-8 in Sulphur Springs, Texas. It resulted in 45 baptisms, six restorations and 240 scheduled Bible studies. Eighty studies were taught during the campaign. Along with local members, 48 campaigners knocked on every door in Sulphur Springs, according to Monte Ginnings, Northwest minister.
The Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort continues assisting flood victims in Texas and Lousiana, according to executive director Joe Dudney. Twelve distribution centers are set up in Texas, and more than $710,00 in relief supplies have been sent to the two states. Damage estimates exceed $2 billion. The bulk of aid sent by the organization goes to victims with little or no insurance and low-income residents. Aid was also sent to tornado victims in Siren, Wis. in June. For more information, call (615) 833-0888.
The Abilene Christian Schools Academic Challenge team won the championship match against a team from Cooper High School on May 12. The competition is an annual program to encourage academic excellence among area high school students. Thirty-two area schools were involved in the competition.
Youth from the Northwest church organized a sale of donated items and food in June, to raise funds for their annual work trip to the American Indian Christian Mission, Show Lo, Ariz. Phyllis and Craig Schulte sold hot dogs to raise money to send 45 Northwest youth to staff a vacation Bible school for Navajo children. Last year 160 attended the VBS.
|Phyllis Schulte, Craig Schulte |
and Matt Humphreys, youth intern,
of the Northwest church, Seattle.
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