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Wears the Name of Christ Is Faithful to Christ Is Not a Denomination Contends for the One Faith Pleads for Unity of Believers Guided by the Same Doctrine The Church of Christ Today : Rom 16:16; Acts 11:26 Lk 6:46; Rev 1:20 1Cor 1:10 13 Jude 3; Eph 4:5 John 17:20 21 1Pet 1:22 25; 2Tim 3:16
Then Peter said unto them, ’ ”Repent, and be baptized every one of you in th e name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of The Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and unto all that are afar off, even as many as The Lord our God shall call. . .”
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Volume 1; ISSUE 1
OF THE CHICAGOLAND CONGREGATIONS
Sunday, November 29, 2009
C C H H U U R R C C H H O O F F
“. . .And all the congregation of the Children of Israel came to the wilderness of sin. . .” Exodus 16:1
THROUGH THE WILDERNESS OF SIN THROUGH THE WILDERNESS OF SIN
87th Street Austin Brookfield Chatham-Avalon Chicago Heights Colonial Village Desplaines Harvey Lansing Lawndale Main Street Maypole Street Maywood Monroe Street North Shore Robbins
Sheldon Heights Southwest
C C Biograffiti Robert & Gladys Turner: “A Matched Pair” H Feature 1. . . . . . .Title. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . by Virgil L. Killebrew H Feature 2. . . . . . .Title. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . by McKinley Byrd R Feature 3. . . . . . .Title. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . by Kemiya Harris R I Feature 4. . . . . . .Title. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . .by Anonymous I Church Doctrine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S Church Announcements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S T Advertisements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T
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FROM:Rameses TO Succoth TO Etham TO Migdol TO Marah TO Elim TO The Red Sea TO Wilderness of Sin TO Dophkah TO Alush TO Rephidim TO Sinai TO 14 more Sites TO Horhagidgad TO Jotbathah TO Ebronah TO Eziongaber TO Kadesh TO Mount Hor TO Zalmonah TO Punon TO Oboth TO 23 unnamed Sites TO Ijeabarim TO Dibongad TO Almondiblathaim TO Nebo TO the plains of Moab by Jordan
“__________________________________________________” 11.29.2009 Today’s Sermon by Minister Robert L Turner Minister, Monroe Street Church of Christ Sermon Notes and Scripture References Key Scripture:
Foreword By Brother Robert L Turner
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Altar Call: Visitors
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Day after day Through troubles and trials You comfort the lonely With a touch and a smile You heal broken spirits Making theirs your pain You give hope to the hopeless So they can live again Your hands are always busy Your mind always clear You seek that which is afar Working with what is near To God be the glory! To God be the praise! But to you be the reward Of the labors of your days I see your labors They shall not be in vain For you shall receive a crown When I come Again!
Virgil L Killebrew
“See What I‛m Saying”
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Dinner Table Etiquette - the 10 Do's!
by Kemiya Harris The Youth Group of The Monroe Street Church of God has attended many formal events over the past year. This exposure to the world of “Society” has been exciting, and it has pointed out a shortcoming in the area of proper dining etiquette. We also learned that many of our youth consume ‘fast-food’ or ‘junk food’ as a quick and easy ﬁx when a proper meal was not an option. The counselors of the Youth Group wanted to expose the youth to healthier alternatives. On November 1, the Youth Group hosted a class on Etiquette and Healthy Eating. The ﬁrst half of the class revealed to us what the class knew or remembered about dining etiquette. We found that many of the teens had some idea of what to do, but would often get confused by the wide variety of spoons, forks, glasses and other dining implements set before them. This is a common problem for many people (not just teens). Focusing on this, we gave them helps, pictures, and tips to successfully carry them through a meal. The Top Ten Dinner Table Etiquette Do’s
1. Once seated, unfold your napkin and use it for occasionally wiping your lips or ﬁngers. At the end of dinner, leave the napkin tidily on the place setting. 2. It is good dinner table etiquette to serve the lady sitting to the right of the host ﬁrst, then the other ladies in a clockwise direction, and lastly the gentlemen. 3. Hold the knife and fork with the handles in the palm of the hand, foreﬁnger on top, and thumb underneath. 4. Whilst eating, you may if you wish rest the knife and fork on either side of the plate between mouthfuls. When you have ﬁnished eating, place them side by side in the center of the plate. 5. If the food presented to you is not to your liking, it is polite to at least make some attempt to eat a small amount of it. Or at the very least, cut it up a little, and move it around the plate! 6. It is quite acceptable to leave some food to one side of your plate if you feel as though you have eaten enough. On the other hand, don't attempt to leave your plate so clean that it looks as though you haven't eaten in days! 7. Desserts may be eaten with both a spoon and fork, or alternatively a fork alone if it is a cake or pastry style sweet. 8. Should a lady wish to be excused for the bathroom, it is polite for the gentlemen to stand up as she leaves the table, sit down again, and then stand once more when she returns. 9. Always make a point of thanking the host and hostess for their hospitality before leaving. 10. It is good dinner table etiquette to send a personal thank you note to the host and hostess shortly afterwards.
We hope these tips will help you better enjoy the next formal meal you attend and make you a welcomed guest at many more, but there are some things you should be aware of that might embarrass you or your host at the least and possibly make you an unwanted dinner guest. We will look at the top ten things NOT to do in a future issue.
Robert & Gladys Turner: “A Matched Pair”
Some things just seem to go well together: Bread and Butter; Salt and Pepper; Crime and Punishment; Love and Happiness; Robert and Gladys Turner. The Turners are an exceptionally well-matched pair. They go together like ‘Hand and Glove’. We’ve all seen how well their wardrobes complement each other’s on most Lord’s Days, but is there anyone who has not noticed how well matched the are in temperaments and personalities? They seem to complement and complete each other. Robert Turner was reared on Tuck Street in Sherman, Texas, which is located in Grayson County, in North Texas. As a child growing up in Sherman, he had hopes of becoming a carpenter. It is a noble profession worthy of note. Gladys Turner lived on Sutter Street in Montgomery, Alabama. She had envisioned herself as a Flight Attendant, flying the friendly skies as she attended to the needs of airline passengers. The Hospitality Industry is a not too distant field, and Sister Turner rose to the very top to become a General Manager of two National Hotel/Motel chains. The Turners met while she was a student at Alabama State University, and he an Air Force Sergeant stationed at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama. The rest, as ‘they’ say, is history, and what a glorious history it has been and continues to be. But this is neither the time nor the space in which to review that history. God knows the end of a mat ter from the beginning. Here we will merely skim the surfaces of their uniquely complementary personalities. Brother Robert L. Turner was installed as Minister of Monroe Street Church of Christ on June 15th , 2008, with his wife, First Lady GladysTurner at his side. Prior to this assignment Brother Turner had been an Assistant Minister at the Chatham -Avalon Church of Christ under the leadership of Dr. Daniel Harrison. It is only human that we attempt to categorize and label people according to our impressions and observations of them but it is near divine when the people whom -we are attempting to categorize helps us out by telling us what labels would best identify them. To this end, Brother Turner describes himself as being Determined, Kind hearted, and Friendly; Sister Turner says that she is reserved toward strangers, Approachable to Friends, and Determined in her work. She demonstrated that determination during this interview as she struggled to upload some of Brother Turner’s songs from a disk he had made with The Chicago Ambassadors of Christ to an uncooperative website. Brother Turner allows that his greatest weakness is in believing in the goodness of all people. No doubt, he has en countered some well dressed wolves along the way. Nevertheless, and to his credit, he continues to believe and to hope. Without this
‘hope of glory’ in man, he could not be an able and effective minster of God’s Word. Similarly, Sister Turner suffers from this same ‘weakness’ of trusting people too much. Such trust is fragile and often crushed. Monroe Street Church of Christ is greatly benefited in being blessed with two such Loving and Trusting individuals. Recognizing their mortality, both expressed a desire to spend more time with their children and grandchildren. They also said that if they had but six months left to live travel, mending broken relationships, and drawing even closer to God are the things they would do. Meanwhile Sister Turner is still in hand-to-hand combat with the computer. “I refuse to let this thing defeat me!” she exclaims of her obviously losing battle with the computer. Machine : 1 Sister Turner : 0
“There are just so many things we do not have the answers to Lord. Open my understanding to your Will and your Way.”
When asked to suggest names for any autobiographies someone might want to write about them Brother Turner thought a good title for his would be “A Man Who Loved People” ; sister Turner’s title was “A Woman who Loved God and Family”. . .and “Deputy Dawg”! This Terrytoons Cartoon Classic, which aired from 1959 through 1972 was one of her favorites. “It used to come on between 3:30 and 4:00pm every day, and I would rush home to watch it,” Sister Turner Admits. One of Brother Turner’s favorite things is ice cream. A look into his refrigerator at home would reveal a smorgasbord of Ice Cream in a variety of flavors. A peek into one of Sister Turner’s closets would reveal a smorgasbord of hats in all shapes and styles. She gives a conservative estimate of owning between fifty and sixty hat. Speaking of hats, Brother Turner wears not a few himself: Husband, Father, Minister, Employee, Elected Local Government Official, and Leader of the Church of Christ Brotherhood Ministry, to put a name to some of them. His duties are many, and his obliga tions and responsibilities demand rigorous time management skills. In answer to a question about this, Brother Turner said: “Scheduling is critical. Planning for future endeavors is also critical. But having a wife who is also my best friend and greatest helper is essential!” Like President Barack Obama, Brother Turner hardly ever speaks ‘off-the-cuff’. He is very deliberate in what he says. One can see that he is carefully considering his words as they come forth. He attributes this characteristic to the influence of his father, whom, he says :. . .was always careful in his presentation, and would always consider the effect his words would have on people before speaking.” Brother Turner says that his greatest challenge is living a Godly life before God and His people; his greatest joy is in making good decisions and knowing that God is pleased with him. If he could meet Jesus in this life he would say to him, “There are just so many things we do not have the answers to Lord. Open my understanding to your Will and your Way.”
If he had to describe God an eight year old in three sentences, Brother Turner would tell him “God is a Spirit that you cannot see, but we know that He is there when we know He is there when we look at the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars. We see His works and not Him. God isthat feeling inside that tells us right from wrong.” Brother Turner seemed slightly dissatisfied with his answer, knowing that many a religious scholar or student of The Word might have given a more in- depth response to the question. But they would have lost the eight - year- old. Meanwhile, as Sister Turner’s battle with the machine cranks up to another level, the most important question of all is asked. The question that everybody at M onroe Street wants to know the answer to “Who coordinates the fashionable wardrobes you and Sister Turner wear?”
“I Refuse to let this thing defeat me!”
Suddenly the sound of music fills Brother Turner’s office: There are no angels floating above our heads plucking on harps; No chorus of angels singing “Glory to The Lamb.” Sister Turner had accessed someone else’s’ web page and clicked one of their song selections It may have been Mahalia Jackson singing “Amazing Grace.” She was testing if the computer’s speakers were working. Brother Turner answered the question. “We both have our own taste” he said, “and we buy what we like. But if one of us buys something that the other likes, then she or I will try to find something that matches it. However, Sister Turner is the coordinator. She knows more about that kind of thing than I do. “We may be about to leave the house and she will tell me that I have on the wrong So I change them.”
“God told us to Love you, and there ain’t nothing you can do about it!”
In his closing statement Brother Turner said, “I have been blessed beyond measure by God to serve in two great families in His Kingdom, and to be a part of two great families in the Church of Christ. I was nurtured, trained, and encouraged by the Chatham-Avalon Church of Christ and all of its members for sixteen years, and I was quite content working in the Lord’s House. But it is my belief that God called my wife and myself to Monroe Street to serve in what is becoming for us another great family. Our blessings through the love of the saints and the family of Monroe Street has given us much joy as a servant and Minister in the Lord’s Church. “It is with much Love and gratitude that I say thank you to my father in the Gospel, Dr. Daniel Harrison, and his wife, Frances. Also thanks to Dr. Robert Woods for his nurturing work in me. I especially want to thank my wife for sharing in this work with me. “Lastly we say, “God told us to Love you, and there ain’t nothing you can do about it!”