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Across the nation, April 2010


WASILLA — The Valley church celebrated the recent third annual Chilly Willy Day Fellowship with a chili cook-off and pie contest.
Members gave cash donations at the event to benefit six young people from the church. The young people are raising money to go on an AIM Camp Adventure Trip, part of the Adventures in Missions program of Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock, Texas.

MEEKER — Church members and the community responded with an outpouring of support after a Jan. 19 automobile crash claimed 9-year-old Stone Martin.
He was the son of Paul Martin, preacher for the Meeker church. Martin’s wife, Vanessa, escaped with slight injuries, but daughter Alahna, 12, suffered serious injuries, although her condition has improved, Rocky
Mountain Christian reported.
Cards to the family may be sent to 900 3rd Street, Meeker, CO 81641.

ATLANTA — The Hillcrest church in Decatur and the East Cobb church in Marietta teamed up to fill a 40-foot container with food, cookware, clothing and other supplies for Haitian earthquake victims.
They are among scores of congregations nationally that have responded to the tragedy with special collections.

WAILUKU — On the first Saturday of each month, the Maui church provides the evening meal for a homeless shelter.
Jana Womack leads the ministry and prepares the bulk of the meal. Members help with vegetables and desserts and serve the meal.

GOODLAND — Seven years ago, the rural Goodland church was down to about 20 members and nearly shut its doors.
But after “a lot of soul searching and going back to the basics,” attendance has grown to about 60, minister and farmer Brent Flanders said. Thirteen people have been baptized the last two  years.
“I preach a very simple sermon every Sunday morning: ‘Jesus and Him Crucified,’” Flanders said. “We believe that New Testament Christianity does not need to be watered down to grow a church.”

MUSTANG — In September 2009, Carrin Cook-Hamilton, a member of the Lakehoma church, was given 60 days to live unless she received a new liver.
After much prayer by family, friends and church members, the 32-year-old wife received a liver — and a new chance at life — in December 2009, minister Clyde Slimp said.
Now, loved ones are raising funds to pay for anti-rejection drugs through the National Foundation for Transplants and the Lakehoma church.
Donations are requested in her name at www.transplants.org.

NASHVILLE — After nearly three years of trying to sell the Charlotte Avenue Church of Christ building, members are seeking government approval to demolish the old structure, The Tennessean reported.
Historic Nashville Inc. lists the church building, almost 90 years old, as one of the most endangered properties in Davidson County.
The newspaper report prompted concerned church members to start a Facebook page called “Save the Charlotte Ave. Church of Christ.” The group grew to nearly 700 members by press time.
The Charlotte Avenue church merged with the West Nashville Heights church in 2007. The last service in the Charlotte Avenue building came late that year.

AUSTIN — Shane Hill, a member of the Brentwood Oaks church, suffered severe burns Feb. 18 when a disgruntled pilot crashed a plane into the Internal Revenue Service building where Hill works.
Hill, a Texas Comptroller’s Office investigator, caught fire when the plane burst into flames. He was treated at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.
“My family and I are so grateful for all of the prayers and concerns that so many have expressed on our behalf,” Hill said. “Our own prayers are for the many others who were affected by this tragedy.”
EL PASO — Since 2007, the Montwood church has grown to 300 members, up from 130, minister James Jones said.
The church welcomed the addition of the Montana Vista church, a Spanish-speaking congregation, into its fold. In addition, 36 people were baptized in 2008 and 36 more in 2009, Jones said.
“The Lord has blessed us,” the minister said. “We are a culturally diversified congregations of Hispanics, whites, blacks, Koreans, Hawaiians and Germans.”

CHEYENNE — About 300 children and adults from five states traveled to Cheyenne for a recent youth rally.
The Cheyenne church hosted the rally, which featured lessons on shame.
“The youth rally was unlike many in that it focused on such a serious and emotional theme,” Cheyenne youth minister Wes Baldwin said. “It was a very powerful weekend.”
Speakers included Lendy Bartlett  and Willie Sanchez. Blake Beckham led singing, and Warren Baldwin taught an adult class.
The Singing Youth of Denver performed.

Filed under: National Staff Reports

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