Timber Hill Church of Christ: A dot on the timeline of many Christians today
Rudy Taylor, who attended Oklahoma Christian College — now Oklahoma…
In recent years, God has blessed my family — and me — through the Greenwood Church of Christ, which is teeny in number but giant in heart.
My father, Bob Ross, preaches for the Greenwood church, which averages Sunday morning attendance of 15 to 20. Dad drives up each week from my parents’ home in Haslet, a Fort Worth suburb.
I make it down to Greenwood from Oklahoma City every few months and have enjoyed getting to know the elders — Wayne East, Jerry Myers and Bill Woolaver — and the rest of the congregation.
When I first started visiting a decade ago, I had a few misconceptions. I assumed that this little country church with mostly older members must be going through the motions and not making a big difference in God’s kingdom.
Shame on me.
Bobby Ross Jr. | INSIDE STORYI could not have been more wrong.
In ways that numbers on an attendance board can’t explain, the Greenwood congregation exemplifies what it means to be a Church of Christ.
Some specific examples:
• Prayer: As my wife, Tamie, has dealt with health issues over the last few years, the Greenwood church has prayed for her without ceasing, even though we live 175 miles away.
Her name stays on the prayer list that East distributes each Sunday — along with other names that I recognize, such as my ailing uncle Ted Nanney, who lives in San Antonio.
• Generosity: The Greenwood church supports missionaries in Cambodia and India and a domestic children’s home.
The members — individually and as a church — have given hundreds of dollars to help young people, including my own children, go on short-term mission trips.
Closer to home, my mother, Judy Ross, shared with me how the congregation always rushes to help any needy resident, church member or not.
• Spiritual development: My son Brady is a preaching ministry major at Oklahoma Christian University.
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