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Winter is coming

Our work day and festival was a great time for everyone who came. Lots of work inside and outside was accomplished and the spirit of those involved was amazing! What a great time! A special thanks to Bob Roberson who brought his tractor to load rocks that were to large to move by hand, and then hooked onto the hayride trailer and spent two hours taking everyone who wanted a ride around the property. What a great time! Thanks Bob! And to the cooks of Rehoboth!!! Wow! What great food and desserts! Our first place winner for Pumpkin desserts was Ava Lester and second place was Becky Sepulvada. The chili was plentiful as well as all kinds of salads and drinks.
We replaced doors in the parlor, patched holes and dents throughout the building, painted over every spot that was smudged or dented, repaired toilets, lit heater pilots, cleaned out closets and when we left the whole facility was in shape for the winter.
While we were inside working and a few outside some of the time, Caleb Warren and his crew winterized cars pickups and SUV’s. He even put a note of what was added or repaired and identified what needed further attention. Fine job Caleb! You always bless us.
And if that wasn’t enough, Sunday morning we had banner attendance and a sweet spirit of Worship. God is so good and I am blessed to be the pastor of such a people. Thank you every one for your part in such an important day in the life of our church.
Julio Sepulveda is a natural born Mexican who came to America and became a naturalized citizen. He and his wife Becky and children Hannah {who played the Trumpet Sunday morning} and Jonathan joined our church some time back. Julio speaks great English and is fluent in Spanish. His wife and children…well not so well in the Spanish…. Julio has a burden for those who have the same identity. He and I have been praying about a Spanish class that he would teach in Spanish and if the spouses or children are able to speak English they can attend our already established classes. I don’t know where this will lead, but I know that the Lord is leading! You will hear more in the days ahead about our newest Bible study class and Julio’s work for our Lord in the days ahead…meanwhile, if you know of someone who fits this description, invite them! We will start the class as soon as one person commits!
Election Day is tomorrow. I for one will be glad when it is over. May God restore His Blessings on America.
Brother Wayne

Thoughts of the Day

Sunday was marred by the mud path to the parking lot, and was almost too much, but with the driveway scheduled to be open Wednesday, well it should be a bad memory stored away for those days of ‘I remember when’. Russ Shipley Concrete did the work on the driveway for us and as usual, did great work! Another step in the continued update and growth of our buildings is completed. Soon we will have our building addition in full swing and finalize the parking lot. I am thankful to see all the improvements.
Sunday was an amazing time as we met to teach the Bible, Worship the Lord and to Preach the Word! Sunday evening’s service was amazing as we witnessed the Baptisms of Olivia Thompson, Magee Neal and Paul Reynolds. I thank God for each of these, but especially Brother Paul as he took each of the steps to the baptistery with a cane, supported by Sam Keely and Donnie Lester. What a testimony of Faith and belief as he shared from the baptistery what God has done for him and will do for us! After forty years being a pastor there are not too many first time experiences, but indeed Brother Paul’s was a new experience of Mercy and Grace exemplified and declared!
The weather has definitely taken a turn to the fall! Cool, if not cold, windy, rainy and beautiful! This is my time of the year; when you never know when the cold will come, but you know it is on its way. I think I am almost ready for the winter which brings up our special time:
We have set Saturday November 1 as our fall workday around the building ~ Our plan is to begin at 8:00 a.m. with several things going on all at the same time: Caleb Warren and his helpers will have a Car Clinic and will be checking your automobiles for winter preparedness and other general maintenance while others will be working on parking areas and outside building needs; while still others will be working inside cleaning, repairing and preparing the buildings for the winter months.
Sometime around 11:00 a.m. we expect others to come with children in tow to have a couple of hours of food, fun and fellowship! We will have a noon meal time and every child will receive a good sack of candy and a hayride with games to play. Then at around 1:00 p.m. we will close down, finalize the cleaning process and dismiss for the day. The nice part is that this particular Saturday is Time Change Weekend. We can all set our clocks back one hour and will be done with the time change issue again!
Personally I am excited about the special day together….just three weeks away.
Bro. Wayne

The Beauty of Life in its Seasons

Fall is finally here and well received! These days of cool weather give hope for a break from summer and a picture of things to come! Fall has to be my favorite time of the year because all the failures of my gardening and landscaping talents are now of no importance as the beauty of fall takes our eyes from the ground to the sky! The leaves are withering and will soon be showing color and the pecans will be opening for a fall harvest! Yes, I can now stop thinking of weeding and tilling and sowing and begin to think of the beauty of fall!
You know seasons are here for a purpose: Genesis 8:22While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.’ God put this in His Word for the purpose of reminding us that He is in control of the weather and if the weather then the world and if the world…. our lives!
Our Lord Jesus rebuked the religious leaders of His day for understanding the signs of weather and seasonal changes but for not knowing the signs of the times…
Matthew 16:1-3 ‘The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would show them a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them, ‘When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?’ From this I can discern that God is in control of the weather and the times in which I live! The seasons declare our very lives! As babes we are in the spring of life…as we mature into young adults until around forty to fifty we are in the summer or fruitful days of our lives where we are making supply for the latter times of our lives; then we pass into the fall whereby we begin to live on the harvest of our summer days and begin to live on the fruit of our labor. Winter is coming when it is darker and colder and no way to produce anymore fruit; but must live on past accomplishments. Very few can continue on past seventy in their life of production… some can; most cannot!
It is important for us to know where we are in living our life as God has given us seasons to accomplish certain things. I think I now fully understand what Jesus meant when He said to His disciples: John 9:4I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
There is a morning, noon and evening of our lives as well. There is much work God intends for us to accomplish before the time passes away: Ephesians 2:10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
It is a good time to re – evaluate your life and set priorities that only you can set.
We are exhorted in Isaiah 55:6Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:It is time to do that!
And that is the bottom line.
See you soon….Bro. Wayne

Beautiful Snow

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWell beautiful snow has its price. We didn’t get that much snow, only around four inches but the resulting extreme temperatures and timing of the event brought about hazardous roads and lots of traffic problems.
Saturday morning Donnie Lester and his beautiful daughters came to the church and cleared the parking lot and sidewalks. They worked like troopers as we cleaned off the walks so we could be a little safer as we came to Sunday morning services. Mission accomplished!! Thank you Lester family for your equipment and hard work. It paid off!
While other churches in the area dismissed services, Rehoboth came! 135 in Sunday school! What a blessing as you came and came and came… ‘O ye of little Faith!’ I expected 75 to 100 and was blessed to see you all there. Only a few missed.
I made the decision to dismiss the evening services and when it came time to meet, I was glad I did. It was dark at 5:00 p.m. and the mist continued to freeze. We shut down around 5:45 and read the last four chapters of Job and discussed ‘Leviathan’! What a creature…a fire breathing dragon if I ever saw one described! I hope you too looked into God’s Word together and enjoyed your time together as a family at home.
Our changes that are necessary because of holiday schedules are found elsewhere in the newsletter. Please check and see where your involvement will be a help. I do know that Sunday afternoon, December

15 at 5:00 we have scheduled our annual Thanksgiving/Christmas Dinner. Rehoboth will provide the meats and everyone will bring their ‘specialty’ and when we combine them all together, well, we should have quite the feast! I hope you will come and partake in the food and fellowship next Sunday evening. Hopefully the weather will cooperate!
An early cold snap that set records… squirrels snapping up pecans, spoons in the persimmons, deer hides thick and lots of fat.. hmmm…wonder what the wooly worm says? I think he might say a long, cold winter in Claremore…
I am glad I get to be here to see it.
Bro. Wayne

Christmas is coming…

          ‘As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.’ Psalms 103:15
I took a short walk in the back yard this morning and was amazed how beautiful it is. No wind, just enough moisture to make the leaves quietly suppress under my feet so as to make little noise…the trees losing their foliage, the garden standing like a ghost, quietness yet noise in the distance of trains, sirens, traffic. Alive. Alive! Thank you Father for such a day with the health and ability to enjoy!
I slipped around to the front yard and then back to the door I had exited from. The time went too quickly, yet there is so much planned for the day! Lord give me opportunity to hear you today and give me the awareness of those you put in my path and what you want said in your Name.
The weatherman is calling for inclement weather beginning Tuesday evening through Friday. Of course, it is that time of the year when the weather can turn really ugly in just a few hours. Thanksgiving is on its way, deer season for the hunters begins in just a week from Saturday… Winter is just around the corner and Christmas will be here in just over a month. Too many things to be done for most of us to take it in, yet in His good time all things are achievable!

          Our life is not ordered by the clock or calendar, but by Him! If I can just put my priorities in order as He has set them, then everything He wants me to do, will be accomplished.
Yes, we do live in a different time than the Bible times, but uniquely these are the ‘Bible times’ as we are living in the Time God has placed us. He knows our frame and understands! Psalm 103:14-17 ‘For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;’
Yes, God knows….and that is sufficient for me.
I hope your holiday season is blessed by our Father who knows our frame.
Bro. Wayne