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God's Word for the coming week...

James 1:27 Pure religion is taking care of the widows and orphans and keeping one's self unspotted from the world .
Dates To Remember...

First Sunday Fellowship, Aug 1st,       
Please join us for an afternoon of fellowship and fun!
Remember in Prayer...

  • Those in the congregation who continue to deal with health issues.
  • Continue to keep the “Funding Drive” in your thoughts and prayers.

Pure Religion

“Pure religion is taking care of the widows and orphans and keeping one's self unspotted from the world .”. - James 1:27

In the small kingdom of Swaziland, 43 percent of all new born babies have HIV/AIDS.   It is estimated that less than 1% of those children will never know who one or either of their parents.  Many children must take care of themselves at young ages.  They must find shelter, provide their own food, care for their brothers and sisters, even educate themselves with out much guidance at all.  Perhaps a kind relative, a series of relatives, or friends will provide much needed care.  In a country that is so devastated with HIV, children are treated as mostly an inconvenience-an unwanted byproduct of sexual promiscuity.   Many women must also take care of many children (some not their own), as men who fathered the children are simply “not around.”  While it may seem remote from our world in the United States, it is reality in this world.

The book of James points to a timeless truth in the scriptures-God's heart for taking care of those who are defenseless.  While in biblical times, the causes of women being widows and children being orphans may have been different, the fact still remains that many in this world are in difficult situations of survival not of their own choosing.  Both in the Old Testament and in the New, God calls His people to take notice of this segment of society and to care for them.  To ignore the plight of the widows and orphans who barely eek out a survival is to ignore the work and will of God.

We have many in our society today who are either completely defenseless or who find themselves in situations of survival that are not of their own choosing.  To say that somehow they must “pull themselves up by their own bootstraps” is an argument made from privilege, an argument made from the position of plenty or of some success.  The gospel calls us to reach beyond our blessings into the lives of those who are struggling-those who truly need our help and our care.  Take a look at a website to learn more how you might be able to help:  May we be doers of the word and not simply “hearers.” (James 1:22)

Connecting ... to the church family at Monmouth & the community

Food Items Requested by
Lunch Break

Canned Fruits & Soups
Tuna Fish & Vegetables
Coffee & Tea-Fruit Juice
Mac & Cheese, Pasta & Sauce
Mayo, Miracle Whip, Ketchup
Cooking Oil
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Apple Sauce, Pudding & Snacks
Toilet Paper, Paper Towels
Garbage Bags
Toothpaste, Mouthwash
Soap & Deodorant


July Hostess of the Month - Sue Rastelli

Cleaning Team for coming week - Team Fuller