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II m II I I I1 I What is the Church? I Lesson for March 27, 1966 gockroun~) Scdplure Ma|~ew 16:13-1~ I Cork~ thions 12; Cotosslans ]:15~20: I P~ler 2:4-|0. Devo~nd~ Ileecl~q;:. Epheslans 2,'13-22 Hundreds of thousands of words" have been printed during the past ten years alone about the church -- what it is and what it ought tO be. But since books abo~t /he Church are mostly written by church people for church people they are not read by every- body, and there is still an enor- mous amount of ignorance even among church members as to what the church Dr. Foreman proposes to be and is. One of these misunder- standings is that the church is a building. Well, it is certainly not wrong to call the place of wor- ship a "church'; but if that's alli it IB, it isn't nearly as vaIuablei as a skyscraper or a Hilton Hotel. When you .*go to church',i you are approaching something: fat higher than any buUding of, man. Further, the church is not a cldb. A club exists for the welfare, ~d eondort of its members, while! the church (#herever it is true to' its divine intent) exists for the welfare of all mankind. A club can shut out people it happens not to like; a church has no right to do ihis. A club's highes~ authority is elected by its mem- bers. The highest Autho~ty in the~ church is Christ; R is he who elects (calls, appoints) thechurch. Given names of church We might add here that mere- he.hip in a church does nott make you a Christian. On the, i contrary, being a Christian makes you a member of the church. But let's get on with what the church is, not what it isn't. We can do no bette~ than to glance at some of the Bible names for the church- lames by which groups of Christ- ian., or all Christians every- where, were called before the word '*church" became common. They were all simple names, pic- tt~e-namu. Evidently it was not God's intention that the church should be a strange "what-is-it" which only a theologian could understand[ One name was Just =Brothers ~. The Church was small, and it lived and acted like a family. (It is much harder to do this as the church grows in size.) The church maybe said to have invented the slogan which has been stolen since by others than Christians: FrOm each ac- cording to his ability, to each ac- cording to his needs. Would the newspapers ever think of the present-day church as a family? MOre names -Christians were also called "Believers.j Not that they all re- BPeated the same creed precisely. ut even outsiders could see that there were certain truths and certain facts (such as the Resur- ~e~.tson) for the truth of which the tians were ready to die. The church was called the "Bride of Chrisff, devoted and committed to him as a bride to her husband, her protector. The body of Christ No one name for the church brings out all the truth about it. l~erhaps the most comprehensive of them all is the ~Body of Christ: Paul (in I Corinthians 12) brings out the unexpected thought that Christians are mem- bers --not only of the church or e~'en of Christ-but members of one another. To stir the edges of your thinking, a question may he tn line. What is there in the pic- tare of the "body" which is mis- sing in the others? Mr. Smith and Mr. Jones m in the same church, what does it mean to say they are members of each other7 (tmod ee ~ e~.~Jod by ~ Ub~ d.C~m SdmSem, Ne~o=d C.e~U ef JOe Cb,=,h= d =, u. s. A. hb,, W Airman Charles Langdon Graduated From Training Course At hma b, Texas Amarillo, Tex., . Airman Third Class Charles R. Langdon, son of Mrs. Louise G. Langdon of RFD. 2, Charles Town, has been grad- uatd at Amarillo AFB, Tex., from the training course for U. S. Air Force supply inventory special- istS. The airman, a graduate of Cha rles Town High School, is being assigned to Andrews AFB, Md., for duty with the Continental Air Command. The airman, who attendel Shep herd College, Shepherdstown, re- ceived his B. S. degree in bus- iness government from American University, Washington, D. C. He is a member of Alpha Sigma Phi. Week Of Activities For Leetown - Summit Point Baptists Churches The following schedule of act- ivities for the week of March 27 April 2, at the Leetown and Sum- mit Point Baptist Churches was announced Monday by the Rev. Millard E. Williams, pastor: LEETOWN CHURCH SUNDAY: 9:45 A. M. Sunday School - Cha- rles Whittington, Superintendent 6:15 P. M. Young Peoples' Class Meeting 7:30 P. M. Worship, Sermon Topic, Revival? Why? How? WEDNESDAY: 7:00 P. M. Choir Practice Youth 7:30 P. M. Prayer Service TUESDAY-THURSDAY: Annual Meeting of the Virginia Woman's Mission Union, West. over Baptist Church, Arlington, Virginia. REVIVAL PREPARATIONS ] , SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON" FAI MERS ADVOCATE Preparations are underway for ITHI RSDAY, MARCH 2J, 1966 revival services for the week of April 10-17. The Reverend Dale E Pahner from Memphis, Tenn- essee will be the visiting minister SUMMIT POINT SUNDAY: 10:00 A. M. Sunday School, Lee Allen Drish, Sunday School Sup- erintendent 11:00 A. M. Worship, Topic Of Sermon: Revival? Why? tIow? THURSDAY: 7:30 P. M. Prayer Service Miss Margaret Houser P.T.A. Meets March 29 The P.T.A. meeting will be held Tuesday, March 29, at 3 o'clock in the afternoon at Bakerton School. Miss Joy Jamison who was a patient in the Charles Town Hos- pital la~ week has returned home. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Horn, Doug, David, Joan and Teddy, of Char- lottesville, Va., were weekend visitors at the home of his par- ents, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Horn. Mr. and Mrs. Gardner Loudan, of Ranson, were Saturday supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ilarold Harding and Mrs. Annie Loudan. Mr. and Mrs. William Scruggs and children, of Winchester, Va., and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Tabler, of Martinsburg, were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Harding and Mrs. Annie Loudan. Mr. and Mrs. Lester Brown and daughters, of Martinsburg, were Wednesday evening guests of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald tIoller and fam- ily. Sunday morning a chimney fire at the home of Bill Holler brought out Shepherdstown and Harpers Ferry fire departments. No damage was reported. Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Van Camp and children motored to Balti- more, Md., and visited Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Van family. Mr. and Mrs. W. J. B. motored to Winchester Va., Sunday and visited Mrs. Shirley. ~'our Hearing Deserves The SONOTON Of Hagerstown ROY R. FURR, 733 South Potomac Hagerstown, Md. Phone Hagerstown REgent 3-3242 Or Charles Town / We might imagine this is a squirrel assuming a prayerful pose while satisfying his appetite.., like a man pretending to be religious in order to gain the respect of others. We are not often fooled by falsity, nor do we let it blind us to We know our religion is our richest treasure. But we rate it worthless unless sincere. Today millions are talking about the world's spiritual needs. Is talking enough? Isn't faith more than a word.., prayer more than a pose? Attend church every week with your entire family. Support the Church with willing sacrifice. Offer your time and talents to God in your congrega- tion'sbusy life. And live each day the truths you cherish. THE CHURCH FOR ALL ALL FOR THE CHURCH The Church is the greatest factor on earth for the building of charac- ler and good citizenship. It is a store- house of spiritual values. Witho~t a ' strong Church, neither democracy nor civilization can Survive. There are four sound reasons why every' person should attend services regu- larly and support the Church. They* are: (1) For his own sake. (2) For his children's sake. (3) For the sake of his community and nation. (4) For the sake of the Church itself, which needs his moral and material support. Plan to go to church regu- ..... ]arly and read your Bible daily. THESE FIRMS INVITE YOU TO A HOUSE OF WORSHIP EACH WEEK. TO SELL IT --. BUY IT ADVERTISE IT IN THE SPIRIT- ADVOCATE J. RU ELL FRITTS, INC. PHILCO DEALER Charles Town, W. Va. Phone CHARLES TOWN ESSO SERVICE CENTER MeCLURE B. WILLINGHAM, Owner Phene 725-9904 Charles Town, W. Va. SUPERTANE LGAS SERVICE H. W. WAGELEY, INC. Dial Charles Town, W. Va. KABLE OIL CO., INC ESSO DISTRIBUTOR Phone 725-7510 Charles Town, W. VL SOUTHERN STATES Charles Town Cooperative, Inc. RANSON, W. VA. RANSON REAL ESTATE & INSURANCE CO., INC. RANSON, W. VA. PHONE - 725-7072 -- 725-7071 The MELVIN T. STRIDER CO. COLONIAL FUNERAL HOME Charle Town, W, Va. Phone 725-7068 SUDLEY FUNERAL HOME flhepherdstown Phone 876-2683 H. S. CLOPPER. JR. INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BoNDs Hill-Dale Shopping Center Phone 725-7081 Charles Town, W. Va. JEFFERSON HARDWARE CO., INC. fllIERWIN-WILLIAMS PAINTS Phone 725-2245 Charles Town, W. HALLTOWN PAPERBoARD CO. HALLTOWN, W. VA. J. EDWARD MAGAHA ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR APPLIANCE CENTER North George St. - Phone T$5- 1 WESTERN AUTO ASSOCIATE STORE J. E. SENSENEY, Owner Charles Town, W. Va. LEGGETT'S DEPT. STORE WrHE HOME of BEWrER Charles Town, W. Va. POWHATAN BRASS & IRON WORKS RANSON, W. VA. J COMMUNITY OIL CO., INC. CITIES SERVICE Charles Town. W. Va. Martinsburg, W. Va.. Leesbur Shepherdstown. W. Va. RANSON MACHINE WORK,a : Phone 72S-5621 Ranson, W.