Weekly Article - 6/21/19

Golden Valley Christian Church


            Although Mother’s Day has officially been around since the early 20th century, it’s not so with Father’s Day. This day was not signed into law as a national holiday until 1972.  Earlier attempts at having an official day honoring fathers were looked down upon as too “effeminate” by many men.  Sonora Smart Dodd is credited with creating this holiday to honor her father, who had raised his six children alone, after the death of their mother.  The word of God is very clear that we are to honor our mother AND father (Ex 20:12).


            GVCC honored our fathers last Sunday with a fun time.  Bro Tim was the MC for a game of Wheel of Fortune, featuring three of our male congregation, randomly chosen by a drawing.  Austin Jones solved the puzzle phrase (“a man after God’s own heart”), but all three of the “contestants” won a prize.  During our worship service, we were all blessed with the musical talents of Sarah, Garrett, and Dottie Plessinger, grandchildren of Jo Ann Fenwick.  Sarah played the piano, while Dottie played the violin, for our congregational singing.  For special music, Garrett played a baritone horn solo, and Dottie played a violin solo, both accompanied by Sarah on the piano, and both available to view on the GVCC Facebook page.  After services, a bountiful carry-in lunch was enjoyed by all who attended.


            Golden Valley Christian Church meets at 611 South Third Street in Clinton.  Sunday Bible classes begin at 9:30 AM; morning worship is at 10:30.  Our minister is Tim Randall (office phone #660-890-0252), and our website iswww.goldenvalleycc.org.  We are happy to invite you to attend our services, where you will always receive a warm welcome.


            “A Father’s Love” was the title of Bro Tim’s message, with scripture from 1 Thess 2:7-12.  Bro Tim reminded us of the prodigal son and the relationship with his father.  After leaving home and spending all of his inheritance, hungry and destitute, the son realized his father’s servants were better off than he was.  Returning home, the son found that his father forgave him, and welcomed his straying son home.  This is truly an analogy of sinners being welcomed home by God.  Today, fathers must diligently teach their children responsibility and genuine spirituality, acting as a positive influence to help them learn about God.


            The Bible challenge question:  What advice is given in the Bible to fathers about raising their children? (Eph 6:4).