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This week’s Echo features artwork by Tessa Epperson, daughter of Lewistown, Montana, missionaries Russell and Allison. The Estes congregation recently contributed to a project to update and expand their building. Please keep the Eppersons, and our other missionaries, in your prayers.

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New TV Program – Sunday 6:30am

Fabric of Family is a TV program that is designed to address family issues from a biblical perspective; it will now be available for viewing in the West TN area on the CBS affiliate at WBBJ TV and might be of interest to readers of the Estes Echo. It is presented in the form of a magazine-style program, integrating several short family-related segments along with a panel discussion led by Barry Gilreath, minister of the Jackson Heights Church of Christ in Florence, AL. The program was originally designed to complement the programming of the Gospel Broadcasting Network (GBN) to address needed family topics; however, in recent years it has also entered other media venues as a stand-alone program.

Fabric of Family was originally under the oversight of the Highland church of Christ in Dalton, Georgia, where Gilreath preached for almost thirteen years. When he accepted the work with the Jackson Heights congregation in Florence, Alabama, the oversight was transferred to the elders at JHCC.

Fabric of Family is entirely a labor of love. Neither the host nor any guests are compensated for time or travel expense. 100% of the financial support received goes towards the actual costs of producing the program and purchasing air time on the networks.

The core of Fabric of Family is the family table discussion. Typically, Gilreath will have two guests to discuss a particular family topic from the Bible’s perspective. Most of these guests are preachers in the Lord’s church. He tries to involve preachers in the viewing areas by enlisting them as guests when possible. Occasionally, Gilreath will interview a guest who is not a preacher, but has a special life experience and perspective in a family-related area.

The overall objective is to supply a comprehensive television program that is biblically-based, visually appealing, and will interest all demographics in a scriptural fashion. Fabric of Family provides a needed venue for today’s families rooted in the Word of God. As more people learn of the broadcast, it grows in popularity and viewership. As financial support increases, new markets will be added to expand coverage. The hope is that our families will be strengthened and brought closer to God through this program.

For an overview of the entirety of Fabric of Family, please review the brief video presentation below.

–Edited from information provided by Barry Gilreath, host of Fabric of Family.
Submitted on behalf of the Estes elders

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Recovery through Christ

The 6.2 Ministry has its basis in Galatians 6:2 which says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Implied in the verse are principles of fellowship, accountability, and purpose.

Romans 3:23 provides direction for Christians. Sin is the problem and it must be avoided. Paul, in Galatians 6:2 describes sin as a burden. This is obvious when Galatians 6:1 is considered for a context. The one commonality mankind has is sin – all have sinned. Christians and non-Christians can meet on the common ground that all of have sinned. Paul encourages Christians to deal with sin or avoid sin by looking to each other. Christians come together with a common purpose to avoid sin. Read more

A nice day

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As We Grow

For many years, we have desired to purchase the land south of the Estes property. This parcel was part of a 96 acre tract and for various reasons this purchase was not possible. We were very fortunate that someone purchased approximately 88 acres of the east part of the tract, leaving approximately 8 acres on the front corner, which was exactly what we had always wanted.

The proposal was presented to you in a congregational meeting and your response was overwhelming. The money you have given, along with the August 31st pledges, will pay about half of the purchase. The pledges due by December 31, 2015 will pay the remaining half. Read more

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Estes Mother/Daughter Day | Saturday, August 9

The mother/daughter team of Cindy Colley & Hannah Colley Giselbach will speak about what it means to be God’s woman.

Registration 9:00-9:30 am; the program begins at 9:30 am and ends with a lunch provided. No babysitting will be available.

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The Devoted, Fanatic Christian Index (DFCI)

This past week I had an opportunity to travel to Belgium. While the trip was primarily business, there were a few opportunities for sightseeing. One of these excursions was to Aachen, Germany. I was excited to visit the city because of its history and because of the Aachen Cathedral, which Charlemagne had built near the end of the 8th century. This was my first trip to Europe and my first visit to such a historically significant city. I was like a kid in the candy store. Around every corner was another eye-opening, jaw-dropping adventure. The city’s history, art, architecture, sculpture, and most certainly, the cathedral, were impressive and far exceeded anything that I could have imagined. Read more

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Toward the Future

Sunday was a very special day for the church at Estes. For more than a decade the Estes leadership has struggled trying to determine the best path forward for future growth of the congregation. We have realized that our classroom space is at or above capacity much of the time, our facilities for fellowship are at capacity for many of our fellowship gatherings and our auditorium is close to full capacity several Sundays throughout the year. The leadership has looked at many options including moving to another location, expanding our facilities to the north behind the Scott house, or attempt to purchase a few acres of land directly to the south of the current church property and add additional facilities in that direction. After looking at all of these options, the eldership has concluded that purchasing additional acreage to our south is the most cost effective path forward.

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Tychicus — Delivering Messages

Tychicus was the type of person willing to do the seemingly lesser job so the overall purpose of Christ could be accomplished. He is mentioned five times in the New Testament. Yet, a close look at the times he is mentioned reveals his character. Tychicus was the type of person who was willing to do what needed to be done.

In Acts 20:4, the Bible says, “And Sopater of Berea accompanied him [Paul] to Asia–also Aristarchus and Secundus of the Thessalonians, and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia.” The passage mentions men who went with Paul to Asia and waited for him at Troas, including Tychicus. These men wanted to follow Paul’s example of mission work. Read more

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Estes Youth Recap

It has been a busy summer for our youth group! We started out with a bang by going to Kings Island in Cincinnati, Ohio. We had 40 people go on this trip. We went to Jeffersonville, Indiana on Wednesday, May 21st, and worshipped with the Northside church of Christ. We spent the night at the church building, ar- rived at the amusement park at 10 a.m., and stayed until it closed at 8 p.m. Every- one had a great time and rode a lot of rides! We returned to the church building and spent the night at the church building again before heading home on Friday.

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