March 6

It seems there are special times of crisis and care, burden and blessing, when the presence and actions of a church family are especially needed and appreciated.  This seems to be one of those times.

We were saddened this week to hear of the passing of our sister Polly Ballard.  The Ballards have been such a special part of the South Fork church for such a long time, and have roots that go back to some of the very beginnings of the Churches of Christ in North Carolina.  Our hearts and prayers this week are with Ed and Elizabeth, Rhiannon and Brandon, and all of Polly’s family and friends.

Our Janet Stewart has had an especially difficult time this week.  Over these past several years she has struggled so gallantly and faithfully as her lungs have become less and less able to function, with Ted, their children, and their family and friends right there with her the whole way.  Janet has been in ICU at Forsyth Medical Center this past week and we want to remember all of them in our constant prayers.

Our Ruth Howell has been in Baptist Hospital for several days as well, first in ICU and the last few days in a room but still in serious condition.  Keep Ruth in your prayers this week.

Joyce and I appreciate your prayers and encouragement as her father Virgil Long has been in the hospital in San Antonio after being rushed there by EMS this past Saturday due to breathing complications.  He had a very difficult and scary weekend last week, but has shown some improvement this week.  We appreciate your continued prayers and concern for Joyce and her dad and all their family.

And today we have several brothers and sisters from the Brewer Road church visiting with us.  What a blessing it is to be together with you today worshiping our great God in whose image we all have been created! 

All these things and so much more remind us once again of the special blessing of being a part of God’s family:

“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor fee, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26-28)

Bill Allen

Dr. Bill Allen preached at South Fork from 2005 to 2015. He received a Bachelors degree in Bible from Oklahoma Christian in 1978, a Masters in Bible from Abilene Christian (ACU) in 1988, and a Doctor of Ministry from ACU in 1992. He now preaches at the West Erwin Church of Christ in Tyler, Texas.

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