July 2021 - In This Issue:
  • 2021 GRADUATES
For many years the University of Oklahoma had a project to teach a 15 year-old chimpanzee how to talk by combining sign language with simple recognition. Over the years the chimp learned 140 different signs. 
The directors decided it was time for the chimp to learn how to do more than just imitate human words by the use of signs. They wanted her to express those words in speech. The chimpanzee had been papered, well fed, made physically comfortable and safe from harm. But when she was able to put words together to make a phrase, her first three words she could speak are three words that she used repeatedly: “Let me out!”
That chimpanzee had an innate desire to be free. 

We too have an innate desire to be free because we were born in captivity and bondage. 
Psalm 51:5
5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

We were born in sin’s bondage; every child born into this world has no choice in the matter. Every one of us was born as a result of the act of another man and woman; we had no choice, we were born in bondage. 

In sin’s bondage the shackles are tight around the ankles and you can hear the clanging of the chains. There is no bondage like sin’s bondage. No matter how hard you try, you cannot get out of sin’s bondage on your own. 

A man was in prison in Sydney, Australia when he tried to escape. He climbed underneath the hood of a van that was delivering bread to the prison. When the van made its next stop, the prisoner sneaked out from under the hood – hot and dirty. He found himself in the yard of another prison just miles from the one he had escaped from. 

Our own attempts at freedom often leave us in another prison just a few miles down the road of life. Our attempts at freedom leave us dejected, dirty and in another prison. We cannot save ourselves! It doesn’t matter how intelligent, how clever, or what amount of ingenuity you may have, you cannot free yourself from sin’s bondage. 
John 8:36
36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
- Mahatma Gandhi

“From every mountainside, let freedom ring.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

“May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.”
- Peter Marshall

“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.”
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

“America is another name for opportunity.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.”
- Albert Einstein

“Those who won our independence... valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.”
- Louis D. Brandeis
Father's Day was special, we had a house full of men. All the men received portable lights that can be carried in hand or stand on a flat surface. The COB LED light shines bright without glare; can be used as both a flashlight and a lantern with batteries included.

It is a reminder to our men to be a light in the darkness.

The special winners are from left to right:

Rick Berry...father with the oldest car.
Floyd Wheeler...father that's the oldest with most children present.
Jesse Broadway...father with the youngest child.

All three men received gift cards. We had a great Father's Day!

Our kidz church made a special BBQ Rub & Platter with the kidz handprint on it for their fathers.

Thanks to Abby Brackett Salsedo for this wonderful idea and the hard work she puts in week in and week out.

Thanks to Skylar & Logan Salsedo for displaying these wonderful gifts.

We are looking for an Associate Minister, possibly someone retired and looking for a place to continue to use their gifts without the pressure of pastoring. Or, maybe someone who is looking to the future to be groomed as a pastor and a place to serve.

We are also looking for a part-time Minister of Music.

We will be glad to discuss compensation.
Contact the pastor if interested: rdbrackett@matthewscog.org

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

  • Constitution
This year's MCOG VBS will be unique in that we are having it only one day: "Concrete & Cranes".

It will be held on Saturday, July 17 from 9 am to 2 pm.

There will be a ton of fun and learning packed into these five hours.
Mark your calendars now, it will be here before you know it!
Dylan Hunt graduated from Independence High School and plans to become a barber.
Kalia Kelly graduated from Porter Ridge High School and plans to attend Lee University to study business and ministry.
Youth Pastor, Edward Baker addressing the graduates.
Ed & Beth have left a lasting impression on the young people that have come through our doors, pouring into their lives week after week.
Graduate gifts presentation by Amy Griffin
Congratulations 2021 Graduates!

Mark your calendar and join us for a special weekend!

Saturday July 31 & Sunday August 1 will be a very special weekend celebration.

Bishop Rick D Brackett will be celebrating his 50th Year in ministry, 1971-2021, which coincides with the 67th anniversary of the church.

On Saturday the church will serve hors d’oeuvres beginning at noon in the fellowship hall in a meet and greet.

Sunday morning service will begin at a special time, 10:30 with special guest, Dr. Tim Hill, General Overseer of the Church of God singing and preaching.
Dr. Tim Hill
Did You Know You Are Free?

This difference between possession and enjoyment is well illustrated in the story of Louis Delcourt. He was a young French soldier during the First World War who overstayed his leave and, fearing disgrace, he decided to desert. He persuaded his mother to lock him up in the attic of their home and there she hid him and fed him for twenty-one years.

But in August 1937 his mother died. There was no chance now of his retaining his incognito and remaining in hiding. So, pale and haggard, he staggered along to the nearest police officer, where he gave himself up. The police officer looked at him in utter incredulity and asked him, “where have you been that you have not heard?” “Haven’t heard what?” asked Louis. “That a law of amnesty for all deserters was passed years ago.”

Louis Delcourt had freedom but did not enjoy it because he did not know that he had it. It is the same with many Christian people today. They have been set free by Jesus Christ but they are not enjoying their freedom because they do not know that they have it.
We were so very proud of the MCOG choir at camp meeting. All their hard work and training is paying off as they blessed everyone in attendance.
It was obvious that the anointing was upon our choir as we felt God's presence through their songs.

We were so proud of Kalia "KK", singing Sunday night as WNC State Teen Talent winner; what a blessing!
All our choir members put their heart into singing and allowed the Lord to use them.
It was a special night as our choir and musicians represented MCOG well.
Beth Baker did an outstanding job singing and leading. She was still recovering from double pneumonia but you wouldn't know it by the way she sang.
We can't get that song out of our heads...probably because it's in our hearts: "It ain't over until God's says it's over!"
MCOG COMPASS MINISTRY is led by Amy Griffin and they recently spearheaded the gathering of needful things for the Church of God Home for Children in Concord.
We are thankful for everyone's contributions and for sweet Caitlyn Griffin delivering the goods with a smile.
Matthews Church of God
517 E John St.
Matthews, NC 28105