Church of God
May 2019 - In This Issue:

Psalm 69:3
I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.
Have you ever felt like that? You cry and cry until you are weary of crying. Your throat is dry and hoarse, all because you have been waiting on God. Wouldn't it be nice if we could get up every morning singing... "Oh what a beautiful morning, Oh what a beautiful day, Oh what a beautiful morning, EVERYTHING'S going my way."

But the truth is that a lot of our days are more like the song: "Gloom, despair, and agony on me. Deep, dark depression, excessive misery. If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all.  Gloom, despair, and agony on me"

It seems that road construction is going on everywhere these days and there's no shortage of signs that read: "EXPECT DELAYS"

Life is filled with a series of delays and frustrations and setbacks. Waiting is one of the hardest things that we have to do. Life is short so we feel like we don't have time to waste, especially as we get older. It seems like the older you get, the faster time goes by.
Andy Rooney said, "I've learned that life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes."

It gets frustrating when you hear these folks talk like they never have any problems, difficulties or delays. They brag about getting the best seats, best parking spaces and the best of everything. They are so blessed and highly favored until they never get sick, never have any financial difficulties and never have a disagreement with their spouse. Everything is great, awesome, fantastic and coming up roses!

But for the rest of us still living on planet earth; life is more difficult than easy. At least it was for Jacob, who said, "All these things are against me."Genesis 42:36 b
It was for Job, who said, "For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me."Job 3:25 a
It was for Paul, who said, "For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:"2 Corinthians 1:8

So, if you are facing troubles in this world you are in good company. It's only human nature for us to want life to be easy. But it seems like we have more than our share of delays, setbacks and interruptions.

In fact, it was Simon Peter, who said, "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:" - I Peter 4:12
Trials are very trying; it has been said that, "These are the times that try men's souls".

A man, with toolbox in hand, rang the doorbell.
"Good morning, ma'am, I'm the plumber. I've come to fix the pipe."
"But I didn't call a plumber."
"You didn't? Aren't you Mrs. Foster?"
"No, she moved away a year ago."
"How do you like that? They call for a plumber, claiming it's an emergency, and then they move away!"

Sometimes it seems as if God responds to our emergencies like that plumber responded to that call.  When we are in the middle of a crisis we cry out to God until we become like the Psalmist: " I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God."

"It may be difficult to wait on the Lord, but it is worse to wish you had."
- Amish Proverb.

When there are delays; we must trust God and not our circumstances!

A reporter once asked Mrs. Einstein if she understood the theory of relativity.
She replied,  "No, but I know Albert and he can be trusted."
You may not understand the delays of life but I know my Lord and He can be trusted!


We were blessed to welcome 13 new members into the church during the month of April; from left to right, they are:

Jim Felton, Hazel Slusher, Suzzane Felton, Walter Solis, Tommy Watkins, Scott Hobbs, Diane Watkins, Stephanie Hobbs, Judy Lewis, Karen Fitzgerald, Rebecca Lewis, Mike Fitzgerald and Charles Heilig.

May Events
  • Saturday 10:30 a.m. (4) Mother/Daughter Brunch in the Fellowship Hall
  • Sunday (5) Communion
  • Sunday (12) Mother's Day (A special gift to all mothers present)
  • Saturday (18) Celebrating Pastor's 65th Birthday in the Fellowship Hall 12:30-2:30
  • Sunday a.m. (19) Guest Speaker: C.L. Simmons, Pastor of the Ranlo Church of God
  • Sunday a.m. (19) Graduate Recognition Sunday
  • Monday (27) Memorial Day


The theme for this year's Pastor Appreciation was:  "Cherishing Our Spiritual Landmarks".   
We Love Our Pastor!...
  • Our pastor reminds us of our past victories.
  • Our pastor celebrates our present testimonies.
  • Our pastor leads us to our future possibilities.
"And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding."  (Jeremiah 3:15)

On Wednesday evening, a special program was presented in which the pastor's grandchildren, Logan, Skylar & Luke Salsedo, signed to "Oh How I Love Jesus"; taught to them by their mother. Alex Baker wrote a heart-felt letter to show his appreciation to his grandparents.

Our guest preacher on Sunday morning was Bishop Dan Carter, pastor of Eastway Drive Church of God. Bishop Carter preached an encouraging message entitled: "How to Pray for Your Pastor".  

Each day of the week, the pastor and 1st Lady were blessed with gifts and treats. There was a dinner for the pastor on Thursday evening at Outback Steakhouse with the men of the church. The 1st Lady was treated to a brunch on Saturday with the women of the church at Azteca Mexican Restaurant.

There was a wonderful Sunday afternoon meal to celebrate this special occasion that included: Fried Chicken, Ham, Green Beans, Macaroni & Cheese, Salad, Candied Yams, Rolls, Desserts, Lemonade & Tea. Everyone enjoyed the food; some said it was the best ever! 

We are so blessed to have special and talented people who work behind the scenes to make sure these things happen. Special thanks goes to: Amy Griffin, Pearlyn Bremer, Livian Hunt, Windee & Kaci Sanderson, Richard & Dorothy Oakes and many others who stayed to clean-up.

Matthews Church of God
517 E John St.
Matthews, NC  28105

"A Church with open arms, a smiling face and a loving heart for all people."