April 2021 - In This Issue:
Hope, simply defined is: "A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen and having a positive attitude toward the future."
In the Bible, hope is the confident expectation of what God has promised and its strength is in His faithfulness.

There are always those that are hoping for greener pastures. Many go through life just hoping that whatever comes tomorrow will be better than today.

Psychologist William Marston asked three thousand people, “What have you to live for?” He was shocked to discover that 94% were simply enduring the present while they waited for the future – waited for something to happen – waited for “next year” – waited for a “better time” – waited “for tomorrow”, unable to see that all anyone ever has is today, because yesterday is gone and tomorrow exists only in hope.

Some people fail to realize how discouragement, dryness and frustration are related to a false sense of hope. You don’t have to be a very astute observer to notice that we live in a world that struggles against hopelessness. When you talk to people, it doesn’t take long for the conversation to turn to discouragement. There are so many people who are cynical about life and feel like the world is going down the drain. There are ongoing crises nationally and internationally. Life is filled with trouble whether it’s from sickness and pain or from losing loved ones.

Bertrand Russell was an outspoken atheist philosopher who wrote a book called, “Why I Am Not A Christian”.
When he was 81 years old, he was interviewed on a BBC radio talk show. The interviewer asked him what he had to hang onto when death was obviously so close. He responded, “I have nothing to hang onto but grim, unyielding despair”.

If we live only for this life, then we will live and die in despair. Having more “stuff” is not the answer. We have so much “stuff” until our attics, basements, closets, storage buildings and garages are full. We have to have yard sales, attic sales, and garage sales to sell our "stuff" just so we can make room for more stuff.
Scott Dudley said, “Never in history have so many had so much for so long and been so depressed about it.”

Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Person asked a young accountant who was fresh out of school, "What starting salary were you thinking about?" The Accountant said, "In the neighborhood of $100,000 a year, depending on the benefits package." The interviewer said, "Well, what would you say to a package that includes":

  • 5 Weeks Vacation
  • Full Medical and Dental
  • Company Retirement Fund to 50% of Salary
  • Executive Share Option Scheme
  • Profit Related Pay
  • Company Car leased every 2 years - a 5 series BMW 

The Accountant sat up straight and said, "Wow! Are you kidding?" The interviewer replied, "Yes, but you started it."

What are you placing your hope in? Does your hope give you excitement to do all you can for Christ? Does hope cause you to live for Him each day in anticipation of His working and blessing?

Easter is filled with hope! Because our Lord lives, we can face tomorrow with all its uncertainty. We have a hope that is steadfast and sure!
One Easter Sunday the Reverend Jones announced to his congregation, 'My good people, I have here in my hands three sermons...… a $100 sermon that lasts five minutes, a $50 sermon that lasts fifteen minutes, and a $20 sermon that lasts a full hour. Now, we'll take the collection and see which one I'll deliver.'
We were so excited to receive four new members into our fellowship during the month of March. These couples come to us with a variety of skills and talents that will prove to be a great blessing to the church. We are so thankful that God sent them our way.
Scott & Mary Lemon
Mark & Debi Mueller
  • If the average man never trimmed his beard, it would grow to nearly 30 feet long in his lifetime.
  • In 1900 the average age at death in the US was 47.
  • On average women say 7,000 words per day. Men manage just over 2000.
  • On average, right-handed people live 9 years longer than their left-handed counterparts.
  • Smokers are likely to die on average six and a half years earlier than non-smokers.
  • The ashes of the average cremated person weigh 9 pounds.
  • The average chicken lays about 260 eggs a year.
  • The average cow produces 40 glasses of milk each day.
  • The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
  • The average person loses an average of 40 to 100 strands of hair a day.
  • If your parents didn't have any children, chances are you won't either.
And the WINNER is...

1st Place
Kalia- Amoy Kelly
Matthews Church of God

We are so proud of "KK", she has a gift and she's using it for the Lord. Kalia won first place in teen talent for female soloist in Western North Carolina! God has gifted this young lady with a powerhouse voice! She will now compete in Tennessee in August in the nationals!
Kalia is the daughter of Dwight & Roma Kelly.
Kassidy Cooper did us all proud, although she didn't get a trophy, she has won our hearts.
Kassidy has a beautiful angelic voice and we can see that she is on the right track. God has great things in store for her.
Kassidy is the daughter of Kevin & Christina Cooper.
Why is the longest human nose on record only eleven inches long?

(Because if it was twelve inches it would be a foot)

You answer me, although I never ask you questions. What am I?

(A Telephone)

What has four eyes but cannot see?

What has four eyes but cannot see?


What has no beginning, end, or middle?

(A doughnut)

Some months have 30 days, some months have 31 days; how many have 28?

(They all do)

What happened in the middle of the twentieth century that will not happen again for 4,000 years?

(The year 1961. It reads the same upside down. This will not happen again until the year 6009)

What has a foot on each side and one in the middle?

(A yardstick)

You can't keep this until you have given it.

(A promise)
Our children marching and waving palm branches and celebrating Psalm Sunday.
Matthew 21:15 …And the children shouting in the temple courts,
“Hosanna to the Son of David”
"Mom, my palm is broken!"
MCOG Choir singing, "Hosanna"

Earlier this week, an old couple received a phone call from their son who lives far away. The son said he was sorry, but he wouldn’t be able to come for a visit over the holidays after all. “The grandkids say hello.” They assured him that they understood, but when they hung up the phone they didn’t dare look at each other.

Earlier this week, a woman was called into her supervisor’s office to hear that times are hard for the company and they had to let her go. “So sorry.” She cleaned out her desk, packed away her hopes for getting ahead, and wondered what she would tell her kids.

Earlier this week, someone received terrible news from a physician. Someone else heard the words, “I don’t love you any more.” Earlier this week, someone’s hope was crucified. And the darkness is overwhelming.

No one is ever ready to encounter Easter until he or she has spent time in the dark place where hope cannot be seen. Easter is the last thing we are expecting. And that is why it terrifies us. This day is not about bunnies, springtime and girls in cute new dresses. It’s about more hope than we can handle.

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. Maybe someone who is simply looking for place to serve. We will be glad to discuss compensation. Contact the pastor if interested: rdbrackett@matthewscog.org
Matthews Church of God
517 E John St.
Matthews, NC 28105