THE "NOW" --

Twenty years! How things change in twenty years! In 1981 Ronald Reagan became our fortieth president; the first portable computer was introduced (the Osborne 1); the first case of AIDS was reported; Prince Charles married Diana; the space shuttle Columbia made its first successful space voyage; John Lennon was killed; and Lionel Richie had his first of thirteen top ten hits, all occurring in six years.

Oh, the changes that occurred in my life in the last twenty years! What about your life? Where were you twenty years ago? Where were your children twenty years ago? What was your personal "vision" for life twenty years ago? Were you married twenty years ago? What was your "vision" for your family's future twenty years ago? What "now" knowledge was not even a "thought" twenty years ago? Examples? In 1981, did you use a personal computer, e-mail, a cell phone, a disc player, a microwave, or cable television? How is the car you drive today different from your 1981 automobile?

Sunday we celebrate twenty years of existence. In the 9:30 a.m. Bible class hour, all adult and teen classes are encouraged to meet in the auditorium. Roy Dunavin, Brad Pistole, Ted Edwards, and David Chadwell each will share a brief thought or insight.

In the 10:30 a.m. worship assembly, Jack Harriman will speak. Jack was pulpit minister of West-Ark when we began.

At 1:30 p.m., we will enjoy an early afternoon worship. Will Ed Warren will speak. Then we will dismiss for the afternoon. At 6 p.m. a communion assembly will meet for those who were unable to attend the morning worship.

Where do you think God will lead West-Ark in the next twenty years? We are deeply grateful for our past blessings and opportunities. May they be a platform for our future usefulness to God's purposes.

David Chadwell

West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, AR
Bulletin Article, 11 February 2001

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