Bob Karraker, a former member of Circle Drive, passed away to heaven Monday morning, July 2, at the residence of his daughter and son-in-law, Leslie and Greg Morgan. He was preceded in death by his wife, Olive.
For the past 63+ years, our church family has been blessed by the men and women and their families who have served in the military. Our church and our city are so blessed to have Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, the Air Force Academy, and NORAD in the Colorado Springs community. These men and women are stationed here for a varying period of time, and then leave us for their next military assignment. We come to love and appreciate each family, thanking GOD for their service to our country AND their ministry in our church family. Although so many have left us for the next assignment, we continue to praise GOD for the memories we enjoy! And we miss them all!!!
UNLEASH is the title of the current Sunday morning message series. Synonyms for “unleash” include “let loose,” “release,” “set free,” “unloose,” “untie,” or “unchain.” Through the month of June, we will focus on the theme unleash from a spiritual perspective. Here is the tentative schedule:
It is our joy to welcome a speaker from The Gideons International tomorrow morning at Circle. At the conclusion of the worship service, Bill Furch will share a 5 minute update on the worldwide ministry impact of the Gideons. As you know, this ministry distributes Bibles around the world. In the U.S., they distribute Bibles in hotels, outside of school grounds, and in many other places. GOD's Word changes people's lives. At the conclusion of the service, our church family will have the opportunity to make a donation to the Gideons. Be sure to remember this wonderful ministry in prayer!
Thursday, May 3 (tomorrow) is designated the National Day of Prayer. I encourage you to devote time tomorrow to pray: for spiritual revival for yourself, for our church family, and for churches across America that would ultimately spark a spiritual awakening that would bring our country back to GOD. You are invited to come to our church building at 124 Delaware Drive between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm to pray. We have this promise in II Chronicles 7:14: “If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
On behalf of our church family, I extend our love, sympathy and prayer support to the family of Al Pace, who "went home to be with the LORD" yesterday morning at his apartment at Palisades Park View. Al was 83 years old. Al was preceded in death by his wife, Violet (Vi).
Pollard Baptist Church in Ashland, Kentucky is closing its doors. From 1995-2002, I served at Rose Hill Baptist Church, just 3 miles from Pollard. I used to drive by the church all the time. Here are excerpts from an article in the publication Kentucky Today.
I would like to invite our Circle Drive church family to join me tomorrow night (Wednesday) to hear from Dr. Mark Ballard, president of Northeastern Baptist College in Bennington, Vermont. Mark is a native of Pueblo, and has served churches in several states before launching the college 5 years ago. The story of the school is truly miraculous. Mark will share with us in our 6:15 pm prayer service. He and I became acquainted when we served on the Executive Committee of the SBC together. I rotated off last year, but he continues to serve. For the past 2 years, Mark invited me to preach in chapel at the school, and also see first-hand the amazing things GOD is doing there.
Please set your clocks ahead 1 hour tonight, as we transition to "Daylight Savings Time." This change produces the good and the bad. The good: We get an "extra" hour of daylight in the evenings. The bad: We lose one hour of sleep! Look at it from this positive perspective: We just lose 1 hour of sleep once, but we gain the "extra" daylight until November!
On behalf of our church family at Circle Drive, I extend our love, sympathy, and prayer support to the family of Donna Koop, who passed away to heaven on Wednesday, January 31. Her celebration of life service was held today at the Evergreen Funeral Home with Dr. Lewis Adkison presiding.