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   Quite a few people within the congregation have been dealing with the flu epidemic that has hit our community.  I do not usually ask people to stay home from church, but if you are not feeling well, please stay home and get your rest.  We have ended our greeting of one another because we may have been spreading the flu to one another.  If you know of any that are dealing with the flu, please put them on the prayer chain/list.

          We started volleyball on January 12th, and we had around 20 people come to Shippensburg COB to participate.  Our second evening to play was January 26th, and we had around 12 or 13 playing with us that evening.  We will play on February 16th this month.  For those that would like to play, we start playing right around 7:00 pm.  Anyone can play because it is open to all ages.  If you would not want to participate, you could also come out simply to cheer on those that are playing.

          We will be wrapping up our study on "I am a church member" this month.  I hope that our New Year's Resolution on being a member of the body of Christ has not only been informative, but my prayer is that we are stirred to be active members.  After we complete this study, we will move back into Romans for about a month until we near the Easter holiday. 

          Our Wednesday evening Bible Study will continue with our Andy Stanley series entitled "Christian".  This series is defining what it means to be a follower of Christ.  Jesus never used the label Christian for His followers.  Christian was actually meant to be a derogatory term.  Jesus actually used the word "disciple" to identify His followers.  So what do these differences entail?  It is not too late for any that are not attending to find out.  Please come on Wednesday evening.

           My children told us that they had a good time at Winter Camp at Camp Eder.  I would like to thank Tim and Sheila and Randy and Amy for committing so much of their own time to the youth here at the church.  Everything that they do is appreciated.

          One of the first Scriptures used in our Wednesday evening series came from John 13:34-35.  Jesus and the disciples are in the upper room.  Judas had just left to betray Jesus, and Jesus is again explaining that His own death is imminent.  Since Jesus's time was about at an end, His followers would no longer have Him with them.  How would this group of men be known as followers of Christ without Christ around?  John 13:34-35 (AB) "I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too are to love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love and unselfish concern for one another.”  How do we look to those outside the body of Christ? 

            In Christ,