June 2024 - In This Issue:

  • GA 24


Luke 6:46-49 CEV

Why do you keep on saying that I am your Lord, when you refuse to do what I say? Anyone who comes and listens to me and obeys me is like someone who dug down deep and built a house on solid rock. When the flood came and the river rushed against the house, it was built so well that it didn't even shake. But anyone who hears what I say and doesn't obey me is like someone whose house wasn't built on solid rock. As soon as the river rushed against that house, it was smashed to pieces! 

Storms are a fact of nature and a fact of life that come in many ways. These storms can wreak havoc on homes, businesses, churches, marriages, families, finances, and health. No one is exempt from storms

Jesus warned that storms will devastate and destroy any house that is not built on a solid foundation. 

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the seven wonders of the modern world. It was constructed of white marble, and it is a bell tower in a cathedral complex. Construction began in 1173 and wasn’t completed until three architects had exhausted their labors over the course of 199 years. Bonano Pisano was the initial architect and builder whose work stopped when the tower had only three and a half stories. 

He quit working when he noticed its foundation was flawed. 

Ninety years later, with the structure leaning, another architect undertook the project. He should have torn it down and started over but instead he attempted to correct the tilt by making upper floor adjustments. After 3 ½ tiers were added he realized that he had not corrected the problem. 

Eighty years later a third architect capped the structure with a dome. Over 800 years later the tower leans 17 feet to the south and each year it sinks a fraction farther. Scientists who have studied the structure all agree that it will eventually fall. The construction spanned 200 years, but no one dealt with the foundation which was the main flaw. It continues to lean and is destined to fall. 

There are many lives that are leaning and are sure to fall because they don’t have a solid foundation.

If the foundation is not solid, then the house will not survive the storm.

It seems that everybody wants to start out on top. People go through life looking for shortcuts and the easiest way to get there. It is much easier to build on the sand than it is to build on the rock. 

God has given us all a blueprint for life, it is a life of godliness in Christ. That is the building that we are to build!

There are no shortcuts to living a holy and godly life! Jesus said that we must have a sure foundation to build on! The wise man built his house on the rock and the foolish man built his house on the sand.

How could anyone be so foolish as to build on the sand? The foundation is the most important part of any structure. If the foundation is flawed, then the whole building is in jeopardy.

Jesus Christ is the only sure foundation! The difference in the two builders is the foundations that they built upon. Apart from Christ, all other ground is sinking sand!

Life out on the beach might be fun for a while, there is pleasure in sin for a season!

When a builder wants to build a tall skyscraper, he will drive steel beams into the rock some 3-4 stories deep. It takes a long time just to prepare the foundation. The longer you want the building to last and the higher you want it to go, the greater the foundation must be.

We must settle for nothing less than the Rock of Ages!

Psalms 71:3 b

3 Thou art my rock and my fortress.

Psalms 62:2

2 He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.

  • "Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, storytellers, and singers of song." — Pam Brown
  • "It is much easier to become a father than to be one."
  • "Babies are always more trouble than you thought — and more wonderful."
  • "Noble fathers have noble children."
  • "Never is a man more of a man than when he is the father of a newborn."
  • "Being a dad isn’t easy…but when somebody does it right, it reminds the rest of us what a world-changing difference a good dad can make." —Andrew Blackburn
  • "The best gift a man can give to the world is to be a good father." —Renee Daniels
  • "A father is the perfect blend of superhero, coach, and friend." —Jeannie Hund


It was a beautiful day for our Mother/Daughter banquet. Our theme this Year for Ladies Ministries is: “Lay aside your garment, Get Ready Jesus is Coming.”

Each lady set a table (Christmas, Spring, Family gathering, etc.) of their choice celebrating the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

It was amazing! The food was delicious and the message by Gandira Walker was very inspiring. The ladies did a remarkable job in preparing for this event!

Everything was better than good; many thanks to all who came and participated.


  • I once submitted 10 puns to a joke competition. I really thought with that many, one was sure to be a winner. Sadly, no pun in ten did.
  • Why did the old man fall down the well? He couldn’t see that well.
  • I tried to make up a joke about a ghost, but I couldn't. It had plenty of spirit but no body.
  • Dad: What is the difference between a piano, a tuna, and a pot of glue? Me: I don't know.

Dad: You can tuna piano, but you can't piano a tuna.

  • Today at the bank, an old lady asked me to check her balance... So, I pushed her over.
  • I got an A on my origami assignment when I turned my paper into my teacher.
  • How many storm troopers does it take to change a lightbulb? None, because they are all on the dark side.
  • If your house is cold, just stand in the corner. It’s always 90 degrees there.
  • Hi, I’m Cliff. Drop over sometime.
  • Did you hear about the guy who went to the doctor for a headache? The doctor examined his ear and found money. The doctor kept pulling and pulling it out until he had $1,999. Then the doctor said, "No wonder you're not feeling two grand!"
  • Dad, when he puts the car in reverse: "Ah, this takes me back."
  • What do you call the security guards for Samsung? Guardians of the galaxy.
  • I was making a joke about retirement. It did not work.
  • The other day I bought a thesaurus, but when I got home and opened it, all the pages were blank. I have no word to describe how angry I am.
  • The owner of the tuxedo store kept hovering over me when I was browsing, so I asked him to leave me alone. He said, “Fine, suit yourself.”
  • Why did the egg have a day off? Because it was Fryday.
  • Have you ever heard about the kidnapping at school? It's okay, he woke up.
  • I found a book called How to Solve 50% of Your Problems. So, I bought 2.
  • Why did the coffee taste like dirt? Because it was ground just a few minutes ago.
  • Why did the Rolling Stones stop making music? Because they got to bottom of the hill.
  • What is the best present? Broken drums! You can't beat them.
  • I made song about tortilla once, now it's more like a wrap.
  • Did you know corduroy pillows are in style? They're making headlines.
  • Did you hear about the fragile myth? It was busted.
  • What word can you make shorter by adding two letters? Short.
  • What do you call a criminal landing an airplane? Condescending.
  • I stayed up all night wondering where the sun went, and then it dawned on me.
  • Why do people who live in Greece hate waking up at dawn? Because Dawn is tough on Greece.
  • What did one toilet say to the other? You appear a bit flushed.
  • Why are most people tired on April 1? They've just finished a 31-day March.
  • How do you make a tissue dance? Put a little boogie in it.
  • Why did the rabbit go to the salon? It was having a bad hare day.


  • Where do birds stay when they travel? Someplace cheep.
  • What kind of felines can bowl? Alley cats.
  • Why did the man bring his watch to the bank? He wanted to save time.
  • How do you make a robot angry? Keep pushing his buttons.
  • When is a car not a car? When it turns into a parking lot.
  • What's the best way to make a bandstand? Take away their chairs.
  • How do you light up a sports stadium? With a soccer match.
  • I told a bad chemistry joke once. I got no reaction.
  • Why did the cow go to Hollywood? To be in the moo-vies.
  • Where do sheep go on vacation? The Baaaa-hamas.
  • Did you hear about the cat that ate a lemon? Now it’s a sour puss.
  • How do mice floss their teeth? With string cheese.
  • What do you call a happy cowboy? A jolly rancher
  • What did one wall say to the other? I’ll meet you at the corner.
  • Why shouldn't you tell jokes to a duck? Because they'll quack up.
  • How did the piano get locked out of its car? It lost its keys.
  • How do you make an eggroll? You push it.
  • I've never been a fan of facial hair. But now it's starting to grow on me.
  • What do you call a pig who knows how to use a butcher knife? A pork chop.
  • What kind of fish knows how to do an appendectomy? A Sturgeon.
  • What did the tree say when spring finally arrived? What a re-leaf.
  • How can you tell if a pig is hot? It's bacon. 
  • Did you hear about the guy who afraid of hurdles? He got over it.
  • Why did the drum go to bed? It was beat.
  • Did you hear about the guy who drank invisible ink? He's at the hospital waiting to be seen.
  • How do you get a squirrel's attention? Act like a nut.
  • What did one volcano say to the other? I lava you.
  • How do you cook an alligator? With a croc-pot.
  • What do you give the dentist of the year? A little plaque.
  • I went to buy a pair of camouflage pants, but I couldn’t find any.
  • What do pigs use to clean up? Hogwash.


It was a wonderful celebration for our pastor in celebrating 70 years. We reminded him that birthdays are good for you; the more you have, the longer you live!

You know you’re 70 when you drop something and just stare at it because you know you can’t bend over to pick it up.

  • What’s a 70-year-old’s favorite mode of transportation? “Walking down memory lane”!
  • What do you call a 70-year-old who can still remember their childhood? "Remarkable!"
  • What's a 70-year-old's favorite song? "Yesterday" by the Beatles!"


Mother's Day was special with the service starting off with a poem written and read by Katherine Baker entitled: "Mothers & Daughters Are Like Peanut Butter & Jelly".

The children played bells for the first time to "Jesus Loves Me". (Thank you Jackie Kemp)

All the ladies received gifts and three special ladies were blessed with a gift for their contributions.

  1. Mother that had children born closest together (Abby Salsedo - 11 months apart)
  2. Mother that had the biggest baby - (Elizabeth Porter - 11 lbs.)
  3. Mother w/child who has attended MCOG w/mom the longest & still does today - (Carol Salsedo)

A VBS fundraiser will be held Sunday, June 23, following the morning service.

Chicken & Dumplings $ 10 a plate. (Carry-out Only)

GA 24

In 1906 a group of nearly two dozen delegates came together on a snowy January day in North Carolina to accomplish what has remained the commitment of a Church of God General Assembly ever since. On July 8-12, 2024, delegates from around the world will come together in Indianapolis, Indiana to worship, fellowship, and conduct business of the Church of God.

This will be the 79th time the Church of God has staged a General Assembly. There will be something for everyone, whether you are a minister or layperson.

Located in the heart of downtown, the Indiana Convention Center has hosted events since 1972. With its striking contemporary look and sense of openness, the Indiana Convention Center redefines the character of a trade show and meeting venue. One of the largest convention centers in America, the center is connected by skywalks to more hotel rooms than any other city in the nation.

Also linked to the center is a four-story urban shopping mall, surrounded by more than 200 restaurants and clubs, well-known sports venues, and a 10-block state park that features top museums, green space and a convenient canal walk.

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517 E John St.

Matthews, NC 28105







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