Sunday’s Message - “TRUST & OBEY”
Taking a brief break from his series in I Corinthians, Pastor Keith celebrates Veterans Day in this special message. His message followed a special “13-folds” flag-folding ceremony and a tribute to our armed services men and women.
Meaning of Flag-Folding Program
The flag-folding ceremony represents the same religious principles on which our great country was originally founded.
The portion of the flag denoting honor is the canton of blue containing the stars representing states our veterans served in uniform. The canton field of blue dresses from left to right and is inverted only when draped as a pall on the casket of a veteran who has served our country honorably in uniform.
In the U.S. Armed Forces, at the ceremony of retreat, the flag is lowered, folded in a triangle fold and kept under watch throughout the night as a tribute to our nation’s honored dead. The next morning it is brought out and, at the ceremony of reveille, run aloft as a symbol of our belief in the resurrection of the body.
Symbols for the Folds of the Flag
The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks, and who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.
The fourth fold represents our weaker nature; as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace, as well as in times of war, for His divine guidance.
The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, but it is still our country, right or wrong.”
The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
The seventh fold is a tribute to our armed forces, for it is through the armed forces that we protect our country and our flag against all enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.
The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor our mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.
The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood, for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.
The 10th fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first born.
The 11th fold, in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The 12th fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost.
When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God We Trust.”
After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it has the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under Gen. George Washington and the sailors and Marines who served under Capt. John Paul Jones and were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the U.S. Armed Forces, preserving for us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.
Announcements & Info
Open that print bulletin from Sunday - it’s loaded with good things! In Your Bulletin This Week … current prayer family … this week’s birthdays & anniversaries … in-house ministries … weekly calendar & prayer prompts … CHECK OUT your print bulletin to learn more!
NEW Sunday School for adults – The adult Sunday School class is now learning more about the Attributes of God, led by Greg Mangum. Meeting Sunday mornings at 9:15am!
ELECTION DAY - *THIS* Tuesday, November 8 – Remember to PRAY and VOTE this Tuesday! Pastor Keith urges us all to prayerfully consider this from evangelist Franklin Graham: “This election is about the Supreme Court and the justices that the next president will nominate. Evangelicals are going to have to decide which candidate they trust to nominate men and women to the court who will defend the constitution and support religious freedoms.”
Notice: Ladies Bible Study in “Acts” this week only – Due to voting that takes place at NCF on Tuesday, the ladies’ bible study in “Acts” will not be held this week. See you on the 15th!
Prayer Meeting - Saturday, November 19th – Join us for a time of prayer at the Robison home. Dinner is at 5:30pm followed by prayer time at 6pm! All are welcome!
2 • 0 • 1 • 7 Ladies Retreat: February 24-26, 2017 - Registration is now open!
Ladies, mark your calendars for the next Retreat!
WHO: Ladies, ages 13 & over … invite a friend!
WHEN: February 24-26, 2017 - Check-in time begins at 3:00pm
WHERE: Western Pleasure Guest Ranch – 1413 Upper Gold Creek Road, Sandpoint, Idaho
COST: $80 entire weekend –or– $40 for daytime only
RSVP: Give payments to Diane Prevost with registration form and cash or checks made payable to NCF no later than February 5.
Registration forms are available in the foyer, or can be printed from the website - here.
Questions? Contact Theresa DuPerault
Children’s Christmas Play - December 4th: Practices each week - please plan accordingly!
Practice will be held over a period of five weeks, during the Sunday School hour, now through December 4th. The children’s play will be performed during Main Service on December 4th . More information is being sent home with the children. Please mark your calendars for this special event!
THIS WEEK: Studies & Ministries for Week of November 7-13
Monday 7-9pm - Men’s Bible Study in Acts
Tuesday 1:30-3:30pm - Ladies’ Bible Study in Acts *ON BREAK THIS WEEK ONLY*
Tuesday 6:30-8:30pm - Revelation study
Wednesday 6:00pm - Ladies’ Bible Study: The Excellent Wife
Thursday 6:30-8pm - Awana
Is there an event that should be on the church calendar? Submit all NCF events through our contact form so Cari can get it on there (pending approval).
Be still, and know that I am GOD. - Psalm 46:10