Garrison Church of God

  Alan L. Hathaway, Pastor

Church email: garrisoncog413@gmail.com

           Office: 463-2813  ~  Parsonage: 463-7407          

                  Website: GarrisonChurchofGod.com

                        235 Hancock Way, P.O. Box 413 Garrison, ND 58540

Week of Aug 7-13, 2022

Sunday Morning Worship - 10:30 am

Wednesday Evening – 6:30 pm



August Theme: 4 Proverbs

Sunday, Aug 7 – Root Beer floats following service in honor of National Root Beer float day. Message: “Being Good For Something.” Proverbs 11:27. Thought: We must be determined to do good. Devotion: GorJean Moll, Romans 12:9-21.  The actions of a good Christian.

Sunday, Aug 7 – Care Facility Services 2-4 pm


Income for July 31– $1635.00

A projector fund has been started, there is $100.00 in it, the goal is $800.00


A special thank you to all those who have been faithful in your support of our fellowship.  We deeply appreciate your extra effort to be faithful in stewardship.  God bless you.  We have a basket at the back of the sanctuary to receive offerings this morning.




To the series – Proverbs is one of the most interesting books in the Old Testament. It is actually a compilation of 6 separate works made in the time of King Hezekiah.  Chapters 1-9 are an instruction book for Solomon’s son. Chapters 10:1-22:16 is a contemporary collection of Solomon’s sayings. Chapters 22:17-24:34 is a sayings document prepared by Solomon for those in leadership. Chapters 25-29 is a collection of Solomon’s sayings made in the time of King Hezekiah, 200 years later. Chapter 30 is the sayings of Agur [probably a pseudonym for Solomon]. Chapter 31 is the reflections of Lemuel [also, likely a pseudonym for Solomon].

In understanding the book of Proverbs 1:1-7 is crucial because it sets the purpose, direction and aim of the entire book. It is likely a preface written in the time of Hezekiah by the scribes who compiled this work.  In this section verses 5-6 share some intriguing ideas:   5  Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, 6  to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles.

The Hebrew word for “proverb” [verse 6] is “mashal”, it is translated with the Greek term “parable” in the Septuagint. It is a broad word that basically means a short pithy story or saying with a metaphorical point to it.  The way verse 6 seems to be constructed explains the meaning of the word proverb with 3 types of proverbial statements – an obscure or satirical statement that requires contemplation to understand; a wisdom statement that expresses obvious truth; an enigma [riddle, paradox, profound question] that makes one puzzle over a solution.

To the message - The concept of doing good is central to the message of Proverbs.  In Proverbs 1:3, 3 of the concepts of wisdom communicated by Solomon’s writings were “righteousness, justice and equity.” The Hebrew words are interesting, righteousness communicated the concept of right action, while justice in this context means making good decisions, finally the word translated as equity means literally to make a straight line or simply walk a straight line. For Solomon these 3 concepts were at the center of a “good” life.

One concept that Solomon focuses in on in chapter 11:27 is that seeking after good leads to favor with others and God.  He contrasts this with the person who seeks after evil, this individual will only have to wait for trouble to find him. 

In the verses just ahead of this 11:23-26. Solomon sets out some basic principles that guide the search for doing good.  In Romans 12:9-21 the Apostle Paul also lays out for Christians basic principles in pursuit of good.  

Pastor Alan will share a video sermonette for today on the Garrison Church of God Facebook page and YouTube channel: Please use “Garrison Church of God” in the search to get to these pages. We post the audio of the service on our website “sermon download” page following service - www.garrisonchurchofgod.com.


Coming Up:

Wednesday, Aug 10 – 6 pm, Bon Fire at Richard & Edie’s home in honor of National Smores Day. Of course, there will be smores.

Sunday, Aug 14Message: “Headstrong And Senseless.” Proverbs 12:15. Thought: Foolishness is born in a false sense of justification. Devotion: Donna Shafer, Luke 18:9-14. The parable of the Pharisee and the Publican.

Wednesday, Aug 17 – 6:30 pm, Bible Study “Proverbs To Life Principles” Chapter 2 – “The value and blessing of wisdom”.

Sunday, Aug 21 – Communion. Fellowship Sunday! Message: “Living in Messy Circumstances.” Proverbs 14:4; 13:23.  Thought: A perfect situation is rarely productive. Devotion: Rick Fetzer, Matthew 25:14-26.  The parable of The Talents.

Sunday, Aug 21 – 3 pm concert - Afinson Christian Singers, free will offering. Their style of music is Southern Gospel.

Wednesday, Aug 24 –  10:15 am BLC Service


Wednesday, Aug 24 – 6:30 pm, Bible Study “Proverbs To Life Principles” Chapter 3 – “The basics of wisdom”.

Sunday, Aug 28 – National Bowtie Day. Message: “Bettering Ourselves.” Proverbs 15:16-18.  Thought: Understanding the importance of reverence, affection and good humor. Devotion: Arnold Moll, 1 Timothy 6:1-10.  A life lived with confidence, integrity and contentment is the real measure of success.

 Wednesday, Aug 31 – 6:30 pm, Bible Study “Proverbs To Life Principles” Chapter 4 – “Wisdom is a life commitment”.


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