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Dear Friends of COLLIN CREEK CHURCH,

Patrick Stewart, the British-born actor and star of the X-Men films, spent much of his boyhood stepping between his mother and his abusive, alcoholic father, Alfred Stewart. The turmoil dictated Stewart’s childhood, and like many children of alcoholics, he became a “the perfect son.”   But in 2007, Stewart began investigating his dad’s life and was surprised to discover a clipping from the local paper heralding his father’s return in 1940 and mentioning in a brief aside that he was suffering from severe shell shock. Then Stewart made a trip to France where he found that his father’s army unit had been rushed to the front as the Germans slashed through France. Alfred Stewart and his men were caught between a marsh and a bridge, pinned down by bombing for hours. The train conductor uncoupled the engine and drove away, leaving the troops stranded.   Stewart and his men spent the next month on the run from the Germans before being evacuated. Then, despite his shell-shocked status, Alfred Stewart volunteered for the paratroopers. During August 1944 he played a significant role in the liberation of the country he had watched crumble four years earlier.  Patrick Stewart, who knew nothing about his father’s military heroism and agony, said, “I was brought face-to-face with the knowledge that he was a man with experiences I was unaware of. There were reasons why he was an alcoholic and depressed at times. I’ve talked to people who understand post-traumatic stress disorder and described my father’s behavior, and they’ve said, ‘Absolutely classic PTSD behavior! No doubt about it.’”  After hearing the real story of his father’s life, Patrick said, “My anger toward him was dissolving anyway.”  (Stephen Rodrick, “Patrick Stewart: Captain Fantastic,” Men’s Journal June 2014)

Seeing others’ struggles from their point of view can help us to understand their pain and to better prayerfully look for ways to help them heal.  The challenge is that we have to stop looking at our own struggles, long enough, to see and understand theirs.  Philippians 2:4 (CSB): “Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”  Learn more about helping others by listening: http://collincreekfwbc.podbean.com/.  Study Guide: Character and techniques of a Helper.   And join us next Sunday, August 19 for: FIRST AID of life’s hurts: the tools of a helper.

Your Servant,

Robert Posner

Glorifying Christ through lives of Credibility and love for the Community.

Spend time with the Lord: at least 20 minutes a day praying for 18 individuals.

To see more of this week’s events at COLLIN CREEK CHURCH: http://www.collincreekchurch.org/calendar/

Monday, August 13: Today’s reading: Psalm 33

Tuesday, August 14: Today’s reading: Mark 9

Wednesday, August 15: Today’s Reading: 2 Corinthians 1

Patch Club (Ages 3—4th graders) @ 6:45 pm

Challenger’s Class (5th—6th) @ 6:45 pm

Crossdirection (7th-12th): Does God Exist? @ 6:45 pm

Men’s Prayer & Study Group: Forgotten God – Who is the Holy Spirit? @ 6:45 pm

Women’s Prayer & Study Group: Becoming More than a Bible study girl @ 6:45 pm

English Second Language Class @ 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Thursday, August 16: Today’s reading: Proverbs 2

Friday, August 17: Today’s reading: 1 Peter 1; Matthew 5:18; Matthew 24:35

Saturday, August 18: Today’s reading: Exodus 27

Sunday, August 19: Today’s reading: Hosea 13

Sunday School @ 9:30 am to 10:30 am

Nursery Caregivers:

@ 9:15 am – Ashley Blagburn & Judy Posner

@ 10:30 am – Lori Jennings, Andrea Shanks & Bethel Reynolds

Community Worship @ 10:45 am – FIRST AID for life’s hurts

Community Groups gathering at various days, times and places. (see http://www.collincreekchurch.org/community-groups/)

Events are subject to change.  See the church’s website for details:

collincreekchurch.org  1905 East Parker Road  Plano TX 75074

Glorifying Christ through lives of Credibility and love for the Community.

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