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On Sunday September 12, Fellowship Baptist Church in Bellefontaine will be celebrating its 175th anniversary. According to church records, I am the thirty-fifth pastor of Fellowship, a church with an incredible longevity for the Lord Jesus Christ. Since the organizers built a place of worship in 1835, the Head of the church has allowed Fellowship to stand the test of time and the tribulations which go along with a church seeking to do Godâ€™s will.
Earlier this year the church asked me to write its history. Upon request, I would be happy to e-mail an attachment of my work.
A two-hour worship service will begin at 10, followed by a plethora of food at noon, and an afternoon service from 1:30 until 2:30. What a wonderful institution to celebrate: Christâ€™s church. Now, letâ€™s get to this weekâ€™s word quiz.
1. The word church is from the Greek word
A. zetetic (zeh-TEH-tic).
B. ekklesia (EK-luh-see-uh).
C. Christos (KRIS-toss).
D. Kurios (KOO-ree-os).
2. degage (dey-gah-ZHEY)
B. free of constraint
C. emotionally involved
3. cachinnate (KAK-uh-nate)
A. to laugh loudly
B. to mourn
C. to celebrate
D. to clarify
Letâ€™s see how you did on the first three. No. 1 is ekklesia, which means general assembly. Degage is B and cachinnate is A.
4. As a verb moil means _______, but as a noun moil means
A. toil â€“ a long day.
B. to party â€“ anniversary.
C. to labor â€“ hard work, confusion.
D. to spend â€“ money.
As an intransitive verb, moil means to work with painful effort. Another definition of moil is to churn or swirl about continuously. Moil as a noun means toil, hard work, drudgery. This noun also means confusion.
Interestingly, a synonym for moil is turmoil (I find few instances of a synonym having the word as one of its syllables).
Scrabble is a fun game, but what isnâ€™t so fun is _____. That was last weekâ€™s mystery word. Youâ€™re right if you said scrabbling.
This weekâ€™s mystery word to solve can describe The Sonatine for Brass Instruments (1951) by the French composer Eugene Bozza (1905-1991). The mystery word rhymes with the first name of the actress who played Marcia Brady in The Brady Bunch Movie and later in A Very Brady Sequel. Itâ€™s always Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!
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