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From the Pastor – September 2018

Hurricane Flo, you must go, and she finally has.  As I drove to the church this morning I reflected back on our services yesterday.  What a great day it was worshiping the Lord and celebrating our 101st Homecoming.  While our numbers were off a bit due to the weather our spirits were not.  Joy and thanksgiving filled the church as we worshiped.  I have so many to thank so let me get started.  First, thank you to Todd Dover, our Deacon Chairman, for keeping a watchful eye on the weather.  As you know the forecast was less than favorable but we were spared the brunt of the storm.  Thank you to Karen and each member of the choir for their hard work practicing their specials…y’all did great!  Jane and Grace, thank you for your time and talents in helping lead our worship through song each Sunday.  Thank you to Amy Dover for all her hard work in creating all the slides for our A/V program.  By the way, a big thanks to AV Pro in Indian Trail, NC for all their hard work in installing our new audio/visual system.  Alan, Robert and all the team, thank you so much for all you have done for us.  Thank you, Rowdy, for your hard work in taking the lead as A/V chairman…your time and talents are much appreciated.  Marty and Bonnie, thank you for your services!  Your assistance in all the hookups is a blessing and thank you for the work on the new sound booth.  Ken thank you for all your efforts in quickly learning the operation of the new sound board.  Sometimes new equipment can be an issue but you did great.  Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all your hard work.

Now, a big thank you to Sandra Lucas, our Hospitality Committee chairperson, as well as to each member of the Hospitality Committee team.  The Homecoming meal was the best!  Sandra, the cream corn was simply delicious; it brought back childhood memories of Grandma Beam’s corn; so good!  Thank you to each person who prepared a covered dish.  Trust me it was all good, I know because I had some of it all!

There are so many to thank for such a great day in the Lord I sincerely hope I have not left anyone out because it takes each and everyone of us.  I consider it a blessing to serve the Lord here at South Marietta Street Baptist Church; you are all wonderful, loving and kind.  I want to thank the Lord for each of you; for all that you have done and all that you continue to do.

We have a wonderful church family here so if you are looking for a church home I want to invite you to visit with us.

I hope to see you Sunday!

Pastor Tommy


From the Pastor – August 2018

Wow!  What a great month July was!  Thanks to Sandra and all of our Hospitality Committee members we had enjoyed grilled hamburgers and hot dogs with far too many trimmings to list as we celebrated Independence Day.   Then on the 29th the Hospitality Committee held an “Ice Cream Social / Wedding Shower / Baby Shower” combination.   They supplied many delicious flavors of ice cream and even some frozen yogurt (in case someone was calorie conscience).  AND again there were far too many tasty toppings, homemade cookies and cakes to mention.  Lots of games were available for the young and the young at heart.  As part of the social the committee asked the church to shower Rowdy and Kayla with gift cards for their upcoming wedding in September as well to welcome the soon to be birth of Karen and Pastor Tommy’s first grandchild.  Our son Greg and his wife Margaret are expecting a baby girl due on September 12th and we are beyond excited.   On behalf of Rowdy, Kayla, Greg, Margaret, Karen & myself; THANK YOU so very much for the wonderful evening and all the gifts.

But wait, something else happened on the 29th that was especially great.  Marty and Bonnie joined our church by profession of faith in Jesus Christ in June and were baptized during the morning service on the July 29th followed by the observance of the Lord’s Supper.  What a great day in the Lord and those of you who were here know exactly what I mean.

July also brought Vacation Bible School to our church.  Sandy and Kayla took the lead in planning a wonderful and meaningful study for the children and us adults too!  Thank you Sandy and Kayla for pulling this together and thank you to all who volunteered to teach, prepare food and serve in many ways.  Hero Central was the theme and some of our local hero’s came and told how they served the city.  Much thanks to the Gastonia Fire Department and the Gastonia Police Department for stopping by.  The children of all ages enjoyed seeing the shiny red fire truck up close and getting to seeing “Recon the K9” in action.  Ted, the bouncy house was a big hit with the children and even Captain America joined in cutting a flip or two.

July has passed and now we look forward to seeing what God is going to do in and through us in the upcoming days of August.

If you are new to the area or perhaps you do not have a church home I hope you will come visit with us this Sunday.  We look forward to meeting you and as always, it is our privilege to welcome you to worship our Great God!

Pastor Tommy

Nahum 1:7  The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble.  He cares for those who trust in Him.

From the Pastor – July 5, 2018

Hello and I hope you all had a wonderful 4th!  We praise God for this great nation He has blessed us with.  We praise God for the many rights and freedoms we as Americans have but the greatest blessing we can have is the freedom God desires to give all humanity.   What is the freedom you ask…it is freedom from the penalty of sin.  First of all the Bible plainly tells us that we are all sinners; Romans 3:23 says, “for ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”  No matter who you are, where you come from or how good you are; we are all sinners before the Holy God.  Throughout time, humanity has tried to get to God.  We are all born with this desire, this yearning is deep within us to find God but because of our sinful nature we cannot and will not have a right relationship with God.  Sin in our lives becomes a burden.  Sin becomes something like an anchor chained to us; we desire to be free but we cannot escape this heavy weight.  As I said before God desires to give all humankind this freedom; but how?  Only through Jesus!  In John 3:16 we read, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  Our true freedom is found only in Jesus.  John 8:36 says, “So, if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”  Do you want this freedom?  If so you must act, you must acknowledge you are a sinner, you must confess your sins to God and you then must trust Jesus as your Lord and Savior.  I hope you will, for there is no other way.

If you do not have a church home or perhaps you are new to the area we welcome you to worship with us.   See you Sunday!

Pastor Tommy


From the Pastor: January 2018

I know it is still officially winter but I wonder…has anyone besides me already started thinking about their vegetable garden?  One Saturday morning a week or two back it was a beautiful morning; the sky was blue, the air was fresh and crisp.  I wanted to go outside but I waited for the temperature to warm up and by the way; warm up meant a high of 24 degrees!  And please, let’s not complain about not having a winter anymore or global warming because it isn’t happening where I live.   Anyway, with thoughts of my garden on my mind I walked down to the shed and hopped on my shiny red tractor Karen bought me a few years back.  I turned the key and the diesel slowly began to fire; one cylinder at a time!  Finally the engine began to run smooth but for a while I thought, this thing sure reminds me of me trying to get going in the mornings.   While the engine warmed up I hooked up my turning plow and slowly made my way up to the garden.  I dropped the plow and honestly I think it would have turned asphalt up easier than the frozen ground.  After I finished plowing I went up to the mailbox and oh boy, another seed catalog.  Now I can go inside and while I thaw out I can look at all the seeds.  There are purple hull cow-peas, blue lake green beans, lady peas and all kinds of corn.  I began a list and started laying out my rows on my note computer.  Then I thought…of all the seeds we could ever plant the  best seed anyone can sow is the seed of the Gospel.    Are you planting the seeds of the Gospel; the good news about Jesus Christ and the salvation He offers?   God has chosen to use men and women like you and me to tell others about Jesus.  Let’s be sure to plant the seed of the Gospel every chance we get because someone’s eternity may be depending upon you.  Think about it!

Pastor Tommy

From the Pastor: December 1, 2017

WOW can you believe it…Thanksgiving is behind us and Christmas will soon be here.  With the Christmas season fast approaching our thoughts turn to many things.   We are thinking about the gifts, we are thinking about family and friends and even the decorations!  Speaking of decorations; I want to thank each and everyone who participated in the decorating of our sanctuary; it looks wonderful!

Of the many things on our minds with Christmas fast approaching the single most important thought is the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  With that in mind I will be presenting a three part series I have titled, “Why Did Jesus Come?”  In these messages we will be addressing three very important reasons God sent His One and only Son into this world.   I hope you will join us as we begin the Advent Season at South Marietta Street Baptist Church.

I close with this thought…do you realize Christmas is a very stressful time for so many people?  It is!  I suppose there are many reasons for the stress so may I simply remind you of this fact; Jesus loves you?  I don’t care who you are, what you’ve done, where you came from, what color your skin is or anything else; JESUS LOVES YOU!  So when you feel the stress and pressure of the world this Christmas try pausing for a moment and remember Jesus.  Remember that Jesus Christ, the Son of God died to be your Savior and oh how He loves you.  Remember Jesus and allow the TRUE meaning of Christmas to fill your soul and give you peace.

Merry Christmas and may God bless you,

Pastor Tommy