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From the pastor: August 2015

THANK YOU to each and every one of you for your help in Vacation Bible School.  Our VBS guides took the children this year on a journey that was truly Off the Map.   The students saw the king’s table and were taught how Daniel and his friends honored God by not eating the choice food from Nebuchadnezzar’s table.  Next was the journey to the “fiery furnace” where the children learned how they must only worship God.  As a result of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego’s determination to be faithful to Holy God, they were thrown into the furnace which was heated 7 times hotter than normal.  In this exciting adventure the children also learned that because of these young men’s faith in God…they were SAVED!  Here our VBS staff took time to tell the children that Jesus desires to save them as well.
The next big adventure was to the lion’s den where Daniel was thrown.  Daniel was cast into this pit of angry, hungry, man-eating lions all because he refused to bow down to King Darius.  Being thrown into this pit meant certain death, but not this time because God intervened.  God sent His angel and he shut the mouths of the lions.  God saved Daniel, and the children once again learned how God desires to save all people through Jesus Christ.
Some may wonder if our Vacation Bible School was a success or not so let me address that quickly.  If a successful VBS meant to you that we had new families join our church then no, VBS wasn’t successful.   If a successful VBS meant to you that we witnessed someone saved in VBS then no, VBS wasn’t successful.   But if  a successful VBS meant to you that we once again were given the opportunity to teach children and adults about the love of God, to  know Jesus Christ, to follow Jesus and to trust  Jesus as our Guide then YES!; Vacation Bible School was a huge success!
Again, much thanks to everyone for a successful Vacation Bible School.  Thank you for all you did from the least to the most because whatever you did…you did it for the Lord and may He richly bless you!
I close with this thought; God desires to save all people including you if you have never been saved.  John 3:16 says “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.”  Notice in that verse of Scripture we are told, “whoever believes;” and that means just that…whoever!  That means all people, that means ANY person; that means because of God’s love and grace salvation is freely given to whoever calls upon the Name of the Lord.
Salvation is given to all people who acknowledge they are a sinner, confess their sins to God and invite Jesus to come into their hearts to save them.   Praise God and I hope to see YOU Sunday!

Pastor T

From the pastor; July 2015

Summer is definitely here!  I never thought I would ever welcome 90 degree temperatures but after the triple digit temperatures; 95 isn’t so bad.

With summer comes the 4th of July and we as a nation celebrate our Independence.  But why do we celebrate?  Independence Day reminds us officially of the time the 13 colonies severed ties with Great Britain and its governing body.   Independence Day also represents the core of our beliefs as a nation with which we so dearly love.

Because of our love for this great nation we must recognize the state of our land.  In recognizing the state of our land, as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we realize the responsibility we have to pray for our nation, our nation’s leadership and all people.

As I reflect on the occurrences of the day I do not sense the Almighty God is pleased with us.  Sin abounds, hatred is common and God’s Word, the Holy Bible, seems to no longer be authoritative or guarded closely to the hearts of many.  Because of this I suspect God may be allowing America to have what it seemingly wants.  Personally speaking I pray for our nation; I pray for the leadership of our land, I pray for the hurt so many are facing right now because of the sinful and wicked ways of some, and lastly I pray God’s will be done in and for the United States of America.

We are told in 2 Chronicles 7:14 that 14 “if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Brothers and sisters in the Lord, regardless of race, color or creed, if you share a burden for this land God has blessed us with then please pray for our nation.   We need to call upon our great God and Creator; we need to call on God to do a great and mighty work.

 

 

 

A note from the Pastor

Work Day at Church….

Thank you, thank you, thank you!! What a GREAT day we had on the 16th! Several months ago when we began discussing the idea of a work day it was said, “God’s house ought to be the best looking one on the block.”  From there the idea and the work list grew.  Not only did the work list grow; so did the sign-up sheet for volunteers to work.  Honestly I did not expect the number of folks we had who gave up their time…what a very pleasant surprise!

In case you don’t know let me just share some of the things that were accomplished: windows both inside and out were washed, gutters were cleaned out, lots of painting both inside and outside the church, weeds were pulled, cut and sprayed, tons of trash, worn out and obsolete items were discarded, the outside of the fellowship building was washed, bushes were trimmed and several storage rooms where cleaned out.  And like all good Southern Baptist men and women we ate! We enjoyed a healthy (just kidding) breakfast of biscuits, eggs, sausage, bacon & country ham…and I can’t forget the sweet rolls too! Then there was lunch with all kinds of sandwiches, chips & dip and that homemade chicken salad was AWESOME!

I hate to name names because as you know I almost always forget someone but I’m going to do it anyway and PLEASE…if I forgot you I’m so sorry in advance!

Thank you to BB, Sandra, Reggie, Ron, Faye, Joe, Evelyn, Amy, Grace, Todd, Christy, Jeff, Logan, Tyler, Everette, Ted, Ken, Mary, Zack, Ann, Marion, Randall, Dixie, Jackie, Raymond, Kim, David, Michael and Darrell.

Thank you all and may God bless you all for your time and efforts.

Pastor Tommy