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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: 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

 

 

 

From the Pastor: August 2017

Has anyone ever told you that you might need an attitude adjustment?  I remember in my 10th grade English class early in the year Mrs. Brennan called me up to her desk.  She very politely showed me my grades and sat there without saying a word while I looked.  Then she said, “Tommy, you are standing on very rocky ground and I suggest an immediate attitude change regarding this class.”  With that she said, “You may return to your seat”…as I turned to walk to my desk she said, “and Tommy, you do know English is a required subject don’t you?”  “Yes ma’am, I understand,” I replied.  English was never a strong suit of mine in school but I did pass and actually after my attitude adjustment I did pretty good!

Sometimes we get caught up in the things of this world and even allow certain circumstances to negatively control us.  Jesus, like Mrs. Brennan, is saying if the world has gotten you down you are focusing on the wrong things and you need an attitude adjustment.

I have started a series on this very topic…I got the idea from Jesus Christ Himself too!  Actually Jesus presented this message and even today His message recorded in Matthew 5 is without doubt the greatest sermon ever preached.  You’ve heard of it too; it’s called “The Sermon on the Mount.”  The subheading in chapter 5 verse 2 says, “The Beatitudes;” actually these are attitudes we as God’s children through Jesus Christ should adopt.  Some say Jesus’ words here no longer apply, but they do.

Life can be a real challenge and the world’s ways can really drag us down so why not join us on Sunday mornings at 11:00 and let Jesus show you the way to a happier and fuller life.

 

Walk with the Lord and be a blessing,

Pastor Tommy