Newsletter | January 4, 2023

Adult Choir Starts Back

Join us on January 18th as we kick off a new year.
Meet in Adult Choir Room at 7:00 PM


Come and join us as we learn what it means to be a disciple and how we can be the hands and feet of God to our local community.

Supper begins at 6:00 PM, followed by our Guest Speaker, Michael Gibbs.

Giving as of January 4, 2023

Budget for 2023 . . . . . . . .  $348,707.00
Tithes Needed to Date . . . . . . $6,705.91
Received to Date . . . . . . . . . . $4,045.65
Needed for weekly budget . . . $6,705.91
Tithes Received this week . . .  $4,045.65

Lottie Moon – $2,385.00


Don’t forget to check out Brother David’s Mid-Week Devotion in the book of Psalms. They are uploaded each Wednesday on the sermon page.

From Our Family and Music Minister

From roughly sixth grade on, my responsibility was to clean the house while my parents were at work. Of course, my dad and I would do it together if he was off, but generally, the workload fell to me. So, as my mother and sister headed off to open up her clothing store, I would get started. I would usually do good for about thirty minutes; then, for some reason, I would get distracted by something else. I would procrastinate so much that all of a sudden, I would have to rush to finish the house before my dad got home. I, for some reason, would even procrastinate more when I knew he had a funeral or something else that would make him come home later.

When my dad left, I knew what I had to do and when it had to be finished. When Jesus ascended into Heaven, He left specific instructions on what we had to do: we are to spread the news about our Savior. Even though He didn’t specifically say on that day to study my scriptures, join together in corporate worship, and pray to Me daily, we know from studying the inspired Word of God that we must do those things to be a strong witness for Christ. My dad didn’t specifically tell me to clean the toilets and take out the trash, but I knew those things were required when I cleaned the house.

As this new year begins, don’t procrastinate. Instead, think of all the things you have put off, especially when it comes to fulfilling the task that Jesus left for us. For example, you may have been putting off inviting someone to church or reaching out to a friend who may be lost because you feel uncomfortable. Or maybe you need to commit to praying more and studying God’s Word. Only you truly know what you need to do to grow as a Christian this new year and live as Christ desires.

When I was cleaning the house, I knew when my dad would be home. So I knew when I had to have all my chores done. However, we read in Matthew 24:36, “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.”  Unlike what I did many times, we can’t procrastinate because we don’t know when the Father might return. We should live as if our Lord would return tomorrow, and our loved ones need to know of His saving power.

We should approach this new year with a desire to grow as Christians. I wouldn’t say I liked cleaning the house, but I loved all the benefits and joy of a clean house. We may not always feel like sharing His Word or even be in the mood to grow our relationship; however, we can trust God that the joy and benefits we receive from it will far outweigh the task itself.

Sunday, January 8

Deacon of the Week:  Tom LaRocca

Deacon Greeters
Front Door:  Tom LaRocca
Organ Greeter:  Dwane Lewis
Piano Greeter:  Dan Raines

Sound:  Carl Hobbs
Video:  Sue Mastrario

Nursery Workers
Charnelle Reinhardt & June Whiddon

Sunday, January 15

Deacon of the Week:  Daniel West

Deacon Greeters
Front Door:  Daniel West
Organ Greeter:  Allen Whitehead
Piano Greeter:  W. Greg Brown

Sound:  Daniel West
Video:  Julie West

Nursery Workers
Sue Mastrario & Jane Smith