Newsletter | September 6, 2023

Join us tonight for family night. Supper starts at 6:00 PM, followed by the first night of our study on the life of Joshua.

Don’t forget to invite someone to join us.

Menu for tonight:
Chicken and Rice Casserole, Green Beans
Rolls, Ice Cream Dessert

Truck Loading for Georgia Baptist Children’s Home

Georgia Baptist Children’s Home is a Christian caring ministry of services designed to promote the spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being of children, youth, and families.

One way you can support the children’s home is by participating in their annual food drive. This helps provide for children who live on campus and helps offset expenses.

Click here to see some of the testimonies of individuals who have benefited from this ministry.

Items Being Collected

Aluminum Foil
Pickles and Relish
Canned chicken
Au gratin or Scalloped Potatoes
Individually wrapped snacks: chips, snack cakes and cookies.

Gift Cards are always accepted.

Items will be collected at the Turner Baptist Association’s Annual Fall Meeting, being held at Bethel Baptist on Sunday, October 8, 2023, at 5:30 PM.

If you would like to donate items but do not plan on attending the Annual Meeting, you can leave your items on the round table in the foyer of the fellowship hall, and we will make sure they get delivered.

Jesus showed us how to love, serve, and share. He never left people the same. That’s our calling, too…to love our neighbors…in Georgia. Good works require hard work— from all of us—but there’s nothing like watching eyes widen, hearts open, and lives change in our communities.

The September Mission Georgia offering emphasis represents the collaborative efforts of Georgia Baptists to love our neighbors and serve the vulnerable. Your gifts allow us to help our churches grow in compassion for their neighbors and to share the gospel while meeting needs throughout our great state.

Giving as of September 5, 2023

Budget for 2023 . . . . . . . .  $348,707.00
Tithes Needed to Date . . . . $240,707.75
Received to Date . . . . . . . . $167,994.22
Needed for weekly budget . . .  $6,705.91
Tithes Received this week . . . . $6,232.32


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 Pastor

How are we to face these days?  Everywhere we look we see fraud, deception, and murderous intent.  Those entrusted with the public’s well-being are the public’s greatest threat.  The counterfeit shepherds desire only to abuse and kill the flock.

We are not the first to be confronted by such people.  David faced many in his lifetime.  In Psalm 12:1-2 David wrote, “Help, Lord, for the Godly man ceases to be, for the faithful disappear from among the sons of man.  They speak falsehood to one another; with flattering lips and with a double heart they speak.”  David’s enemies in ancient Israel sound very similar to our misleaders in 2023.

How did David handle such people?  What can we learn from him?  First, we must pray for God’s justice.  Verses 3-4, says, “May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, the tongue, that speaks great things; who will have said, ‘With our tongue we will prevail; our lips are our own, who is Lord over us?”

While we must pray for their souls, we must also pray for God’s justice to end and recompense their sin and to bring righteousness to the nation.  Only God’s justice can make this nation right. Only God’s justice can take us out of our national darkness into the light.

Next, we must rely on God’s deliverance.  Verse 5 says, “Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy, now I will arise says, the Lord; I will set him in the safety for which he longs.’”   Only God can deliver us. We need to live every second in these times by trusting His deliverance.

Last, we need to live in obedience to God’s Word.  Verse 6 says, “The words of the Lord are pure words; as silver tried in furnace on the earth, refined seven times.”  God’s Word is the source for truth and guidance.  We need to read, hear and obey it.  Almost everything else we hear today is a deliberate lie told to control, enslave, and destroy us.  God’s Word is the path to life and real security.  We must obey it.

We are not the first to face dangerous times driven by evil people.  David faced such circumstances.  His experiences show us the need to seek, trust and obey the Lord.

Sunday, September 10

Deacon of the Week:  Dwane Lewis

Deacon Greeters
Front Door:  Dwane Lewis
Organ Greeter:  Dan Raines
Piano Greeter:  Daniel West

Sound:  Carl Hobbs
Video:  Sue Mastrario

Nursery Workers
Pat Rainey & Daisy Lee Speight

Sunday, September 17

Deacon of the Week:  Allen Whitehead

Deacon Greeters
Front Door:  Allen Whitehead
Organ Greeter:  W. Greg Brown
Piano Greeter:  David Flake

Sound:  Daniel West
Video:  Julie West

Nursery Workers
Sami Mastrario & Eilene Perry