Newsletter | February 21, 2024

Join us as Patsy Markham
shares about the Georgia Baptist Children’s
Home ministry with us.

6:00 PM | Fellowship Hall

Menu for Family Night

Pot Roast, Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans, Gravy,
Rolls and Banana Pudding

Family Night
Wednesday, March 13th
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

What do the Jewish Passover and Jesus’ Last Supper have in common? Anna Beth of Light of Messiah Ministries in Atlanta will answer that question as they present “Jesus in the Passover.” The “Jesus in the Passover” service will bring to life the Jewish roots of faith in Jesus and the celebration of Communion. Anna Beth will have a Passover table set up with all of the traditional elements involved in the Passover meal. During the service you will see how Jewish people celebrate Passover today, how the symbolic foods of Passover picture God’s redemption, personally participate in taking the traditional elements, and how Jesus is beautifully foreshadowed in the Passover celebration and story.
This is a service for anyone.

A love offering will be taken up to support Light of Messiah Ministries.

Giving as of February 20, 2024

Budget for 2024 . . . . . . . .  $329,423.00
Tithes Needed to Date . . . . . $44,345.96
Received to Date . . . . . . . . . $34,522.09
Needed for weekly budget . . .  $6,335.06
Tithes Received this week . . . . $2,622.99


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

In 2 Timothy 3:1, we read, “But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.”  The subsequent verses describe these days.  It is almost impossible to read those verses without realizing they describe these days in which we live.  Evil, wickedness, fraud, and deception surround us.  There does not seem to be an institution that has not been corrupted.  These are truly evil and difficult days.

As we live in these times, we frequently wonder how we should respond to them.  Fortunately, we have a wonderful example in the Old Testament prophet named Elijah.  He lived during the reign of evil King Ahab and the even more wicked Queen Jezebel.  Elijah’s response in 1 Kings 17:1-6 serves as a model for us.

What was Elijah’s response?  First, he recognized God’s sovereign rule.  He based his life on God being in control and actively ruling all things.  In verse 1, Elijah told Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, surely there shall be neither dew nor rain these years except by my word.”  Ahab may have been the king with unchecked political power, but he was not God.  It was God who ruled and reigned. 

How we need to know and remember such truths?  It is not those who hold office who run the universe.  It is not the monied or the popular that are in control.  It is Almighty God who rules and reigns.  Our thinking and our living must be based on this truth! 

Next, we must listen to God.  Verse 2 says, “The word of the Lord came to him, saying…” Elijah listened to God.  No doubt there were many voices of “experts” and “authorities.”  Elijah listened to God.  So must we.

Third, Elijah obeyed God.  In verse 3, God told Elijah to go to the brook Cherith.  What did Elijah do?  He went to the brook Cherith.  We are constantly bombarded with recommendations, suggestions, and directives.  God is the One we must obey.  If those others ever contradict Him, It is God we must obey.

Last, Elijah trusted the Lord.  God told Elijah that his water would come from the brook and his food would be provided by ravens.  Elijah believed God and God did as He promised.  God always does as He promises.  We must trust Him if we want to see Him work.

These are difficult days.  But God reigns.  Let’s commit ourselves to Him and live for Him.

Sunday, February 25

Deacon of the Week:  Daniel West

Deacon Greeters
Front Door:  Daniel West
Organ Greeter:  David Flake
Piano Greeter:   Dwane Lewis

Sound:  Daniel West
Video:  Julie West

Nursery Workers
Pat Rainey & Daisy Lee Speight  

Sunday, March 3

Deacon of the Week:  Tom LaRocca

Deacon Greeters
Front Door:  Tom LaRocca
Organ Greeter:  Daniel West
Piano Greeter:  Allen Whitehead

Sound:  Chris McCard
Video:  Saskia Perry

Nursery Workers
Sami Mastrario & Eilene Perry