Newsletter | May 1, 2024

Join us for supper at 6:00 PM in the fellowship hall,
followed by bible study.

Menu for Family Night

Daisy’s Vegetable Soup
Grilled Cheese or Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches
Fresh Strawberries, Cake & Whipped Crème

Giving as of April 30, 2024

Budget for 2024 . . . . . . . .  $329,423.00
Tithes Needed to Date . . . . $107,696.26
Received to Date . . . . . . . . . $82,372.84
Needed for weekly budget . . .  $6,335.00
Tithes Received this week . . . . $2,994.00


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 Pastor

“How can I handle the problem?”  You may be asking yourself that question today.  No doubt you’ve asked it in the past.  If the Lord tarries, you’ll be asking that question again.  We all face difficulties, adversities and problems that trouble and try us.

David faced his times of difficulty.  Pursued by jealous King Saul, David lived like a fugitive for years.  He was hunted like an animal and had several narrow escapes.  Later, he even had to flee from his son, Absalom, who led a coup against his own father.  David knew about trouble.

During Absalom’s rebellion, David wrote, “O Lord, how my adversaries have increased!  Many are rising up against me.  Many are saying of my soul, ‘There is no deliverance for him in God’” (Psalm 3:1-2).

What did David do in that time?  Verses 3-4 show us some key actions that David took.  They are the same actions we must take in a time of adversity and difficulty. 

First, we must remember God’s presence.  Verse 3a reads, “But you, O Lord are a shield about me…”  David knew that God was with him.  He knew God had not deserted or abandoned him.

Child of God, it is the same for us.  Our Lord has told us, “…And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  He further promises in Hebrews 13:5b “…I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.”  Our wonderful Lord is with us – even in the worst of circumstances.  We need to remember His presence.

Next, we must rely on God’s strength.  In verse 3b, David refers to the Lord as “…My glory, and the One who lifts my head.”  Where else could David have received the strength during a coup led by his own son?

Believer, rely on God during trials and difficulties.  He alone can help, and He will help you.  Isaiah 41:10 says, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, surely, I will help you; surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  God makes it clear that He will help His children.

Last, we need to request God’s help.  Verse 4 says, “I was crying to the Lord with my voice, and He answered me from His holy mountain.”  David knew he needed God’s help so he prayed with the confidence that God would hear and answer.

God gives us that same assurance.  Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”  Our Lord said in Matthew 7:7a, “Ask, and it will be given to you…”  The Holy Spirit inspired Paul to write, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).  God promises to hear our prayers just as He did David’s, and we need to request His help in times of difficulty.

Did these actions help David?  Yes!  In verses 5 – 6 David wrote “I lay down and slept; I awoke for the Lord sustains me.  I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me round about.”

What a testimony! What an example!  God will carry us through those dark, difficult times just as He carried David.  We can seek Him and trust Him.

Sunday, May 5

Deacon of the Week:  W. Greg Brown

Deacon Greeters
Front Door:  W. Greg Brown
Organ Greeter:  Tom LaRocca
Piano Greeter:   Daniel West

Sound:  Chris McCard
Video:  Saskia Perry

Nursery Workers
Pat Rainey & Daisy Lee Speight

Sunday, May 12

Deacon of the Week:  Allen Whitehead

Deacon Greeters
Front Door:  Allen Whitehead
Organ Greeter:  Dwane Lewis
Piano Greeter:  Carl Hobbs

Sound:  Carl Hobbs
Video:  Sue Mastrario

Nursery Workers
Sami Mastrario & Eilene Perry