September 2018 Witness

FROM THE SHEPHERD’S HEART

     In speaking of the need for patience amidst persecution or troubles as we serve God, the author of the Book of Hebrews writes in chapter 10, verses 35-37these words: “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.   You need persevering patience so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.    For, ‘In just a little while, He that shall come will come and will not delay.’”

     Some of the greatest missionaries of history devotedly spread the Gospel of Christ and yet had to wait long periods before seeing the fruit of their efforts.   William Carey,for example, labored 7 years before the first Hindu convert was brought to Christ in India, and Adoniram Judson toiled 7 years before his faithful preaching was rewarded in Burma.   In western Africa,it was 14 years before one convert was received into the Christian church.   In New Zealand,it took 9 years; and in Tahiti,it was 16 years before the first harvest of souls began.

      So, in the midst of a good work, remember the words of Paul from Galatians 6:9which says, “And let us not grow weary in doing what is right: for in due season we shall reap an abundant harvest, if we don’t lose heart and quit!”

     We had a good month in August with an average attendance of 356 in Bible Study.  Thanks to all those who participated in our annual PRAYER WALK FOR SCHOOLSon August 5th.   MISSION FESTwas a great event on August 12thas we heard from those who served the Lord in Texas, Louisiana, Wyoming, Honduras and the Philippines.    On our TEAM NIGHTwe gave our committees a first opportunity to meet together in the new year.    And the women’s worship event called THE CANOPYbrought lots of ladies from our community together for this quarterly event.

     ChairmanSteven Bacon and our STUDENT BUILDING PLANNING TEAM look forward to making a presentation to our church soon.   Carson Selph and his Design and Planning Team, have worked tirelessly on a design for this new building.   In addition, Chairperson Kim Walland our Fund-raising Teamhave selected a company to help us raise the needed funds.   We will be making an initial presentation to our Deacons at their first Deacon’s Meeting of the new year, on September 9th.  Following that, we will be bringing a presentation to our entire church family in the days ahead.   Please continue to pray for the vital work of all our important teams (i.e.; Joe Andrewsand our Prayer Team; Mark Smithand our Finance Team;and Ryal Siemand our Construction Team).

     July has, among other things, some great evening opportunities:

 

  • SPEAKIN’ WITH MY DEACONtakes place on Sunday evening, September 9th, beginning at 6:30 P.M. in our Christian Family Life Center.We’re asking our Deacons to supply finger foods while we supply the tea.   Afterwards, we will have our first Deacon Meeting of the new year.
  • We are also looking forward to our BUGGY DAYS HOMECOMING on Sunday, September 23rd. Notice that Buggy Days is a little later this year than usual.   We look forward to our annual lunch together that day, and to honoring folks who have served First Baptist so well.
     We look forward to a great month in September.   COME EXPECTANTLY! I Love You, Garth