Monday, December 5, 2016
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Friday, December 2, 2016
RED LETTER days at Rainsville First Baptist. While every Sunday is vital and important, some days are more weighty and this Sunday, December 4 is one of them due to our emphasis on Missions.
Our special guests this Sunday are Joel and MaryEllen Ragains from New Albany, Indiana. Joel served as Worship Pastor at Graceland Baptist Church, New Albany for 35 years and then at the age of 57 was called to serve as International Mission Board missionaries to Kiev, Ukraine. He was the Founding Director of Church Planting at Kiev Theological Seminary and served there for twelve and a half years. In retirement, they are back at Graceland where he is serving as an Elder.
I was privileged to teach two weeks at the seminary in Kiev and personally witness the tremendous impact of this couple.
They will be speaking in the 10:15 service and at the 5:30 Christmas Dinner.
When you give (which you can do any time during the year or all through the year) your gifts are distributed as follows:
40% - Lottie Moon
20% - Annie Armstrong
7% - Alabama Baptist Children's Home
7% - The Summit
7% - Sav-A-Life
7% - Kilpatrick Mission
7% - Myer-Mallory Alabama State offering
5% - Mission Conference (to fund next year's conference in December)
Use your current offering envelopes simply marking your gift by the "On Mission 1:8 Offering." If you wish to give to just Lottie Moon or any of the above ministries, you may be writing their name and the amount on your envelope.
You may give throughout the month of December for our Mission Christmas Offering.
Remember: Give your best Christmas gift to Jesus through the mission offering.
Then Sunday night we have our annual (and only) church-wide Christmas and Missions party beginning at 5:30 in the Large Fellowship Hall. The church will provide ham and your bring vegetables and desserts for the meal. Then the Ragains will be sharing more about their life in Ukraine and Christianity in Eastern Europe. You will have opportunity to give your "On Mission 1:8" Offering Sunday night, as well.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
However, there are a few weeks that just jump out and we are headed to one of those weeks. This Sunday we being our annual mission emphasis with these elements:
* Week of Prayer for International Missions
* Mission Speakers this Sunday. Joel and MaryEllen Ragains from New Albany, Indiana will be with us. I will share more on Friday in this blog.
* Sunday night is our annual and only church-wide Christmas party and mission emphasis. The church will provide the ham and you are asked to bring vegetables and desserts for the 5:30 meeting. The Ragains will be speaking, as well, providing another opportunity for you to get to know them better.
* We being our On Mission 1:8 Christmas Offering. This year we are giving through the On Mission 1:8 Offering - more about this on Friday, as well.
So delighted our Louisiana Mission team arrived home safely. They will be sharing in the Wednesday, December 7 service at 6:10.
This Friday and Saturday is the Men's Retreat at CampToKnowHim. It is FREE. Don't miss this wonderful time of fellowship and challenge. Activities begin at 2:00 Friday but you just come when you can.
There will be a SEC Championship Party at CampToKnowHim beginning at 1:00. Everyone is invited - even if you did not get to attend the retreat. Ladies and families are encouraged to come.
"ADORE HIM" - An Evening of Christmas Worship
"Jingle Jam" - special Christmas event for ALL the family on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 6:10 in the auditorium presented by our Children's Ministry.
Sunday Night, December 18 - 5:00
Drop-In Lord's Supper
Sunday, December 25 - 10:15 Worship Service Only. The service will only last 45 minutes ending by 11:00.
Sunday, January 1 - 9:00 Sunday School
10:15 - Worship
No Evening Activities January 1.
No Wednesday night services on Wednesday, December 21 and 28.
One last word...Chili Cookoff tonight at 5:00 with the winner getting a free ticket to the Nashville Main Event Men's Conference or a free ticket and hotel accommodations for the Johnny Hunt Men's Conference. Men AND Women are invited to participate with your favorite Chili.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
So, what do we do as we approach Thanksgiving?
"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever." Psalm 107:1 (repeated 118:1, 29)
My heart has been warmed and comforted by this verse this week. NOTHING happening in my life or the life of our church, community or nation changes who God is. He is good and His love endures forever.
Our main source of joy is not our health, our families or our nation. It is our Lord!!! And everything is well with Him and He can still fill our hurting, angry, disappointed hearts if we will "give thanks" instead of complaints.
It's time to thank the Lord. He, alone, has sacrificed His Son for us; redeemed us by His blood and given us a hope transcendent of this world. We are His children and the sheep of His pasture. I am somebody because of Him and deeply loved and valued because of Him. His love will never run out and I can never out run his grace and mercy.
In Psalm 107, four times he says, "Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness.."
Will you give thanks to God for who He is and what He has done. If you will, your heart will be warmed, your spirit uplifted and hope return. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Remember, the church office closes today at noon and there are no services tonight as you prepare and enjoy Thanksgiving.
(There will not be a blog post this Friday).