Dear Church Family,
Please hold October 29th on your calendar! The Harvest Festival Banquet is the time we will celebrate together the great things God has done in the life of our church! Dr. Ken Whitten, Senior Pastor of Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, FL will be our speaker. He preaches to over 7,000 per week. The church also has campuses in Central and South Tampa, and recently added a Hispanic church in Odessa. We are doing this extra-special event at the Santa Fe River Ranch, a beautiful working ranch outside of Alachua, FL. This will be a free catered dinner for our congregation and will include fun games and family activities before the dinner which starts at 6pm. Don’t miss being a part of this wonderful event and HOLD this date!
As I write this note to you, our high schoolers are in Miami, FL doing mission work. How proud we are of them for the preparation they have put in and the ministry they will complete. Pray for safety and the power of the Holy Spirit as they seek to win others to Christ.
We are having a wonderful time this summer on Sunday nights. Here are some of our events to share together:
August 7 at 6pm: Missions Night—We will be hearing from IMB personnel and some of our own members who serve and have served recently.
August 13: Back-To-School Covered Dish Fellowship—Bring some good food to share with the church family at 5pm (note the early time). This is a great time of fellowship on the Sunday night before school begins on Monday. Here’s what happens: We pray for our children and youth who are beginning a new school year, we eat together, and then you are able to get home early and everyone is fed, in bed, and ready for the next day! If you would like to stay and shoot some hoops, you are welcome to do that, too! Customize it to best fit your needs but make sure you are here at 5pm to pray for our families as we begin a new school year! Also make note that we resume our Wednesday nights with “Bounce Back into AWANA” on August 16. We will have beef brisket on this night for our Wednesday night meal. Wow! You don’t want to miss this one!
August 19 (Saturday night): We are moving our Sunday night service to Saturday night, the 19th at 7pm—We are hosting the Progressive Dinner from the UF BCM. Our goal is to have each table hosted by our NCBC members so we can greet these new students! We will have sign-up sheets in Life Groups and at Information Central.
August 27 at 6pm: Jody McBrayer Concert—This guy is an amazing talent! Don’t miss this free concert! Invite your friends. If you want to help us offset the expenses of the night, we will be taking a love offering.
You can join our Cuba Mission team by helping with the construction costs associated with our project on September 9-16 at 2nd Baptist Church of Caibarien in Cuba. This project is overseen by our Florida Baptist Convention who evaluates the needs of the churches in Cuba and assigns the church to help meet those needs. You can give by marking your check or envelope “Cuba Construction.”
We begin our Children’s Choirs on September 10th and we will also launch a new sermon series theme in the Sunday night service on this night. Our theme for the fall will be “The Task.” My prayer is that we will create a tremendous environment in our church for making disciples and that you will be shown the practical tools necessary to obey the Great Commission. I’m thankful that our members Craig Olive and Kurt Shiver will help me present this great challenge for our congregation.
Will you pray for me? I have the opportunity to travel with Larry McFadden (former NCBC Staff member) to Nicaragua and to Belize to train pastors. Larry leads 16-20 pastors conferences per year. I, along with our member Dr. Zane Palmer, put him in touch with our Belizean Baptists for these conferences. Larry invited me to share in the training with him. I need your prayer that what I share will be anointed of the Holy Spirit. Will you pray for me as I travel? The Nicaragua conference is August 9-12 and the Belize conference is August 14-17. Pray that I will be on fire for Jesus!
It is my joy to be your Pastor. I love serving the Lord alongside you, the wonderful people of North Central!