Dear Church Family,
Wow! Can you believe that we have come into 2016?! What a wonderful year we have had reaching out to our community and the world with the gospel of Jesus! We praise the Lord for every life touched and for the growth that has taken place in our church.
I am really looking forward to getting back into our study of the Journey of Hope from 1 Peter on Sunday mornings. God is using 1 Peter to challenge us with the fact that we are not home yet. This old world is not our home. We are living for another world. Therefore, we can and must be faithful to the gospel even in the midst of persecution and difficulty. Those whom Peter wrote to were greatly encouraged by his epistle. We can be too!
Ladies, don’t miss the Ladies Luncheon with Trudy Cathy White on Saturday, January 23rd at Noon. Trudy is the daughter of Truitt Cathy who founded the Chick Fil A restaurant. Trudy is like her father in many ways. Enthusiastic, committed to excellence, committed to Jesus and His church and just a normal person seeking to be used of God. She and her husband John served as IMB missionaries for many years and now are involved in Winshape, the non-profit side of Chick Fil A. These are awesome people desiring to make an eternal impact on the world for Christ. This is a rare opportunity to have someone of her caliber in our midst. Don’t miss this. You can get tickets here in the office and after our services on Sunday.
Jesus commanded us to “Make Disciples” not just make “converts”. We want to be faithful to do just that in our church family. That is why we are having the North Central Disciple-making Conference on Febuary 5-6 here at the church. Max Barnett, adjunct professor in Evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary will be our featured speaker. Dr. Barnett was the BSU director at University of Oklahoma for over 30 years. He developed and practiced disciple-making for his entire ministry which has created a tidal wave of influence worldwide. This conference will be practical in nature and will give you the tools to get started investing in what counts for Christ.
I want all of our couples to mark April 29-30, 2016 as a date to participate in our Marriage “Refresh” Weekend with Jimmy and Kristin Scroggins to be held at the beautiful, brand new, Marriott Towne Suites in Winter Haven, FL. For only $99 dollars per couple you receive a beautiful King Suite room, breakfast on Saturday morning and all conference materials and sessions. Worship will be led by our own Robert Privette. Jimmy is the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach, FL and a wonderful Bible Teacher. This will be a great time of fellowship and sharing with our couples. We are working on a special limited track for Single adults wanting to gain insights into marriage for the future. You don’t want to miss this special weekend. Mark it down now and get your deposit in.
Looking so forward to seeing our Wednesday night activities back in full swing this coming Wednesday, January 6th. God is using our Wednesday nights to challenge our children and youth with the claims of Jesus. Our High Schoolers are beginning a new Bible Study entitled, “The Seven Checkpoints” written by Charles Stanley’s son Andy. These are incredible truths that every teenagers must get nailed down before graduating from High School. Parents, make sure your student is there.
What an absolute joy it is to serve as your Pastor. I can’t wait to see you Sunday!