What a blessing to see our people growing in their faith in Jesus Christ.
I’m writing this article after a Sunday in which we welcomed three individuals into our fellowship. Two were already believers and one young man came on Profession of Faith in Jesus Christ! Our task has remained the same–to win people to Christ & to disciple/equip those we reach. Our Sunday School is the best place to involve people in growth & ministry in the church. Research done by Thom Rainer of Lifeway Christian Resources revealed that of 100 people who attend the worship services only, 16 of those people will be with us five years from now. If 100 attend both Worship & Sunday School, 83 will still be active in the church after five years. Simply stated, those who attend Sunday School are five times more likely to remain in our fellowship. If you or someone you know is not attending our Sunday School, why not invite them to your class? We have some of the finest Bible teachers to be found anywhere. These teachers study the Word & minister to their class members.
Put June 20-23, 2010 down on your calendar for our Connect Conference. We will have church wide services each night beginning at 7pm. Pastor Anthony George will be our guest preacher. He is pastor of the Aloma Baptist Church in Orlando, Florida. This is one of our booming churches in Florida. Anthony is a wonderful Bible teacher. He will share dynamic messages that will be a great encouragement to the friends, neighbors, & co-workers that you bring. Music will be provided by the dynamic youth choir of First Baptist Church of Atlanta, Georgia. This choir is over 100 strong & will lift the roof off of our building as they praise the Lord Jesus Christ. Our youth will join them in ministry throughout our city during the daytime. Monday through Wednesday, we will have a Block Party/Carnival from 5:45-6:45pm at the church right before the evening Conference meeting. The kids will love this. Special events & face-painting will accompany the regular booths that they will love. We will also have $1 meals available for anyone who wants to grab supper at the church before the services. We are doing this to make it as easy as possible for you to bring a friend. Be praying for hundreds to be involved in this special outreach to our city. Here’s how you can be involved:
1. Prayer. Please take these efforts to the Lord in prayer daily. We must have His Power!
2. Housing. We need at least 35 homes to house students. They will be in groups of 2-4(either guys or girls.) Please contact Jennifer Gladdish, she will be thrilled to hear from you: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Bring friends to the services. Ask for God’s leading as God prepares hearts to hear the gospel.
4. Pray about other ways to be involved. These may include: hosting a Bible Club, working at the Carnival, helping with the meals, mapping out survey routes, set up/clean up; giving financially & much, much, more!
I can’t wait for Mother’s Day on the 9th, a day that all treasure.
This is graduation time for some in our church. Congratulations! Our hats are off to the graduates & their parents! Our prayer is that each student will live the remainder of their lives with Christ on the throne of their heart. Our own Rachel is graduating from Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee. We can’t believe it! It seems like she was born just a few years ago. Where does the time go?
Continue praying for the 75th Anniversary Committee of the church (September 12th) & for our Future Expansion Committee. Important days are ahead in the life of our precious fellowship.