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The Pastor’s Pen!!!
Happy Fourth of July! God Bless the USA! Thank God for the United States of America and for the men who signed our Declaration of Independence. They gave their lives because they believed Freedom was worth dying for.
Have you ever wondered what happened to those 56 men? According to legend, 5 signers were captured by the British as traitors & tortured before they died. 12 had their homes ransacked & burned. 2 lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary War & another 2 sons were captured by the British. 9 fought & died from wounds & hardships of the Revolutionary War. So the legend goes, with embellished stories of heroism & sacrifice.
These men were lawyers, merchants, farmers & plantation owners; men of means, well educated. They signed the Declaration of Independence knowing the penalty would be death if they were captured. They sacrificed their lives, homes, families & fortunes; all because they believed in something worth dying for.
Are you willing to make a commitment like our Founding Fathers that requires sacrifice and hard work? Are you willing to sacrifice all you have in order to gain everything God has to offer?
The Son of God gave up His glory, His majesty & His power to come & live among us, because He believed we were worth saving. We were worth dying for. He lived & died so we wouldn’t have to die & go to Hell. He arose from the grave so we could live with Him in Heaven, forever. Now that’s the Truth of the Gospel! The Gospel of Jesus Christ that sets us Free.
You shall know the Truth & the Truth shall set you Free!
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History records that the great composer Johann Sebastian Bach wrote a text on many of his original manuscripts that read “To God alone be glory.”
In the midst of my complaining about the lack of rain and having to water the flowers everyday, I found myself carried back in time to two very special memories – one of my mother and one of music.
As I watered the flowers and picked a few weeds as I went, I had to laugh at myself as I thought, “I’ve become my mother!” I will always remember my mother watering her flowers in the evening after they had spent a hot day in the Florida sun. I grew up and played in a garden paradise surrounded by her beautiful flowers. “To God alone be glory” for my mother and her love for beautiful flowers.
The music memory took me back to the summer of 1964 when as part of the youth choir of FBC, Pensacola, we sang our way across country (and back) as we headed to music week at Glorietta Baptist Assembly in New Mexico. We sang in a church in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area on our way out. These folks had not had any rain for many weeks. Our program included an anthem entitled “He Shall Come Down Like Rain.” In the midst of singing that anthem it began to storm and rain began to fall. When we finished singing, the beautiful sound of falling rain filled that sanctuary. What a magic moment that was for all of us that night. How could we have known that a song we’d been practicing and memorizing for months would be used so powerfully? “To God alone be glory.”
As we look forward to July we think of our nation’s independence, patriotic music, fireworks and family cookouts. One of the songs we love to sing is “God Bless America.” The choir will be singing a song with a different perspective, “America, Bless God.” Let’s not forget the source of our blessings as individuals, a church and as a nation and let’s be ever diligent to pray for God’s healing of our land. As God continues to bless, let’s not forget to say, as Bach did, “To God alone be glory.”
Have a jubilant July and remember - KEEP SINGING!
Carol (Judges 5:3)
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We are already half way through the summer and now we’re getting into the thick of our summer events. Coming up is King’s Fest from July 8 – 10 at King’s Dominion. Due to financial restraints on everyone this summer we are doing this trip in lieu of camp. So I want to invite you all to do as you would anytime we go to camp and take time until that weekend and during the duration of this weekend to pray for the students to be impacted spiritually during the concerts and the guest speakers.
The summer is a great time to be out and about. With the weather like it is you can literally spend hours outside playing Frisbee, cooking out, or maybe just lounging by the pool or on the porch. I want to encourage everyone this summer to take advantage of the fact that everyone is no longer cooped up in their houses and are often outside. The lack of separation by buildings means that we can take the time to meet someone walking by the road on our house or maybe take the time to invite some neighbors over for burgers. These situations are great opportunities to show the light of the gospel to someone who may not ever come to our church. So I want to encourage you to take the time to think about how you can bless someone through a simple thoughtful act. There is plenty of summer left and plenty of people to be impacted.
In Christ, Ethan
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Sunday School - 56 + 28 (Nursing Home)
June Receipts - $14,066.34 / Disbursements - $13,691.92
Building Fund - $15,149.84 / Scholarship Fund -y $15,382.37
YTD Receipts - $149,083.09 / YTD Expenditures - $148,611.30
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2010 Extraordinary Women’s Conference:
October 1-2 -- Roanoke Civic Center.
Early Bird Special by June 30th is $49.
Ladies, one evening & a day Just for YOU!
(For more info., contact the Church Office at 586-8010.)
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PA Mission Trip
June 21-23 - Lancaster, PA
A Mission Team of 11 adults from 3 churches traveled to Lancaster, PA, for 3 days to help pack food & clothing through Global Aid Network (GAIN). A Total of 989 volunteers from across the US packed over 110,400 packets of seeds for Zimbabwe (Jake, Judy, Pete, Vernon, Francie & Sherry helped pack 10,000 packets of seeds in a 2 hour period on Tuesday morning). Bob, Jake, Judy, Pete, Wanda, Ginger, Francie & Sherry sorted, folded & packed clothes for different countries. We packed 149,658 meals for Haiti, (Trinity Team helped pack 30,800 meals in less than 2 hours on Tuesday afternoon). Wanda sewed & tied quilts, while Brenda & Carolyn helped make 12,000 witnessing bracelets, along with 987 hygiene kits, to be shipped out to different countries around the world.
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Thanks to YOU Our Pantry is looking Great!!
We appreciate your kind & generous response to our need for more food…once more You came through in a big way!
Anything you can donate will be greatly appreciated!
JANUARY - Canned Green Beans, Sweet Peas, Corn, Carrots, Mixed Vegetables, Canned White Potatoes, Canned Sweet Potatoes, Dried Beans (any kind)
FEBRUARY - Canned Peaches, Fruit Cocktail, Pears, Applesauce, Chicken Noodle, Beef Vegetable & Tomato Soup
MARCH - Tuna, Beef Stock, Chicken, Salmon (All meats MUST be canned)
APRIL - Grape Jelly/Jam, Peanut Butter (smooth)
MAY - Comet/Ajax, Pine-Sol, Laundry Detergent, Dish Detergent, Paper Towels
JUNE - Baby Food (please check date), Baby Shampoo, Baby Soap, Baby Lotion, Baby Powder
JULY - Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Shampoo, Bar Soap, Solid Deodorant
AUGUST - Canned Spaghetti O’s, Dried Pasta (elbow, spaghetti & rice), Oatmeal (plain), Cereal (breakfast)
SEPTEMBER - Pickles, Catsup, Mustard, Pancake Mix, Pancake Syrup
OCTOBER - GETTING READY FOR THANKSGIVING! Turkeys, Stuffing Mix, Canned gravy, Canned Sweet Potatoes
NOVEMBER & DECEMBER - To be Announced
Post list on your refrigerator as a reminder of what is needed for each month
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