Reverend Tom Brown, Pastor
Pastor Jim Powell, Assoc. Pastor/Worship leader
Terry Lowry, Elder ~ Bill Bujnowski, Deacon
~ Lee Copeland, Deacon ~
Chris Lewis, Deacon ~ Lee Larson ~ Deacon
Lora Slater, Secretary
John Greer, Media ~ Ron Hall, Custodian
Tami Powell, Nursery and Kitchen
Loretta Stumbaugh, Prayer and Finances
Linda Lindsey ~ Card Ministry
Sunday School: 9:30 AM
Worship Service: 10:30 AM
Shepherding Groups, Wednesdays
Women’s Bible Study: Thursdays, 10:00 AM
Men’s Saturday Breakfast: 7:00 AM
Jail Visits: Saturday 9:00 – 11:00 AM (postponed)
Keep praying for the Transitional Housing program as work is begun on developing the new site. There's also a "presentation letter" available. Ask Roger or Lee for a copy. This letter will be used in introducing the site to community businesses, churches and individuals to raise funding.
These are uncertain times as far as the politics and commerce of men. It's common sense to prepare for the unexpected. That may be closer than we think. Putting away some staples, and fuel, and water is a good idea. We've already experienced shortages, but this does not affect our faith. The wisdom of God helps us believe, trust and prepare without fear (Matt.6.25-34; James 1.5-8).
A number of our local churches will be gathering together to celebrate Thanksgiving TONIGHT at the Hampton Inn. Cornerstone Church is hosting. The service is an unplanned, spontaneous out-pouring of thankfulness in prayer, Scripture reading, music and testimonies. Social distancing will be in place.
Thanks for participating in The Fast of Compassion. Thanks again for participating in the Fast. As of this date, over $50K has been collected. This is a miracle! Thanks be to God! Thanks be to those whose hearts have moved with compassion for others. Now the helping organizations, schools, and service groups will have much needed extra funding at Christmas to give assistance to those in need.
Thanksgiving is a treasured American holiday being celebrated here informally and formally ever since our Pilgrim forefathers had that first harvest feast in 1621. It was President Abraham Lincoln who proclaimed the holiday for our nation in 1863 in the midst of our Civil War.
Thanksgiving is a good thing in itself and as a holiday. Paul writes to the Thessalonians, "In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thess.5.18). Everything? Yes, and that's hard for us mortals to understand. Yet, since we know that God works all things for good, we need to keep focused on His goodness, not the travail of this life (Rom.8.28; Heb.12.2). For "the joy of the Lord is our strength" (Neh.8.10).
So important is thanksgiving that Paul makes it part of our prayer life, writing, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God" (Phil.4.6). Can we do this? Is it within our power to continually offer up thanks to God? Well, no...it isn't. It's only by the power and presence of His Holy Spirit that we can be thankful.
Let us not speak words of judgment and hatred; let us not dwell on the unfair, deceitful things of this life. Let them stay with their father the devil. Rather, let us give thanks to God and take joy in His great salvation, freely given to us. "Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift" (2 Cor.9.15)!
"We Do Not Lose Heart
"For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison"
Pastor Tom Brown
Attendance: 6 2
Offering: 3,944 .00
Benevolence: 20 .00
WMCAH: 10 0.00
Women bible Study: $10.00
Thank you for your faithful support