Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Special Prayer Needs Today

There are a couple of special requests to share today (Wednesday).
Ida D. is in the hospital with possible heart issues. She was having chest pains last night and was taken to the hospital and was later admitted. Tests will be ran today to determine a cause for the pain.

Also Beulah S. will be having surgery today on her hand. She has struggled for a long time with pain in her hands, wrists, ankles and feet and has undergone several surgeries. Please keep her in your prayers today for a successful surgery and good recovery.

Remember the mid-week services tonight: Youth Bible Study at 6:30 PM, M&Ms (missions for children ages 2 - 5th grade) and adult prayer meeting.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Super Sunday School Suggestions

Some suggestion for a great hour of Sunday School are as follows:

1. Regular attendance
Don't miss a regular!
2. Be on time.
That way, you won't miss any part of the fun!
3. Bring your Bible.
A great habit to start.
4. Bring an offering.
Teach the children the blessing of giving to God.
5. Respect the house of God.
As we enter His house, let us honor Him in our words, attitudes and dress.

Sunday School is one of the most important ministries of the church. It is a place where God's Word is taught, fellowship is shared and bonds of friendship are formed and strengthened. If you are not currently attending Sunday School, you are invited. There is a class for every age. If you are a regular attender, share God's love with others by keeping them in your prayers and letting others know when they are missed.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Graduate Recognition Day

Graduate Recognition Sunday

Yesterday was Graduate Recognition Sunday where Antioch honored the graduating high school seniors. Celebrations included a breakfast for the graduates and their families, a processional at the beginning of the church service and each graduate receiving a Bible as a gift from the church family. Our 2008 Graduates are:
Kendall B.
Bruce H.
Sammy M.
Henry M.
John P.
Tiffany R.
We are proud of each one and pray for the Lord's wisdom and favor to follow them as they begin this new path of life.

Prayer Needs This Week

Today is Memorial Day - a day to reflect with appreciation those who gave their lives in service to our country. Let us remember those with gratitude and continue to keep our present military personnel in our thoughts and prayers daily.

Some church family prayer requests include:

Beulah S. who will undergo hand surgery this week.
Eldora B. will undergo a procedure on her pacemaker this week.
Mike O. had previously broken his foot, after months of treatment, it has re fractured. Please keep him in you prayers.
Rex M. has not been feeling well for a few days now.
Please keep Claudie B. and Lori A. near to your heart as they battle cancer.
Please feel free to share any requests that you would like posted.

Your prayers are appreciated for the upcoming summer events.
Children's Camp
Vacation Bible School
Mission Trip

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Don't You Wanna Go????

How did you like the pictures in the previous post from Camp Sonrise 07? The kids (and adults) had a wonderful time. Remember the dates for the camp this year - June 23-26. Sunday (May 25) is the deadline to register. Forms and more information are available at the church. See our pastor for further details.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Scenes From Camp Sonrise 07

Prayer Need

There is sad news today from our church family. Norine B.'s grandson and wife recently had a baby who was born premature. The baby boy has been in the hospital for over two months. He recently came home to his family and we received the news today that the baby passed away this morning. Please remember the family as they are heartbroken over this loss.
Also, please remember Norine as she recently had four stints put in and is just out of the hospital. Please pray for her health and strength as she ministers to her family.
More details will be shared as they are known.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Monday Funny

Intercede I-366

The year 2008 brings a unique opportunity to the Florida Baptists. As a leap year, the year of the United States presidential election and the 40th anniversary of the Jesus Movement, the time is ripe for God to bring a Spiritual Awakening among his people. The year 2008 offers Florida Baptists an extra day to pray and witness.

“I-366” is the Journey Road for prayer and witness in year 2008. It is the ‘interstate’ where God’s heart, your heart, and the hearts of those around you connect. It is the Connection Point ‘Interstate’ where “I-Intercede” for others on the Journey.

Our church has committed to a 24-hour time of prayer from 7:00 AM June 20 to 7:00 AM June 21. Church family are encouraged to sign up for a 30 minute increment to pray on these dates. You may pray at home, at work, in the car (with your eyes open!), during your committed prayer time. Please see this link - on Churches Praying 366 for more information about churches around our state being involved in prayer.

Prayer Requests This Week

There were several prayer requests mentioned Sunday night at church service. You are encouraged to remember these along with each request we receive and those posted on back of the church bulletin.

This week though, here are a few needs from our church family:

Norine B. has had two stents inserted and will have two more inserted today.
Debbie P. will undergo some surgery this week.
Jr. W. will undergo some surgery this week.
Mary Lou R. will have cataract surgery this week.

Please continue to remember these battling cancer for strength and comfort and God's grace to be with them and those around them who are caring for them:
Claudie B., Lori A. and our pastor's Aunt Dell.

Remember through the week to pray and reach out in love for one another!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Coming Up This Weekend

Just a reminder about a few events this weekend.

Friday beginning at 11:00 AM there will be a BBQ dinner which will raise funds to assist with the medical expenses of Lori A. (daughter of Felton and Mary Lou). The lunches will be served all afternoon and are available for donations. The dinners will be available at the back of the old Train Depot Station.

Saturday morning at 10:00 will be Church Outreach and Visitation. This is an organized effort to reach those in the community and invite them to church.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Mid Week Sermon Recap

Sunday's sermon was very encouraging and inspiring for today's families. During the day and time where the family is being attacked and degraded, this sermon offers practical suggestions to keep our homes functioning smoothly with godly values.

Principals For A Healthy Home

1. Be A Good Parent: Twofold responsibility from God's Word. For children - they are instructed to honor and obey their parents. Parents are instructed to train children in the ways of the Lord and bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
2. Manage the Home Well: For homes to function smoothly, there needs to be some organization and godly leadership. Everyday things need attending to and leadership and spiritual instruction are vital.
3. Take Time For Each Other: Parents are instructed in Scripture to teach their children and impress the love and knowledge of God into their children at all times. Godly values are more caught than taught! This is best done by being together - a lot!
4. Set A Good Example: A good example needs to always be before the children of good, moral values. Things like honesty, integrity, a pattern of good works need to be visiable in a godly home.
5. Let Love Be A Way Of Life: In I Corinthians 13 - the characteristics of love are shared. Love and loving actions need to be pursued! Love is a must for a godly home.
6. Put God In His Rightful Place: Psalm 127:1 tells that unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. When God is in control of the home, there is a sense of purpose of divine direction for the family unit.

Let's continue to be inspired to cultivate godliness in all that we do in our homes and lives.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Prayer Request

Many of our church family is familar with Barbara Watson who is a local pastor's wife. Barbara has been battling cancer for over two years. This evening Barbara went home to be with the Lord. Your prayers for her family are appreciated.

Calling All Campers

Children's Camp is coming up quickly. Camp will be held at Yogi Bear Campground in Madison June 23-26. Children grades 2-6 are welcome for a fun filled week of devotion, singing, games, Bible Study, swimming and lots of fun! The cost is $65.00 and the deadline to register is May 25. Please see Bro. Dave if you are interested or need more information.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Senior Adult Lunch

Last Sunday Antioch celebrated Senior Adult Sunday. It was a day to show honor and appreciation to our Senior Adults. Through the years our seniors have been the backbone and structure of the church following the Lord in Christian obedience and Christian living. Setting a godly example for the generations to follow. We love and appreciate our seniors at Antioch.

A special part of Senior Adult Day was a special lunch prepared for them. It looks like they enjoyed a great day!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Youth Skating Trip

The youth went on a trip to the skating rink this week. Here is a peek at the fun they had!

Prayer Request

We would like to share a special prayer request we received. Lowell L.'s brother Todd is 44 and has suffered brain cancer for a while. He has in the past undergone surgery to remove the cancer and part of his brain and successfully came through that.

This week he suffered a stroke and was life flighted to a hospital in another town. There it was discovered that he has another brain tumor. Please pray for the doctors as they decide what treatment he needs and for Todd and his family as they endure this difficult time.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Mother's Day

Mother's Day is fast approaching and will be Sunday. Part of the celebration at Antioch will be a time for honoring each mother with a small gift. Our M&M children will be singing a special song they have been working hard on. A special drawing will be for two nice prizes for mothers!

Mother's Day is also the day we collect an offering for the Florida Baptist Children's Home. We are honored to partner with the Children's Home with Florida Baptists. We can celebrate that together, we have impacted the lives of more than 30,000 children and families. This ministry is changing the lives and eternities of children throughout the state. Right now children need our help more than ever. Over 155,000 children were reported neglected or abused in Florida. We can help make a difference with our prayers, support and financial gifts. This will make a difference that will last for generations. Please give generously.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Activities This Week

Remember Wednesday night will be the Family Meal and Prayer Meeting.

Dinner will begin at 6:00 PM. This is a covered dish meal, bring for your family and some extra to share.

Youth Bible Study begins at 6:30 PM.

M&Ms (ages 2-4 and grades K-5) will begin at 7:00 PM.

Adult Prayer Meeting will begin at 7:00 PM.

There is something for everyone Wednesday night, so bring the family and come on out.

The youth will be skating on Thursday night. Plans are to leave the church at 5:00 PM to head to Lake City. McDonalds will be the first stop to eat and then on to the skating rink until 8:30 PM. Youth will return by 9:00 PM to the church. All youth grades 6-12 are invited. Read more about it on the Youth Blog.

Remind those that you see around that they are loved and those who have not been in church that they are missed. Love one another!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Prayer Needs This Week

There are some special prayer requests this week for the church family. Since we haven't asked their permission for their names to be used we will just post their need.

A lady will be undergoing thyroid radiation procedure this week.

Another lady will be treated for a kidney stone this week.

Our pastor's aunt is battling terminal cancer. Pleaes keep her and the family in you prayers.

One of our ladies is struggling with weakness spells.

Remember Claudie and Lori as they battle cancer.

Rex and Dianne are up north for Rex's father's funeral.

One of our men is beginning a new ministry ministring to crucial needs and he needs our support and prayers.

There are many other requests listed on the back of the bulletin. If you have a prayer request to be posted on this blog, please email and let us know.
Thanks for praying for and loving one another.

Prayer Request

Please be in prayer for Rex M. as his 96 year old father passed away this weekend. Rex and Dianne are up north with the family and the funeral will be held Tuesday. Please keep this family in your prayers for God's grace and comfort to surround them. Please also remember Rex and Dianne as they will be traveling home later this week.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Senior Adult Day - This Sunday

Sunday is designated as Senior Adult Day at Antioch. This day is set aside to honor and show love and appreciation to our senior adults.
Through the years, the senior adults have laid the foundation for generations to follow their example in Christian living and church service. As our church reflects on the faithfulness, love and service of our seniors, it is a joy to honor them and let them know how much we appreciate all they are and have done.
A special lunch will be provided for all senior adults after morning worship on Sunday. Thank you again for living a legacy through Christ! We love you!