Friday, October 31, 2008

Election Guide Refresher

We are counting down the days until a new president and many other governing authorities are elected. Please continue in fervent prayer for the elections. Here again is a link with information on the candidates and where they stand on issues. Please be an informed and wise voter.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Sermon Refresher

A very powerful Scripture was shared in the message Sunday morning. Here is a recap with hopes that it will bless you and remind you that we serve a holy God.
"In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim, each one had six wings, wtih two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!"
Isaiah 6:1-3
Remember tonight (Wednesday), the youth will be setting up for the fall festival at 6:30 PM, there will be M&Ms at 7:00 PM, where the children are practicing for the Christmas program and adult prayer meeting will be at 7:00 PM. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

More Homecoming...

Here are a few more pictures from Homecoming:

Monday, October 27, 2008

Events This Week

There are a lot of activities this week for the youth and children at Antioch.

Wednesday night will be M&Ms and adult prayer meeting at 7:00. The youth should meet at the church at 6:30 and they will begin setting up for the fall festival which will be Friday.

Thursday night the youth will go to Lake City to tour Judgement House. Please pray for this trip that many hearts will be touched. The group will leave the church at 4:30 PM. There may be a wait to get in, but following the tour they will go out to eat. There is no admission fee for the Judgement House, but youth will need money to eat dinner. We are hoping to return to the church by 9:00 PM.

Friday night will be the Fall Festival! This is going to be a fun filled evening which will begin at 6:00 with a light dinner. Dinner will be followed by a time of games, prizes, pony rides, bounce house, cotton candy and popcorn machines. A cake walk will be held and a hay ride will round out the activities. There will be something for everyone, so bring the family and invite a guest for a great time!

Homecoming 2008

Earlier this month Antioch celebrated the 157 Homecoming. Here are some highlights from this special day:

Special Singers - Suwannee Valley Harmonizers

Special Speaker: Dr. Ed Johnson

Antioch Choir

It was a wonderful day in the Lord as we reflected on the Lord's blessings and look forward to follow His will and direction for Antioch.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Sunday Blessings

Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens;
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the great mountains;
Your judgements are a great deep...
Psalms 36:5,6

Friday, October 24, 2008

Work Day Saturday

Recently in Business Meeting, it was discussed that the shed behind the church is in need of being cleaned out. There will be a workday this Saturday (October 25) at 8:00 AM for anyone interested in helping. Thanks!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Behind the Scenes

There are always a few people who stay in the background, don't want attention or recogntion, but their desire is to get things done. Our church has a few of these special people! Some people decorated the fellowship hall beautifully for Homecoming and other fall events. Here are a few of the decorations:

Our kitchen crew keeps things running smoothly and efficiently. Here are a few of them who helped out with the Homecoming food and kitchen activities.

Homecoming was a very special day and it takes everyone working together for special times to go so smoothly. Thank you to all of you, especially those "behind the scenes".

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Prayer Guide For Elections

Prayer Guide for the Presidential Election

It is critical that Christians pray for the coming presidential election. There is amazing power in united prayer. Please print out this prayer guide and pray daily until the election. Pray with others whenever possible. The power of prayer can overcome any obstacle or ungodly influence and, indeed, do great things!

10/03 - 10/09 - Proverbs 1:5-6

Pray that God's man will listen with discernment, add to his knowledge, and receive wise counsel in this campaign.

10/10- 10/16 - John 16:33

Pray that the man of God's choice would be given wisdom and ability from the Lord to overcome any obstacle or difficulty during this campaign.

10/17- 10/23 – Acts 17:30

Pray for repentance for yourself and for our nation.

10/24-10/30 – Luke 12:54 -57
Pray that God's man and our nation will be discerning and do what is right.

10/31- 11/06 – Phil. 4:13
Pray that the Lord's choice for President will have special strength and unusual ability from God.

11/07-11/11 – Habakkuk 1:5 and 3:2
Pray that the Lord would do something that would utterly amaze us and give His servant victory.

During the days of Nov. 4-11, be encouraged to set aside a time of fasting during these days to commit this election to the Lord in whom we put our trust. Prov. 3:5

Remember 2 Chronicle 7:14: 'If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Voter Guides

Here are some links to the Christian Coalition Voter Guides:
Voter Guide For Florida
Florida Judicial Guide

Remember to be an informed voter!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Annual Meeting

The Suwannee Baptist Association will hold the Annual Meeting Monday and Tuesday - October 20-21. Session One will be at Wellborn Baptist Church beginning at 7:00 PM. Before the meeting there will be a Mission Fair where various missions are available for you to walk through and learn about. Our M&M children will be attending this Mission Fair. Please see Sis. Kathy if you are interested in attending with the children.
Session II will be held Tuesday at 4:00 PM at First Baptist Church in Branford. A covered dish dinner will follow at 6:00 PM and the meeting will conclude with Session III which begins at 7:00 PM. Everyone is invited to attend.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Sunday Blessings

May our hearts glory in God today and always. For He is in control of everything!

Thank You

A very special thank goes to each one who provided food, support, prayers or help with the services for Claudie B. The family was wrapped in Christian love during the week as they lost dear Claudie. The service was beautiful with many testifying to the love, service and devotion of Claudie and recounting fond memories of her life. The lunch was as always a ministry to the family and there was an abundance of food. Thank you to each one for this ministry.
Please continue to keep Claudie's family in your prayers.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Youth Fellowship

Today a great outing is planned for our youth. They will meet up for the Homecoming Parade in front of the Vo-Tech and watch the parade together. Following the parade they will go to the church for pizza and fellowship. This evening they will go together to the football game to watch the game and cheer the Bulldogs on! All youth are invited.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Services For Claudie B.

The services have been set for Claudie B. The viewing will be Wednesday night from 7:00 - 8:00 PM and the funeral will be Thursday at 4:00 PM at Antioch.
The Antioch family will be preparing a lunch for the family following the service. Ladies, your ministry of cooking and caring for the family is such a blessing to families during times like these. Claudie has a very large family that we are able to minister to through this lunch. Thank you for sharing and for helping.

Homegoing of Claudie B.

Our church family is saddened with the news of Claudie B.'s passing away early this morning. Claudie will be greatly missed in our church family. Her love of the Lord was reflected in all that she did and all that she was. She was energetic and bubbled over with love and excitement and always sought a way to be a blessing to the church and others. Her heart was filled with the desire to minister to others and she enjoyed various trips with our youth and also attended a church mission trip where she blessed others with her heart for the people in that area. She brought home the desire to minister and faithfully prayed and loved the people in West Virginia.
We rejoice and find comfort that she is no longer in pain or dealing with disease, but enjoying the glories of heaven and worshiping the Heavenly Father.
Please keep her family in your prayers and there will be more details when they become available.

Fall Festival

Antioch will be hosting a Fall Festival October 31. This promises to be a great time of fun, games, prizes and fellowship for everyone. The activities will begin at 6:00 PM with a light supper. From 6:45 - 8:00 PM a carnival will be held outdoors with games, bounce house, pony rides, cotton candy, lots of prizes for people of all ages (adults included) and trunk or treat! Following the carnival will be a cake walk followed by a hay ride to complete the evening. Everyone is invited to come, bring the family and some guests!
Church family is encouraged to bring donations of bagged candy and/or a cake for the cake walk. Please see the sign up sheet on the bulletin board.

Monday, October 13, 2008

This Week At Antioch

We celebrated a wonderful 157th Homecoming on Sunday. There was a great crowd of friends and church members old and new, great preaching, great music and of course, a great lunch! Pictures will be posted throughout the week.
Some things going on this week are:
Monday - Outreach Visitation begins at 7:00 PM.
Wednesday - Business Meeting at 7:00 PM and a short choir practice will follow.
Friday - The youth will be attending the homecoming parade in the afternoon and will gather following the parade at the church for pizza. That evening they will attend the high school football Homecoming game. More details will be announced later or youth can check with Danell for more information.
Be blessed this week and let's lift one another up in prayer and encouragement.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Sunday Blessings

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul.
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart.
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever.
The judgements of the Lord are true and righteous altogether...
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord my strength and my Redeemer.
Psalms 19:7-10,14

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Prayer Updates

There are a few prayer requests to share from our church family.

Claudie B. is still very low and continues to need our fervent prayers.
Joy C.'s husband Bill is in the hospital and they both need our prayers and support.
Beulah S. will undergo a MRI for her back this week.
Mark S.'s daughter is undergoing some testing this week.
A cousin of the Howell family was in an automobile accident and needs our prayers.
Frances P. is undergoing some health issues.
Carol A. is in the Surrey Place doing well, she could use a visit or a call!
Lisa and Tom K. will be leaving Friday for a trip up north. Please pray for safe travel.

Remember to share God's love with one another!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


Antioch Baptist's 157th Homecoming will be Sunday. The guest speaker is Dr. Ed Johnson who is the Director of the Cooperative Program for the Florida Baptist Convention. Dr. Johnson has pastored churches in Florida, Texas and Tennessee and has served the Florida Baptist Convention as past president and many other service roles.
The Homecoming activities begin at 9:45 AM with special music from the Antioch Choir and special guests - The Suwannee Valley Harmonizers - a local barbershop quartet. Beginning at 11:00 AM the morning service will include more special music and the message by Dr. Johnson.
Following the service, we will enjoy dinner on the grounds, a time of wonderful feasting and fellowship! Ladies are encouraged to continue the tradition of an abundance of good cooking by bringing food to share with our guests.
There will be no evening service Sunday night.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Today's Events (Tuesday)

Ladies, today you can "get crafty"! Tuesday morning at 10:00 will be a quilting class. This evening at 7:00 there is a scapbooking class. These are wonderful opportunities for fellowship and a great hobby! Hope to see you there.
Also for the men, tonight there is a Baptist Men's Dinner and Meeting. All men are invited and our encouraged to meet at the church at 6:00. Men will take the church van over to New Hope Baptist Church where the meeting will be held.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Great Sunday

It is wonderful to be able to think on Monday morning - how good it was to be in the house of the Lord! Antioch has been blessed lately with great attendance, great services and to see God working and moving in lives. Yesterday was no exception. Good Sunday School attendance, a good word from the Lord in the preaching, a full nursery (12 children!) and a family coming forward to join the church. Praise the Lord!
Other highlights were a youth luncheon and fellowship which was well attended and some great ideas were put into place for the youth. Wonderful testimonies were given from a recent widow's conference and prayerful plans for a widows/grief ministry in our church, M&Ms had a great turnout of children last night and at choir practice, we were overflowing!
As we enjoy these blessings in our church, let's continue to be steadfast in prayer for our church and be alert for opportunities to welcome the new families and to show love to one another.
Some needs to be aware of this week are as follows:

Claudie B. is still very low, pain, seizures and she is not eating well.
Frances P. has some testing this week.
Caroline's mother is in the hospital in NC.
Carol A. is doing better and is recovering at Surrey Place.
The new family - Pat and Sandy R.'s daughter and soon to be born baby girl.

Please remember these and others on the back of the bulletin in your prayers.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Sunday Blessings

Blessed be the Lord, because He has heard the voice of my supplications! The Lord is my strength and my shield. My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped. Therefore my heart greatly rejoices and with my song I will praise Him.

Psalms 28:6,7

Friday, October 3, 2008

Under Construction!

Please bear with the blog for a little while while we do some autumn decorating! Thanks for your patience.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Youth Fellowship

Sunday immediately following the morning service a time of fellowship will be held for the youth group. Parents of youth should bring a covered food dish to share and we will enjoy a meal together. Following the meal, the youth will have a time of fellowship, volleyball, etc., and the parents will brainstorm and organize some ideas for youth activities. All youth and parents are welcome!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Prayer Request

Our dear Claudie B., who has been struggling with cancer for a while now, is in need of our prayers today. She has not been eating well and has been struggling with pain for a few days. The family is calling hospice to help with her. Please keep Claudie and her family in your prayers.

Remember the Family Meal and Prayer tonight beginning at 6:00 PM. Bring a covered dish and the family for a great mid week time of fellowship and refreshment in the Lord.