Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sermon Recap

We are currently in a sermon series on How To Handle Life's Difficulties. Recently we learned some truths about wisdom.

3 Truths About Wisdom

1. Crisis intensifies our need for wisdom.
We need true wisdom to handle our crisis.

2. God is our only source for true wisdom.
God knows everything, our thought and intents. Gaining wisdom is a process. Through years of reading, studying and implementing God's Word, wisdom is gained. Faith is a tool in this process. Begin where you are and invest in reading the Bible, attending church, applying Christian principles, this is the path of wisdom. Long term dedicated study yields wisdom for all circumstances.

3. Godly wisdom leads directly to godly action.
True wisdom will lead us to the correct action for our crisis.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Easter Candy...Quick!!!

The children's Easter activities will be Saturday at 10:00 AM at Sis. Margaret T.'s home. There will be an Easter egg hunt, games and a light lunch. The eggs will hold a special treat - CANDY!! Donations of candy are needed - soon!! If you can help, please bring bags of wrapped candy by Wednesday night so the eggs can be filled.

Also for the lunch, hot dogs and chips will be provided, parents are encouraged to bring a finger dessert - cupcakes, cookies etc. for the children's lunch.

Thanks for your support!

Also, don't forget about the Family Meal Wednesday night beginning at 6:00 PM.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Choir Practice and Fellowship

Recently a choir practice and fellowship was held at the home of Rex and Dianne M. We are so appreciative of them opening their home for this event. A great time was had by all.

The afternoon began with a meal beside the pool:

The weather was absolutely beautiful!

Following the meal the choir practiced Easter music

Following the practice, the men gathered for a game of horseshoes:

Here is some spring beauty in the yard:

Couldn't resist her!

Children's Easter

There will be a children's Easter activity on April 4 beginning at 10:00 AM. A great time is planned for the children with an Easter Egg Hunt, games and lunch and this will be held in the beautifully decorated yard of Margaret T. We appreciated Mrs. Margaret for hosting this at her home. Last year everyone had a wonderful time there. All children are invited!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Spring Drive To Church

On Sunday morning, on the way to church during the spring, there are some beautiful sights! Here is a peek at some of the beauty blooming. Many of these are taken from the yards of the church family:

Monday, March 23, 2009

Prayer Requests This Week

Happy Monday! It is our hope that your week is starting off well and will be blessed. There are a few requests to share for our church family.

Theresa H. is undergoing surgery today and could use prayer.
JoAnn B. will undergo some eye treatment later this week.
Baby Zoe is recovering well and should come home very soon - Praise the Lord!
Robert S.'s nephew David has throat cancer and it has advanced to a Stage 4 and he is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.
Caroline M. has traveled back to assist her parents this week. Her father is recovering from a fall. Please pray for Caroline and her family.

There is a new family who recently joined - Cecil and Michelle C. They have a pre-school daughter Rebecca who will be undergoing some tests today for possible treatment for a leg growth issue. Please pray for this visit that a treatment will be available and for the family as they seek help for Rebecca.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support for one another!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Children's Recognition

Recently the M&Ms (children's music and mission) received banners and certificates for their participation in mission projects. Here are some pictures of the recognition:

Thank you to the leaders and children for their work for missions and our children. M&M classes are every Sunday night at 6:00 (Music) and Wednesday night at 7:00 (Missions). All children are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Just Give Me Jesus

Just Give Me Jesus is designed to be a life-changing revival for women led by Anne Graham Lotz who is the daughter of Billy Graham. This revival will be held in Jacksonville on April 24-25, A good group of our ladies are attending. If any lady wishes to go, please sign up on the bulletin board or see Kisha. Motel reservations need to be finalized, so an accurate number of ladies attending will need to be known soon.

Here is a link to the conference: Just Give Me Jesus Jacksonville. for more information.

You are encouraged to be in prayer for the conference.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Update on Zoe

So many of us are so concerned about the surgery for Baby Zoe and the family appreciates that so much. Here is an update from one of the family:

"I just spoke with Aunt Ann. They got all of the cyst out and are sewing her up now. She said they had a rough start administering the IV, but thank God it's over. They have not gotten to see her yet, but it shouldn't be too much longer now. They were told to expect a good amount of swelling, but assured that she will be fine! Praise the Lord!"

Thank the Lord for His graciousness.

Sermon Refresher/Prayer Request

Please remember Baby Zoe today as she is undergoing extensive surgery to remove a cyst on her forehead. Please pray for her family and for wisdom for the doctors.

Last Sunday we heard a relevant message on Biblical counseling.

Here are six questions to help us with the counsel we give and receive.

1. Is it Biblical? We can only discern Biblical wisdom by knowing God's Word. Personal opinions do not give true counsel, only the Bible is the source of true counsel and wisdom.

2. Is it factual? Check out and know all the facts about the situation. Don't go on assumptions.

3. Is it necessary? Use very few words, sometimes the best counsel is given by just being there as a support to someone.

4. Is it teachable? Lessons learned from previous experiences can be passed on or shared.

5. Does it acknowledge the imperfection of human counsel? The wisest counsel may be to acknowledge that we do not know everything. Only God is perfect.

6. Is it spoken in love? If advice given is Biblical, factual and necessary, it will never be listened to if it is not spoken in love. God's Word tells us to "speak the truth in love." Without love, our words are compared to a clanging symbol.

Hurting people long for answers and many times, answers are hard to come by. In times of difficulty, we can go to God's Word. It provides comfort and strength that we can draw from. Look to Him for direction always.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

5th Sunday Night Sing - March 29

There will be a 5th Sunday Night Sing and Testimony Time on March 29 at 6:00 PM. If you are interested in participating by singing, sharing a testimony or a Bible passage, please see Sis. Dianne.
A fellowship time will follow the sing. Please plan to bring a finger food to share.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Sunday School for all ages ~ Sunday at 9:45 AM

Nursery and Children's Church
during Morning Worship

Youth Bible Study ~ Wednesday nights at 6:45

Music (ages 2-4 & K - 5th grade) Sunday nights at 6:00
Missions (ages 2-4 & K-5th grade) Wednesday nights at 7:00

Bible Study ~ Sunday nights at 6:00
Prayer Meeting ~ Wednesday nights at 7:00

Adult Choir ~ ages 13 and up
Practice Sunday nights at 7:00

Childrens' Summer Camp
Youth Camp

Contact Information

Antioch Baptist Church Office ~ 386-362-3101

Pastor's email ~ abclo@windstream.net

Webmaster ~ rejoyful@windstream.net

Service Times

Sunday School for all ages ~ 9:45 AM
Morning Worship ~ 11:00 AM
(Nursery and Children's Church provided during Morning Worship)
Children's Music ~ 6:00 PM (ages 2-4 & K-5th grade)
Adult Bible Study ~ 6:00 PM
Choir Practice ~ 7:00 PM

Youth Bible Study ~ 6:45 PM
Children's Missions ~ 7:00 PM (ages 2-4 & K - 5th grade)
Adult Prayer Meeting ~ 7:00 PM

*First Wednesday of the month is Family Meal ~ 6:00 PM*

A Blessing For You Today!

He who heeds the Word wisely will find good,
and whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.
Proverbs 16:20
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Prayer Requests This Week

Welcome to a new week! Hope yours is off to a good start. There are some prayer requests to share:
Janet T.'s father passed away yesterday. He lived further down south and there is no information yet on services. Please keep Janet and her family in your prayers.
Norine B. and her granddaughter Laura will be receiving some test results this week.
Felton and Mary Lou's daughter Lori will have a test this week also.
Teresa C. has been suffering with some severe headaches.
Morris and Ann D's baby granddaughter will undergo extensive and delicate surgery on Thursday for a cyst which may be connected to her brain. Please pray for baby Zoe, her parents and family and for a successful surgery.
Have a blessed week, be alert for ways to be a blessing!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Rock A Thon Donation

Recently the children participated in a rock a thon where the children rocked for donations for a local domestic violence shelter.

Our children's leaders presented a check for over $1,000.00 to the head of the organization.

Thank you to all who helped make this mission a success!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Sermon Refresher

Last Sunday we were encouraged by the sermon entitled: Choosing Faith In the Midst of Suffering.
A question we were to ponder was "How will we respond when our world caves in?" Will we choose faith?
Here are a few things that choosing faith will NOT do for those going through suffering.
1. It will not eliminate pain.
2. It will not stop the questions.
3. It will not create a logical reason for the suffering.

Suffering does not always make sense. Suffering does not discriminate - it affects all ages, races etc. Financial situations or prosperity is not exempt from suffering.
But the only option is to choose faith.
Here are a few things that choosing faith WILL do in the midst of a trial.
1. It will remind you that God is in total control.
2. It will be a rare and precious gift to God - the precious sacrifice of praise is true worship.
3. It will bring you closer to God. The road of suffering draws us closer to God.
God loves you and can work His good through any circumstance - good or bad.
Remember always to "Choose Faith".

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Prayer Requests

Your prayers are needed for some of our church family today.
Mike and Sarah K's baby daughter Ansleigh has been sick for over a week. She has been to the hospital ER this week and then just spent the night receiving fluids. Again she is vomiting and will go to the doctor this morning. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.
Roy L. has been in and out of the hospital a few times this week and needs your prayers.
Jan E. suffered an arm injury at work and is having a lot of pain.
Meghan T. suffered an ankle injury and they are currently determining a course of treatment for the injury.
Thank you for your prayers for these and the many others on the back of the bulletin.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Quote of the Day

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

"Everything is possible for him who believes." Mark 9:23

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

You Are Invited

Mike and Elizabeth O.'s daughter Michelle will be getting married on Sunday. The wedding will be held at Stephen Foster in White Springs at 2:00. All church family and friends are cordially invited.

Monday, March 9, 2009


We would like to send our congratulations to Frances and Bessie P. on the birth of a new great-grandson. Mitchell and Janell C. were blessed with a baby boy - Trenton Elliot early Saturday morning. Everyone is doing fine and we rejoice with the family over the blessing from the Lord.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

5th Sunday Night Sing

March has 5 Sundays, which means we will have a 5th Sunday Night Sing and Testimony Time on March 29. You are encouraged to share a talent, Scripture or testimony during the evening service on that day. Please begin to pray about what the Lord would have you to share.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Youth Alive!

Last weekend some of our youth went to a revival especially geared toward youth. They came away from the revival - REVIVED! Some of the young people spoke last Sunday night and shared about what the Lord put in their heart through the revival. They began speaking of things like - Revival, Service, Unity, Love, Witnessing. What a blessing it was to hear these things coming from the teenagers. One of the youth leaders spoke about the revival also. He shared about the Holy Spirit doing a work through the teenagers and what a blessing this is for our church.
Please consider this an encouragment to the church family to keep our teens in your prayers. Please pray for God's work to continue in their hearts and expand into the lives of other teens and through our church. Please pray for opportunities for the youth to share their faith, to stand firm in their convictions and to be led through these critical years in the paths of the Lord.

Here are a few links to help pray for our youth:

8 Ways To Pray

31 Ways to Pray

Scripture Prayers

Monday, March 2, 2009

Family Meal on Wedneday

Wednesday will be the Family Meal and prayer. Since this month is St. Patrick's Day, our meal with feature an Irish theme! If you are up for a fun challenge, you can prepare an Irish themed food dish to share. If not, feel free to bring a good old fashioned southern dish! The meal is a covered dish, bring a dish to share and be here at 6:00 PM. Following the meal there are activities for the entire family:

Youth Bible Study

Children's Missions

Adult Prayer Meeting

Bring the covered dish and the family for a great time of Christian fellowship.

Here are a few links for some Irish recipes:


Baptism is a beautiful picture of the death, burial and ressurection of Christ parallelled in the Christian life.
Romans 6:4 :"Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life."
When a person accepts Christ as their Savior, they put to death the old sinful nature, they rise in Christ's forgiveness and begin a new life moving forward in the newness of life in Christ. In our church family, we rejoice over baptism and the new life it portrays.

Please keep these and always one another in your prayers for continued growth in the grace and knowledge of God.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Annie Armstrong Offering

The Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® is much more than an offering envelope and an annual missions-giving emphasis. When people give to the offering, 100 percent of their gift will be transformed into missionary salaries and ministry supplies. Those missionaries and supplies will help others hear the message of Christ and respond in faith to His offer of salvation. Time and again our missionaries relate how the offering is their lifeblood. They know that behind each penny given, there is a Southern Baptist who believes in what they do and are affirming the need to equip them to share the gospel with those who need a Savior.

Fast Facts about the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering:
The reason we give to AAEO: To help our missionary force reach for Christ an estimated 251 million lost people in the United States and Canada; that's three of four people.

Amount of AAEO used to support missionaries and their work:

Number of NAMB missionaries:
More than 5,500. Generally, a third of the number represents career missionaries, a third are short-term funded missionaries, and a third are Mission Service Corps missionaries.

What do AAEO-supported missionaries do?
Start new churches
Engage in student evangelism on college campuses
Serve the physical and spiritual needs of people through inner-city Baptist centers
Serve in local Baptist associations as associational missionary or other mission staff
Provide training and ministry in apologetics (interfaith witness) evangelism
Minister in resort settings such as campgrounds and ski areas
This week is set aside as the Week of Prayer For North America Missons.
Vist the NAMB daily for a missionary to pray for.