Monday, August 31, 2009

Tailgate Family Meal

Wednesday night will be the monthly Family Meal. Since this is the beginning of football season, the theme will be a tailgate party! Check out these links for tailgating food ideas:

Alan's Kitchen

Tailgating Your Way

Tailgating Menu Ideas

Dinner will begin at 6:00 and is a covered dish. You are welcome to experiment with some fantastic tailgating food, or bring a traditional dish to share. Following the meal there are mid week mission and prayer activities for the family.

Oh, don't forget to wear your favorite team attire!


JoAnn B. is still in the hospital receiving treatment for an infection. Surgery is a possibility if the antibiotics do not take care of the infection. Please keep her in your prayers.

Georgette's mother was hospitalized with a hernia and bowel obstruction recently. She is now at home recovering, but will have to have surgery soon for the hernia. Please pray for the surgery and for strength and healing in her body.

A few of our church family are out of town and on extended trips. Please pray for safe travels for these.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Baptisim Tomorrow!

In the service tomorrow (Sunday) we will observe the ordinance of baptism. Recently we heard a message on the beautiful story that baptism tells.

Baptism is an outward sign of identifying our lives with Christ. It parallels the transformation of a sinner into newness of life with a reminder of Jesus death, burial and resurrection.

Jesus gave His life on the cross, becoming the sacrifice for the sins of mankind and putting to death the power of sin. He was buried and after three days arose victorious over sin and death.

The baptism of a new believer symbolizes the putting to death of the sinful man, rising in newness to a new life in Christ. Baptism is an outward evidence of the new creation, the old things of the man have gone and all things have become new. The believer is proclaiming obedience and testifying of a new life in Christ.

May we rejoice with the one being baptized tomorrow and celebrate their new life in Christ.

Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:4-11

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Prayer Requests

Today we have some of our church family in hospitals and facing tests and they need your prayer and support.

JoAnn B. has an infection which will require IV antibiotics given in a hospital. Details are still being worked out for her treatment, but she certainly needs your prayers today.

Ida D. is having a heart catheterization today.

Georgette R.'s mother is in the hospital with an intestinal blockage and facing surgery.

Please remember these today in your thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Praise the Lord!

At last night's Brotherhood meeting there were 35 men in attendance! Praise God for a wonderful turnout with our men who are seeking and moving ahead in God's direction as leaders of their homes, church and community. There were two powerful testimonies from our men of the working of the Lord in their life.
Men, you are encouraged to get plugged in to Brotherhood for godly encouragement and Christian fellowship.

As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Prayer Requests This Week

There are several in our church family who are in need of prayer. Please keep these lifted up in prayer this week.

JoAnn B. will have an MRI and doctor's appointment this week.
Roy L. is recovering from back surgery.
Bessie P.'s brother in law passed away, please keep this family in your prayers.
Several from our church will be traveling and have asked for us to remember them.
Please also remember our teachers and kids as the new school year has begun.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Special Prayer

There have been a few of our church family who have lost loved ones recently.

Harold S.'s mother passed away and her funeral will be tomorrow at Victory Baptist Church.

Morris D. also had a brother who passed away.

Mike and Gayle's daughter Abby's father in law passed away.

Please keep these families in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Youth Camp

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Update on David

David was seen at the ER and they cleaned his burns really well. There is no damage from the acid - thank the Lord. He is at home now recovering.

Prayer Request

This morning (Thursday), David C. was working on some pipes under the house and had some acid spill from the pipes onto his face. The acid did not get into his eyes or in his mouth, but he is in severe pain and is going to the hospital. Please keep him in prayer and an update will be posted as soon as it is available.

5th Sunday Night Sing

August 30 will be a 5th Sunday Night Sing and Testimony Time. There is a sign up sheet posted on the church doors if you would like to participate. You are encouraged to share a talent, testimony or a favorite Scripture. Be a blessing!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

True Love

Jesus claimed the world would recognize His disciples because of their love for one another. (John 13:35). Loving one another involves grace. I Corinthians 13 is a familiar passage about love, but was written to the church at Corinth to encourage love in the church family. To paraphrase this passage:

True Love:

Does not grow frustrated and give up on those who are less mature.

Does not get jealous.

Doesn't seek recognition or to steal the limelight.

Subdues pride, refusing to capitulate to hurt feelings.

Does not act unkindly.

Keeps loving regardless of the other person's response.

Doesn't retaliate because of injury.

Always assumes the best in people.

Never compromises with sin.

Keeps hoping.

Remains faithful.

Jesus said this kind of love should characterize the church.

Beautiful reminder from "Putting A Face On Grace" by Richard Blackaby

Monday, August 17, 2009

New Poll, New Week

There were only a few guesses on last week's poll. They were all correct: John the Baptist was the prophet who had the greatest impact on Jesus. Check out this week's poll and vote!

This week there are several in our church family that need our prayers:

Bessie P.'s brother in law is very ill and not given a good report.

A youth known from recent youth camp (from another church) was involved in a 4 wheeler accident. He will be ok, but has a lot of healing to do.

Roy L. will undergo back surgery on Friday.

Harold S.'s mother is suffering from cancer and has been placed in Hospice care.

Joe R.'s father will undergo surgery Tuesday.

Lee J. who was involved in a helicopter accident will have another surgery this week.

Several of our men have difficult work situations. Their wives have asked for the prayers of the church. Please keep our men in your prayers.

Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Romans 12:10-13

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Announcement and Prayer Requests

Following the funeral for Eldora B. Friday at 11:00 AM, our church will be providing a meal for the family. Ladies, you are encouraged to bring a food dish for the luncheon Friday morning.

Our ladies have blessed many families over the years by providing lunch and warm fellowship to the family. This is a wonderful ministry of love and compassion and our church appreciates the dedication and hard work from each one involved.

There were some prayer requests shared last night (Wednesday) and you are asked to keep this lifted up in prayer:

  • Scott B. had an uncle to pass away. Please pray for his aunt and their family.
  • Mark S. has been struggling with a knee injury and there is a broken bone in his knee.
  • Cindy H.'s grandfather passed away and Cindy will be traveling to be with the family. Please keep her and the family in your prayers.
  • Lee J. who was involved in a helicopter crash, will undergo surgery Monday.
  • Harold S.'s mother is suffering from cancer throughout her body.

Your prayers and support are such a blessing and this week provides many opportunities to reach out to one another in Christian love. Thanks for all that you do!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Services For Mrs. Eldora

The arrangements have been made for the services for Mrs. Eldora B.

Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at Harris Funeral Home

Funeral will be Friday at 11:00 AM at Antioch Baptist Church.

The family has requested in lieu of flowers that donations be given in her memory to the Surrey Place Chapel.

More Youth Camp...

Early Morning fishing:

Captain John:

Worship Service:

We may not get her back home!!! She looks like she's having a great time!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Homegoing of Mrs. Eldora B.

For as long as many of us can remember, Mrs. Eldora was a vital part of Antioch. From her presence when she was able to attend church to her acts of kindness show to many, she was well known and well loved. Many of her handmade treasures are kept and cherished in our homes.
Mrs. Eldora went home to be with the Lord today. She will be greatly missed but also will be cherished in our heart for her steadfast faith, love and service to the Lord. She lived in an assisted living facility for many years and endured much sickness. She lived out the role of a gracious Christian woman for us all to seek to follow. Through our sadness, we can rejoice that she is in heaven and in perfect health and be thankful for the blessing of having her a part of our lives and church.
Details on the arrangements will be shared as they become available. Please keep the family in your prayers and let's surround them with our love and support during this time.

At Youth Camp...

It's A Girl!!!


Kaylan Elizabeth

newest granddaughter of Mike and Elizabeth O.

born August 10 (Monday)

7lbs 9 oz. ~ 19 inches long

Proud parents ~ Shaun and Denise

and welcomed by two big sisters!

Congratulations to all!

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Psalms 127:3

Monday, August 10, 2009

They Have Arrived...

They have arrived at youth camp!

They unloaded:
And are headed to the beach:

Youth Camp This Week

Several of our teens and adults are headed to Youth Camp for a few days. Please pray for their safety through the week and for them to have a great time. Most importantly, please pray for the Lord to do a work in their hearts. Here is a guide for praying for teens. Please use this for week and through the year to support and guide our teens.

Sunday: For a desire to read and understand Scripture. To love it and let is shape their character and behavior.

Monday: For them to desire fellowship and strong links with other Christians, even when they are away from home (college, jobs etc.).

Tuesday: That they see their Christianity as the priority, caring about others enough to find a way to introduce them to Christ.

Wednesday: For a desire to read and glean from sound Christian publishing. May they fill their minds with things that are pure, true, of good report, etc. May they reject anything unholy or evil.

Thursday: For our young people to have a desire and a fire to seek the Lord and His will.
Friday: For a spirit of purpose.

Saturday: For a spirit of holiness in all that they do. For Christ-like behavior. I Peter 1:13-16.

Friday, August 7, 2009

M&M Bowling

Working At the Car Wash...

Here are some scenes from last weekend's youth car wash. The youth worked hard and washed several cars to help with the expenses of youth camp.

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. I Timothy 4:12

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Christmas In August

Our children will be involved in a mission project "Christmas In August" and there is plenty of opportunity for the church family to participate.

Christmas In August is a program designed to bless missionaries and church planters. Our kids are adopting a family who are serving in New Orleans, Louisiana and they have 5 children ages ranging from ages 2-16.

Here is a list of donations that will bless this family and make their outreach more productive:

children's art supplies
children's playing cards
card games (small card games)
flashlights and batteries
gift cards (Starbucks, Home Depot, Lowe's, chain restaurants, Wal-Mart,etc.)
LifeWay gift cards (primarily for church needs, i.e., Bibles, gospel tracts, church supplies)
Office Depot gift cards (for church needs)
hygiene supplies(toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, etc.)
pocket New Testaments (Holman Christian Standard, English Standard Version, NKJV, or other modern translation)
school supplies

Thank you for your support and encouragement for our kids as they reach out and grow in missions.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Men's Softball Party

Recently the Men's Softball team and their families celebrated with an end of the season party. Families gathered and enjoyed a meal and great fellowship together.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Activities This Week

On Wednesday at 6:00 PM there will be the monthly Family Meal and Prayer. This is a great opportunity to spend some time in fellowship with one another and enjoy a meal together. Following the meal the children will have missions activities and the adults will join for prayer meeting. Plan to bring a covered food dish and the family.
Friday at noon there will be a special lunch just for our widows. This promises to be a special time of fellowship with a lunch being prepared. If you are a widow, you are encouraged to come.
There are a few in our church family to lift up in your thoughts and prayers:
Rex and Dianne's grandson has been diagnosed with scoliosis.
Shirley W. has a great grandson who has been infected by the swine flu.
Ida D. has been suffering with headaches recently.
Tammy C. broke her wrist this week and is undergoing treatment for the break.
Please keep these in prayer and let them know you care for them.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Principles of Temptation

We recently heard a sermon dealing with Temptation. It was a powerful, sobering and encouraging message from God's Word.

Temptation can be defined as an enticement to do wrong with a promise of pleasure or gain. Temptation motivates us to do something bad in order to receive pleasure or indulgence.

Each one of us face temptations. Our enemy knows where we are weak and often uses temptation in that area.

4 Principles of Temptation

1. Temptation is inevitable. The question is "when", not "if". Be prepared.

2. We are not tempted by God.

3. Temptation is an individual matter.

4. Temptation that leads to sin follows the same process: we are enticed, then desire, then give in to sin. If we resist, we will not be snared.
James 1:13-16

4 Practical Ways To Handle Temptation

1. Counteract temptation. Be alert and on guard, don't tolerate or meditate on it.

2. Use the right resistance: Sometimes it is self-control, sometimes the biblical answer is to flee.

3. Remind yourself that the final pain of giving in to temptation will erase the temporary pleasure. Consider the cost of giving in.

4. Control your thought life. Philippians 4:8. Pull every thought to obedience to God. Memorize Scripture. Use God's Word to battle and overcome temptation.