Monday, November 30, 2009

Prayer Request

A prayer request went out today through the prayer chain we want to make you aware of.
Jason Mc. has been suffering with stomach pain recently. He went to the doctor today (Monday) and they discovered a mass on his liver. He will go tomorrow for further testing and scans.
We will continue to update on his condition, but you are asked to be in prayer for Jason and his family and for the doctors to have wisdom in diagnosing and treating him.

Children's Christmas Program Practice

The children will be presenting a special program to celebrate the Savior's birth. There are many children who will be participating. The program will be December 13 in the evening service beginning at 6:00 PM. There will be a few special practices scheduled for the children as the program is rapidly approaching.

Here is a list of practices:

Wednesday night ~ at 6:30 (after the children have ate at the Family Meal)

Friday - After the children go caroling at the Surrey Place, they will return to the church at 5:00 PM. In between the party time 5:00-7:00 PM, we will try to squeeze a practice in!

Sunday - December 6 - Dress Rehearsal at 5:00 PM. Moms, your help in dressing the little angels would be appreciated!

Wednesday - December 9 - Dress Rehearsal (if needed)/practice at 6:00 PM

Sunday - December 13 - please have the children at the church at 5:15

Thanks for your support and help with the children practicing! You will be blessed as they share a special program filled with Christmas cheer!

Monday's Verse

Why should we be concerned about our future?

The verse for today is Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

This Week...

This week we will usher in December and also several opportunities for this week. But the greatest opportunity will be the challenge our pastor presented us to read (and memorize) a verse a day this week. Make sure and check the blog each day for the verse of the day this week!
Here is a quick run down of things going on this week:
Wednesday ~ Family Meal at 6:00 PM. Bring a covered dish and enjoy a special time of fellowship. This will also be our church Christmas meal together.
Thursday ~ Deacons' banquet at 6:30 PM. Meet at Grace Manor
Friday ~ Children's Christmas caroling. Children meet at church at 3:30 PM for a time to sing and bless the residents of Surrey Place. Following will be a Christmas party at the church. Kids are asked to bring a Christmas dessert - cookie etc. for the party. Children will be finished and ready to be picked up at 7:00 PM.
Remember as we go about through the Christmas season to remember God's great gift to us - Jesus!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

May you have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Tuesday Prayer Meeting

A reminder that prayer meeting will be on Tuesday night due to this being Thanksgiving week. Youth and children will gather with the adults to celebrate as families a special time of worship and gratitude to the Lord. You are encouraged to attend and offer to the Lord our thankful hearts.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Gratitude Service Sunday Night

Sunday night beginning at 6:00 will be a special time to show gratitude for our blessings. There are several things planned that you won't want to miss.

Many of our children will be sharing in the service with songs, skits and Scripture reading.
The adult choir will bring a rousing favorite you will enjoy.

There is still opportunity for you to share in this special service. You are welcome to share a song, testimony or a special Scripture. This is a beautiful way to count and share our blessings.

Following the service we will meet in the fellowship hall for refreshments. Please plan to bring a finger food or dessert to share.

"I will extol You, my God, O King.
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
Every day will I bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly
to be praised.
And His greatness is unsearchable."
Psalms 145:1-3

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

December Dates

Take a deep breath and don't let the following overwhelm you!

Here is a quick look at the upcoming dates for December for you to go ahead and mark your calendars. There is something for everyone planned as we embrace and celebrate this joyous Christmas season. Details will be shared for each activity, so watch the bulletin and the blog and most of all remember ~ Jesus Is the Reason For the Season!

December 2 ~ Family Meal (Christmas Church Fellowship)

December 3 ~ Deacon's Christmas Banquet - Grace Manor 6:30 PM

December 4 ~ Children's Christmas Caroling - Surrey Place (Grades 1-5)

December 11 ~ Adult Sunday School Class Fellowship (Mike M.'s class)

December 12 ~ Youth Christmas Party

December 13 ~ Children's Christmas program - 6:00 PM - refreshments to follow

December 27 ~ Communion/Benevolent Offering

December 31 ~ Family Movie Night - 6:00 PM

Happy Birthday To You...

One of our youth teachers: Mrs. Liz, got a big surprise last week during her youth missions class:
Mrs. Liz's birthday is today (Tuesday) Happy Birthday Liz!!, but the teenagers used some foresight and initiative and planned a special surprise birthday celebration for her last week.

The youth made arrangements for cake and party favors!

Is that a great group of teens or what??

Party Scenes:

We love you Mrs. Liz!! Happy Birthday!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Children's Christmas Activity

All children grades 1-5 are invited to do some Christmas caroling! Our children are planning a trip on December 4 at 4:00 to sing to the residents of a local nursing home. Following the caroling, the children will gather back at the church for a time of fun and food! More details will be coming, but please mark your calendars now!

Moms and siblings who would like to attend and assist are also welcome!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Good Reasons To Count Your Blessings!

Counting Our Blessings

Counting our blessings is good practice.

1. It makes us get along with people better

2. It makes us look around us instead of within us.

3. It makes us more considerate and sympathetic.

4. It causes us to live for others, not ourselves.

5. It makes us a blessing instead of a burden.

6. It corrects our perspective of life.

7. It strengthens our inner resources of faith and hope.

8. It increases our confidence for living.

9. It increases our awareness of God.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Gratitude Service

"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them,
is the true measure of our thanksgiving."
November 22 will be a special time to express our gratitude in the evening service, beginning at 6:00 PM. This will be called a "Gratitude Service" and you are welcome and encouraged to share your blessings. There will be opportunities for people, families or groups to share a song, Scripture, blessing or testimony.
There is a sign up sheet on the door of the church if you would like to participate, or you may see Sis. Dianne.
Let's count and share our blessings!
Following the service will be a time of refreshements in the fellowship hall. Please plan to bring a finger food or dessert to share.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Brotherhood Fish Fry

Thursday night at 6:00 in the fellowship hall, all men and boys are invited to a fish fry! Fish will be provided and men are asked to bring a complimentary side dish - baked beans, cole slaw, vegetable, salad, dessert, etc. This will be a great opportunity for some great fellowship and encouragement.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Florida Baptist State Convention

148th Annual Meeting of the Florida Baptist State Convention Nov. 9-10, 2009

Be encouraged and renewed
Dynamic preaching from God’s Word
Florida pastors sharing from their heart
Spiritually uplifting music Experience the gathering and fellowship of Florida Baptists

Scripture Emphasis: “Then the Lord replied: Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.” Habakkuk 2:2 (NIV)

Our pastor and wife will be attending the FBC this week. Please pray for the convention and pastors that are attending. For more information on the conference, please see Florida Baptist Convention.

Friday, November 6, 2009

It's A Boy!!

Welcome little Judson Anthony L. who arrived at 4:38 PM today (Friday). He weighed 7 lbs 2 oz. and was 20 inches long. Mommy and baby are doing great. Congratulations Lowell and Lisa and family.

Prayer and Update

Please remember Lisa L. and baby. Lisa is at the hospital being induced. The baby is breech and the doctors have turned him. The baby's heart rate is fluctuating and they are closely monitoring her and the baby. She is still in labor with possibly a few hours to go. Please pray for them for a safe delivery and healthy baby. Updates will be posted as they become available.

Operation Christmas Child

Here is a great video with Franklin Graham on the beginnings and blessings of Operation Christmas Child:

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Fall Festival II

Fall Festival Part I

Coats For Kids

Do you have any of last year's children's coats/jackets that don't fit anymore? The Children's Mission group will be collecting coats through November to donate to a ministry center in Appalachia.
Please search through the closet for any coats to donate!
**Prayer update**
Lisa L. is still waiting to go to the hospital. It was full and as soon as they have a room available, they will call her.
Kay B. is still in the hospital in North Carolina facing one more surgery on her broken leg. She will be in the hospital several more days.
Please keep these in your thoughts and prayers!
**Lisa just shared that they have room for her, they went to the hospital Thursday afternoon!!**

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Special Prayer Requests

Many of you may be aware of a special prayer need that went through the prayer chain last night.

Gene and Kay B. were traveling for a vacation when Kay took a fall. The fall broke her leg and required surgery which she had already undergone. Please keep Gene and Kay in your thoughts and prayers.

Also please remember Lisa L. as she will be going to the hospital tonight with induction scheduled for tomorrow. Please pray for a smooth delivery and a healthy baby!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Coming In November

Here are a few dates to mark your calendar for in November.

November 12 ~ Brotherhood Fish Fry

November 17 ~ Sunday School Leadership Training - 6:00 - 9:00 PM at Antioch

November 22 ~ Operation Christmas Child Dedication Service

November 22 ~ Gratitude Service - 6:00 PM (Plan to share a song or thanksgiving testimony)

November 24 ~ Prayer Meeting (will be on Tuesday night)

** Prayer update: Lisa L. will be going to the hospital Wednesday and labor will be induced Thursday. Please pray for a safe delivery and a healthy baby! **

Monday, November 2, 2009

Prayer Requests and Information

Today seems to be a day for doctor visits! Several in our church family have important doctor visits today and you are encouraged to support them with your prayers as they seek to determine their health issues and treatment. Please pray for wisdom in their treatments and God's healing in their bodies.

Ida D. has an appointment today.
JoAnn B. has an appointment today.
Lee J. (who was in a helicopter accident a while back) is battling infection and will be seeing the doctor today.
Lisa L. is expecting a baby any day now, could use your prayers and also has a doctor check up.
Scott B. is at home battling sickness and pain.
Rex M. is at home also battling illness.
Felton and Mary Lou R's great-grandson is ill with high fever.
Thank you for your love, support and prayers for each one.

Remember Wednesday is our Family Meal. This month we will feature a traditional Thanksgiving theme for the evening and this will also serve as our church wide Thanksgiving fellowship meal. The Family Meal will begin at 6:00 Wednesday and you are encouraged to bring a covered dish and the family! Ministries will follow at 7:00 for all ages.