Thursday, September 29, 2011

Funeral Arrangements

The arrangements have been set for Georgette R.'s mother.  The viewing will be tonight (Thursday) from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Daniels.  The funeral will be tomorrow (Friday) at 10:00 AM at St. Francis Catholic Church.  Your continued prayers and support for the family are appreciated.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

GriefShare Ministry Beginning


GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.
GriefShare seminars and support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You’ll gain access to valuable GriefShare resources to help you recover from your loss and look forward to rebuilding your life.

GriefShare is a ministry to help those who have lost a loved one.  Beginning on October 11, meetings will be held weekly (on Tuesdays) at our church from 10:00 - 11:30 AM.  Please be in prayer for this ministry to reach and bring comfort to many in our church and community.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Prayer Requests

There are some prayer needs to share in our church family.

Georgette R.'s mother has been very ill the last few weeks, passed away Tuesday night.  Please keep the family in your prayers for comfort and strength.  Information on the arrangements will be shared when they are available.

Caroline's father was taken to the hospital and under going evaluation.  Please pray for wisdom for his treatment.

Robert S. will undergo a colonoscopy Wednesday morning.

Thank you for your prayers and support for each other.

Monday, September 26, 2011

See You At the Pole

CONVERGE—come together, unite, connect...

A small group of teenagers in Burleson, Texas, came together for a DiscipleNow weekend in early 1990. They came seeking God and little did they know how powerfully He was about to move. On Saturday night their hearts were penetrated like never before, when they became broken before God and burdened for their friends. Compelled to pray, they drove to three different schools that night. Not knowing exactly what to do, they went to the school flagpoles and prayed for their friends, schools, and leaders. Those students had no idea how God would use their obedience.

God used what He did among those teenagers and others who were holding similar prayer meetings at their schools to birth a vision in the hearts of youth leaders across Texas. The vision was that students throughout Texas would follow these examples and meet at their school flagpoles to pray simultaneously. The challenge was named See You at the Pole™ at a brainstorming session during a meeting of key youth leaders.

Join students around the world September 28, 2011, for See You at the Pole™, the Global Day of Student Prayer. Be a part of something much bigger than your own local campus—join the movement! Be encouraged, challenged, and blessed to experience what God is doing globally. Regardless of the church group or the school peer group you are apart of, gather with everyone and pray. Converge!

The 2011 See You at the Pole theme verse is a promise from Scripture that is one of the most popular and quoted throughout history by believers. "Whenever two or three of you come together in my name, I am there with you. Matthew 18:20 CEV"

Please encourage our children to participate in See You At the Pole on September 28 before school!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

This Saturday...

Pregnancy Care Center's Walk 4 Life!

Register beginning at 8:30 AM, walk begins at 9:00 AM.  1 or 3 mile route, walk at your own pace.  Come out and support a great ministry!

Gene and Kay B. will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this week!  A special celebration will be given by their children to honor them and their faithful example of dedication and faithful love.  Church family and friends are invited to share in this special event on Saturday at 4:00 PM in the church fellowship hall.  Congratulations, Gene and Kay!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Courageous Is Coming

COURAGEOUS will capture your heart as you meet four officers, their friend Javier, and their families. As you wait for the September 30 opening of the movie, check out these videos and take a look at photos from scenes in the movie that will help introduce you to the characters and the storyline.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Ten Spiritual Tonics


Stop worrying. Worry kills life.

Begin each day with a prayer. It will arm your soul.

Controll appetite. Over-indulgence clogs body and mind.

Accept your limitations. All of us can't be great (God has different jobs for different people).

Don't envy. It wastes time and energy.

Have faith in people. Cynicism sours the disposition.

Find a hobby. It will relax your nerves.

Read a book a week to stimulate imagination and broaden your view.

Spend some time alone, for the peace of solitude and silence.

Try to want what you have, instead of spending your strength trying to get what you want.

Abraham L. Feinberg

Thursday, September 15, 2011

160th Homecoming

The 160th Homecoming for Antioch will be October 9th.  Special guests will include Rev. Lewis Gooch who will bring the message and is a long time friend of Antioch and the Lighthouse Children's Home Choir.  As always, food and fellowship will follow the service and this will be a time of reflection on God's blessings through the years along with anticipation of moving forward with His plans for Antioch.

The Lighthouse Children's Home has been operating since 1977 and is a full time Christian residential facility for teenage girls ages 13-17 who either have no home or are having discipline problems. The minimum required stay of our program is twelve to sixteen months. The girls stay on property and are supervised twenty-four hours a day.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

50th Wedding Anniversary

Gene and Kay B. will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this month.  To honor their love, faithfulness and commitment, their family is hosting a reception for them.  On September 24 at 4:00 PM, you are invited to share in this special celebration in the church fellowship hall.  Your presence will be their gift. 

Congratulations, Gene and Kay!  You are an inspiration and beautiful example for many to follow. 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Prayer Requests This Week

There are several prayer requests to share this week around the church family and some opportunities to share love and support with one another.

  • Willard H. is recovering from open heart surgery and is expected to come home from the hospital today.
  • Margaret T. had a kidney stone procedure done last week, is hoping to be able to have her knee operated on Friday.
  • Norine B. took a fall and crushed some bones in her knee.  She is doctor ordered to be off her feet and home bound. 
  • Elizabeth O., Georgette R., Sam C. and Janet W. each have mothers who are undergoing severe health issues.  This is a very difficult time as they balance family life with caring for their moms.  Please keep all in your prayers for healing and strength.
  • John & Emily L. and family are moving this week to Arkansas.  Although we are sorry to see them leave our area, we pray for a smooth transition and safe travels. 
  • A couple of our children suffered some injuries over the weekend. Avery K. injured his eye and is recovering and Kelli C. injured her collarbone and shoulder in a bicycle fall.  They will be working with doctors today to determine the best course of treatment.  Please pray for wisdom and healing for them.

Along with your prayers, a call, a note or visit speaks volumes of love to these families.  May we be encouraged to reach out and share the love of God with others.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Cry Out America Rally

COA 2011 from World Impact TV on Vimeo.

The purpose of the Awakening America Alliance is to:

•Provide a broad umbrella under which the body of Christ in America can unite together in seeking a contemporary spiritual awakening.
•Issue a wake-up call for revival in the church and a Christ awakening in the nation by utilizing unified activity, various forms of media, and highly visible events.
•Collaborate together in prayer, fasting, and God inspired action to impact the nation's non-Christian population.
•Challenge today's church in welcoming and discipling new generations of American youth.

On September 11, 2001, America was shaken to its foundation by a series of surprise terrorist attacks. All of us were awakened to the new reality of global terrorism. 10 years later our nation needs to be awakened again, not just to the threats of terrorism, but to our critical spiritual condition.

Americans are now in desperate need of a fresh Christ Awakening. Our economy has been deeply shaken. Overall church attendance continues to decline across the nation, America is now the third largest mission field in the world and an entire generation is growing up with little understanding of absolute truth. Yet, in what appears to be a very trying time for the Church in this nation, we believe that America is on the verge of a sweeping move of God’s Spirit that will touch every state, every county and every heart. Americans are now in desperate need of a fresh Christ Awakening.

Our community will participate in a Cry Out America rally on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM at the High School Auditorium.  Will you join with others to cry out in prayer for our community, state, nation and world? 

New Church Sign

Our new church sign came in this week!!!  There was some prep work that was done and will continue for a little while, but we are moving forward with this project! 


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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Prayer Request and Update

An update on Willard H. is that he came through surgery fine - Praise the Lord!  He continues to improve and your prayers are appreciated as he fully recovers.

Margaret T. has been struggling with several health issues.  She needs to have knee surgery soon, but many obstacles keep coming up.  Last week she had to have an injection in her back and now this week she is suffering wtih a kidney stone which must be removed in a procedure today.  Please continue to keep Margaret in your prayers and be encouraged to let her know how much she is loved and supported.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Maguire State Missions–Week of Prayer

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Florida Baptists look to the month of September as a time of awareness, reflection and prayer for the great opportunities God has presented them in the state.
The Week of Prayer for State Missions, most often observed during the first week of September, concludes with Florida Baptists giving to support these missionary needs through the Maguire State Mission Offering.

The offering has a missionary purpose—helping new congregations through no-interest church site loans, supporting partnership pastors and spreading the gospel through evangelistic ministries.
The theme for 2011, Compelled by Christ's Compassion, is taken from the passage found in Matthew 9:36 "But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd."

If Jesus came to the cities and towns in Florida today, He would see a multi-cultural crowd of people speaking many languages. They have flocked to the Sunshine State seeking a better life, yet are still weary because they do not know Him. He would see people with desperate physical needs and no place to go. He would see people lost without a Shepherd to give them purpose, direction and hope. He would touch them in the name of the Risen Lord.

During this Season of Prayer for State Missions ask God to bless the work of Florida Baptists and their efforts to change the hearts and lives of those they touch in the name of Jesus, the Great Shepherd. Pray that Florida Baptists will be Compelled by Christ's Compassion to reach their state and their mission partners with the Good News of their Savior.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

This Week Activities and Prayer Requests

This week is the week of prayer for the Maguire State Missions and you are encouraged to be in prayer for missions and the unsaved in our state.

There are some prayer needs in our church family to share:
  • Willard H. is having open heart surgery today.  Please pray for successful surgery and a smooth recovery.
  • Margaret T. should have surgery later this week on her knee.  Please pray for her as she has suffered much with this issue.
 Remember the monthly Family Meal will resume Wednesday night at 6:00 PM.  Please bring a covered food dish to share and the family and enjoy some great fellowship together.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Maguire Week of Prayer


The Week of Prayer for State Missions, most often observed during the first week of September, concludes with Florida Baptists giving to support these missionary needs through the Maguire State Mission Offering.
Will you commit to pray this week for this project?
HERE is a prayer guide with specific needs for each day. 

Friday, September 2, 2011

How To Be Salt and Light

We know the importance of being salt and light.  We know the dangers of losing our saltiness (influence) and hiding our light - we lose our impact for Christ on the world.  How do we make an impact on our world as we are commanded to be?

1.  Recognize our distinctiveness makes a difference in our world.  Light is different than darkness - salt is different than pepper.

2.  Stay close to Christ.  Salt never loses taste, but it is easy to lose saltiness in our life.  "If we are not affecting our world - the world is affecting us". 

3.  Make our works visible. This is not doing good works for show, but living a life of holiness and obedience to the Lord.  People do observe us daily.  Are you 'poking holes in the darkness" today with your light? 

"The serene beauty of a holy life is the most powerful influence in the world next to the power of God". - Blaise Pascal