Saturday, December 30, 2017

Let's Remember 2017

Tomorrow is the last Sunday (and the last day) of 2017.  Services at Antioch will be at normal times - Sunday School at 9:45 AM, Morning Worship at 11:00 AM.  May we as a church be encouraged to finish out the year and beginning new habits that keep us faithful and growing as Christians and the body of Christ.

Tomorrow night at 6:00 PM will be our 5th Sunday Night Sing. Please pray about sharing a talent, testimony or favorite Scripture. What has God done in your life this year that you could share as a blessing and encouragement for the church family?  

Following the sing will be a soup and sandwich supper in the fellowship hall.  Please bring a soup, sandwich , finger food or dessert to share. Hope to see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Wednesday Night Service

There will be no Family Ministries Meal this week.  Prayer meeting will begin at 6:30 PM, all are welcome! 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Christmas Caroling

Oh What Fun...we had at the church wide time of Christmas caroling. There was a great turn out of people ready to spread some joy. Lots of fun, smiles and singing. How blessed it was to share a bit of joy.

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Friday, December 22, 2017

5th Sunday Night Sing

December 31 is New Year's Eve, but is also time for a 5th Sunday Night Sing at Antioch!   The sing will begin at 6:00 PM and everyone is welcome to share a talent, favorite Scripture or testimony of God's goodness in your life as we wind up the year 2017. 

Following the sing will a soup/sandwich supper. Please plan to bring sandwiches, finger foods or desserts. 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Sunday Services

This Sunday will be Christmas Eve and we have a special day of worship planned for Antioch. 

There will be NO Sunday School but services will begin at 11:00 AM in the sanctuary. We will take time to observe the sacred ordinance of communion. Be encouraged to come with a heart prepared to remember the sacrifice of our Lord and the greatest Gift ever received. 

Sunday evening at 6:00 PM there will be a special Candlelight Christmas Eve Service. Bring the family and spend a few moments pausing and adoring the Lord Jesus before the rush of Christmas sets in. Let's set a few minutes aside for the Reason for the Season.

Hope to see you Sunday!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Christmas Caroling

It's time to spread some Christmas Joy!!  Our annual church-wide Christmas caroling will be Wednesday night!  We will leave the church at 5:00 PM and visit the local nursing homes and home bound church family. All are welcome to come along.

There will be no Family Ministries or meal on Wednesday. Some have mentioned meeting up at a local restaurant for dinner together.  We hope you will come and join us!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

All through the month of December, there is the opportunity to give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Our church goal is $5,000.00.  We have received so far $1.952.00.  

Please be in prayer as to what the Lord would have you to give to help spread the gospel message around the world. 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Christmas Cantata This Sunday

The adult choir will be presenting "The Gift Goes On" during the Sunday morning worship service. Be encouraged to come, hear and share the joy of Christmas as our choir leads in worship. Service begins at 11:00 AM. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Sunday School Workers Gathering

Friday night (December 15) there will be Christmas Gathering for all Sunday School workers. All involved in Sunday School are welcome to come to the home of Kathy B. at 6:00 PM.  Chili will be provided, please bring a side dish or dessert to share.  We deeply appreciate all of our Sunday School workers and look forward to the opportunity to celebrate with them.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Children's Christmas Program

Last Sunday our children shared a Christmas message through a play - Jesus, the Same Yesterday, Today and Forever". They did a fabulous job singing, sharing and bringing the Christmas message to life. We love and appreciate our children!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Family Ministries Meal

The menu for Family Ministries Meal this week will be Fried Chicken, Dressing, Macaroni and Cheese, Broccoli and Dessert.  Meal begins at 5:30 PM, Family Ministries begin at 6:30 PM.

Our children will enjoy a special Christmas celebration, all children are encouraged to come and share in a time of fun! 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas Card Box

There is a box set out in the church foyer to exchange Christmas cards with the church family. Just place your cards in the alphabetized box and remember to check the box for any addressed to you!

Also our new church directories are in, which should make it very easy to help with sharing cards!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Family Ministries Meal

The menu for Wednesday's Family Ministries Meal will be Ham and Lima Beans, Rice and Tomato Gravy and Dessert.  Meal begins at 5:30 PM, Family Ministries begins at 6:30 PM.

**All children who are participating in the Christmas play are encouraged to be there for a dress rehearsal and final practice!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Deacon's Christmas Dinner

Our deacon's gathered for a Christmas fellowship recently. We appreciate these men who faithfully serve the Lord and the church.

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Prayer Matters

When it comes to praying for missionaries, IMB President David Platt said there’s one thing to keep in mind.

It matters.

When we pray, God works.

It isn’t just a rushed or mechanical exercise, he said—”God has ordained our prayer as a means to accomplish His purpose in the world. We’ve got to be aware that our praying for boldness for missionaries is actually going to affect whether or not they have boldness. When we pray, God works.”

He offered some real and powerful ways to pray for missionaries:

PRAY they would be confident to preach God’s Word—not just to do relief work or learn culture well, but to speak truth with boldness, no matter the circumstances.
PRAY the gospel would be clear through missionaries’ lives and words and that God would open hearts.
PRAY missionaries will be at peace with other believers, that Satan would not have success in attacking families, friends and ministry partners.
PRAY for them to have joy when they suffer, kindness when they are slandered and patience when things are hard. Pray for God to help them persevere—fighting the battle for souls is hard, but it’s worth it.
PRAY God would give them success in sharing the gospel with others, that they would see disciples made and churches planted.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

Starting in 1888, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering® was established to empower the international missions efforts for Southern Baptists. After more than a century, the annual offering continues its steady growth. The National Goal this year is $160 Million. Your giving enables missionaries to be sent to make disciples and multiply churches among unreached peoples and places for the glory of God.

Locally, our church has a goal of $5,000.00 which challenges us to give toward the work of the gospel. 

Prayer is a vital key to reach souls and make a way for missionaries to serve. Click HERE for a daily prayer guide to stay in prayer for the offering. ”God has ordained our prayer as a means to accomplish His purpose in the world. We’ve got to be aware that our praying for boldness for missionaries is actually going to affect whether or not they have boldness. When we pray, God works.”

May we be encouraged to begin now to pray and prepare to give to Lottie Moon this December. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Family Ministries Meal

The menu for this week's Family Ministries Meal is one of our favorites!  Breakfast for Supper!  We will be served sausage, pancakes and fruit beginning at 5:30 PM.

Family Ministries will begin at 6:30 PM with youth class, children's play practice, the ladies final session of their Bible Study and prayer meeting. It will be a time to stop mid week, gather the family and come grow in the Lord.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Titus 2 Day Trip

Tomorrow (Tuesday) will be a Titus 2 Ladies Day Trip!  This is an opportunity for ladies of all ages to join together for a time of fun and fellowship.  Ladies will meet at the church at 10:00 AM and carpool for a day of lunch and shopping in Valdosta. All ladies are welcome to join us for a great day!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving Service Schedule

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Remember the church service schedule change this week.  We will be meeting on TUESDAY night at 6:30 PM.  There will be no family meal or classes. Everyone will gather in the sanctuary for a time of praise and thanksgiving.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Church Thanksgiving Lunch

Please remember the church Thanksgiving lunch this Sunday (November 19) immediately following the morning service. Turkey and ham will be provided, church family is asked to bring complimentary dishes or dessert. This is always a special time of fellowship as we join around the table to thank God for His blessings.

Also the Operation Christmas Child boxes are due Sunday.  If you packed a box, please make sure it is at church as we will be saying a special prayer for the box recipients and the ministry.  

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Family Ministries Meal

The menu this week for Family Ministries will be  Baked Spaghetti, Green Beans, Salad and Dessert.
Meal begins at 5:30 PM.

Ministries for the family include children's class (where they will begin Christmas play practice), youth class and business meeting for the adults at 6:30 PM. 

May mid week Family Ministries be an anchor of faith in your busy week. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Children's Christmas Program

Our children will begin practicing for a Christmas Play on Wednesday nights during Family Ministries beginning at 6:30 PM.  All children are welcome to participate in the program which will be December 10 in the morning service. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Operation Christmas Child Lunch

Next week begins the Operation Christmas Child collection week.  Many of you are busy packing shoeboxes for this international ministry. However, there is an additional opportunity for you to make an impact for OCC locally!

Suwannee Station Baptist Church is our county collection site. All week there are workers who stay at the church to collect shoeboxes. Local churches take a turn in providing meals for these workers.  Antioch will take a turn on Wednesday (November 15).  

A sign up sheet will be passed around Sunday for anyone who would like to prepare and/or deliver food.  The menu will be, spaghetti, green beans, salad, garlic bread and dessert.  Food should be brought to our church by 11:00 AM Wednesday and will be delivered to Suwannee Station for lunch. 

If you are able to assist in this ministry opportunity, it would be a great blessing!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Developing Gratitude

November is here and moving through quickly!  This is the month known as 'a month of gratitude' where we are encouraged to ponder our blessings and be thankful.

Thankfulness is something that must be developed, cultivated. Like godly character, thankfulness isn’t a gift or personality trait that we’re born with. It is a spiritual discipline that must be developed, exercised, and grown in our lives.

Perhaps this is why Scripture instructs us over and over to be thankful, to give thanks always and continually.

When bad things happen to good people, good people have two choices:

  • Allow the negative circumstance to make them bitter, cynical, and angry
  • Allow God to do a work of grace in their hearts so that He can bring good out of the negative circumstance and thus glorify Himself through it.

Imagine what life would be like if we continually responded by allowing God to do a work of grace in our hearts?

This response isn’t natural, but it can be cultivated through discipline and renewing our minds.

There are four ways we can cultivate a thankful heart, so that we live life giving thanks continually.

1. Memorizing and meditating on Scripture
If we want to renew our mind, we must make it a daily discipline to memorize and meditate on Scripture. Scripture memorization and biblical meditation retrains the mind so that it comes into agreement with God’s thoughts.

It replaces the negative thought patterns with God Word, so that in difficult circumstances our thoughts cease to default to negativity, self-doubt, criticism, and cynicism but rather to biblical declarations and principles.

2. Pray the Scripture
Learn to take Scripture, personalize it, and apply it to your present circumstance so that you can see your life through God’s perspective and through the lens of Scripture.

3. Keep a journal
The act of writing is extremely powerful. By slowing down to write our thoughts out by hand, our thinking processes deepen and we are more aware of our emotions.

By slowing down and becoming more mindful of what is in our heart, we would see God’s hand at work in areas of our lives where we have previously been unaware.

By keeping a written record of those things for which we are thankful, we are able to go back and remind ourselves of the goodness of the Lord. We see this example all throughout Scripture.

4. Worship
Worship is powerful tool in the arsenal of the believer! True, authentic worship shifts our focus off of ourselves and our circumstances onto God, His greatness, and His sovereignty.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Family Ministries Meal

The menu for this week's family ministries meal will be:

Baked Ham
Macaroni and Cheese
Creamed Corn

Meal begins at 5:30 PM, ministries for the entire family begin at 6:30 PM.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Welcome Baby Graclyn

Welcome Gracelyn Rayne to the church family! She weighed in at 7lbs 1oz 20.5” inches long and comes to a family full of excitement and gratitude for her arrival.

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Church Thanksgiving Lunch

Our annual church wide Thanksgiving lunch will be Sunday, November 19 immediately following the morning service.

Turkey and ham will be provided, church family is asked to bring complimentary side dishes and desserts.

All are welcome to stay and enjoy a time of fellowship as we share gratitude for God's blessings on our church.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Operation Christmas Child

It's that time of the year again...Operation Christmas Child time!  It's more than a shoebox filled with toys, every shoebox gift is an excellent resource for evangelism and discipleship which leads to the multiplication of new believers and churches around the world.  

Many families pack a shoebox every year and make it a family ministry project.  Anyone can pack one and if you need ideas, see this link:   How to pack a shoebox

There are a few changes this year.  Shipping cost is now $9.00.  This fee provides for shipping costs but also the evangelistic material placed in the boxes in the country's native language. Also, due to custom regulations, no toothpaste or candy should be packed in the boxes.  

Visit Samaritan's Purse for more information and creative ideas. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Family Ministries Meal

Family Ministries Meal this week will be

Baked Chicken & Dressing
Sweet Potato Casserole

Meal begins at 5:30, ministries for the family begin at 6:30 PM.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Fall Festival

The Fall Festival was one of the best ones ever!  Lots of children, families, games, fun and food!  What a blessing it is to extend love to the community.  Thank you to all who took part in helping in this outreach!

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Friday, October 27, 2017

What Does God's Sovereignty Look Like

What difference does God's sovereignty make In my life?

1. It gives me courage to face my days
There are innumerable events and circumstances in our lives that are beyond our control. Fear and worry can haunt us, arrest us, paralyze us. If God is not in control, then I ought to be afraid! If I think this universe runs according to luck, I ought to worry. But when I see that He is there in the details, controlling, directing, ruling them for my good, I am strengthened and given courage to obey Him.

2. It helps me give thanks in adversity.
There is no such thing as pain without purpose for the child of God. He holds you and your sorrows in His mighty hand and is working in them an eternal weight of glory.

3. It humbles us in our planning
Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God and He will exalt you in due time. It is only If the Lord wills that will can do even the most mundane things in life. Don't take another step without considering Him.

4. It deepens our confidence in Him
God's question in Lam. 3:37 gets to the crux of the subject: "Who is there who speaks and it happens, unless the Lord has ordained [it]?" If no plan of God's can be thwarted by human actions or acts of nature, if He rides every storm and directs all things with purpose for His glory and my good, then He is worthy to be trusted with every fiber of my being.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Fall Festival - Let's Get Ready!

Our fall festival will be Saturday from 3:00 - 6:00 PM. We are excited about some time set aside to bless our church families and community with fun, games, food and much more.

With the growth of this ministry through the years, we will need many volunteers to help in a variety of ways. 

Set up will be Friday beginning at 5:30 PM.  We will be unloading the bounce houses, setting up games and outside activities. 

Saturday beginning at 10:30 AM, we will be meet to get things ready with many details to get ready. 

We welcome all to join us as we prepare and through the festival to bring blessing to our community. Please bring the family and invite friends to share in this time of fall fun!