This week's Family Ministries Meal will be one of our favorites - Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Lima Beans, Rolls and Dessert. Meal begins at 5:30 PM, ministries for the entire family begin at 6:30 PM. All are welcome to join us as we grow in the Lord as a family of God.
Monday, February 26, 2018
Children's Ministry Day is Saturday, March 3. All children are welcome to be involved in a community service project. Plans are to meet at church at 10:00 AM to bake cookies and make cards of appreciation for our local nurses.
All supplies will be provided, children are encouraged to come and share in the action of making and taking Christian joy and service into our community.
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Friday, February 23, 2018
Our ladies fellowship will be Tuesday, February 27 beginning at 5:30 PM. In addition, we will be celebrating the arrival of
Finley Wyatt C.
who has been placed by God into the home of
Mitchell, Janell and Trenten C.
We rejoice with them and are excited to show our love and support for them as we shower them with love for the new baby.
Essential needs are
Diapers—size 1 and 2
*a box is available to bring gifts if unable to attend the shower.
All ladies are welcome to enjoy a fun evening, full of fellowship and blessing. A cake will be provided, please plan to bring a finger food to share!
Thursday, February 22, 2018
On February 28, our youth will participate in the True Love Waits program.
Founded in 1993, the True Love Waits program is designed to promote abstinence among high school and college students. It is an international program sponsored by LifeWay Christian Resources, though it is lead in a grassroots way by participating youth.
True Love Waits promotes sexual purity not just in a physical way, but also in a cognitive, spiritual, and behavioral way.
True Love Waits points out significant markers in our lives and uses them to teach us how walk a path of purity. It promotes a practical approach to abstinence rather than just saying "don't have sex before marriage."
Please begin to pray for our teenagers as they begin this study, that they may be impacted and equipped to stand for purity.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Our ladies are excited to being a new Bible Study which will begin March 7.
In this six-week excursion with Jesus, Beth Moore uses questions from Scripture to lead you into intimacy with the One who knows you best. Learn to dig into the Word, to respond to the questions of God, and to bring your questions before Him. Let the crooked punctuation mark be the map that points you into a closer relationship with the Father.
- Learn to pray to promote intimacy with God.
- Explore questions and responses from the Bible.
- Track your quest by journaling along the way.
- Learn to read and respond to Scripture.
The study will be held on Wednesday nights at 6:30 PM in the church fellowship hall. Books are available for purchase for $15.00.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
This week's Family Ministry meal will have a mission emphasis. Bean soup will be on the menu, but layered bean jars will be shared to each family. As you take a bean jar home, each variety of beans represent a prayer request.
Meal begins at 5:30 PM and will include bean soup, salad, bread and grilled cheese and chips for the children.
Family Ministries follows at 6:30 PM.
Monday, February 19, 2018
February is known as the month of love. We often fall into the emotions and sensation of love due to the visible reminders all around us.
Here are a few ideas to help us love as the church and love others as Scripture commands us to.
In a practical way, help someone who is in need.
Some of the least helpful words we say to people are “Call me if you need anything”.
We know that they wont call, but we feel better having offered at least something…..even though that “something” was really nothing.
If you want to reach out, do so in a practical and concrete way. Name a date and a specific way you’d like to meet that need.
Do a kind deed for a family in the church.
Do you have a family in your church that’s in need? Whatever it is, reach out and go a kind deed to show them that they matter to you!
Invite a family over for dinner
This is such a meaningful way of reaching out to people; especially new people in your church, making them feel welcome.
Be challenged to reach out to a family in church: kids or no kids – and invite them to share a meal with you at your table.
Reach out to someone in your church with whom you don’t usually fellowship
It is natural that we gravitate to those people with whom we have a lot in common, people who have similar or complimentary personalities…and often to the avoidance of those with whom we have nothing in common or who have personalities that rub us wrong.
May we reach out to someone in our church with whom you don’t usually fellowship. Invite them over for dinner. Go out to coffee with them. Spend time getting to know them.
Many times we are quick to make judgments about people, and miss out on a beautiful friendship because we assumed that we wouldn’t get along with that person.
These acts of love are all ways that God’s people can reach out, expecting nothing in return, and show the love of Jesus to their church….and even to the world around them.
We should be known by our love and selfless acts of service, as we reach out to others as service unto the Lord!
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Friday, February 16, 2018
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Wednesday Family Ministries falls on Valentine's Day this year! What better place to celebrate love than in God's house! There is a special meal planned for this week.
- Beef Tips
- Mushroom Rice
- Steamed Broccoli
Meal begins at 5:30 PM, ministries for the entire family begin at 6:30 PM.
Thursday, February 8, 2018
We all know there are no perfect churches, but there are many that are pressing toward the high water mark we see in Scripture.
Here are some signs you may be going to a great local church:
1. It is led by a team of godly leaders
2. The Gospel is central to every sermon, program and meeting (1 Corinthians 15:3,4) and the advancement of it both locally and globally drive strategic initiatives (Acts 1:8).
3. People are using their spiritual gifts not just watching the “stage team” exercise theirs (1 Corinthians 12:12-31), resulting in disciples being made and multiplied (2 Timothy 2:2).
4. It, like the early church, is integrated, fully representing the demographic of the community in which it resides (Ephesians 2:11-21)
5. Love, demonstrating itself in friendliness, generosity, internal/external care programs and community involvement, dominates the atmosphere (1 Corinthians 13:1-8).
6. Most likely there is a thriving small group program where members truly can have great biblical conversations, share struggles and pray with/for each other (James 5:16).
7. The people are being inspired and equipped to share their faith relationally, resulting in more and more new believers being added to the church (Acts 2:47).
8. The teaching/preaching is biblical, theological and immensely practical (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 4:1-4).
9. Ministry to children and teenagers are top priorities, not afterthoughts (Titus 2:1-8; Deuteronomy 6:4-9).
10. Intercessory prayer fuels everything. It’s the engine, not the caboose, of how the church rolls from top to bottom (1 Timothy 2:1-8).
Interesting highlights of areas where our strengths are recognized and areas which can be strengthened to be a great church!
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Sometimes senior saints question their usefulness in the church as they age. That’s unfortunate because they’re an essential part of the body of Christ. Although we trust in our sovereign and wise God to add and take away from his local body as he sees fit, church life is different without them.
we need to remind our elderly members that they’re not only loved by their Good Shepherd and Savior—they’re also loved and needed by his people.
Here are four reasons every local church needs senior saints.
1. As a church we need your prayers.
We need older members to pray out loud during worship services, Bible studies and prayer meetings. We also need their private prayers.
2. We need your practical, biblical wisdom.
Whether through teaching a class or sharing a comment during a Bible study or encouraging a young mom during fellowship, every church members needs the wisdom that comes from decades of studying the Word mixed with decades of life experience.
Senior saints, please continue to speak into the lives of younger believers with love and truth and grace. The church needs your wisdom not simply because you’re older, but because you bring the practical, biblical wisdom that only comes from marinating in the Word and walking with Christ in both life’s joys and sorrows.
3. We need your encouragement.
As the Psalmist exclaims, “One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts” (Psalm 145:4). Don’t hesitate to share your stories of provision and grace and forgiveness, and to remind us of God’s goodness and faithfulness. Senior saint, we need your encouragement.
4. We need your presence.
We know it takes a lot of work for older folks to get to church. We know that there will come a day that we need to come to you, rather than you coming to us. But until that day, we need your presence.
There’s something particularly special about the redeemed people of God coming together for worship and seeing a spectrum of ages. There’s something about coming together to worship with people who are different than us—even generationally—that points to the beauty of the gospel and the glory of God. There’s something about knowing fellow saints who can speak of God never abandoning them through decades that powerfully reminds us of the faithfulness of God.
We don’t call you “senior saint” because you’re perfect or because you don’t have struggles like the rest of us. We call you “senior saint” because your faith in Christ in your senior years points to the fact that the same God who saves is the same God who sustains. Lift your heads, dear senior saints.
You’re needed. Please don’t stop serving.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Friday, February 2, 2018
February is here! It is a beautiful month where love abounds! There are several activities planned at Antioch for February. Watch for more details in the bulletin and calendar.
Baby Bottle Boomerang:
There are still baby bottles to take home, fill with change and return to help support our local Pregnancy Care Center.
Layered Bean Soup Mission Project:
We are creating layered bean jars which provide a visual representation of mission needs to pray for.
There will be a special meal and presentation on February 20.
Titus 2 Day Trip:
All ladies are welcome to join for a day trip on February 13. More details will be coming, but ladies interested are encouraged to save the date.
Children's Ministry Day:
Special plans are being made for our children to participate in a community mission project. Watch for more details.
On February 22 there will be a time of fellowship for our men.
Our ladies will meet for a time of fellowship and encouragement on February 27.
There are many activities going on, be encouraged to be involved!
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