New Beginning Church
By Diane Robinson
"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." (Psalms 119:105). We had an outstanding Sunday school lesson this past Sunday. "Basis for Christian Ethics" was the title of our lesson. As Christians, why must we look to the Bible? Because God has provided in Holy Scripture the only authoritative moral guide on which to base ethics. To be right in God’s sight, our morals and ethics must be based on Holy Scripture.
Read Psalms 19:7-14, "The Law of the Lord is perfect, the testimony of the Lord is sure. The statues of the Lord are right, the commandments of the Lord is pure. The fear of the Lord is clean, the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous." Thanks to Pastor Bob for a great Sunday school lesson and two great services.
We are praying for the Smithson family for their loss and for the Guzman family and their loss. Heaven has gained two wonderful and loving people.
This coming Sunday, we are having a pot luck dinner after the morning service. Everyone is suppose to bring a photo of themselves when they were babies and a wedding photo or one as a young adult. We will try to guess who they are.
We have a couple of birthdays coming up, and we want to wish Debbie Passmore and Erica Hindman a blessed one.
By Wanda "LuLu" Harris
"This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine." I think we all remember singing this song as a child growing up, but as adults we need to sing this to ourselves daily.
Philippians 2:13-14 says, "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings. That ye may be blameless and harmless, the Sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation; among whom ye shine as lights in the world." We need to strive to live righteously and to portray our love of God to those around us. We may just be that little light that ignites the fire in someone to come to know Jesus Christ as their personal savior.
This was Bro. Lynn’s message on Sunday morning. Is your light shining? Our testimony is to shine before men. Let them see our good works. There are five ways to let your light shine 1) you have to be saved and to know the Lord 2) you must have a public confession of faith in the Lord 3) follow in baptism 4) be a member of the Lord’s church and 5) to live an uncompromised testimony. I want the light in me to shine bright so that others may see that God is ever so present in my life. I want to be that witness that is able to lead someone to know Christ.
Friday night was our family fun night here at Calvary Church. It really turned out to be a surprise roast and toast of Randy Mayall, our music director. Great fun filled the air. What a great fellowship time, with laughter, tears, fun and prayer. I just love being a part of our family here at Calvary. We had lots of fingerfoods and a wonderful birthday cake for our birthday guy. Randy gives us (ensemble) encouragement each and every Sunday as he leads us in learning new music or preparing to sing an old gospel hymn. He makes us laugh when we may not feel like laughing. He always brightens my day, and Randy, I want to thank you for that! All of us here at Calvary love you!
If you are looking for a new church home or interested in learning more about Jesus, we would love to have you come and visit us here at Calvary. We are located at 1832 Robinson Ave. in Conway. We are "a fellowship of Baptist believers".
Wesley United Methodist Church
By Lynn Beatty
We will be in union tomorrow with other churches in the area for the Fifth Sunday Fellowship Service of the United Methodist Churches of Conway. This service of fellowship will begin at 5 p.m. and will be held at Salem United Methodist Church, 1018 Salem Road. Brother Luther Williams, pastor of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, will deliver the sermon, and choirs from Ebenezer UMC and Salem UMC will provide music.
If you do not have a church you regularly attend, or even if you do, you are always welcome at Wesley United Methodist Church for our services, activities or events. Located at 2310 E. Oak St., our Sunday worship service begins at 10 a.m., with Sunday school at 9 a.m. Nursery is provided. We also have a Wednesday evening service which includes a prayer team at 6 p.m., potluck supper at 6:30 p.m., and Bible study at 7 p.m. If you have any questions, call our church office at 327-7629.
Our fifth Sunday potluck dinner will follow our morning worship service tomorrow, and our guests will be invited to join us for this as well. All of our services are open to the public, and guests of all ages are welcome at each one. If you are looking for a church to visit, please feel free to join us for worship and receive our Wesley welcome: "To all who mourn and need comfort, to all who are tired and need rest, to all who are friendless and want friendship, to all who are homeless and want sheltering love, to all who pray and to all who do not pray but ought, to all who sin and need a Savior, and to whomever will — this church opens wide its doors."
Bethlehem Baptist Church
By Hazel Love
Since the last writing, we have had some good services with visiting ministers filling the pulpit. Bro. Bobby Gilmore was with us on the 9th, Bro. Bradney Lopez, the 16th and Bro. Johnnie Hoffman on the 23rd. Bro. Jurl Mitchell has been with us on Wednesday evenings during January and will continue as long as needed. Thanks to Bro. Jurl for his commitment to Bethlehem during this time.
This past Sunday, we welcomed Cody Maxwell into our church family as a candidate for baptism.
Sunday evening, we went back to having our All Auxiliary Night for the WMA and Brotherhood to meet. Before breaking into groups Bro. Danny Patterson delivered the devotional message. Patricia Hartwick gave the devotional for the WMA using a relative of hers, who was near death and hospitalized for several weeks, as an example of what prayer can do.
Congratulations to Amber Atkinson, Bethlehem’s new Miss GMA. Cassie Hartwick was named Alternate.
OK all of you chocoholics, the WMA is planning a Chocoholic Bake Sale for Sunday, Feb. 13, which incidentally is the day before Valentine’s Day). The WMA is asking for contributors from ladies, men and youth to make your favorite chocolate dessert, etc. and bring for a silent auction to follow the morning service. We need everyone to stay to bid on the items (even if you bring something). The WMA needs funds as we have not met for several months and the WMA is not funded under the church budget. Neither is the Brotherhood.
Tomorrow is Youth Sunday at Bethlehem. All portions of the morning service will be led by the youth. Bro. Jimmie will be delivering both the morning and evening messages.
Immanuel Baptist Church
By Tracy Everett
"Behold The Lamb..which taketh away the sin of the world!" Just as John the Baptist declared this when Jesus was on the earth, we should all still be declaring this today.
Jesus is the beautiful sacrificial lamb that took the sins of all mankind on himself, allowed His body to be beaten and broken for our transgressions, and through His death on the cross, He paid the ultimate price to His heavenly Father that mankind could never pay. He died for you and He died for me, but through the miraculous love and mercy of God, He LIVES today for all of us, offering salvation that releases us from the clutches of sin and death and promises us eternal life in His heavenly presence. Behold The Lamb of God!
The Lord continues to show His love at Immanuel Baptist in so many ways, especially through the addition of new members to our church family, both through profession of salvation and through membership by letter. We are so thankful to Jesus for touching the hearts of Stephanie Battles and Chloe Cardin and also Chloe’s parents, Steve and Allison Cardin. We are also blessed to have Keith, Melissa, and Addison Duncan join. We look forward to the continued blessings that these members will bring.
Speaking of blessings, our GMA and Galilean programs just continue to be a shining light in our community through the girls and boys that make up these groups. Recently, both groups held their annual nominations for church representatives. To qualify for these titles, the boys and girls must meet a host of attendance and participation qualifications, as well as a scored interview session.
In the GMA program, Madison Cardin was chosen as Junior Miss GMA and Rachel Everett was chosen as alternate. Stephanie Battles was chosen as Miss GMA and Sydney Everett was chosen as alternate. Both girls represented Immanuel at the District meeting this past Sunday afternoon, and we are so pleased to announce that Madison was chosen as District Junior Miss GMA and Stephanie was chosen as District second alternate Miss GMA.
In the Galilean program, Matthew Burroughs was selected as Junior Mr. Galilean, and Andrew Burroughs was chosen as alternate. Devin Rust was selected as Mr. Galilean and Brad Williams was chosen as alternate. These boys will represent Immanuel at their district meeting this weekend.
All of our young people are such blessings to us at Immanuel because of their dedicated work and service for the Lord. If your family would like to be a part of these programs or any of our services, we would love to have you. Please feel free to call Bro. King or Lisa at 501-679-2612 for information about service times and upcoming events.
In Matthew 18:20, Jesus tells us "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them." Come share Jesus Christ with us at Immanuel Baptist Church.
Have a blessed week.