New Beginning Church

By DIANE ROBINSON

Rev. Doyle Patrick preached Sunday, and what a wonderful message it was. Have you ever thought about your GPS in the car and how it helps to guide you to your destination.  Well, Gods GPS, (the Bible) will help you in the same way. It will tell you to turn around that your heading in the wrong direction, if you will just listen for God’s voice and read His word. I would say that God’s GPS is alot safer than the one in your auto. Thanks Bro. Patrick for a eye opening message.

Pastor Bob preached Sunday night from 2 Kings 4:1-7 and his message was on "In Time of Need". The message was on the increase of the widow’s oil. That is a great story one you should read because we all have needs and the Lord is the answer for all of them.

Our prayers for this week is for Rev. Doyle Patrick, my sister Gloria, Sharon Watts sister Sherry, the Veazeys grand daughter Whitley, Bobby and Nancy McNew and several more family and friends. Please remember to keep our country, leaders and service men and women in your prayers.

We have had several praise reports this past week. Darrell and Sharon Watts have had wonderful news from their doctors and also Nancy McNew had a good report on her eye. What a loving and caring God we serve.

"God has two dwellings: one in heaven and the other in a meek and thankful heart."

Calvary Church

By WANDA "LULU" HARRIS

Let me tell you about the wonderful service we had at Calvary Church on Sunday morning! Oh my, it was such a blessing to be in the Lord’s house and to feel his presence. The spirit of the Lord was working when the song, "What A Meeting" was sung by the ensemble. Not a dry eye in the place. How anyone could sit through that song and not want to be in that very special place is beyond me! 

Brother Lynn Mayall spoke to us about the stormy sea of life. We never know from day to day what is going to take place or come into our lives. This leads to stress and anxiety and this is why we need to turn it over to God and let him take care of us. Anxiety is no more than un-belief. Trust in God. He is the only answer.

Sunday night’s service was a night of old fashioned singing and people praising the Lord for what he had done in their lives. Testimonies are wonderful to hear and for me they make me realize that God is ever so present in our world and that he knows what is best for me. "In everything, give thanks." We should all remember to do this. God gives us tests so that we become stronger in our faith and learn to put more and more trust in him. We need to takes our tests and turn them into testimonies.

After the evening service, a very special event was held in the fellowship hall. That event was the Winter Freeze. Great fun was had by all who attended. Fingerfoods and then onto ice cream sundaes and banana splits! Every imaginable topping was available to suit everyone’s tastebuds. Oh what a night!

Praising the Lord through fellowship with one another is what makes Calvary Church such a special place. If you are looking for a church home, please feel free to come and visit anytime. Sunday services are at 11am and 6 p.m. and Wednesday night potluck and Bible study starts at 6 p.m. We are located at 1832 Robinson Ave. "We are a fellowship of Baptist believers." 

Wesley United Methodist Church

By LYNN BEATTY

At Wesley United Methodist Church, we are blessed each Sunday by the music of our talented young pianist, Daniel De Togni. It is a joy to listen as he accompanies our choir and congregation, whether it is as the hymn is written or when he puts his own special touch to the piece. He definitely has a gift. This was evident when he became a part of our church staff three years ago, but we’ve also seen his versatility expand and talent grow. And congratulations are now in order after Daniel won first place in the jazz piano category at state competitions last week.  

We are also blessed to have our quilters. This group of ladies, aptly called the Keenagers, meets each Tuesday morning for quilting projects and fellowship. Several quilts are completed each year and, from the proceeds of these projects, they generously provide many items for our church. Some more recent donations include a new dishwasher for the parsonage as well as funds for parsonage improvements. They also bought new silverware for our church’s kitchen as well as provided funds toward church utilities. Last year they completed 9 quilts, one of which was a surprise gift to our pastor and his wife.     

Rev. David Hoffman and his wife, Kim, were very deserving of this beautiful quilt, and we are blessed to have them in our church family. The message he gives each week always has something for us to take home, something we can apply to our own lives. On the seventh Sunday after the Epiphany, we were reminded of how we live in a world that’s not always so easy to live in but to remember the lesson of love. And if there’s a problem, we need to fix it and not let things fester. But we should also remember that wherever there’s conflict, there’s also hope for peace.     

If you do not have a church you regularly attend or are looking for one to maybe someday call "home", please feel free to join us. Located at 2310 E. Oak St., we love to see new faces, and our doors are always opened wide. 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. All of our services are open to the public, and guests of all ages are welcome at each one. If you have any questions, please call our church office at 327-7629.

Bethlehem 

Baptist Church

By HAZEL LOVE 

If you read the Sheriff’s log in the LCD this past week, you probably noticed an altercation that happened at Bethlehem. Let me clarify - the parties involved were clients of our Food Pantry and not a part of any worship services. They had a few words inside the FLC and carried the argument out onto the parking lot. Hope this clears up some of the questions about what happened. This is some of the unfortunate things that can happen when you deal with the general public. Our aim is to help those in need thru the service of our Food Pantry.

We continue to have good services at Bethlehem. Sunday, Feb. 13, Bro. Tony Crocker preached for us in both services. This past Sunday our own, Bro. John Smith, preached for the morning service. Lori Reynolds sang "We Will All Bow Down" for the special music. Bro. Preston Kelso was our guest speaker in the evening service.

What an awesome group of GMA and Galilean’s we have at Bethlehem. They recently raised $1526.45 for the Life Choices Baby Bottle campaign. The girls won the challenge with $783.86. The boys had a total of $742.59. The entire church total will be available later.

This past Monday night Lori Reynolds, Linda Hammontree, Susan Cavin and I hosted MNM for the youth group at Lori’s house. They were served soft tacos, cheese dip, cookies and cupcakes. Games, Boppit and 4 On The Couch were played.

Please be in prayer for our Pulpit Committee as they diligently search for a new pastor for Bethlehem.

To learn more about Bethlehem, you may go to the website www.bethlehembaptistchurch.info. 

Immanuel 

Baptist Church

By TRACY EVERETT

The past few weeks, Bro. King has been preaching sermons from Revelation concerning end time events. We’ve beheld the glorious Lamb, as He returns to claim His people. We’ve seen what makes Christ such a worthy Lamb because of all the gifts He possesses and how He so lovingly gave those gifts to us, even when we were not deserving. This week Bro. King spoke on the seven-year tribulation period and the coming of the anti-christ. There are many meanings associated with the word tribulation. Some of them are grievous trouble, severe trial or suffering and affliction. And the meaning of anti-christ is just that – this person will be against Christ. There will be so much suffering and deception and pain during this tribulation period. We all need to understand the events and activities that will occur during this time, but one of the most important things we need to fully understand is how we can completely avoid it. You see, the real and only Christ is coming back for His saved people, to take us away before this tribulation, where we will be with our Heavenly Father during this period. Salvation through Jesus Christ is Gods ultimate free gift to us because of the love that He has for his people. If you are saved now, we need to still be concerned about our family members, friends or co-workers that might not be. The tribulation period is very real, very scary, and very painful. Please don’t ignore what you can do to avoid it, and especially how you can spread Jesus’ saving message to help others avoid it also.

This Sunday at Immanuel is World Missions Day. Sunday evening, we have a special speaker coming at 6 p.m. He is Dr. Ralph Izard, director of the Baptist Medical Missions International program. He will be speaking to us about the programs and services that this great organization is providing all over the world and how you can help them, either physically or financially, but especially prayerfully. After his presentation, our Weds night groups, Sunbeams, GMAs and Galileans will be hosting a missions fair in our fellowship hall. There will be displays and foods highlighting various mission locations all around the world so you can have a better understanding of where God is working and how your support of these missions is helping bring people to the Lord each and every day. We invite anyone who wants to attend these programs to please come. Again, they begin at 6 p.m. Sunday evening.  

We’d also like to invite you to attend all our services here at Immanuel. Sunday morning, we have Sunday School classes for all ages beginning at 10 a.m., followed by worship service and children’s church at 11 a.m. Our youth meet at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoons and college and career class is at 5 p.m. Our regular evening worship begins at 6 p.m. On Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., we have ladies and men bible study classes, and this is also the time when our Sunbeam, GMA and Galilean programs meet. If you would like information about any of these services or any other activities our church offers, please don’t hesitate to call Bro. King or Lisa at 501-679-2612. Have a blessed week!