New Beginning Church
By Diane Robinson
Pastor Bob’s message Sunday morning was taken from Isaiah and chapter 59 verse 1 and 2 says, "Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, that he will not hear.
This is the tragic of sin. I pray that 2011 is the year you find the Lord and put Him first in your life.
The Rev. Bobby Majors is out of the hospital but still needs our prayers, and we are still in prayer for Nancy McNews eye and Techler Clark and Rose Schwarz also needs a touch from the Lord. "Nothing lies outside the reach of prayer except that which is outside the will of God". The tragedy of our day is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer. Start your day with prayer and your day will be so much better and then end it in prayer for a peaceful and restful night.
New Beginning Church started serving black-eye peas and cornbread to our congregation several years ago, and its not that we believe that we will prosper from eating it, we know that the Lord will take care of that, but that is what most people serve on New Years day. It started in our home when people would drop by and I would have several big pots of peas cooking and they would sit down and enjoy a bowl with us. The only thing that has changed is the location and that will be at the church again this year for the fun of sharing our food and the great fellowship we have when we are together. We have a great group of people who love the Lord and we want them to know we love them too and love serving them.
By Wanda "LuLu" Harris
How many of you dreaded the Christmas season this year? If you did, then you were looking at it the wrong way. Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of our Savior. It is not about all the parties and gifts. I hope everyone remembered the true meaning of this very special time. I pray that each and everyone of you had a blessed Christmas. It is definitely a time to enjoy friends and family.
The ladies Sunday School class had a very special guest to speak this week. April Mack, Bro. Lynn’s daughter was able to share what God had laid on her heart. We all need to be more Christ-like and less concerned about ourselves. We have so much to be thankful for, that we all take for granted.
Our Sunday morning sermon was led by Bro. Roy Mack. He and his wife, April with their four lovely daughters were home visiting for the holidays. His message was of Bethlehem and how our God is interested in the little things. Sunday night he brought us the message about trying your faith and having patience. We spend our lives between the promises in the Bible. We want to see those things completed in our lives. We need to have patience for people and for circumstances/conditions. We should all RUN to God! Don’t give up or run away during troubles and trials. We should turn it over to God by stepping out on faith.
My prayer for the New Year is this...I would like to see more and more people turn their lives over to Christ. God in my life has brought peace and joy! I want everyone to know that same feeling. All I can say is , "if you are unsure where you stand in the world today and would like to give it all to God, then come and visit with us at Calvary Church." Spreading the word of God is contagious. I love being able to share just a piece with you all on a weekly basis.
Please have a safe and happy New Year! God Bless! Remember we are "A fellowship of Baptist believers".
Wesley United Methodist Church
By Lynn Beatty
This was a year not only of blessings at Wesley United Methodist Church but also a year of loss, and the front of our sanctuary has been filled with beautiful poinsettias as a way of remembrance. On these past few Sundays, we have seen flowers placed in memory of family we have lost as well as in honor of those who are loved. And one in particular was placed in honor of Layla Reese Heffington, who was three weeks old on Christmas Day.
During our Christmas Celebration service on Sunday, we were asked just "what can a baby do?" We were reminded of how helpless babies are when they’re born and how they can’t do much for themselves when they’re small. But we were also told that their birth is immeasurable and what an impact they make when they’re born. We were told that the Christ child came into this world in an expression of love and how this arrival then created the relationship Christ has with each of us. We were told that even though babies are helpless when they’re born, they still change the lives of those into whose lives they come. Relationships are made stronger, and families are brought closer together because of one small child. And on Christmas Celebration Sunday, we remembered one small child who did this so well.
Wesley United Methodist Church is a compassionate and friendly family of faith. Located at 2310 E. Oak St., guests are welcomed with "open hearts, open minds, open doors". 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. We are proud of our church and our members, but we also love to see new faces, and our doors are always opened wide. As this New Year begins, if you do not have a church you regularly attend and are looking for one to maybe someday call "home", you are always welcome at Wesley United Methodist Church.
Bethlehem Baptist Church
By Hazel Love
We had two good services this past Sunday. In the morning service Bro. Dwayne Thomas was our guest speaker. His message was "Vision for 2011" with the text from Proverbs 29:18. He stressed 5 needs for a vision: 1. A vision for lost souls; 2. A vision for how bad Hell really is; 3. A vision of what the Bible says; 4. A vision of prayer; and 5. A vision of the cross. Bro. Dwayne is the father of our own Leslie Burrows. We were pleased to have him and his family with us.
Sunday evening, Bro. Brian Harvison delivered the message on "What Are Some Things We Know About The Holy Spirit?" The text was from John 14:16-17;26. Bro. Brian used a flashlight as a visual comparison for the sermon. The flashlight 1. Gives light for comfort in the dark - Jesus is our light for comfort; 2. The batteries are the power source - Jesus is our power source; 3. On-off switch for power — Our on-off switch is our own will to serve God.
Congratulations to The Way (Bethlehem Youth Group). They raised enough funds for a mission project to purchase two goats to help an under privileged community abroad. Speaking of our youth, they also deserve a big thank you for giving up a Monday of Christmas break to work with the Bethlehem Food Pantry.
Do you want to start the new year off right? If so, we would love to see you in the services at Bethlehem Baptist Church tomorrow. Bro. Jurl Mitchell will be preaching in both the morning and evening services.