Greenbrier First United Methodist Church

By BJ FOX

Greenbrier First United Methodist Church is getting ready for our annual Charge Conference in Centerville Oct. 6th.  This annual meeting reviews and evaluates the total mission and ministry of our church for the coming year.  GFUMC will present its reports on all committees, adopt objectives and goals recommended by our church council, and present our budget in keeping with the objectives of The United Methodist Church.   

Our Building Committee is finishing the last of their town hall type meetings this Sunday at 5 p.m. in Wilson Hall.  If you have an opinion about what you would like in our new addition, or just want to know what other people’s thoughts are, come and make yourself heard.  

Call the church to enroll in the new class, Methodism 101, starting Sept. 9th at 6:15 p.m..  Pastor John Farthing  will teach this class on Wednesdays for seven weeks.  Our new Director of Youth Ministries, Josh Hall, is already in full swing with teen activities on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m..  Discovery Club for ages 3 through 6th grades will start again Sept. 9th, Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. 

Pot-luck meals will also begin Sept. 9th at 6 p.m. in Wilson Hall. Each meal will have a theme this year.  The first theme will be Italian; so bring enough Italian food to feed your family and share the fellowship before classes.

Please give blood Tuesday, Aug. 25, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m

Two worship services start Sept. 13th –one at 8:30 a.m. and the second at 10:40 a.m.  Sunday School for all ages will still be at 9:30 a.m with a nursery for babies up to age 3.  Call 581-3895 before Sunday if you need a ride to Sunday school and church in our bus. The church is located on Highway 65 and Tyler in Greenbrier. The office is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Telephone: 679-2452.   

Bethlehem Baptist Church 

By HAZEL LOVE

Another great day of services at Bethlehem this past Sunday.  We had good attendance and several visitors present to worship with us in the morning service.

Nona Glover set the mood for the morning service, singing, "Stand Still".  Bro. Geraldson’s message was from John 14:1 - 6, titled, "The Way To The Father’s House", stressing Jesus as our mediator.  Bro. Larry is beginning a sermon series on "A Journey With Jesus".  Tomorrow’s message will be titled " Jesus Our Redeemer".  We invite all to come and worship with us at Bethlehem and be a part of this series of study of our Savior.

Wednesday evenings study was from Titus 2:11-15, titled "Grace Teaches Us How To Live A Christian Life". 

Bro. Jimmie and Rebecca have begun an "After School Student Outreach" on Wednesdays at the church.  Transportation will be provided with pick-up at the Jr. High and High School.  Students must have written permission from their parents to ride the church bus.  Snacks, games, bible study, and tutoring will be provided.  The students will be supervised by adults, staying until church and youth meeting beginning at 6:30.  Volunteers are needed to prepare the food and supervise.

Lori Reynolds is working hard to organize A College Ministries Class for Sunday School and Wednesday evenings.  We will again have the "Adopt A Student Program".  Families will be able to adopt a student to give them a home away from home, for home cooked meals, a place to get away, etc.  This program is a blessing for all involved.  Bill and I had two students when we had the program before.  They really appreciate being able to be with a family away from the campus.

Lori hopes to have the first Sunday School Class on Sept. 13th and an Ice Cream Social for them on Wednesday, Sept. 9th.

Emanuel Baptist Church News

By KELLY MCNABB

We are settling in our beautiful new church building and witnessing the wonderful blessings God is bringing our way.  The choir sang a wonderful medley called "It is Well" and Tasha Foshee sang "Sometimes it Takes a Storm."  We are blessed with the musical talent we have at Immanuel.

Have you ever asked yourself, "Who am I trying to please?"  We try to please ourselves and others but if we don’t please our Heavenly Father, we won’t please anyone else. Brother King shared with us the things that please God. The first thing that pleases God is our faith and trust in Him. God rewards those who seek and have faith in Him. The sin of unbelief is what hinders us one from entering into Heaven and having a relationship with Jesus Christ, God the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Another thing that pleases God is for us to separate ourselves from the things that are un-godly of the world so that we might be able to serve Him.  Spiritual growth is important in our lives.  We grow in grace by being the loving individuals God wants us to be.  We need to grow in love for each other and be forgiving. He can’t forgive us if we can’t forgive others. We also need to watch our words and our steps. We need to be walking the straight and narrow path. How can we expect to lead others and be an example if we can’t do these things?  Having a life of prayer is key and we should be in a constant state of prayer. Other things that please God are when we pray for our enemies and are sincere about it that something good might come to them. Do good deeds and forsake the sins of your old life. God wants the best for us and we will receive His best when we please Him.

We continue to plan outreach activities in our community and hope that you will join us for services on Sunday. Sunday school at 10 a.m. for all ages and worship at 11 a.m. We have a beautiful new nursery for children up to age 2 and children’s church for ages 2-5. Let us all please God by having fellowship together! Have a blessed week!