Immanuel Baptist Church
By Kelly McNabb
It seems as though we have a new family joining the church more often and we certainly are excited about that. The Carlat Family (Dale, Cindy, Sara and Josh) recently joined Immanuel to include the baptism of Cameron Burroughs, Tyler Williams, JB Shaw, Blake Tilley and Rachel Everett. Sunday morning, Katie Guffey sang a wonderful Natalie Grant song "I’m in Better Hands Now" and the choir sang the medley "Crown Him King." The choir is now starting work on the Christmas Cantata and we have recruited a few more to join. Come and join us in singing praises each Sunday morning.
Brother King preached the realities of Hell from the pulpit and it was such an eye-opener. It isn’t always a pleasant subject and it doesn’t get preached about a lot anymore because it makes us squirm. In Luke 16:19-31, it tells of the man who was sent to Hell and how much he was tormented.
No one wants to hear about the punishment and torture of Hell but as Christians, we have to tell those who are not saved about the realities of Hell. It is real and it is being enlarged everyday. It is full of agony, suffering and torment. If we could experience Hell for just one-tenth of a second, we would be running to those who need to hear the news of Jesus Christ and his saving grace.
Hell is not a figment of our imagination; it is the witness and testimony in the word of God – a true fact.
Hell is a total and eternal separation of God and you will never have the source of all light, goodness and love that comes from Him again. Luke 16:26 talks about how we can’t cross back over once we enter Heaven or Hell. But we do need to realize that God does not send his children to Hell. We choose to send ourselves there when we don’t accept Jesus Christ into our lives. Every Sunday school lesson, every sermon, every person who has ever witnessed to us is a plea from God to reconcile with Him. Come back to Him today and be secure in your salvation so that you may have the promise of all the light, goodness and love that He wants to give to you. Join us at Immanuel Baptist Church in Greenbrier as we continue to reach out to the community for Christ.
New Beginning Church
By Diane Robinson
What is a convenient christian? Someone who is suited to personal comfort or easy performance. Just how comfortable are we as christian to sit back and do nothing for our Lord. He doesn’t ask much from us and yet we are so comfortable in our life style, to spend time with Him or even go to church. As Pastor Bob and I left the church Sunday to go and eat, I found so many people at home spending time with Mr. TV, or Mr. Computer, or mowing the lawn, washing the car and especially out playing ball. The day of judgement won’t be so comfortable for convenient christians then. Pastor Bob preached from Acts 24:13-27 and titled his message " Convenient Christian".
We are praying for many who need a touch from the Lord, but also our country our leaders and our children who have started back to school, and for all the people who are unaware that Satan is trying to use them and control their lives. If you are looking for a church to attend you can call 679-5270, and if you are a church jumper you need to find one and serve in it, and if you attend a church you like but are not faithful I pray that you will become faithful. If your troubles are deep-seated and long-standing, try kneeling.
Greenbrier First United Methodist Church
By BJ Fox
Potluck suppers are one of the most fun things that southerners do. Tomorrow is our fifth Sunday potluck, right after worship service around noon. Bring a dish to Greenbrier First United Methodist Church and enjoy the fellowship. Even if you don’t bring a dish, come and enjoy the fellowship. Pot-luck meals will also begin every Wednesday, 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, plus one, and share the fellowship before classes.
Two new classes start soon. Our Associate Pastor, Donna Bennett, will teach a Beth Moore Bible Study group starting Sept. 16th at 12:30 p.m. The Power of God’s Word works as you ponder what Beth Moore taught. Beth’s stirring insights touch the hearts of all people, regardless of age, race, denomination, or nationality. Methodism 101, starts Sept. 9th at 6:15 p.m. with Pastor John Farthing teaching. Call the church office to sign up for either class.
A mission camping trip is planned for September 11th through the 13th at the Choctaw Recreation Area. We will be helping with the annual Greers Ferry Lake Cleanup that Saturday morning. Campsites are first come, first served that week-end. Bring food, drinks, and supplies for your crew and join the fun for a good cause.
Two worship services start at 8:30 and 10:40 a.m. Sept. 13. Sunday school for all ages is 9:30 a.m. The church has 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.
Bono Baptist Church
By John Birdsong
We have four new members to announce since my last report. These are Andrew DiRocco, Audrey Lewing, Kennedy Verbeck, and Shirley Castle. As always, we welcome new members with open arms and look forward to having them as part of the Bono family.
AWANA has begun for the fall with a large enthusiastic crowd of kids this week. A new starting time of 6:15 p.m. became effective this past Wednesday. The youth ministry also meets at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. Adult Bible Study begins at 7 p.m.
Our youth are enjoying a back to school retreat this weekend at Cold Springs. There has been a lot of planning for this retreat and much excitement on the part of the youth. We hope to hear a good report at church tomorrow.
Tomorrow evening we will have an Instrumental Music Night.
This is one of four Sunday evenings we set apart each year for a musical emphasis. Everyone who plays a musical instrument is invited to bring it and present special music. Pianists and organists are also welcome to participate. We look forward to celebrating the role of instrumental music in our worship.
The Church Council met on Saturday Aug. 15th to produce a calender of activities for the coming year.
Many wonderful programs and activities are to be offered and those who did all the necessary planning are to be commended.
We will be announcing some of these upcoming events in this space very soon.
Bethlehem Baptist Church
By Bill Love
We continue to see first time visitors in our services at Bethlehem. This past Sunday was another day of blessing in God’s house. Rebecca Decker sang for the special music on Sunday morning, preceding Bro. Larry’s message "My Redeemer Lives". This was the second in a series of messages on "Journey With Jesus". The Bible text was from John 14:1-6, focusing on verse 2. We welcome Hayley Edwards who joined with us on letter transfer.
Sunday evening we were blessed with the Sunbeams presenting their yearly program. What a blessing it is to see even the youngest of our church family witnessing for God. Thanks to our dedicated teachers in this department. Following the service, Dwayne and Yolanda Bardin joined with us to be baptized at a later date. A cookie and punch fellowship followed in the Family Life Center.
We are excited about our Wednesday evening study that began this past Wednesday with the introduction to "Deliverance and Dominion". The key verse is Romans 6:22, with Romans chapter 6 and 7 being the text for the study. The three topics will be "Deliverance From Dominion Of Death", Romans 6"1-11; "Deliverance From Sin, Romans 6:12-23; and "Deliverance From Demand Of The Law", Romans 7:1-25. We invite you to come on Wednesday evenings, starting Sept. 9. (Next week is a special called business meeting.)
The Wednesday afternoon youth program is off to a good start. Last week there were 22 present and 30 this past Wednesday. Bro. Jimmie still needs volunteers to prepare a snack and stay around with the teens until church time. This is not a hard job to do. They just need an adult to be available if they need anything. Snacks can be of your choosing - and you will be reimbursed for your expenses for the food. Tomorrow is Youth Sunday with our youth leading in all services. Tomorrow evening the Galilean’s will have their Recognition Service to recognize their work for the year. Come support our youth as they lead in God’s services.