By BJ Fox
I am always amazed at how much work is accomplished for God at Greenbrier First United Methodist Church. We have embarked on our full scale building program with over half our people serving on the Steering Committee. The reality of our new addition will take further shape when the architect’s plans are revealed within the next two weeks. We are going to add on state-of-the-art facilities for our kitchen, nursery, youth room, fellowship hall, and Sunday school classrooms. Our youth programs have burgeoned with many new families attending our church. We have gone to two worship services on Sunday because of over-crowding.
We are helping with Haiti relief efforts with health kits and dollars. We collected 16 pints of blood this week in a blood drive. We are in the process of re-stocking our food pantry that serves the community for a 30 mile radius. Our knitting/crochet ladies delivered 38 hand-made baby hats to Children’s Hospital and are now back knitting again. Our youth will leave in two weeks for Veritas Conference in Hot Springs. We are a family church involving everyone from babies to seniors with an open hearts, open minds, and open doors policy.
The United Methodist Women attended a Leadership Training Workshop at Vilonia in January and Plans are underway to make 2010 a growing year. All women are invited to join our first unit meeting this year in Wilson Hall, February 21 at 12:30, for a salad luncheon. We offer warm, friendly fellowship, good food, and inspiring programs. A weekday meeting meets the third Monday of every month at 1:00 p.m. This is an open invitation to all women interested in helping with God’s work.
Our United Methodist Men are showing their love with our annual Valentine’s Day banquet Saturday. They always plan a really fun event with karaoke, delicious meal, and great entertainment.
GFUMC has two Sunday worship services--8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday school for all ages is 9:40 a.m. A nursery for babies is provided. If you need a ride, call (501) 581-3895 before Sunday. The church is on Highway 65 and Tyler in Greenbrier. The office telephone is (501) 679-2452.
New Beginning Church
By Diane Robinson
The Fire was the title of Pastor Bob’s morning message taken from 1 Chronicles 21, and Sunday night from Hebrews 10: 1-25. Verse 25 says “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching”. With that said, we are having our Valentine breakfast this Saturday for the church, with bacon, sausage, eggs, hashbrown casserole and homemade biscuits, coffee, and orange juice. Thanks to Becky and John Burns, Marie Barnes, Libby Cole for volunteering to help cook. Also thanks to everyone who has offered to bring all the condiments for the breakfast.
I lost my brother Bud Dyer this past week to that dreadful sickness called alzheimer’s disease. I will miss him so very much but I know he is now free from this disease and I will see him again. Thanks to Jerry and Janis Robbins for the beautiful flowers they sent and also thanks to the church for the flowers, prayers, calls and cards and many of our church family and friends for coming to the funeral.
We are praying for the Dyer family, also for Dan Smalley, Nancy McNew and the family of Patsy Majors and the family of Charlene Patrick and Rose Schwarz, son and many others who need a touch from the Lord.
“The Bible is bread for daily use, not special occasions”. Remember to feed yourself daily with the Word of God.
BETHLEHEM BAPTIST CHURCH
By Hazel Love
Regardless of the weather, we continue to see good attendance at Bethlehem. Thanks to those who have seen the need to clean the parking lot of snow and ice the past couple of weeks. Two weeks ago Allen Bristol, Don Clark and Danny and Charlotte Roberts made things safe for us. This past Wednesday David Sanders did a great job of clearing the area. Because of their dedication to the church, we have not had to cancel any services due to fear of someone falling and getting injured on the church property.
We welcome into our church family, Brandon Davis, who joined with us this past Sunday on letter transfer.
Bro. Larry’s message this past Sunday was “A Command With Consequences”, from Malachi 2:1-9. Bro. Jimmie and Rebecca Decker presented the special music for the morning. Sunday evening’s message was “The Heavenly Mystery of God, with the scripture text from Corinthians 2:1-8.
This past Wednesday evening Bro. Larry felt the need to bring the lesson on “The Power Of Prayer”. We have seen the results of fervent praying recently. God is so good! We ended the service with a special altar prayer time to uplift Carol Frye to our mighty God. Carol if facing surgery for her situation.
We are collecting Greenbrier Super Center receipts for extra finances to furnish the new office complex. If you are not in the Bethlehem family, and know anyone at Bethlehem, we welcome your receipts. Just give them to anyone at Bethlehem and they will be put to use. We get 1 percent of the total of the receipt. It soon adds up.
Congratulations to Gavin Roberts for being chosen District Mr. Galilean. Gavin will represent Bethlehem and the Greenbrier District at the State Galilean meeting. Please pray for Gavin and all of our young men and sponsors in the Galilean Program.
Tomorrow is the deadline for you to bring your filled baby bottles back to the church for the Life Choices “Change For Life 2010” campaign.
Check out our website www.bethlehembaptistchurch.info for activities and times of services at Bethlehem. We always look forward to visitors in our services.
Faith Baptist Church
By Paula McNatt
Pastor Jackson has preached on “How to Know and Do the Will of God in Your Life,” “How to Be Successful as a Christian,” and “The Mission Statement of Jesus.” He also began a series on “Spiritual Disciplines.” On Wednesday evenings we continue the study of “Philippians.” These wonderful messages giving us the “how to,” helping us to apply the spiritual truths we are learning to our everyday lives, encouraging us to be doers of the Word and not just hearers!
The Teens will be having a “Progressive Dinner” on Feb. 2 and a “Teen Fellowship” at Taco Bell on Feb. 28.
Our Mission Conference is scheduled for March 3-7. We are also looking forward to a “Camp Meeting” in May, “Teen Camp” in June, a “Mission Trip” in July, and “Revival” in August.
We invite you to join us for Sunday School at 10 a.m., Preaching at 11 a.m., Sunday Evening Service at 6 p.m., Awana on Wednesday at 6:15 pm and our Mid-Week Preaching/Prayer service at 7 p.m. If you would like more information about Faith Baptist Church or any of our ministries please contact the Church office at 679-2450.