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...and he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season. And its leaf does not wither, and in whatever he does, he prospers!"  Psalms 1.3

Building a strong congregation to produce fruit for the Kingdom of God!"

Notes from Pastor Johnny Kendrick

       Things are really changing fast in our community where the virus is concerned. The numbers continue to go down, and for that, we are very thankful. For a while, it seemed like things would never get better, but now, we can see the light at the end of tunnel. Consequently, we are making plans, and more plans, every week adding more things to our schedule.      

       The trick is, we do not want to get ahead of ourselves and put people at risk, but at the same time we do not want to lag behind any opportunity we might have. It's not that difficult. I don't want to make it sound like rocket science, but there are certain parameters to be observed, and we are trying to walk in the safest path possible going forward, and at the same time be courageous and take advantage of every opportunity we are given.

       I can tell you one thing, after what we have been through, we sure do not like having to cancel mid-week services because of bad weather, but we did have to cancel last night. (3/17) Storms did cross the NW corner of our county, and there was significant damage, so we are praying for those affected, not only in our own county, but in our state, and the entire gulf coast region. 

       There are changes to our schedule on the horizon, actually, the immediate horizon, beginning with Easter.

       Easter Sunday, we will have four live worship services, two at 9am (one in fellowship hall, one in the sanctuary) and two at 11 (one in the fellowship hall, one in the sanctuary). 

       Each of these services will be live. We will be doing FB live, but there will not be any on campus streaming (overflow). Wesley Hicks, our Associate Pastor, and I will be doing one service each at 9 and 11, and John Lee and Taylor will lead worship in one service at 9 and another at 11, as will Paul and his worship team. So, no matter which venue you choose at either hour, you will have live worship and a live speaker.

       So, you can invite anyone you want to invite, and as many as you want to invite, because we should have plenty of room to accommodate our normal Easter numbers!

       The Sunday after Easter, (4/11) we will lengthen our Sunday School hour. The new start time will be 10 am as opposed to 10:15 so plan accordingly. We are really excited about this because lengthening the duration of SS gives us time to have a little more fellowship and time to adequately teach the lesson. I know this is not the "full" Sunday School hour, but it is an improvement, and, I believe, a step in the right direction. 

       Worship wise, after Easter, we will do three worship services, (all live, no streaming other than FB live) one at 9 and two at 11. This will be our schedule from Easter Sunday to the end of May when we will transition to a summer Schedule. How things go, how fast they ramp up, and what the virus numbers are doing will dictate our summer schedule. As always, if we feel as though we are slipping into dangerous territory in terms of virus exposure, we will change our schedule immediately, but hopefully that won't happen.

       We have had people ask about our ministry at the beach (Gulf Shores) this year, and we haven't made a decision about that just yet. We haven't talked to the people at the campground to see what their thoughts are, and we do not know what our obligations are going to be here. Having said that, I intend to speak to the folks at the beach this week, and over the next few weeks, certainly by Easter, we hope to have an idea about what we are going to do in terms of beach ministry this year.

       If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call, text, or come by the office! If you had any damage from the storm and need any help, please let us know. If its anything we can do, or help with, we'd be glad too!

       God bless, have a great rest of the week! See you Sunday!!

jlk 

Notes from Staff

We are excited to announce that Tompkins Awana will begin on September 16, 2020!!  We will be following CDC and State guidelines for Covid-19.  Once any new guidelines are posted on 08/31, we will finalize our list of guidelines to be passed to the parents! You will find the registration form
to print and bring with you on that day.  All children in a household may be listed on the same sheet.   Anyone that was at the 2020 awards ceremony, you filled out a form that night.  If you are willing to help out in Awana, we can always use fill-in people for unexpected misses by our teachers. 

We have a phenomenal staff that work weekly with your children, teaching them God's Word!  Each week your child will be sent home a Bible verse to learn for that week.  I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE you to help your child learn their verse, learn it as a family!  Hiding God's Word in your child's heart is one of the most important things you can do as a parent!  Your child can
earn points to use in the Awana store by coming to club, participating in theme nights, bringing their Bible, bringing a friend AND learning their
verse! 

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