...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 stong congregation to produce fruit
for the Kingdom of God!"
Notes from Pastor Johnny Kendrick
Our endeavor at the beginning of every year is to start fast and build our momentum toward Easter. Easter 2020 is April 12th. We are in preparation for Easter right now!
First, we have the 30 Famine January 17-19. This is earlier this year, and it is upon us as I write this note to you! Please continue to pray for this weekend. It is such an important weekend, not only for our young people but for the whole church!
Please keep apprised on the needs for that weekend and if there is something you can do to help, please chip in and help. John Lee and Taylor are doing such a great job, and they sure could use your help! 30 Famine is followed by "Show Your Colors" weekend for Super Bowl Sunday on February 2nd. It is a lot of fun each year as everyone shows up to church wearing the colors of their favorite team, College, pro, High school, or whatever, just show your colors! If you don't have a favorite team, or even if you don't really like sports, just pick one! More importantly, invite your friends to show up to church with you sporting their teams favorite colors! The most important thing about that weekend is to invite people! We wan to make a difference in the life of someone that weekend, and this is a good way to introduce people to TBC and to the Lord. It is almost here so start inviting now!
AWANA is already in high gear! We had a great group of kids for the first Wednesday night. If you are looking for a place to serve in our congregation this is a great place to serve, and there is not a place you will be more needed! So, if you can find Cristi Armistead, and if she stops for even a second just ask her where you can help! You might want to text her. On Sunday and Wednesday it's like trying to have a conversation with a hummingbird! ha!
We will begin outreach for Easter on March 15. Wesley Hicks, our Associate Pastor is already beginning preparations for our outreach, and he will be meeting with different Sunday School classes in February outlining plans for individual class outreach and then leading in our corporate outreach effort. Please Keep him in your prayers, and when he comes to your class please respond to him!
Rehearsals for choir and Ensemble will begin in the next week or two. We need a great choir for Easter Sunday and an Ensemble too. It is time now for that preparation, so when Paul Williams announces the start time for those rehearsals, if you are a choir member, or a member of the Ensemble, take note of that and let's get started. If you would like to join the choir or sing in the Ensemble, now would be a great time for you to join! Paul does an unbelievable job of leading those groups and leading our worship, and he could really use your help and support! Don't make him come looking for you, go look for him!
I'm asking you to be involved in, working in, and building, the Kingdom of God! That is what God has asked us to do! He says in God's Word that we will be held accountable for that, but also that he will reward us for working in his Kingdom! The Apostle Peter said that in serving God, our entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven will be "abundantly supplied!" (2 Peter 1.11) How do you want to enter Heaven? Do you want to enter Heaven "abundantly supplied" with the rewards for the things you have done for God, or with little to show for all that God has blessed you with?
As you can see, the new building is coming along nicely! The approximate completion date in the end of April. It would really be nice if we could finish our goal of the best ever Easter celebration here at TBC by opening the new building and finishing the spiring AWANA semester in that new facility.
So! A lot to do, many opportunities afforded us by the Master for His service. I pray that you will join us! We have so many people here doing so many wonderful things serving the Lord sacrificially, for which I am so grateful! However, compared to the task at hand, the workers are few!
I'm reminded of the opening words of Luke 10, "Now after this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them in pairs ahead of Him to every city and place where He Himself was going to come. 2 And He was saying to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." Luke 10.1-2
In His Service
Johnny L. Kendrick
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