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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

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful, worshipful, peaceful Christmas, and I hope you have a great new year!

We sure were hoping that the beginning of the new year would be filled with anticipation of services  but so far, that is not the case. The virus is more prevalent in our area than at any other time. I don't recall a time this year when people are more seriously ill with the virus than right now.

This has forced us to go back to online FB services only. Honestly, I really don't know how long this will last. As I said yesterday, hopefully with Christmas and New Year behind us, the numbers of positive cases will go back down and we can resume some on campus services.

In the meantime, we as individual Christians and as individual members of TBC will have to be as diligent as ever, perhaps more so, in terms of checking on each other, praying for one another, maintaining our individual spiritual disciplines, and our giving. 

I planned on doing this in-service in the new year, but I guess I'll just have to do it here online. If you haven't been part of the pledge program for the monthly payment of the new building, I encourage you to start participating in the monthly pledge in this new year. 

We have done a great job of giving to the new building. We've been able to make payments on the building every two weeks. It is our goal to continue that so that we can pay down that principle at an accelerated rate. I commend all of you who have been a part of that.

If you want to begin to participate in that effort, all you have to do is to begin to make a monthly contribution and put "building fund" on the check or on the giving envelope. You can drop that envelope off here at the office or you can put it in the drop box under the awning at the drive through of the Fellowship Hall. Perhaps the best way to give to the church or the building fund is on the Give Plus App. You can find the Give Plus App in the app store on your phone. It is also on our website. 

Actually, in the app, there are several different accounts to which you can designate your giving, the building fund being one of them as well as the general fund and some others.

If each of us will carry a little bit of the load, then it will not be too much for any one person.

Literally, every day we are evaluating where we stand with the virus and when we might be able to resume on-campus activities so stay tuned here on the website, our FB page, and the daily texts from the prayer chain. If you are not already  a part of the daily prayer chain texts, this might be a good time for you to contact Esther Edge and get your number on that list. Being part of the prayer chain is a really good ministry because you get to intercede in real time when people need our prayers. And, there are lots of other announcements that come across the texts that will be helpful for you as well. If you don't have Esther's number you can call the church office (251) 320-5123 and ask for Teresa. She can give you Esther's number.

     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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