...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
As we close the month of September we have so much to be thankful for as a congregation.
We began this year by approving a building plan and initiating fundraising for a new facility to house our church offices and other administrative offices, Senior Adult Sunday School, a gym, and Children's Education space. We have now raised enough to pay for the building and, as we stand today, we are $41 short of the monthly pledge to pay the mortgage! We sure have come a long way!
It is a testament to the leadership we have, the staff, the deacons, church council, etc, and most of all the congregation. Together, by the grace of God we are going to be able to accomplish something that will benefit the Kingdom of God for many years to come, should the Lord not return. Over the next 20, 30, or even 50 years, many hundreds of kids pass through those halls and hear the gospel of Christ, they will come to know the Lord and be baptized, just like the four we baptized yesterday.
AWANA is going very well. Cristi Armistead and her team are doing an amazing job. I don't know how they minister to so many kids in the limited space that we have. To say we need this new facility is an understatement! If you are looking for a place to serve AWANA might just be that place!!
Wesley Hicks is doing a great job in his new role as Associate Pastor. This was a much needed change for our growing congregation. He is a big help especially to me! He is currently working things out for College and Career and the Misfits, the position that was vacated by John Lee and Taylor Stacey when they became our new Youth ministers. As soon as Wesley gets that group squared away he will be working with other groups in the church. We want every group in our church to be a functioning, ministering body ministering to the internal needs of their group and also reaching out to the community bringing in other people who need to hear the gospel!
John Lee and Taylor Stacey are doing a magnificent job in their new role as Ministers to Youth. The youth have not missed a beat. We have an incredible group of youth, and the contribution of the Grow Team has been so significant.
Paul Williams, the Choir and the Ensemble are doing a great job leading worship. Paul is simply the best! God's presence has been so evident in our worship services! Have you considered joining the choir or the Ensemble? I know Paul would love to have you, and you will love spending Sunday evenings with those people. Ensemble rehearsal is at 5 pm and Choir rehearsal is at 6 pm every Sunday.
Finally, we have a large crew of new deacons. We have 10 new ones this fall beginning their three year rotation. We have a total of 20 currently serving. Sunday morning October 20th, will be Meet Your Deacon Sunday. We think it is important for you to know who your deacon is and actually meet him. October 20th will be a convenient time for you to do that! Our Deacons do a great job. They are a big help to me as the pastor. I hope that you will be here that morning. After the service we will have a fellowship meal and you will be able to meet your deacon!!
By the way, I think they are going to get a lot done on the new building this week, Forecast the same as the week before, and the week before that, hot and dry, no rain in sight!! At least one benefit of the dry weather is it allows the crews ample time to work on the building. To God be the Glory!!
See you Sunday!!
News and Announcemnts
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Clay & Beckey Baugh Angie Jordon Caroline Boyette
Arthur, Cindy & Joseph McVay Connie Smith Matt Walker
Gene, Emily, Chance & Drake Sheffield
TASTE AND SEE that the Lord is good Ps 34:8
TBC has compiled a cookbook with over 500 recipes from some of the best cooks in Clarke County. The cookbooks will be arriving mid Oct and will be selling for $15. If you would like for us to save you one or more of the books just comment below and we will let you know when they arrive. 100% of the profit from the books will go to the TBC building fund.
These will make great Christmas gifts.