...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

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       We could not have asked for things to go better than they have as we gradually reopened our church. We are  well aware that a set back could occur at any time, but I think people are just ready to get back to life. 


For me, it really hit hard this past week. I was driving home from Satsuma. My brother and I had been cleaning up our mom's yard. I was listening tothe radio and of course they were saying, "Stay home! Power lines are down, flooding is possibly, debris is on the roads, curfews have been established, so, if you are not essential workers, or you absolutely have to be out, stay home!" I thought to myself, "I'm sick of people telling me to stay home!" I understand the safety aspect post hurricane, and I understand that there are personnel that need the space to start restoring power and other utilities. I get it! But I'm tired of people telling me to stay home!

I understand there are risks associated with us meeting together, and I understand that we need to take as many precautions as we possibly can, but I gotta admit, it has been great the past few Sundays and on on Wednesday evenings to pass in the hallways and see people in rooms meeting for the first time in months and hearing their laughter!

I guess that is why it was particularly disappointing not to be able to have services this past Wednesday. I understand the safety aspect of it, and we didn't meet, but I was so looking forward to seeing kids in the gym and in classrooms, seeing them playing, and hearing them laugh! So, we missed out on that last night, but with God's grace, we will get to see it next week!

I want to give a huge shout out to Cristi Armistead and her team of helpers and volunteers who have prepared for this fall semester of AWANA. They have done a fantastic job. They have worked so hard!

Actually, all of our staff has worked really hard. We have the best staff I've ever been around. You are a blessed congregation, and I know that as your pastor, I'm equally blessed to have such dedicated people to serve the Lord with! Not only do I admire them, I actually like them! Ha! They are considerate of one another. They are funny. They are insightful, and willing to do whatever they need to do at any given moment. They constantly go above and beyond, and I'm not just talking about the ministry staff, but all the support staff as well. From media/sound people, to custodians, security, secretarial, financial, and even our clerk (wonder how long it will take her to see that) go above and beyond, and I am truly grateful!  

We are abut to enter October, which is traditionally staff appreciation month. It would be a great time to just write a note and tell your staff how much you appreciate them!

Giving has been going really well! You have done an amazing job! I will talk about the finances soon, but it has really been going well. We are already starting to pay down our loan on the new building. If you haven't participated in giving for the new building, I hope you will soon. If each of us gives a little, it will amount to a lot! God Bless!! jlk

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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

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