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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 stong congregation to produce fruit

for the Kingdom of God!"

Notes from Pastor Johnny Kendrick

Well, we begin another week in our new world, new rules, and new ways of communicating with each other. Not sure how long this is going to last, but pretty sure things will not go back to be exactly how things were prior to this cruel pandemic. So, it is what it is, and we have a mandate that is not nullified, or defeated, by anything we face on this earth! The Gospel of Jesus will never be cancelled!

 

 The church office will be open 9:00 - 12:00 M-W-F. So, if you need to call or come by the office will be open during those hours. I will be working normal hours, which means that I will be in the office as usual, so, if you need something that is not during those hours chances are that I will be in the office, or at least on the property all day, all week. You can call the church or my cell phone and we can get whatever you need. If you have an emergency, call me directly, or, call your deacon. If you don't have my number or your deacon's number, Esther Edge most likely will be able to get you that number. 

    This coming Sunday, we will be observing the Lord's Supper, (Communion). It is of course, Facebook live only at 11 AM. For your family to participate, and I encourage you to do so, you will only need to get some grape juice and some sort of cracker, saltines, oyster crackers, etc. When the service starts, you should already have the juice poured and the crackers on the coffee table ready to be taken at the appropriate time during the service so that we can actually take together, even though we are not physically in the same building. 

    We have had two really good weeks of Facebook live services with overwhelming participation. I am very encouraged, not just by the participation in our services but by the things that I'm hearing from other churches around our area about how their services are being received as well in the different formats. The only thing that matters is that the Gospel of Jesus wrist is being preached! I really don't want to "get used" to doing online services only. I'd rather be together, but honestly, I think that the Gospel is being preached to more people, and reaching more people in the last few weeks than previously! To God be the glory! 

    Invite people to be a part of our services. When we send out a post on Facebook concerning our weekly services, share it and invite other people to be a part! Just because we are not in a building together doesn't mean that our goal of inviting people to be part of our services has been cancelled! Actually, we've been given a great opportunity! I'm hearing from people that I haven't heard from in a long time that are watching our services! Again, to God be the glory! I hope and pray that other churches are having similar results! This is not a competition to see how many more views one church can get as opposed to another. It is about preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Who knows, these could be the last days!

    Giving has been adequate. I'm encouraged by your commitment to giving. We still have financial responsibilities, so as long as your job has not been affected I encourage you to give. If we minister the way we should minister during this time, and give as well, when this siege is lifted, we will emerge as an even stronger church than before this pandemic hit! Imagine that! 

    Our online giving app is up and running, "Give+plus." It is here on the website. You can also go to the app store and put it on your phone. If everyone one participates, we will have no problem meeting our financial responsibilities. No gift is too small! Everyone can give something, and if everyone gives something, I think it is possible that not only are we are stronger church spiritually, but financially! 

    I'm reminded of the words from the Apostle Paul as he described the giving from the churches in Macedonia. He said, "Now brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia. 2 That in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality. 3 For I testify that according to their ability, they gave of their own accord."

2 Corinthians 8.1-3

    I hope you have a great week, stay safe, and may God bless you!

 

    Your brother in Christ

    Your pastor

Dr. Johnny Kendrick   

Notes from Associate Pastor Wesley Hicks

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “ He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

Look closely at the first verse! He who dwells!!! We all have an option to be depressed, obsessed and caught up in all the corona drama! Or we can dwell in His presence!!! I’m not saying not to watch the news or take this serious because we really need to be vigilant about stopping this thing! What I am trying to do is focus more on Jesus and His presence in our lives than the trials we are enduring! Gods word promises us peace that surpasses all understanding! Peace doesn’t come with the removal of trials but in knowing whatever we deal with Jesus is there with us and will never leave us!!! Be encouraged today and know that God is still in charge!!

 

On another note, I need everyone’s help in checking on everyone at church since we are not meeting physically right now! Please make it a goal 2-3 days a week to reach out to at least 5 people! We don’t want anyone slipping through the cracks! Also Please Invite people to visit our website, FB page, and view our FB services!

Lastly We have our new Give plus app and online giving tools to help everyone give during these difficult times! Try them out and let us know how you like them!

Love y’all and if you need anything or know of anything that we can do to minister please let us know!!! God Bless you all!!! And remember FAITH over fear!!!

Hey everyone!!! Just wanted to share a few things with y’all today!!! We are all navigating uncharted waters with everything that is going on! But one thing I’m sure of, who the captain is and who is steering the ship!!! None of this is bigger than our God and His healing power through Jesus Christ! I wanted to encourage you with these scriptures from Psalm 91!

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