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September 19th, 2018

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League was in action this past Monday (September 17) for week 2 of the 2018 Fall League. The results from Monday evening are not available, so we will publish the results from September 10.

Team #5 is in first-place, followed by Three Queens and a Prince and One Pin Standing (tied for second-place), Hakuna Matata, Team #3, and BLIND (computer).

Individually, for the ladies, Sandy Townsend bowled a 180, followed by Kelley Hubbard's 145 and Lily Norton's 143.

For the guys, Ryan Bartley bowled a 205, followed by Terry Townsend's 195 and Fred Rondeau's 194.

This coming Monday's (September 24) matchups are: Team #3 vs. Three Queens and a Prince; Hakuna Matata vs. Team #5; and BLIND vs. One Pin Standing.

Missionary Prayer Calendar

This article provides information about missionaries appointed to work in North America by the North American Mission Board (NAMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). A different missionary will be referenced each week. This information is provided by NAMB. In addition to praying for these missionaries, feel free to contact them via the information provided.

This week's missionaries are Christopher and Mindy Flora. They are church planters in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They can be reached at Multiply Church Calgary, 150 Autumn Circle SE, Calgary, AB T3MOJ7. They can also be reached at chris@multiplychurch.ca.

They are asking us to pray for them to push back against lostness in their city, and pray for Multiply Church to be healthy in 2018- their first year of existence.

The population of Calgary is1,426,765. Only 5.2% claim a faith in Jesus Christ. There is one Canadian National Baptist Convention church for every 44,586 residents.

We do not have this same information from the International Mission Board (IMB) due to security issues. However, pray for our international missionaries as a group. Pray for their families to have good health. Pray for their family members that have birthdays and anniversaries. Pray for them as they deal with news from loved ones here in the states. Pray that God will refresh them spiritually and physically. Pray that God will open doors for their ministries to be fruitful.

Thursday Morning Bible Study Continues Weekly

The Thursday morning Bible Study taught by Ron Parkinson resumed last Thursday, September 6, at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. They are studying the book of Hebrews. This bible study is open to everyone. It continues weekly until the Christmas break.

Dates for Next BIBLE Distribution

The dates for the next Bible Distribution have been set. The first prayer walk was this past Saturday, September 15. We met at the church at 9:00 a.m. and dispersed to the targeted neighborhood from there.

There will be a second prayer walk this Saturday, September 22, along with the distribution of door-hangers. Once again, we will meet at the church at 9:00 a.m. before proceeding to the neighborhood.

The bibles will be distributed on Saturday, October 6, at 9:00 a.m.

The streets we will be going to are Riverside Circle, Essex Drive, Niantic Terrace, SachemHead Terrace, a portion of Stratford Street, and a portion of Block Island Road.

Start praying now for the residents in these homes to be open to God's message through our outreach.

LORD'S SUPPER Tonight, Wednesday, September 19

We will celebrate the LORD's SUPPER tonight, Wednesday, September 19, for the evening service. Plan to celebrate this service as the church gathers, to honor a specific command Jesus gave His church.

LOVE OFFERING for Pastor Tyler Diaz

The Pastor and Deacons are announcing a Love Offering to be collected for Pastor Tyler Diaz. Pastor Tyler's resignation as Minister of Youth was announced last Sunday, September 16, 2018. His last day of responsibilities will be Sunday, October 21.

You can make your checks or electronic payments payable to the church with the designation of the gift for Pastor Tyler's Love Offering.

Special Called Business Meeting for Wednesday, October 3

The Pastor and Deacons are calling a Special Called Business Meeting for Wednesday, October 3, for the purpose of approving the gifting of the Toyota SUV to Pastor Tyler Diaz for his six years of service to the church.

Wednesday Evening Study in Esther Begins September 26

We are immersed in a secular age. We are surrounded by its values, its addictions, and its idols.

Beginning on September 26, and continuing on the following Wednesday nights we will study the book of Esther to consider the Bible’s instructions for living lives of faith in a world gone mad.

Our study is based on the book “Faith Among the Faithless” by Mike Cosper, a pastor and the owner of a Christian media company.

“Esther’s story reveals a way forward in a culture where people of faith find themselves at the margins of society. She neither clutches for power nor seeks self-protection. Instead, she faces reality, embraces weakness, and finds faith, hope, and help from a world unseen,” Cosper says.

Esther is an important book for our day because it reminds us that God does not abandon His people no matter how dark the circumstances, how compromised our lives have become, or how hidden He may seem.

“Whatever happens in the years and decades to come, we can be sure that faithfulness looks pretty much like it did 3,000 years ago. Sometimes it looks like Daniel; a steady path of spiritual formation and obedience. But sometimes, and perhaps more often than not, it looks more like Esther; a path of awakening, risk, vulnerability, and, ultimately, hope.”

Meat Skewer Impales Boys Skull ... His Father's Prayer Will

Melt Your Heart

by Megan Briggs

September 12, 2018

Xavier Cunningham fell out of a tree house when some yellow jackets started stinging him. Unfortunately, his fall was broken by a foot-long meat skewer. The 10-year-old from Kansas City, Missouri, was whisked to the hospital where he and his family spent a harrowing 24 hours as Xavier hung between life and death. His family prayed and asked their church to pray for a recovery that wouldrequirenothing short of a miracle.

“I want to see Jesus, but I don’t want to see him right now,” Xavier’s mother recalls him saying as he was fighting for his life. He told her he could feel himself dying.

The skewer impaled Xavier’s head, just narrowly missing his left eye, brain and spinal cord. The accident occurred on Saturday, September 8, 2018, but doctors decided to wait until Sunday morning to perform surgery so they could gather the necessary team and prepare for the nerve-wracking operation to remove the skewer. Over and over again, they told the family there was a very good chance Xavier would not survive.

Xavier’s father posted arequest for prayerearly on Sunday before the surgery. He wrote:

My beloved Lord my God. I do not know the plans youhave[for] us. If it’s your will to heal my son I ask that you do so quickly. But if you take him, I will forever be honored that you allowed me to call him my son, my boy, my own bear. I will still worship youmyking. I will draw strength the from you as I grieve. I will take rest in knowing you love me. I will not forsake you, my God my king, I will forever praise you. Please have mercy on us, your will on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

It took a team of 100 doctors and other medical staff hours to remove the skewer. A family friend, Malachi O’Brien,describes the scenehe witnessed as he visited the family in the hospital.

On Sunday morning around 8:00 am, while at KU medical, his surgery began. It was decided by a very large team of doctors from various hospitals to perform the procedure in Kansas City. This team was united in the efforts to save his life. They had tirelessly prepared all through the night for every possible scenario and outcome. The doctors made it clear that they were going to do all that they could to remove the stake. They also made it clear that there was no guarantee that he would live.

After several hours of surgery, I was in the waiting room in the family when they received the words that everyone wanted to hear and had prayed desperately to hear. “The stake has been removed.” It was an emotional tidal wave. Literally in the span of several hours, thousands of people had begun to pray for Xavier from across the city, state, nation and world.

The doctors came out in the middle of the afternoon to bring the news that the surgery was over and that he was being transferred to theNeuro intensivecare unit. We heard many of them say that they had never seen anything like this in all their years and that this young man was incredibly “lucky.” It was a miracle.

One doctor, Koji Ebersole, also described the outcome as “miraculous.”He told The Kansas City Star,“I have not seen anything passed to that depth in a situation that was survivable, let alone one where we think the recovery will be near complete if not complete.”

You can be sure there are a lot of peoplepraising Godin Kansas City today.

Megan Briggs is a writer and editor for ChurchLeaders.com. Her experience in ministry, an extensive amount of which was garnered overseas, gives her a unique perspective on the global church.

Blessings!

Pastor Terry


Logos

September 12th, 2018

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League completed week 2 of 14 this past Monday evening (September 10) at the Verdes Tropicana Bowling Lanes. The results have not been posted yet.

We will get caught up with the standings next week.

Missionary Prayer Calendar

This article provides information about missionaries appointed to work in North America by the North American Mission Board (NAMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). A different missionary will be referenced each week. This information is provided by NAMB. In addition to praying for these missionaries, feel free to contact them via the information provided.

This week's missionaries are Brian and Connie Williamson. He serves as a chaplain at the Forest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. You can reach them at North American Mission Board, Attn. Chaplaincy, 4200 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30022. You can also reach them at chaplains@namb.net.

They are asking that we pray with them for the families, chaplains, and volunteers serving their hospital and the patient population.

We do not have this same information from the International Mission Board (IMB) due to security issues. However, pray for our international missionaries as a group. Pray for their families to have good health. Pray for their family members that have birthdays and anniversaries. Pray for them as they deal with news from loved ones here in the states. Pray that God will refresh them spiritually and physically. Pray that God will open doors for their ministries to be fruitful.

Thursday Morning Bible Study Continues Weekly

The Thursday morning Bible Study taught by Ron Parkinson resumed last Thursday, September 6, at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The study this fall will be on the book of Hebrews. This bible study is open to everyone. It continues weekly until the Christmas break.

Dates for Next BIBLE Distribution

The dates for the next Bible Distribution have been set. The first prayer walk will be this Saturday, September 15. We will meet at the church at 9:00 a.m. and disperse from there.

There will be a second prayer walk on Saturday, September 22, along with the distribution of door-hangers. Once again, we will meet at the church at 9:00 a.m. before proceeding to the neighborhood.

The bibles will be distributed on Saturday, October 6, at 9:00 a.m.

The streets we will be going to are Riverside Circle, Essex Drive, Niantic Terrace, ShechemHead Terrace, a portion of Stratford Street, and a portion of Block Island Road.

Start praying now for the residents in these homes to be open to God's message through our outreach.

LORD'S SUPPER Changed to Wednesday, September 19

We will celebrate the LORD's SUPPER on Wednesday, September 19, for the evening service. Plan to celebrate this service as the church gathered, to honor a specific command Jesus gave His church.

“Our CHURCH On MISSION!”

August 8, 2018

This article is reprinted from the August 8, 2018, edition of LOGOS. It is recommended reading as a reminder of current and future missions activities.

The dog days of summer are just about over. Never mind! The sultry days are still with us. However, as the new school year begins this coming week, the business of life picks up again in our communities. The roads will become more congested, the grocery stores will be busier after work, ball fields will be crowded, the hurricane season will flourish, and road construction will begin on a major thoroughfare. And all of this is prior to the October arrival of our equestrian community.

The church calendar is also indicating that it's time to roll up our sleeves and get to work on some mission projects.

The first mission project is the Back2School Bash calendared for Saturday, August 25, from 10:30 until 1:00 p.m. We have once again been blessed with a financial gift to purchase school supplies that will be distributed at the event. There will be a water slide and a bounce house. Burgers and hotdogs will be served for lunch. The target group is elementary aged school children. I want to encourage you as members of the church to make this a church event. Contact Sandy Townsend or Shannon Gardner for more information.

The next mission project that I want to mention is the Children's and Preschool Sunday School. We have a need for at least two (we would like four) teachers and helpers. This is a good problem to have in that we have the numbers of children attending to justify the need. There will be a volunteer form in the church bulletin starting this Sunday, August 12. Once again, based on 1 Corinthians 12, this is a church need.

The next mission project on the agenda is the Bible distribution in the community. The prayer walks and Bible distribution will be calendared for mid to late September on Saturday mornings. This is a church event that each person can play a part either through prayer, distributing door-hangers, financially giving for the cost of the bibles, packaging the bibles, or driving your vehicle on the day of the distribution. Stay tuned to LOGOS and the Sunday bulletin for the exact dates. Once again, this is a church event.

The next mission project to be discussed is the greeters and ushers ministry. We need volunteers who are willing to arrive at church thirty minutes early to greet people as they get out of their cars and make their way to the Sanctuary. First time visitors do not know the layout of our facilities. Greeters will welcome them and help them find their way into the Sanctuary.

The ushers will need to be at strategic locations in the Sanctuary before, during, and after the service to assist anyone with needs that arise during their time at church. One of the challenges that every church faces is the comfort syndrome. The comfort syndrome is an inward focus of our current members – especially the ones we know well. Genuine greeter and usher ministries happen as our focus turns outward. A great goal would be that there is no observable difference in the way a guest or member is received on a given Sunday.

Any time a ministry focuses on guests, one of the first concerns is the appearance of our facilities. This is the next mission project that needs to be discussed and prioritized. We need not only to do a spring cleaning, but a general overall cleaning of our church facilities. Restrooms and classrooms alike need a deep thorough cleansing. In some places, paint or replacement of damaged wood/baseboard is needed. Some of this will require a couple of Saturdays, but with the right person-power (see what I did there?) it can get done. This is, once again, a church event.

These are just some of the mission projects that are staring at us as we transition to a busier calendar. There are other mission projects that will need attention such as the widows' and widowers' ministry; reconnecting with the St. Leonard's Baptist Church in St. Leonard's, Jamaica; developing a worship service for the equestrian community; and developing a food ministry to mention a few.

The common thread in all of these mission projects is that they are church events. These mission ministries are not just for a few church members. The more members that a church has serving in mission ministries will produce a strong kingdom vision church.

The dog days of summer are ending. It's time to roll up our sleeves and get to work. Lest we forget, no amount of planning and service hours will accomplish anything kingdom worthy unless it is immersed in prayer. Why not join us on Sunday mornings for corporate prayer at 9:00 a.m. in the Choir Room. See you there this Sunday!

8 Things to Remember When It Feels Like the Devil Is Winning

by Chuck Lawless

September 7, 2018

This article is reprinted from the website www.chucklawless.com. It is recommended reading for you by Pastor Terry Townsend.

Sometimes it just feels like Satan’s winning the game. No matter how hard we want to believe otherwise, our heart and our mind struggle because of our apparent circumstances. If that’s the way you feel today, keep these truths in mind:

1. Satan’s not winning – he’s been cast down.I realize there’s debate about Ezekiel 28 and the fall of Satan, but the text does speak about someone “blameless” who was “expelled in disgrace from the mountain of God” and thrown “down to the earth” (vv. 16-17).

2. He’s not winning – God judged him in the Garden.He would crawl on his belly and eat dust because God ruled over him. He would ultimately lose because God would crush his head (Gen. 3:14-15).

3. He’s not winning – he knows God has placed hedges where He wants them.Satan wanted to destroy Job, but he also knew that God had placed a protective hedge about that upright man (Job 1:10).

4. He’s not winning – he’s a silenced accuser when God steps in.Satan stood ready to accuse Joshua the high priest (whose filthy garments indicated his guilt), but God quieted him before he ever said a word (Zech. 3:1-7).

5. He’s not winning – Jesus announced His victory at the Mount of Temptation(Matt. 4:1-11). Jesus had no intention of bowing down to the enemy. He had come to defeat him, and Genesis 3:15 was about to be fulfilled.

6. He’s not winning – Jesus disarmed the powers through His cross(Col. 2:15). He has triumphed over them.

7. He’s not winning – God uses him to accomplish His plan.So we see with Paul’s thorn in the flesh (2 Cor. 12:7-10). It was a messenger of Satan, but God not only allowed it, He also refused to remove it because He intended to keep Paul humble.

8. He’s not winning – he is headed for eternal judgment.John gives us that word in Revelation 20:10 – “The devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet are,and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever."

It might seem today like Satan’s winning in your life or your church, but run to the God who’s already crushed him. Let us remember to continually be praying one for another!

Chuck Lawless is Dean and Vice-President of Graduate Studies and Ministry Centers at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, where he also serves as Professor of Evangelism and Missions.


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