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February 21st, 2018

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League was in action this past Monday evening. The results have not been posted as of the writing of this article. The Phantom Strikers' first-place lead has shrunk to just two points over second-place Hakuna Matata.

The results cane be seen later this week at www.verdesbowl.com. Click on the “STANDINGS” tab. Then click on “WING & A PRAYER” tab.

Individually, Nancy Miller bowled a marvelous 235! Way to go Nancy!

Missionary Prayer Calendar

This is a new feature that will appear in each edition of LOGOS going forward. A different missionary will be referenced each week. This information is provided by the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

This week's missionary couple is Andrew and Sarah Bailey. They are church planters in Phoenix, Arizona. Their church is Palm Vista Phoenix, and the address is 1827 Grovers Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85023. Their email is abailey@palmvista.com and facebook.com/PalmVistaPhx. They are requesting that we pray that God will open up the hearts and minds of our community to the gospel in an increasingly dark and lost city. Pray that Christ takes hold in their lives and begins a movement in their community.

The metro Phoenix area has a population of 5,584,556. 62% of the population are not affiliated with any religious body. 12.6% are affiliated with an evangelical church. There are 19,391 people for every Southern Baptist church.

We do not have this same information from the International Mission Board 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.

MASTERSOUND Singing Group

MASTERSOUND was a southern gospel trio that ministered to our church family from 2002-2005 (roughly). Some of you will remember them. Some of you may still have some of their CD's. A former member wrote the church recently looking for copies of their music. The CD's they had were stolen when their truck was broken into.

If you have any of MASTERSOUND's music, would you contact the Church Office so we can try to get copies for these former members (living in North Carolina)?

MASTERSOUND is no longer together, so it is not possible to contact them.

YOGA/PILATES Class Interest?

Kathy had the introductory meeting in the Fellowship Hall last Thursday with four ladies in attendance. They decided to meet each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall starting tomorrow night, February 22. This is open to any and everyone!

Please contact Kathy at kbell308@aol.com and let her know of your interest. You may also contact the Church Office at 793-5670.

ADVANCING the GOSPEL in Lakeside Shores

We will now concentrate our efforts in the Lakeside Shores subdivision. It is across Forest Hill Boulevard from the Guilford Villas. We will have the first prayer walk in Lakeside Shores this Saturday, February 24. We will meet at the church at 9:00 a.m.

We will have another prayer walk on Saturday, March 10, and we will place door hangers on each house. This will also be at 9:00 a.m. at the church.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME Begins March 11

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME begins on Sunday, March 11. This is the time change in which we move our clocks forward, therefore, we lose an hour. When the standard time hits 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 11, it will actually become 3:00 a.m. Therefore, if you fail to move your clocks forward, you will show up for church when church is getting out.

EASTER SUNDAY Is APRIL 1

Easter Sunday is April 1 this year. That is five Sundays from this Sunday, February 25. Begin now to pray that God will stir the hearts of inactive church members, as well as unaffiliated believers in our community to attend our church services on Easter. Also, pray for the lost in our community to attend Easter services with us in order to know more about Jesus and His death, burial and resurrection.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2018 Organizational Meeting

There will be a VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2018 Organizational Meeting tomorrow evening, February 22, in the Sanctuary, starting at 7:00 p.m. This year's theme is “GAME ON! Gearing Up for Life's Big Game.”

“GAME ON” invites our kids to grab their megaphones, lace up their cleats, and tune up their instruments. As they fill up the offensive line, sideline, and drum line, our players, cheerleaders, and band members will realize God has given them His ultimate playbook. He wants them to join His team, train hard, celebrate salvation, and encourage one another. Get in the spirit today with Game On VBS. We will have Athletic Directors, Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and Athletes.

The theme verse is 2 Peter 1:3, “His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.”

Let's start warming up for a great season starting with tomorrow evening!

CARS 3

We leased the rights to show Cars 3 in the fall, and the date that we had selected to show it ended up bing quite a nasty day weather wise. Our lease came with the option to hold a rain check date in the case we experienced bad weather. I spoke with a lot of people who said they would have loved to make it, but the weather kept them away. So we are going to try again on February 24th at 6 pm. We will show the movie rain or shine. We encourage our church families to invite friends and neighbors, and join us for a great night of fellowship!

Billy Graham, Evangelist to the World, Dead at 99

by BGEA Staff

February 21, 2018

This article is reprinted from the website, www.billygraham.org. It is recommended reading for you by Pastor Terry Townsend.

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 21, 2018—Evangelist Billy Graham died today at 7:46 a.m. at his home in Montreat. He was 99.

Throughout his life, Billy Graham preached the gospel of Jesus Christ to some 215 million people who attended one of his more than 400 Crusades, simulcasts and evangelistic rallies in more than 185 countries and territories. He reached millions more through TV, video, film, the internet and 34 books.

Born Nov. 7, 1918, four days before the armistice ended World War I, William Franklin “Billy” Graham Jr. grew up during the Depression and developed a work ethic that would carry him through decades of ministry on six continents.

“I have one message: that Jesus Christ came, he died on a cross, he rose again, and he asked us to repent of our sins and receive him by faith as Lord and Savior, and if we do, we have forgiveness of all of our sins,”said Graham at his final Crusade in June 2005 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in New York.

While Graham’s primary focus was to take this message to the world, he also provided spiritual counsel to presidents, championed desegregation, and was a voice of hope and guidance in times of trial. In 2001, he comforted his country and the world when he spoke at the National Cathedral in Washington, following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. At three global conferences held in Amsterdam (1983, 1986, 2000), Graham gathered some 23,000 evangelists from 208 countries and territories to train them to carry the message of Jesus Christ around the world.

During the week of his 95th birthday in 2013, Graham delivered his final messagevia more than 480 television stations across the U.S. and Canada. More than 26,000 churches participated in thisMy Hopeproject, making it the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s largest evangelistic outreach ever in North America.

Preferred Baseball to Religion

Graham, a country boy turned world evangelist, who prayed with every U.S. president from Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama, was raised on a dairy farm in Charlotte. Back then, “Billy Frank,” as he was called, preferred baseball to religion.“I detested going to church,”he said when recalling his youth.

But in 1934, that changed. At a revival led by traveling evangelist Mordecai Fowler Ham, 15-year-old Graham committed his life to serving Jesus Christ. No one was more surprised than Graham himself.

“I was opposed to evangelism,”he said.“But finally, I was persuaded by a friend[to go to a meeting]…and the spirit of God began to speak to me as I went back night after night. One night, when the invitation was given to accept Jesus, I just said, ‘Lord, I’m going.’ I knew I was headed in a new direction.”

Several years later, Graham’s “new direction” led him to the Florida Bible Institute (now Trinity College of Florida), and later, Wheaton College in suburban Chicago, where he met fellow student Ruth McCue Bell, the daughter of medical missionaries in China. The couple graduated and married in the summer of 1943. Mr. and Mrs. Graham and their five children made their home in the mountains of North Carolina. They were married for 64 years before Ruth’s death in 2007.

After two years of traveling as a speaker for the Youth for Christ organization, Billy Graham held his first official evangelistic Crusade in 1947; but it was his 1949 Los Angeles Crusade that captured the nation’s attention. Originally scheduled to run for three weeks, the “tent meetings” were extended for a total of eight weeks as hundreds of thousands of men, women and children gathered to hear Graham’s messages.

On the heels of this campaign, Graham started the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which was incorporated in 1950. Since 2000, Graham’s son, Franklin, has led the Charlotte-based organization, which employs some 500 people worldwide.

Billy Graham may be best known, however, for his evangelistic missions or “Crusades.” He believed God knew no borders or nationalities. Throughout his career, Graham preached to millions in locations from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Zagorsk, Russia; and from Wellington, New Zealand to the National Cathedral in Washington. In 1973, Graham addressed more than one million people crowded into Yoido Plaza in Seoul, South Korea—the largest live audience of his Crusades.

Breaking Down Barriers

Preaching in Johannesburg in 1973, Graham said,“Christ belongs to all people.He belongs to the whole world.…I reject any creed based on hate…Christianity is not a white man’s religion, and don’t let anybody ever tell you that it’s white or black.”

Graham spoke to people of all ethnicities, creeds and backgrounds. Early in his career, he denounced racism when desegregation was not popular. Before the U.S. Supreme Court banned discrimination on a racial basis, Graham held desegregated Crusades, even in the Deep South. He declined invitations to speak in South Africa for 20 years, choosing instead to wait until the meetings could be integrated. Integration occurred in 1973, and only then did Graham make the trip to South Africa.

A 1977 trip to communist-led Hungary opened doors for Graham to conduct preaching missions in virtually every country of the former Eastern Bloc (including the Soviet Union), as well as China and North Korea.

Graham authored 34 books, including his memoir,Just As I Am(Harper Collins, 1997), which remained onTheNew York Timesbest-seller list for 18 weeks.

In 1996, Graham and his wife, Ruth, received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest award Congress can bestow on a private citizen. He was also listed by Gallup as one of the “Ten Most Admired Men” 61 times—including 55 consecutive years (except 1976, when the question was not asked). Graham was cited by the George Washington Carver Memorial Institute for his contributions to race relations and by the Anti-Defamation League of the B’nai B’rith.

Throughout his life, Graham was faithful to his calling, which will be captured in the inscription to be placed on his grave marker:Preacher of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

“There were a few times when I thought I was dying, and I saw my whole life come before me…”said Graham at his Cincinnati Crusade on June 24, 2002.“I didn’t say to the Lord, ‘I’m a preacher, and I’ve preached to many people.’ I said, ‘Oh Lord, I’m a sinner, and I still need Your forgiveness. I still need the cross.’ And I asked the Lord to give me peace in my heart, and He did—a wonderful peace that hasn’t left me.”

Billy Graham is survived by his sister Jean Ford; daughters Gigi, Anne and Ruth; sons Franklin and Ned; 19 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. His wife, Ruth, died June 14, 2007, at age 87, and is buried at the Billy Graham Library. A private funeral service is planned at the Billy Graham Library, on a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the ongoing ministry of evangelism at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, online atBillyGraham.orgor via mail, sent to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201. Notes of remembrance can be posted atBillyGraham.org

About the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is a nonprofit organization that directs a range of domestic and international ministries, including: Franklin Graham Festivals, Will Graham Celebrations, The Billy Graham Library, The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, SearchforJesus.net, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team of crisis-trained chaplains, My Hope with Billy Graham TV ministry and others. Founded in 1950 by Billy Graham, the organization has been led by Franklin Graham since 2000. The ministry employs some 500 people worldwide and is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, with additional offices in Australia, Canada, Germany and Great Britain.

Blessings!

Pastor Terry


Logos

February 14th, 2018

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League was in action this past Monday evening, February 12. The results have not been posted as of the writing of this article. Todd Cowan bowled a 258 with Shane Cioffi right behind him with a 257.

This week's (February 19) matchups are: Five Pins vs. Team #6; Phantom Strikers vs. The Four Queens; Old Married Men vs. Team #5; and BLIND vs. Hakuna Matata!

SPECIAL CALLED Business Meeting for Tonight

There is a Special Called Business Meeting for tonight (February 14) to consider awarding a roofing contract for the flat roofs in the courtyard, the parking lot, and the front of the church. The bid being presented is for $29,565 to JIJ Construction Corporation.

Additionally, the church is being asked to consider approving the Proposed 2018 Calendar.

Missionary Prayer Calendar

This is a new feature that will appear in each edition of LOGOS going forward. A different missionary will be referenced each week. This information is provided by the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

This week's missionary couple is Isaiah and Sarah Olatoyan. They are church planters in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area. The church they pastor is the West African Church, located at 2364 Montana Avenue, Unit F, Cincinnati, Ohio 45211. Their email address is olaolatoyan@gmail.com. They are asking us to pray for their continuing ministry and for future opportunities to impact African ethnic groups for Christ in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.

Cincinnati population is 1,610,393. Residents unaffiliated with any religious body make up 56.1% of the population. 13.7% are affiliated with an evangelical church. There are 10,192 residents in Cincinnati for every Southern Baptist Church.

We do not have this same information from the International Mission Board 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.

MASTERSOUND Singing Group

MASTERSOUND was a southern gospel trio that ministered to our church family from 2002-2005 (roughly). Some of you will remember them. Some of you may still have some of their CD's. A former member wrote the church recently looking for copies of their music. The CD's they had were stolen when their truck was broken into.

If you have any of MASTERSOUND's music, would you contact the Church Office so we can try to get copies for these former members (living in North Carolina)?

MASTERSOUND is no longer together, so it is not possible to contact them.

YOGA/PILATES Class Interest?

Kathy Bell would like to know if there is interest among the ladies (or guys) of the church to have a yoga/pilates class. This can be an evening class, or a Saturday morning class. One of the benefits of yoga is strength and flexibility exercises that results in better overall health. This is not transcendental meditation.

Kathy will have an introductory meeting in the Fellowship Hall tomorrow night, Thursday, February 15, at 6:00 p.m. This is an information only meeting to decide on an actual meeting time for the class.

Please contact Kathy at kbell308@aol.com and let her know of your interest. You may also contact the Church Office at 793-5670.

ADVANCING the GOSPEL in Tree Tops

We had a very successful prayer walk this past Saturday in the Tree Tops subdivision. However, we cannot do any solicitation door to door in the community. It is posted on the roadway leading into the community. Therefore, we will reach the residents via regular mail. This means that we need to PRAY more so for God to utilize us in Tree Tops. Pray for people to respond when a mailout will be sent in the next couple of weeks. They will be given the opportunity to ask for a bible in response to the letter.

We will now concentrate our efforts in the Lakeside Shores subdivision. It is across Forest Hill Boulevard from the Guilford Villas. We will have the first prayer walk in Lakeside Shores on Saturday, February 24. We will meet at the church at 9:00 a.m.

Cars 3

We leased the rights to show Cars 3 in the fall, and the date that we had selected to show it ended up bing quite a nasty day weather wise. Our lease came with the option to hold a rain check date in the case we experienced bad weather. I spoke with a lot of people who said they would have loved to make it, but the weather kept them away. So we are going to try again on February 24th at 6 pm. We will show the movie rain or shine. We encourage our church families to invite friends and neighbors, and join us for a great night of fellowship!

Just Listen: How to Hear from God

by Adam Weber

February 13, 2018

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

My wife says sometimes I talk too much.

It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but I know it’s true. If you have a pulse, I can and will talk with you. A lot.

“You need to give others a chance to talk and just listen,” she’ll tell me.

Just listen.

This is good advice for having a conversation with a friend, coworker or stranger. I mean, it’s a basic social norm and a common courtesy that one acquires by the age of 5. It’s important to listen to others. To give others a chance to speak and share. To give each other a turn to talk.

But it’s also good advice when it comes to prayer and talking with God.

To give Him a turn.

To give God a chance to speak.

To listen to Him.

While many of us, especially us extroverts, are good at talking with people, we often struggle when it comes to speaking with God. Prayer can be overwhelming for many because we don’t know the words to speak. That said, when it comes to prayer, the most important part isn’t speaking. It’s listening!

Listening and giving God a chance to speak isn’t just good advice, it’s necessary and vital to having a true conversation with God.

Now, we can hear from and listen to God at any place and at any time, but we must know what the voice of God sounds like.

The best place to start knowing His voice is by opening up the B-i-b-l-e. #SundaySchool. By seeing His words come alive. As we read, we come to understand the character and heart of God. We come to know His promises and truths. His ways. We see what God has said in the past, which gives us a good idea of what He’ll say to us today. And what He won’t say to us. We come to know what His voice sounds like.

Unlike we naturally assume, when God speaks in the Bible, it’s often not in a loud booming voice from heaven that stops traffic. Instead when God speaks, He does so using a still small voice.

Instead of brashly breaking into our lives, He stands at our front door and gently knocks.

Instead of shouting when we don’t listen, we’re told that He draws us to Himself with His kindness, not His anger.

When it comes to hearing from God, often the main question that we need to answer is the most basic one: Do we want to hear from Him?

If we do, we need to give God the space and room to speak.

More practically, invite God to speak and then be quiet.

Turn off the noise. Instead of checking Twitter between meetings, be still for three minutes and listen.

Get into the Bible. Again, we have to be able to recognize God’s voice if we want to hear it.

Declutter your life. Is every ounce of your day full (including every evening and weekend)? Good luck hearing from a God who whispers and quietly knocks.

If we want to hear from God, we need to give Him time.

Time to share.

Time listening.

Time and availability to speak into our lives.

We need to.

Just listen.

Adam lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He likes typewriters, drives a Rambler, cheers for the Cincinnati Bengals, has 4 chickens, and a dog named Daisy. He's the Lead Pastor of Embrace, a 10-year-old church that has grown to 6 campuses in two states.

Blessings!

Pastor Terry


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