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November 14, 2018

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November 14, 2018

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League

The results for Week #10 have not been posted.

The matchups for Week #11 (November 19) are:One Pin Standing vs. Team #3; BLIND vs. Team #5; Hakuna Matata vs. Three Queens and a Prince.

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 Clarence and Helen Potter. They are church planters in Covington, Georgia (approximately 35 miles southeast of Atlanta). You can reach them at City of Blessings, P.O. Box 2362, Covington, GA 30015. You can also reach them at Rev.Clarencepotter@gmail.com.

They are asking us to pray with them for strength, favor, guidance, and wisdom in serving their family and God's people. Pray for good health, a strong marriage, favor upon their mission and a vision plan to reach the lost.

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.

Singing Time in Children's Church

Beginning this Sunday, the Children (3 years of age through 5th grade) will go to Children's Church at the beginning of worship time – 10:00 a.m. They will be working on music to be presented in Adult worship at a future date.

DISASTER RELIF for HURRICANE MICHAEL

Anyone desiring to help with disaster relief following Hurricane Michael can do so by making your check payable to First Baptist Church of Wellington. Please designate in the memo line “Disaster Relief.” The church will forward any monies collected to the Disaster Relief Fund of the Florida Baptist Convention.

For more information, go to www.flbaptist.org. Click on the “Mobilization” tab. The menu will drop down. Click on the “Disaster Relief” tab.

CLEAN-UP OUR CHURCH Day, November 17

This Saturday, November 17, is being designated as a Clean-up Our Church Day. There are numerous items on the To-Do list for this day. We need to scrub each of the six bathrooms from ceiling to floor. Classrooms need to have items-that-haven't-been-used-in-a-year thrown out. Storage rooms need to have things thrown out. The hedge along the parking lot side of the sanctuary needs to be pulled out. The list goes on.

We will have a dumpster on sight for all of the discarded items. There will be lists available for you to sign up starting the first Sunday in November. The lists will be at a table in the vestibule.

This is a great time to get our facilities in order for the holidays!

Door-Hanger Distribution on Saturday, December 1

We are asking for 25 volunteers to help distribute door-hangers on Saturday, December 1. We are going to distribute them to every home in which we have placed a bible (roughly 400 homes). These door hangers will advertise our Christmas schedule. This is a very hands on way to reach out to the homes we have already impacted through the bible distribution.

One-on-One WithTim KellerAbout Reaching Skeptics With the Gospel

By Ed Stetzer

November 13, 2018

This article is reprinted from the website, www.churchleaders.com. It is an interview between Ed Stetzer and Pastor Tim Keller. It is recommended reading for you by Pastor Terry Townsend.

Ed:So just a short story to start us off: I was on a plane recently talking to a woman who lives near Moody Church. She’d had a bad experience with Christianity, so I said, “If I got you these two books, would you meet me at church and take them to read?” She said yes, later met me at church, and I gave her the books—one of them was your book Reason for God, and the other was a book you wrote titled Making Sense of God. So, I’m a fan, but for the rest of the world, could you tell us a little bit more about these books, who you wrote them for, and what they’re really about?

Tim: Reason for God is for people with a fairly high religious consciousness. That means they already pretty much believe in a personal God. They have some idea of sin and of the moral standards that exist outside of themselves.

Secondly, they feel some cross-pressures—now I’m using a term that’s getting popularized by a lot of writers, but it’s Charles Taylor who came up with the idea. He’s a Catholic philosopher who wrote in his book A SecularAge that there are non-Christians who feel like the whole faith thing is utterly ridiculous, and then there are others who don’t believe in God, yet occasionally they feel like it does make sense.

Occasionally, they might feel that it’d be great if there was a God or they feel that even though my beliefs say there’s no meaning in life, I feel like there is, or my beliefs say everything is relative, but I feel like it isn’t. So in short, a cross-pressured person is someone who has some motivation to say, “Yeah, I’d be happy to hear a good case for God.”

Reason forGod was written for people like that. I didn’t quite realize it at the time, but I came to realize over the years that the book worked better with people who already said, “I feel some sense that I’d be open to a good case for God. I’d be willing to go with it.”

Making Sense ofGod is for people who actually think the whole thing is just absolutely stupid. It starts back further, and I think it’s working with a much ‘harder crowd’ you might say. In the very beginning, for example, the book makes a case that most non-believers hate: The burden of proof is not on Christians or on those who believe in God because everybody is operating out of a set of faith beliefs that can’t be empirically proven.

So, if you believe that the universe just happened and there is no God, but that somehow human rights still exist, you can’t prove that. In fact, it takes a lot of faith to imagine humanistic values can arise from an impersonal universe. And that’s fine. That’s a set of beliefs, but they’re just that—beliefs. And I’ve found that first part of the book gets a lot of horrible pushback from people who are absolutely sure that Christians have faith, but they believe the actual truth about the universe.

Ed:Let’s talk a little bit about that to start. How do you start talking to a skeptic or an atheist who’s already a skeptic? What’s the starting point to that conversation?

Tim:Well, it really depends if the person actually comes to you. I guess I would divide those conversations into two kinds. I would talk about answering people’s questions and questioning people’s answers, right?

The gentler approach is to question people’s answers. That is, everybody has an operating answer to big questions likeWhat’s my meaning in life? How do I handle suffering? How do I face death? How do I ever really find satisfaction? How do I get an identity that’s not unstable and fragile?

Everybody has working answers to those questions, and whether they admit it or not, they’re actually religious answers. They don’t see it that way, but they are. If over in Asia you get your identity from basically fitting into your family and pleasing your parents, and over here you get your identify from achievement and following your dreams and expressing your inner desires, those are not empirically proven, those are both basically religious answers to the question of How can I really get a strong identity?

So what happens is that when you’re talking to people, and not about religion, you get to know them. You just become friends. Then, when you start talking about personal struggles, like when there are breakdowns, when a person gets disappointed, or when there’s a love relationship that falls apart, and their working answers to those big questions aren’t cutting it, there arises an opportunity to talk about not so much Christianity in general, but how Christianity works in your life and how it helps you deal with those issues.

For example, how does it help you face suffering? How does it help you forgive people? How does it help you?

So I have a list of those. I can’t go through it right now, but when I say question people’s answers, I like that the best, because it means you befriend them and you’re just being open about yourself at times and how faith works in you. Questioning people’s answers is one thing, answering people’s questions should only happen if they come at you with the list. We all know the list. And I do think that Christians need to spend a lot of time thinking about how they will answer big life questions off that formidable list.

You need to work with other Christians, your pastor or whoever to develop working answers that you feel good about. Otherwise, what’s going to happen is that you’re going to hide who you are from other people because you’re afraid of those questions.

If you can answer people’s questions and also learn how to question people’s answers, that’s how you can approach having these conversations.

Ed:You’ve obviously been involved in more targeted approaches toward sharing the gospel in places of deep spiritual need. Talk a little bit about The Gospel & Our Cities initiative. What are we trying to do here?

Tim:Everybody talks about how our Western culture is getting more and more secular and increasingly post-Christian. It’s true that not all parts of the world, and not all parts of North America, are post-Christian, but the cities—especially the middle of the biggest cities—are.

Reaching the cities is a) more expensive, b) more complicated, because you have multiple ethnic groups and multiple races and national groups, and c) more secular and resistant at its core.

But despite these complications, if we are watching more and more people move to cities, which we are, the church has to go where the people are. That’s what the Great Commissionis about: We are called to go into all the world, which means, in other words, go to where the world actually is.

Just think about this illustration: If two people in need are on top of the mountain and 100,000 are down in the valley, then you’d mainly go to the valley to offer help. That doesn’t mean you ignore the two people at the top of the mountain, but you’d go to the valley because that’s where the greatest need is.

So as the church, we’re going into the city. That being said, it’s actually harder to reach cities. It’s more complicated, more expensive, they’re more resistant, and we do have to think together about how to do it.

Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., holds the Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College and serves as Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism.

Blessings!

Pastor Terry


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November 7, 2018

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November 7, 2018

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League completed Week #9 of the 2018 Fall League this past Monday evening, November 5. Three Queens and a Prince are in first-place, followed by Team #3, Team #5, Hakuna Matata, One Pin Standing, and BLIND.

Individually, for the ladies, Lily Norton bowled a 170, followed by Georgette Talpesh's 167 and Kelley Hubbard's 140.

For the guys, Fred Rondeau bowled a 237 (677 series), followed by Joe Hubbard's 225 and Mike Norton's 210.

Week #10's (November 12) matchups are: One Pin Standing vs. Team #3; BLIND vs. Team #5; and Hakuna Matata vs. Three Queens and a Prince.

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 Dan and Caroline Ko. They are church planters in the Greater Boston area. You can reach them at Seven Mile Road Church, 40 Dodge Street, Malden, MA 02148. You can also reach them at dan@sevenmileroad.org.

They are asking that we pray for the Lord of the Harvest to send out laborers to the Greater Boston area. The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.

The population of the metro Boston area is 5,935,787. Only 3.5% of the population are affiliated with an evangelical church; while 42.1% are unaffiliated with any religious body. There is one Southern Baptist Church for every 40,380 Bostonians.

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 meets in the Fellowship Hall at 10:30 am each Thursday. They are studying the book of Hebrews. This bible study is open to everyone. It continues weekly until the Christmas break.

Singing Time in Children's Church

Beginning this Sunday, the Children (3 years of age through 5th grade) will go to Children's Church at the beginning of worship time – 10:00 a.m. They will be working on music to be presented in Adult worship at a future date.

DISASTER RELIF for HURRICANE MICHAEL

Anyone desiring to help with disaster relief following Hurricane Michael can do so by making your check payable to First Baptist Church of Wellington. Please designate in the memo line “Disaster Relief.” The church will forward any monies collected to the Disaster Relief Fund of the Florida Baptist Convention.

For more information, go to www.flbaptist.org. Click on the “Mobilization” tab. The menu will drop down. Click on the “Disaster Relief” tab.

CLEAN-UP OUR CHURCH Day, November 17

Saturday, November 17, is being designated as a Clean-up Our Church Day. There are numerous items on the To-Do list for this day. We need to scrub each of the six bathrooms from ceiling to floor. Classrooms need to have items-that-haven't-been-used-in-a-year thrown out. Storage rooms need to have things thrown out. The hedge along the parking lot side of the sanctuary needs to be pulled out. The list goes on.

We will have a dumpster on sight for all of the discarded items. There will be lists available for you to sign up starting the first Sunday in November. The lists will be at a table in the vestibule.

This is a great time to get our facilities in order for the holidays!

Door-Hanger Distribution on Saturday, December 1

We are asking for 25 volunteers to help distribute door-hangers on Saturday, December 1. We are going to distribute them to every home in which we have placed a bible (roughly 400 homes). These door hangers will advertise our Christmas schedule. This is a very hands on way to reach out to the homes we have already impacted through the bible distribution.

Quarterly Business Meeting Postponed to November 7.

The regularly scheduled Quarterly Business Meeting for,Wednesday, October 24 has been postponed to tonight, November 7, 2018.

“Give Us This Day”: Exalting God by Humbling Ourselves

by Dr. Albert Mohler

November 7, 2018

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

This article is an excerpt from my book,The Prayer that Turns the World Upside Down: The Lord’s Prayer as a Manifesto for Revolution. This post is the fifth in an eight part series on the Lord’s Prayer.

God’s Abundant Physical Provisions

In his magisterial work The Institutes of the Christian Religion, the sixteenth-century reformer John Calvin remarked that we can never truly know ourselves without first coming to know the character of God. As Calvin famously stated, “It is certain that man never achieves a clear knowledge of himself unless he has first looked upon God’s face, and then descends from contemplating him to scrutinize himself.” God is our starting point in every theological and spiritual endeavor. God’s character and glory are our first frame of reference.

Up to this point, the Lord’s Prayer has revealed a great deal about the character of God. We have seen that for those who are in Christ, God is a caring Father. Jesus emphasized God’s transcendence and omnipotence by observing that he is “in heaven.” He established the worth of God and the value of his glory by teaching that God’s name should be hallowed. Finally, Jesus emphasizes that God is king–the sovereign Lord who will bring his kingdom to every corner of the earth.

Indeed, the first lines of the Lord’s Prayer paint an awesome portrait of God. In light of these truths, Jesus’ subsequent turn to consider our own needs–“Give us this day our daily bread”–serves as a clear and unmistakable reminder that we are merely creatures; God is the creator. We are needy; God is the provider.

God has designed humans to be dependent. From the moment of birth, we rely on the kindness of others to meet our needs. We need our parents to feed us, dress us, and even train us to sleep. Even as we grow older, we remain tremendously needy. We depend on others for relationships. We need communities in which to live and work. We depend on the government for safety and security. In other words, there is no such thing as the “self-made man.” We have no sufficiency in and of ourselves, and we delude ourselves by believing we can be truly independent of others. Luther once reminisced that our physical needs remind us that we are but creatures composed of dirt. Our lives are frail, fragile, and wholly dependent on the goodness of God.

The petition “give us this day our daily bread” reminds us of our dependence on God for even the most fundamental needs of life. The contrast with the depiction of God given earlier in the prayer is striking. He is glorious, hallowed, in heaven, and omnipotent. We, on the other hand, are incapable of even getting basic sustenance without his help. In these words, then, Jesus teaches us to exalt God while humbling ourselves. The radical God-centeredness of the prayer continues. Man’s pride has no place before the throne of God.

Physical Needs in Biblical Perspective

We are dependent on God. Even prior to the fall, humans needed God to provide for them. Adam needed God to provide Eve to fulfill his need for a relationship. Adam and Eve could tend the garden, but only God could make it grow. Sin did not create our dependence; we are dependent simply because we are creatures.

Even though Adam and Eve were dependent before the fall, their only experience was one of surplus and abundance. They never knew a day of scarcity. After the fall, however, their experience was quite different, as is ours today. Our default experience is no longer abundance but scarcity. Food must be produced by the sweat of our brow, and its existence is never certain. Thus, after the fall we became even more dependent on God for our daily sustenance. We are no longer merely creatures in need of provision; we are sinners in need of the Creator’s mercy…

Bread of Earth, Bread From Heaven: Echoes of Eternity in Jesus’ Petition for Bread

This request also reminds us of our daily need for the Lord Jesus. Moses reminded the Israelites in Deuteronomy 8:3 that the reason God let the Israelites go hungry for a time before providing them with manna was so that they might learn that “man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” This passage teaches us that God designed physical needs to point to our deeper spiritual needs. Our need for daily physical sustenance is a faint echo of our daily need of spiritual sustenance and satisfaction from God. This was true for ancient Israel and is true for Christians today. The only way that we will taste the goodness of God’s provision is by living according to what comes from the mouth of God.

This is why Jesus regularly referred to himself as the “bread of life,” the true manna sent from heaven (John 6:35). He is God’s ultimate provision for our spiritual lives. Each day, as we pray for our daily bread, we should be reminded of our daily need for Christ to forgive our sins and empower us for obedience. Each time we pray for daily bread, we should recognize our deeper need for the bread of life–the only one who can truly satisfy.

Dr. Albert Mohler is President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. His book, “The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down,” is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Christianbook.com.

Blessings!

Pastor Terry


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)ctober 31st, 2018

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October 31, 2018

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League was in action this past Monday evening for Week #8 of the 2018 Fall League. The posted results used for this report are from Week #7, October 22.

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

Individually, for the ladies, Lily Norton bowled a 175, followed by April Walls' 136 and Lori Richards' 136.

For the guys, Bryan French bowled a 237, followed by Fred Rondeau's 223 and Joe Hubbard's 205.

Next week's (November 5) matchups are: BLIND vs. Team #3; Hakuna Matata vs. One Pin Standing; and Team #5 vs. Three Queens and a Prince.

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 Lieutenant Colonel Robert and Jennifer Borger. He is a Chaplain at Goodfellow Air Force Base, San Angelo, Texas. You can reach them at NAMB, Attn: Chaplaincy, 4200 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30022.

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Borger is facing a medical discharge. He is asking us to pray that he will discern God's calling for the next phase of his ministry journey.

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.

Singing Time in Children's Church

Beginning this Sunday, the Children (3 years of age through 5th grade) will go to Children's Church at the beginning of worship time – 10:00 a.m. They will be working on music to be presented in Adult worship at a future date.

DISASTER RELIF for HURRICANE MICHAEL

Anyone desiring to help with disaster relief following Hurricane Michael can do so by making your check payable to First Baptist Church of Wellington. Please designate in the memo line “Disaster Relief.” The church will forward any monies collected to the Disaster Relief Fund of the Florida Baptist Convention.

For more information, go to www.flbaptist.org. Click on the “Mobilization” tab. The menu will drop down. Click on the “Disaster Relief” tab.

CLEAN-UP OUR CHURCH Day, November 17

Saturday, November 17, is being designated as a Clean-up Our Church Day. There are numerous items on the To-Do list for this day. We need to scrub each of the six bathrooms from ceiling to floor. Classrooms need to have items-that-haven't-been-used-in-a-year thrown out. Storage rooms need to have things thrown out. The hedge along the parking lot side of the sanctuary needs to be pulled out. The list goes on.

We will have a dumpster on sight for all of the discarded items. There will be lists available for you to sign up starting the first Sunday in November. The lists will be at a table in the vestibule.

This is a great time to get our facilities in order for the holidays!

Door-Hanger Distribution on Saturday, December 1

We are asking for 25 volunteers to help distribute door-hangers on Saturday, December 1. We are going to distribute them to every home in which we have placed a bible (roughly 400 homes). These door hangers will advertise our Christmas schedule. This is a very hands on way to reach out to the homes we have already impacted through the bible distribution.

Quarterly Business Meeting Postponed to November 7.

The regularly scheduled Quarterly Business Meeting for Wednesday, October 24 has been postponed to Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

Christian Leaders Share Strong Words After Synagogue Shooting

by Stephanie Martin

October 29, 2018

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

After the deadliest attack on Jewish people in U.S. history, Christian leaders are expressing sorrow and urging compassion. Eleven worshipers were shot and killed Saturday morning at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue during a baby-naming ceremony. Alleged gunman Robert Bowers, who reportedly said he wanted “all Jews to die,” is being charged with 29 federal counts, including hate crimes.

“If you hate Jews, you hate Jesus.”

In response to Saturday’s Pittsburgh synagogue shooting,Russell Mooreis urging a “sober reflection of what this attack means for us as Christians.” Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, writes that “Christians reject anti-Semitism because we love Jesus,” who he says is Jewish not only in the past tense but also in the present tense.

“A Bible with its Jewishness wrung out of it is no Bible,” Moore writes. “And a Christ with his Jewishness obscured is no Christ at all.”

“Whatever our ethnic background, if we are in Christ, we are joined to him,” Moore adds. “That means the Jewish people are, in a very real sense, our people too. An attack on the Jewish people is an attack on all of us.”

A Nation “full of hatred”

Southern Baptist Convention presidentJ.D. Greear also expressed grief over the killings, calling anti-Semitism “a despicable lie of the enemy which we unequivocally reject.” He adds, “In a nation seemingly full of hatred, we remain committed to demonstrating and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, pursuing religious freedom for all peoples, and praying for a more civil and loving society.”

On Twitter, author Beth Moorewrote, “‘This present darkness has never in my lifetime felt more present over this land. It feels horrifically, hauntingly determined. The people of God must, if we’re to withstand it at all, become exceedingly determined in taking the shades off our lamps and wiping away the soot.”

After Sunday mass in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis called the Pittsburgh synagogue attack an “inhuman act of violence” that wounds “all of us.” He prayed that God would “help us to extinguish the flames of hatred that develop in our societies” and renew a respect for life.

Following the shootings, President Trump condemned “what’s going on with hate in our country,” adding that “there must be no tolerance for anti-Semitism.” The outcome at the synagogue would have been different, Trump said, if anarmed guardhad been present.

Leaders Urge Loving Responses to Hateful Act

The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran in America, urges people of faith to “reach out to those whose hearts are most broken—our Jewish neighbors.” Simple, specific acts “go a long way to demonstrate our love, as an extension of God’s love,” she says.

Saturday evening, more than 3,000 people attended an interfaith prayer vigil at Pittsburgh’s Sixth Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Vincent Kolb began by sharing wisdom from Fred “Mister” Rogers, formerly a member of the church, saying a “spirit of neighborliness” led to the community gathering in support of Jewish neighbors.

Stephanie Martin, a freelance journalist, has worked in Christian publishing for 26 years. She’s active at her church in Lakewood, Colorado, where she lives with her husband and two teenage daughters.

Blessings!

Pastor Terry


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October 24th, 2018

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October 24, 2018

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League

The weekly results have yet to be posted for A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League. We will catch up the standings in next week's LOGOS!

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 Bryson and Marlee Isom. They are church planters in Phoenix, Arizona. You can reach them at Valley Life Church – Camelback, 2724 W. Lamar Road, Phoenix, AZ 85017. You can also reach the at bisom@vallelife.church.

They are asking us to pray for Jesus to save souls, change lives, make disciples, and build His church.

The population of Phoenix is 5,584,556. Only 12.6% of the population are affiliated with an evangelical church, while 62% of the population are unaffiliated with any religious body. There is one Southern Baptist Church for every 19,391 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.

Wednesday Evening Study in Esther Continues Each Wednesday Evening

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

We will conclude the Esther study tonight (October 24). We will start in chapter seven as we 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.”

LORD'S SUPPER on Sunday, October 28

We will celebrate the LORD'S SUPPER on Sunday, October 28, during the morning worship service.

This is a great time to gather as the body of Christ to fulfill a command that Jesus gave the church. As we gather, we will remember Jesus' vicarious death on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins, and celebrate the victory that is the church's through His salvation!

FALL FESTIVAL on Sunday, October 28

The FALL FESTIVAL will be on Sunday, October 28, starting at 4:30 p.m. There will be games, prizes, and bounce houses for children ages 3 through the fifth-grade. There will be food for everyone attending, including adults.

We need volunteers to help with the Fall Festival. Please contact Sandy Townsend, Shannon Gardner, or Pastor Michael Pait and let them know of your availability to volunteer.

Singing Time in Children's Church

Beginning this Sunday, the Children (3 years of age through 5th grade) will go to Children's Church at the beginning of worship time – 10:00 a.m. They will be working on music to be presented in Adult worship at a future date.

DISASTER RELIF for HURRICANE MICHAEL

Anyone desiring to help with disaster relief following Hurricane Michael can do so by making your check payable to First Baptist Church of Wellington. Please designate in the memo line “Disaster Relief.” The church will forward any monies collected to the Disaster Relief Fund of the Florida Baptist Convention.

For more information, go to www.flbaptist.org. Click on the “Mobilization” tab. The menu will drop down. Click on the “Disaster Relief” tab.

CLEAN-UP OUR CHURCH Day, November 17

Saturday, November 17, is being designated as a Clean-up Our Church Day. There are numerous items on the To-Do list for this day. We need to scrub each of the six bathrooms from ceiling to floor. Classrooms need to have items-that-haven't-been-used-in-a-year thrown out. Storage rooms need to have things thrown out. The hedge along the parking lot side of the sanctuary needs to be pulled out. The list goes on.

We will have a dumpster on sight for all of the discarded items. There will be lists available for you to sign up starting the first Sunday in November. The lists will be at a table in the vestibule.

This is a great time to get our facilities in order for the holidays!

Door-Hanger Distribution on Saturday, December 1

We are asking for 25 volunteers to help distribute door-hangers on Saturday, December 1. We are going to distribute them to every home in which we have placed a bible (roughly 400 homes). These door hangers will advertise our Christmas schedule. This is a very hands on way to reach out to the homes we have already impacted through the bible distribution.

Quarterly Business Meeting Postponed to October 31

The regularly scheduled Quarterly Business Meeting for tonight (October 24) has been postponed one week to October 31, 2018.

FIRST CARE Has Opened a Western Community Office

First Care Women's Clinic has opened an office here in the Western Communities in the Palms West Hospital medical complexes.

DearPastor Terry,

It is amazing to witness what God has done. We have been talking about opening a clinic to serve women in Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, and the other rapidly expanding western Palm Beach communities for several years.

Yet, in just over half a year God brought forth funding, a location, staff and volunteers to make the dream of a new clinic a reality!

Join us in celebrating this great accomplishment and in praying for the women and unborn babies who will be helped there!Visit our facebook pageto see pictures of the new beautiful clinic.

Beau Heyman

Executive Director

P.S. Thank you for making a difference for life in the western communities!

Stop Complicating Ministry: The Smaller the Church, the Simpler We Need to Keep It

By Karl Vaters

October 23, 2018

So, you pastor a small,struggling church.

You’re trying to help it become less small and less struggling, but all the “can’t miss” answers from the latestchurch growth conferencesnever seem to work for you.

You don’t have a big worship team singing new songs, a dynamic small group ministry, a trendy youth group, maybe not even a building of your own to meet in.

That’s OK, you don’t need any of that to have a vibrant, healthy, effective church ministry.

We make church way more complicated than it needs to be. Some of that comes from (mis)reading and listening to pastors of big churches. We see them with professional-grade musicians, lighting, graphics and self-designed curriculum and we think we need to do that, too.

But we don’t.

Big churchesdidn’t become big by having cool new stuff, they added that stuff when it became the best way to manage the size of the crowd.

Parking attendants with matching shirts didn’t cause their growth, it was a byproduct of their growth.

The Simple Church Solution

Complicating things is never the answer.

Simplifying thingsalmost always is, no matter what size church you serve, but especially if the church is small (whatever number you consider small to be).

Small churches need to stop trying to emulate the processes used by big churches, and start asking “what’s the simplest way to do great ministry, strong worship, engaging fellowship, deep discipleship and effective outreach at the size we are right now?”

Then do that. Experiment with afew ideasif you need to, but keep them streamlined and simple.

Innovation doesn’t mean complication. The most innovative churches always get there by simplifying their systems, not complicating them.

Small, Simple Examples

For example, every church growth strategist tells us we need vibrant small groups. And they’re right. Healthy churches need a strong small group dynamic to strengthen essential aspects of the faith like fellowship and accountability.

But that doesn’t mean we need the latest small group curriculum or system. If you’re pastoring a church of under 50, you don’t need a small group program, youarea small group.

Don’t subdivide an already-small group of people. Get everyone together for fellowship, conversation, prayer and learning.

Want great kids’ ministry? Sitting on the grass, coloring on cardboard while someone who loves kids tells them about Jesus is life-transforming.

Youth? Listen to them, be an example to them, show up at their graduation, their games, their concerts. And be a soft place to land when they’re teased at school, they fail a class or their parents get a divorce.

Families? Offer to watch their kids so mom and dad can have a much-needed night to themselves.

Seniors? Show them the respect they’ve earned, and take the time to learn what they can teach us.

On Sundays, we don’t need fog machines and lasers on stage—although if it works for you, go for it! Just teach the Bible using simple terms we can all understand.

Speak kindly and lovingly to hurting people. Pray for those in need.

Encourage church members to invite friends. Sing songs that work in your context.

In short, do the basics in a way that fits where God has put you.

Ministry will never be easy, but it doesn’t have to be as complicated as we make it.

Karl Vaters is the author of The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking That Divides Us. He’s been in pastoral ministry for over 30 years and has been the lead pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Fountain Valley, California for over 20 years.

Blessings!

Pastor Terry


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October 17th, 2018

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League results from week five are in this week's report. Three Queens and a Prince are in first-place, followed by Team #3, Team #5, Hakuna Matata, One Pin Standing, and BLIND.

Individually, for the ladies, Sandy Townsend bowled a 164, followed by Kelley Hubbard's 154 and April Walls' 143.

For the guys, David Dockery, Rick Luise, and Ryan Bartley each bowled a 204.

The matchups for week 7 (October 22) are: Team #5 vs. BLIND; Three Queens and a Prince vs. Hakuna Matata; and Team #3 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 Dave and Rivers Partin. They are church planters in the greater Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas area. You can reach them at Neighborhood Church, 9225 Slater Street, Overland Park, KS 66212. You can also reach them at davepartin@gmail.com and riversnpartin@gmail.com.

They are asking that we join them in praying that they will continue to love God and their neighbors. Also that God will bless their local school, Pawnee Elementary and the surrounding neighborhood through their showing and sharing the gospel.

The population of the metro Kansas City, MO, area is 1,985,891. There are 20.1% of the population affiliated with an evangelical church. 50.3% of the population are unaffiliated with any religious body. There is one Southern Baptist Church for every 7,382 Kansas City 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.

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 on 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.

Wednesday Evening Study in Esther Continues Each Wednesday Evening

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

We are in week four of the Esther study. Tonight (October 17) we will be in chapter five as we 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.”

LORD'S SUPPER on Sunday, October 28

We will celebrate the LORD'S SUPPER on Sunday, October 28, during the morning worship service.

This is a great time to gather as the body of Christ to fulfill a command that Jesus gave the church. As we gather, we will remember Jesus' vicarious death on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins, and celebrate the victory that is the church's through His salvation!

FALL FESTIVAL on Sunday, October 28

The FALL FESTIVAL will be on Sunday, October 28, starting at 4:30 p.m. There will be games, prizes, and bounce houses for children ages 3 through the fifth-grade. There will be food for everyone attending, including adults.

We need volunteers to help with the Fall Festival. Please contact Sandy Townsend, Shannon Gardner, or Pastor Michael Pait and let them know of your availability to volunteer.

Singing Time in Children's Church

Beginning this Sunday, the Children (3 years of age through 5th grade) will go to Children's Church at the beginning of worship time – 10:00 a.m. They will be working on music to be presented in Adult worship at a future date.

DISASTER RELIF for HURRICANE MICHAEL

Anyone desiring to help with disaster relief following Hurricane Michael can do so by making your check payable to First Baptist Church of Wellington. Please designate in the memo line “Disaster Relief.” The church will forward any monies collected to the Disaster Relief Fund of the Florida Baptist Convention.

For more information, go to www.flbaptist.org. Click on the “Mobilization” tab. The menu will drop down. Click on the “Disaster Relief” tab.

CLEAN-UP OUR CHURCH Day, November 17

Saturday, November 17, is being designated as a Clean-up Our Church Day. There are numerous items on the To-Do list for this day. We need to scrub each of the six bathrooms from ceiling to floor. Classrooms need to have items-that-haven't-been-used-in-a-year thrown out. Storage rooms need to have things thrown out. The hedge along the parking lot side of the sanctuary needs to be pulled out. The list goes on.

We will have a dumpster on sight for all of the discarded items. There will be lists available for you to sign up starting the first Sunday in November. The lists will be at a table in the vestibule.

This is a great time to get our facilities in order for the holidays!

Door-Hanger Distribution on Saturday, December 1

We are asking for 25 volunteers to help distribute door-hangers on Saturday, December 1. We are going to distribute them to every home in which we have placed a bible (roughly 400 homes). These door hangers will advertise our Christmas schedule. This is a very hands on way to reach out to the homes we have already impacted through the bible distribution.

Rainer Calls On Churches to Get a Little “Scrappy”

by Aaron Wilson

October 16, 2018

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

NASHVILLE (BP) – Back in high school, LifeWay CEO and President Thom S. Rainer spent many Friday nights playing tailback for what he calls a scrappy football team.

He noted they weren't the biggest, fastest or most athletic players, but because of the team's grit and determination, they overcame a bad season to make it into the quarterfinals of the state playoffs the following year.

In his new book, "Scrappy Church: God's Not Done Yet," Rainer calls on churches to bring a similar mentality to revitalization -- something he believes is attainable if churches are willing to roll up their sleeves and get a little scrappy.

"I have seen many so-called hopeless churches become turnaround churches," Rainer said. "I have seen congregations defy all the doom-and-gloom prognosticators. I have seen churches spit in the face of the objective facts that say it can't be done.

"I call these turnaround churches 'scrappy churches.'" he said. "While scrappy church leaders are not blind to the difficulties around them and in their congregations, they remain certain God is still at work."

Rainer believes many churches in North America resemble the state of an overwhelmed team when they say things like:

-- "We can't reach young families; they go to the big church that has all the children's and student stuff."

-- "We don't have the money or the people the other churches have."

-- "We can't compete with the megachurch in our town."

But in "Scrappy Church," Rainer tells stories of real churches that are in a new mode of revitalization and that -- for the first time in years, maybe decades -- are experiencing hope.

"I see the beginning of a movement of profound church revitalization in so many congregations," Rainer said. "And if the pattern continues, we could see as many as 100,000 churches move from decline to growth, ineffectiveness to effectiveness, divisiveness to unity, and hopelessness to hope."

Rainer said the past few years have been a season in which he felt a deep burden to help churches define reality -- insisting that many struggling churches must change or die. However, in the coming season, Rainer says his emphasis will shift to communicating more about what God is doing in churches that are truly revitalizing.

"My first step of hope will not only be sharing stories but discerning how God is specifically working in scrappy churches," said Rainer, who recently announced plans toretirein the coming year. "And though I will never suggest we can discover some formulaic or programmatic answer to church revitalization, we can observe the work of God and discern how that work might apply to our church and our context."

"Scrappy Church" is available exclusively at LifeWay Christian Stores andLifeWay.com. A free secret guest survey is available at ThomRainer.com/ScrappyQuiz to help leaders identify just how scrappy their church is and what low-hanging fruit can be harvested to improve ministry to the community.

Aaron Wilson is a writer for LifeWay Christian Resources.

Blessings!

Pastor Terry


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October 10th, 2018

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League has completed five weeks of the 2018 Fall League. However, we only have results through the previous week. Those results indicate that the Three Queens and a Prince are in first-place, followed by Team #3, Hakuna Matata, Team #5, One Pin Standing, and BLIND.

Individually, for the ladies, Kelley Hubbard bowled a 164, followed by Wanda Cioffi's 153 and April Walls' 147.

For the guys, David Sager bowled a 189, followed by Mike Norton's 186 and Fred Rondeau's 185.

Next Monday's (October 15) matchups are: Team #3 vs. Hakuna Matata; One Pin Standing vs. Team #5; and Three Queens and a Prince vs. BLIND.

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 Wayne and Pascha Lee. They are church planters in Baltimore, Maryland. You can reach them at Christian Liberty Church, P. O. Box 7016, Baltimore, MD 21216. You can also reach them at info@christianlibertychurch.org.

They are asking us to join with them in praying that the gospel of Jesus Christ will spread throughout West Baltimore communities. Also pray for spiritual maturity, godly wisdom and ordered steps over their family and the flock of Christian Liberty Church.

The population of Baltimore is 2,797,407. Only 9.9% of the population are affiliated with an evangelical church; while 57.9% are unaffiliated with any religious body. There is one Southern Baptist Church for every 10,438 Baltimore 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.

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 on 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.

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.”

LORD'S SUPPER on Sunday, October 28

We will celebrate the LORD'S SUPPER on Sunday, October 28, during the morning worship service.

This is a great time to gather as the body of Christ to fulfill a command that Jesus gave the church. As we gather, we will remember Jesus' vicarious death on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins, and celebrate the victory that is the church's through His salvation!

FALL FESTIVAL on Sunday, October 28

The FALL FESTIVAL will be on Sunday, October 28, starting at 4:30 p.m. There will be games, prizes, and bounce houses for children ages 3 through the fifth-grade. There will be food for everyone attending, including adults.

We need volunteers to help with the Fall Festival. Please contact Sandy Townsend, Shannon Gardner, or Pastor Michael Pait and let them know of your availability to volunteer.

Singing Time in Children's Church

Beginning this Sunday, the Children (3 years of age through 5th grade) will go to Children's Church at the beginning of worship time – 10:00 a.m. They will be working on music to be presented in Adult worship at a future date.

DISASTER RELIF for HURRICANE MICHAEL

Anyone desiring to help with disaster relief following Hurricane Michael can do so by making your check payable to First Baptist Church of Wellington. Please designate in the memo line “Disaster Relief.” The church will forward any monies collected to the Disaster Relief Fund of the Florida Baptist Convention.

For more information, go to www.flbaptist.org. Click on the “Mobilization” tab. The menu will drop down. Click on the “Disaster Relief” tab.

HURRICANE MICHAEL Hits FLORIDA;

Disaster Relief Preps Against “Compassion Fatigue”

by Brandon Elrod

October 9, 2018

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- "This year is beginning to look more like our 2017 hurricane response," said Sam Porter, national director for disaster relief with the North American Mission Board, as Hurricane Michael pressed toward the Florida Gulf Coast Oct. 9 prior to its landfall today (Oct. 10) as a Category 4 storm.

"The storms are simply happening a month later than they did last year," said Porter, who is coordinating with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief directors across the Southeast and NAMB's Send Relief leadership ahead of Michael's landfall.

"We've had Florence in North Carolina and South Carolina. Now three weeks later, we've got Hurricane Michael taking aim at Florida and Georgia," Porter said. The most devastating of last year's hurricanes began with Harvey and Irma in August followed by Maria in September.

SBDR has been hard at work since Florence made landfall in North Carolina on Sept. 14. That major response -- along with responses to wildfires out West, major flooding in the Midwest and tornadoes in the Heartland -- has Porter warning Southern Baptists against the potential for "compassion fatigue."

The tendency is for people to lose their sensitivity to the news of damage, flooding and homelessness, he said.

"There's an extreme urgency to call Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers and churches to be faithful in the response," Porter said. "There are still thousands of people needing help who have not received it yet.

"The Lord calls us to be compassionate every day of our lives. 'Do not be weary in well-doing,'" he said, paraphrasingGalatians 6:9.

Since Hurricane Florence made landfall, SBDR has prepared more than 1.1 million meals, cleared more than a thousand yards and completed flood cleanup on more than 240 homes.

Send Relief, NAMB's compassion ministry arm, will be shipping resources from its ministry center in Appalachia as it did in preparation for Florence. SBDR volunteers and local churches will distribute those supplies, as well as feeding and ministering to people in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.

With Hurricane Michael's landfall near Mexico Beach, Fla., damage from storm surge and wind pummeling were expected over large portions of the state's Gulf Coast. Damage and power outages are expected to extend through Georgia, potentially reaching into the Carolinas.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered emergency evacuations and declared a state of emergency in more than 30 counties, warning that Michael could be "the most destructive storm to hit the Florida Panhandle in decades. This storm will be life-threatening and extremely dangerous."

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for 92 counties. "The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety ahead of Hurricane Michael," Deal stated. "In light of the storm's forecasted track, I encourage Georgians in the affected counties to be prepared and remain vigilant."

Unlike Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas, Michael is not expected to carry the same flooding risk beyond the initial storm surge, with the hurricane predicted to move fairly quickly through Florida and into Georgia.

Florence remained over North and South Carolina after making landfall, dropping feet of rain in some regions, while the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimates a moderate risk of flash flooding in Florida and South Georgia. Instead, a wider area likely will be affected by wind damage and power outages as Michael buzzes through the South.

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is among the three largest providers of disaster relief assistance in the United States. Southern Baptist churches, associations and state conventions all partner to mobilize volunteers, resources and equipment to provide services. The North American Mission Board provides national coordination and assistance in larger multi-state responses.

Brandon Elrod writes for the North American Mission Board.

Blessings!

Pastor Terry


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