NewsLetter and Events
AFBC May 2018 NewsLetter
From the PASTOR:
What Is The Best News You Can Think Of?
What is the best news you can think of? Maybe becoming a millionaire or having the house you always wanted. Perhaps the perfect job, spouse or child. Let’s ask the question in a different way. What is so important that you would base your entire life on it?
The only thing truly worth living for is the good news of Jesus Christ. The good news is the good news because real lasting hope can only be found in Jesus Christ. A hope that brings about a change in a person’s life. The Bible calls this change redemption. Redemption is being saved from sin and evil. The Cathedral Quartet sang a song- “He made a change.” A change in the way I walk, in the way I talk, in the way I live. If he can make a change in me he can make a change in you.” Redemption results in a change so we can know God, grow in God and love God.
Why do we need a change? Why do people do the things they do? The Bible says that the reason we do what we do is sin. We are all sinners and we all do sinful things. Sin is a sickness that effects all of us.
The first effect of sin is rebellion against God. Rebellion results in self-focus and self-reliance. It happened in the Garden of Eden and it happens in us.
Sin also produces foolishness in us. 1 Corinthians 1:18-24
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.” 20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
Our foolishness is a rejection of God in an effort to replace him with our self wants and desires. As a result of sin, we do not do what God would have us to do. Romans 7:17-23
17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
In this passage, Paul is stating that even when he wants to submit to God and obey him he ends up doing wrong. Like Paul, haven’t we all been there. We cannot do what is right because of sin. We need God to change us. We need a Redeemer to redeem us from ourselves. The good news is that Jesus is willing and able to change us, to give us the redemption we need to live for God. Jesus is our only hope. Will you live for him today?
May the Lord be with you,
CHILDREN's FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY
In April, the Children's Fellowship Ministry had a friendly Kickball game between children, youth and adults. The kids had a blast. After the game, we cooled off with Ice Cream sundaes. It has been requested that we have another game soon. We hope everyone can come out to watch or play. We also need some referees. We are looking into some fun activities for the upcoming months.
John and Shannon Parker
CHILDREN's HANDBELLS and CHOIR
The youth choir is winding down after a great year. They love to sing, sing, sing! Each one did a great job using their gifts and talents for the Lord.
Servants of Christ,
Shana Corker and Janet Hellard
JAM (Jesus And Me)
JAM was wonderful! We pray that each child learned a little bit more about God's love for them from the bible lessons, mission projects, and bible drills. We are very proud of each one of you!
In Christs' Love,
Dot Friedt, LuAnn Collins, Shannon Parker, Rodney Hellard, Janet Hellard
YOUNG CHILDREN's CHOIR
The young children's choir participated in Community N.O.W (Night of Worship) and sang two songs, God's Army and B-I-B-l-E. We will be singing on Mother's Day.
Dot Friedt and Aileen Hendrix
We have finally wrapped up our study with First Hand Faith. The youth really enjoyed that study and can't wait to see what God as in store for them next. We are in the process of choosing our next study.
Since the last newsletter the Youth have done some fun things. We had our Youth bowling and lock-in night. Which was a lot of fun. We participated in the Missions BBQ Chicken fundraiser. And most importantly the Youth Sunday. We enjoyed every minute from preparing for that Sunday till the actual Day. We could feel God's presence the whole entire journey to that day. We are proud of the Youth for getting out of their "comfort zone" to speak and pray in front of the whole church family. It truly was a special day.
We can truly see God working in them. And excited to see what God has in store for them.
Matt and Aileen Hendrix, Youth Directors
I would like to thank everyone who came out for the Community Night of Worship. If you missed this night, you missed a blessing! The children and adults did a wonderful job.
We are planning a Family Movie night on July 28th. We will be having hot dogs and snacks and a family movie. I will be sending out more about this as the time approaches.
Ramonia's Touch group feels so blessed to have met goals beyond our belief in the last few months! We were able to sew 500 sanitary pads for the young girls and women in Haiti. It was an uncertain number when the goal was met, but we praise God for reaching us to that level! Our Mission team went to Haiti in April and the 500 pads went with them. We feel the blessing of God being poured on us. Continue to pray for this mission as we move forward with serving Him!
"Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” Luke 1:45
VBS will be June 18- 22, only a few weeks away. Our theme this year is Babylon, Daniel’s Courage in Captivity. During this week, we will travel back in time to Babylon to meet Daniel and hear his story of how he was torn away from his homeland and forced into service of a foreign king. We will see how Daniel maintained his faith while he was alone, afraid and needing help, and learn how he was thankful during these times. We will also be visiting the ancient Babylonian marketplace and talking to some of the craftsmen.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Carl & Sarah Lewis, Van Ministry Coordinators
What a busy year we are having. We worked with our Baptist Men and held a chicken BBQ to benefit missions both locally and internationally in March. We also helped with Outreach on the Easter Extravaganza this year which included a treasure hunt, story, egg hunt and refreshments. The month of April we collected food and supplies for the Baptist Children’s Home in Thomasville thru the Pilot Mountain Baptist Association. We thank each and every one who donated to this ministry.
We have several things planned in the upcoming months which include a Ladies Salad Luncheon to be held on May 19th. Our speaker will be Nancy Hsu. She will be speaking on “Jesus Loves Me This I Know and How Can I Return My Love”. Music will be provided by Holly Hellard. On June 16th we will be going to Solo Christus in East Bend to help in whatever they need. Vacation Bible School begins June 18th and we will be lending support in various areas during this week. Then on August 1st we will be visiting and touring the Ronald McDonald House.
Our new year starts in September. We will be starting a new theme entitled “Unconditional Pursuit”. We are excited about where this may lead us in furthering our knowledge of God’s word and in helping others. Please join us the first Wednesday of each month at 7 PM and share your ideas and thoughts.
God Bless You,
Sue Crater, WMU Director
Here are some followup pictures from the WMU Salad Luncheon on Saturday, May 19,, We had such a blessed time!
You can see larger and more pictures in the Gallery
Sue Crater, Tutoring
Good News Club
Sarah Lewis & Vickie Edwards, co-leaders
Dolores Hendrix, SS Director
The Nominating Committee for 2018-2019 was approved by the church at a special called Business Meeting on May 16th. Those serving on the committee are David Carter, Baptist Men Director, Carl Lewis, Sunday School Director, Sue Crater, WMU Director and our 3 at large members are Shannon Parker, Ray Edwards and Marshall Swaringen. Please be in prayer for this group. You may be approached about a position(s) and we hope you will keep an open mind and pray about where you see yourself in the upcoming year.
God Bless You,