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The Pastor's Pen
Our Nation was founded upon our Belief in God, His Word & His Leadership. We have become A Nation without God. Just like the rich fool in Luke 12, we are living without God, living a life of Sin. We assume we are running things, but we are tragically Mistaken. There is coming a Day of Judgment, God’s Reckoning.
A Nation Without God is a Nation Without Freedom. Jesus said, “You shall Know the Truth, & the Truth shall set you Free.” We Crucified the Son of God, then rejected Him as Lord & Savior. We have Neglected the Word of God, taken the 10 Commandments out of our courtrooms & classrooms. We still have Freedom of Speech & Freedom of Worship, but only if Politically Correct.
A Nation Without God is a Nation Without Foundations. Jesus told His disciples, “On this Rock I’ll build my Church.” Without God’s Word, the Bible, as our Standard, we wander away from God. Without God, there is no Absolute Truth. Without God, we cannot survive Life’s Storms, whether as a nation, or as individuals.
A Nation Without God is a Nation Without Faith. Hosea says, there is no Truth, no Mercy, or no Knowledge of God in the land. Faith comes by hearing of the Word of God. Our Nation can only survive by the Faith of the people, Faith in God & our Government.This is Call for our Nation to Return to God. If My people will Humble themselves & Pray.” “Remember, Repent & Return to your First Love.” God will Pardon, Cleanse & Revive us, if we Turn Back to Him. The Foundations of our nation are crumbling, where is your Faith? Is your Life based upon Jesus & centered around Him?
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On a recent visit to Christopher Newport University where our granddaughter, Morgen, will be attending in the fall, I was amazed at how many time during freshman orientation conferences I heard the phrase “we want our freshmen to be ‘engaged’ in the classroom, in campus life and in their new community.” What does it mean to be “engaged”? Webster’s dictionary says it means to be involved, to pledge or promise to become bound, to take part in. As this phrase kept running through my mind, I thought of a group of people who keep me busily and happily engaged in something I love – music for our worship services. I am so grateful for these folks who have made a commitment to be at choir rehearsal week after week and present the love of Christ in song for our worship services. For most all of these folks, this is just one of several areas of service so they truly are “engaged” in the life of our church. My thanks to each of you for your hard work and faithfulness, and I encourage you to stay “engaged” and faithful through these lazy days of summer.
A sincere thanks to the men of the church from Bill and I both for their help mowing the yard, completing the refinishing of the deck and doing some “heavy lifting” to help Bill complete his spring cleaning projects. As most of you know Bill contracted a tick-borne disease and was very sick and weak for several days. He continues to get stronger every day but it is going to be a slow process. Thanks to these men for being “engaged” in our lives and in the ministries of our church.
Did you know that “success is not the key to happiness? Happiness is the key to success.” If you find your way into the presence of the Lord through the worship music or the actions of the TBC ministries, then all of us have achieved the only success we need ever have – happiness in serving the Lord.
Hope you have a jubilant July and a safe and happy Fourth as we begin the month celebrating our nation’s independence.Stay “engaged” in the ministries of our church, let happiness in “working ‘til Jesus comes” bring success the world will not understand; and, oh yeah, Keep Singing!
Carol (Judges 5:3)
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Sunday School - 63 + 16 (Nursing Home)
June Receipts - $16,667.26 / Disbursements - $16,396.16
Building Fund - $12,004.60 / Scholarship Fund - $16,951.37
YTD Receipts - $152,019.72 / YTD Expenditures - $151,784.06
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Youth Camp this year is at the North Carolina Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell on Oak Island. Caswell is a former Civil War & WW II Fort, now an instrument of peace, offering a place of reflection and relaxation, except when it is flooded by over 1,000 young people for 5 weeks of Youth Camp. Caswell is for 7th through 12th graders.
Caswell is built around Youth-Focused Worship & large group Celebrations, along with small group Bible studies, recreation (we will be at the beach), & includes lots of personal quiet times & church group devotions. Everybody will receive a theme T-shirt upon arrival at Caswell, everyone is asked to wear their T-shirts for Tuesday night worship, providing a visual image of unity.
Caswell begins each day with a Worship Celebration. The music is loud & upbeat, intended to wake you up & get you excited about Jesus. After Worship, there are Bible study classes for the Youth, as well as the adult chaperones & college students. This year’s theme is Assisting students in discovering their true identity. We are created in the image of God, but what does that really mean? After Bible Study, we gather again for Worship & Drama. Afternoons are for recreation. There is planned recreation, like basketball, splash & dive contests at the pool & sand-building contests at the beach. There is also “Free Time” each day, where every camper is allowed to do things they want. After Supper, we have Personal Time, then Church Group Devotions.
We are going to have Fun at Caswell, but we will also Grow spiritually. For most youth & adults, Caswell is a “mountain top experience” which challenges & strengthens them in their walk of faith. In the past 8 years, we have seen 25,000 decisions for Christ.
I’m Excited About Caswell – Let’s Go!!! Vernon
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Please help our Pantry by donating!
We appreciate your kind & generous response to our need for more food!
Anything you can donate will be greatly appreciated!
JANUARY - Canned Green Beans, Sweet Peas, Corn, Carrots, Mixed Vegetables, Canned White Potatoes, Canned Sweet Potatoes, Dried Beans (any kind)
FEBRUARY - Canned Peaches, Fruit Cocktail, Pears, Applesauce, Chicken Noodle, Beef Vegetable & Tomato Soup
MARCH - Tuna, Beef Stock, Chicken, Salmon (All meats MUST be canned)
APRIL - Grape Jelly/Jam, Peanut Butter (smooth)
MAY - Comet/Ajax, Pine-Sol, Laundry Detergent, Dish Detergent, Paper Towels
JUNE - Baby Food (please check date), Baby Shampoo, Baby Soap, Baby Lotion, Baby Powder
JULY - Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Shampoo, Bar Soap, Solid Deodorant
AUGUST - Canned Spaghetti O’s, Dried Pasta (elbow, spaghetti & rice), Oatmeal (plain), Cereal (breakfast)
SEPTEMBER - Pickles, Catsup, Mustard, Pancake Mix, Pancake Syrup
OCTOBER - GETTING READY FOR THANKSGIVING! Turkeys, Stuffing Mix, Canned gravy, Canned Sweet Potatoes
NOVEMBER - Stuffing Mix, Canned Gravy, Canned Sweet Potatoes, Canned Vegetables & Canned Fruit
DECEMBER - To be Announced
Post list on your refrigerator as a reminder of what is needed for each month
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