Pastor's Pen - Carol's Notes - Youth - Pantry
The Pastor’s Pen!!!
We are in transition in the Strawberry Baptist Association. We do not have a Director of Missions, most committees aren’t functioning properly & finances are tight. We can’t keep doing the same old thing in the same old way & expect different results. What we are doing & the way we have been doing it, is not working, we are not reaching Bedford with the gospel.
Through a series of meetings with pastors & lay people, the Self-Study Team has discovered several “Values.” We value people making a Commitment to Christ & His Church. There is a lack of commitment in our churches & in the association. We value Connecting with other Churches in order to encourage one another & build the Kingdom of God. Many churches are struggling, while others are simply doing their own thing. There is a need to Coordinate the missions & ministries of all the Churches within the association, so that more people can get involved in ministry or mission work. It’s hard work to coordinate the different ministries of the churches, but we must do a better job of Communicating opportunities for missions work & various ministries so that churches can partner together to reach people for Christ.
The Self-Study Team came up with the idea of a Network of Churches, rather than an association. A Network of Churches can be described like the hub of a wheel, a central point for Connecting, Communicating & Coordinating with the Churches & all the Churches Connecting, Communicating & Coordinating with each other, partnering together to carry out the Great Commission.
"We must be about our Father’s Business!”
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LET THE GLORY OF THE LORD RISE AMONG US!! I can’t explain to you in words what it sounds like when 10,000 people raise their voices in praise. At the conference I attended with my daughter the last weekend in September, I think perhaps I got a small glimpse of what the heavenly chorus will sound like. Wow, what a glorious sound that will be!
As I sat in that civic center full of women, I was reminded again how powerful Christian music is to all generations. We made our way to the throne of the Father through many different musical styles but we all ended up at the same place. I shall long remember how it looked & sounded when 10,000 women raised their hands as we sang “let the glory of the Lord rise among us”. It was far more glorious than the “wave” that is often done in football stadiums. I will remember the look of joy on my daughter’s face as she sang “I am free to run, I am free to dance, I am free to live for You, I am free”. This was a new praise song for me but now one of my favorites.
One of the young men who played in the praise band & who wrote one of the new praise songs shared a story with a gentleman from Spirit FM radio. Long before this young man was born a neighbor tried to witness to his mother & she didn’t seem responsive to the gospel message. On another visit the neighbor gave this woman a long-playing record (remember those!) by Amy Grant. This woman was won to the Lord by her music & now, years later, her son is a tremendous musician, composing & playing new Christian music.
I recently read an article about a man whose mind was being ravaged by the disease of Alzheimers. This man had been a part of a men’s chorus for many years & was raised on the hymns of our faith. This man no longer recognized his wife or children & could not remember being a part of this group of men. At a dinner given by these men to honor their friend, they began to sing the songs they had done for years. To everyone’s amazement this gentleman made his way on stage & began to sing in a voice as strong & clear as ever & he never missed a word or a note. How was it possible that he didn’t know his own family or remember these men but he could sing the songs of faith he had known all his life?
My children grew up on a Bill Gaither children’s project record that they came to love. As teenagers they fell in love with the music of Amy Grant. When my grandson was very young he could sing “Christmas Shoes” & “Where There is Faith”, songs by 4 Him. Now that he is older he listens to groups with crazy sounding names like Hawk Nelson & Decyfer Down.
I guess what I’m trying to express in this article is that, though I don’t always enjoy the music my grandson enjoys & I don’t always enjoy the lengthy praise songs, someone is being reached for the Lord by this music & it just might be someone in my own family. My prayer will be that the Lord will bless it all to His glory. Christian music is powerful & can move in mighty ways. So I’ll end as I began – LET THE GLORY OF THE LORD RISE AMONG US – and let us be receptive to the many different ways that may happen.
Keep a song in your heart!
Carol (Judges 5:3)
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In Youth Group recently we have been talking about the book of Acts. Through Acts we can see the beginning of the Church, the martyrdom of believers, and how God worked through the early Church to make Christ known to the world. While the book of Acts is full of great stories of the faith, there is one verse that I believe truly sums up what the early Church was doing. Paul and Silas were in the middle of preaching in Thessalonica that angered the Jews. It angered the Jews so much that this is what they said - “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also.”– Acts 17:6b
Amazing! The people of the time were calling Christians the ones who had literally turned the world upside down! We have been challenging the youth to live their lives like this, to be willing to turn Bedford upside down for Christ. We decided that if we were going to challenge the youth in this way that we also needed to change our name to be congruent with what we wanted to do.
Our new name is Collide, which we believe fits in to our overall goal. The best definition for Collide in dictionary.com is: to come together with violent, direct impact. This is exactly what we are trying to do with the youth group, to collide with culture to show them Christ. The three ways we want to do this is through our vision statement which is: Collide by Conforming to Christ, Impacting and uniting Individuals, and Colliding with Culture.
Conforming to Christ: Without Conforming to Christ we can never truly reach out to those in need. We plan on doing this by teaching about Christ on Sunday mornings through our new Student Life material.
Impacting and Uniting Individuals: We plan on doing this by teaching how to impact and Unite through Sunday Night small groups and Wednesday night with our new series “1 Up” based off the book of James.
Colliding with Culture: We plan on doing this by serving our community on one Sunday night a month through various service projects.
Through these different essentials we plan to change the world for Christ by turning Bedford upside down for Christ!
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Thank You, Trinity Baptist Church!
Because of your generosity, we have been able to help several families in our community who needed food and other items.
With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up, our Pantry is in need of Re-Stocking.
The Church will provide Gift Certificates from Vista Foods to purchase milk, bread, cheese & meat.
For those less fortunate Families, we want to fix Food Baskets for the Thanksgiving & Christmas Holidays!
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, Bunker Hill 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 & DECEMBER - To be Announced
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