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Everything will change…Everything has changed

In the Hollywood blockbuster, The Patriot, British General Cornwallis said as he surrendered Yorktown to the Continental Army, “Everything will change…Everything has changed.” Over the course of a lifetime various events and experiences radically reshape life as we know it. The COVID-19 pandemic has achieved this in a very short time. Everything has changed.  Worship services have changed For two months we have gathered virtually through Facebook or YouTube. In-person gatherings resume this Sunday, May 31. Virtual services will continue…

Together

We are able to do so much more together, than if we were chasing this vision alone. Well over 100 years ago, a single missionary named Lottie Moon, while serving in China, began writing letters challenging the American church to send and support more workers to go there. After her death on the field, her challenge was heeded in the formalization of an offering in her name. Even if you’re not a Southern Baptist who has given to the Lottie…

A Giving Church…A Generous Church

Preparation for our 2020 budget is underway. It may only be October but it takes time to coordinate the budget needs of the various areas of our ministry.  This is always a challenging process. This year, however, is significantly more difficult. Our giving has not met our budget for several months. We are not by any means in a financial emergency. We have ample reserves to cover the shortfall.  What This is Not! This is not an appeal for additional…

More Than a Sign

What’s in a Sign? Our church sign has been dark for several months and can’t be repaired. We thoroughly investigated our options and all of them are expensive. The cost to replace is well over $20,000.  A sign, of course, is not essential to our ministry. Churches ministered effectively for centuries before the technology was developed. I doubt very few people have met Christ personally because of the message displayed upon a church sign. We have one, though, and a…

Increased effectivess

For months our Deacons have questioned how to best increase the effectiveness of their valuable and important ministry. They saw the need for more people serving as Deacons. We anticipate the addition of women will elevate the care provided to the church by each and every Deacon.

Darkest Before the Light

Don’t Look Beyond the Cross Don’t make the mistake of looking beyond the cross as we prepare for Easter Sunday.  Sunday will most certainly be a day of joyous celebration! We will unite our voices with those of a thousand generations in declaring, “He is not here; the tomb is empty!”  Our celebration, however, will focus more upon the cross than the empty tomb.  John Stott, in The Cross of Christ, wrote, “The resurrection cannot stand by itself. Since it…

Recreation Becomes Outreach

The Collaboration 2019 has come to an end. Our European guests have returned to their homes in Germany and Serbia. An incredibly busy two weeks of collaborative ministry involving people from seven different countries is behind us. The goals and objectives for this year’s Collaboration were changed from those of previous years. Rather than random acts of service throughout the community we focused on taking various areas of our Alsbury ministry to a higher level. Each will continue in the months…

My Prayer This Week

Personal Worries Monday during VBS our children wrote a short note about personal worries. Our leaders asked them to, “Cast all your anxiety on Jesus because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Some of the children’s responses were reasonable. “Snakes,” for instance. Or, “Braces.” One wrote, “Bugs buzzing around.” Others were amusing. “Zombies” was one child’s personal concern. Some were shared concerns. More than one wrote, “Passing the STAAR test.” Several wrote, “Making friends.” Others were disheartening. “My grandma’s…