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Page 2 Pastor’s column
Are you living up to God’s expectations? It appears from birth to the grave we come under expectations. As a child we are expected to be a child. As we grow we come under more and more stringent expectations. Our parents insist we say, “yes sir, no sir, thank you and please and if we did not there were consequences. The older we got the more expectations grew. As Ed Sandefur adults we are faced with expectations from every direction. At home from our wife or husband, our children, at work from the boss and co-workers. At every level of our culture we are faced with EXPECTATIONS! How about church? Yes, even our beloved brethren place expectations on us. So how do we sort out all the demands placed on us to meet the expectations that really matters? Let me suggest the Bible and simply ask, if……..
If the Bible is true, we need to obediently follow! All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:15-21
If He desires people to come to a knowledge of the truth... For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. 1 Timothy 2:3-6
If He has commanded us to reach the world ... But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Acts 1:8
If He has risen from the dead... For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
If He has given us the Holy Spirit... And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit… Acts 2:4
If He has empowered us to do His work... If Jesus died on the cross to reconcile people to Himself... And He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. 16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God,
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 Clearly there are expectations from the Lord in our lives, ministries, and churches; and His expectations are clear. The question is this: is He waiting on us?
In Christ, Bro. Ed
Floyd has a new great grandson Floyd Tuckerâ€™s new great grandson, Weston Mack Rainey, was born July 24 at 4:47 p.m. weighing 8 lb. 3.5 oz. and measuring 19.75 inches long. Congratulations Floyd and to grandparents Pat and Kyle Ellis, parents Kaitlin and Dustin and big sister Sarah Ann. Pictured above is the Double Y Sunday School at Chick-Fil-A in Perry for a going away party for Preston Wilkes, who is moving to Louisiana. Left to right: Nate Kitchens, Preston Wilkes, Kylee West, Cami Neisler, Sarah Averill Brannen, Roger Roney and Russ Wilkes.
Pictured above is Raychel Witmer on the new ramp on the west side of the church house. It will provide easy, direct access to the senior adult Sunday School classroom. Several new parking places were added in the area also. Gifts in memory of Warren Taylor, Larry Willingham, Bobby McKinley and Ken Rogier, which funded these improvements, were given by their family.
Pictured above are some of the 18 Seasoned Saints who enjoyed a trip to Golden Corral on July 24.
Upcoming training and events for men, women, everyone! Listed below are some of the great opportunities provided by our Georgia Baptist Convention. Take advantage. For more information about any of these events, go to www.gabaptist.org Byromvi Baptist Church:
We are so grateful for your gifts to the Kairos Prison Ministry. Through your donations, the ministry is able to pursue its mission of ministry to those who are impacted by incarceration. Through the grace of God, and enabled by your gifts, we are working to bring persons lost in shame, guilt, unforgiveness, and hatred to know the healing and saving power of Jesus Christ, and a new way of life. We hope you understand how much your support of this ministry means to the people with whom we come into contact. Lives are touched and new hope is born because God has put our work on your heart. We are eternally grateful and hope that your love for us and our mission in Christ’s name might continue. Sincerely Leonard E. Cole, Financial Secretary Georgia Chapter, Kairos Prison Ministry
JJJJJ Dear Byromville Baptist Church friends, Rose and I would like to express our gratitude to the church family for your support during the loss of our fathers. The calls, visits, cards, and most especially the prayers, meant so much to us. We covet your prayers in the days ahead. In His love, Dennis and Rose [Phillips]
FOR MEN: Winning the Real Battle, Aug. 11 The conference for men will be lead by Col. Steve Russell, author of We Got Him: A Memoir of the Hunt and Capture of Saddam Hussein. The conference begins at 8:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Statesboro. Cost is $20 per person. FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL WORKERS: Sunday School Workshop Aug. 11 in Hawkinsville A prescription for a healthy Sunday School is the theme of this conference at Broad Street Baptist Church beginning from 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Registration fee is $15 at the door. This same conference will be held at Shirley Hills Baptist Church in Warner Robins on August 25. FOR WOMEN: WMU/WEM Training: Encourage, Equip, Engage, August 18 This conference will be held at Central Baptist Church, Americus from 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. English As A Second Language Workshop August 11 and 18, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. The purpose of this workshop is to teach conversational English while demonstrating and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with your students. No experience or knowledge of other languages needed. It will be held at First Baptist Church, Forsyth. FOR WOMEN: One in Prayer Women’s Retreat, September 14-15, Camp Pinnacle Registration for this prayer retreat for women will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, and the retreat will dismiss at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. Cost is $75 per person which includes lodging and meals.
Page 5 Associational news
BBC hosting Men’s Ministries supper/meeting Our church is hosting this quarter’s associational Men’s Ministry meeting and supper on August 6 at 6:30 p.m. in Saliba Hall. Featured speaker for the meeting will be state missionary Mike Flowers. He will focus on mentoring younger men.
Financial workshop set for Aug. 13 Keith Hamilton with Georgia Baptist Convention Financial Services will lead a financial workshop on August 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Houston Baptist Center for church treasuers and finance/stewardship committees.
Women’s retreat set for Nov. 9-10 Ladies, put this on your calendar now–a women’s retreat at Camp Houston November 9-10. It will begin Friday late afternoon and end Saturday early afternoon. More details will be forthcoming. We do hear that the men are going to cook for us!
Visit www.houstonbaptist.org for more information Keep up with what’s going on in Houston Baptist Association by regularly visiting the website. You can read the monthly Houston Herald, see what’s going on with our sister churches, view photos and lots more.
2 National Picnic Month
N ational Ice C ream Sandw ich D ay
6:30pm Assn’l Men’s Ministry Supper/Meeting, Saliba Hall
5:30pm Senior Adult Banquet, C ordele
D og D ays end
7:30–9:30 am C hurch grounds workday
National Relaxation Day
7:00pm Financial W orkshop, Houston Baptist C enter
10:00am W om en on M ission. G oing out to eat after m eeting
Banana Split Day
7:00pm Assn’l Ex. C om . M tg., H ouston Baptist C enter
National Dog Day
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Keagan Cavanah Brooke Thom pson Sherry W ilkes Sue Thom pson Julie Hum phries Kim Knaggs Jesse Raper Alex Blankenship Marley Collier Larry Crutchfield Gage Roney Sharon Thom pson Jeffrey W itm er Cheryl Foster Jim m ie Collier Betty Barrett
Birthdays 8-8 8-9
Cam eron Bodrey Mendy Bodrey Kelly W oodruff Ed Youngblood W endy Barlow Brittnay Kidd Dale Raper Jerem y W ilkes Brandi W itm er Andy Boyd David Thom pson Garrett W right Abby Dorsett David Hendrix Paula McKinley Daniel Brown
8-17 8-18 8-20 8-24 8-26 8-27 8-28
Rhonda Youngblood Martha Sellars Jeff Overton Jeff Lockerm an Bragan Gam brell Ronnie Hatcher Paula Pece Bob Latim er Laura Lam berth Darlene Stephenson Jeff W itm er Daniel Thom pson Chris Johnson
Please pray for these folks on their birthday.
Weekly Schedule SUNDAY Sunday School. . . . . . . 10:00AM W orship. . . . . . . . . . . . 11:00AM W orship. . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:00PM WEDNESDAY Bible Study & Prayer.. . . 7:00PM
Nursery for all services. Children’s Church for Sunday 11AM W orship.
Schedule of Volunteers for August Please remember it is up to you to arrange coverage if you are unable to serve on your scheduled day. Date
Sue Thompson Vicki Lamberth Patricia Kent Michelle Kitchens Jill and Sarah Averill Brannen
Suzy Grantham Michelle Kitchens
July Sunday School Stats Senior Adults FBIC CIA VOC Young Adults Older Youth (ages 14-17) Double Y (ages 11-13) Older Children (ages 8-10) Younger Children (ages 6-7) Older Preschoolers Younger Preschoolers Nursery General Officers TOTAL
Children’s Deacon of Church the Week Tricia/Joe Kent Floyd Tucker Vicki/Tori Joe Kent Lamberth Robin/Mark Jimmy Peavy Lockerman Kim/Ryan Arthur Godfrey Roney
Ushers Frank Thompson Matt Youngblood Daniel Thompson George Massey Mark Smith Quint Smith Monta Averill William Preston
Financial $ummary 7 13 4 5 2 4 4 4 3 0 6 2 2 54
Pray for the nominating committee as they complete their assigned task of obtaining officers, teachers and other leaders for the 2012-2013 church year. Joe Kent is the chair, and other committee members are Ronnie Hatcher, Vicki Lamberth, Paula McKinley, Clara Sandefur and Sue Thompson. For other prayer requests, visit the prayer page on our website at www.byromvillebaptistchurch.com
June receipts General offerings Special–MailBox Club Special–Bolivia mission trip TOTAL June disbursements General expenses VBS Pastorium maintenance Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes MailBox Club Local missions/evangelism Houston Baptist Association Cooperative Program TOTAL
$7,288.72 263.49 132.57 7,684.78 8,712.22 1,513.78 401.86 180.00 265.49 193.62 685.33 1,781.85 $12,930.43
Blessings is published m onthly by Byrom ville Baptist Church. Send news item s and/or com m ents to Editor Brenda Lockerm an at POB 217, Byrom ville, GA 31007, em ail to brendalockerm an@ windstream .net or call 478-433-2791 .
Byromville Baptist Church 713 Patterson Street ` POB 126 Byromville, GA 31007 www.byromvillebaptistchurch.com 478-433-2505 Pastor: Ed Sandefur
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