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A p u b lica tio n o f B yro m ville B a p tist C h u rch
Inside Lesson in unity. . . . . . . . . . . p. 2 Save livesâ€“give blood. . . . . . p. 2 Getting to know Ed & Clara. p. 3 Making new friends. . . . . . . p. 3 VBS pictures.. . . . . . . . . . . . p. 4 New stove.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 5 Fatherâ€™s Day pict.u.r.e.s . . . . . . p. 5 Mailbag. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 6 Join the party. . . . . . . . . . . . p. 6 Calendar. . . . . . . . . Middle insert Monthly info. . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 7 PrayerW alking Schools. . . . p. 8
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A lesson in unity “None of us is as strong as all of us” A while back I watched a show about the animals in Africa and how they survived where they lived. During this the Lord spoke softly to me and I decided to share with you the lesson I was taught.
The Lord then carried my thoughts to the scripture again:“Be sober! Be on the alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour”. 1 Peter 5:8. When Peter penned these words of the Lord through His Holy Spirit revealing to Peter the danger in being complacent in letting our guard down. That has not changed for us. Jesus said; “A thief (Satan) comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance”. (John 10:10) One comes to separate and destroy, and One comes to save and bring us together as one. Which do you choose? If you have trusted Jesus as your Savior and entered the fold of fellow believers you will hear a roar but it’s only a moan of defeat! You see, Satan lost at the cross!
The scene was a lion approaching a herd of buffalo and they, always being cautious, immediately formed a circle of defense. After a short while the lion moved on knowing he had lost! As this unfolded, I thought of my Bible and the Scripture found in Job 12:7-10 “But ask the animals, and they will instruct you;….. The life of every living thing is in His hand, as well as the breath of all mankind”. Thinking about how God instilled in these animals a strong sense of unity and they realize that their very survival depends on it. Therein lies a lesson for us. We should as church members, family and friends assume the posture of unity in our day to day lives and business. When one is weak he/she is protected by the rest. When one has strength he/she supports the other, when threatened the group comes together as one! As I watched the lion as he tried to rattle the buffalo and figure out which one was weak and would make easy prey, the buffalo positioned themselves so the young and weaker would be in the center with the strong and able on the outside providing a perimeter of strength and protection from the lion. The lion had lost because of the willingness and unity of the buffalo to protect one another!
In Christ, Bro. Ed
What you wanted to know about Brother Ed and Sister Clara but were afraid to ask !!!!!!! What is your favorite color? Clara: Yellow and red Ed: Green
What is the weirdest or craziest thing about you? Ed: My sense of humor
Favorite foods? Clara: Sinful Sundae at Outback Ed: Country cured ham, German chocolate cake
A new way to make new friends
Interests? Clara: Family Ed: Building bows, Bible study, reading
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of he earth.” Acts 1:8
Hobbies or things you like to do? Clara: Reading, working around the house Ed: Bowhunting, fishing, hiking in the Tennessee mountains Favorite authors? Clara: Lori Wick, David Jeremiah, Perry Stone Ed: Craig Groeschel, David Jeremiah, Perry Stone, Franis Chan, Peter H. Capstick Favorite books? Clara: Crazy Love, anything by Lori Wick Ed: Christian Atheist, Crazy Love, Bible (NT) Favorite movies? Clara: Facing The Giants Ed: The Ten Commandments, Facing The Giants, anything with John Wayne Favorite TV shows? Clara: Happy Days Ed: Turning Point, Manna Fest, The Andy Griffin Show Favorite vacation spots? Clara: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Ed: Pigeon Forge and Canada Favorite Bible verses? Clara: Romans 8:28 and Jeremiah 29:11 Ed: Psalms 100; 4,5
Jennifer is one of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet–and it just so happens, she especially loves to offer her friendship to waitresses. Once every two weeks, Jennifer and her Christian friends regularly meet for lunch, but before they choose a restaurant, they pray. Once it’s decided where to eat, they sit down and strike up a pleasant chat with the waitress. They learn her name and ask for her suggestions from the menu. Jennifer and her friends visit the same restaurant at least five times, asking the maire d’ for the same waitress. After so many luncheons, the women become fast friends with the waitress and invite her to church. They hardly ever have a waitress turn them down–who could possibly turn down these Christian women who have sown such precious seeds of genuine love?! Jennifer and her girlfriends have been witnessing this way for years and after visiting scores of restaurants–and as many waitresses–they have seen fifteen women come to Christ. This special woman is heaven-bent on gaining new friends for the kingdom of Christ. We shouldn’t think she’s so amazing, because she’s only doing what’s required of her from Acts 1:8. What is amazing is her creativity. She and her best buds not only have fun together over lunch, but they make an outreach of it. Waitresses are, in fact, their main reason for getting together. (continued on page 6)
Lillian Gresham checks out the new stove and hood that was recently installed in the kitchen by Keith and Steven Lamberth with help from Joseph Lamberth, Christopher Rhodes and Mark Smith.
All the fathers were recognized during the morning worship service on Fatherâ€™s Day, June 17. Pictured above are Bill Sandefur (top left) who was recognized as the youngest father present. Kyle West (top right) was the father with the most children present. Bun Fountain (middle) was the oldest father present.
BBC served supper at Camp Houston on June 25, the first night of the girls camp week. We served grilled hamburgers and hotdogs with all the trimmings, baked beans, slaw, chips, cookies and fresh strawberries and peaches to around 38 campers and 10 adults. Pictured above serving are Sarah-Averill Brannen, Kylee West, Katrina West and Kate West. Brenda Lockeman and Ambrose Lockerman were busy outside at the grill.
Fireworks Display July 4 th around 9pm at Montezuma Airport
Dear Church Family, Thank you so very much for your prayers, cards, phone calls and visits. It meant a lot to me during my stay in the hospital. I’m stronger each day. Life is so fragile and I thank God for each day that I have had on this earth. He has always been with me through my entire life. God bless, Jean Latimer
Pictured are Mandy Smith and Matt Youngblood standing by the beautiful scripture art given to BBC by recent interim pastor Andy Boyd. It is hanging in the hallway leading to Saliba Hall.
JJJJJ To my precious brothers and sisters in Byromville Baptist Church, Please accept this artwork (see picture top right) as an expression of my love and appreciation for the opportunity to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ from the Byromville pulpit. You have loved me and hopefully felt my love in return. Blessings upon untold blessings upon each of you; and especially upon Ed as he shepherds you into the future. Proverbs 3:5-6 Love you in Jesus Andy [Boyd]
JJJJJ With deep appreciation Clara and I express our sincerest thanks to the church family for the food, gifts and love given us last Sunday. We are blessed to have a caring church family like you and we ask that God will so richly bless each and every one of you!” Ed & Clara Sandefur
Come join the party! The Women on Mission are hosting a birthday party at Pinehill Nursing Center on July 16 at 2:00 p.m. for the residents. Homemade pound cake, vanilla ice cream, cheese puffs, and coke will be served. Join us. It’ll brighten your day and someone else’s as well.
Making new friends . . . continued from page 3 No matter where we go or whom we meet, we can have an effective outreach for Christ in our community. No, Jennifer will never organize a group called “Eating Out for Jesus,” or plan a budget or print up brochures. But she will keep on doing what comes naturally: gathering new friends into the fold of Christ’s fellowship. And you can do the same in your neighborhood, too! –From Joni’s 2012 Planner
Schedule of Volunteers for July Please remember it is up to you to arrange coverage if you are unable to serve on your scheduled day. Date
Deacon of the Week
Katrina W est Sherry W ilkes
Monta Averill W illiam Preston
Tori/Vicki Lamberth Robin/Mark Peavy
Jill/Sarah-Averill Brannen Suzy Grantham Michelle Kitchens
Mark Peavy Arthur Roney Bob Latimer Kyle W est
Jenn and John John Averill
Clinton Brannen Ronnie Hatcher
Brenda Lockerman Rhonda Youngblood
Jarod Averill John-John Averill
June 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
Financial $ummary 8 12 4 5 1 5 3 3 4 0 4 3 2 51
May receipts General offerings Special–Children’s Home Special–MailBox Club Special–Bolivia mission trip TOTAL May disbursements General expenses Annie Armstrong Easter Offering MailBox Club Local missions/evangelism Houston Baptist Association Cooperative Program TOTAL
$13,706.50 180.00 2.00 100,00 13,988.50 6,860.57 25.00 325.70 120.82 516.85 1,343.82 $9,192.76
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Byromville Baptist Church 713 Patterson Street ` POB 126 Byromville, GA 31007 www.byromvillebaptistchurch.com 478-433-2505 Pastor: Ed Sandefur
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Happy Birthday America!
D og days begin
3pm –7pm Blood Drive Saliba Hall
N ational Fried C hicken D ay
N o prayer m eeting
15 N ational Ice Cream D ay
11:00am Women on Mission (G oing out to eat and return for m eeting)
2:00pm Birthday Party at Pinehill
28 9:00am PrayerW alking Our Schools
7:00pm Special Fifth Sunday Night Service Details TBA
Birthdays 7-1 7-3 7-4 7-6
7-7 7-9 7-10 7-13 7-16 7-16
Kyle Jones Angela Jim es Dean W oodruff W illiam Preston Kelly W est Kyle W est Suzy Grantham Gennette Edwards Judy Brinson Andy Thom pson Tracey Gregory Sally Averill Ron Everidge Sean Payne
7-17 7-19 7-20 7-21 7-24 7-25 7-26 7-28 7-29 7-30 8-1
Patricia Rigdon Am brose Lockerm an Jeanne Musselwhite Era Mae Youngblood Tori Lam berth Beau W est April Trim back Autunm Trim back Massey Evans John Joles Cheri Overton Jim m y Edwards Keagan Cavanah Brooke Thom pson
8-1 8-2 8-3
Sherry W ilkes Sue Thom pson Julie Hum phries Kim Knaggs Jesse Raper
Please pray for these folks on their birthday.
Weekly Schedule SUNDAY Sunday School. . . . . . . . . 10AM W orship. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11AM W orship. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7PM W EDNESDAY Prayer Meeting. . . . . . . . . . 7PM
Nursery for all services. Children’s Church for Sunday 11AM W orship.