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Good news you can use……..from Micro O.F.W.B. Church Dear Brothers and Sisters, What a difference a year makes! In January of 2011 we were working on the old fire department building with great plans for providing services to our community. We have a number of great programs going on and in January of 2012 we began serving lunches to senior citizens in the Micro community through The Shepherd’s Table. The success of the Shepherd’s Table Seniors lunch program is directly attributable to the dedication and commitment of volunteers from our community. Monday through Thursday from three to five volunteers call the people on our list, prepare a hot meal, and drive out to deliver these meals. I have been truly humbled and blessed by their zeal for this work. I believe that a church should be working outside of its walls and I have seen these volunteers from various churches in the community truly working in the name of the Lord. The Shepherd’s Table is a non-denominational coalition of churches to provide congregate and home-delivered meals. It is supported through financial contributions and food donations. We hope to soon partner with the Community and Senior Services of Johnston County to increase our coverage through the former “meals on wheels” program. We are looking for volunteers to deliver these meals as we believe that our client list will increase dramatically. What a blessing it has been to all of the volunteers and I hope to you that have enjoyed these services. If you would like to volunteer, please call the Hinnant Outreach Center at (919) 284-0082 or come by the center and speak with the volunteers. The important thing for us to do is to pray the “Prayer of Jabez” that our God will continue to increase our spiritual territory. Micro Free Will has recently voted to begin a capital campaign to raise nearly a million dollars to build a new Christian Life Center and renovate our current fellowship hall into a Christian education building. This is sorely needed as our membership has exploded in the past three years. We have added fifty-two new members since July of 2008 and many of them brought their families with them. Our worship attendance has risen from an average of eighty-five just four years ago to nearly one-hundred and seventy in the past six months. With our Kids for Christ church averaging nearly twenty-five each Sunday and our nursery maxed out with babies and toddlers, we are seeing a critical need for space. The Christian Life Center will double our space for our congregate meals and events. It is imperative that we have a space that meets not only the requests for our members regarding typical religious ceremonies and meals; but, we also must have a space where we can hold services while renovating our current sanctuary which is nearing capacity. Continued on Page 2
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The Micro area doesn’t have many buildings in which to hold large wedding receptions or other spiritual meetings. Hopefully, the Christian Life Center came become a “go-to” site for Christian growth experiences in Northern Johnston County. Growth is exciting…but brings with it a responsibility to meet the needs of all constituents. We praise the Lord for His great blessings on Micro Free Will. And we pray for guidance that we would serve Him through serving you! Our new motto is “Teaching… Reaching… Serving!” We are determined to teach God’s Word and reach the lost by serving the need in our community. We invite you to become a part of this experience. I can assure you that the blessings that you receive will be overwhelming. Join us at Micro Free Will or at the Richard and Carolyn Hinnant Community Outreach Center as we seek to serve our Lord daily. May your days be blessed! In His Service!
As Pastor Al mentioned in his letter, our church has approved a new capital campaign to raise money for a new educational building. The campaign, ‘Growing In Grace’, will kick off on Sunday, April 1. Following the morning service, a catered lunch will be served in the fellowship hall. Brochures, pledge cards and architectural drawings will be on display so everyone has an opportunity to see the details about this exciting project. More details will be given on this in the weeks ahead. Please mark your calendar for this event and put this project on your prayer list.
On Sunday, February 5 we celebrated two milestones during our morning services. Mary Ann Warren was presented the perfect attendance award for her 33rd consecutive year of not missing a week of Sunday School. Also, we were blessed to witness the baptism of Crystal Barber during our morning worship. May God bless both of these members of our church family!
Reaching out to our community is a large part of what Micro F.W.B. Church is all about. But you do not have to be a member or even attend our church to participate in our outreach efforts. If you would like to help in any of these areas, or know of someone in need, please contact us at the Hinnant Outreach Center at 284-0082. Upcoming Community Events (all at HOC, unless otherwise noted) Alcoholics Anonymous (Monday nights) at 7:30pm Free blood pressure checks (Tuesdays) 9am-1pm Weight Watchers (Tuesday nights) 6:00pm Financial Peace University (Thursday nights) 6:30pm Shepherd’s Table meal delivery (daily) The Micro Methodist Church is sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive on Saturday, March 31 from 10am- 2:30pm. The bloodmobile will be parked in front of the Methodist church. We are collecting gently used ‘Prom dresses’ to give away. Please drop off your donations at HOC. The Ladies Auxiliary is collecting new packaged underwear for those in need. Please drop off your donations at HOC. North Johnston Middle School needs ‘End of Grade’ testing monitors on May 22-24. Lunch will be provided.
GROUP MEETINGS NEWS Teen News by Katie & Brooks Moore Our teens are collecting donations to raise money for summer camp at Cragmont. For a fee of only $20 you can have someone’s yard ‘Constructionized’ with large orange cones! The cones will stay in place for 7 days. If your yard happens to get ‘coned’, you can pay $20 to have them removed after only 3 days! You can avoid the whole mess by purchasing ‘cone insurance’ for $40. This will prevent any of your ‘brothers and sisters in Christ’ from having your yard become a construction site. But you’d better hurry. Cone insurance will only be sold for the first three weeks of the fundraiser!! Get your order form quick. See us or any of the teens for more details. Our annual youth lock-in was held March 2 at Banner Chapel Church. Everyone had a great time. Pictures and more details will be in the next newsletter. Circle News by Crissty Scott The young adult women of our church have come together to form a new group called The Circle. We meet on the same night as other groups and our first meeting was held in January. We are just getting started, but our main focus is to support one another and to help each other as we live our lives for God. We have ordered ‘The Message’ version of the Bible for group study. We are also watching some Beth Moore videos to help strengthen our walk with the Lord. We welcome anyone who would like to join us! Ladies Auxiliary News by Lou Brown In December, our ladies took Christmas gifts to the shut-ins. We made a $100 donation to the FWB Retirement Home in January, and in February we donated 60 pairs of socks to Smithfield Manor. Our new project is called ‘Undies Sunday’. We are asking everyone to bring new packaged underwear to church on March 25. All sizes from youth to adult are needed. These will be given to those in need through the Hinnant Outreach Center. We will discuss future outreach projects in our April meeting. Our group currently has 18 active members. We welcome anyone who would like to join us.
MMAC News by Mark Peele We had 18 at the last meeting of our men’s group, MMAC, (Micro Men in Action), with a good number of the young men. The group is open to ALL men, and we invite everyone to come and join us. We sponsored the Valentine's Banquet on February 11. We had approx 93 that attended. Everyone had a good time. We are getting ready for the Down East Beast Feast supper to be held on April 21 at 6:00pm in the church fellowship hall. We hope to have tickets soon. All types of wild game and fish will be cooked. This will be a fundraiser for us so we can help those in our community who are in need. If anyone would like to donate wild game or recipes, they can contact Wyatt Brown. KFC News by Liza Strickland and Linda Finnell Our Kids For Christ group will be presenting an Easter play during the morning worship service on April 1. The kids have worked very hard for this program. They are also learning the books of the Bible during Children’s Church each week. We have been averaging between 20 – 25 kids each week for church. In April, our children will begin raising money for Relay For Life. We will be collecting ‘change for a cure’ as well as selling raffle tickets and luminaries, like we did last year. This year’s Relay walk will be on June 2. We encourage everyone to come out and support our KFC group!
WE NEED YOUR HELP! As our church expands, so does the need for help! Please consider volunteering in one of these areas:
Video and Power Point during morning worship
Nursery workers for Family Night/Group meetings
Kitchen help and drivers for meal delivery
Prior experience is not necessary for any of these positions (except for drivers)! We will train anyone willing to help! Please see Pastor Al for details.
We are so blessed to see our church family grow. Whether you’ve been at Micro OFWB for 20 years, 2 years or two months, you can’t help but feel Christ’s love and the love of others when you walk through the doors. For this issue of The Messenger, we’ve asked members Bonnie and Johnny Barwick to share their thoughts on what makes our church so special to them. We would love to hear YOUR story on what our church means to you. Send your thoughts to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
What Micro Original FWB Church Means to Me Johnny and I started visiting churches a couple of years ago. We very much wanted to become part of a church family. Our first contact with Micro OFWB was something we had not encountered in a very long time. Several members, including of course, ambassadors Jonnie and Jabo, greeted us before and after service, made us feel welcome and encouraged us to come again. From that day forward, we attended services regularly and before too long, became members of the church. You made us feel that we had come home. Please indulge me while I share just a few of the many reasons I love Micro OFWB. I have grouped these to correspond to our mission: Teaching the Word: Pastor Al teaches us in terms and examples that we can understand; I know exactly when I have been chastised and when I have been encouraged. I do try to let him know when my toes are getting sore! I particularly love the teaching and sharing sessions. Growing and becoming mature in the Word is what I long for. Pastor Al, as well as those who teach, sing and/or share their experiences with us, fulfill this mission well. Reaching the Lost: It is wonderful to know that anyone is welcome to worship and join in activities at our church. My experience has been that this family accepts those who do not look like us, talk like us, dress like us, share generations of family with us or were reared with us. The example set by this church family is a beautiful thing! Serving the Need: Where do I begin? After the tornados, clean- up and feeding workers and families for as long as necessary. Our team of ladies visiting and providing help to shut-ins. Jay and Faye preparing meals for Family Night. Marsha collecting prom dresses for those who otherwise might not have one. The Ladies Auxiliary and Micro Men in Action carrying out many service projects. The Next Generation Class doing all kinds of things! Using the Hinnant Outreach Center to prepare meals, provide services, and allow other groups to offer their own unique services. And the list continues to grow. Finally, the growth of this church is testament to the fact that this family reflects the love and compassion of Christ. I love you all. Bonnie Barwick
This issue’s recipe is from Jennifer Willoughby. She shared the dish with us a couple of weeks ago, and it dissappeared within 30 minutes! Everyone wanted the recipe…….so here it is. The dessert can be made with any flavor of pie filling….apple, cherry or peach! CRESCENT FRUIT COBBLER
2 cans Crescent rolls 1 cup Sugar 2 pkg. cream cheese
2 cans apple pie filling 1 tsp Vanilla Flavoring Pecans (if desired)
Topping Ingredients: ¼ cup sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350. Butter pan. Roll out 1 can of crescent rolls in bottom of pan. Mix cream cheese, sugar and vanilla together. Spread cream cheese mixture on top of crescent rolls. Spread pie filling on top. Add nuts (if desired). Roll out second can of crescent rolls on top. Mix cinnamon and sugar together and sprinkle on the top. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden.
CHURCH CALENDAR FOR THIS QUARTER March 11 14 April 1
Daylight Saving Time begins at 2am Family Night dinner and group meetings, 6:15pm Kids For Christ Easter play, 11am Capital Campaign Kick-off and lunch 5 Maundy Thursday service, 7pm 7 Community Easter Egg Hunt, 2pm 8 Community Sunrise service, Micro cemetery, 7am Breakfast served afterward at Micro OFWB Easter Cantata, 11am 11 Family Night dinner and group meetings, 6:15pm 21 Down East Beast Feast, 6pm 29 Fifth Sunday early worship, 9am 7 Finance committee meeting, 7pm 9 Family Night dinner and group meetings, 6:15pm 13 Mother’s Day 14 Pastor’s Council meeting, 7pm and Deacon’s meeting, 8pm 20 Quarterly business meeting, 6pm 22-24 OFWB Convention 28
One didn't Three men were tried for crimes against humanity. Two committed crimes. One didn’t. Three men were given government trials. Two were given fair trials. One wasn’t. Three men were whipped and beaten. Two had it coming. One didn’t. Three men were given crosses to carry. Two earned their crosses. One didn’t. Three men were mocked and spit at along the way. Two cursed and spit back. One didn’t. Three men were nailed to crosses. Two deserved it. One didn’t. Three men agonized over their abandonment. Two had reason to be abandoned. One didn’t. Three men knew death was coming. Two resisted. One didn’t. One, two, three men died on three crosses. Three days later, two remained in their graves. One didn’t. —Author unknown
EASTER ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES During the week of Easter, we will observe Maundy Thursday with a service beginning at 7pm on April 5. We will take part in communion and feet washing. Join us on Saturday, April 7th at 2pm for our Community Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt will be held behind Hinnant Outreach Center. This event is open to everyone in our community, so please invite everyone in the area to attend! Refreshments will be served following the hunt. Our Community Easter Sunrise service will begin at 7:00am, April 8, at the Micro Cemetery. Pastor Tim Stevens of Micro First Baptist will speak. Afterward, everyone is invited to breakfast at Micro OFWB. This event is open to all churches in our community. During the morning service on April 8, our choir will perform their Easter Cantata.
James Bradley, author of ‘Flags of Our Fathers’, is the son of John Bradley, one of the young men featured on the bronze statue at the Iwo Jima memorial in Washington, DC. James recounts the stories of his dad and the other young soldiers who fought in one of the worst battles of World War II. 'Six boys raised the flag. The first guy putting the pole in the ground is Harlon Block. Harlon was an all-state football player. He enlisted in the Marine Corps with all the senior members of his football team. They were off to play another type of game. A game called 'War.' But it didn't turn out to be a game. Harlon, at the age of 21, died with his intestines in his hands. Most of the boys in Iwo Jima were 17, 18, and 19 years old - and it was so hard that the ones who did make it home never even would talk to their families about it.’ The next guy is Rene Gagnon from New Hampshire. If you took Rene's helmet off at the moment this photo was taken and looked in the webbing of that helmet, you would find a photograph...a photograph of his girlfriend. Rene put that in there for protection because he was scared. He was 18 years old. It was just boys who won the battle of Iwo Jima. Boys. Not old men. 'The next guy here, the third guy in this tableau, was Sergeant Mike Strank.. He was the hero of all these guys. They called him the 'old man' because he was so old. He was already 24. When Mike would motivate his boys in training camp, he didn't say, 'Let's go kill some Japanese' or 'Let's die for our country' He knew he was talking to little boys.. Instead he would say, 'You do what I say, and I'll get you home to your mothers.' 'The last guy on this side of the statue is Ira Hayes, a Pima Indian from Arizona . Ira Hayes was one of them who lived to walk off Iwo Jima . He went into the White House with my dad. President Truman told him, 'You're a hero' He told reporters, 'How can I feel like a hero when 250 of my buddies hit the island with me and only 27 of us walked off alive?' He had images of horror in his mind. Ira Hayes carried the pain home with him and eventually died dead drunk, face down, drowned in a very shallow puddle, at the age of 32. 'The next guy, going around the statue, is Franklin Sousley from Hilltop, Kentucky . A fun-lovin' hillbilly boy. Franklin died on Iwo Jima at the age of 19. When the telegram came to tell his mother that he was dead, it went to the Hilltop General Store. A barefoot boy ran that telegram up to his mother's farm. The neighbors could hear her scream all night and into the morning. Those neighbors lived a quarter of a mile away. 'The next guy, as we continue to go around the statue, is my dad, John Bradley. My dad lived until 1994, but he would never give interviews. 'You see, like Ira Hayes, my dad didn't see himself as a hero. Everyone thinks these guys are heroes, 'cause they are in a photo and on a monument. My dad knew better. He was a medic. John Bradley from Wisconsin was a combat caregiver. On Iwo Jima he probably held over 200 boys as they died. And when boys died on Iwo Jima, they writhed and screamed, without any medication or help with the pain. 'So that's the story about six nice young boys. Three died on Iwo Jima, and three came back as national heroes. Overall, 7,000 boys died on Iwo Jima in the worst battle in the history of the Marine Corps. We need to remember that God created this vast and glorious world for us to live in, freely, but also at great sacrifice Let us never forget from the Revolutionary War to the current War on Terrorism and all the wars in-between that sacrifice was made for our freedom. Please pray for our troops. Stop and thank God for being alive and being free due to someone else's sacrifice. Remember, every day that you can wake up free, it's going to be a great day.
Micro F.W.B. Church 104 US Hwy 301 P.O. Box 247 Micro, NC 27555
Phone: 919-284-5441 919-631-6519 (Pastor’s cell)
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Micro Original Free Will Baptist Church P.O. Box 247 Micro, NC 27555