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September 2013 St. John Missionary Baptist Church 427 Market St. Alton, IL 62002 Phone: 618-465-5954 Fax: 618-465-5975 Email: Website: Rev. Velda C. Peals, Pastor _________________________

Come Worship With Us! Meeting Schedules Sunday school: 9:30am Morning Worship: 10:30am Prayer & Bible Study: Wednesday’s: 6:30pm Teacher’s Meeting: Wed’s @ 6:30- 7:30 Church Meeting: Sept 7th @ 2pm Mass Choir: Saturday’s @ 12pm Youth Choir: Saturday’s @ 2pm

Kicking off Fall Sunday School at SjmbC

Market Street Community Block Party

Beginning Sept 1st Friendship Sunday’s! Every Sunday in September members are encouraged to invite family, friends, churched, & un-churched to attend Sunday School. The member with the most guests will receive a prize. Not only did we have High School Graduates for 2013 but we also had Sunday School Graduates as well. Congratulations Kennedy Stephens from primary class to junior class, Moory Woods from junior class to intermediate class, Cassandra Coleman, Rylee Davis, & Malia Lewis from intermediate class to young women’s class & Robert Davis from intermediate class to young men’s class… -------------------------------

Children’s Church Will meet on Sunday Sept 8th & Sept 15th

Deacon Gary Woods our Block Party MC did an Awesome Job on Saturday Aug 17th 2013. It was a beautiful day with beautiful weather, a good crowd and lots of fun for everyone.

Mayor Brant Walker read the Proclamation for the Market Street Community Block Party and was well received. We are partying for a purpose. See Pastor Peals leading the block party by “Dancing in the streets to the Cupid Shuffle.”

Adult Praise Team: Sat. Sept 7th @ 11am Men’s Choir: Thursday’s @ 6:00pm Deacon & Trustee’s: Tuesday Sept 17th @ 6:00pm Mission Meetings: 2nd & 4th Saturday’s @ 10:00am Usher Meeting: 2nd & 4th Sat @ 11:30am MAT Ministry Meeting: TBA Youth Dinner w/Pastor: TBA

Children’s Outing

Saturday Aug 31st Trip to City Museum cost $12.00 for admission and Buffet Meal sponsored by Sis Charlene Tate, Sis Jimilita Tate & Sis Margaret Page.

Please continue to spread the word by sharing this information with your friends. Thank You! We encourage you to visit our Market Street Community Block Party FB Page and our website — at Market Street Community Block Party.


September 2013 September Birthday’s Rosalyn Collins Kiyasia Collins Teri Ingram Karen Johnson-Barnett Zac Lovett Jamari Green Moory Woods

9 /04 9/08 9/10 9/17 9/23 9/26 9/30

September Anniversary’s Kristine & Antonio Stephens 9/18

Welcome New Members! You are Always Welcome to come!

Remember In Prayer… Youth Ministry Sick & Shut In Church Bus Un-churched/ Uncommitted Media Ministry Deacon Alvin Holloway Mercedes Frazier Pastor Robert Holmes Rosie Whitfield Lora Green Jimilita Tate Cemeese Coleman Mary McLemore Chireka Davis Yvonne Ellington Nancy Hearn Joan Williams Freda Griggs Beverly Cannon Tom Caffey Henrietta Young Katrina Watts Rev. Cassandra Howard Doris Wyatt Johnson Mary Willis

Please join our campaign as we raise money for the purchase and the renovation of our new church location (SJMBC Middletown) at 801 Blair Street, Alton, Illinois. In addition, we will also continue to complete updates and maintenance work on our current church location (SJMBC Downtown) at 427 Market Street, Alton, Illinois. We began our campaign on the first Sunday in March 2013. As of August 20, 2013, we have secured $5,755.00 above tithes and offerings from current members for the Capital Campaign. Our goal is to reach $85,000.00. We want to meet and exceed this goal within the first two years of the campaign.

You work every day to welcome our neighbors and make our community a better place. Now let's do it together as one body, using our hands to do God's work of restoring and reconciling communities in Jesus Christ’s name throughout the world.

$5,755.00 August 2013


September 2013 ● Hole sponsorship sign $1000.00

Prayer List continued… Karen Johnson-Barnett Kevin Peals Kaye “Q” Douglas Louella Bryant Ernest Ingram Jordan Johnson Nikolai Jarrett Anna P. Williams Hawthorne, Woods- Davis Family Henry-Tate Family Family of Hilda Gunther Family of Bernard Blackmon Family of Leroy Johnson Family of Kaye “Q” Douglas Family of Ruth Hawthorne Family of Joseph Miller Family of Al Muhaymin Shabazz Family of Patterson Warlick, Jr. Family of Minnie Hutchinson

Pastor’s Notes

Living On Purpose 1. Worship 2. Fellowship


Event level sponsor ● Closest to the pin contest sponsor or luncheon sponsor ● Event sponsor recognition in event program ● Hole sponsorship sign $500.00

7th Annual lOvie C. WOOds’ Golf Tournament Spencer T. Olin golf course located in Gordon F. Moore Park 4701 College Ave., Alton, IL 62002

The event will be held Saturday, October 5 at the newly greened-manicured, Arnold palmer designed Spencer T. Olin golf course in Alton, Illinois. Regular registration rate Four (4) person scramble format Entry fee: $80 per person or $300.00 per team of four The fee includes: 18 holes of golf Electric golf cart Use of range 1 hour prior to tee off Buffet style meal Free round of golf at Spencer T. Olin golf course Free 1 month players club membership Longest Drive Contest Bag Drop Service Scoring And more! For additional information please call (618) 465-5954 or email Sponsorship Information We need sponsors in these areas: Corporate level sponsor ● 1 – 4 person team ● Longest drive contest sponsor ● Corporate sponsor recognition on event materials

Gift award level sponsor ● Sponsor recognition on gift award table ● Hole sponsorship sign $200.00 Business Branding Advertisement/Family Portrait Sponsor ● Customized Full Color 24”x24” Advertisement Sign $150.00 Hole level sponsors Sponsorship sign $100.00

While every couple who walks down the aisle believes their marriage will last forever from this day forward, the truth is, more marriages are failing today than ever before. We are applying 5 commitments in our married couple’s small group and making them a foundation for our relationships. You will grow together the way God intended. Session One - Seeking God Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12 NIV


September 2013 A cord of three strands for a healthy marriage means God, the husband, and the wife are all woven tightly together. This is God’s plan for marriage. Practical ways to seek God as a couple 1. Attend church together. 2. Read the Bible together. 3. Pray together. Steps you can take to begin praying together 1. Realize there is no right or wrong way to pray together. 2. Just start. Pray whatever you want to pray. Pray a simple prayer, or start with the Lord’s Prayer. Pray out loud. 3. Share with each other what you would like to pray about. 4. Find out how comfortable each of you is with praying, and then start at the level of the one who is least comfortable. Session TWO – Fight Fair James 1:19 says … Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. Two Keys to Fighting Fair: 1. Good communication. Good communication connects us, and the more connected we are, the easier it is to fight fair. 2. Listening. Focus on what each other is saying, and respond in such a way that it lets your partner now you’re listening. Ways to create an atmosphere of trust: 1. Warmth. Acceptance of the other person. 2. Genuineness. Your spouse knows what you’re saying comes from your heart. 3. Empathy. Walking in your spouse’s shoes without stepping on his or her toes. Stop everything you are doing. Look with your entire body. Listen to every word they say, and then use your active listening skills.

Session Three – Have Fun May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. 19 A loving doe, a graceful deer—may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love. Proverbs 5:1819 NIV84 Face to Face: Face to face time is important for wives because they like to be relational and communicate. Face to face puts us in a position where we can look at each other and focus on each other. It is affirming to the wife. Side to Side: Men want their wives to be their companion. Men want their wives beside them, to do things with them and spend time with them. Men want their wives to admire them and affirm them. Belly Button to Belly Button: If your face to face and side to side time is good, then you are laying the groundwork for belly button to belly button time. This is intimacy in the context of a healthy marriage. Set aside time to enjoy each other. Be intentional, and take your time.

Our Mission The Mission of “The Word” is to outreach to our community whether it is in person, print or online and to encourage a closer walk with our Lord for those who are in need of a word of prayer, laughter and encouragement.


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Session Four – Stay Pure (2013 Fall Session-TBA) Session Three – Never Give Up (2013 Fall Session - TBA)

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Today's Thought

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load. Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor. (Galatians 6)