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VOL 3 | ISSUE 7 | JULY 2019

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AT SMOKE RISE VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL JULY 8 - 11 9:30 am - 12:30 pm


PRAY F O R T H O S E O N T H E

NEW YORK MISSION TRIP JULY 13-20

JULY 13 - 20

JULY 13 - 20 TIJUANA MISSION TRIP

TIJUANA MISSION TRIP $500 plus airfare

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The 50 Anniversary Committee needs your old SRBC photos! Help us create a memorable video to be played during the special festivities on September 22. Please submit your photos to the church office no later than Sunday, August 25. Make sure that your name and phone number are written on the back of each photo.

While you’re at it — Saralyn Jaleel would very much welcome any old Smoke Rise documents such as Crosstie, Eater’s Digest, Informer or Bulletins for the Heritage Room.


C ON N EC T W ITH U S

SMOK ERI S E B A P T I ST. OR G O UR M INIST E R S

CO N T EN TS

Be c k y C a s w e l l - S p ei gh t Minister of Faith Formations, Connections and Children rspeight@smokerisebaptist.org 678.533.0546

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From the Pastor

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Worshiping

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Growing

Je r e m y C o l l i v e r Minister of Communications, Missions and Youth jcolliver@smokerisebaptist.org 678.533.0551

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Serving

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Connecting

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Caring

Ch r is G e or ge Senior Pastor cgeorge@smokerisebaptist.org 770.469.5856

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Ba r t M c N i e l Associate Pastor bmcniel@smokerisebaptist.org 678.533.0540 Da nny Va n c i l Minister of Music & Worship dvancil@smokerisebaptist.org 678.533.0560

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F RO M THE PASTOR

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Paul’s proclamation that “in Christ there is no Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female” was not about political correctness. It was a proclamation of freedom. The Good News of the Gospel was a radical call for a new equality and freedom for all people.

Every Spring (and Fall) a group of men from our church take a trip to nowhere. We don’t go out of pity; we go out of a sincere desire to lift a fallen human being. We pick up our crosses and stumble to the top of the hill together.

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FA MILY MINISTR IES

Smoke Rise has many beautiful intergenerational friendships, and I am lucky enough to benefit from several of them. They all seem to happen when two people, regardless of the age difference, just click.

A B O UT S M O K E RIS E 5901 Hugh Howell Rd. Stone Mountain, GA 30087 Tel: 770.469.5856 Fax: 770.498.3598 Office Hours M-F 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Smoke Rise Baptist Church is a loving and caring faith community where people come to grow spiritually, worship communally and serve faithfully. We are committed to fostering authentic relationships and engaging in meaningful ministry in our congregation, our community and around the world. We partner with others in an effort to be about God’s work. We commit to love God with all our hearts, all our souls, all our minds and all our strength and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. We seek to proclaim the Good News of Christ in all that we say and do.

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FR O M T H E PASTO R CH RIS G E ORGE - Senior Pastor

In the Declaration of Independence, the founders boldly proclaimed to the world our nation’s values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The concept of freedom seems to be ingrained within our national DNA. We sing about being the “Land of the free, and the home of the brave.” Courageous men and women have stood up in times of war and marched off to protect our freedoms. We rightly treasure our liberties and express gratitude to those who have sacrificed for our freedom. But, after the fireworks of the Fourth of July are over, after we finish singing the National Anthem before sporting events, I wonder if we ever take much time to think about what freedom really means and why freedom really matters. Long before Washington DC was a city or George Washington was crossing the Delaware, long before the United States had been founded as a nation or America had even been discovered as a continent, early Christians were already taking seriously the concept of freedom. For those early Christians, freedom was much more than a slogan for a bumper sticker or an annual reminder of a national value. For most, it was an entirely new experience. Jesus came into the world saying, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free;” and “If the Son will set you free, you will be free indeed.” And, new converts embraced this teaching. Slaves were welcomed as brothers in these early churches. Women, viewed as property by most in the ancient world, found a place of prominence as leaders in the church. Paul’s proclamation that “in Christ there is no Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female” was not about political correctness. It was a proclamation of freedom. The Good News of the Gospel was a radical call for a new equality and freedom for all people. Freedom is not a gift from government, but a gift from God. God gives us freedom so that we can be imitators of the One who brought freedom into our world. So, the best way for us to exercise our freedom is by following in the footsteps of our crucified Savior. God has offered to us the precious gift of freedom; but with it comes the great burden of responsibility. We must use our freedom wisely, investing our freedom in a manner that is beneficial to others. We must spend our lives seeking to build up, not tear down. Freedom can be frightening. But, freedom, when coupled with faith, knows no fear. Freedom coupled with faith has the courage to change our world, one life at a time. So, let us exercise our freedom; let us share our faith ;and let us imitate Jesus with our lives.

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WOR S H IP I N G AT S M OK E R I SE DA NNY VA NC IL - Minister of Music

Why have a Church Choir? “Wow! The choir sounded great!” “What talent!” “I really enjoyed the music today!” Rest assured that Danny, and every musician at SRBC, truly appreciates all the encouragement from our congregation. We are justly proud of the quality of our combined musical efforts. Hopefully, you won’t be too disappointed to know that our choir is not really singing for your enjoyment each Sunday. Instead, the music we make is our offering to God, who is both our primary audience and the “star” of our worship presentations. Music has always been an integral part of worship. It was common practice in the Old Testament and Early Church to include singing, playing instruments, and dancing wherever worshipers were gathered. Contrary to popular thinking, the primary purpose of a church choir is not to perform during worship, but to enable congregational singing; to help you sing! All of us—no matter our musical abilities—gain confidence and sound better when we’re standing near good singers. The truth is, God really doesn’t care whether or not everyone sings well during worship. The Psalmist says to “make a joyful noise…come before God’s presence with singing.” Our sincere participation in worship is what is important to God.

(However…to maintain unity we are wise to heed John Wesley’s Rules for Singing: “Sing modestly. Do not bawl, so as to be heard above the congregation. …Beware of singing as if you were half dead, or half asleep. Above all sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing [God] more than yourself or any other creature…”)

spiritual entertainers; worshiping Jesus rather than performing for Jesus. They celebrate the Giver (God) rather than the gift (music). They hope to hear “God IS great!” not just “You sang great!” They try to generate significance for eternity rather than just emotion for the moment when planning worship.

The choir (or soloist or instrumentalist) also has priestly responsibilities during worship. Because of choir members’ advanced musical skills and commitment to preparation, when the choir sings an anthem, it is doing something that the congregation cannot do by itself. So the choir presents a musical offering to God on behalf of the congregation—a priestly function.

The differences are subtle between the old and new paradigms—but they are important for understanding music’s real purpose in worship. Going forward, let’s just say that our choir and other musicians at SRBC hope to engage you in musical worship this summer, rather than entertain you. See you in worship! -Naomi Walker

In our society, it is easy to be confused about the purpose of secular performance vs. sacred performance. Secular musical performances are designed to showcase the performers. Their purpose is to entertain, to draw the spotlight (and the applause) onto themselves. Sacred musical performances (“offerings”) are designed to showcase God, to reflect the spotlight onto God; to give God the praise, not the performer. Some years ago a paradigm (by Dave Williamson) for musical performance during worship began to emerge in ministerial circles. The newer paradigm emphasizes singing vertically (to God) rather than horizontally (to the people). Musicians are to be lead worshipers rather than 5 | SMOKE RIS E BAPT IST.ORG

Naomi Walker is a semi-retired minister of music/worship, having served churches in Georgia and Kentucky for 35+ years. She has been a member of SRBC since 2017.


GROW IN G AT S M O K E R I SE BECKY CASWELL-SPEIGHT - Minister of Faith Formations, Connections, and Children

Wednesdays at 6pm Journeys will continue this Fall with new small group options. Every Wednesday, we will have a large group session in the Fellowship Hall and three small groups. The themes for small groups are wellness, end of life care for caregivers, and fellowship. Large Group August 14th, 21st and 28th Ebby Arnold, Chris George and Bart McNiel will help us to complete our study on the books of the New Testament that we began last year. Small Groups Wellness - August 14th, 21st and 28th This small group is an introduction to Mind-Body Nutrition and the impact not only of the food we eat, but also of the life experiences that eat at us and wreak havoc on our health. We will follow up this informative small group up with a round of yoga classes This group will be led by Deborah Garrard. Deborah is the founder of Bee Well, Serve Well. She is certified in Whole Food Plant Based Nutrition through Cornell University Center for Nutritional Studies program. Fellowship - August 14th, 21st and 28th Need a place to unwind with friends? Need a place to finish up work while your children are busy in music and missions? Need a place to unwind from a busy day? Then come to the Gathering Space. If you can’t make dinner, don’t worry we will have light snacks and drinks in the Gathering Space each week. This group will meet in the Library. Grief Group - August 28th This is a support group for people who have lost loved ones and is led by Adam Arnold, therapist extraordinaire. This group meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month in room 223.

Our Adult Sunday school classes have already been hard at work sprucing up our educational space. On July 21, we will need to move all of our basement classes upstairs for the day. We will have signage throughout the building directing people to their classrooms, for now here is the list of everyone that has to move.

Discovery Class - Chapel Pairs and Spares - Fellowship Hall Faith Class - 234 Youth - Loft Berean - 310 The Journey - 307 Faith and Issues - Parlor Good News - Conference Room Friendship Class - 308 6 | SMOKE RIS E BAPT IST.ORG

Smoke Rise Baptist Women’s Retreat September 13-14, 2019 The Stone Mountain Inn, Stone Mountain, GA

Smoke Rise Baptist Women’s Retreat The Retreat September 13-14, 2019

This year’s retreat is designed for the convenience of all women and with inspiration, great fellowship and food at the historic Stone Mountain Inn. Leading us again by popular demand, Darlene Swanson will use the Psalms to help us embrace our true selves and emotions.

The Stone Mountain Inn, Stone Mountain, GA

Living fully in the presence of God requires us to learn how to express ourselves completely to Him. More than any other book in the Bible, the Psalms teach us how to share our innermost thoughts and feelings with our Lord – from anger, fear, doubt and sorrow to adoration, praise, thanksgiving and joy. Through 150 songs and prayers, the writers of Psalms cover the scope of our human experience; they show us how to truly be ourselves with God – fully, honest, and intimately. Perhaps that’s why Jesus quotes from the Book of Psalms more often than any other book in the Bible. Please join us for this retreat experience. You’ll discover how the Psalms can comfort your soul, teach you to pray, strengthen your faith, and live fully in the presence of God.

This year’s retreat is designed for the convenience of all women and with inspiration, great fellowship and food Registration: at the historic Stone Mountain Inn. Leading us again by popular demand, Darlene Swanson will use the Psalms to help us embrace our true selves and emotions. Cost:

$125.00 (includes double occupancy room for Friday night, dinner buffet on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and entrance into the park) $60.00 without lodging

A $50.00 deposit will hold your place; final payment and all registration is due August 21, 2019. No room cancellation after this date. Make checks payable to SRBC and send to Becky Caswell-Speight. Specify roommate if you know who it will be.

Living fully in the presence of God requires us to learn how to express ourselves completely to Him. More than any other book in the Bible, the Psalms teach us how to share our innermost thoughts and feelings with our Lord – from anger, fear, doubt and sorrow to adoration, praise, thanksgiving and joy. A B OU T OU R SP E A K E R Darlene Swanson, Christian Speaker, Bible Teacher and Lay Preacher with over 20 years of professional speaking experience, serves as a speaker, teacher and preacher for Christian retreats, events and church services. She is passionate about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and helping others discover God’s empowering and life-changing truths as revealed in the Bible.


S ERVIN G ON M I S SI ON J E R E MY C OLLI V ER - Minister of Communications, Missions and Youth TRIP TO NOWHERE Each Spring (and Fall) a group of men from our church take a trip to nowhere. It’s located in McDowell, Kentucky, in Floyd County. So, it is somewhere, but it’s like nowhere you have ever been before. The amazing mountain scenery is in stark contrast to the abject poverty and human need. We don’t go out of pity; we go out of a sincere desire to lift a fallen human being. We pick up our crosses and stumble to the top of the hill together. We know we can make a difference, that we are making a difference. The delight of our week came Thursday night after we showered off layers of fiberglass insulation and sheetrock dust. We travelled up the hollow to visit Thomas, Victoria and their three children. We worked on their little house last year, a house they built with their own hands. They had saved their money and bought the land across the road from Thomas’ family. A 20-by-30, 600 sq. ft. tiny house stuck on the side of a hill. But it’s paid for and livable, except for three rambunctious kids! The youngest ran in and shut the door when she saw seven men on her front porch! No amount of coaxing could persuade her to open the door. So, Victoria had us to go to the back door. Last year, our team installed vinyl siding, windows and doors, and the foundation for the front deck. This year, we went just for a visit. The family has made even more progress: tiled bathroom and new appliances in the kitchen! There are already plans to add on to the house. This family so inspires us because of their ambition and dedication to make it on their own with just a little help. Thomas works for Lowe’s and has received numerous promotions. Victoria received her Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood education, and is now enrolled to complete her Bachelor’s degree in just three more semesters. She wants to teach school and wants to open her own day care center one day. Victoria and Thomas are why I keep going to Appalachia.

-Page Fulgham

Be in prayer for those serving in Tijuana and New York City, July 13-20 Tijuana Mission Team: Karen Bates Jeremy Colliver Charlene Echols Gary Prophitt Monica Ramirez Lynn Wood

New York Mission Team: Katherine Kicklighter Kate Barron Deb Leamon Amy Cox Tammy Robinson Kim Crawford Emma Rowell Heidi Cremo Paula Rowell Janice Enlow Kelly Sanker Graham Felton Ainsley Speight Lynne Felton Becky Caswell-Speight Carol Garner Evelyn Caswell-Speight Genna Harris Josh Speight Susan Hawkins Margaret Weatherly Karen Hill 7 | SMOKE RIS E BAPT IST.ORG


CON N E C T I N G AT SM OK E R I SE Welcome to Harrison Litzell, our Co-Director of SRBC Weekday School The Smoke Rise Baptist Church Weekday School is pleased to welcome Harrison Litzell as its new co-director. “Harrison brings several years of experience working with children and families to the table, as well as a strong academic background and a servant’s heart. Our Weekday School staff looks forward to working with him as our new co-director,” said Stacey McNiel, director of the Weekday School. Harrison will graduate with his Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University in May 2020. Harrison has served as Children’s Ministry Intern (2017-18) and as Children’s Ministry Associate (2018-19). During his time of service, our Smoke Rise family of faith has come to know well his hard work and compassionate heart. Harrison is a summa cum laude graduate of Carson-Newman University in religion with an emphasis in biblical studies and minors in psychology and history. During college, he served as children’s director at Providence Church in Jefferson City. He spent his formative years in the greater Orlando Area and has been a lifelong Baptist. Harrison is married to Ashley Litzell who also works at SRBC with our communications team. Harrison and Ashley are members of Smoke Rise Baptist Church. The couple is expecting their first child in August 2019. Ashley grew up in Orlando, Florida. Harrison and Ashley have known each other since childhood and have been married four years. Harrison will be ordained as a minister in October 2019. The Weekday School looks forward to the leadership he will bring to their Chapel program and to the administrative leadership and support work he will undertake in this new role. As we welcome Harrison to his new leadership position, we do so with the prayers and support of our church family.

Weekday School Announces New Curriculum for 2019-20 The SRBC Weekday School is proud to announce the adoption of a new curriculum for 2019-20. Over the summer, staff is attending training, and getting ready to implement Zoo-phonics, a field-tested, and highly effective multi-sensory language arts program. Zoophonics uses a "whole brain" approach that includes hearing, seeing, speaking, moving and tactile methods of engagement with children. Zoo-phonics maximizes understanding, memory, utilization and transference for reading, spelling, and writing processes in a playful and concrete way. On the mathematics front, SRBC Weekday School will use "Mathematics Their Way" curriculum in K-Prep and Pre-K to provide a curriculum that fosters an advanced understanding of Mathematics for early childhood learners. The curriculum uses playful activities to develop understanding and exploratory games to give insight into key areas of counting, addition, subtraction, pattern recognition and measurement. Teachers will also incorporate activities geared at developing spacial reasoning skills, an area of learning development that is often overlooked in early childhood learning. Spacial recognition skills are especially important for STEM learning in today's academic environment. Finally, the "Threes" class will use an age appropriate adaptation of these curricula. We are excited to renew our focus on learning and to offer families creative and new ways to prepare their children to be successful primary students and lifelong learners. -Stacey McNiel, co-director, SRBC Weekday School 8 | S MOKE RIS E BAPT IST.ORG


CARIN G AT S M O KE R I SE BART Mc N IE L - Associate Pastor

Welcome New Members

Detra and Mike Patillo Joined June 9 Caring Ministry for the Longer Journey In a world where so many are looking for a quick-fix to life's woes, the church makes its greatest impact by committing to a longer journey with others. It takes courage and humility to admit that answers do not come easy, that hurt lingers, and that healing is often a long journey. Henri J.M. Nouwen reminds us what caring ministry looks like when we commit to ministries of deeper empathy and service. Nouwen writes, "When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares. " Through our bereavement and caregiver support groups, Smoke Rise has committed to ministries that recognize the longer journey can be paved with more questions than answers. In these groups, people often discover supportive friends who can walk with them and understand what they are really feeling. If you feel isolated or alone in your journey, support groups can connect you with others who are on the same path. Consider in your life the family and friends who have been present with you for a long journey or during an extended time of trial or trouble. Take an inventory of the small touches they made along the way that helped you over the long haul. Consider all the ways that you can simply be present with others when answers don't come easy. In a world filled with false flags and false hope, let us be prepared to come alongside others, even when the way forward is unclear. - Bart 9 | SMOKE RIS E BAPT IST.ORG

July 18 Support Group The final summer session of our support group for caregivers of loved ones suffering from Alzheimer's and all other types of dementia will meet on July 18 at 2 pm at Smoke Rise Baptist Church, Room 223. The support group is led by a professional and compassionate facilitator. It is free and open to the community. Visitors interested in attending the support group should follow signs to the church office for directions to the meeting space.

CARD MINISTRY Sending personal cards to encourage and brighten the day VISITATION Visiting members with smiles, prayers and personal touch GRIEF SUPPORT Supporting others after the loss of a loved one CAREGIVER SUPPORT Supporting caregivers for people suffering with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia NANCY’S HEART STITCHERS Sharing the warmth of Christian love with handmade quilts and blankets Contact Rev. Bart McNiel to volunteer to serve on a TouchPoint team.


G ENER O S I T Y Building and Grounds Update As we seek to be good stewards of the campus and buildings of our church, you never need to look far to find repair and renewal projects. As we ready our building and grounds for our 50th Anniversary Celebration, we are thankful for all our volunteers and for the staff support we receive from Antowyn Smith and his team. Thank you to everyone who helped us put in the new plants that adorn our grounds. These plants enhance the welcoming spirit of our campus. We are, also, grateful for the volunteers from each of our first floor Sunday School classes who are painting their rooms. Carpet replacement in the classrooms and the entry-way on the first floor will begin the week of July 22. A feature of this update will include luxury vinyl tile similar to our chapel in the entry-way area of the first floor. We are, also, excited to be getting new carpet and chairs in the Fellowship Hall. The Fellowship Hall update will also be coupled with installation of luxury vinyl tile from the double doors off the Welcome Center area that lead to the hallway outside the Fellowship Hall. Additionally, the Welcome Center area will be freshened up by re-covering the comfy furniture that has been well used by members and guests. Deep cleaning will take place throughout our church from July 14 to July 26. During this time, almost all weekday activities cease. We are asking everyone to minimize building ingress and egress during this time. -Carol Ann Fulgham

Giving in Support of 50th Anniversary Celebration During our 50th Anniversary Celebration on September 22, we look forward to welcoming past and present church members, staff members, family and friends for an open house and worship at Smoke Rise as well as a luncheon at the Marriott Evergreen in Stone Mountain Park. Some church members have asked about giving to support this special celebration. If you would like to give, please write "50th Anniversary Celebration" on your offering envelope or the memo line of your check. We look forward to this wonderful time of reunion and express gratitude in advance for those who want to give. -Pastor Chris

MONTH OF MAY Amount Given $176,048.49

Amount Spent $211,477.15

Negative Balance ($35,428.66)

REFRESH REPORT Pledged $1,346,104.00

Received Current Balance $1,019,082.76 $249,396.51

FISCAL YEAR-TO-DATE (APRIL 1, 2019 - MAY 31, 2019)

Amount Given $354,062.22

Amount Spent $396,723.67

Negative Balance ($42,661.45)

NEXT PROJECT The Pavilion

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5 0 Y EA RS OF S M O K E R I SE You are cordially invited… to the

Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Smoke Rise Baptist Church Sunday, September 22, 2019 Celebration Events Include: Open House: 9:00 AM - 10:20 AM

Come and see renovations made to our facilities in the past few years.

Worship Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Guest Speakers, Inspiring Music, Recognition of Charter Members

Anniversary Luncheon: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Center, Stone Mountain Park Food, Fellowship, Sharing of Memories (Ticket information below)

Rededication of the Smoke Rise Baptist Church Sanctuary Piano – 7:00 PM Concert featuring Joseph Martin Sacred Music Artist and Composer Free Admission

Ticket Information for Luncheon at Evergreen Conference Center”

Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 15 Cost: $20/adults; $10/children. $50 maximum per family (Maximum applies to one individual household, parents and children only • Vegan option available) The cost of luncheon tickets includes an Anniversary Celebration Window Card that will allow access into the park at either front or back gate. •

Options for ticket purchase:

Sunday mornings in the upper breezeway from 9:30-11:00 AM, beginning Aug. 4 • Wednesday nights from 5:00-6:00 in the Fellowship Hall, beginning Aug. 14 • Online purchase at www.smokerisebaptist.org in Aug. • Mailing in attached form to church office with payment with tickets to be picked up at Will Call at Evergreen on the day of the Anniversary Luncheon

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FA M ILY M I N I ST RY AT SM OK E R I SE Smoke Rise has many beautiful intergenerational friendships, and I am lucky enough to benefit from several of them. They all seem to happen when two people, regardless of the age difference, just click. I know this is especially true between Evelyn Caswell-Speight and me. We "get"h one another. Evelyn stole my heart when she and her family first came to our church five years ago. I have been lucky enough to watch her grow into the bubbly, loving, wonderful eight-year-old she is today. We often get into mischief together or go on spur-ofthe-moment lunch dates to Waffle House. We love each other’s company, be that spending hours at the pool or going to see a play. I love to cheer her on while she cheers for her Bronco football team. I can’t think of a time when I didn’t look forward to spending time with Evs, in part because of the infectious smile and sassy personality that I love, but also because she challenges me to be a better person. She (and Ainsley both) is the little sister I never had. She constantly teaches me about loving people where they are. Evelyn has an uncanny ability to recognize when I’m missing my dad, and she gives the best hugs. Likewise, I can almost always make her laugh by making a silly face or reminding her about the time I forgot how to spell “triangle,” for which she still teases me relentlessly. I cannot imagine my world without her brightening up my life, and I am so grateful to the church for making a pathway for us to make a lifetime of memories. - Laura Alyssa Platé

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YOU TH AT S M O KE R I SE J E R E M Y C OLLI V ER - Minister of Communications, Missions and Youth Sing and Serve: Bahamas The colors of the Bahamian flag are teal, yellow and black. They represent the colors of the islands: teal, representing the color of the water, yellow, representing the color of the sun, and black, representing the color of the people. We also discovered that these colors represent the beauty of the island. Yes, the beaches and water were beautiful and the sun shone bright, but the people were the most beautiful! Wherever we went, we were welcomed with the love of Christ and the hospitality of the Holy Spirit.

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Our students were welcomed as they led worship in four services over two Sundays, performed along other churches in a community sing, led in a choir clinic, performed a concert at the Every Child Counts School, sang for the Mayor of Marsh Harbour, sang for the Prime Minister’s Office, and interwove themselves amongst their Bahamian peers at the community game night. What was most impressive about all of this was that our students shone as they were able to use their God-given gifts and talents in each of these performances. Our youth are a product of the Smoke Rise Church family. The way that they conduct themselves and serve as the hands and feet of Christ is because of the DNA of Smoke Rise Baptist Church. You should be proud of our students as they go and serve.

POOLOOZA 5::00 - 7:00 PM

-Jeremy

July Dates July 2 Braves Game July 10 WITS to Perimeter Mall July 31 WITS to Water Park RV E B AH AM AS S I N G A N D SE RVE

August 5 First Day of School August 14 First Wednesday

Night Back

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MO N TH LY S N A P S HOT

SERVE S I N G A ND SERV E B AH AM AS

SU M M E R W EEK LY S C H E DUL E

J ULY DATES

Sunday 9:00 AM - Worship in the Chapel 9:45 AM - Sunday school for all ages 11:00 AM - Worship in the Sanctuary

2 WITS 3 Wonderful Wednesday 8-11 VBS and Academy of the Arts Camp 13-20 Tijuana and New York Mission Trips 27-28 North Georgia Modurail Train Exhibit 31 WITS and Wonderful Wednesday

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Opportunities Coming this Fall MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14TH 6:00 PM CHOIR AND ENSEMBLES 7:00 PM SANCTUARY CHOIR REHEARSAL BEGINNING MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH 10 :30 AM PRIME TIME CHOIR CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14TH 5:45 – 7:45 PM NURSERY FOR CHILDREN BIRTH – 2 YEARS OLD 6:00 – 6:30 PM CHILDREN’S CHOIRS FOR CHILDREN 3 YEARS – 5TH GRADE 6:30 – 7:00 PM PRESCHOOL AND CHILDREN’S MISSIONS YOUTH ACTIVITIES 5:00 PM DINN ER 6:00 PM YOUTH ON WEDNESDAYS SUNDAY 4:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:45 PM 6:00 PM

NIGHT SCHEDULE LITURGICAL DANCE YOUTH CHOIR YOUTH DINNER YOUTH VESPERS

WE WILL BEGIN SUNDAY, AUGUST 18TH POOLOOZA W ILL BE AUGUST 25TH


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