A MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF TAYLOR ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH
ARCHWAYS WHAT’S YOUR RESOLUTION?
New Classes Page 3
VBS 2010 Date Page 4
Mission Guatemala Page 7
2 pastorâ€™s corner
ARCHWAYS January 2010, Volume 24, Issue 1 EDITOR
PHOTOGRAPHERS Katie Bowden, Alisha Fresas, Amy Guttensohn, Brian Harris, Kelli Littlejohn, Emile Mattison, Wayne Miller, Shana Proctor, Tom Stubblefield, Rachel Sulhoff
MORE PHOTOS AVAILABLE www.taylorroad.org/photogallery Finish the Task is our financial campaign to pay for the Worship Center, Music Suite and Fellowship Suite in our newest building. Thanks to those of you who have been giving faithfully to this campaign. We finished 2009 by being able to pay each of our quarterly payments and now we are off to the start of 2010. Please pray and give to this campaign. With each family participating, the task will be accomplished. Pray for the sale of the piece of property that will allow us to move from paying quarterly interest payments to begin reducing the principal. It is so important that every one of us seek the Lord in this matter. No amount given is too small or too large. Everyone giving something does make a difference and it will get the job done! We are blessed people during these economically trying times. God has given us so much and we have an opportunity to give back for His glory. This campaign is designed to have the interest paid by the annual church budget and everything given to the Building Fund to go to principal. Until the land sells, and it will sell, we are treading water by giving to both funds in order that the church might continue to be found faithful in paying the interest debt each quarter. We serve God, who has been ever so faithful to us. We must be faithful to Him with our prayers and our giving. Have a Blessed New Year, and be a Blessing this New Year,
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news & events 3 New class begins Wednesday, February 3, 2010.
Men’s Prayer Breakfast Sunday, January 10, 2010 8:00 a.m. $2.00 per person. This is a great way to begin the new year--spending time in prayer with the men of the church. Join us as we prepare for a great year by asking God for His blessings as we seek to be His people doing His work.
This is a ten-week study that teaches Christian principles for handling our finances. The class is limited in space.
The cost is $45.00 per couple and $25.00 for individuals.
SIGN UP BY JANUARY 13 CONTACT DEAN FINCH DEAN@TAYLORROAD.ORG
"I've lost 80lbs and grown closer in my walk with Christ over the past year. Read my full story at www.TaylorRoad.org/FirstPlace” - Betsy Russell
Senior Adults @ Taylor Road
Senior Adult Luncheon January 7, 11:30 a.m. $5.00 per person
We will kick off the new year with an interesting program presented by the Baptist Foundation of Alabama and as always there will be a great meal by our kitchen staff. Don't miss it. Make your reservations by noon on January 5.
Senior Adult Weekday Bible Study
Thursdays in C-200, 10:00 a.m. This is a wonderful study of the Bible led by Grover Jacobs for senior adults. If you are looking for fellowship and a great study in God's word, then you are invited and encouraged to attend this group. You will be blessed by the Bible Study and the fellowship.
Co-Ed Orientation Class Meets Tuesday, January 5, 2010 5:30 P.M. Questions? - Email Misha95@AOL.com
POUNDS LOST AT TAYLOR ROAD SINCE 2008!
4 preschool Belinda Hepburn Preschool Director
WOW, what a time of celebrating Jesus’ birthday! The preschoolers enjoyed singing for everyone; having a visit from an angel, hearing about the mission trip to Guatemala; and, of course, the big birthday party. Mark your calendars for July 19-23, Roundin’up Questions, Driven’ Home Answers - VBS 2010. Saddle up for VBS where kids will be ridin’ the ridge and roundin’ up questions like: What is God’s plan for me?” and “ How can I be like Jesus at the end of the day?” They’ll discover that God’s word has all the answers. Remember Preschool Choir will continue on Sunday, January 4, at 5:30 p.m. and Mission Friends will resume on Wednesday, January 7, at 6:30 p.m.
VBS 2010 July 19 - 23 Hear this year’s theme song at www.TaylorRoad.org/VBS
Angel Pictures Taken December 13 are available to view and download at
Ruth Givens Children’s Director
David Givens Children’s Director
Happy New Year! We have all experienced another Christmas, and we hope that you and your family were able to focus on its true meaning. We certainly enjoyed this Christmas and the special part that your family played in each event. The Children’s Musical was a true joy; the children did a great job and we are so proud of them! And, we had a great time during the kids’ fun night. The AWANA club participated in two mission projects and had a great time learning about the significance of the Lottie Moon Christmas offering. These events were possible only because of your support and faithfulness; and for those, we are truly grateful. We look forward to this New Year and pray that it will usher in a time of renewed commitment in your family. We look forward to seeing you in our programs. Please note below the reminder of weekly programs Taylor Road Baptist Church offers for your children. We hope to see your family at church as we learn to love and serve our Savior together. Have a blessed New Year!!
David and Ruth Givens
Children’s Weekly Schedule SUNDAY Sunday Morning Bible Study - 9:09 A.M. Children’s Choir - 5:30 P.M.
WEDNESDAY Bible Drill - 6:00 P.M. AWANA - 6:30 P.M.
students 5 Keeton Blakeney Student Minister email@example.com
I hope that everyone had a great holiday. In the Student Ministry this month, we have several exciting things going on that I would love to tell you about. First, our students will be singing several songs in the evening worship service on January 3. We hope that you will come and hear them as they help lead worship that night. Also, the students are having two after-church fellowships on Sunday evenings in January. These fellowships are on Sunday night January 10 and January 24. The locations will be announced the week of each fellowship. A very special thanks to the Guttensohns for hosting our last fellowship. The students who attended all had a blast. Thanks also to those who provided food for that event. If you would like to host an after-church event on a Sunday night, or help provide food, please contact me. The Student Ministry will sponsor a local mission project on Saturday, January 23. This project will help prepare students for working with the North American Mission Board on our Spring Break and Summer mission trips planned for later this year. I can't wait to see the impact that our students will have in people's lives through missions this year. Stay tuned for pictures and a follow-up article about this. Pray for our students as we have begun a new time of Outreach and Discipleship. We are looking forward to growing in our Faith together.
Pics, Podcast, and Weekly Schedule Available at: www.TaylorRoadStudents.org
Serving Him Together,
education Dean Finch Minister of Education
Many good things have happened at Taylor Road Baptist Church this past year because of the good people at church. People have volunteered in many ways to serve the needs of others in our church, our community, our city, and our world. We have had volunteers teach our Bible study program on Sundays, work in the nursery, cook meals for the Baptist Campus Ministries, sew clothes for children in Brazil, cook meals on Wednesdays and other occasions, hand out bulletins, collect and count the offerings, sing in the choir, work in the Media Ministry, serve at Cleveland Court, take part in mission trips, answer the phone, greet people, and the list goes on and on. All of this is to say THANK YOU from the depth of our hearts for being a church that loves and cares for one another and is willing to serve. May we see the year 2010 as being an even greater year of volunteering and service to the Kingdom work at TRBC. Sunday School is the backbone for all that goes on at Taylor Road Baptist Church, and we have a place for each member of your family. We want this to be a year of each member of our church growing in discipleship through the study of God's Word. Our Bible study is a time for people of all ages to connect with others in the church for life-changing study. It is the place to connect for fellowship, support, encouragement and service to others. Make your commitment now that you and your family will serve the Lord this year by being in His house on Sunday mornings in 2010.
6 praise Alan Newman Praise Leader
This is the perfect time to become a member of our Music Ministry. Several of you have told me that you want to give choir a try after the Christmas Musical. Well, whether you are interested in Worship Choir, Children’s Choir, or Preschool Choir, this is a great time to join. In Worship Choir we have a lot of great things planned for 2010. At our rehearsal on January 13, we will discuss some of our 2010 plans and officially kick off our new quarter of music, including our plans for Easter and the Summer. One of the new things we have been doing in Worship Choir is reading a book together each quarter. Last quarter we read "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan and this quarter we will study a book about "worship" to try to discover God's intention for the purpose of worship and how we can learn to glorify Him more as we worship together each week. Below is a schedule of leaders and meeting locations for each choir so you can easily find your way. PLEASE, prayerfully consider becoming a part of this vital church ministry.
Adult Choir - Wednesday 6:30 p.m. - Choir Suite - Alan Newman Students - Sunday 5:30 p.m. - Student Center - Keeton Blakeney Children’s Choir - Sunday 5:30 p.m. - Childrens Wing - Cindy Smith & Michael Jones Pre-School Choir - Sunday 5:30 p.m. - Preschool Wing - Tracey Johnson Handbells - Sunday 4:30 p.m. - B203 - Linda Holladay
communication Brian Harris Communications Director firstname.lastname@example.org
I am sure you have noticed this month that Archways looks a little different. All the same content, just laid out a little different. One of the biggest changes is that this month’s edition is “saddle stitched”, which is the style fold and staples you see on the inside of the magazine. Being able to staple it meant we don’t have to fold it in half like a newsletter anymore, which labor-wise and style-wise is an improvement. Hopefully, we are getting a little closer to the magazine style that we are trying to achieve! I almost don’t want to point it out, but you might notice that the calendar is gone from the back page. All the information that previously was in calendar form is now in a list. We made this change to make room for a section on new members. We will include photos and information about new members and recent baptisms. You can tear off this page and stick it on your fridge to remind you to pray for those who have made recent decisions and changes. At the end of the month, you can add the page to your Church Directory notebook. Each ministry area will have a section in Archways almost every month from now on. This section that I am writing will rotate among Communication, the Korean Ministry and Administration depending on what is happening each month. There is also a new page just for Missions where you’ll learn about missions activities that have been completed at Taylor Road and get information on upcoming opportunities to participate in missions. Blessings In Christ,
“…rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose…to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light…”
Mission Guatemala: Gospel Outreach
In recent months, many members and friends of the Taylor Road Baptist Church family have heard, and heeded, the call of Christ to go, to rise, to stand, to share His message with the lost; beginning at the church doors and reaching to those places near and far where He leads. We have caught a glimpse of His vision for TRBC to become a Great Commission church! In November, a team from TRBC – Bruce Hilley, Ron and Catherine Moore, Sunny and Jason Pratt, Adam Smith, and Miles Smith – answered the call. Each of us has heard the Lord say, as He did to Isaiah, “Whom shall I send?”; and we responded along the acceptance spectrum from “Here am I, send me” to “Lord, I don’t know about this, but I’m willing to try.” Little did we know that answering the call would change our lives and many others as well. Gospel Outreach is an on-going project of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board and has been in operation for several years in Central American countries, including Guatemala. The target population is communities that have not been evangelized or where there is little Christian influence. Under the guidance of missionaries like Larry and Sarah Plyer, teams of volunteers assist with door-to-door evangelism to tell individuals about Jesus, the Son of God; God’s immeasurable love and His plan for eternal life with Him – eternal life that begins right here on earth the moment a sinner accepts, believes, confesses, and repents. We went to the community of Dia de los Reyes, or Dia del Reyes in the local language – translated Day of the Kings – near Santa Barbara and the southwest coast of Guatemala. A Baptist church was established there about eight years ago. But, due to the lack of mature Christians to disciple the few converts– compounded by the intermingled influences of Catholicism, the Mayan Indian culture, two practicing witch doctors, and a smattering of “Pentecostal” legalism – the church has not grown. (The influences may be different, but you don’t have to travel across a border to witness that phenomenon!) There’s a small core of very dedicated Christians in Iglesia Bautista Esmirna, Smyrna Baptist Church, with a very small man who is big on God as a pastor. Pastor Eric Benito needed help to encourage his congregation and to show them how to share the Good News with lost souls in the village of Dia del Reyes. (Interestingly, Smyrna was the New Testament church that experienced the most struggles and suffering.) It’s a humbling experience to walk on unpaved, dirt streets to share the love and message of Jesus. As we went, the local church members made notations for the pastor about decisions and who was willing to host a Bible study. Since there is already a church, the intent of the Bible studies is to disciple, “grow” and multiply the new and the not-so-new Christians. In light of the pool of lost people in Guatemala, the harvest of 26 souls may seem relatively small to you as a reader of this testimony. But, Praise God!, in His economy, each and every single soul, one soul at a time, is HUGE!!! Of the 26 people who prayed decisions for Christ, 16 wanted to have a Bible study in their homes. Three hundred fiffteen (315) books of the Gospel of Luke, printed in Spanish, were placed by a team member into the hands of villagers, along with hundreds of tracts. Considering the fact that there were many family members and neighbors standing near and listening while the Gospel was presented aloud in each yard, doorway, or other living area; new seeds were planted, previously planted seeds were watered, and in some cases, ground that is just as dense as east Montgomery prairie soil was plowed. No doubt, God can use the multiplication principle in Dia del Reyes as he did among first century churches described in the New Testament. During 2010, our church will sponsor or participate in a number of home and foreign mission activities. I challenge you to take advantage of one or more of these opportunities to be a blessing and to be blessed! As the sign over the pulpit in Smyrna Baptist Church in Dia del Reyes exclaimed, “To God be all the glory!!” - Catherine Moore (for the TRBC 2009 Guatemala Mission Team)
See more pictures from the Guatemala Mission at www.TaylorRoad.org/Guatemala09
…go and make disciples of all nations…”
JANUARY EVENTS 1-
MDO Closed Office Closed
Every Stitch a Prayer 10:00 A.M.
Taylor Road Baptist Church Brian Harris - Editor 1685 Taylor Road Montgomery, AL 36117
Periodical U.S. Postage PAID Montgomery, AL Permit No. 000-611
First Place Orientation 5:30 P.M. 6-
Adult Choir Chili Cook Off 5:30 P.M.
Senior Adult Lunch 11:30 A.M.
Men’s Prayer Breakfast 8:00 A.M. Student Fellowship After Evening Service
Crown Financial Sign Up Dead Line
Every Stitch a Prayer 10:00 A.M.
Student Mission Project
Sanctity of Life Sunday
new members 8 Cameron Cox
Johnny “Cotton” & Glenda Adams
Student Fellowship After Evening Service
DID YOU KNOW? The Full Church Calendar is Available Online at
www.TaylorRoad.org/Calendar REGULAR SCHEDULE Sunday 9:09 - Sunday Morning Bible Study for All Ages 10:30 - Worship 5:30 - Classes for All Ages 6:30 - Worship
Tom & Ruby Maloch "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
Matthew 28: 19-20
Monday 6:30 - Outreach Wednesday 5:00 - Family Meal Begins 6:00 - Bible Drill 6:30 - Classes for All Ages Thursday 10:00 - Bible Study
See more pictures at www.TaylorRoad.org/photogallery