THIS WEEK @ 2BC INFORMATION January 16 January 18 January 20-21 January 21 January 22
Offices Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Regular Wednesday Schedule Parenting Retreat 8:30 a.m. Menâ€™s Breakfast 6:30 p.m. Church Council
Church Conference will be held Sunday, January 29th at noon in the Sanctuary.
TRUETT SEMINARY CERTIFICATE PROGRAM This program is for those who long to go deeper than Sunday School will take them, whether for ministry purposes or simply for personal edification. This includes bi-vocational ministers without seminary degrees as well as church leaders and laypeople. Our goal is to build faith and understanding, to be better equipped for whatever ministry opportunities God leads. This is about faith - not academics. NO DUE DATES - NO GRADES - NO BILLS - NO STRESS Most of the assignments require writing only a paragraph or two at a time.
Reading assignments are modest (generally around 20 pages a week - though the amount depends on the subject) No lectures - though supplementary videos are frequently provided for those who want them. COST AND FINANCIAL AID?
Only $210 per course, which includes technology fees, registration fees, and all textbooks. There are no additional charges or monetary obligations. To enroll or for more information contact David Tate at Truett Seminary David_Tate@baylor.edu.
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What Time Is It? January 15, 2017 Second Baptist Church belong | believe | become
WELCOME TO WORSHIP! If you are a first-time guest, we invite you to complete a guest card from a pew pocket or Friendship Register and drop it in the offering plate so that we may get acquainted with you. Also, text “Explore” to 816-3554736. We would like to communicate with you via text and email with some brief informational messages over the next few weeks. Your information is private and will not be used for any other purpose than to keep you informed about 2BC. Please see an usher if you’d like a listening aid.
GETTING CONNECTED AT 2BC
MEDITATION Take a moment to prepare your heart for worship…
“When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back with their flocks, the work of Christmas begins:
Each Sunday in the Welcome Center (just inside the Kansas Street entrance on Level 1), our Hospitality Team is waiting to help you get connected. This may include finding a Bible study class, showing you where children and student ministries meet, or sharing the day’s activities and schedule. You may also enjoy a cup of coffee at the Welcome Center’s coffee bar and get to know others at Second.
to find the lost, to heal the broken, to feed the hungry, to release the prisoner, to rebuild the nations, to bring peace among the people, to make music in the heart.” -Howard Thurman
Your Entire Family is Welcome!
(The Text to today’s Choir Anthem)
Children’s worship bags filled with books and activities are available at the Sanctuary entrances. If you’d like an alternative for your children, childcare for birth through Pre-K is available on Level 2 at any point in the service. Our Welcome Center is also available for those with restless infants, and you can view the service on a monitor there.
ONLINE/SMARTPHONE GIVING In addition to placing your offering in the offering plate, you can give online at 2bcliberty.org/give or via your smartphone by scanning this QR code. We have “online giving” cards in the pew rack that you can place in the offering plate to represent your gift if you choose.
Our Ministry Team Jason Edwards, Senior Pastor | Mike Lassiter, Assoc. Pastor, Missions & Community Care Connie McNeill, Assoc. Pastor, Administration & Discipleship | Charles Smith, Assoc. Pastor, Student Ministry Gwen Phillips, Children’s Pastor | Ann Posey, Organist David Fulk, Interim Worship Leader | Don Brown, Interim Choir Director
FEBRUARY 2BC EVENTS DEACON ORDINATION AND RETREAT CHURCHWIDE February 3 Ordination Service at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary. Reception following in the Social Room. ALL DEACONS February 4 Breakfast at 8:30 AM in the Assembly Room. Daniel Vestal guest speaker beginning at 9:00 AM. Lunch served at 12:30 in the Social Room. Spouses are invited to the lunch. $10 per person. RSVP by January 25 to the church office or on the Events page of our website (http:// www.2bcliberty.org/events). SURVEY SAYS! Wednesday February 22 | 6:30-7:15 PM | Social Room Nick Bartlow and Daniel Bunch will return with more survey data about us. Hopefully, this information will help the Search Committee in their discerning as they look for candidates to fill the position of Associate Pastor of Worship and Music.
SAVE THE DATE! POVERTY SIMULATION February 25, 2017| 9:30 AM-Noon United Services Poverty Simulation is a unique opportunity to help people understand what life is like with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress. Community wide event. Free of charge. Preregistration required and is limited to 72 participants. Registration opens January 9. Call the church office or register on the Events page of our website (http://www.2bcliberty.org/events). HIGH SCHOOL NON-STOP TRIP Dates: February 18-20 Cost: $100 Location: Memphis, Tennessee Includes visits to the National Civil Rights Museum and Sun Studio Open to current high school students DISCIPLE NOW Dates: March 10-12 Location: 2BC and around Liberty
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The Worship of God A NOTE FROM THE ARTS & ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE As the Advent decorations have been taken down and stored for another year I would like to thank the following people who have been so helpful to the Arts and Environment committee for so many years: Eileen Alverson, Helen Brown, Phyllis Chatlos, Angie Fuller, Ed Gilliland, Larry Jones, Ben Lassiter, Cheryl Lewkowsky, Marianne Neth, Jenny Pickard, Martha Reppert, Irene Thomas and Gerry Walther. My name has often been the only one mentioned in thanks, but the truth is I could never have done it alone. Please thank these people when you see them for their dedication to the committee. Also thank you to all who have given gifts of flower arrangements to enhance our chapel and sanctuary on Sunday mornings. As Jason mentioned in last Sunday’s worship services, I am retiring from the committee as well as some of the others. I encourage you to step forward and tell Jason you are interested in serving on the Arts & Environment Committee. You will find it very rewarding.
January 15, 2017
8:30 and 11:00 AM
Bill Stilfield (11:00)
Invitation to Worship
Shae Simpson (11:00)
“This Little Light of Mine”
+Hymn of Praise 6
In God’s Love, Patsy Triplett
The EHS Course (Emotionally Healthy Spirituality) will take you on a powerful 8-week journey of transformation that will equip you with tools to develop a deep interior life with Christ.
Charles Callahan (11:00)
“Creator God Creating Still”
Psalm 40: 1-11
(Pew Bible, page 399, Old Testament)
Leader: This is the Word of the Lord. People: Thanks be to God! Practicing the Presence of God Choral Anthem
An invitation to silent prayer “The Work of Christmas” Sanctuary Choir
Prayers of the People
Text: Howard Thurman Music: Dan Forrest Charles Smith
Eight Sundays starting Jan. 15 | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | led by a team | If you found our fall emphasis on Emotionally Healthy Spirituality helpful, this is your opportunity to take your next step and go further in-depth on these concepts. Please register for this class on the events page of our website (http://www.2bcliberty.org/ events) or by calling the church office. Course books for this class are $10 and the Day by Day Daily Office guide is $9. Please indicate in your registration if you’d like to purchase the books through the church office.
+Hymn 649 Old Testament Reading
“Christ You Call Us All to Service” Isaiah 49: 1-7 (Pew Bible, page 526, Old Testament)
Leader: This Is the Word of the Lord.. People: Thanks be to God!
Sermon +Hymn of Response 682
“What Time Is It?”
“Christ Be My Leader”
The worship of the living God invites our response. Those who wish to profess faith in Christ and/or to unite with the church are invited to come forward and share your decision with the pastor.
Deacon Faith Story and Offertory Prayer Offertory
“Show Us How To Stand For Justice” (Hymn 688)
Karen Rogers Charles Callahan
+Presentation of Offerings 652 “Make Me A Servant” Make me a servant, humble and meek; Lord, let me lift up those who are weak. And may the prayer of my heart always be: Make me a servant, make me a servant, make me a servant today.
+A Time of Greeting
+The Sending Forth 272 “They Will Know We Are Christians” We will work with each other; we will work side by side. We will work with each other: we will work side by side. And we’ll guard each one’s dignity and save each one’s pride. And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love. Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.
tackle the tasks of motherhood differently. Myths such as, “Mothering is natural, easy, and instinctive,” cause moms to feel like failures if they have questions or apprehensions in raising their kids. Operating from the premise that, “the way I mother is the right (and only) way,” puts up fences between moms instead of building bridges of encouragement between them. Lies such as, “I am my child’s choices,” tempt moms to mistakenly believe that if their children makes a wrong choice then they, in turn, must be bad moms. CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA Choir Wednesdays | 7:15-8:30 | Rm 501 Orchestra | TBA Was your heart stirred by the choir and orchestra during Advent and Christmas? Do you sing or play an instrument? Then perhaps you might consider being part of one of these ensembles as they prepare for the Lenten and Easter seasons. For information about the choir, contact director Don Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or choir president Leslie Bunch at email@example.com. The choir meets Wednesdays from 7:15 to 8:30. For information about the orchestra, contact organist Ann Posey at firstname.lastname@example.org STUDENTS HIGH SCHOOL HANDBELL CHOIR Sundays | 8:45 a.m. | Music Suite Rm. 501 STUDENT SUNDAY Date: January 29 Time: 8:30 & 11:00am services Includes performances from Student Choir, Student Handbells, and messages from our high school senior speakers. CHILDREN
“Let Justice Flow Like Streams” (Hymn 689)
MINDFUL PARENTING RETREAT AT 2BC January 20, 5:30-8p and Jan. 21, 9 a.m.-noon | Sonya Richardson-Thomas, LPC, RPT will lead this community-wide retreat for parents of 0-7 year
olds. The cost is $125 and you can bring your spouse or partner. Register at squareup.com/store/ sonya-richardson-thomas, or find the link on Sonya’s Facebook page. STEPHEN MINISTRY Stephen Ministers are ready to care! Are the joys of Christmas long gone? Or, was there even joy in Christmas? This season of your life may be covered with snow and chilled to the bone, but there are those who care! Stephen Ministers are trained to provide confidential Christian care, giving you the emotional and spiritual support you need to make it through a "winter" in your life. To learn more about how a Stephen Minister can help you or someone you know, contact Mike Lassiter at (816) 781-2824 or Carol Kingery at (816) 916-8407 today. Our Stephen Ministers are ready to care for you! COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE St. James Catholic Church in Liberty is hosting a Community Blood Center Blood Drive on Tuesday, January 24, from 12:30-7:00PM in the social hall and you are invited to join us and help save lives. Appointments are encouraged and can be made online at www.esavealifenow.org using sponsor code 'stjames' or you may contact Nikki at email@example.com or 816-407-1208. Walk-ins are welcome and childcare is available. For medical eligibility questions, call 800-688-0900. Your donation gives young children, like Nash from Liberty, a fighting chance against cancer. Thank you so much for your continued support of the community blood drives at St. James!
COMING UP AT 2BC... CHURCHWIDE OFFICES CLOSED JANUARY 16 MLK DAY
Books can be ordered online in advance or ordered at the first class session. The first study session will be held during the Sunday school hour on January 15th in the Social Room.
All Songs UBP CCLI #1091036
All Video UBP CCVI #502497070
Organ: Ann Posey
CONNECTIONS CLASS Sundays, Jan. 15-Feb. 12 | 9:45 a.m. | Connections is a five-week class led by Greg Duncan and designed for new members and those who are new to our congregation, or anyone who would benefit from the experience. Not only will you explore more about who 2BC is as a faith community and how you can best connect, but you’ll be able to examine your own giftedness and perhaps discover new opportunities for personal growth and ministry here at Second Baptist. Please register for this class on the events page of our website (http://www.2bcliberty.org/events) or by calling the church office. AT THE CROSSROADS, Leadership for the Second Half of Life. Sundays, Jan. 15| 9:45 a.m. | West Side of Social Room Wes Blanton will lead this featured class. The class will be a six week study around the book "At the Crossroads - Leadership Lessons for the Second Half of Life”. This Bible-based small group study will focus on how to live a purposeful and spiritually healthy life in retirement. We will examine how to make the next part of life the best while making a significant difference in the lives of others. We will also consider what needs to happen in advance to prepare for retirement. Participants will hopefully conclude the study with a greater understanding of God’s plan for their lives during this highly anticipated and meaningful phase of life. The content will be pertinent for those nearing or already in retirement.
Piano: Linda Greason (8:30) Jacque Stouffer (11:00)
Sanctuary Sound: Dave Heston
Media: Ron Whited
SECOND SERVINGS This week’s fellowship menu is a soup buffet. Meal reservations are due by Monday at noon. You can make reservations or get more menu detail by calling the church office or online at http://2bcliberty.org/wednesdays SECOND SESSIONS Wednesdays Jan. 11-Feb. 15 | 6:30-7:15 Following supper Adults have 3 options for discipleship: Renegade Gospel with Hadley Fisher. Who was Jesus, really? Wasn’t the central figure to the Christian faith a man who denied all preconceived notions about what God should look like? Wouldn’t associating with him have meant joining a rebel movement? Doesn’t it still? Renegade Gospel is a church study that challenges believers to come to terms with the real Jesus—the rebel Jesus. The Faith of a Mockingbird with Jane Boswell. The Faith of a Mockingbird class, based on Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, uses Lee’s beloved characters to explore Christian faith, theology, and ethics. Join Scout, Atticus Finch, Boo Radley, and Tom Robinson in this study considering God’s world and what it all means. Hoodwinked with Michele Peck. Moms have been hoodwinked into believing lies that keep them from not only enjoying motherhood, but forging friendships with other moms who might
Taken by Jewell Student, Daniel Bittel Sunset over the rice paddies in the Mae Ai Valley near the UHDP (Upland Holistic Development Project).
THAILAND MISSION TRIP Our mission team has made it safely to Thailand and begun their work. Jason Edwards, Mike Lassiter, Blane Baker, Bill Gossett, Jeff Buscher, Christian Wyatt and Daniel Bittel have traveled to the Upland Holistic Development Project in Mai Ai, Thailand to build and strengthen relationships, explore future mission opportunities, and to demonstrate possible uses of both an aquaponics system and solar recharging stations. You can follow the progress of this mission trip by following the 2BC Blog (http://www.2bcliberty.org/media), Instagram and Facebook pages. Please remember to pray for the team while they are gone.
GETTING TO KNOW ONE ANOTHER
A Faith Story - Karen Rogers Deacon Candidate for Ordination on February 3, 2017
OTHER PRAYER CONCERNS Thailand Mission Team: departed on Jan 9 and will return on Jan 21. Carla Franck, Alleen’s daughter-in-law, health concerns. John Arnold, results from bone marrow sample. Kathy Benavidez, pending surgery, prayers. Ramsey Bartlow, upcoming surgeries on Jan 31 and Feb 7 in St. Louis Loretta Hughes, health concerns. Charlotte Ruby Tankersley, baby daughter of Tyler and Jess. Jorge Yohe, newborn grandson of Kent and Karin. Smith Swanson babies: Asher (“Ash”; 3lb, 14 oz) and Eleanor (“Nell”; 4 lb, 13 oz) are doing well, breathing and maintaining their temperatures on their own and nursing healthily. The doctors and nurses at the KU medical center are very encouraged by their progress and expect their stay in the NICU to last only 1-2 more weeks as long as no setbacks occur. Charles, Stephanie, and Finn appreciate all the kind words, prayers, and support they’ve received from everyone in this wonderful, loving community. Shannon Padgett, niece of Teresa & Matt Anderson, has been diagnosed and is receiving treatment for Ewing's Sarcoma.
Kristin Wooldridge completed her Master of Divinity from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in May. Currently, she is discerning her call to ministry, practicing self-care and focusing on her family. She is married to Amon and they are the parents of Ian, Kaylee and Rhett. She enjoys serving Second as a volunteer. Linda Greason is married to Greg and has two sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law, two grandsons and a new grand baby due in March. She loves retirement and the time it gives to pursue fun with friends and family, volunteer activities, gardening and other hobbies. Karen Rogers has been a member of Second Baptist since the first Sunday she visited the church 12 years ago. She is involved in numerous church activities and especially appreciates the music, missions and training opportunities available through 2BC. Shae Simpson is a fourth grader at Schumacher Elementary. She is the daughter of Emily and Noah Simpson. Bill Stilfield is a Liberty native who returned to the area after spending forty years in Los Angeles working in the music industry. He is a member of the choir, and he and wife, Cathy, have been members of Second since 2013. Jacque Stouffer has been a member of 2BC since 1992. She is a fundraising consultant who loves to read in her spare time. Amon Wooldridge is a Senior Director with Cerner and has just celebrated his 15 year anniversary. He and Kristin have been married 17 years and are the parents of Ian, Kaylee and Rhett. He enjoys running all over Liberty training for half marathons. Ian Wooldridge is the oldest son of Amon and Kristin Wooldridge. He is an 8th grader at Discovery Middle School. At Second he is involved with choir, student ministry and VBS. He is a Life Scout with Boy Scouts Troop 376.
Do you have a favorite type of vacation travel? I do. It is camping road trips. I think my folks planted love of nature in my DNA. All my life, few experiences have refreshed and inspired me more than getting up close and personal with God’s good earth. I love the desert, the mountains, coastlines – I love it all. And the farther I remove myself from cities and crowds, the happier I am. One tool which has made nature even more accessible and enjoyable for me is the GPS. I bought this second-hand one on-line about 12 years ago. Having the GPS to plug into my car’s lighter makes me feel free as a bird. I can point my car in any direction that beckons, wander until I give out, and then just hit “home.” This jewel of a GPS takes me right back to wherever I tell it I want to roost for the night. A few years ago, a friend from India was with me on a road trip when she became aware of how much I use the GPS. As I turned off the car’s engine at a rest stop, the normal message popped up saying “External power lost.” It was just a reminder that the maps would be disappearing until the car was turned on again. My friend, however, only got a quick look at the message on the screen and was alarmed. “Oh no! Eternal power has been lost!” She believed the GPS had somehow died a sudden death and would no longer be available as our companion and guide. Later, I reflected on how my relationship to this GPS reminds me of my faith story. My childhood plug-in to security and guidance was a caring, disciplined family. Our parents made sure we four children showed up where we were supposed to be, prepared and with appropriate attitudes. That included regular attendance at Spring Valley Baptist Church in Raytown, where the pews are still filled with gracious people who love the Lord. I was 9 years old when I took that step forward to say I wanted to be a Christ-follower and I was baptized in that church. During my teens, connections for my spiritual GPS broadened to include sources other than my parents. Increasingly, I learned to listen to the voices of other adults, peers, and media. And as I grew in faith, I became more connected with that external power, the eternal power accessible through prayer, scripture and communion with the saints. Other than childhood, the most formative years of my life were when I moved away from home for college and career. In unfamiliar environments, I was introduced to a broader frame of reference for my life experiences. I was privileged to see how God was at work in ways I hadn’t considered and I began to rely more fully on a new version of GPS, God’s Positioning System. A desire to see the world as an integrated whole, all created by God and populated by people created in God’s image, that desire continues to direct my journeys. It is my prayer that I will always seek to understand how God is working in the world and how God wants to work in me. I pray I’ll be sensitive to the fact that turning off my connection to God, even for a moment, is like unplugging myself from the external power source, the eternal power that God is always there offering if I’ll just stay plugged in.