By Margie Ward, Columnist
Sunday morning attendance was good we had some regular members out due to sickness etc; hopefully everyone will be well and back at church soon. We are glad to have some members back that had been out for a while, so glad to have them with us. Visitors continue to come and we are grateful to have them anytime God leads them our way. They will always be welcome to any of our services.
The Call to Worship, “There is Power in the Blood” We then had the welcome, announcements and opening prayer. Then we all went to the front of the church and gathered around the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes for a prayer of dedication.
The shoeboxes will be taken to a designated location on Monday for pickup and shipment. A lot of children will be happy Christmas. The choir’s special was, “Medley of Old Hymns.” We then joined Pastor Ron and sang praise tunes, “Praise the Name of Jesus”, “Great and Mighty is the Lord our God,” and “O Lord How Majestic is your Name,” Bro. Ron’s message, “Over comers,” John 16: 31-33, Rev. 1, Jn. 5: 1-4 and others.
The Bible says, as believers in Jesus we are over comers, Jesus is an over comer, so many people think they are a failure, all have failed in one way or another but you don’t have to stay there. Failure is never final. Some trust themselves in places of trusting God. In the Bible Jesus and believers are over comers.
We serve a positive God. God gave John a Revelation on the Isle of Patmos, in each church he reminds them they are over comers in whatever comes our way. Read Romans 8: 35-39. Why worry of thing that my never happen? Jesus was talking to the disciples, told them He was leaving, they didn’t seem to understand. Jesus said take courage in me you will find peace; in the world you will find tribulation. I have overcome the world.
Sunday night at 6 p.m. a good attendance. Bro. Ron’s message, “Kingdom of God, Kingdom of Heaven,” Matthew 6: 33 and many more scripture. Throughout the Bible the kingdom of God is the rule of God, rather than a territory or a people. To seek God’s kingdom we must seek God’s rule in our life. Looking ahead: Thanksgiving being on Thursday, Nov. 28 our midweek service will be held on Tuesday night, Nov., 26 instead of Wednesday night.
Margie Ward attended the Senior Adult Banquet Saturday at Apalachee Baptist Church. Five churches from the association were represented, Apalachee, Centennial, New Hope, Brownwood and Rutledge Baptist along with three pastors, Rev. Wilburn Hill, Rev. Mike Pritchett and Rev. Alan Cagle. Everyone attending enjoyed the meal and fellowship and singing. Next Sunday morning during the worship hour we will have baptismal service for Michael Jenkins, son of Mindy Grubbs. Sunday morning, Nov. 24, we will have Luke Carter an IBM missionary with us speaking on the work of the Lottie Moon offerings.
Next Sunday evening, Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. we will have our annual Thanksgiving meal in the Brownwood Family Life Center. Everyone bring filled covered dishes. There will be no evening services.
Wednesday night, Nov. 13, a large group of adults, youth and children gathered in the Brownwood Family Life Center to pack shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child project. We want to say a special “Thank You” to all that helped us when we were collecting items each month, all donations were appreciated, large or small it all added up. We all know how God can multiply.
We packed a total of 101 shoe boxes and we give God all the praise, honor and glory for all He has done through so many people and we know He will bless you all. Christy Brown, Emma Vaughn, Carter Brown, Kaleigh Grubbs and Peggy Harper enjoyed a weekend trip to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., during fall break from school. Everyone had a fun time.
Emma saved a nine-year-old boy from drowning. God puts us where and when we are needed.
Peggy Harper enjoyed a mountain vacation with her sister Pat Bland, nephew and his wife, Michael and Lisa Nolin a couple of weeks ago. The leaves were beautiful. They went to Sapphire Valley, North Carolina. Carter Brown celebrated his fifth birthday last Sunday, Nov. 10 at Indian Creek Park. Those attending were Sammie and Christy Brown, Emma Vaughn, Joe and Retha Brown, Peggy Harper, Brandon and John Grubbs, Clint and Mindy Grubs, Dylan, Michael and Bryan Jenkins, Kaleigh, Triston, Breonnah and Karissa Grubbs, Dustin Rhoades and Greg Hall.
Peggy Harper attended a graveside service Friday in Gadsden, Ala. for her cousin Sabrina Haywood. Then the family went to lunch to celebrate her life and share stories. Then Peggy, sisters Pat Bland and Bonnie Johnson spent time together something that they enjoy whenever they get a chance.
A Thanksgiving Prayer
We thank thee God for blessings The big ones and the small Thy tender love and mercy That guards and keeps us all. The fresh awakening of joy That comes with morning light. Sunlit hours to fill the day And restful sleep at night. The hope, the beauty and the love That brighten each day’s living We praise Thee – and our hearts are filled With joy – and with thanksgiving. The pride that’s found in work well done, The love of those who care, The peace of mind, the sweet content That comes with quiet prayer. Have a Thankful Heart