Dear Brothers and Sisters In Christ:
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church will be hosting a fundraiser for the construction of a handicap ramp at our church. The event will take place on the Madison courthouse lawn on Friday, June 22, 2012 starting at 10:00 a.m. until ????. We would like to invite our Christian Community to help make this endeavor a success.
The Knights of Columbus will be cooking their delicious grilled chicken leg quarters, baked beans, cole slaw, roll, dessert, and tea. The price will be $6.00. Take out or eat in.
Carl Joseph will be holding a church service to help get a church started in Lee at the home of Willie and Gail Carter, located at Highway 90 East in Lee, across from the bar, this Sunday, May 20, at 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Kurt LaBouve, pictured with his wife, Dale, will appear in concert Sunday evening at Greenville Baptist Church.
By Jacob Bembry
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Evangelist Kurt LaBouve, of Bowdon, Ga., will be in concert Sunday evening, July 31, at Greenville Baptist Church.
According to his website, www.kurtlabouve.com: “Evangelist Kurt LaBouve was born in a Catholic home and soon after losing his sight to a hereditary disease, he left home to attend a school for the blind. At the age of 18 he accepted Jesus Christ by faith as his personal Savior. In 1982, he recorded his first gospel song ‘I Just Want To Thank You Jesus’ in Nashville. Three years later, being heavily burdened to be used of God, he wrote a song entitled ‘Send Me’ not realizing that in just a few weeks God would call him to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Kurt LaBouve has been serving the Lord with his wife, Dale, since 1988 as a Baptist preacher in evangelism, songwriting and singing for the glory of God.”
Pastor Tony Hill cordially welcomes everyone to the gospel sing at his church.
Each fifth Sunday, a group of Baptist churches, including Greenville Baptist, come together to celebrate the evening with a sing.
The concert will begin at 6 p.m.
Have You Prayed For Madison County?
Jacob Bembry, Editor
Have you been praying for Madison County during this Lenten season?
The Madison County Ministerial Association is encouraging the churches in Madison County to pray for 40 days in an effort to help Madison County. Families are being prayed for, schools are being prayed for and the economy is being prayed for.
Have you been praying for Madison County?
The church I attend – Midway Church of God – is in the midst of a revival. On Monday and Tuesday night, Mike Carson, who is conducting the revival, has led those attending in prayer for Madison County.
Mike lives in Lafayette, Tenn., where he says church attendance is sparse. His church runs approximately 200 people in attendance each week, down from 300 a week. Of the 20,000 people in the county there, only 3,000 attend church.
I wonder if there are even 3,000 people in Madison County (which has roughly the same population as Lafayette) attend church here?
Have you been to church lately?
Have you taken your children to church?
Have your children been to church, but not you?
Maybe it’s time some children take their parents to church.
Look around and see all the problems in Madison County today. A look at this week’s Jail Report in this newspaper shows people arrested for drugs, for DUI, for domestic violence, for burglary and even shows one person registering as a sexual offender. Look at the businesses in town that are drowning in the sea of desperation as the economy grabs them by the ankles, holding them under water. Look at the schools and the poor grades the children have. Most of all — look at the families. There are children who go hungry because their parents are willing to pay more for crack or alcohol or gambling than they are for food. Look at all the unwed mothers.
Madison County needs to pray. Madison County needs to be churched and they don’t need just every once-in-a-while, go and smile, church attendance. We need regular attendance in Bible-believing and Bible-practicing churches.
May God bless you!
Hope to see you in church on Sunday.
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Jacob Bembry, Editor
When you are in a position like I am, you become a target. Maybe you are in the same position I am. Maybe you are a Christian.
Since we live in the buckle of the Bible Belt, it seems that Christians would be in a secure position. Not so. We find that there are snipers out there and they’ve got their sights zeroed in on us. Any time they find an opportunity they are ready to fire.
As a Christian in this area, I find this to be a fairly recent thing that is happening to us. We find the snipers taking potshots at us, encouraged by the trends that they find on television, in the movies, on the network news and in other forms of the media. Soon, Christians, even in the United States and even in Madison County, could become martyrs as atheists, agnostics, the ACLU and others gain momentum and become more vehemently opposed to hearing the Word of Jesus Christ.
Should we back down from sharing the Gospel? The answer to that question would be a resounding “no.” We should be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves when sharing the message with the world. We should know what we believe and not just what we do not believe in. Read the Bible, prayerfully, and let God show you how you should share His Word with others.
We Christians are all targets. If they attack us, after we have shared the love of Jesus with love from our hearts and with humility, we should simply smile, because we know that we have a crown of life awaiting us in Heaven if we endure to the end.
Rocky Springs Missionary Baptist Church will host its annual homecoming celebration on Sunday, Jan. 30, beginning at 11 a.m.
Pastor Williams of Charles Chapel of North Carolina will be the guest speaker.
There will be praise and songs from the Providence Baptist Church of Jacksonville.
Everyone is invited to help them celebrate their homecoming.
Dinner on the church grounds will be served.
By Greg Asimakoupoulos
Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a big Starbucks fan. It’s not just because I live in Seattle, either. While I like the bold (somewhat bitter) flavor associated with the world’s most successful coffee chain, it’s not just their signature taste that has me hooked.
What I love about the Starbucks in our town is how I feel when I go there. There’s a high-caffeinated kind of community that is almost church-like. For one thing, the baristas have a welcoming, caring demeanor. It feels good to have them call me by name and start my coffee drink without having to order. From behind their pulpit-like counter they convey a pastoral compassion. Being recognized and greeted warmly goes a long way in our increasingly disconnected and impersonal society. It’s just as satisfying as my venti drip (no room for cream please).
Even the environment at our local Starbucks reminds me of the kind of fellowship I long to see at church. People are seated around a fireplace reading the newspaper or reading a book (often a Bible). Others are reading someone’s facial expressions while listening to a friend pour out their heart. Young moms are there with their toddlers in tow. As they sip their lattes, they are sharing the joys and challenges of parenting with each other. There are tears, laughter and knowing sighs. The cacophony is a comforting noise. It’s the sound of people in caring relationships. Because of the church-like community that distinguishes my favorite watering hole, I’ve started referring to our local Starbucks as St. Arbucks.
All the same, my reason to call Starbucks St. Arbucks is grounded (yes the pun is intentional) in something even more practical. It’s become an extension of our church campus. I’ve seen one of our senior adults at one of St. Arbucks’ little round tables with his espresso in hand engaging an intellectual seeker in spiritual conversation. I’ve seen two middle-aged women from my church talking through an upcoming presentation on mentoring. My youth pastor conducts most of his one-on-one discipleship rendezvous at Starbucks. And it shouldn’t surprise you that I regularly hole-up in front of the outdoor fireplace with my Bible and notepad to meditate on my upcoming sermon.
And would you believe I’m not the only one in my family who feels the way I do? My oldest daughter loves Starbucks so much, she’s been ‘ordained’ a certified barista. She says it’s the best job she’s ever had. For Kristin, it’s a place of living out her faith through authentic relationships. While blending a flavored coffee for a customer she’s able to call by name, she’s creating a thirst in the lives of those she works with for the satisfying relationship she has with her Creator. A God who, I must add, also created coffee beans. And he said ‘It is good!’
The Brian Norris Group will appear live in a gospel concert at New Macedonia Baptist Church on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m.
Prior to the sing, there will be a free chicken pileau dinner. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m.
New Macedonia Baptist Church is located on U.S. 221, south of Greenville.
For more information, please call 948-5421 or 948-5422.
Admission is free to the sing. A love offering will be accepted.