October 21-27, 2016
God, Let it Rain
Its dry out there right now. Our region of the state is officially under emergency drought conditions. Our "pond" behind the church is like a giant bowl of dust. The dirt is as fine as flour. The grass, instead of being soft and green, is withered and brown and crunches when you walk on it.
The Lord is so gracious to us, and we take so many of His mercies for granted. Rain is one of those mercies. We take for granted that God will send rain, that our crops will grow, and that the streams and ponds will be filled. We rarely ask Him to send rain when we have plenty of water, and we seldom remember to thank Him for it when we have it.
But now we need rain, and now is our chance to remember who sends it. Sometimes in life, I believe God will withhold those mercies that we take for granted just so we will realize that they are gifts from Him. We forget how wonderful it is to be healthy until we have a cold. We forget how peaceful it is to rest until we cannot sleep. When these little gifts are gone, we realize how wonderful such things are.
Yesterday, I sat on my back porch and watched it rain. It was a light rain, barely a sprinkle. But I prayed, "God please, let it rain." It didn't rain much, but it did rain a little. I prayed for rain again today, and I am praying for it now. "God, let it rain. Let us see your mercy." It is disappointing to see dark clouds that promise refreshment and yet no rain falls from them.
Today, it may not rain. I pray that it will, but it probably won't. Instead, I offer you this Psalm for meditation while we pray for the rains to come. May it refresh your soul as it does mine:
Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving;
make melody to our God on the lyre!
He covers the heavens with clouds;
he prepares the rain for the earth;
he makes grass grow on the hills.
He gives to the beasts their food,
and to the young ravens that cry.
His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,
but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who hope in his steadfast love (Pslam 147:7-11).
Oh God, let it rain. Send refreshment to our land, and please, send it to our souls as well.
Yours in Christ,
- Children's Ministry: Anyone currently serving or interested in serving as a teacher or on nursery rotation please take a job description form from the welcome table. We need 1 extra teacher on Wednesday nights and 2 extra Sunday School teachers to add to the rotation. Please see Regina if you can be available for any of those.
- Children's Choir Musical will be December 11th at 6 pm! Mark your calendars!
- Student Ministry: Winter Breakaway is coming up! All students who are going, please have your release forms and $50 deposits turned in by October 30th so we can compile a room list, make travel preparations, etc. The forms are on the table in the youth room if anybody needs them.
Since we will be at Breakaway on New Years, the annual Youth Scavenger Hunt will be Nov. 4th from 6 to 11 p.m. This will be a city-wide hunt, so we will need about 4 adult drivers. The team to complete the most tasks before time runs out wins and gets the pick of the best prizes. Door prizes will be awarded to the most creative task.
- Sign ups for Round 2 of community groups are on the welcome table in the hallway.
- Women's Community Bible Study is at 2 locations this year! Lisa is teaching through the Gospel of Mark. The bible study is being hosted by Grace Fellowship on Tuesday mornings at 10 AM (childcare provided) and by NCBC on Tuesday evenings at 7 PM (no child care provided).
- Please continue to fill up the baby bottles for Real Life Pregnancy Center and return them to the basket in the sanctuary.
Dates to Mark on Your Calendar:
October 30 - Breakaway release forms and deposits due
November 4 - Youth Scavenger Hunt
November 13 - Pastor Rejoice and Beatrice will be here from Tanzania
December 11 - Children's Christmas Musical
Dec. 28-Jan. 1 - Breakaway Student Conference
- Pray for all the benevolence cases we work with on a weekly basis. Most of them are unchurched. Pray the gospel takes root and praise God for all the provision we have to be able to do this ministry.
Volunteers for this week:
Sunday Morning Childcare:
Bed Babies through 2's - Holly Porch, Ellen Sims, Abby Hellums
3 through 4 year olds - Haley Coy and Gloria Childress
Last Week’s Statistics:
|Budget Receipts this Week:||$2,370.00|
|Budget Needs Weekly:||$4,254.42|
|Budget Receipts YTD:||$159,768.20|
|Budget Needs YTD:||$178,685.77|
|Building Fund this Week:||$0.00|
|Building Fund YTD:||$7,850.00|
New Covenant Baptist Church – www.DiscoverNewCovenant.com
912 E. Main Street, P.O. Box 131- Albertville, AL 35950
Pastor – Brad Williams
Family Pastor -- David Porch
Our mission and passion at New Covenant Baptist Church is to glorify God by becoming a community that fosters the love of God with all of the heart, soul, mind and strength, and by learning to love one another as Christ Jesus has loved us.The answer to every heart's need and the satisfaction of all our longing is found in Jesus Christ our Lord, who is Himself the very image of Almighty God. We exist to adore Him, and to spread the knowledge of His greatness to the ends of the earth.