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August 3-10, 2017

Dogs are Dumb Sometimes, but so are We

If you ever want a lesson in how patient, kind, long-suffering, and fickle you are, you should probably get a puppy. They look so cute when they are little, and you will love them with tremendous affection. This lasts for about 6 weeks. I'm sorry to say that puppies grow very fast, they poop on pee everywhere, and they will chew up anything, including your wooden porch. I have read before that the average dog is re-homed after about six months. 

I have a dog, and she is super cute. I have also wanted to strangle her lately. She's gotten curious about the outside world precisely when her underground fence has gone on the fritz. This means that our beloved puppy has twice escaped into the wilds of Albertville, which has meant hours of searching for us and wailing and gnashing of teeth from our children. 

After the latest episode of her escape, I exclaimed to Zita in no uncertain terms that the next time she fled, so could just go. "I'm not looking for you again! There will be no reward posters! I will leave you to the coyotes and the mercies of strangers! Next time, I'll let animal control keep you!" She seemed unmoved by these threats, so I tried to reason with her. "Zita, it is dangerous out there. You could easily get run over. You would be less than a snack for a coyote. Why would you leave? We love you. We pet you. We even let you on our couch when we put the blanket down. We feed you and water you. I have spent a lot of money on your underground fence, and I had to bury the thing to boot. Why would you do this?"

As cheesy as it sounds, I was immediately reminded of Israel and her wanderings in the desert. I was reminded of God's threats to them, and His attempts to reason with them. "Why would you leave, Israel? Have I not provided manna every day? Did I not keep your sandals from falling apart or your clothes from wearing out? Did I not drown the Egyptians for you? Did I not deliver you from slavery to bring you into a good and bountiful land?"

I looked at my little dog and thought, "Oh me, you stupid dog. I am just like you. But still, try not to run away again, okay?"

Yours in Christ,

Bro. Brad

Announcements:

  • Children's Ministry:
    - Back to school time means we return to our regular Wednesday night classes for kids. Classes start back August 9th at 6:30. Teachers and nursery workers should be here by 6:15.
    - 2 extra Sunday School teachers to add to the rotation.
    - Anyone interested in being on Sunday night rotation (8 weeks a year). Please call, text, or see Regina if you are interested.
  • Sunday School teachers will rotate on the 13th of this month.
  • The Ladies Fellowship is hosting a Baby Shower for Leigh Ellen Styke at the church on August 14 at 6:30 pm. Gift ideas: diapers of all sizes, baby wipes, gift cards, etc.
  • The Meriliens are hosting their first monthly outreach this Saturday at 4pm at their home. Free hamburgers and hotdogs to be served. Drop by if you are able!
  • Sign ups for Community Groups are on the welcome table.
Dates to Mark on Your Calendar:


August 9 - Wednesday nights children's classes start back
August 13 - Sunday School Teachers rotate


Praise/Prayer Requests:
  • Please continue to pray for and support the Champion Family as we grieve the loss of our brother, Ron.
  • Pray for Gloria's husband, Perry Childress. His health has been declining and he is not a Christian. Please pray for the Lord to save Him.
  • 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.

Sunday Morning Childcare:
Bed Babies through 2's - David Porch, Ellen Sims, Abby Gwaltney
3 through 4 year olds - Jimmy Barnard and Gloria Childress

Last Week’s Statistics:
Budget Receipts this Week: $4,724.50
Budget Needs Weekly: $4,097.88
Budget Receipts YTD: $124,969.00
Budget Needs YTD: $127,034.42
Budget (Deficit)/Surplus ($2,065.42)
Building Fund this Week: $290.00
Building Fund YTD: $6,440.00
Benevolence: $20.00
Love Offering – Intern: $875.00
Attendance: 103
912 E. Main Street, P.O. Box 131- Albertville, AL 35950
256-849-2454
Pastor – Brad Williams    
Family Pastor -- David Porch
Sunday:
9:30am – Sunday School
10:30am - Worship Service
6:00pm – Community Groups
Wednesday:
6:30pm - Children/Student Activities
6:30pm – Adult Bible Study
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.

July 21-27, 2017


There is No Such Place as "Cyber Space"

Cyber space is kind of a myth. It was made up, I suppose, sometime during the 80's or 90's to describe the mysterious region of the internet where everything magically happens. Unfortunately, the idea of it being a separate place sort of took hold in a lot of our minds, as if what happens in cyber space isn't "the real world." It is the real world, and we need to realize that for both good and bad. 

We have never interacted with a "cyber person" online. Every person you have responded to on Facebook, by email, or in a comment section, is a real person. The relationships that you form on social media are real relationships with real people. They aren't lesser because they are online because the people you are texting, commenting with, and talking to on Facebook are just as real as the people who sit next to us in church. 

On a positive note, this means that we can be friends and get to know people that we would not have been able to know merely 30 years ago. I have friends, real friends, who I know only online. Some of them I have been able to meet in person, but many I have yet to meet face to face. That doesn't mean that those relationships are less real. Those relationships are simply different.

The reason that this is important is because people often downplay the importance of treating others online like real persons. Bullying online is epidemic. Nasty, terrible comments on things that people write are also evident everywhere you look. We need to be aware that how we relate to people online is affecting real, actual persons. 

So please, don't underestimate the influence and importance of social media contacts. Also, don't undervalue the real relationships that can form online, whether they be relationships you forge or those of your children. I know that the internet is often used for evil, but it is also a source of great good. It can be used to tear others apart, but it can also be used to build them up. 

Think about that if you use email, texts, or other social media. Be salt and light wherever you go, even when it is on the internet.

Yours in Christ,

Bro. Brad

Announcements:

  • Students will meet this Wednesday night at the Knight's house. Contact David if you would like more details.
  • Children's Ministry Needs:
    - 4 volunteers on rotation to supervise the kids on Wednesday nights during the summer. There will be no children's classes on Wednesday nights during the summer, just playground and/or a movie. A sign up sheet is on the welcome table for volunteers.
    - 2 extra Sunday School teachers to add to the rotation.
    - Anyone interested in being on Sunday night rotation (8 weeks a year)
    Please call, text, or see Regina if you are interested.
  • Ladies Fellowship: July 24th at 6:00pm at Kathy Coy's house.
  • Student group Lock-in at the church starting at 6:00pm on Friday, July 28.
  • Sign ups for upcoming Community Groups are now on the welcome table.
Dates to Mark on Your Calendar:

July 23 - Community Groups start back
July 24 - Ladies Fellowship
July 24-28 - Youth Summer Missions Week
July 28 - Youth Group Lock-in starting at 6pm

Praise/Prayer Requests:
  • A big "Thank You!" to all those who helped with Art Camp. We had a great year, thanks to you. The kids had a good time, learned a lot, and were very well fed. Thank you so much!
  • Please continue to pray for and support the Champion Family as we grieve the loss of our brother, Ron.
  • Pray for Gloria's husband, Perry Childress. His health has been declining and he is not a Christian. Please pray for the Lord to save Him.
  • 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.

Sunday Morning Childcare:
Bed Babies through 2's - Jennifer Rains, Lisa Spence, Chris Knight
3 through 4 year olds - Gina Smith, Alan Bledsoe

Last Week’s Statistics:
Budget Receipts this Week: 
$3,361.00
Budget Needs Weekly:
$4,097.88
Budget Receipts YTD:
$117,953.50
Budget Needs YTD:
$118,838.65
Budget (Deficit)/Surplus
($885.15)
Building Fund this Week:
$50.00
Building Fund YTD:
$4,950.00
Benevolence:
$10.00
Attendance: 
92
912 E. Main Street, P.O. Box 131- Albertville, AL 35950
256-849-2454
Pastor – Brad Williams    
Family Pastor -- David Porch
Sunday:
9:30am – Sunday School
10:30am - Worship Service
6:00pm – Community Groups
Wednesday:
6:30pm - Children/Student Activities
6:30pm – Adult Bible Study
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.


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.

 

Contact the church office :  (256) 849 2454