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June 10, 2009 Volume 2 – Issue 23

A word from our Pastor: Brad Williams

Why the Local Church is as Important as Ever

We are, possibly, the most connected society in the history of the world. You can pick up a phone and have almost immediate access to friends, family, and business associates no matter where they are or what they are doing. (I heard a business guy answer his cell phone in a stall in a public restroom the other day. You don’t do that, do you?) We have emails and Facebook and MySpace and all sorts of gadgets to help us reach people in ways that could have never been dreamed of in generations past. This very newsletter is proof of that, after all, it did arrive in your inbox, did it not?

Here’s the problem as I see it: with so many options available to us in this user-friendly universe, life gets easier to live at a very superficial level. For example, if some "friend" on FaceBook irritates you, you may easily de-friend them. FaceBook assures us that it will not tell them that they have been dissed. Indeed, if anything makes us uncomfortable in this day and age, we may easily avoid such annoyance by finding a quick replacement. Get bad service one time at restaurant? Abandon it for another one. The kids do not like vegetables? Just zap them a hot dog in the microwave to end the whining. Children pining for your attention? Just give them a video game to divert their interest. Are all of these things bad? Not necessarily. However, they quickly become so when we use every device at our disposal to rid ourselves of every inconvenience.

God does not wish for us to avoid every inconvenience and annoying relationship. He purposefully puts us with people who "get on our nerves." He does this for both our good and theirs. He does it for the offender’s good so that we can, in a gentle and contrite spirit, help them to overcome sin by reproof. (If indeed the thing that annoys you is sin.) On the flip side, it could be that a particular person gets on your nerves because you are an uptight legalist imposing your own skewed form of how people should act upon others, and God means to break you of that so that you may learn gentleness and humility. If we flee from these sorts of ‘annoying’ relationships, we will never grow in Christ-likeness.

The requirement to become a member of a New Testament Church is belief in the Lordship and resurrection of Jesus Christ and baptism in the Name of the Triune God. That means that Jesus Christ welcomes loud-talkers, braggarts, shy folk, strict parents, poor people, rich people, huggers, non-huggers, and motor-cycle fanatics to come and join together as a family. The Spirit calls all kinds of people with all kinds of problems and all kinds of personality quirks to promise devotion to one another in the name of love. Why does He do that?

He brings all these odd people together to make His gospel look glorious. Here’s the proof in the Christian pudding: Is the thing that we hold in common, Jesus Christ, enough to hold us together despite our various backgrounds and baggage? If Jesus is enough to overcome social status, racial bias, poverty level, and etc., then Jesus looks glorious to the world.
Especially, in our day and age. Why?

Because the modus operandi of our day and age is to simply flit about like a leaf in the wind at the first hint of trouble. We must not do that in the Church because Jesus commands us to love one another. This is for our progress in holiness and for a witness to the power of Christ to the unbelieving world.

It is my prayer that the Spirit of Christ will teach us to live together as the Church community He has called us to be. As we read the Church Covenant at the family meeting, I thought that we would all do well to remember this very important promise that we made to one another:

I will live together with my brothers and sisters in love, just as God has loved us and this I will pursue reconciliation when offense occurs between myself and another member, and I will reject all opportunities to speak or to hear gossip or slander.

If we do this, the world will marvel at the intimate and loving relationships that will develop in our fellowship. Because frankly, the world does not have relationships that are built to endure and grow deep. Indeed, the majority of people in the world have never even seen what that looks like. May God grant us the grace to be the type of community that cultivates such deep love and fellowship and fosters a type of love that endures forever.

Announcements:

  1. Kids Mega Skate – Thursday, June 11 from 1pm to 3pm. The cost to skate is $3 each.
  2. Baptism Service/Church Family Picnic – Sunday morning, June 21st, we are having an Outdoor Baptism Service at Guntersville State Park. We will not have Sunday School or Breakfast this Sunday. The Service will begin at 10am. We will have a Church Family Picnic after the service so please bring a covered dish to share and drinks for your family. Please bring blankets and chairs to sit on. There will be no night services this night.
  3. Community Groups – New Community Group sign up sheets are on the back table in the Sanctuary. Please sign up for a group or sign up to help with teaching the kids. New Community Groups start June 28th.
  4. Mission Giving – Brad and Drew are going to Nicaragua in August. Please begin to pray for them and for their trip. Also, it will cost them $1500 each to go. Please prayerfully consider how much you can give to help them go. Any money over their cost will go into a missions fund to help others in our church go on future mission trips.
  5. Hospice – Ladies, we are still going to Hospice every week to fill the baskets. Please sign up to go and also please bring snacks to put in the baskets.
  6. Breakfast Help –Denise Bledsoe needs someone to serve as her backup when she is unable to be there to get the coffee ready and make sure everything is in place for breakfast on Sunday mornings. Please see Denise if you are willing to help.
  7. Vacation Bible School – Please begin praying for Vacation Bible School, July 13 – 17. Please pray how the Lord would have you help.
  8. Don't Waste Your Life Concert - featuring Lecrae, Trip Lee, Flame, Sho Baraka, and Tedashi, is June 27 in Birmingham. This is a Christian Rap concert, but these guys preach the gospel in their raps! We will be taking a group to see the concert on Saturday. The cost is $10. Let Drew know if you are interested.
  9. Reality Check Conference - There is still time to sign up for Reality Check if you are interested, talk to Drew. Reality Check is June 29-July 2 in Chattanooga, TN and features Paul Washer, Paul David Tripp and Jeff Noblit. We will go to Lake Winnepaseuka one day--it will be a wonderful time of fellowship and hearing God's Word taught!
  10. Student Retreat - Toward the end of the summer, sometime in late July in Atlanta. We are going to do some fun things in Atlanta and have Bible studies at night. We will be staying at
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    Jennifer's parents house to cut costs. Stay tuned for details and also let Drew know about any dates that are not good for you and your family.

Prayer Requests:

  1. Pray for Regina Gregg’s family: her Dad, Leeroy Malone who had lap band surgery this morning. Pray for her nephew, Hunter Pointer, who is 14 and has an appointment with an Rheumatoid Arthritis Specialist because he had tests that came back abnormal Pray for Jeff and Suzanne Davis as Suzanne is pregnant and considered high risk.
  2. Pray for Denise Bledsoe’s mother, Shirley McLendon, who is in congestive heart failure. Please pray for Denise as she is trying to help her mother as much as possible.
  3. Pray for Ruth Thompson, Wanda Parker’s mother. Pray for her husband, Dalton, as he cares for her.
  4. Pray for those with cancer: Linda Duran and Paula Chamblee.

Volunteers for this week:

1’s and 2’s – Angelia and Jim Ray

3’s and 4’s – Amber and Haley

Food – Patty Knight and Cindy Ham

Sunday Stats – June 6, 2009:

Attendance: Worship Service:

Morning – 78

Offering: General Offering: $ 4,871.00 Mission Tri p: $ 916.00

New Covenant Baptist Church – www.DiscoverNewCovenant.com

104 W. Alabama Avenue, Suite A - Albertville, AL 35950

Sunday:

9:30am - Statement of Faith Class

10:30am - Worship Service

6:00pm – Community Groups

Wednesday:

6:00pm – Children’s Activities

6:00pm – Student Activities

6:15pm – Adult Bible Study

 

June 3, 2009 Volume 2 – Issue 22

A word from our Pastor: Brad Williams

Titus 2 Women’s Ministry

The New Testament only speaks of two offices in the New Testament Church: Elders and Deacons. Now that we have a full compliment of elders, it is time for us to think about the service ministries of the Church. The deacon ministry, and the women’s ministry, may be organized a little differently than we are used to, but hopefully, they will be better equipped to minister to any needs that will arise.

Since every gentlemen knows that its "ladies first," I want to concentrate this week’s newsletter by outlining what the "Titus 2 Women’s Ministry" will look like. Titus 2:3-5 teaches, "Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled." The goal of the Titus 2 Women’s Ministry will be to foster the type of services and the Biblical perspectives of womanhood outlined in this great passage.

There will be several "roles" in the Titus 2 Women’s Ministry that will be helpful in the life of our church. One of those positions will be the Women’s Ministries Coordinator. This woman will have the responsibility of making sure the Titus 2 Women’s Ministry is well-organized. She will call and chair the Titus Women’s meetings, and make certain there are teachers for the Women’s Study classes. She will also be invited to the elder’s meetings to keep them up to date on what’s going on and to let them know of any additional help they may need. All of the current women’s ministries will come under the new auspice of Titus 2 Women’s Ministries.

We will also be looking for a Children and Preschool director and an assistant to the director. They will be responsible for coordinating nursery schedules, helping plan children’s Sunday School, and helping to coordinate VBS. They will have the authority to recruit help for these ministries as well.

Another important function of the women’s ministry will fall to the hospitality coordinator. She will be responsible for organizing church functions that involve food for fellowship, hospitality foods on Sunday mornings, and be a contact help for any bereavement ministries the church may perform.

There may also be a couple of "at large" members of the Women’s Titus 2 Ministry team. They would come along side and help in case any of the the above members were unable to perform or duty, or needed help in the execution of their duties.

The elders will bring nominations before the church to fill these positions just as the nominations for elders and deacons. Some may wonder, "Why do these women need an official nomination and vote from the church?" That is a question worth asking. There are several reasons. One, the elders would

like to have a chance to talk to the women who will fill these positions to make certain that they are willing and able to fill the positions. Secondly, and this is very important, we want these women to have the recognition and confidence of the church. For example, it is far more effective for women to counsel other women. If the church has placed confidence and approval on the Titus 2 Ministries, then they are seen as coming to minister on behalf of the church. Without that recognition, it may look like they just came on behalf of Brother Brad.

The women of the church are already involved in many ministries. The Titus 2 Women’s Ministry is simply a way of recognizing, in part, those ministries that are already happening. Hopefully, this way of organizing the women’s ministries will serve to make all of those things even better.

The Titus 2 Women’s Ministry will form the core of the church’s discipleship for women, help in the teaching of our children, help in the counseling of the women of the church, and it will cast the vision for Biblical womanhood. As should be evident from the responsibilties outlined, these women will be essential to the life of the church. May the Lord bless us by raising up women for these positions, and may He give them joy in His service.

Announcements:

  1. Students – The 7th through 12th graders are meeting tonight at the home of Ernie and Bernice Seckel. They live at 1909 Venning Circle in Guntersville. If your child needs a ride, Drew and Jennifer will meet at the church tonight to help transport the kids to their house.
  2. Playday – Playday for the kids, this Thursday, at Rory Colvin’s home, 426 Alverson. There is a time change to start at 10am instead of 9am.
  3. Kids Choir – Kids, 3yrs through 6th graders are singing this Sunday night. The kids will need to be at church at 5:25pm this Sunday night.
  4. Baptism Service/Church Family Picnic – Sunday morning, Junu 21st, we are having an Outdoor Baptism Service at Guntersville State Park. We will not have Sunday School or Breakfast this Sunday. The Service will begin at 10am. We will have a Church Family Picnic after the service so please bring a covered dish to share and drinks for your family. Please bring blankets and chairs to sit on. There will be no night services this night.
  5. Community Groups – New Community Group sign up sheets are on the back table in the Sanctuary. Please sign up for a group or sign up to help with teaching the kids. New Community Groups start June 28th.
  6. Calendar – The June/July calendar of church activities is on the back table in the Sanctuary.
  7. Ladies Monthly Fellowship – Next Tuesday, June 9th at 6pm. Bring a covered dish and come for a great time of fellowship and Bible Study.
  8. Mission Giving – Brad and Drew are going to Nicaragua in August. Please begin to pray for them and for their trip. Also, it will cost them $1500 each to go. About one - half of the money has been given. Please prayerfully consider how much you can give to help them go. Any money over their cost will go into a missions fund to help others in our church go on future mission trips.
  9. Breakfast Help –Denise Bledsoe needs someone to serve as her backup when she is unable to be there to get the coffee ready and make sure everything is in place for breakfast on Sunday mornings. Please see Denise if you are willing to help.
  10. Don't Waste Your Life Concert - featuring Lecrae, Trip Lee, Flame, Sho Baraka, and Tedashi, is June 27 in Birmingham. This is a Christian Rap concert, but these guys preach the gospel in their raps! We will be taking a group to see the concert on Saturday. The cost is $10. Let Drew know if you are interested.
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    1. Reality Check Conference - There is still time to sign up for Reality Check if you are interested, talk to Drew. Reality Check is June 29-July 2 in Chattanooga, TN and features Paul Washer, Paul David Tripp and Jeff Noblit. We will go to Lake Winnepaseuka one day--it will be a wonderful time of fellowship and hearing God's Word taught!
    2. Student Retreat - Toward the end of the summer, sometime in late July in Atlanta. We are going to do some fun things in Atlanta and have Bible studies at night. We will be staying at Jennifer's parents house to cut costs. Stay tuned for details and also let Drew know about any dates that are not good for you and your family.

Prayer Requests:

  1. Pray for Denise Bledsoe’s mother, Shirley McLendon, who is in congestive heart failue and possilby had a mild stroke at the end of last week. Please pray for Denise as she is trying to help her mother as much as possible.
  2. Pray for Ruth Thompson, Wanda Parker’s mother. Pray for her husband, Dalton, as he cares for her.
  3. Pray for Regina Gregg’s father who is still having health problems.
  4. Pray for those with cancer: Linda Duran and Paula Chamblee.

Volunteers for this week:

1’s and 2’s – Robert and Ellen Sims

3’s and 4’s – Jason and Allison Pratt

Food – Sweet – Amy Williams

Salty – Leslie Godwin

Sunday Stats – May 31, 2009:

Attendance: Worship Service:

Morning – 70

Offering: General Offering: $ 2,752.00 Mission Tri p: $ 500.00

New Covenant Baptist Church – www.DiscoverNewCovenant.com

104 W. Alabama Avenue, Suite A - Albertville, AL 35950 Sunday:

9:30am - Statement of Faith Class

10:30am - Worship Service

6:00pm – Community Groups

Wednesday:

6:00pm – Children’s Activities

6:00pm – Student Activities

6:15pm – 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.

 

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