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September 17, 2009 Volume 2 – Issue 36

A Word from our Pastor:

Cooperative Program Giving: The Best Stewardship of Our Money?

Beloved, God calls us to be good stewards. Part of that stewardship is the use of our money. Money is

a powerful tool in the arsenal of missions. With money, we can send missionaries to the field, support

orphans and widows, clothe the needy, and feed the poor. I know that your heart is to get the most out

of your money as you possibly can for the advancement of the Kingdom. I assure you, that is my

heart’s goal as well.

To that end, I have been researching exactly what would happen with our money if we gave through

the Cooperative Program. Now, this is separate from giving to Lottie Moon and to Annie Armstrong.

In the Lottie Moon offering, 100 percent of the funds go to the International Mission Board, the

sending agency of overseas missionaries. In the Annie Armstrong offering, the money goes to

“stateside” missions. The Cooperative Program is divided up amongst various agencies by percentage.

I want to give you the break down of that giving as best I can.

I am going to work with rounded numbers for ease. These figures will be close, if not exact. Let’s say

that we have agreed as a church to give 10% of our total receipts to the Cooperative Program. That

10% would be sent to the State Convention headquarters in Alabama. From there, the money will be

divided up amongst the various agencies of the Convention.

In 2008, the Alabama State Convention kept for itself 58.02% of the Cooperative Program money it

was sent. Again, for the sake of ease, let’s make that 60%. In 2008, the State Convention received

$44,983,974. Rounded up to $45,000,000, the State Convention kept approximately $27,000,000. The

remaining 40% is sent to the SBC headquarters in Nashville, and there the Executive Committee of the

SBC divides up the money as the Convention votes each year on budgetary items.

Of that 60% percent that stays in the State Convention, almost half goes to “State Convention Entity

Ministries,” and equal amount goes to “State Board of Missions Ministries,” and the small remaining

percentage goes to something called “ChRP.” (I have not been able to find the details on this, but I

think it may be shorthand for Church Revitalization Program.) For more details, one must contact Jim

Swedenburg at the state missions office. His number is 1-800-264-1225, extension 283, and anyone

may request a copy of the budget by email at
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The 40% of the giving that goes to Nashville, 50% goes to the International Mission Board, 23% goes

to the North American Mission Board, and around 22% goes to support the six Southern Baptist

Seminaries. So let’s break this down as simply as we can. If we designate that 10% of our giving goes

to the Cooperative Program, and you give $100, the first $90 stay in the church. $10 is sent to the State

and $6 of those $10 stay in the Alabama State Convention. $4 is then sent to Nashville. Two dollars

goes to Overseas Missions via the International Mission Board, around a $1 goes to NAMB, and

around $1 goes to fund the seminaries. So, of every $1 we give in this scenario, $.02 goes to overseas

missions.

I am writing this to give us some idea of how our cooperative program works, and to allow you to

think about where our money is going. In this short article, I have not even mentioned the local

association. I have not yet gotten a budget for that, but I will in the near future. I also wanted to show

that if we really want to contribute to overseas and local missions, we must be generous givers to the

Lottie Moon Offering, the Annie Armstrong offering, and we should choose individual ministries and

ministers to support. That may cut our Cooperative giving somewhat, but it would give us a more

“hands on” accounting for our investments in Kingdom ministry.

If you have any questions about this, I would love to discuss this in further detail. I am also indebted to

Pastor Tom Ascol for most of these numeric breakdowns. You can read his article at

http://www.founders.org/blog/2005/12/cooperative-program-allocation.html.

I love you, church, and the Lord loves you. I look forward to gathering together with you soon.

Striving to be found faithful,

Bro. Brad

Announcements:

Lord’s Supper – This Sunday morning we will be partaking in the Lord’s Supper. Take the time

this week to study 1 Corinthians 11:17-32 to prepare yourself for this meal.

Community Groups - New Community Groups start THIS Sunday, September 20. Sign up for the

next set of community groups on the back table in the church.

Marriage Retreat – Go ahead and mark your calendars! We are planning a marriage retreat that will

be held at Shocco Springs on Feb. 26-27. Check-in will be that Friday at 4:00, and we will finish

up on Saturday at around 3-4pm. We will have dinner, breakfast, and lunch prepared for us there.

Our folks will be doing most of the teaching, but we hope to include some others from the

community. Keep checking the announcements for further details!

Men and Boy’s Camping Night – There is a campout for the men of our church Friday night,

September 25. Please see Robert Sims if you are interested.

Ladies Bible Study - The study is Hoping for Something Better by Nancy Guthrie. Lisa Spence

will lead the morning group on Wednesdays at 8:45am. The night group will be led by Wanda

Parker at 6:30pm on Monday nights at her house. Book cost is $10.19. Make checks payable to

New Covenant.

Ladies True Woman Conference – March 25 – 27 in Chattanooga. Speaking will be Nancy LeighDeMoss, Mary Kassian, Dannah Gresh, and others. Worship leaders are Keith and Kristyn Getty.

Registration is open. The price is $129 plus hotel accommodations. Let Lisa Spence or Amy

Williams know if you are interested. Here’s a link: http://www.truewoman.com/?id=760

Track Ministry – If you would like to help with the Track Ministry, please see Ron Champion.

Prayer Requests:

Please take the time to pray for our Deacon and Titus 2 nominees.

Pray for Mark Coy as he will be going to Nicaragua at the beginning of October.

Pray for Gloria Childress’ brother, James Pierce, who is in kidney failure.

Pray for Penny Roney, Steve Hellums’ sister. She has a tumor on her pituitary gland.

Pray for Kim Hellums’ mother, who suffered some burns while canning. She is in a great deal of

pain.

Pray for Jeff and Suzanne Davis as Suzanne is pregnant and considered high risk and is having

some major health issues.

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.

Pray for Ruth Thompson, Wanda Parker’s mother. Pray for her husband, Dalton, as he cares for

her.

Pray for those with cancer: Linda Duran.

M.U.D. Ministries:

Thanks for the prayers this past week. This weekend I'll be in Houston, TX with Dr. Voddie

Baucham. Pray that I will learn much about family ministry.

Also, any support for Nicaragua will help, we are still praying that we can purchase the land for the

childrens home.

Anyone interested in going to Nicaragua with M.U.D. Ministries in February, please contact me

directly at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 256-431-4429. Deposits of $500 are coming due soon. You also

need to get a form emailed to you for this trip.

Eric Hixon

Volunteers for this week:

1’s and 2’s – Randy Spence/Steve Hellums

3’s and 4’s – Amber Knight/Nathan Spence

Food - Amy Williams - Salty

Kathy Coy - Sweet

Birthdays: September 20-26:

Tuesday, September 22: Tori Champion

Last Sunday Stats – September 13, 2009:

Attendance: Worship Service - 70

Offering: General – $ 2,990.00

Missions – $ 100.00

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

Pastor – Brad Williams Family Pastor – Drew Dixon

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.

September 10, 2009 Volume 2 – Issue 35

A Word from our Family Pastor:

The Unpleasant Guest

Have you ever accepted a dinner invitation that you knew would not be pleasant? Jesus did. He

politely accepted an invitation to dinner from a Pharisee only to be accused of being unclean because

he neglected to wash his hands before dinner (Luke 11:37-38)! Jesus, however, handled this impolite

Pharisee quite differently from what we might expect. Instead of taking offense at the Pharisee or

politely brushing off the Pharisees remark, Jesus launches full bore into a lesson on true spirituality.

Politeness is a prized virtue of our day. We want people to be polite to us and we teach our children to

be polite to others whether they see eye to eye with them or not. I suppose there is something noble

about being polite but Jesus often times was not very polite. When this Pharisee took offense at Jesus’

neglect to wash his hands, Jesus’ response was to tell the Pharisee—“inside you are full of greed and

wickedness” (Luke 11:39). This is the sort of conversation that would end the dinner party in most

American homes!

So was Jesus being a jerk? Didn’t Jesus know that if he wanted to win this Pharisee to the Lord, that

he needed to befriend him first and politely eat dinner with him without too much controversy? Didn’t

Jesus know that this conversation would go better if he got to know the Pharisee a little before pointing

out his sin?

Jesus was no jerk. He just sounds like one because of our own misplaced values. You see Jesus

responded to the Pharisee so pointedly because Jesus valued truth over manners. If Jesus sounds like a

jerk to us, then perhaps what we value needs to be examined.

The flesh is not our friend. It does not have good intentions for us—sin and the devil have one hope in

mind for us—to destroy us and deceive us (John 10:10; Heb. 3:13), to ignore this reality is not polite,

to ignore this reality is foolishness. Jesus valued truth over our human understanding of politeness.

He could have eaten with this Pharisee in relative peace—they could have talked about the weather,

the economy, and their favorite hobbies and never broached any sensitive topics. Jesus, however,

loved people too much to merely talk about such safe things. Jesus is interested in the heart. Jesus

always talked with people about heart issues, even if it was unpleasant. Why? Because he counted

obedience to God more precious than the fleeting pleasures of sin.

This is clear in Jesus’ interaction with this Pharisee in Luke 11 as he says to the Pharisee and his house,

“You fools! Did not he who made the outside [of the cup] make the inside also? But give as alms

those things that are within, and behold, everything is clean for you.” Jesus sees the foolishness of

overlooking this Pharisee’s sad spiritual estate. Jesus isn’t into the business of keeping up appearances

and pretending like things are ok. The Pharisees, however, were skilled at keeping up appearances.

That is why Jesus’ words here are so piercing—he is saying you are worried about the outside of the

cup but God doesn’t care about the outside. What needs to be changed is not behavior or appearance

but the condition of your heart!

Jesus loved people too much to simply overlook their sin. Jesus loved people so much that he spoke

frankly and openly about sin. Certainly there is a place for manners in gospel ministry (1 Peter 3:15),

but do you love people enough to be honest with them about sin (Heb. 3:12-13)? Certainly we need to

be careful and take the log out of our eye, but do you love your brothers and sisters in Christ enough to

lovingly help them take the speck out of theirs (Mat. 7:5)? Do you work to keep up appearances or are

you longing for spiritual transformation of the heart? One way to test yourself is to honestly answer

these questions—do I live so as to please men or to please God? Do I love the truth enough to speak it

even when it hurts? Join me in praying that we would be men and women who value truth over

appearance.

Announcements:

Family Meeting – This Sunday night is our Family Meeting. Please bring food AND drinks to

everyone to enjoy. We will be giving nominations for deacons and Titus 2 women’s ministry. We

will also vote on church clerk.

Community Groups - New Community Groups start Sunday, September 20. Sign up for the next

set of community groups on the back table in the church.

Ladies Bible Study - The study is Hoping for Something Better by Nancy Guthrie. Lisa Spence

will lead the morning group on Wednesdays at 8:45am. The night group will be led by Wanda

Parker at 6:30pm on Monday nights at her house starting September 14. Book cost is $10.19. Make

check payable to New Covenant.

Ladies True Woman Conference – March 25 – 27 in Chattanooga. Speaking will be Nancy LeighDeMoss, Mary Kassian, Dannah Gresh, and others. Worship leaders are Keith and Kristyn Getty.

Registration is open. The price is $129 plus hotel accommodations. Let Lisa Spence or Amy

Williams know if you are interested. Here’s a link: http://www.truewoman.com/?id=760

Track Ministry – If you would like to help with the Track Ministry, please see Ron Champion.

Student Announcements:

Meeting – This Sunday we will be having a youth parent meeting this Sunday, September 13, after

the morning service. Lunch will be provided. Drew highly encourages parents to come.

Prayer Requests:

Pray for Gloria Childress’ brother, James Pierce, who is in kidney failure.

Pray for Penny Roney, Steve Hellums’ sister. She has a tumor on her pituitary gland.

Pray for Kim Hellums’ mother, who suffered some burns while canning. She is in a great deal of

pain.

Pray for Jeff and Suzanne Davis as Suzanne is pregnant and considered high risk and is having

some major health issues.

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.

Pray for Ruth Thompson, Wanda Parker’s mother. Pray for her husband, Dalton, as he cares for

her.

Pray for those with cancer: Linda Duran.

M.U.D. Ministries:

The Hixon Family will be traveling to FBC New Brocton this weekend. There is an Outdoor

Extravaganza on Saturday and a All-Family Revival Sunday through Wednesday. Please pray for God

to save souls and draw His children closer to Him and to each other. Pray for the Hixon’s as they

travel.

Anyone interested in going to Nicaragua with M.U.D. Ministries in February, please contact Eric

directly at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 256-431-4429. Deposits of $500 are coming due soon. You also

need to get a form emailed to you for this trip.

Volunteers for this week:

1’s and 2’s – See Regina

3’s and 4’s – See Regina

Food - Denise Bledsoe - Salty

Rory Colvin - Sweet

Last Sunday Stats – August 23, 2009:

Attendance: Worship Service - 48

Offering: General – $5,499.80

Missions – $2,250.00

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

Pastor – Brad Williams Family Pastor – Drew Dixon

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