August 5, 2009 Volume 2 – Issue 30
A Word from our Pastor: Brad Williams
An Invitation to Dinner
I believe that most of us, if not all of us, can remember what it was like as a child to get called to
dinner. I know that I can. These last few days of summer break remind me of those days of backyard
baseball, bicycle riding, and generally trying to cram in whatever fun was to be had before the dreaded
return of school. But no matter how much fun I was having in the yard, with my friends, watching TV,
or playing video games, I had to drop it when I heard the call to supper…and I had to drop it
In those days, believe it or not, there were no cell phones. When my mother wanted me in the house,
she stepped out the front door and yelled, “Braaaaaaaad….it’s supper time!” I was expected, regardless
of my current condition, to immediately make a dash for the house. No excuses. Apparently, nothing in
the world was more important than a hot supper. The other kids understood this unbreakable law as
well, no explanation necessary. When momma calls, you come running.I was reminded of that inviolable law today as I read from Luke’s gospel in the 14th chapter. There,
Jesus talks about a great feast that a certain man had prepared for others. He had sent the invitations in
advance to prepare people for that wonderful day, but when the time arrived, none of those who were
invited were willing to come. They all had one excuse or another, one said that he had just married a
new wife, another said that he had a new field to tend to, and still another claimed he had some new
oxen to see about. They did not come to supper when called.
Jesus told this parable in order to warn us about missing the blessing of the kingdom of heaven. God,
according to His riches in grace, has extended to us an invitation to join Him in His glorious kingdom.
Unfortunately, many will miss out on the heavenly banquet because of worldly concerns. Oh how
easily the world distracts us! Surely a new wife, a new field, a new tool, a new job, or things such as
these are worthy excuses to miss out on the kingdom or from doing our duty. But no, when God calls,
no excuse will do. Indeed, any excuse offered will only offend the host.
When I was a boy and my mother called, I ran home. I feared the displeasure of my mother, and I
knew that no excuse at all would satisfy her if I lolly gagged around. She did not care if I was in the
middle of pick-up game of baseball, she did not care if we were riding bikes, she did not care if we
were climbing trees or kicking ant hills. When she called, I was to come home, and if I didn’t, I would
suffer the consequences. How much more then should we come running when the Lord God calls us to
join Him in the kingdom?
Some will surely miss out on the pleasures of heaven because of worldly things, just as those in the
parable did. I wonder, though, if many of us aren’t missing out on the blessings of the kingdom right
now because of worldly entertainments? If only we would all live as if our first job and greatest
allegiance and biggest love were the will of God and the glory of His kingdom. If only we, as little
children, would heed the call of our heavenly Father to join Him in bringing His glory into this world
through gracious ministries. Are you listening for the call of God in your life? Has He asked you to
join Him in making preparations for a heavenly banquet? We have the unique privilege, as Christians,
to invite others to be guests at our Father’s table. Call them home. Join with the Father and call His
“Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and
lame.’ And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ And
the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that
my house may be filled” (Lk. 14:21-23).
Announcements:• Men’s Rafting trip – The men are taking a rafting trip on Saturday, August 22. A $15 deposit is due
THIS Sunday. See Matt Colvin if you want to go.• Ladies Fellowship – Our monthly Ladies fellowship is moved from Tuesday night, August 11 to
THURSDAY night, August 13. The theme is Mexican so bring Mexican food. The food, fun and
fellowship will start at 6pm at the Plaza.• 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• Church Softball – Come cheer for the Men’s Softball team. Monday night, August 10 at 7pm and
8pm and Tuesday night, August 11 at 7pm.• Mission Giving – Brad and Drew are going to Nicaragua August 15-22. Please pray for them and
for their trip. 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.
• Track Ministry – If you would like to help with the Track Ministry, please see Ron Champion.
Prayer Requests:• Drew Dixon’s grandfather passed away on Monday. Please pray for Drew and Jennifer as they are
traveling to Oklahoma on Wednesday. The funeral is on Thursday. Please pray for Drew’s family
during this time.• Pray for Charlie Nash Foley. He is the 5 month old son of a coworker of Ron Champion. He has a
heart defect that is being repaired this next week in Boston. The baby will have a 7 hour surgery in
which he is on a heart bypass machine. He will remain on the machine for several months for
recovery.• Pray for Regina Gregg’s family: her Dad, Leeroy Malone who is recovering from lap band surgery.
Pray for her nephew, Hunter Pointer, who is 14 dealing with many health issues. 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
• Pray for those with cancer: Linda Duran.
Please pray for Eric Hixon. He will be traveling to and preaching at the following places this week:
Wednesday Evening -- FBC Medina, TN
Saturday Night -- Men's Conference, Chula, GA
Sunday Morning & Evening -- All-Family Revival, Macedonia Baptist, Chula, GA
Volunteers for this week:
1’s and 2’s – Robert and Ellen Sims
3’s and 4’s – Steve Hellums and Todd GreggFood – Rory Colvin – sweet
Leslie Godwin - salty
Sunday Stats – August 2, 2009:
Attendance: Worship Service - 77
Offering : B udget - $4,140.00
New Covenant Baptist Church – www.DiscoverNewCovenant.com
104 W. Alabama Avenue, Suite A - Albertville, AL 35950
9:30am - Statement of Faith Class
10:30am - Worship Service
6:00pm – Community Groups
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.