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August 11-17, 2017

Made for Each Other

There's no doubt that because of sin, interpersonal relationships are the wellspring of so much evil and suffering in the world. Or rather the failure of interpersonal relationships. People are the problem in this world. And yet God's design is not for us all to just cloister ourselves into little monastic huddles. Despite the fact that many of the early Christian monks (called the Desert Fathers) secluded themselves in the desert, and because they were, for the most part, men and women of God, the Lord orchestrated it that people inevitably followed them out into the desert to learn from these godly men and women. This is because God made us for community; for fellowship. That God saw that Adam being alone was not good is not necessarily a marriage mandate, but rather an affirmation of the reality that God's own unity in plurality should therefore be manifest and extended also in the human being who was made in God's likeness. Thus, the creation of Man was not fully good in God's sight until he fully reflected this aspect of God-likeness--community. Community is an eternal reality. We are saved for it. It seems that Christians often miss this aspect of salvation. Our relationships ought to be made right in Christ. For we are not simply saved from sin, death, and hell. We are saved for certain things too. One of those things is fellowship. We are saved into the family of God, His church. That's why I don't understand how a true Christian can downplay the importance of church membership or at least regular church attendance. Those who excuse themselves from corporate worship together by saying "I can have church by myself under a tree," (as I heard someone say just this week) have a gross misunderstanding of God's purposes for the world and for individuals.

We are all different. God did not make any one of us exactly the same as another. So that makes fellowship and team work a challenge, but that is what God has saved us into--a fellowship; a family. If we will be forbearing towards one another and seek to gain mutual understanding of one another, then, by the aid and unifying power of the Holy Spirit, we shall, indeed, experience true family and fellowship together. Might as well get used to it. We will be together forever in Christ!

seeking what leads to unity and mutual edification of the Body of Christ,

David

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.
    - 1 more person is needed for the nursery rotation during Sunday Service
    - 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.
  • Sign ups for Community Groups are on the welcome table.
Dates to Mark on Your Calendar:


August 13 - Sunday School Teachers rotate
August 16 - Student Home Meeting at the Meriliens'

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 - Amy Williams, Randy Spence, Kevin Parnell
3 through 4 year olds - Amber Knight & Matt Colvin

Last Week’s Statistics:
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.

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.


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