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Newsletter 02/18/2018

 
 

 

WEEKLY REFLECTIONS
 

Something New

This past Sunday, Pastor Tommy mentioned seeing “God’s creative hand at work.”  When I hear this, my thoughts immediately turn to God’s creation and the fact that God’s creative work didn’t end with creation.

Fall is frequently welcomed as a respite from the heat of summer.  It brings our senses into sharper focus with the icy bite in the air.  By the end of winter, however, most of us are thoroughly sick of the leafless trees, brown landscapes, rain, snow, ice, mud, and pervasive cold.

As I thoroughly search through my seed catalogs, impatience dances through me with each forecast of rain, then a freeze, and then more rain, saturating the ground and making it unready to receive my gardening efforts.  I am reminded, however, that this dormant time is necessary.

These drastic seasonal changes through fall and winter perform a vital work in the soil that is to receive seed.  It helps break down last year’s leaves and dead debris into a richer medium.  It causes the soil to heave, expand and release, breaking up hard ground and working seeds on the surface down into the soil where they can be nourished.  Some plants, like beautiful flowering bulbs, require the shock of a hard frost to kick start the beautiful spears that will break ground and bloom so brilliantly year after year.  All of this is vital to renewing the earth and preparing the soil to receive seed so that it may grow.

God is really keen on making things new spiritually and renewing what once seemed unredeemable in us.  Just like the earth He created, we can experience times of diverse personal upheaval that feels like winter in our spirits. These times can reveal strongholds in need of breaking down. Maybe it’s anger, or fear, or apathy, or bad habits and attitudes.  If we know Jesus, these challenges can guide us to seek Him more fully through His Word to build our character and faith. He may be preparing our hearts to receive the seed of a new and beautiful work in our lives–if we patiently seek Him amid the turmoil and turn to His Word for comfort and guidance.

God is still in the business of creating new things, especially in us.  Let us strain eagerly toward the spiritual spring He promises to His people.  With His Word and the Holy Spirit watering and nourishing our soul, we have the potential to become part of a spectacular spiritual landscape in our homes, in our church, and in our community. Romans 8:18-28

Christine Wooten

 
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

COMBINED WORSHIP SERVICES
During the month of February, the church will have a combined Sunday morning service at 9:00 a.m. with Sunday school after the service.
 
OFFICE HOURS
During the month of February, Bro. Valentine will be available, during the Sunday School hour, for meetings with anyone who would like to talk with him.
 
COMMUNITY LENTEN SERVICES
The annual community Lenten services have begun. There are 3 more planned services at different churches in the community. Wed. Feb. 28 at Trinity UMC, Wed. March 14 at Columbia Christian Church, and Fri. March 30 at Columbia Baptist Church. All the services start at 12:05pm.
 
OCC ITEM OF THE MONTH
Jump ropes and small balls are being collected during the month of February for 2018 OCC.
 
SIGN UP TO BE A VBS VOLUNTEER
VBS preparations have begun and now is the time to volunteer. Sign up outside the office.
 
HELPFUL TUESDAY
The men’s ministry/deacons will offer transportation service to individuals in need on Tuesday mornings. These services will be provided between 8:00-10:00 am. Please call the church office at 270-384-3176 to schedule an appointment.
 
DEACON FAMILY MINISTRY
The Deacons are launching a new way of carrying out our Deacon Family Ministry. Each family or individual will be assigned to a team consisting of 4-5 Deacons. All of our Deacons will be available to help in a time of need or crisis but in particular your Family Deacon team will be available to pray for, help, and assist you. You should be notified by one or some of these men in the next few days or weeks. Our goal is that everyone will be a member of one of our ministry teams. -Darrell Overstreet, Deacon Chairman
 
SPECIAL CALLED BUSINESS MTG FEB 25
On Feb. 25, the last Sunday, there will be a special called business meeting after the morning service to vote whether to continue the combined 9am service.

ATTENDANCE

Sunday School 94
Morning Worship 112
Evening Worship 25
Team Kids 16
Youth Group 17
Total PM Worship 58

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MINISTRY

Bus Driver
Codell Phipps………….270-250-3018
 
Deacons on Call
Mike Talley……………..270-384-0142
Hunter Durham………270-384-2938
D.L. Jessie Jr…………….270-384-5659
Mark Harris…………….270-634-2542
 
Extension List
Vernon & Marie Curry………….Home
Murray & Juanita Scott…………Home
 
Nursery This Week
Lee Grider
Sandy Sinclair-Curry
Cathy Martin
 
PrayerLink
270-384-0512
prayerlink@columbiabaptist.com
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WEEKLY EVENTS

Sunday, February 18
9:00am Morning Service
10:00am Sunday School
4:15pm Team Kids
5:30pm Youth
6:30pm Evening Service
 
Tuesday, February 20
7:00am Men’s Prayer
9:30am Women’s Prayer
 
Wednesday, February 21
6:30pm Adult Bible Study
 
Thursday, February 22
1:00pm Jail Ministry