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Newsletter 11/26/2017

 
 

 

WEEKLY REFLECTIONS
 
Thanksgiving
This week in the U.S. people will gather as families to eat. We meet the last Thursday of November to celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday originating in 1621 by the Pilgrims. It didn’t become a national holiday till 1863 through a Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln. This is what he said.
 
“The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.”
 
Thanksgiving as a National holiday is not something we are bound to by scripture. Yet the heart and the intent as seen here still parallels the heart of scripture in so many ways. Lincoln’s words speak to the fact that even in this dark time of suffering within the U.S., we still have something to be thankful for. In 2 Corinthians 4:15-18 we read, “For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (NASB). For us Christians we can always be thankful for the salvation we are presented through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But, our nation is yet again in turmoil, fighting one another. This time not in a civil war where sides are chosen, but in a war of ideas that separates and divides us even more greatly. I pray that we can see the strength of God’s love through the ashes and pain. “O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting” (1 Chronicles 16:34, NASB). God loves us, so stand strong together and be thankful this Thanksgiving for each other and what He has done and continues to do.


God be the Glory,

Bro. Aaron LaBarge

 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

OCC TRIP
Once again we will be traveling to the OCC processing center in Atlanta Georgia. We will leave from the church Tuesday morning November 28 and we will return Wednesday night November 29. We have 2 remaining spots (of 15) still available. If you are interested, contact Mark Fudge at 270–634–2919.
 
NO TEAM KIDS OR YOUTH THIS SUNDAY EVENING
Due to the holiday, there will be no Team Kid or Youth this Sunday evening.
 
PRAYER CONCERNS
A list of prayer concerns will be emailed weekly or may be picked up in the hallway by the elevator.
 
LOTTIE MOON BEGINS DEC 3
The Week of Prayer for International Missions and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering begins next Sunday, December 3. All the funds go to support international missions efforts.
 
DEACON FAMILY MEAL DECEMBER 3
On Sunday, Dec 3, all the Deacons and their wives are invited to a luncheon at the Cranmer Dining Center at Lindsey Wilson College after the 2nd service. The monthly Deacon’s meeting will be at 5:30pm on Dec 3.
 
NO CHRISTMAS FLOAT THIS YEAR
Due to lack of interest, there will not be a Christmas float this year.
 
ANGEL TREE
The Angel Tree is back! Pick up an angel off the tree in the hallway to help provide Christmas gifts to needy children in Adair Co. All items need to be delivered to the church by Sunday, December 10.
 
BOBBY LEE PIANO CONCERT
On the evening of December 10, Bobby Lee will be performing a piano concert here at Columbia Baptist. The event begins at 6:30pm.
 
THANK YOU FROM THE LABARGE’S
We wanted to thank you all so much for the wonderful gift you all gave us. Our time together was exactly what we needed It truly refreshed our souls and was such a blessing. We love you all! –Aaron & Jenny
 
SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGERS DEC 16
Salvation Army Bell Ringers needed on Saturday, Dec 16 at IGA. Sign up outside the office.
 
TRUSTEE PROPOSAL
At the Dec 13 business mtg, the Trustees will present a proposal concerning the property at 605 Rice Dr.
 
THANK YOU FROM THE W.O.M.
Thank you to all those that contributed to the Thanksgiving Baskets and the Baskets for the chemo patients. We appreciated your love and generosity. –Jenny LaBarge & Joyce Durham

ATTENDANCE

 

Sunday School 70
8:30am Worship 51 
10:30am Worship 68 
Combined Worship 119
   
Thanksgiving Meal 80
 
 
   

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MINISTRY

Bus Driver
Ed Hadley……………270-250-4350
 
Deacons on Call
Bobby Beard………270-384-4014
J.D. Zornes………….270-384-5759
Justin Burris………..270-932-9691
Buck Smith………….270-384-2395
 
Extension List
Murray & Juanita Scott……Home
Margaret Parrish……..Summit M.
 
Nursery
Michelle Corbin
Leigh Ann Bell
Kim Dykes
Jenna McGaha
 
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WEEKLY EVENTS

Sunday, November 26
8:30am Early Service
9:20am Sunday School
10:30am Morning Service
   (WAIN 93.5 FM)
6:30pm Evening Service
   (WAIN 93.5 FM) 
 
Tuesday, November 21
7:00am Men’s Prayer
9:30am Ladies PrayerLink
 
Wednesday, November 22
6:30pm Prayer Meeting
 
Thursday, November 23
1:00pm Jail Ministry