Church News for Thursday, Aug. 2By Staff Reports Published 8:37pm Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Mt. Carmel No. 1
Our prayer concerns continue to focus on all our special requests. We have a lot of sick and shut-ins that need our prayers, a phone call or a visit. We praise the Lord for what he is doing in the lives of some of the sick and answering our prayers.
Sunday morning got off to a good start with special music by Tori and Mesha Mims, followed Lillie and Bro. Derrell Jones singing “Don’t That Sound Like Heaven.”
Bro. Derrell compared the No. 1 teams for the children’s “Sermon in a Sack.” He told them to celebrate their teams’ victory bu always put God first. Matthew 22:37: “Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart.”
“Sound the Alarm!” Ezekial 33:1-11 was our Sunday morning message. Sound the alarm to the lost. Our priority is to sound the alarm as a child of God; it’s our responsibility as a Christian. God’s charge to his people: go ye, preach, teach and share the gospel. Repent, be ready, the judgement is coming.
Sunday night service was the ordination of the office of deacon for Jason Mandrell. Special music was by Heather Powell, singing “It is Well With My Soul.” Charity Lockhart sang, “Walk on the Water.” The congregation’s opening song was “Have Thy Own Way.” The charge for the deacon, by Bro. Nolin Maudlin, Acts 6:1-4. The charge to the church and Bro. Jason, Acts 6:5-8 by Bro. John Dennis. Questions, prayer and the charge of the church and deacons by Bro. Derrell. Presentation of deacon’s plaque to Bro. Jason Mandrell and his family. Service was closed with the congregation welcoming Bro. Jason and family.
We welcome all our visitors to our services, especially Bro. Jason’s family and friends.
We are very thankful for the youth of our church as they have worked so hard with their fundraising for the church van repair. The goal is almost reached.
Pray for our church, and we will be praying for you. Jesus is coming soon; let’s make sure we are ready.
Bethany Baptist Church
Our fifth Sunday service was especially enjoyable as we had several visitors. Several family members and friends of Lillian Burkhalter were with us for our worship service and lunch, and we dedicated a marble top table specially constructed by John Burkhalter for our fellowship hall in his mother’s memory.
The choir special was “Down On My Knees,” and before Bro. Steve’s message he sang “The Love of God.” His sermon was “The Blessed Man,” using Psalm 1, which is a contrast of the righteous and the wicked. This Psalm tells us that to be blessed (happy) a person must avoid certain behaviors. He must not walk according to ungodly counsel, associate with sinners who may lead him astray or with people who scorn or mock righteousness.
A blessed (happy) person saturates himself with the word of God and produces spiritual fruit. This fruit includes having the character of Jesus Christ, exercising our spiritual gifts and witnessing to others. In other words, do what the word of God says.
Prayer list: Betty Biggs, James Bixler, Arnold DeLoach, Doris Glenn, Ernestine Hatch, Billie Neeley and Shirley Wallace.
See you Sunday!