Church News for Thursday, Oct. 4By Staff Reports Published 9:33am Thursday, October 4, 2012
Rocky Mount United Methodist Church
“The Gift of High Quality H2O” was the title of Bro. Phil’s Sunday morning sermon. While a drink of water may seem so simple, it just may be the very thing that makes a difference in someone’s life. While the disciples wanted to have a special, elite group to do well, Jesus let them know that all should feel welcome. You should live your faith with vigor, enthusiasm and faithfulness. You, as an individual, can reach out and touch, reach out and invite, reach out and comfort.
As we continued our parable study Sunday night, we discussed Matthew 20, the parable of the workers in the vineyard. This parable must not be taken out of context as we are reminded of God’s generous love and the lesson of getting more than we deserve. It also brought out some talk of privacy and jealousy. The story runs deeper than what we see on the surface.
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Mt. Carmel Baptist Church No. 1
What a blessing it was to be able to assemble in God’s house for a time of worship and praise! Our day started as our group of enthusiastic children gathered for their message from Bro. Derrell. He emphasized the importance of obeying rules and the consequences that follow when we don’t. There will always be that temptation to break God’s commands, as Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden. They did not obey God and, therefore, had to pay the consequences.
Our morning message, “Preparation for a New Step of Faith,” was taken from Joshua 2:1-13. Life is full of changes, and some are exceptionally challenging. To be successful, these changes must be made with faith. The life of Joshua is a great example of someone who showed his faith through his actions. It is easy to say you have faith, but sometimes it’s tough to live by faith.
On Sunday evening, Bro. Derrell brought a wonderful message from 1 Peter 5:8. He titled it “Avoid Satan’s Snares.” Christians must be watchful at all times. We have a target on our backs. Satan is always seeking us. He works on us, using our weaknesses to his advantage. Staying close to God is a great defensive weapon we can use against Satan. God is more than a match for Satan. We are more than conquerors through God.
Upcoming events planned for the church and community are as follows:
On Saturday, Oct. 6, there will be a fundraising hot dog and hamburger supper at the church from 5-6:30 p.m. The profits will go to help with the children’s trip to the Pumpkin Patch. This trip is planned for Oct. 20. On Sunday, Oct. 21, we will hold Pastor’s Appreciation Day and Founders Day. For this day, if you would like to do so, please dress as our founders would have. This is a chance for the ladies to wear their long dresses, aprons and bonnets. The men can wear their overalls. We will have lunch after the morning message. For the 5 p.m. service on that day, there will be an ordination service for Chad Foshee. Members are urged to attend all of these events. Visitors are sincerely welcome to join us for a time of fellowship and worship.
It was great to have Mary Maudlin back in church after a long recovery from back surgery. She still needs our prayers. Our prayer list includes Cecil Franklin, Jean Foshee, Kay Franklin, Elladene Mims, Danny Childress, Jacob Jones and Ruthie Jean Giles. We covet your prayers for our church each time you talk to God. Please know that you are always welcome to worship with us at Mt. Carmel.