Church News for Thursday, Nov. 29By Staff Reports Published 12:48pm Friday, November 30, 2012
Mount Carmel No. 1
Sunday was a gorgeous day, and full of reasons to sing praises to the Lord. We have gathered in his name to worship him, now we depart to serve him. Jesus is the reason for the season. We are thankful for every member and visitor who worshipped with us.
A large group of little people gathered for the children’s Sermon in a Sack titled “A Crown.” Bro. Derrel asked the children what they thought of when they saw a crown. We got a lot of different answers: a king, a queen, a ruler, a prince and one with authority. Jesus is our king and he wants to be the king our lives.
Special music for today was provided by Tori Mims. She sang “Do Lord, Do Lord.” It’s a pretty song and Tori did a good job with it.
Bro. Derrel’s message, “Christ, the Living One,” came from 1 Corinthians 15:21-22: Christ is our living stone, and our firm foundation. He is the living bread on which we feed. God blesses us and provides our every need. Jesus is the living way by which we draw near. The only way to heaven is to go through the blood of Jesus; he is the living priest, the only priest. Christ is the living hope for which we look.
Christians, look to the east, for the time is drawing near. Pray for the ones who don’t know Jesus as their Savior. When he was on the cross, you were on his mind.
The Sunday evening message, taken from Matthew 7:15-19, was titled “What Type of Tree Are You?” With what type of tree do you associate yourself? Are you a fruit tree, a flowering tree or are you a sweet-smelling tree? Maybe you’re an evergreen, which is green year-round. “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.”
On Dec. 2, we will have our church decorating service, The Hanging of the Green. Each family please bring an ornament for the tree and be a part of the service.
The collection of gifts for Hatley Nursing Home is drawing near. The due date is Nov. 30. Please bring your items and have a part in this service. Our church is planning a trip to Kingwood Church to see the play “The Gospel According to Scrooge.” Admission is free. We will leave our church at 5 p.m. If you would like to attend, please let Bro. Derrel know.
Our church will present the Christmas Cantata “Heaven’s Child” on Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. Pray for our choir and Bro. John as he directs the choir. We pray the program will encourage and uplift you as you listen to the story of heaven’s promised child.
Please pray for those on our prayer list this week. We ask a special prayer for Winston Liveoak, as he has surgery this Wednesday. Go to church somewhere this Sunday.
Jackson Chapel Church
Bro. Gary Fant got the morning worship service started off with “Where the Soul Never Dies” and “When We All Get to Heaven.” Bro. Dewayne Castleberry brought the morning message, which was taken from John 6:60-67: Sometimes the Word of God offends people in the church because they try to change what the Bible says in order to fit the way they are living. It seems that every day, people are straying away from the Word of God because they think serving Jesus is boring and living the worldly life is the way to go. What they don’t understand is that going the way of Jesus is the best way to go. As Christians, we need to stay close to God because this is something that matters, and if we’re not careful, Satan will try to lead us back into the world.
Bro. Gary Fant got the evening service started off with “Heaven’s Jubilee,” “Jesus Is Coming Soon” and “I’ll Be Home Before Dark.” Bro. Horace Wyatt blessed us with “My Real Home,” and Bro. Gary Fant blessed us with “Living in High Country” and “Crown of Bright Glory.” Bro. Dennis and Wanda Chadwick blessed us with “Mansion Over the Hilltop,” “What a Beautiful Day For the Lord To Come Again,” “One Day, I Will,” “Touring That City” and “I Hold a Clear Title.” The service ended with several giving testimonies about how God has blessed them and how thankful we should be, not just today, but everyday.
Please remember these as you pray this week: James and Marie Johnson, the leaders of our country, Paul Johnson, unspoken requests, our service men and women and our lost loved ones.
We are located at 4020 Yellow Leaf Road in Clanton. Our service times are: Sunday school 10 a.m., Sunday morning worship at 11 a.m., Sunday evening worship at 6 p.m. and Wednesday evening Bible study at 7 p.m.