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Church News for March 7

Friendship Baptist Church

Bro. Jerry Reynolds brought our message Sunday morning from 2 Corinthians 5:17-21. The message was entitled, “Ambassadors of God’s Love.”

Bro. Jerry spoke on reconciliation. We are all different. In order to survive, we must have acceptance; we must accept who each other is.

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come. No matter what you’ve done, the Lord can reconcile your sins. We need to live our lives as ambassadors for God. It is up to us to help get our pews filled. We see people every day who are hurting.

During the evening service, Pam Jones sang “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power.” With the Lord’s help, we can run and leap for joy. Everyone we come in contact with is living under a set of circumstances. The name of Jesus can change our circumstances, hearts, minds and souls.

Get a-hold of someone’s life. You can make a difference in the name of Jesus.

Prayer requests: Eula Cleckler, Evie Pate, Mark Conradi, our church, Janice Wyatt and Anita Glover traveling, Jason Edwards, unspoken requests, James Cordes, and the upcoming Guatemala mission trip.

Happy birthday this week to Evelyn McGuire, E.J. Headley, Justin Adams, Karla Oliphant and Megan Teer.

Upcoming events:

March 8: VBS worker meeting, 4:15 p.m.

March 10: Senior celebration at Union Grove Baptist Church, 10 a.m. to noon. Lunch will be served. The cost is $6.50.

March 14: Josh Varden and Mandy Lowery will be wed at Bell Lane Baptist Church at 2 p.m.

March 15: Deacon’s meeting 4 p.m.

March 21-27: Associational Guatemala medical mission trip

March 31: Associational 2009 VBS training, Boomerang Express at 7 p.m. at Mt. Carmel No. 1 Baptist Church

April 4: Associational Kidz Explosion 2009 at Chestnut Creek Baptist. “Armor Up!”

April 25: mother/daughter/friend banquet.

First Baptist Church of Lomax

Our pastor, the Rev. Harold M. Clements, and Sunday School director Gilbert Green invite you to join us for Sunday School at 10 a.m., Discipleship Training at 6 p.m. and Wednesday night Bible study at 5.

Come join us.

Remember to turn your clocks up one hour this weekend.

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church No. 1

As we rode to church this Sunday morning, it was indeed a different drive. Snow covered the world all around us. Snowflakes were falling.

God is in control. To everything there is a season (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

We had a great service, small in number but very spiritual. Bro. Ricky’s sermon was entitled, “The Rose of Sharon,” and he took his scripture reading from Song of Solomon 2:1-17.

We wish to express our sympathy to the family of Travis Price following the death of their loved one. Remember this family in your prayers.

Our brotherhood breakfast was very enjoyable, and we say “thanks” to Bro. Roger Mims for such a wonderful message.

Ladies, remember Saturday, March 7 is our Day of Prayer meet. The story of Annie Armstrong’s life can inspire you to be involved in missions. Lunch will be served. Meet with us at 10 a.m.

Tuesday, March 10 is senior celebration at Union Grove Baptist Church at 10 a.m.

A pounding for Terry and Jenny Hayes will be Wednesday night, March 11 at the church.

Primetimers will meet Friday night, March 13 at the Jemison Trade Center for an outing at 6:30. See you then.

You are invited to attend the wedding of Marty Smith and Holly Lockhart on March 14 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church No. 1.

If you missed church Sunday, please know that we missed you. We understand that absence is necessary at time, but we want you to know we miss each of you and keep you in our prayers.

Remember our prayer time, 11 a.m. each day. Pray for those on our prayer list, our outreach program, our pastor and church, our country and the military.

God is so good. Take time to witness to someone today. Come and worship with us Sunday.

Calvary’s Hill Church of God

“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him” (Proverbs 30:5).

Praise God for his many blessings! What a beautiful world we awoke to Sunday morning! The Maharrey’s were with us for morning service and they sang several songs, played some instrumentals, then Sis. Nancy Maharrey brought the message from Hebrews 2:1 titled “Don’t Slip.” When we’re first saved, we have a zeal for God and for telling others about him, but as circumstances in our lives drag us down, we lose our passion for God. Our valleys take us through dry places and all we can see is our present situation, but God says “Don’t give up!” We have to hold fast to God’s word and bring his promises to our remembrance, not speak defeat by what we say. God can take “not enough” and make it “more than enough;” he can take the impossible and make it possible. Sometimes we may question our circumstances, but we should never question God’s purpose. Satan may try to destroy us by bringing up our past; God says we’re forgiven!

Our teen drama team went to competition for the first time Saturday in Bessemer and came in runner-up in their division. Congratulations to them! We’re very proud of them for their hard work and dedication and for how they put their heart into what they do. Also, a special thanks goes out to Sis. Tracy for giving of her time and her encouragement.

We didn’t have church Sunday evening due to the weather. Please pray for our nation, each other, and especially the lost. If you don’t have a home church, come join us. Sunday morning service starts at 10 a.m., Sunday evening at 5 p.m., and Wednesday night at 7 p.m., followed by supper. The church is located on Alabama Highway 191, two miles outside Jemison.

Bethsalem Baptist Church

Happy Lord’s Day. We thank God for a beautiful snow Sunday.

Pray this week for Jerry Smith, Judy Martin, Vernon Deavers, Meade Bryant, Charles Bryant, Talon Hunter, our country and leaders, Randy Martin, Myra Burnett, Carolyn McClane, Nell Mims, Jewell Deason, Hunter Moore, W.L. Broome, Cleo Pack, Margaret Wyatt, Alexis Willis, all our shut-ins, those facing cancer, Jerry Smith, T.J. and Aubrey Cox, Blanghe Sands, Ellen Seales, Jeanette Rhodes, Dr. Brian Dudgeon, Seth Berry, Angela Wilson, Marty Price, Seth Berry, Mrs. Beam, Louise Thomas, Linney Hathcock, Jennifer Walls, Carol Gore, Harold Nelson, Hilda Allen, Lois Terrell, Bryan Crawford, Laurie Smith, Thomas Huey, our nation and revival.

Happy birthday this week to Tammy Jones, Brandon Wells, Isabel Baker, Trudy Wells, Heather Elbon, W.L. Broome, Brandon Williams, Chris Carter, Scott Harrison.

Happy birthday this week to Mark Smith, Hannah Hughes, Ralph Smith, Gwen Wilmon, Saintess Sims, Jamie Culp, Misha Carroll, Chris Moore, Silas Denham, Chris Ousley.

Wednesday night is family supper at 5:45 p.m., followed by prayer meeting, missions for GA’s and RA’s, and adult choir practice.

Join us for Sunday School and worship hour Sunday mornings. Come join Life Tracks on Sunday night as well as worship.

God is so good. Tell who Jesus is this week.

New Covenant Fellowship

As we study Psalm 1 we learn that the righteous individual will not “stand in the way of sinners.” In other words, this person refuses to stop and associate with offenders of God’s Word. Paul agreed. He said, “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’ Come back to you senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God-I say this to you shame” (1 Corinthians 15:33-34). Sometimes, we have to give up some of our friends because, “Bad company corrupts good character.” Many young people have lost their faith through “bad company.” To “stand in the way of sinners” is to adopt the rebellious life style of the wicked. When believers do not shutter at unethical behavior of the ungodly, those believers indicate that they have lost some of their sensitivity to sin. I’m not saying that we can have no contact with the unrighteous. If we didn’t, we could not reach sinners for Jesus. Remember Jesus’ words when he said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Matthew 9:12-13). The Psalmist also states that the righteous person will not “sit in the seat of the mockers.” This means that Christians refuse to sit down with those who turn their noses up at God. For more in depth Bible study go to Dr. Dallas Burdette’s website at http://freedominchrist.net. There you will find Bible studies that will make you feel good about being a Christian and help free you from the legalistic chains of tradition. For information locally or to have someone pray with you, call Randy Strattis at 755-2779.

Pates Chapel Church

All were shocked at the sudden death of Travis Price. We ask your prayers for this family as they cope with their grief. They would like to thank you for your food, flowers, cards, visits and kind words. A special thanks to Bro. Clint Harris and Bro. Bill Short.

Our hearts were saddened at the passing of Valerie Sue Holmes, daughter of former pastor, Rev. Paul and Jane Holmes. Valerie was very special and stole our hearts during their ministry here. A stroke had left her blind. She often spoke of Jesus healing the blind man and knew she would one day see again. No doubt she is gazing over heaven today. Her family thanks you for visiting her in the nursing home and all your support. Pray for them.

Services re-scheduled for Sunday will be baptism for new members. Relay For Life lunch for only $5.00. Stay and support this and all the fund-raisers for this worthy cause.

Hispanic outreach at mobile home park County Road 50 Saturday 10 til noon.

Senior Celebration at Union Grove Tuesday March 10th. Cost for lunch is $6.50.

Be praying for our Mission Trip to La. during Spring Break.

Don’t forget to spring forward an hour Sunday as Daylight Savings Time begins.

Visit our Web site at www.pateschapel.net for all our news.

Pray for all those on our prayer list, especially our Military families.