Church news for Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011

Published 2:13 pm Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Bethany Baptist
It was good to see visitors in our service. A men’s group sang “The Unclouded Day.” Our pastor continued his sermons on 1 Thessalonians. His text was from 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12, concerning how the saints of God should conduct their lives. We should be sanctified (set apart for a holy purpose). In this passage the Apostle Paul dealt with morality and how we should live to please God. God’s will for our lives is for us to become more holy, to draw closer to God, applying the character of God to our lives.
Bro. Steve preached a sermon Sunday night on the remaining verses in this chapter, on the “rapture” of the church. This is the wonderful reunion when the living saved will be caught up, together with the saved who have passed on, to meet the Lord in the clouds and we will forever be with the Lord!
We should prayerfully consider our gifts to the Thanksgiving Missions Offering. We will receive donations until Nov. 20
Prayer list: Betty Biggs, Carl Gray, Ellen Gray, Ophelia Griffin, Ernestine Hatch, Gloria Headley, Danny Jones, Mary Knight, Larry Miller, Billie Neeley and Jesse Wallace. We thank God for answered prayer on behalf of some of our members.
See you Sunday.

Bethsalem Baptist
Our service began with a time of welcoming and fellowship with the congregation singing. Special music by the Celebration Choir was “If God Be For Us,” and Bro. Brad Eubank brought the message, “God’s Awesome Armor,” from Ephesians 6:14-17.
Pray for Randy and Anna Thompson and their daughter, Lilianna. Also remember J.D. Jones, Marie Smith, Bro. James Moore, Charles Bryant, Irene Courtney, Debra Mims, Jeanette Smitherman, Patsy Lockhart, Tonnia Spigner, Les Ray, Tricia Coles, Janice Blackmon, Paul Green, Pete and Myra Burnett, Pamela Howell, Donnie Eslinger, Mike Langford, Eddie Vaughan, McCoy Duren, Vic Lawrence, Jimmy and Jetti Durbin, Richard Ferrell, Allison Willis, Tyler Harmon, our missionaries, Jack Parker, Melvin Summerlin, Ray and Eloise Edwards, the family of Mickey Scott, Alan Edwards, Bobbie Cox, Gabel L. Kelley, Vickie Knight, Jennifer Till, J.T. Loyd and Bonnie Glass.
Oct. 30 is our family trunk or treat at 5 p.m. There will be lots of candy and fellowship.
The deadline for the Smokey Mountain student conference is Oct. 30.

Calvary Independent Baptist
Calvary Independent Baptist Church had a baptismal service Sunday morning. We were honored to have the LaRocca family with us once more.
Pastor Rick Hatchett brought the morning message taken from Genesis 3 , Proverbs and other scriptures on how people are still hiding from God. He preached on how we need the wisdom of God and not the wisdom of this world or the wisdom of men.
The evening service included many special songs from even more guest who came and worshipped with us. The evening message was delivered by Bro. Matthew Brasher, a young man whom we are very proud to have who has recently surrendered to the call of God on his life to preach. He brought a message on man being created in the image of God and how we are going to exist somewhere eternally.
We will be having a fall festival Saturday, Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. We will be having a hay ride, cake walk, games, hotdog cookout and other activities. Children and adults are invited. Come visit for any of our services, come worship, and hear the word of God preached and taught. We are located in south Clanton just past Dollar General right off U.S. Highway 31 on Fulmer Drive.

Cedar Grove
Trust the past to the mercy of God, the present to his love, and the future to his providence. God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
It has been a delightful day even though we missed several of our members who have gone off for a few days.
We welcome our visitors, Julie( Harper) Parker, her son Cade, friend, Dustin Headley, and several others.
Happy birthday to Kaden Collins and Jorden Harvley.
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family of Mickey Scott; you are in our thoughts and prayers. Our loss is heaven’s gain.
Brother Jeff Carroll preached a good message, “Why the Book of John Was Written,” from John 20:24-31.
The evening service was a little different Sunday night. We had preaching first and then singing. Brother Heath Vines’ sermon was “Job,” his text came from Job 1:1. He read most of the chapter and explained it very well.
Remember, our fall festival is Saturday, Oct. 29. There will be hotdogs, trunk or treat, fun and games. It is for all ages. Come on and join the fun.
Nov. 13, Tim Green will be preaching the morning service, and the Tim Green Trio will be singing also.
Please remember to pray for those in the nursing homes and hospital, the lost, spoken and unspoken requests.
Praise God the war is over, so they said. God bless America, and God bless all of you. Our website is
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Center Hill Baptist
Our choir opened our worship services with the chorus “God Still Moves.” Because we believe that God still moves, we had special prayer for Ray Dunn and Peggy Majors.
Our pastor continued his series of sermons on “The Gospel According to Jesus.” The majority of people in the U.S. today say that they believe in Jesus, yet they have never made a commitment to Him.
John 4 tells us that:
1. Jesus came to seek and save lost people. All lost people, regardless of race, nationality, occupation or gender. Do we use those guidelines in our witnessing?
2. God is no respecter of persons. No one is beyond the reach of God’s love.
3. Everyone who is thirsty may come (as did the woman at the well). Many times we come, but we don’t want to confess our sins. We don’t want to commit to Jesus.
4.God is seeking true worshipers only. This call is urgent for all of us. Time is slipping away.
5. Jesus receives sinners with love. Do we receive all with love?
Upcoming events- Saturday, Oct. 29 is our annual Fall Festival. We will have games, hayrides, food and a chili cook-off contest. All food and events are free.
Our annual “Poor Man’s Supper” will be Sunday, Oct. 30 at 5 pm. Please bring a dish and a donation for help fight world hunger.
If you are searching for a church home, please come and visit with us.
A final thought — “Quit griping about your church; if it was perfect, you couldn’t belong.”

Christ Independent Methodist Church
On this perfect Sabbath Day, Dr. Mac Stinson took his scripture reading from Thessalonians 1:10. The church at Thessalonica was the Apostle Paul’s favorite church. This church was located in northern Greece in an area known today as Macedonia.
First Thessalonians is the earliest book of the New Testament. It was written by Paul from Corinth about the middle of the first century A.D. 52. The church at Thessalonica was founded by Paul on his second missionary journey (Acts 17). Unhappily, there soon arose a tumult of the unbelieving Jews. The good news Timothy brought to the church’s continued faithfulness to Paul and its loyalty to Christ was the occasion for this letter, the first epistle of Paul to the Thessalonians.
Here Paul is speaking to all the people of the surrounding area. He wanted all of them to know about the Holy Spirit in their lives. He was speaking to all the people in the entire region of Macedonia. These words of Paul still resonate with Christians today. Paul did not beat around the bush when speaking to his beloved followers. He spoke to them from his heart.
Prayer is requested for Cindy McCavitt and Herman Glass, Carl’s nephew, who was set to undergo heart surgery at Gadsden Hospital on Monday, Oct. 24 involving four bypasses.
Traveling grace is requested for our church family members who will be on the road for coming days.
Remember our military, their families, our country, church, neighborhoods and each other. Pray for little Israel, her people, and Christians worldwide.
Next Sunday night we will begin a new series of lessons on the Holy Land. This study is interesting, informative, and well presented and prepared by Laurel Lee Adams. If you have ever wondered what that part of the world is like today, I invite you to join us for this opportunity to learn more about our Christian heritage.
If you are not attending any church currently, I invite you to become part of our church family. We need you and welcome you to become part of our church family.
Remember to bring non-perishable items next Sunday for our food pantry.
Have a blessed week.

Church of God’s Word
Pastor Ray Edwards brought the word to us from Galatians 2:19, “Christ Inside.”
We should not be living a life of the flesh but living the life of the Spirit. It’s not about how we want to live but how Christ would have us to live. We need to understand that we are the children of the true living God.
Your right hand is not to know what your left hand does. God tells us to give him our yoke and take his yoke because his is light. We have got to let God fight our battles and not try to do it ourselves. We serve a God that is above and beyond what we think or see. We seek after things that do not even concern God instead of seeking out the word like we are supposed to.
If you want to be blessed, go and do for someone else what you don’t want, and you will be blessed. We are to represent Christ in everything we do. He bought and paid for us with his own blood. There is someone who loves you unconditionally, and he wants to bless you outrageously.
Friday night at 6 we will have a weenie roast and games for the kids. Everyone is invited to attend.

Mt. Carmel No. 1
We had very good attendance for worship service Sunday. We are thankful for each one, and you are welcome at our church.
Bro. Derrell started our worship service with a “sermon in a sack” for the children. This week’s message was on becoming a good fisherman for Jesus.
The music was great Sunday morning; we had special music by Tammy Harmon, “I Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now.” The congregation joined with her, and God sent a great blessing.
Bro. Derrell’s message was entitled “What Have You” from Exodus 4:1-2. God equips us for his service. Moses thought he was a nobody, but everybody was created in God’s own image. God can use you; just have faith.
Sunday evening the message was “Hindrance to Abundant Living” (2 Kings 5:11). Pastor Appreciation Day will be Sunday, Oct. 30. Come worship with us and let our pastor know how much you appreciate him and his family. Lunch will be served following our morning service.
Oct. 30 will be Youth Sunday. The youth group will be in charge of the church services and teaching Sunday School classes. Geoffrey Lockhart and Chad Foshee will be the speakers of the hour. Come and back our youth, and let them know you are thankful for them and the life they live for Jesus.
A training session will be held Nov. 27 for leaders to serve on the church mission celebration team. We need eight volunteers to serve in our church.
Please let Bro. Derrell know by Nov. 6 if you will be willing to serve for our church.
Remember to pray for all the names on our prayer list. This week’s special prayer is for little Jacob Jones, baby of Erica and Justin Jones.
God knows all the names and requests that are listed, so pray daily, spend time alone with the Lord, and thank him for the help he will provide.

Mt. Pisgah United Methodist
The holidays are fast approaching, and Mt. Pisgah has already begun the festivities. Our annual Revelation Hayride has already performed two nights, and there will be one more performance on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. Bring a coat and join us for a glimpse of Revelation. The cost is $3 per person. Hot chocolate will be provided.
On Sunday, Nov. 6 from 2-4 p.m., there will be a bridal shower to honor Tiffany Walker.
On Nov. 13 we will have a Ladies Ret Hat Day, so pick out your favorite red hat and come join us for this day of fun.
Our annual cake sale will deliver on Nov. 21, just in time for Thanksgiving. We are already taking orders at this time. Just see one of the ladies and they will take your order, or call 334-349-5725.

Mt. Springs
Services started Sunday, Oct. 29 with Bro. Kenneth Moates leading the church in the following hymns: “Jesus Is Coming Soon,” “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow,” “Heaven’s Jubilee” and “Come and Dine.” Bro. Rickey Bice brought the morning devotion from Jeremiah 32:17-18. There is nothing to hard for God; if we totally surrender to him, he will take care of us.
While our pastor, Bro. Don Vanderslice, was on vacation, Bro. Harlem Harris preached an outstanding message taken from John 5: 1-9. We are “chosen for a blessing.” We never know when we will be a blessing to somebody else. God will take care of those who put their faith and trust in him. Praise the Lord! Altars filled and we had many souls strengthen and blessed.
Sunday night services began with Bro. Kenneth Moates leading the church in the hymns: “I Love My Savior Too,” “I Would Not Be Denied,” “The Old Gospel Ship” and “Anywhere is Home.” Bro. Moates gave devotion from Luke 21: 10-14. We should have three things settled in our heart to truly get a blessing from God: our salvation experience, our calling and election, and our church home. Sherrie Williams sang “If That Mountain Don’t Move.”
Bro. Harris preached from John 14: 1-5. Heaven is a prepared place for prepared people. God is doing miraculous things today to teach us that we have to have a hope beyond this life. We were truly blessed with the messages that Bro. Harris gave Sunday; he and his wife are truly a blessing a blessing to our church. We pray that God will richly bless them for their kindness towards our church.
Here’s a verse for you this week: John 3:17, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

Rocky Mt. United Methodist
Two thousand years later and we’re still following Jesus! Why? The list is long as to what Jesus did before he was crucified and why we should continue to follow him. From his ministering to the sick to feeding the hungry to healing acts and all the other numerous reasons, we follow Jesus because he loves us and gave his life for us. We go to church to get recharged weekly. Wouldn’t it be great if for no other reason, people who don’t know Jesus would go to church to see what’s going on with Jesus?
Why do we love this man so much? If that great day came where the churches were filled beyond capacity with those curious folks, every church would have to begin a building project. Remember that that event might not happen. To some, you are the only Bible some might ever see. You need to keep in mind that others are watching you. Be sure to point out that blessings are not just “luck” but gifts from God. Remind people that they only have to ask for forgiveness of their sins and accept Jesus into their lives. Ask for that special cleansing and help in staying on the straight and narrow.
We were so excited Sunday to be able to share in the birthday celebration of our own Troy Benson. We celebrated Troy’s 84th birthday Sunday with soup and cake following the morning service.
On Saturday, Oct. 29 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., the ladies of Rocky Mount Methodist will be sponsoring a pancake supper and trimmings. There will be a donation box instead of tickets. So come on over, invite your friends and join us for some yummy pancakes. All donations go to support our missionaries. If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Snow, 688-5696.
Our youth are also taking donations for another beautiful handmade quilt. Dec. 18 is the drawing. Call the church at 688-2204 for information on making your donation and getting an opportunity to be the new owner of this quilt.
Read your Bible daily. Pray for our church and come worship with us.

Samaria Baptist
Romans 12:1-8 is where our message began Sunday, as Brother Charles preached another wonderful message from God.
Diane Fisher sang “When He Was on the Cross,” and our prayer requests included Ray Hardee; Horace Cleckler; Lorene Johnson; Ashley Spencer; Miley Wiseman; and our Military and Law Enforcement the world over.
Man is wonderfully made. God created us as the arch of the world. He keeps it all going in order, as our Creator. Through Him all things are made; and made possible.
Our faith is the key to receiving the blessings He has in store for us. Church works because gifts come together and create the church family. We sacrifice for the glory of God, and for each other as part of His family.
We depend on His blessings, as He provides everything we have need of. Through Him we have gifts to use for His service. Put aside desires of the flesh, God will never leave us nor forsake us and we should never forget that He is always there.
When Jesus returned to glory of heaven, He left with us a wonderful Holy Comforter that will suffice all our needs by His riches in glory. May God shine His goodness on you and your family today. May you supply your faith in Him, that you may receive the joy of life in Christ.
Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. our fall festival trunk or treat will be held at the church. Please come and participate in this fun time for all.
On Sunday, Oct. 30, we will begin a series of services meant to revive us. Brother Don Graham will be bringing the messages and revival is always needed in the hearts of Christian people.
Join us, and may God bless your every need.