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Church news for the week of Dec. 10, 2015

Calvary Independent Baptist Church

Calvary Independent Baptist Church wants to express our appreciation to all the good folks who made it possible to have a safe and enjoyable Christmas parade this year in Clanton.

We know that it takes a lot of extra effort by all city employees, police officers, emergency and first responder units and of course all the families that came out to participate even in the cold.

May we just say, that you people are awesome and we appreciate all that you do!

We also want to say a special thanks to all those who had an opportunity and a desire to attend church services this past week. We are very thankful for our visitors and hope they will be back for many more of our services.

Sunday morning services included a message from Isaiah 9:6-21 on “What a Savior, What a King.” The Lord Jesus Christ is the reason for the Christmas season, and we hope that you and your family have a very blessed Christmas this year!

Sunday night services included a message from II Timothy 4:1-8 entitled “Checking Up On Our Ministry.” We go to doctors and dentists for checkups to see how we are doing physically. We also need to spend some extra time searching the scriptures to check up on how well we are doing spiritually.

We all have a special part as a member of his body of believers today, after we are saved. We need to make sure we are each doing our part to bring glory and praise to the Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

If you are in or near Clanton this coming Sunday and looking for a church to visit, we hope you will consider visiting with us.

We are located in south Clanton just past Dollar General and right off U.S. 31 on Fulmer Drive.

Our regular weekly services include 9 a.m. Sunday school, children’s church and adult worship services Sunday at 10 a.m., and nightly services starting at 5:30 p.m.

Our Wednesday services begin at 6:30 p.m., and we have a bible study on every other Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Check us out on Facebook or Twitter, and for other services and events visit our website at www.cibc-clanton.com, or call Pastor Oscar Mims at (205) 755-9399.

New Salem Baptist Church

Morning worship at New Salem Baptist Church began at 11 a.m. with the adult choir singing “The Family of God.” J.C. Pierce led the congregation in singing, “Joy to the World, The Lord is Come”, and the adult choir sang “I’m Feeling Fine.”

Special music was also provided by Pierce who sang, “I Just Feel Like Something Good is About to Happen.”

Pastor Larry Reeser read from Proverbs 3:5,6 with his theme “Start Living the Rest of Your Life Wisely.” We should stay on the path that God has for us because sometimes we wander off the path and that is when we run into danger.

The main points of the Scripture read was to trust in the lord with all your heart. That means to follow his leading or otherwise we run into a dead end.

Lean not to your own understanding. The fear of the lord is the beginning of knowledge, and in all our ways we are to acknowledge him. Like sheep we are prone to wander from the flock because we want to do our own thing, but he will direct our path.

The youth furnished a delicious spaghetti lunch that was enjoyed by many.

The 5 p.m. service began as the congregation sang “The First Noel.” Bro. Reeser read from Hebrews 13:1-18 and talked about the sacrifices that we make for others, which please God and bring joy to us.

We must consider that God is the same today that he has always been, spiritually and with our attention upon him we will not be led astray. We must not neglect to do good, especially to others who are less fortunate than we are.

The church will be traveling to the Kingwood Church in Alabaster on Dec. 12, to see “The Gospel According to Scrooge.” We will leave the church at 4:30 p.m.

The adult choir has worked very hard preparing for the Christmas cantata which will be hed Dec. 20. during the morning worship service. The children will present their program at the 5 p.m. service that same day under the direction of Karen Reeser.

New Salem’s schedule of services is as follows. Sunday School begins at 10 a.m. and followed by worship at 11 a.m. Another worship service will he offered Sunday at 5 p.m. Weekly Bible study and prayer meeting will take place at 6 p.m. We are studying the book of Revelation.

You are invited to join with us at any of our services, and if you need additional information call (205) 389-1102.

Submitted by Lucille Price Pierce