On February 1st we will host a lunch for all of our members in the FLC immediately following the morning worship. The church will provide the soups, and we are asking for you to bring a desert. Everyone is invited to enjoy the fellowship lunch. All committee members are urged to make this a priority to help us have a first meeting, work on goals for the new year, and schedule subsequent meetings.
Thanks to all the speakers, choirs, and individuals who helped make our Martin Luther King, Jr. service a success. Representatives from the courts, and law enforcement remind us how important it is that we seek justice by just means. Recent rioting and civil unrest make us see that things are not as they should be regarding race relations, but the coming together of Christians to show solidarity across racial and denominational lines, to honor the memory of one who worked so tirelessly and courageously for peace and justice, was truly heartwarming.
Thank you to Chuck Wells, Board member of Save-A-Life, Picayune, our local Pregnancy Crisis Center. He did an outstanding job presenting the work of the center and challenging us to give to support their work. The Baby Bottle campaign is going to run for the next few week s during which every family is encouraged to fill these with change and whatever donations they can make to support this important work. If we are serious about the desire to see an end to abortion we must make tangible efforts to provide women with the help they need to choose life.
Thanks to all who contributed to our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions! We had set our goal at $8,000 dollars and at this writing we are at less than $180 from reaching that mark. You are to be commended for your faithfulness! Because of your generosity the message of Christ will be going around the world to impact those who do not know of God’s saving grace. The theme of One Sacred Effort reminds us that we join with hundreds of other churches and thousands of other individuals to see that this important task is met with our combined energy. May God bless you for caring enough to give so that others may know God’s love!
Wednesday at 5:30 pm we will join for a beautiful Christmas Eve service during which we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper. There will be lots of music and as is our custom candlelight singing of Silent Night. Please, won’t you bring your family and come participate with us in this remembrance of the real reason for the season.
One Sacred Effort
I believe in the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. Each year our church joins with thousands of other Southern Baptist Churches to focus our attention on sharing the Gospel with those who may never have had the opportunity to hear about Jesus. Together we support nearly 5,000 missionaries who invest their lives making disciples and establishing churches in hundreds of countries across our world. Many of the places where our workers seek to build relationships and serve are not really that open to the Gospel. One of our major efforts has been to identify un-reached people groups and specifically strategize to establish in roads to those cultures and people. I am proud to contribute to the noble effort of our denomination, and to support the faithful believers who put it all on the line to attempt to carry out the Great Commission. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations; baptizing them and teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And I will be with you, even to the end of the age.”
The goal for the LMCO is $175,000,000 and our church goal is $8,000. Some have asked how we can attempt to give so much money off line when we are struggling to meet our budget. The answer is that this is our reason for being. We certainly have to plan our budget to be able to pay bills, provide salaries and benefits, plan and provide for ministries, but missions is our first priority! The four major offerings we receive which are not included in our budget are the LMCO in December, the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions, Margaret Lackey State Missions Offering which we ask for in the early fall, and we also have an offering supporting the MS Baptist children’s home which we collect around Mother’s Day. In fact, a portion of every dollar you give through our church goes to missions, but 100% of the LMCO goes directly to missions and administrative costs are paid from other sources. I saw somewhere that someone said, “No one ever went broke through giving.” Or put another way, “You can’t out give God.”
As a church we exist to share Christ. What better way to do that than by joining in one sacred effort? Together we can make a difference in the lives of lost people all around the world.
All men are invited to meet at the church at 5:30pm Tuesday December 2nd. We will travel to West Union for an associational Men’s Meeting where Billy Galloway of Central Baptist, McNeil will speak. This is always a great time of fellowship and hearing about the mission work going on through our association. Hope you can make it!