Jesus Christ was crucified... he shed His blood and died on a Roman cross in Jerusalem witnessed by hundreds, perhaps thousands. BUT three days later he arose from the grave and walked on the earth for another 40 days being seen by hundreds. He was our Sacrificial Lamb, making a way for us to be right with God by paying for our sins on that old Roman cross.
That is the distinguishing fact between Christianity and all other world religions - we serve a risen Savior, One who has power even over death. Satan had done his worst, BUT God did His best! Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness.
If you will believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, that God has raised Him from the dead and will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord of your life, on the authority of the Word of God, you will be saved from the punishment of sin and can begin a new life with real purpose... a life that will never end. Do that today!
Sunday School classes meet at 10:00 am.
The Ladies Sunday School class is meeting in the Fellowship Hall.
Donnie Smith’s Department Class is meeting in the old chapel.
The men’s class is meeting upstairs across from the elevator.
Classes are asked to determine teacher schedule.
Morning Worship at 11:00 am.
Wednesday morning prayer meeting, 11:00 am
GREAT OCCASIONS FOR SERVING GOD COME SELDOM, BUT LITTLE ONES SURROUND US EVERY DAY.
I gave out a two month calendar of October and November last Sunday, October 3. On it I had Daylight Savings Time beginning on November 1, Monday. Duh. Daylight Savings Time begins the first Sunday in November. My bad. Please make the correction on your calendar.
Samaritan's Purse Ministry to children all over the world is one of our main mission efforts each year.
Their aim is to reach children al over the world with the good news about Jesus Christ through the means of a Christmas shoebox full of items selected just for them. They will also receive a written and verbal witness about Jesus dying on the cross for their sins so that they may go to heaven when they die. We know the message is for all people and their parents will receive the same message. What a great way to share Jesus with the world!
We are told by the Missions Committee, who is heading up the effort this year, that now is a great time to pick up school supplies for the shoeboxes at Kroger or Walmart. What a wonderful surprise to unsuspecting children to receive a gift box full of personal items from Christians around the world!
Global Maritime Ministries has worked diligently to partner with medical teams that can provide COVID vaccines to seafarers. In other countries, the restrictions can be high for those who aren't vaccinated, so we took this as an opportunity to help seafarers. While there are many stories to share, one stands out among them.
One day, Robert and I gathered some seafarers to take them to get their vaccines. The procedure was standard; get them to fill out the vaccine consent forms and the pharmacy handled the shots and vaccination cards. The next day, I was blessed to see that the same ship we helped to vaccinate was still in port. I took this opportunity to visit the ship and check on the crew.
I went around to see if everyone was OK and to make sure they were not having any overwhelming side effects. I also offered to pray for any of them, Eventually, I found myself in the mess hall where I met Marvin. He was quiet, but I was able to ask him how he was feeling. Other than some standard side effects, Marvin was feeling well.
As we chatted, I felt compelled to ask Marvin if he knew he was going to heaven. At that moment, Marvin grew silent and with a slight motion he admitted to not knowing if he would go to heaven. I asked Marvin if it was OK if I shared some scriptures with him. Marvin admitted he was willing to hear me out.
I share with him how Christ had died for sinners and that we are all sinners. I shared with him how even I was a sinner and that Romans 3 shows us how we constantly break God's law. However, through the grace of God through Jesus was are given an opportunity to enter heaven. All we must do is put our faith in Jesus and repent. Marvin was seemingly hesitant when I asked him if he wanted to give his life to Christ. Not only were we able to help Marvin with his physical need, but it was a gateway to sharing the gospel with him.
The Port Ministry of New Orleans September Report
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is still being shared to the seafarers who come into New Orleans every day. People are still being witnessed to faithfully by the staff. The Global Maritime Ministries is the official name for the ministry and if you want to see for yourself, go to PortMinistry.com. So far in 2021, the staff has given away 300 Bibles, made contact with 2727 seafarers from about 285 ships. They have made visits on 321 ships, representing 40 countries. Philip Vandercook is the Executive Director. Stephen McKinney and Adam McCarty told of how they are sharing Christ (187) with the officers and crew and having some pray to receive Jesus (13).
This is the ministry that our church has participated in for several years.
Buried Treasures Summer 2021 Newsletter
They now have 7 ladies and one team leader (Rosemary) and the Browns. They have been learning about missions, locally and internationally, in their WMU. They took a morning and picked up trash at a local park. They had a fund raising walk for Mary Callahan who has leukemia. She and her husband are ministry partners with BTH. They have some needs - plastic clothes hangers, paper goods - toilet paper, napkins, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, dishwasher liquid; working stove and refrigerator for directors home, ice maker for directors house.
2020-2021 brought a change to Diane's ministry of sharing the gospel with children in the Jackson area. After more than 16 years with Child Evangelism Fellowship, she was told that CEF would be going a different direction. For her, sharing the gospel is a calling and although she would no longer get any financial support from CEF, her calling was permanent. She would continue to share the gospel with preschoolers and other children wherever she could. Her new ministry is called Life For Little Lambs.
Life For Little Lambs (L4LL) is keeping Diane busy. She recently reported her ministry has 8 in-person Bible classes and 3 doing correspondence work. She said 260 children were exposed to Bible lessons and 117 children and 1 daycare teacher prayed to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord. Praise the Lord! You can contact her or send her an email at email@example.com.
Mississippi College senior Kennedy McCurdy fell in love with the atmosphere at MC as an eighth grader attending a Centrifuge camp. Part of the delegation of visitors from Cairo Baptist Church in Southwest Georgia, Kennedy discovered the Clinton Campus for the first time in the summer of 2014.
Fast forward to January 2021. And the Christian Studies major is delighted to be the recipient of a new scholarship from Alta Woods Baptist Church in Jackson.
"I plan to work within a church or Christian nonprofit directing and leading mission." Kennedy says. "This scholarship was a reminder from the Lord," says the wife of Forest church pastor Blake McCurdy. "He will provide in every season of life He brings me through."
Senior pastor at the south Jackson church, Burn Page, is delighted to announce her selection for the award. He also chairs MC's Christian Studies Department.
God's work has continued to go on throughout the pandemic. So many of you have been so faithful in giving to the Lord. Many of you are continuing to send in your offering envelopes faithfully through the mail each week or month and you may choose to continue to do so. Now that we have returned to on-site Bible Study in our Sunday School and to Worship in the sanctuary, many of you are turning in your tithes and offerings when you come to church on Sunday mornings once again.
Remember that a portion of your tithes and offerings still goes to the support of missionaries on a regular basis through the Cooperative Program where all Southern Baptist Churches give together a portion of their church offerings.
It has been a few years ago now that Cindy Hamil, daughter of Billy and Peggy Roberts, put a fresh face on our Alta Woods Website. We think it is really nice. Thank you, Cindy, for a beautiful job!