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.
We’ve deployed teams of Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains, along with two of our mobile ministry centers, to multiple locations around Louisiana, including Greater New Orleans.
These chaplains will offer emotional and spiritual care to hurting individuals at emergency aid centers and to other residents and first responders across the region.
In addition to praying with people, they will also hand out copies of God’s Word, to share His truth with hungry souls. We want to minister in the Name of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering.
Will you lift up families and rescue workers across Louisiana? Pray that many will come to know “the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation” (2 Corinthians 1:3–4, NKJV).
Thank you for all you do, and may God richly bless you.
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR is this year‘s theme. Key verses are Matthew 22:34-40 and 1 John 4:20. We cannot truly love God without loving our neighbor.
This offering collected every September provides financial help to many of our state mission efforts that are not fully funded in our MS Baptist budget.
Disaster Relief Mobile Unit Teams from Mississippi Baptists are in the New Orleans area, reports Hubert Yates, MS Director of Disaster Relief Department for MS Baptists. The MS team has joined up with Disaster Relief teams from other states and is clearing up areas and feeding residents. This is one of the places your September State Mission offering goes to support.
The list of ministries that you support when you give are: Port Ministry in Pascagoula and Gulfport, Christian Men's/Christian Women's Job Corps, Cross Cultural Ministries, Literacy/Deaf Ministries, Disaster Relief, Criminal Justice (Prison) Ministries, College and University BSU Outreach, Church Planting/Church Revitalization, Community Outreach and Mission Ministries, Camp GARAYWA & Conference Center, Central Hills Baptist Retreat, Short Term Mission Teams.
You received a brochure recently elaborating on these ministries. Pray about how God would lead you to give and be involved in so many different ministries.
Saturday, September 25. 9:30 in the Fellowship Hall. We will gather for a time of light refreshments. Our guest is Margo Hemphill. Bring a mug with a prayer request enclosed for exchange. There is no fee and no sign up for this event. Hope to see you on the 25th. Billie Welch
This year we are planning to donate our World Hunger offering collected on Sunday, October 3, to the New Jerusalem Food Pantry. They have 200 families (400 people) whom they give food to each and every week from the Alta Woods location. We felt it would be a worthy mission to aid them in ministering to the poor and hungry right here in our neighborhood. Come prepared to give in October or you may give earlier.
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!
What an amazing journey the last 8 years has been. I have no words to describe my time spent here in service to you and this community. I'm so very thankful that God has afforded me the opportunity that bridged the gap between Him and those who wanted to seek Him. And thank you Alta Woods for giving a 19 year-old kid the opportunity to grow, learn, and gain wisdom six years ago. In the summer of 2015, I received the call to come and take on the role of Student Minister. I was surprised, humbled, and also unsure. The answer is and always will be Christ....Although I did not understand then, I now know fully that God brought me here to be a light to others and to show me the next step in His plan for my life.
Last fall I made the decision to forego medical study and give my life to this ministry. I'm currently enrolled in seminary at The King's University in South Lake, Texas and I will continue to serve in student ministry here in Jackson at City Heart Church..
Alta Woods Family, I love you so much and you will remain in my heart forever. You all are some of God's most valiant soldiers, and it has been my honor to serve by your side. If you ever need anything, I am just a phone call or email away.
In closing, I'm reminded of the benediction found in Hebrews 13:20-21. It says, "Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus - the great Shepherd of the sheep - with the blood of the everlasting covenant, equip you with all that is good to do His will, working in us what is pleasing in Hid sight, through Jesus Christ, Glory belongs to Him forever and ever. Amen"
God bless each of you and I pray He strengthens you to continue making the gospel of Christ know throughout the world.
Yours in Christ
Following much prayer and thoughtful consideration, the decision has been made to bring FOR JXN to an end. For years this ministry served the youth and community of Alta Woods and South Jackson. We had the opportunity not only to serve but to impact the lives of the people around us for the cause of Christ. Because of Jesus, FOR JXN persisted in meeting the needs of as many people as it could. The lives of those who were touched by this ministry will forever be connected to the body of Christ and it is our prayer that the people of this community continue to find hope in Jesus Christ.
...Although we will no longer be here, God has allowed the community ministries of New Jerusalem Church to maintain a foothold for Christ in the neighborhood.
The love of God is the main reason ministries like ours are able to function. The sacrifices we elect to make for the sake of ministry are possible because of the ultimate sacrifice of love Christ made on the cross. Prayerfully, the same revelation will be in the hearts of those who remain here and also those who will continue God's work in new places.
For every volunteer, attendee, guest speaker, teacher and minister who took part in building this ministry since its inception, we say thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and we pray God's blessing over your lives and those of your families.
God be with you,
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 May/June 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 282 Bibles, made contact with 1221 seafarers from about 120 ships. They have made visits on 171 ships, representing 26 countries. Philip Vandercook is the Executive Director. Stephen McKinney and Adam McCarty told of how they are sharing Christ (121) with the officers and crew and having some pray to receive Jesus (12).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mississippi College senior Kennedy McCurdy fell in love with the atmosphere at MC as an eighth grade 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!