Sunday School and Worship are on Wednesday afternoons, both meeting in the sanctuary. We are practicing social distancing and wearing masks. Hand sanitizer is available as well.
Sunday School begins at 3:00 PM and lasts about 30 minutes. All adults are meeting together in the sanctuary.
Teachers are taking turns teaching. Each week we announce the teacher and the scripture to study.
Worship begins at 4:00 PM and lasts about an hour.
Schedule of teachers for the next month...
Harry Bryant, March 3. Joining God’s Work, John 15:1-8
Kathy Gillis, March 10. The Nature of God, John 14:8-11, 16-20, 23-26
Pat Dendy, March 17, The Purpose of Humanity, Genesis 1:1-5, 26-31
Teachers may pick up your Spring Quarter literature in Sid's office.
Pupil books may be picked up at the door of the sanctuary on Wednesday.
February is our month to furnish desserts for Gateway Rescue Mission. Gateway provides meals for the hungry, a clean bed for the night and a message of hope in Jesus Christ for the soul. God is using Gateway to pour out His mercy on those whom He will show mercy right here in Jackson, Mississippi. They have served as a beacon of hope for the homeless and hungry in Jackson since 1948. They permit no drugs or alcohol, no violence, and no threats of violence. They perform a vital ministry of our Lord to the city of Jackson. Drop off your desserts at the church office any time in February... whatever the Lord puts on your heart for a dessert. Doesn't have to be homemade. I will deliver these in late February or early March.
MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO SHARE THE LOVE OF GOD
Although we cannot go places until the COVID crisis is over or at least under control, we can still participate in mission endeavors each month.
We did in November with the Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes through Franklin Graham's Samaritans Purse Ministries.
We did in December with our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for Foreign Missions supporting our Southern Baptist Convention missionaries as they share the gospel all over the world. Right here at Alta Woods many of you are supporting New Jerusalem Church's ministry to our community as you donate clothing to their Clothes Closet.
And we did in January! Thank you to all who contributed to our January Mission Project - Childrens Hospital of Mississippi. The snack foods will put many smiles on the faces of parents and children, knowing that Jesus loves them through your generosity. I filled up the back of Nell Rose's SUV with boxes and bags of goodies for the hospital. They were most grateful since during this COVID crisis their contributions have gone down. I am very impressed with their new facility. Maybe we can get a tour one day.
There will be more opportunities for you to share God's love in mission ventures in the new year! While we may not be able to go, we can give!
Our Mission team is planning to gather needed items for the Seaman's Center in New Orleans that they can give to the workers on ships. In years past, we have been to the Center and carried items, worked, and attended the Senior Fest at the Seminary. Trips are postponed until such a time as we can go again.
In April we will receive our Easter mission offering for North American missionaries. You will remember it is called the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for Home Missions.
REMEMBER GOD GAVE US HIS BEST IN HIS SON JESUS CHRIST!
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.
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!
Although, hardly a day goes by when I go to the office in the mornings that I do not see several letters in the mail with your names on them. While I do not open them, I am sure that most of you are continuing to show your deep relationship and commitment to our wonderful Lord through your faithful giving. Confidentiality is being kept as the financial secretary, who is not a church member, opens and processes your tithes and offerings. So far as I know, no one knows the amount you are giving except you and the Lord and her. We are meeting for Sunday School on Wednesday afternoons at 3:00 PM(probably should rename it Wednesday Sunday School) and some of you are turning in your tithes and offerings then. We have an offering plate set up outside the sanctuary. May I encourage you to continue to give as you are able. A portion of your offering still goes to the support of missionaries as well as our own church expenses. God's work will continue because of your prayers, your participation and your tithes. I am in the office most every morning and will be glad to help you any way I can. God bless you. Sid
David Watts has been operating a bicycle ministry for some time now. There are others who are involved, but he is the Main Man! He is always on the look out for bicycles that are new or used that he can give to needy boys and girls. He fixes old ones and gets them ready to ride. I have seen his handiwork and am very impressed. Christmas 2020 he gave away about 50 bicycles! Perhaps you have a bicycle in your attic or basement or just lying around in the yard that needs a little tender loving care and could be a blessing to a child that doesn't have one. Maybe your neighbor or brother or sister or cousin has one that their child has outgrown and they no longer need it. David can turn it into a blessing for some boy or girl today. You can call him directly or call the church office and we will put him in touch with you.
Several months ago now, 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!