Jesus Christ was crucified... he 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.
That is the distinguishing fact between Christianity and all other world religions - we serve a risen Savior.
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!
About 30-35 members have been returning Wednesday afternoons at 4 PM for worship in the sanctuary. All are wearing masks and kept them on during the entire service. We have liquid hand sanitizer(not gel) for use as worshipers entered or departed the sanctuary. We practice safe distancing, using every other pew and proper spacing on the pews. Wonderful messages by Dr. Page. Prayer lists were available. Words printed on screens for singing. We hope that you will join us next Wednesday.
We will respect the following guidelines from the CDC and State government
MISSISSIPPI SAFE IN-PERSON WORSHIP GUIDELINES
PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MAINTAIN GOOD HAND HYGIENE
FACE COVERINGS (COVERING MOUTH AND NOSE) REQUIRED IN WORSHIP AREA AND OTHER PUBLIC AREAS IN THE CHURCH BUILDING
DISMISS IN A MANNER THAT ENSURES SOCIAL DISTANCING
IF YOU ANSWER “YES” TO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS, WE REQUEST THAT YOU REMAIN AT HOME
1. Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the past 14 days?
2. Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath or sore throat?
3. Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?
4. Have you had a new loss of taste or smell?
5. Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?
We are asking that AWBC members use the doors by the office [Oakhurst Drive] to enter the building. Wear your masks and self distance as you enter. We plan to have someone at the door to open it so we don't have to touch it after each other. Practice good hygiene and be safe.
YOU CONTINUE TO SHOW YOUR DEEP RELATIONSHIP AND COMMITMENT TO THE LORD JESUS EVEN THOUGH WE ARE NOT MEETING FOR BIBLE STUDY CLASSES. WE CAN TELL YOU WITH ALL CERTAINTY THAT WE ARE RECEIVING YOUR FAITHFUL TITHES AND OFFERINGS IN THE MAIL REGULARLY AND THEY ARE BEING POSTED TO YOUR CONTRIBUTION ACCOUNT. GOD'S WORK WILL CONTINUE BECAUSE OF YOUR CONSISTENT FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF HIS CHURCH. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS, GIVE US A CALL. SID IS IN THE CHURCH OFFICE EVERY MORNING MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
July is collection month for Blair Batson Children's Hospital. Please drop off any food items at the church office when you come. We will deliver them in a couple of weeks.
The Covid-19 crisis has greatly impacted the need for food items for the families and patients at Children's Hospital of Mississippi (formerly Blair Batson Children's Hospital). This ministry to children has touched the hearts of Alta Woods folks for years now, collecting and donating food items twice a year, January and July. Several of us responded to the emergency call last month and donated food items. Julie Pickett, our contact person, always acknowledges our giving and expresses their great appreciation. Delivery by August 6.
In August, we are responding to the call from the VA Nursing Home for socks, blankets, t-shirts, caps. Pick up some of these items next time you are out and bring them in August.
Jesus said, "Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethrem, you have done it unto me."
JACKSON, Miss. (Special) - The Baptist Record will cease printing after 143 years, going fully digital and free of charge on its own website, according to editor William H. Perkins Jr.
"There came a time when the last buggy repair shop in Mississippi had to close, because the need for horse-drawn carriages had passed," Perkins said. "As automobiles were to horse-drawn carriages in another era, the Internet has brought tremendous change to the news industry both religious and secular."
Perkins cited the newspaper's declining print subscription base as another factor that led to the decision to cease printing, along with hard-to-predict future costs of newsprint and postage.
"Too, the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, with no end in sight, has meant that advertising - an important part of balancing the Record's budget each year - has dropped off severely as companies prepare for more potentially bad economic news," he added
The new website will feature a modern, Internet-based look and feel while striving to retain the same level of quality news reporting, opinion, and local church news, Perkins said.
The features of the new WordPress software are so numerous and powerful that the newspaper's staff is still on a learning curve, he said, adding that it will take several more months to adjust to all the software can do for users and readers.
In the meantime, "We have no plans to reduce the content of the Record in any way. As a matter of fact, we want to expand the content to include items we have not been able to print because of the physical limitations of a small-format, weekly newspaper," said Perkins, in his 24th year as editor after serving four years as associate editor.
"Now that we're not constrained to twelve printed pages each week, we want to open up the Record for even more reports and features for and about Mississippi Baptist's commitment to our Lord's Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20)," he said.
MBCB Executive Director-Treasurer Shawn Parker said in a written statement, "The Baptist Record has a celebrated heritage of keeping Mississippi Baptists informed, and this move to a digital format is another visionary decision in its rich story. I applaud William Perkins and the entire team for working to keep the Record on the frontline of Baptist news. I also appreciate the faithful readers of the Baptist Record and hope this will serve to keep you even better informed on the latest in Baptist life!"
The Baptist Record was founded in 1877 by J.B. Gambrell, a native of Pontotoc known today throughout the Southern Baptist Convention as one of the most prominent convention leaders of his time.
In addition to starting The Baptist Record, he was a pastor in Mississippi; editor of The Baptist Standard, the official news journal of the Baptist General Convention of Texas; president of Mercer University in Georgia; one of the founders of Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth; and a four-term president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
"The legacy of strong leadership at The Baptist Record runs deep," Perkins said. "The spiritual character of each of the ten editors who preceded me is reflected in a study of their writings on the pages of the newspaper. The efforts are obvious for each one of them in meeting the challenges of their times and leaving The Baptist Record in a better position than when they arrived.
"My passion and my dream are to be considered the eleventh editor to do that."
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 lookout 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 impressed. Perhaps you have a bicycle in your attic or garage or you may know someone who has one that could be donated to this meaningful ministry. Contact David and be a blessing to someone today.
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!