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!
1 Corinthians 15:58 - "Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord's work, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
STEADFAST ON MISSION
Being a missionary is never easy. Whenever Christians answer the call to go to the mission field, they expect to encounter challenges, but no one could have planned for a global pandemic that would bring the world to a grinding halt.
Your Southern Baptist missionaries have continued to see the mission move forward. By the grace and power of God, they did not stop when the pandemic restrictions went into place.
They changed course, innovated and discovered ways to continue sharing the gospel and making disciples. When needs in local communities arose, these missionaries stepped up to bring material help and eternal hope.
As these missionaries continue to reach North America for Christ, we pray that the coronavirus pandemic has opened doors for ministry that may have never opened without such a major crisis.
Our missionaries have displayed courage and vision to persist and even thrive in the midst of such a great challenge.
Kevin Ezell, NAMB President
There are 366 million people in North America. It is a daunting challenge to reach such a diverse mission field of cultures, languages and religions. Against all odds, our missionaries have continued to move forward in their mission of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and are seeing lives transformed.
All praise to God!
Prayer guides are available as you enter the sanctuary as are Easter offering envelopes.
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 month...
Marcia Harrigill, April 21, The Return of Jesus, Matthew 24, (April 18 lesson in your SS book)
Nell Rose Johnson, April 28, Our Commission, Matthew 28, 2 Corinthians 5, (April 25 lesson in your SS book)
Pupil books may be picked up at the door of the sanctuary on Wednesday.
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. In January 2021, the staff gave away 149 Bibles, made contact with 277 seafarers from about 40 ships. Philip Vandercook is the Executive Director. In their February mailing, Stephen McKinney and Adam McCarty told of how they are sharing Christ with the officers and crew.
This is the ministry that our church has participated in for several years.
The ministry at the Baptist Children's Village began in 1897. Alta Woods has supported this ministry for many, many years. Alta Woods continues to support the BCV on a monthly basis through designated monthly amount as well as through your Cooperative Offering. In spite of the struggle of 2020, twelve children made professions of faith and three were baptized. Christy, one of the children at BCV, shared "I accepted Christ into my life to be my Savior, and I prayed to ask Him to be my one and only Father." Because of your giving each month, this ministry is able to provide housing, meals, community, education, medical appointments, eye exams, psychiatric appointments and dental appointments. Sean Miller, Executive Director, shares that you also ministered to 28 families and 139 children through their Dorcas In-Home Family Support Program. You may support them additionally through direct gifts to the BCV. Tim McWilliams is the BCV Director of Partner Ministries. email@example.com
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. While she has contacts and volunteers in the area, she will continue to need support for her new endeavor for Christ. You can contact her or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you give your tithes and offering, a portion of your giving goes to support the goals and ministries of Alta Woods. Another portion goes with 2,115 other SBC churches in Mississippi to the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board, who last year supported 11 new Church Starts, 32 Campus Ministries, 3 Baptist Educational Institutions (Mississippi College, Blue Mountain, William Carey), 8 Baptist Children's Village locations, Disaster Relief, Evangelism, Garaywa Camp and Conference Center and Central Hills Baptist Retreat. Then a portion goes to the North American Mission Board including 32 targeted cities and more than 1,000 new church starts in the United States and Canada. Finally a portion goes to more than 120 countries through the International Mission Board. You need to know.
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.
You are so faithful in giving to the Lord. It is in times like these when no one knows what you are giving and even if you are giving. No one sees your offering envelope on Sunday mornings like we used to in Sunday School class. But the Lord knows! He knows your heart and your faithfulness in this matter. Only He knows who and when. Some of you are turning in your tithes and offerings when you come to church on Wednesday afternoons. Others mail them in faithfully either weekly or monthly. Just a reminder that a portion of your tithes and offerings still goes to the support of missionaries on a regular basis through the Cooperative Program where Southern Baptist Churches all give together a portion of their church offerings.
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!