JUNE 1 IMPORTANT!!! NEW UPDATE!
Small Wednesday evening prayer meetings will resume June 10 at 5:00 pm.
Small Wednesday morning prayer meetings (less than 10) will resume June 3 at 11:00 am.
Both will meet in the Church Fellowship Hall, near the office.
Because of the age of our members, we understand if you are not ready to meet, that is perfectly fine. Please feel no pressure to attend. We are NOT having meals.
More details later.
4 Church Staff members and 8 deacons met Tuesday, May 19 at 1:00 pm to discuss the best way to reopen the church for worship. All your suggestions were mentioned and considered. Because of the uncertainty of the spread of the pandemic among Mississippians, the group decided that we are not ready to set a date to begin meeting for worship just yet.
The group did decide that we will meet again on June 23 when we have more current and accurate information concerning the spread of the virus. Additionally, all June activities are canceled.
This is a very difficult decision and a very important one. Please continue to pray that the Lord will give us the wisdom to make the best decision for His church and His people. In the meantime, continue to worship Him in the privacy of your homes with others who are worshiping Him at the same time in their homes. He is still King of kings and Lord of lords and we will love and worship and serve Him.
Please continue to practice smart, stay-at-home procedures and if you must go out, practice spacing and protection with masks and gloves during these uncertain days.
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!
John 16:33 - These things have I spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you will have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
14 "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation."
Southern Baptists have provided more than 172,000 masks and more than 56,000 PPE (personal protective equipment) to hospitals and medical facilities to protect medical workers serving on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis. Your giving through Alta Woods is a part of this through the IMB (International Mission Board), NAMB (the North American Mission Board) and the SBDR (Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams)
So thank you, dear AWBC members. You are touching people whom you will never meet or see with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Thank you for sending or bringing your tithes and offerings to the church. The Bible says that Jesus gave His life for the church and you are continuing to carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ all over the world, even though we are not meeting at the church building. This is evidence that your commitment is to the Lord Jesus and to the body of like-minded believers who, although quarantined, remain the living body of Christ in the world. Your offerings continue to be processed efficiently and in a timely manner. Mary Ann Myers, Financial Secretary, comes in each week to pay bills and post your contributions.
Your offering is always important in sharing the love of Christ in our community and around the world.
Every week when you give your offering, naturally some of the money is used here at Alta Woods to support our Missions Ministry - Cooperative Program, Associational Missions, Baptist Children's Village; Staff, Quarterly and Monthly Literature, WMU, Music, Computer service, Telephone, Office equipment maintenance and supplies, Postage, Baptist Record, Kitchen supplies, Church Vehicle, Baptist Foundation.
Then a portion of it goes to many National and State causes along with contributions from other churches in the National and State Conventions:
International Missions (overseas missions), North American Missions (stateside missions), 5 SBC Seminaries, Mississippi College, William Carey University, Blue Mountain College, Directors at Baptist Children's Village, etc. So you see that even though we are not meeting every week for worship, your financial support is extremely important in the Lord's work in many areas of ministry. Again I thank you for your continued faithful, financial support. God bless 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!