Teacher Appreciation Dinner is September 19, 4:30 Tommy Leavelle, an old friend from my days at Wildwood Baptist Church in Clinton, will be our guest. He is a professor at MC and has a wonderful Christian testimony.
Have you given to our State Mission Offering Yet? State Mission emphasis is September. The state mission offering supports Garaywa Camp and Conference Center in Clinton, Central Hills Retreat near West, Missions Volunteers, Church Multiplication, Community Ministry, Disaster Relief, Criminal Justice Ministries, Collegiate Outreach, Christian Women’s/Men’s Job Corps, Cross-Cultural Evangelism, Language/Deaf Ministry, and Port Ministry. While we can’t go to all these places ourselves, our money can support those who do. Ask God what He would have you give to reach the lost in Mississippi.
Homebound Ministry – I am very grateful for the work and effort Ann Marie Loveless is putting into heading the effort to revitalize this ministry. If you would like to volunteer to visit, give her a call at the church office. I believe between our deacon ministry and this renewal of the Friends at Home ministry, we can let all our members at home know they are not forgotten and they are loved and prayed for.
Operation Christmas Child. We pack shoeboxes during October. Now is a great time to shop for items to put in the boxes – school supplies like crayons, paper, pencils, etc. The shoeboxes are for children all over the world who would otherwise not receive a Christmas gift. At the same time children will hear about Jesus whose birthday is Christmas. The boxes have been ordered and should be here soon.
2019 Calendar Planning meeting kicked off last week. We made a good beginning. The Senior Adult Leadership Team (SALT) discussed activities and events to help us live out our faith in our world. Times for missions and ministries were scheduled as well as deciding inspirational speakers for our Cheerful Hearts Lunches. Contacts were assigned and already we are filling the 2019 calendar. October 2 after Dr Futral speaks we will meet again. We still welcome suggestions for day trips and ministry/mission outreaches.
Once in a blue moon, I recommend a movie to go see and this one is worth your time. Unbroken: Path To Redemption Arrived in Theaters Last Friday! Louis Zamperini's unbelievable true story came to life on the big screen, September 15. Following his return as an unbroken war hero, Louie's life was filled with haunting memories of his time as a P.O.W. A quest for revenge left him nearly broken... until Billy Graham pointed him toward the forgiveness, redemption, and amazing grace that we all need to find on Jesus Christ.
On the brink of divorce, Cynthia Zamperini was invited to Billy Graham's 1949 Los Angeles Crusade, where she found faith in Christ and a renewed commitment to her marriage and her husband. Her most fervent prayer became for God to help Louie find the peace and forgiveness he so desperately needed. Go see this movie and receive a real blessing.
While we no longer go to CEF in Warrenton MO each year, our church still makes a contribution to that ministry each year. Here is a report they sent me recently. All are Worldwide 2017 numbers: 75,453 Good News Clubs Worldwide; 5,999,380 children reached; 22,878,335 children heard the gospel; 363,579 people trained; 130 countries where the gospel was taught. Their goal is by 2022 to share the gospel with 40,000,000 children per year. Praise the Lord!