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July is here! Fireworks stands are up and the sparklers will be glowing just a few days from now. Freedom is great! I am so thankful to live daily in the land of the free and it is all because of the brave.
There are a lot of celebrations in July. Our freedom on July 4th and then we will have the largest gathering of General Baptists coming together in Collinsville, Illinois for the M&M Summit July 15-17th!
You will notice a…transformation of the sanctuary into a safari theme as we will conclude the month with our annual vacation Bible school! (July 22-26) We are so excited for the chance to share God’s Word with many in our community and pray for children to receive Christ as their Savior! This year’s theme is: Life is Wild, God is good! Amen to that! Scripture tells us in 1 Chronicles 16:34 “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” There is  a lot of uncertainty in our lives and that is the same with the children in our community. They feel the pressures of life just as we adults do. Considering the wildness of life, we will share the truth of God’s goodness in ALL circumstances including: When life is unfair, when life is scary, when life changes, when life is sad, and when life is good- God is GOOD. All the time! I ask that you would be in deep prayer for the students and all the faithful volunteers who come each night of the week to serve these students in hopes that they will know and fall in love with Jesus. The last Sunday we get to experience VBS with the kids in the 10:45 service as they learn their 5th Bible point together with us!
I am excited for all the opportunities that we will have to minister to others this month and share the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ alone! What part will you play? How will you Encourage someone today? How will you Equip yourself and others with the Word of God for the Work of God? And who will God bring in your path who needs to Encounter the Good News of salvation? You were made for a time such as this…let’s do this! Let’s glorify and honor God this month!
 July 2019
Nursery And Ushers Schedule



8:30am                             Sunday School                          10:45am__________
07 – Janice Gray                07 – Millie Pellham                         07 – Alisha Jones
14 – Denise Reese            14 – Lyndsey Reese                       14 – Micca Sims
21 – Cindy Wilson              21 – Helen Hoogendoorn                21 – Helen H.
28 – Theresa Miller            28 – Heather Reese                        28 – Lauren King


8:30am Service                                                            10:45am Service________     
07 – Jon Schaff                                                               07 – Chris Sims
        Keith Pellham                                                                Dave Harper
        Burrely Loftin                                                                 David Denton
        Nick Key                                                                        Brent Lakey
14 – Bud Everett                                                              14 – Eugene Jones
       Rick Miller                                                                       Jr. Heriford
       Kenny Wilson                                                                  John Weisbrod
       Paul Kester                                                                     James Alcorn
21 – Dean Downs                                                             21 – Leonard Thompson
       Denny Roberts                                                                 Chris Sims
       Jim Voyles                                                                        Dave Harper
       Calvin Cox                                                                        David Denton
28 – Jon Schaff                                                                 28 – Brent Lakey
       Keith Pellham                                                                   Eugene Jones
       Burrely Loftin                                                                    Jr. Heriford
       Nick Key                                                                           John Weisbrod 

Special Events

    • Monday Morning Men’s Prayer Group At 7 a.m. ~ 01, 08, 15, 22 & 29
    • Adult Bible Study At 7 p.m. ~ 03, 17, 24 & 31
    • FILLED YOUTH ~ Dismissed in the Month Of July
    • July 4th ~ Independence Day!
    • The Office Is Closed ~ 04
    • Church Council Meeting At 5 p.m. ~ 07
    • Open Communion At 6 p.m. ~ 07
    • Quarterly Business Meeting At 7 p.m. ~ 10
    • Adult Bible Study Is Dismissed ~ 10
    • Sunday Night Services Are Dismissed ~ 14 & 21
    • M & M Conference ~ 15-17
    • Vacation Bible School ~ 22-26
    • Family Sunday At 8:30 a.m. /Bible School Program During The 10:45 a.m. Service ~ 28
    • Fellowship After The Evening Service ~ 28




  • John 8:36
  • So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
  • Galatians 5:1I
  • t is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
  • Galatians 3:22
  • But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.
  • Ephesians 3:12
  • In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
  • + Psalm 119:45
  • I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.

Chocolate Sheet Cake

(From The Kitchen Of Lula Mae Denny)


Bake in a jelly roll or sheet cake pan


Bring to a boil:


1 stick of margarine

1/2 cup oil

1 cup water


Mix together and add to the above mixture:


2 cups of sugar

2 sups of flour

1/4 cup of cocoa




2 beaten eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons soda

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon vanilla


Mix all ingredients well and pour into a greased and coco dusted  jelly roll pan or sheet pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.


Frost with your favorite chocolate icing.




Keep Smilin’


Tho’ the chips are always down—

Keep smilin’!

If the boss man sez, “You’re thru,”

Chin up, Chum, don’t feel blue;

You’re the majority, not the few—

Keep smilin’!


If your clouds are always gray—

Keep smiling’!

Opportunity’s miles away—

Keep smiling’!

If the wolf is right at your door,

He’s been in the spot before;

Jus’ tighten your belt a little more—

Keep Smilin’!



—  Faye Case



I know these things must     always be

To keep a nation strong and free:

One is hearthstone bright and dear

With busy, happy loved ones near.


One is ready heart and hand

To love and serve and keep the land.

One is a worn and beaten way

To where the people go to pray.


So long as these are kept alive,

Nation and people will       survive.

God keep them always,      everywhere-

The home, the heart, the place of prayer.


Author — Unknown










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