Monday, January 25, 2016

Dear TBC Family and Friends,

Mother Nature forced us to skid to a halt this weekend, didn’t she?  I certainly missed being in worship with you yesterday.  I know that for some of you it was not pleasant being without power for such an extended time.  As for our household, we were without water for about twelve hours.  It’s amazing what we take for granted daily, isn’t it?

But I hope that, nonetheless, you were able to allow the down time to become Sabbath time.  It was worshipful, after all, looking out our windows and seeing ice-covered trees glistening like diamonds in the sunlight.  And surely the compulsory quiet afforded us opportunities to hear sounds we otherwise miss or ignore.  I know I felt my own breathing settle in with the gentle rhythm of our snoring cat Casey!  There is surely no substitute for the gathering of God’s people in worship together.  The communal sharing of song, scripture, prayer, and fellowship nurture our spirits in ways we can never experience alone.  But thank God, there is spiritual nurture to be found in solitude and quiet.  There is wisdom to be gleaned in realizing how dependent we are on one another.  There are no self-made Christians.  As people of faith we are members of the body of Christ.  And sometimes being apart reminds us of our need and longing to be reconnected.  

This Sunday we will explore two texts that we were unable to examine this past Sunday—Nehemiah and Luke’s Gospel.  In each of these scripture readings, one from the Old Testament and one from the New, we will get a glimpse of what it means to be a “people of the Book.”  We as Baptists have historically claimed that the scriptures, as interpreted in light of the life and teachings of Christ, are our sole authority.  “No creed but Christ!” we have said.  Sunday we will see the implications of holding true to that high and nonnegotiable tenet of our faith.

Let’s come together as God’s people and worship with all our hearts, minds, souls and strength.  
Grace and peace,

Our Events Team is planning on showing “WAR ROOM”  Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Pizza will be ordered for any who will stay awhile and eat together after the movie.  
We’ve all heard good reviews about this inspirational film, produced by the same group that did “God Is Not Dead” which we saw some time ago.  Let’s don’t miss this film and time of fellowship together.  (If you need a ride to get here, just call me, and we will make arrangements. 919-210-5577)  
Thank you Janice, for making this special event possible!

YOUTH ON THE MOVE: Kayla writes: “The youth did a wonderful job with Habitat for Humanity! We were all cold and shaking but we got it done and had a good time! We made a couple of friends and even left our mark.”  

“We have a signup sheet for T shirts. They were created for the Habitat for Humanity volunteers but are for anyone who wants one. They will be $10 apiece, and the signup sheet with a picture of the shirts is on the table in the foyer of church. Thank you and I hope to see you Sunday!”
(We are so very proud of this small group of youth who participate faithfully, and for the Christian Leadership every week with Kayla Lannom!)

Be sure to check out the dates that all of us can sign up to work located in the foyer.  We can surely find something on that list that just fits our hands and abilities; and it will be fun to get our hands dirty, while helping a homeless family get a new home!

Monday – 7:00 – Deacons
Tuesday – 6:30 – Military Family Support Group
Wednesday – 6:00 – Praise Team
7:00 – Bible Study with Pastor
7:00 – Bible Study with Kayla (youth)
7:45 – Choir with Melody
Saturday – Habitat Framing 8:00 – 3:30 – (bring lunch)
SUNDAY LORD’S DAY – January 31 – 4th Sunday after Epiphany
9:30 – Sunday Morning Bible Study
“Reading the Word, Interpreting the Word”
Luke 4:14-21 and Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
3:30 – “WAR ROOM” – Pizza/fellowship after movie

Greeters – 5th Sunday – Peggie Arnold and Barbara Matthews
Custodians in January – Janice, Jimmy & Frances and Peggie

Saturday, February 6 – 8:30 a.m. – Team Meetings
Sunday, Feb. 7 – Lord’s Supper

“With the new day comes new strength & new thoughts” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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