You are in my thoughts and prayers this morning while Kristy and I are spending the week-end with a several of our family members in the mountains. I am thankful to have two capable men of God filling in for me while I’m away. Rev. Matt Pennington will be preaching in the morning service. Matt served on my staff as youth minister at First Baptist in Stanley for a couple of years. He has been here before at Eastside a time or two and I know you will give him a hearty welcome this morning. Matt and Jennifer are now the proud parents of two boys!
Rev. Mike Woods will be preaching in the evening service. He, too, has preached in my absence several times. Mike is the former pastor of Roger and Doris Crisp. Mike is a seasoned minister who enjoys every opportunity to proclaim God’s infallible Word. I know you will gladly welcome him as well back to Eastside.
On Wednesday (September 18th), we will devote most of the service in praying and learning more about North Carolina Missions.
Next Sunday morning (22nd), our guests will be Doug and Joli Cullen. Doug and Joli lead Choose Life Ministries, Inc. which is a faith based ministry that seeks to build a culture of life in America. Doug and Joli travel to churches sharing a biblical worldview of life. Doug will be speaking in the morning service on the Sanctify of Human Life: Truth vs. Lies: Promoting the truth of God’s Word to combat the lies of the enemy. Doug and Joli will be speaking in several local churches during the month of September. After the service, you will be given the opportunity to present them with a love gift to help support their ministry, message, and mission to see our nation turn from death to life.
On Wednesday, September 18th, we will devote most of time in praying and learning more about North Carolina missions. We will be reaching the North Carolina Missions Offering through the month of September.
On Sunday evening (September 22), I will conclude the series on the Prayer Life of Jesus by examining Jesus’ Prayer of Forgiveness.
AND THEN, don’t forget HOMECOMING on SEPTEMBER 29th. Each person is encouraged to invite family and friends to help pack their pew. This means we need to bring plenty of those favorite covered dishes that morning. The church will provide the meat, bread, and beverages. Also, Liz wants each of you to bring an old photograph of yourself from early childhood and to give it to Linda Porter. Be sure to put your name on the photograph so it can be returned to you after homecoming.
One more item, the North American Mission Board has asked all of our SBC churches to have a night of prayer on Wednesday, October 2, to pray that God will send more workers into the harvest field of North America. There are thousands upon thousands who are ready to respond to the gospel. But the need is for workers—messengers who will take His Word to the harvest field.
On Sunday evening, October 6, I plan to begin a series of messages from the twelve (12) Minor Prophets. This will be the first time have done a series on the Minor Prophets. I believe we will learn some valuable truths together.
Now, may the Lord bless you today!