CHURCH PURPOSE

                                               Exalting God Through Worship

Encouraging All Through Fellowship

Growing Spiritually Through Discipleship

Serving Others Through Ministry

      Sharing Jesus Through Missions/Evangelism  





From the Pastor





Over the years, television has attempted to portray role models for fathers.  In previous years we had such programs as Leave It To Beaver, Father Knows Best, The Ponderosa, The Andy Griffith Show, and the Cosby Show.  In more recent years, we have had such programs as Everybody Loves Raymond, My Wife and My Kids, The Simpsons and The King of The Hill.


Do we have the best role model for fathers among any of these older and newer programs?  I would have to conclude that the answer is “yes” and the answer is “no.”  There is no such thing as a perfect human father.  However, Sheriff Andy Taylor would get my vote.


The Bible is also a source of role models for fathers.  There are the patriarchs, the prophets, the kings, the apostles, and other men who cared for the children of their households.  Again, there is no such thing as a perfect human father  to be found in the Bible.  However, Abraham would get my vote. 


Abraham was the most important figure in Judaism.  The Jews told Jesus, “we are descendants of Abraham.  Abraham is our father.”  Abraham is very important to Christians.  Paul wrote to the Galatians that “men of faith” are “the sons of Abraham.”  I would take that to mean that all people of faith could be considered Abraham’s children.  He is a role model for fathers, for parents, and for all when it comes to matters of faith.  (Romans 4:13-25)















We need volunteers to help with our MEGA Sports Camp.  Please consider helping with this important children’s ministry.


The MEGA Sports Camp is Saturday, June 10, from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.  In between the sports sessions, we will have rallies and huddle times where students will hear scripture, true inspirational stories, Bible stories, and devotions.  The Glory of God Christian Fellowship will also join us in this outreach effort!  Please pray as we plan and prepare for this event.   Pray now that we will reach many children in our community








Youth Group  News




April showers have brought more than May flowers, but an opportunity to assist Dan Israel in the Church Garden project. The youth spent one evening removing weeds and unwanted vegetation and adding new compost and nutrients to the soil of the three garden boxes. The following week they planted summer crops that, once they are ripe, will be given to various local organizations to help feed people living in our local community. Dan is always open to additional volunteers, so if you would like to know how to get involved please see Dan Israel. The youth are also planning for a Summer Kickoff lunch together before everyone gets busy with summer plans. Please keep the youth in your prayers as they travel with their families this summer, and thank you for your continued support of the youth and their mission!


As always, if there are any opportunities for the youth to serve you or someone you know, please do not hesitate to let me know!





In Christ, 

Steve Rice








For the April meeting of the  Betty McElrath Mission Group,  Roslyn Keith’s grand-daughter, Melissa Hammond, and her great-grand-daughter, Casey Keith spoke to the group about their recent mission trip to Armenia.  Their comments were very interesting and informative.







The Deacon Nomination forms will be available June 4 in the church foyer for you to pick up one and make your selections for Deacon Nominees.  The forms will be collected through June 18.  You may leave your form in the box located in the foyer or give it to a member of the Nominating Committee (Jeff, Imogene, Dan, Robert, Helen, Pam).


In addition, the Nominating Committee Questionnaire will be available on June 4th in the foyer,  for you to indicate where you would be willing to serve in the new church year.  We appreciate your service at Athens Drive Baptist Church. 









Fourteen GGCF members joined 41 Athens Drive Baptist members in carrying out nine projects that ministered to our community in the name of Christ.  Six projects had potential to impact 480 people in a direct manner either through personal interactions or preparing greeting cards to be sent to military personnel, nursing home residents and hospital patients.  Three teams had indirect impacts on people in the community as they spread mulch on the Frisbee golf course in Kentwood Park, picked up 17 large bags of trash along a 1.5 mile stretch of Gorman Street, conducted yard maintenance around the Family Promise Facility and made repairs in the Family Promise Transitional Building.  The collective time committed to serving Christ in the community was 200 hours.  I am thankful that support of Operation Inasmuch remained strong in the eighth consecutive year.



Dan Israel









 6 Philip Crawford

 9 Jenny Mabe Brown

12 Doug Smith   

15 Freeman Wilder

17 Sammy Chinnis     

18 Rayvon Cooke  

     Joshua Cox

20 Kaycee Rice

23 Courtney Chinnis

26 Holland Gibson

     Connie Hockaday

29 Natalie Booker

30 John Cox






4  Krystee and Casey Curry (2016)

5 Jerry and Bobbi Cross (1982)

10 Ronnie and Cathy Powell (1973)

13 Robert and Margaret Gaines (1964)

19 Lisa and Allen Parnell (2004)

29 Bill and Dawn Bielby (1985)




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