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





On a Wednesday night of March 1862, a young minister was supplying the pulpit of the historic First Baptist Church in Philadelphia.  Twenty-eight year-old Reverend Joseph Henry Gilmore selected Psalm 23 as the Scripture for the service.  Over and over  he repeated the words “He leadeth me beside the still waters, He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness” as he urged his listeners to follow God’s leading as sheep follow the shepherd.



Following the service, Reverend Gilmore and his wife went to the home of their hosts.  Mr. and Mrs. Wattson entertained the couple.  Reverend Gilmore kept thinking about the theme he had chosen for the service.  He began to write on the back of a sheet of paper on which he had jotted down his notes for the service.  Reverend Gilmore’s poetic version of the twenty-third Psalm is a well known hymn today.  It is one of my favorites.



“He leadeth me!  O blessed thought!  O words with heavenly comfort fraught!  Whatever I do, Wherever I be, still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me!  (First stanza)  He leadeth me, He leadeth me, by his own hand He leadeth me. His faithful follower I would be, for by his hand He leadeth me.” (chorus)  Let us look to God to lead us this new church year.  May we be faithful followers.



You can be a faithful follower of the Lord by keeping your membership vows to the church.  You can be a faithful follower of the Lord by coming frequently to worship.  You can be a faithful follower of the Lord by studying the Bible.  You can be a faithful follower of the Lord by praying. You can be a faithful follower of the Lord by serving Him, the church, and the community.  You can be a faithful follower of the Lord by supporting the church with your generous offerings.  Most important, you can be a faithful follower of the Lord by sharing the gospel.  This is my new church year challenge to all of us.















NEW COUPON BOOKS ARE HERE AND THERE’S AN ADDED RESTAURANT!  The 2018 Go Play Save books are here!  Buy a 2018 book for $30 and get a 2017 book (valid through Nov 30th) for free.  The 2018 books have added Bonefish Grill, so if you go there, your savings will pay for your book!  The proceeds go to the Music Fund.  Please see Debra or me if you’re interested.



CHRISTMAS CHOIR will begin on Wednesday night, September 13TH, Lord willing.  We will be learning a new musical this year.  If you normally join us at Christmastime, please come on the 13th to hear what we’ll be presenting in December. If you haven’t sung with us, but would like to, please come and listen with us.  WE NEED YOU!!



Our new hymnals have arrived at the Lifeway store, and are being imprinted with our church’s name.  We should have them by mid- to late-September.















Congratulations to Brandon, Caleb, and Joshua Hall who have transitioned to the youth department.  The Hall boys have been coming since they were in the preschool class, so we are so grateful for their continued participation in our church activities.  Congratulations also to Evie Needham who will be transitioning from the nursery to the preschool Sunday School class to join sister Abby.   We are so proud of all of our children and youth.









Youth Group  News




As vacations end and school starts back up, I know I can say that the youth were able to accomplish a lot in the name of Christ this summer. They have been accepting donations for the Oak City Outreach Center and will look to distribute these items and provide outreach to people in need of them in the month ahead. We also had the opportunity to attend Assis and Timmer's birthday party as a youth group. I am thankful that they thought to invite their fellow youth members to celebrate a special time in their lives, and I believe it goes to show the level of friendship and commitment they have for one another.


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








Adult Mission Night will kick off on Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00 pm. The North Carolina Missions Offering (NCMO)  theme for 2017 is “Eyes to See” based on John 4:35b: “Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!”  This year, NCMO will call Baptists across North Carolina to do the same – to see and respond to lostness and suffering through praying, giving and going.  The goal for this year’s offering is $2.1 million. Our church goal is $750, please prayerfully consider how you can help. The NCMO offering will be collected through the month of September.







We received the following  note from the national level of WMU--   "Thank you for your recent gift of $665.00 to Pure Water, Pure Love.  Your contribution provides the resources for drilling wells, builds water purification systems in places where there is little to no access to clean water, and provides water filters for our missionaries."  Thanks to Bobbie White for heading up this outreach ministry and to each of you for your gifts to this offering.







The fall RBA Senior Rally will be held at Central Baptist Church in Wendell on Tuesday, September 19 at 9:30AM and will end with a catered lunch from a local restaurant. The guest speaker will be Dr. Dudley Flood, a Department of Instruction retiree and recipient of more than 350 awards for civic service, including the Order of the Longleaf Pine Award (North Carolina's highest civic award), by three different Governors.  Entertainment for the event will be provided by New Covenant, a gospel group from Wendell who bring a blend of contemporary Christian, Praise and Worship and Southern Gospel music to the stage.  This is a popular event among area churches, so space is limited.  As announced in Sunday bulletins, the registration fee of $15.00 was due on August 27.  If you missed this deadline and would like to attend, please let Connie Hockaday know no later than Sunday, September 3.   Transportation will be provided by meeting in the church parking lot and carpooling to and from the event.  





Christmas by the Sea




A senior adult retreat at Fort Caswell, is scheduled for December 6 - 8.  This year's theme, "From Manger to Majesty", will focus on Jesus' life, not only His birth in the manger, but His entire time on earth and what can be learned from His earthly ministry. Phyllis Elvington, an uplifting, energetic, and awesome woman of God, will be the guest speaker. The cost  of $180.00 includes 2 nights lodging, 5 meals, a craft as well as other optional in-house activities, and a Christmas show at Fort Caswell featuring Russell and Kristi Johnson, past performers with the Carolina Opry.  If interested in attending, a deposit of half of the total cost, $90.00, is needed by Sunday, October 1 to secure your reservation.  The remainder will be needed upon arrival at Caswell.  Please make checks payable to Connie Hockaday as Caswell prefers deposits be submitted with one check for each church group.




Happy September Birthday



 2 Gil Martin

    Tanner Elmore

 4 Judy Israel

    Timmer Aftab

11 Vena Hendricks

12 Joe Hendricks

14 Sharon Vanderlip

15 Timothy Howell

19 Pansy Holder

22 Debbie Carroll

23 Bill Bielby

24 Abigail Needham

     Cooper Elmore

26 Wayne Freeman

27 Dan Israel

29 Robynn Smith

     Nagra Aftab

30 Debra Murray






30 Martha and Nick Kaidouh (2006)





Happy Birthday to Pastor Tim on  September 15. 





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