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





The Continental Congress voted for independence on July 2, 1776.  The Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776.  The document was then signed on August 2, 1776.  All three dates are very important to our country.  However, it was the “Fourth of July” that became the popular holiday.  So, as Americans, we celebrate our nation’s birth every year on that date.  Do you?


I love freedom.  I love liberty.  I love to sing “America the Beautiful.”  I love to sing “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.”  I love to hear the soloist or choral group sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at ballgames and graduation ceremonies.  I love to celebrate the “Fourth of July” every year.  I love the United States of America?  Do you?


I love another Kingdom even more.  I love the Kingdom of God.  I love to read God’s Word.  I love to sing the hymns.  I love to hear the musicians play preludes, postludes, and offertories.  I love to hear the choir sing anthems.  I love to celebrate the Lord’s Day every week.  I love the church.  Do you?















The Glory of God Christian Fellowship and Athens Drive Baptist Church joined together to host our annual Mega Sports Camp.  Our theme Conquer the Day was taken from Romans 8:37.  In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  We had five mega points that reinforced the theme.  1.  I can conquer the day when I practice with purpose.  2.  I can conquer the day when I listen to leaders.  3.  I can conquer the day when I remember to recharge.  4.  I can conquer the day when I compete with courage. 5.  I can conquer the  day when I skip the shortcuts.   Our young athletes participated in soccer, cheerleading, basketball, and PreK basic sports.  At our rallies and huddle times, campers were able to hear about Jesus and his plan for their lives.  We had one profession of faith, so we are very grateful for this single most important outcome of Mega Sports Camp.  Thank you for your prayers, support, and participation.









Youth Group  News




As summer jobs and vacations become more frequent, the time the youth spend together and the opportunities to serve become more scarce but also more valuable. We were happy to serve as helpers for Mega Sports Camp and show love to the elementary school-age children in the community. Jessica and Timmer did a great job assisting with the cheerleading squad and Assis was a natural helper on the soccer field and the basketball court. It should also be noted that Dawn Bielby lent a big hand in preparing snacks and drinks for the campers, and I know that Ms. Jeanne is very thankful for everyone that helped plan or assisted during the day. The youth also enjoyed their (rescheduled) Summer Kick Off lunch. We had a great time talking about the last year and what lies ahead with moving up to a new grade in school. Please remember to keep the youth in your thoughts and prayers for a safe summer and a successful upcoming school year.


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








“Pure Water, Pure Love” is a project developed by WMU to supply water filtration units for homes and portable filters for traveling, to missionaries in areas without safe drinking water.  WMU also provides safe drinking water for the people these missionaries minister to.  The cost of the filters ranges from $50.00 for a personal water bottle to $250.00 for a home unit.  The Betty McElrath Mission group will be collecting donations for “Pure Water, Pure Love” throughout the month of July.  There will be envelopes at the church entrance for donations or you can use an envelope from your box and write “Pure Water, Pure Love” on it.  Thank you for your participation.           








 6 Doris Clark  

10 Lois Jones

11 Michael Fraser

     Karl Hill

     Nick Kaidouh

17 Beverly Mabe

18 Allen Parnell

      Peyton Smith

20 Robin Borisuk

28 Julie Bull

      Lucille Cooke

29 Andy Hedspeth

30 Pam Skillman

     Martha Gulley Kaidouh






14 Gil and Maree Martin  (2007)

19 Steven and Alyson Rice (2014)

24 Freeman and Katherine Wilder (1954)

25 Nick and  Michelle Cox  (2015)

31 Calvin and Gail Clayton  (1971)






Happy Wedding Anniversary to Steve and Alyson Rice on July 19, and     Happy Birthday to Julie Bull on July 28.





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