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From the Pastor





This month we will observe Memorial Day.  Traditionally, this has been a time to remember those who have lost their lives in military service.  To give one’s life for the sake of others is a noble thing.  The bravery and self-sacrifice of those who have fallen in war merits our honor and respect.


Tom Brokaw is the retired news anchor of the NBC television network.  He is also the author of the book “The Greatest Generation.”  The book is about men and women who gave their lives for democracy and freedom They saw sacrifice as necessary in order for freedom to triumph.


Let us remember that God also knows something about sacrifice.  The most loved verse in the New Testament begins with these words: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.” (John 3:16)  Jesus knows something about sacrifice.  “Who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame.” (Hebrews 12:2) God the Father and God the Son saw sacrifice as necessary in order to obtain our salvation and freedom from sin.  They deserve our honor and respect.















Thank you Barbara Fraser and the Adult Choir for your time and hard work in preparing our Easter musical for April 9th.  You never wavered in your efforts, even though I was away for several weeks. It was such a beautiful worship service and offering to our Lord.  Barb and Choir, you did a wonderful job!  Doug Smith and Helen Cox, I appreciate your singing the solos.  You both sang beautifully!  Many thanks to Joe Hendricks for narrating the musical.  You made the words come to life, and added a lot to our worship experience.  Thank you Michael Fraser for running the sound.  You always do a great job!  Thank you Barbara, Debra Murray and Krystee Curry for the rehearsals you led in my absence.  I am so pleased that you carried on, I’m proud of you all, and I love you!


Sometimes “thank you” isn’t enough to express what’s in my heart.  This is one of those times, but THANK YOU to Johnny Gentry for being willing to sing so early in the morning at our sunrise service…and then graciously agreeing to sing at the 10:00 a.m. service when my original plans didn’t work out.  We were  blessed by your beautiful song, and you always bless us with your wonderful talent that you use for the glory of God.  Thank you for sharing that with us in the past, and on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.  My deep and sincere thank you to Barbara for playing for both services.  The music was beautiful and we are always blessed by your talent.  Thank you for leading us in worship each week, and thank you for everything!  
















Our Mega Sports Camp is Saturday, June 10, from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.  The theme is Conquer the Day which is based on the scripture Romans 8:37.  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  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!


Thank you for your participation in our community egg hunt.  We had 49 excited children that attended.  Thank you for those that passed out flyers, provided candy, or helped with the event.  It was a good day!


Thank you so much for your continued support of the children’s ministry.








Youth Group  News





With April ending and summer around the corner, the youth are excited for the warm weather and the new opportunities ahead but have a lot to look back on this last month. They served in a variety of jobs and tasks during the children's community Easter egg hunt; from hiding eggs to sweeping and cleaning areas that children would play, a lot was accomplished and the event was a success. They also plan to enjoy a stay-in movie night and to start sharing some social and service events with youth from GGCF. Lambert, who volunteers with the GGCF's youth, expressed interest in being more involved with our calendar activities and I see this as a great opportunity!


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








Thanks to Dan Israel who presented on Missions Night for Operation Inasmuch, explaining the different teams and how we serve in the community.  In addition, we collected supplies for the Baptist Children’s’ Homes  Food Roundup. In May our Missions Night will focus on the Mother’s Day Offering which will be collected throughout the month.  Thanks again for your continued support of our monthly missions offerings and the WMU program.










Senior Adult Appreciation Sunday is scheduled for May 7.   On this date, immediately following the morning service, lunch will be provided at the fellowship building to honor our senior adults. The program will also include a short devotion, prizes, special entertainment you won't want to miss, and a thank you gift for each of you.   Save the date and make plans now to attend this fun and exciting event.  More detailed information regarding the occasion will be announced in coming weeks.









Our annual church-wide Fun and Fellowship Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 20 beginning at 4:00 P.M.  Our friends in the Glory of God Christian Fellowship will be encouraged to fellowship with us and have some fun.  Mark your calendars so you will be able to participate in this special event.  More specific information will be provided as the date approaches.






1 Jeanne Howell

4 Steve Rice

6 Gray Keith

    Brad Vanderlip

12 Jerry Cross

     Brayden Chinnis

13 Anne Crawford

14 Ginger Chinnis

19 Rosalyn Peele

25 Joe Bielby

27 Roslyn Keith

30 Cole Hedspeth






 6 Joe and Vena Hendricks  (1972)

16 Kristen and A.J. Klingenmaier (2009)

19 Steve and Beverly Mabe (1974)

21 Kaycee and Johnny Rice (2011)

25 Sean and Erin Elmore (2001) 






Happy Birthday to Jeanne Howell on May 1, and Happy Birthday to Steve Rice on May 4.


Food Roundup 2017 for Baptist Children’s Homes

The annual “Food Roundup” has successfully united churches, businesses, and other friends to collect much needed food, supplies and gift cards for Baptist Children's Homes' boys and girls. When you are feeding cottages that can have as many as 12 to 16 residents, it takes a lot of food to fill hungry bellies.  BCH serves as many as 700,000 meals and snacks throughout the year! Consider that BCH operates care locations in 20 North Carolina communities and you can imagine how much it costs to feed so many. The Food Roundup makes it all possible!  A list is included for needed items; if you opt to do gift cards please give those to Pam Skillman to be added to the collection.  There is a donation box in the stairwell marked “Food Roundup”, please bring your donations by Sunday, April 23 to be delivered for this ministry.  Thanks in advance for your support and contributions.


Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina

2017 Food/Supply Roundup



__ Canned Fruits

__ Paper Products (paper towels, toilet paper, Kleenex, napkins)

__ Household cleaning  products (i.e. bleach, Comet, Lysol spray and wipes, Clorox spray and wipes, Windex, Pinesol, Pledge, Tilex, etc.)

__ Fruit Juice (Apple, Orange, Grape, Cranberry)

__ Laundry Detergent

__ Bottled Water

__ Dry Cereal

__ Spaghetti Sauce

__ Pasta (Spaghetti, Lasagna, Macaroni)

__ Canned Tomatoes (diced, sauce, paste)

__ Pancake Mix and Syrup

__ Soups (All types & condensed)

__ Sugar (Granulated & Brown)

__ Flour

__ Stevia and Splenda

__ Popcorn, Kettle Corn

__ Apple Sauce

__ Fruit Pie Filling (Cherry, Peach)

__ Beverage Mixes (Tea, Tang, Kool-Aid, Lemonade, Cider Mix - All Sugar Free)

__ Vegetable Oil, Shortening, Olive Oil, Pam Cooking Spray, Bakers Choice

__ Canned Sweet Potatoes, Canned Yams, Canned pumpkin

__ Canned Meats (pink salmon, tuna, roast beef,  chicken - packed in water)

__ Stuffing Mix

__ Gravy Mixes

__ Hamburger, Chicken, Tuna Helper (all types)

__ Pickles (Sweet & Dill)

__ Refried Beans

__ Hot Chocolate Mix

__ Snack Foods with & without sugar (Fruit Rollups, Fruit Cups, Beef Jerky, Slim Jims, Pepperoni Sticks, Cheese Nips, Pretzels, etc.)

__ Health Snacks (Dried Fruit, Nuts, Raisins, Cranraisins, Trail Mix)

__ Individual Cookie Packs

__ Jello

__ PopTarts

__ Rice

__ Instant Potatoes (scalloped, au gratin, mashed, julienne

__ Muffin Mixes

__ Bisquick Mix

__ Kidney Beans

__ Baked Beans

__ Pickle Relish

__ Cranberry Sauce

__ Mac & Cheese

__ Corn Meal

__ Jiffy Mixes, Corn Muffin  Mix

__ Potatoes

__ Hush Puppy Mix

__ Peanut Butter

__ Jelly, Jams, Preserves (Strawberry is their favorite)

__ Pizza & Pizza Dough Mix

__ Saltine Crackers, Ritz Crackers, Graham Crackers, Nabs

__ Sauces (A-1, Steak, BBQ,  Texas Pete, Cheese,  Worcestershire, Soy, Teriyaki Sauce, Sweet and Sour) 

__ Spices and Seasonings (including Salt & Pepper)

__ Dishwashing detergents

__ Laundry pre-treating products (i.e. Shout, Spray and Wash)

__ HE Laundry Detergent

__ Brooms, Mops, Scrub Brushes, Dust Pans

__ Foil and Plastic Wrap

__ SOS Pads

__ Fabric Softener (Dryer Sheets)

__  Sanitary Pads & Tampons

__  Hand Lotion

__  Shampoo

__  Body Wash

__  Soap

__ Hand Sanitizer



__ Brownie & Cookie Mix

__ Canned Vegetables

__ Individual Chef Boyardee cups

__ Clif nutritional bars

__ Hot Dog Chili

__ Coffee (Regular & Decaf)

__ Coffee Creamer

__ Sweetened Condensed Milk

__ Evaporated Milk

__ Dehydrated Food (powdered milk & eggs, dehydrated meals)

__ Flavorings (Vanilla, etc.)

__ French Fried Onions

__ Honey

__ Ketchup

__ Mustard

__ Oatmeal

__ Parmesan Cheese

__ Puddings, Pudding Cups

__ Salsa

__ Vinegar

 __ Paper Products (Cups, Plates, Bowls, PlasticWare, Dixie  Cups)

__ Copy/Printer Paper

__ Trash Bags (large &small)

__ Zip-Loc bags (Sandwich,   Snack, Quart &Gallon Sizes)

__ Band Aids

__ Rubbing Alcohol/Peroxide

__ Anti-bacterial ointment

__ Razors

__ Shaving Cream/Shaving Gel

__  Dental Floss

__  Hair brushes

__  Deodorant

__   Conditioner

__   Tooth Paste

__  Tooth Brushes

__   Diapers (all sizes)

__  Baby Wipes

__ Bug Repellent

__ Wasp/Hornet Spray

__ Sunblock 30+

__ Batteries (AA , AAA and D)

__  Disposable Gloves (Non-Latex ONLY)


Gift Cards are appreciated for buying perishables and items not received. (i.e. Wal-Mart, Sams Clubs, Food Lion, Lowes, Ingles, Piggly Wiggly)


We can use all size cans. Some locations prefer #10 cans (family size).


Please check for expired dates on food.


Please help our volunteer truck drivers by packing your church’s donations in small, sturdy boxes.


Questions? Contact Alan Williams at 1-800-476-3669 ext. 1277 or





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