WELCOME TO LENT
When we prepare to celebrate something, we often do housekeeping chores. If we are
going to have a party at our house, we first spend some time cleaning the house. We decorate. We bring in a supply of refreshments. And when all is ready and the guests arrive, we celebrate. Preparing is never quite as much fun as
celebrating, but it takes the preparation to make the celebration.
The season of “Lent” is like that for the
Christian. It is a time for spiritual
housecleaning. It is a time to dust off our faith, shine up our commitment, decorate our lives with joy, and have a good supply of thanks on hand for God. Then, when Easter comes, we know what the celebrating is all about.
The message for us this Lenten season is a
simple one. Lent is a time to intentionally
focus on the depth of our faith. It is a time to reexamine our commitment to Christ and to his church. It is a time to reevaluate by whose
example we live our lives. “Therefore, be
imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:1)
Welcome to Lent!
MELANIE’S MUSIC NOTES
Thank you to the ladies who participated in the choir on WMU Focus Sunday last month. I appreciate each one of you for being a part of the choir on that special day! You did a beautiful job!
A very special thanks goes out to Pastor Tim, to Brandon Howell, and to Josh and Jennifer Needham for providing top notch entertainment at our annual Winterfest on February 24th. They did a variety of Country/Western songs as a memorial tribute to Pastor Tim’s Dad, and in honor of their family having played/sung together for 20 years. It was obvious they had put a lot of time into planning and practicing for that evening. It is always special to hear a family making music together, and it’s even better to see how much fun they are having! Thank you again to the Howells and Needhams, and may you continue making music together for many more years!!
Our Adult Choir Easter music is scheduled for Palm Sunday, March 25th, at 11:00 a.m. Please come worship with us as we focus our hearts and minds on God’s grace for us through Christ’s death on the cross.
Our children’s Easter party will be March 31 at 10:30 A.M. – 12:30 A.M.
This year we are joining Glory of God Christian Fellowship and reaching out to the community. Please help us by donating individually wrapped candy. (Anything that will not melt.) Thank you for your support as we try to be more inclusive with our community.
YOUTH GROUP NEWS
As many of you know, during the month of February the youth have been collecting blankets to provide to the Oak City Outreach Center. The Center currently serves around 330 men, women, and children each weekend and will be able to use these blankets and other donated items to better their lives and spread the love of Jesus. The youth thank everyone who helped participate in any way that they could. Our main social event was postponed due to the great number of people locally who contracted the flu or other illnesses, so the youth enjoyed a stay in movie night this month and will look forward to a rescheduled bowling outing in the near future.
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!
Adult Missions Night will be Wednesday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. with our monthly focus on the Heck-Jones Offering. Please join us and support this missions offering.
Please join us on Sunday, February 18 at the 11 a.m. Worship Service as we celebrate WMU ocus Sunday. The ladies will be leading the Worship Service and our guest speaker will be Bethany McLaurin Walker. We look forward to sharing this special time with you.
GOLDEN AGERS NEWS
What a blessing we received on WMU Focus Sunday, as Bethany Walker shared her message, “By All Means”. She challenged us to take every opportunity to share Christ, —be that light for Him. We would also like to thank the ladies for their leadership in the morning service and the Choir. We are fortunate to have such dedicated and committed ladies to lead the many mission activities at Athens Drive Baptist. A special thanks to the Baptist Men, especially the “Breakfast Chefs” for starting our day with a delicious breakfast and a mission program. What a beautiful day the Lord gave us to celebrate WMU. Thank You!
Bethany shared a link for an upcoming “She is Strong Women’s Conference”, March 2-4, at her church. If you are interested in attending , or to register you may go online at churchaliveag.org/generations for more information.
Adult Missions Night: Please join us on March 14 at 7:00 p.m. for our focus on the Annie Armstrong Offering. We look forward to seeing you there!
Annie Armstrong Ingathering will be Sunday, March 18. Please prayerfully consider what you will give.
GOLDEN AGERS NEWS
If you are interested in attending the Spring RBA Senior Adult Rally on Tuesday, March 27 at Salem Baptist Church in Apex, please sign the registration form located in the vestibule and submit the registration fee of $15.00 by March 4.. The event begins at 9:30 and will end with a catered lunch from a local restaurant.
The keynote speaker will be Bob Inskeep, a.k.a. F.B.I. Famous Bob Inskeep, a popular radio announcer at WRAL-FM during the 70’s and 80’s, and named “Best in the Triangle” five years running in the annual poll conducted by Spectator Magazine. He is also an ordained Presbyterian minister and a member of the Ringtones, a barbershop-style quartet, which will also provide the entertainment for the event. Transportation will be provided by meeting in the church parking lot at 8:30AM and carpooling to and from this event.
HAPPY MARCH BIRTHDAY
6 Bobbi Cross
7 Mildred Watkins
8 Bill Hedspeth
9 Bev Hill
10 Isaiah Cox
12 Nathan Israel
16 Charles Salmon
28 Melanie Allen
29 Barbara Fraser
30 Herbert Rouse
HAPPY MARCH ANNIVERSARY
7 Mark and Julie Bull (1992)
28 Holland and Joanne Gibson (1953)
Happy Birthday to Melanie Allen on March 28, Happy Birthday to Barbara Fraser on March 29, and Happy Wedding Anniversary to Julie and Mark Bull on March 7.