Jul 24 2017

From Our Service 7/23/17

Jul 24 2017

Happening This Week 7/24-7/30

Thursday 7/27
• Band rehearsal, 6:00 p.m.

Sunday 7/30
• Band rehearsal, 8:45 a.m.
• Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.
• Worship service, 11:00 a.m.
• Fall Festival meeting, 12:00 p.m.
• Love Roanoke mission project meeting, 12:00 p.m.
• Women’s Bible study, 6:30 p.m. (Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea)

Jul 23 2017

This Week’s Bible Readings

Sunday 7/23: 1 Thessalonians 1-3

Monday 7/24: Leviticus 19-21

Tuesday 7/25: 2 Kings 16-20

Wednesday 726: Psalms 87-89

Thursday 7/27: Proverbs 13

Friday 7/28: Ezekiel 37-42

Saturday 7/29: Luke 23-24


Click here for the full 52-week reading plan.

Jul 21 2017

Bulletin 7/23/17

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Fall Festival Meeting
Our next Fall Festival planning meeting will be this Sunday following the service.  We still have lots of opportunities for you to get involved!  Plan to attend this meeting and see the bulletin board outside the sanctuary to sign up to participate.  See Catey Robbins if you have questions.

Mission Meeting
We will have a Love Roanoke meeting next Sunday, July 30.  Please attend this meeting if you are going so we can talk about logistics, supplies, tools, etc.

There’s still time to get involved with Love Roanoke!  See Pastor Mike if you haven’t already.  The cost is $20/person to cover food and supplies, and the project is open to middle schoolers and up.

Upcoming Dates
August 3-5: Love Roanoke mission project
• September 17: Back to Church Sunday
• October 14: Fall Festival

Back Creek Elementary Outreach
• August 15: Breakfast for teachers
• August 20: Community prayer at the school, 5:30 p.m.

New Sunday School Class
College age…or thereabout!

Over the summer months we have a new Sunday School class for those around college age: those who have just graduated high school, those who are college students or in that age group, and recent college graduates or those in that age group.  If you think you fit in this class, come and join in!  The class meets in the room across from the nursery (beside the Young Adults class) with Mark Mitchell leading.

Fall Festival Opportunities
Fall Festival can’t happen without you!  We need volunteers to help with food, games, fried apple pies, candy apples, the bake sale, the silent auction, and setup and cleanup.  You can also sign up to bring chili for the chili cook-off, a cake for the cakewalk, or supplies for the candy apples.  Signup sheets are on the bulletin board outside the office.  See Catey Robbins if you have any questions.

Maintenance Requests
In order to keep up with repairs in and around the church building and grounds, we would like to enlist everyone’s help identifying things that need to be addressed. We have maintenance request forms in the Property Committee mailbox in the church office so you can alert the committee of items that need attention.


Books for BookNet
BookNet is a Roanoke Valley Baptist Association program to obtain books for southwest Virginia (Appalachia area), Standing Rock Indian reservation in South Dakota, and local mission projects. We are collecting new and gently-used books for preschool through 7th grade. You will find baskets at each door of the church for your donated books. If you have any questions, Bette Yeatts will be glad to help you.

Amazon Smile
Do you buy from Amazon? Use Amazon Smile! Each time you make a purchase through Amazon Smile, the church will receive a donation.
• On your first visit to smile.amazon.com, choose Haran Baptist Church as your organization.
• Then, whenever you shop Amazon, use smile.amazon.com (instead of amazon.com).

Amazon says: Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.—–

Back Creek Outreach
Don’t forget to save your Box Tops for Education labels for Back Creek. These labels are on many grocery items such as General Mills cereal, Betty Crocker baking mixes, Bisquick mixes, Green Giant vegetables, Progresso soups, Nature Valley bars, Pillsbury biscuits, Lysol cleaners, and Ziploc, Kleenex, and Hefty products. You can put your labels in the cardboard church outside the office.

We also collect snacks for Snack Buddies at Back Creek. Suggested snacks are animal crackers, Goldfish, and Cheez-its (no peanut products). We emphasize Snack Buddies on the first Sunday of each month, but you can drop off snacks in the church office any time.



Jul 20 2017

Music for Sunday 7/23/17

Teach us, Lord, full obedience,
Holy reverence, true humility;
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity.
–Speak, O Lord

God’s words spoken through the prophet Obadiah are addressed to the nation of Edom, the descendants of Esau.  Jacob and Esau were twin brothers, and their own personal conflict continued down through the generations, with the Edomites constantly in conflict with Jacob’s descendants, the Israelites–God’s chosen people.

In Obadiah, God condemns Edom for their pride, for their violence toward (their cousins!) the Israelites, and for gloating over Israel’s destruction.  God says that because of these things, the nation of Edom would be destroyed, and of course God’s words were fulfilled.

And that’s the whole of Obadiah.  As you might imagine, there don’t seem to be any hymns taken from Obadiah…and even if there were, I’m not sure we’d want to sing them!  (I’m reminded of a hymn called The Wicked Life which I came across when I was looking for songs taken from Psalm 36: “The words that from his mouth proceed are wickedness and lies; he has refrained from doing good, and ceased from being wise. He mischief, lying on his bed, most cunningly doth plot; he sets himself in ways not good, and ill abhorreth not.”  I decided not to use that one, because I didn’t think we should spend our service time singing odes to wickedness.  😯  😀 )

So instead we’re going to sing about what our attitudes and thoughts and actions should be: tested in the radiance of God’s purity, flowing from a desire to follow Him.  In other words, how do we not follow the example of Edom?

It is the cry of my heart to follow You.
It is the cry of my heart to be close to You.
It is the cry of my heart to follow all of the days of my life.

Teach me Your holy ways, O Lord,
So I can walk in Your truth.
Teach me Your holy ways, O Lord,
And make me wholly devoted to You.
–Cry of My Heart

O God, You are my God, and I will ever praise You
I will seek You in the morning, and I will learn to walk in Your ways;
And step by step You’ll lead me,
And I will follow You all of my days.
–Step by Step

Join us this Sunday!  The youth will tell about their experience at Fusion this week, and Ron Francis is going to bring our special music.  He’s chosen a song about the hope and blessings of walking with God:

When God is near the tempter cannot lure me,
The peace of God surpassing sweet is mine;
“Joint heir with Christ,” His mercies reassure me,
And some day I shall dwell with Him in realms divine.
–When God Is Near

Speak, O Lord: words by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend.  Copyright 2006 Thankyou Music.  Cry of My Heart: words by Terry Butler.  Copyright 1991 Mercy/Vineyard Publishing.  Step by Step: words by David (Beaker) Strasser.  Copyright 1991 BMG Songs, Inc.  When God Is Near: words by A.H. Ackley.  Copyright 1939, ren. 1967 The Rodeheaver Co.

Jul 18 2017

Obadiah: The Danger of Pride

If you have been reading along with me each week in this sermon series of the Old Testament prophets, there is good news. This week we will consider the Old Testament prophet Obadiah, which is not only the shortest book of the prophets, it is the shortest book of the Old Testament, having only one chapter. I would encourage you to take the few minutes that will be required and read through it. As I said in worship Sunday there are certain themes that run throughout all of the prophets. In each book we see the wanderings of the people and God using the prophets to call them back to repentance and restoration.

In Obadiah the clear theme is that the pride of the people has come before the Lord as an offense. They are taking great delight in their security and the sufferings of others. Join us this week for worship as we consider the dangers of pride in our own lives and how God works to bring us back to Him.

Jul 17 2017

From Our Service 7/16/17

Jul 17 2017

Happening This Week 7/17-7/23

Monday 7/17
• Youth leave for Fusion

Wednesday 7/19
• Band rehearsal, 6:00 p.m.

Sunday 7/23
• Band rehearsal, 8:45 a.m.
• Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.
• Worship service, 11:00 a.m.
• Fall Festival meeting, 12:00 p.m.
• Youth game night, 6:00 p.m.
• Women’s Bible study, 6:30 p.m. (Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea)

Jul 13 2017

Amos: Don’t Get Comfortable

This week we will consider the book of Amos in our time together in worship. Keep in mind that as we go through the books of the prophets in the Old Testament we are not covering them in their entirety. What we are doing is picking out a theme to consider and see how it applies to our lives today. Amos is a book that is filled with many things we can learn from. One of the consistent themes we see in the Prophets is that God uses various people to work in the lives of His people to call them back to Him. Unfortunately we see a pattern that developed then and continues until today. The people stray from God, He uses His chosen mouthpiece to call them back and they return for some period of time before straying again.

It is my prayer that we would all be sensitive to our relationship with God and heed his call when we have strayed and return to Him. Take some time before Sunday to read through Amos if you haven’t already. I look forward to worshiping with you then!

Jul 10 2017

From Our Service 7/9/17

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