Sep 22 2017

This We Believe: An Evening of Worship

This We Believe:
An Evening of Worship
Saturday, September 23, 6:30 pm

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
–2 Corinthians 13:14

Our God is three in one: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  He is our Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer, and we–His saints–proclaim His power, exalt His name, and remember His sacrifice.  Come join us for an Evening of Worship: a service of songs, scripture, and the Lord’s Supper, and a night of hope and encouragement as we worship our merciful and mighty God.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Sep 22 2017

Bulletin 9/24/17


Click here for Sunday’s bulletin.

THIS WEEK’S ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Week of Prayer for Virginia Missions
and Alma Hunt Offering
100% of your donation to the Alma Hunt offering goes to support missions and missionaries here in Virginia.  Envelopes are in the pew racks.

Women on Mission
Women on Mission will have their fall kickoff meeting following the worship service this Sunday.  Come find out how you can be on mission with God in our church and our community!  All women of the church are invited.

Personnel Committee
The Personnel Committee will have a short meeting on Sunday, October 1.

Re-Enroll Your Kroger Card
Your enrollment in Kroger Community Rewards needs to be renewed annually, so visit krogercommunityrewards.com during September and re-enroll your card to support the church.

It’s Time for Operation Christmas Child!
Each year, we participate in this ministry of Samaritan’s Purse to fill shoeboxes with toys and gifts to be sent to children around the world.  Click here for all the details.
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Fall Festival–October 14

Silent auction: We’re looking for goods and services for the silent auction (new items only, please).  We have a letter of request to use if you’re asking a business for a donation.  Copies are on the counter in the church office.
Baskets: Each year we ask the Sunday School classes to put together a basket for the silent auction.  Please bring these by October 8.
Volunteers: We need you!  We need help with setup and cleanup, the bake sale, and games.  You can also sign up to bring chili for the chili cook-off, a cake for the cakewalk, or supplies for the candy apples.

See Catey Robbins if you can help. Thanks to everyone who helps make the festival a success each year!

Join Us On Wednesdays!

• Children’s Choir/TeamKid:  Kids meet first in the music room to work on their Christmas music, then go to TeamKid for Bible study and activities.

• Youth Bible study: Youth (middle and high school) meet in the basement youth room for their Bible study.  Youth also meet Wednesday mornings at 7:30 at Bojangles.

• Adult Bible study: Adults will be studying Romans using John MacArthur’s study.  Let Pastor Mike know if you would like to order a book.

ONGOING:

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. 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.

Snack Buddies
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.

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.

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Sep 18 2017

From Our Service 9/17/17

Sep 18 2017

Happening This Week 9/18-9/24

Tuesday 9/19
• Band rehearsal, 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday 9/20
• Youth devotions at Bojangles, 7:30 a.m.
• Children’s choir/TeamKid, 6:30 p.m.
• Youth Bible study, 6:30 p.m.
• Adult Bible study, 6:30 p.m.
• Choir rehearsal, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 9/21
• Handbell choir, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday 9/23
Evening of Worship, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday 9/24
• Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.
• Worship service, 11:00 a.m.
• Women on Mission, 12:00 p.m.

Sep 17 2017

This Week’s Bible Readings

Sunday 9/17: Philemon 1

Monday 9/18: Numbers 21-24

Tuesday 9/19: 2 Chronicles 1-5

Wednesday 9/20: Psalms 111-113

Thursday 9/21: Proverbs 25

Friday 9/22: Amos 5-9

Saturday 9/23: John 19-21

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Sunday 9/24: Hebrews 1-4

Monday 9/25: Numbers 25-28

Tuesday 9/26: 2 Chronicles 6-10

Wednesday 9/27: Psalms 114-116

Thursday 9/28: Proverbs 26-27

Friday 9/29: Obadiah

Saturday 9/30: Acts 1-2

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Click here for the full 52-week reading plan.

Sep 15 2017

Back to Church Sunday and Malachi

This week we join in with thousands of congregations across the country as we observe and participate in national Back to Church Sunday. This is a great time to renew our commitment to worship, pray and study the Bible together. We need to remember the passage found in Hebrews 10:25: And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. We need to gather together and encourage one another especially in times of struggle and turmoil. I hope you will make a commitment to join us this Sunday for worship.

This Sunday will also conclude our sermon series through the Old Testament Prophets. We will consider the book of Malachi in our time together. Malachi is a book that calls us to be faithful. God wants us to be faithful in our worship of Him, in our relationships and in returning to Him what is His. Join us Sunday for a special time of worship and then stay for our church-wide fellowship meal!

Sep 11 2017

From Our Service 9/10/17

Sep 11 2017

Happening This Week 9/11-9/17

Wednesday 9/13
• Youth devotions at Bojangles, 7:30 a.m.
• Children’s choir/TeamKid, 6:30 p.m.
• Youth Bible study, 6:30 p.m.
• Adult Bible study, 6:30 p.m.
• Choir rehearsal, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 9/14
• Handbell choir, 6:30 p.m.
• Band rehearsal, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday 9/17
Back to Church Sunday

• Band rehearsal, 8:45 a.m.
• Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.
• Worship service, 11:00 a.m.
• Potluck lunch, 12:00 p.m.

Sep 07 2017

Music for Sunday 9/10/17

Rejoice, the Lord is King!  That’s the message of Zechariah: the Lord is coming, and He will be king.  Zechariah has many mentions of the coming Messiah, not as a baby, but as a mighty ruler.  Our VBS workers will remember this as one of our memory verses this year:

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
He is just and endowed with salvation,
Humble, and mounted on a donkey,
Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
–Zechariah 9:9

That part of the prophecy was fulfilled on Palm Sunday with Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.  But the story goes on from there.  He would be stricken (13:7) and pierced (12:10).  But He will return again as king over the earth, to reign forever.

Then the Lord, my God, will come, and all the holy ones with Him!
And the Lord will be king over all the earth;
In that day the Lord will be the only one, and His name the only one.
–Zechariah 14:5, 9

Yes, it is He who will build the temple of the Lord,
and He who will bear the honor and sit and rule on His throne.
–Zechariah 6:13

Rejoice, the Lord is King: your Lord and King adore!
Rejoice, give thanks and sing, and triumph evermore.

Jesus, the Savior reigns, the God of truth and love;
When He had purged our stains, He took His seat above.

His kingdom cannot fail, He rules o’er earth and heaven;
The keys of death and hell are to our Savior given.

Rejoice in glorious hope! Our Lord and judge shall come
And take His servants up to their eternal home.

Lift up your heart; lift up your voice!
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!
–Rejoice, the Lord Is King

We see in Zechariah that God is not just a mighty ruler, not just a judge, not just a God of righteous wrath, but a God of compassion.

Therefore the people wander like sheep,
They are afflicted, because there is no shepherd.

I will strengthen the house of Judah,
And I will save the house of Joseph,
And I will bring them back,
Because I have had compassion on them;
And they will be as though I had not rejected them,
For I am the Lord their God and I will answer them.
–Zechariah 10:2, 6
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There is an everlasting kindness You lavished on us
When the Radiance of heaven came to rescue the lost;
You called the sheep without a shepherd to leave their distress
For Your streams of forgiveness and the shade of Your rest.
–Compassion Hymn

He pours out that compassion on us even though we were the ones who pierced His Son through our sins:

 I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.
–Zechariah 12:10

We stood beneath the cross of Calvary and gazed on Your face,
At the thorns of oppression and the wounds of disgrace;
For surely You have borne our suffering and carried our grief
As You pardoned the sinner and showed grace to the thief.

What boundless love, what fathomless grace
You have shown us, O God of compassion!
Each day we live an offering of praise
As we show to the world Your compassion.

Another theme that runs through Zechariah is that of all nations coming together to worship the King.

Many nations will join themselves to the Lord in that day and will become My people. Then I will dwell in your midst, and you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me to you. –2:11

Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Behold, I am going to save My people from the land of the east and from the land of the west; and I will bring them back and they will live in the midst of Jerusalem; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God in truth and righteousness.” –8:7-8

So many peoples and mighty nations will come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favor of the Lord. –8:22

The many peoples and nations–that’s us!  God’s grace and salvation is not just for Israel.  This is the new covenant, the “mystery of Christ” that Paul talks about in Ephesians 3:6: that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.  Through Jesus, we have been brought into God’s family!  Rejoice in glorious hope!

Shout to the north and the south;
Sing to the east and the west.
Jesus is Savior to all;
Lord of heaven and earth.
–Shout to the North

Compassion Hymn: words by Stuart Townend and Keith and Kristyn Getty.  Copyright 2009 Thankyou Music.  Shout to the North: words by Martin Smith.  Copyright 1995 Curious? Music UK (PRS).

Sep 07 2017

Back to Church Sunday

Back to Church Sunday
September 17, 11:00 am

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
–Hebrews 10:23-25

As a church family—children of God, brothers and sisters in Christ—we worship, walk, and work together.  We pray for each other, encourage one another, and build each other up in the Lord.  And we come before our Almighty God to worship Him in all His grace, mercy, and love.

Back to Church Sunday is an opportunity to re-commit to regular worship with your church family.  Come join us for our Back to Church service and for lunch afterwards.  We look forward to seeing you!

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