Newsletter for January 2020
First of all, let me say a big thank you on behalf of all our International Mission Board missionaries stationed around the world sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. We have now exceeded our goal of $16,000 for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Thus far, you have given $16,007 to support this mission effort. In addition, this past Sunday, David Hendon shared with us an opportunity to be a blessing to the people of Honduras through a donation of various food items. In less than a week, you have already given over $2,600 to this project. Praise be to God for these two mission efforts.
This Sunday is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. We will once again participate in the Baby Bottle Boomerang to benefit our local Pregnancy Test and Resource Center. The baby bottles will be available this Sunday. We ask you to bring them back by Sunday, February 14. You may fill them with change, cash, or a check made out to the Pregnancy Test and Resource Center.
Please continue to be in prayer for our members and regular attenders who have been stricken with this terrible virus. Also be in prayer for our nation. These are indeed turbulent times in America.
Bro. David email@example.com
Music & Outreach
None of my words seem appropriate today. So I'm going to be quiet and instead share with you words of others.
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
"I sought the LORD, and he answered me; He delivered me from all my fears." Psalm 34:4
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand." Isaiah 41:10
I hope these words from scripture have encouraged you today. If I can serve you or your family in any way please let me know.
One last thing (Exclusive to this online edition of our newsletter) This Sunday we'll we worshiping together by singing the song "Graves Into Gardens." Take some time before Sunday to soak in the Biblical truths proclaimed in this song and be ready to belt it out Sunday.
-Bro. Shawn firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy New Year NBC family and good riddance 2020! I say that with a mix of light heartedness and seriousness. The year 2020 was not the best year for most of us, but I am grateful that God is with us through all those tough times and promises good for us in the future. I do not really know how 2021 is going to be, but I know that we have God fighting the battles for us, so it can't be too bad. Keep reaching out and I hope to see you all soon.
God loves you,
-Bro. Wes email@example.com
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NBC Student Ministry
I hope you all are well!
If 2020 has showed us anything, it’s that we can’t stay still spiritually speaking. Even if we’re quarantined or staying safe at home, life goes on. We still have people to help, the lost to witness to and a Heavenly Father to glorify. That’s why our students will start a new series in January titled “No More Games.” The question I ask myself and you is, Are we playing games with God or those we see every day? The gospel is urgent and the Great Commission should still be our focus!
I’m praying MFuge is still happening this June and Covid numbers will drop. They have pushed the deadline for deposits back until March so be looking for some info shortly!
Bro. Justin firstname.lastname@example.org
Elsie Lisbeth Hadder - 1/4/21
8 pounds, 10 ounces, 20 1/2 inches
Parents: Zack and Allison Frazar Hadder Big Sister: Evie
Grandparents: Bugs and Delores Frazar
Charlotte Fendley Sartain - 1/4/21
8 pounds, 1 ounce, 20 inches
Parents: Chase and Reagan Sartain Big Sister: Anna Michael
Grandparents: Mike and Sherri Sartain
Pregnancy Test and Resource Center... Our local PTRC can always use donations of new and gently used clothes for girls and boys, preemie through size 2. They will gladly take donations of diapers, wipes, and other baby necessities. Baby food and formula which is in date will be accepted also. They cannot accept used car seats or furniture. Call the center at 205-221-5860 to schedule a time to drop off donations. They will be so appreciative.
The Mission of Hope… We are once again collecting plastic grocery/Walmart/Dollar General etc. type bags for the Mission of Hope. You can bring them to the church during office hours and leave them on the porch by the mailbox. Please do not leave them after hours or on weekends where they might blow out over the parking lot. They will also accept good used donations for their yard sale. Those items need to be taken to the mission building in Dora. They have bins available for smaller items. For help unloading large items, go on Wednesday mornings between 8 and 11 a.m.
The Baptist Foundation of Alabama Scholarship Process is NOW OPEN.
Every year The Baptist Foundation of Alabama distributes over $500,000 in scholarship awards from more than 100 scholarship funds. The application process for scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year opened January 1 and will close March 31. Applications are accepted online only and can be accessed at: http://tbfa.org/scholarships. Parents: Don’t let your student miss out on this scholarship opportunity. The requirements cannot be fulfilled overnight so start early.
Other Important Information:
We have Home Life, Journey, Stand Firm and Mature Living magazines for January, as well as Open Windows for the Winter quarter. All of these magazines are available for the asking! You may also ask for giving envelopes for 2021. If you are attending in-person worship, you can pick up envelopes at any of the three entrances.
Contribution statements for 2020 have been mailed. If you did not receive yours, or if you have a question regarding your statement, please don’t hesitate to call the church office.
The Bible Institute, a non-denominational Institute for Biblical Studies, is located in the building where Samaria Baptist Church meets: 70 East Lake Road - Just off the Industrial Parkway. The Winter Term is on 6 consecutive Tuesday evenings February 2 - March 9, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Rick Sherer will be teaching Biblical Characters and Dr. Morris Murray, Jr. will be teaching 2nd and 3rd John. We offer a Certificate of Participation to those who attend at least 4 of the 6 classes. The registration fee is $10.00 and may be paid at the initial meeting. This will cover cost of materials which will be provided to each participant. For questions or to pre-enroll, please contact Dr. Murray at 205-522-3662.
We express our love and Christian sympathy to:
Sara Harbor in the death of her mother, Helen Fisher
Jo Anne Julian in the death of her son-in-law, Billy Studdard
Emily Redmill in the death of her great-grandmother, Mrs. Lila Estes
The family of Johnnie Shumate
Sherrie Humphries in the death of her aunt, Edith Alsbrook
Former Member Amy Guinn Massey (Phil and Julia’s daughter) in the death of her husband, Rev. Chad Massey
The families of Tony Price, Scott Beasley, Terry Bruner, Michael Toups and Jerry Sherer
(These five had been on our prayer list.)
Weekly Budget Needs $11,541.10
Received thru 01/10/21 $212,401.72
Budget Needs YTD $219,280.90
Memorials & Honorariums (December)
To the General Fund by Ann King in memory of her parents, Aubrey and Dot King
To the Lottie Moon Offering by Roy and Linda Reeves in honor of John, Mandy, Carleigh and Christopher
To the General Fund by the Terry Walton Family in memory of Jerry and Mamie Walton