Newsletter for October 2020
In-person worship has gone really well. Everyone has complied with our safety requirements thus far, and we have had no one test positive for the virus. Obviously, if someone did test positive, one could not know for sure if the virus was contracted here at church. Thankfully, we have not had to worry about that scenario.
In recent weeks we have received $3,695 toward the Myers\Mallory Offering for State Missions. By way of reminder, this offering supports WMU, Disaster Relief, Church Planting, Church Revitalization, and Partnership Missions.
Speaking of Disaster Relief, our team was able to see firsthand how funds given go to help those in need. On Sunday, September 20, Lou Altman, Johay Bruff, Terry Comer, Emmett Green, David & JoAnne Hendon, Barney Self, and I went to Bay Minette to help those in that area with cleanup after Hurricane Sally caused so much destruction. Your prayers were greatly appreciated.
Beginning this Sunday, Operation Christmas Child brochures will be available here at the church.
Shoeboxes will need to be returned on Sunday, November 15. If you do not wish to do the shopping for the shoebox to be filled, you can place $34.00 in an envelope, and someone will do the shopping for you. That will include the $9.00 for shipping. I can’t imagine how special a gift will be for a child in these unprecedented times. Thank you in advance for your participation.
Bro. David email@example.com
Music & Outreach
First, let's talk about music. Anybody else thinking about Christmas? Just me? Usually by this time of year our choirs are already working on our Christmas music. Choir is not the safest activity to participate in during a pandemic. This year, we'll be doing something a little different. I'll have more information about that for you later, but just know that we will not miss out on having a worshipful Christmas celebration together. I saw this Christmas ornament when I googled "quarantine Christmas" and just had to share.
Now, let's talk about outreach. We have an opportunity to serve our neighbors on Friday night, October 9. Our church is feeding the Jasper High School Band during the third quarter of the football game.
Bro. Justin and I will be grilling and packing hotdogs that day. Each band member will be getting a hotdog, condiments, a bag of chips, cookies, and a bottle of water. We're going to need some help. We need people to volunteer to make cookies. If you'd be willing to make some cookies for the band, let me know. I can give you all the details.
One last thing, our average attendance at in-person worship in September was 113. We are so glad to see some of our church family in person again. We are especially excited about the families worshiping with us now in-person who began worshiping with us online during the quarantine. Be sure to make them feel welcome when you see them in the parking lot on Sundays before and after church.
-Bro. Shawn firstname.lastname@example.org
These last few weeks of in person worship have been so encouraging. Seeing my church family, even behind masks, has been so encouraging. I am especially thrilled when I see the kids! They all seem to be unfazed by all of this. In an effort to make services a little easier for those with kids, we have been providing themed weekly activity packets before service. They provide a short story, activity sheets, a sermon notes sheet and, of course, a little candy. I hope to see you all soon.
Bro. Wes email@example.com
Here is this past Sunday's video devotional in case you missed it.
NBC Student Ministry
I pray you all are doing well. I want to commend our students for being so faithful on Wednesday evenings either in person or on Zoom. They have braved the rain, heat, and technical issues for many weeks while attending Base. Philippians 2:14 says, “Do all things without grumbling or complaining.” They have gone above and beyond during this season we’re in. I believe God is working His unique plan in each of our youth so that God will be glorified through their dedication to Him. After many months of Bible study and some social distancing ministry, we will have a fun activity kayaking this Saturday. Please continue to pray for our students and student ministry because it’s not easy making decisions.
I heard a term recently which said our prayers are to take the “war to the floor.” This goes right along with our study putting on the whole armor of God and going to battle in prayer and supplication. Will you commit alongside me and our students to take the “war to the floor” and pray that we will be steadfast and bold during these difficult days?
In Christ, Bro. Justin firstname.lastname@example.org
Food Closet Needs
We are beginning to see an increase in requests for assistance with groceries. Please consider picking up extras of these items for our food closet when you grocery shop.
- Canned fruit
- packets of instant potatoes
- packets of baking mix
- small bags of dried beans and rice (no more than 2 pounds each please)
- boxes of saltine crackers
- jars of peanut butter
- 4 or 5 lb. bags of sugar
- bottles of cooking oil
NBC Kids Mum Sale:
We want to thank everyone who purchased mums in honor and memory of family and friends to support our children’s ministry.
In Honor of Richard’s 70th Birthday on Oct. 12th, In Memory of Marie Boyd Hartley By Cathy Hadaway
In Honor of Grant and Bradley Cook, In Memory of Buddy, Geneva, and Robin Redmill, In Memory of Jack, Sue, and Dwayne Comer By Terry and Judy Comer
In Memory of Kermit and Beulah Mills By Omar and Kathy Faucett
In Honor of Alex Fayet, Ashton Frazar, and Evie Hadder, In Memory of Wendell and Mattie Scales By John and Delores Frazar
In Honor of Marilyn, Lauren, and Chelsea Byrd By David Byrd
In Honor of Marilyn Byrd, Kristi Stinson, and Phyllis Barker By John and Sue Atkins
In Memory of Betty Thomas, Ina Walton, and Dorothy Craven By Ed and Beckie Sartain
In Memory of Gene Aldridge and Bob Nolen Sr. By Bob and Gina Nolen
In Memory of Scottie Green, In Honor of Jimmy and Dorma Green By Wes and Brandi Lamon
In Memory of Carol Pate By Jeannie King
In Memory of Tom Smith; Paul and Mildred Blalock; Arthur and Kathryn Douglas; Bill Counts; Click Jaye; Roy O’Rear; Dot Forrester; Tonya Hand; Frank Banks; Scottie, Jessie, and Sidney Green; Marzell Swearingen; and William Goddard By Jimmy and Dorma Green
In Memory of Jeanette Wolfe and Larry Abel By Glendon and Debra Gravlee
We would also like to thank all of the other individuals who purchased a mum in support of the children's ministry.
Charlene Bishop Anne Davidson
Patsy Estes Deb Lamon
Brandy Robinson Betty Wiginton
The proposed budget for 2020-2021 will be identical to the budget for 2019-2020 except for the fact that Bro. John’s salary was removed and salary for Justin Robinson ,who is filling in during this interim time, has been added. This results in a lower amount needed weekly to meet full budget requirements. You will see that reflected as further publications are sent out. The new weekly budget requirement will be $11,541.10. Thanks to those of you who have been so faithful in your giving during these last months. May God bless all of you for your faithfulness to Him and our church.
Weekly Budget Needs: $ 11,982.92
Budget Need YTD: $ 46,164.40
Received thru 9/30/20: $ 52,281.66
Memorials & Honorariums (August/September)
In Honor of Rick Brown
to the Elevator Construction Project by Frances Wilson
to the Missions Fund by Margaret Hamrick
In Memory of Marie Hartley
to World Hunger by Frances Wilson
to the Annie Armstrong Offering by Margaret Hamrick
In Memory of Geneva Redmill
to the Eldridge Children’s Home by Frances Wilson