Our pancake breakfast this past Saturday was great. We had several there and we all enjoyed pancakes, bacon, sausage, milk, orange juice and coffee while Pastor Bob did the cooking on the griddle under the pavilion.
Sunday morning we had several there. Pastor Bob’s message that morning was titled “The Seed” and Sunday evening it was on “Sin Pays.” Ezekiel 18:27 and 30, Again, when the wicked man turns away from his wickedness that he has committed, and does that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, says the Lord God. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniguity shall not be your ruin.
This past Wednesday was the Pastor’s birthday and we had Sloppy Joes with chips, cake, and banana pudding, just before our bible study. Our study was on salvation and Sis. Nancy McNew brought us the message for that and this Wednesday it will be on romance by Bro. Mike Clark and I will be talking about being an armor bearer. We are really enjoying picking words from the bible to talk on.
We are thankful and grateful for the rain we have had and we are certainly praying for cooler weather.
“Jesus is right for what ever is wrong in your life.”
There’s this very popular saying that goes, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” And while that may be good advise, it’s also important to be sure that we don’t also ignore the small details that can be such huge blessings in our lives. As Brother Crocker brought our sermon Sunday morning, he pointed out how often Jesus is shown in the details of our lives, even from the beginning in Genesis 2: 8-17. Often times, people question why in the beginning, God made everything for man and then He seemingly took it all away. God himself planted the beautiful garden of Eden, God himself made man in His own image and breathed life into him, God gave man all control over everything….well, almost everything. There was that one tree, untouchable and forbidden….just one command to stay away that God required. Of course, man failed and sinned in not obeying God’s command and all at once, it seemed that God took everything away from man. He was banished from the fertile gardens, made to work the land he had once controlled, and worse, given a death sentence in his life. This banishment and punishment may seem like everything had been taken from man, but actually it required God to give up all that He had, in the form of his one and only precious son, Jesus, to now save the man He so lovingly created. As the familiar verse John 3:16 tells us, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Jesus has always been in the details, even from the very beginning, and even still, in the presence of God, there is an abundance of life from the REAL tree of life, Jesus Christ. Won’t you trust in Jesus today? Acts 2:21 tells us “..that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Please don’t ignore this huge detail in your life today.
Attention ladies of Immanuel Baptist….Tuesday evening at 6, Sept. 11, we will have a ladies fellowship at the church, in honor of our new pastors wife, Laura. We hope that all the ladies of the church can join us for this “Salad Social” as a time of meet and greet and fellowship together.
Our youth group has made a change that we wanted you to be aware of and hopefully can lead to an opportunity for you to join us. Previously, our youth group, grades 7th-12th, met on Sunday evenings at 4:30. Beginning Sept. 5, our youth group will now be meeting on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. If you have children in this age group and would like to join us, we would love to have you! As a matter of fact, we would love to invite any age group to join us for any of our services. Our Sunday services begin at 10 a.m., with Sunday School, followed by worship service at 11, and evening worship service is at 6. On Wednesdays, our youth, grades 7th-12th grade, meet from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by our Sunbeam, GMA and Galilean programs for all youth ages, and the ladies group and men’s group Bible Study, all beginning at 7. If you have any questions about these services or any other programs Immanuel has available, please don’t hesitate to call Bro. Crocker or Lisa at 501-679-2612. Have a very blessed week!