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November 23, 2016, 11:18 AM

Happy Thanksgiving



Psalm 117:1-2

Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you people! For His merciful kindness is great toward us, and the truth of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD!

Psalm 118:1

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

Let us give thanks to our Heavenly Father for His kindness to us, and let us share His kindness with others through our kindness to them.

Ephesians 4:32

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

I Corinthians 13:4

Love suffers long and is kind, love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil


Just a thought: why is it that Christians expect non-Christians to be KIND, TENDERHEARTED, FORGIVING NOT RUDE AND NOT PUFFED UP, yet it is ok for Christians to ignore these teachings and act however they feel like acting?


Thank you, Kitchen Ministry Team, for another great meal served! For those who may not know this ministry team and they are a ministry for all the ways they serve the families not only of our church but also community, meet weekly to plan discuss and prepare to serve. For week’s they have been making trips to stores, working on decorations making sure all the ingredients for our dinner were taken care of. They did an awesome job, coordinating this meal and making it a great meal to eat and getting as many different others involved bringing side dishes. Thank you, ladies, for the hours of hard work and all the time planning and thoughtfulness that you put into making this a great Thanksgiving fellowship meal! And you should know that these ladies do this year-round to help us serve our associational meals, funeral meals and all our other church meals. THANK YOU AGAIN LAIES FOR A GREAT MEAL AND THANK YOU FOR A GREAT MINISTRY!

Thank you, church family and friends for supporting and sharing the fellowship meal! Thanks for bringing your foods, family and friends. Like a parent at Christmas watching his children open gifts, I would rather go from table to table visiting and enjoying conversation than setting down to eat myself. I did get to enjoy visiting from table to table and I even stopped for a minute to enjoy some food with my family.

I am not sure how to say this but it looks like God meant it to be, the basket for donations. Yes, it is the heart and desire of the church and thru business action it is meant to be a financial blessing the church takes it upon ourselves thru the budget to provide this thanksgiving meal. Because of some miss-understandings, budgeting issues and or human errors we had a donation basket. It was announced that there was not a charge for the meal yet in the end there was over $700 in the basket! Why? I believe it was a God thing! I heard some say they were thankful it was there so they had an opportunity to give that they would not have had if it were not there. Just think we could have robbed someone of a blessing by trying to give a blessing without it. All I am saying is there is more than one way to look at the basket and God can turn our mistakes into His glory. Thank you to all who gave your donation blessings! 



We will have a baptism service this coming Sunday. We may have as many as four or it may be one. One is supposed to happen for sure, two I am still talking to parents and trying to get ok’s and another is one who is being hesitant about it. Please keep all these in your prayers.

I was thinking going into this past weekend that we would get back to our series on Revelation this Sunday but since we are having a baptism service God has been strongly drawing my heart to a message about baptism. I get asked most of the time by people “Can I be baptized”? The Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:36) asked Philip “What hinders me from being Baptized?” I feel the direction of the LORD for this coming Sunday is to speak about that question. With all that in mind this week’s message will be “Can I be baptized?” and our text will be Acts 8:26-40


PRAYER NEEDS: Larry Thornton had heart Cath, all is good with his heart pray as they continue to seek answers to his health issues, Thelma Robinson’s friend (Catherine) battling cancer, pray for the many people traveling for Thanksgiving,



The warship had just returned from a tour oversees and the young ensign shown himself to be responsible and efficient. Because of that he was given the opportunity to take command of the ship as it made its out to sea again.

 As the ship was to pull away from the dock, the ensign gave a series of crisp commands, and before long he had the decks buzzing with men. The ship left port and began steaming out of the channel. The ensign’s efficiency had been remarkable.

In fact, the deckhands began to proudly acknowledge that he had set a new record for getting a destroyer under way. The ensign glowed with pride and was not all that surprised when another seaman approached him with a message from the captain.

 He read the following message:

“My personal congratulations upon completing this exercise according to the book and with amazing speed. In you haste, however, you have overlooked one of the unwritten rules of seafaring – make sure the captain is on board before leaving the dock.”


Happy Thanksgiving! Ready or not here comes Christmas!

See you in worship this Sunday!

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith

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