NewsLetter and Events
AFBC October 2018 NewsLetter
From the PASTOR:
What Brings Joy in Your Life?
What brings joy in your life? Maybe it is being with family, hanging out with friends or a nice relaxing vacation. For Christians joy comes from the privilege of walking with God. Our intimacy in fellowship with the Creator and Sustainer of all that there is results in true and lasting joy. There is no better way to live than to walk with God. It is a walk of fellowship with God and obedience to God.
Jesus knew of this joy for in Hebrews 12:2 it was because of this joy that he endured the cross and despised the shame that he stayed the course. Likewise Peter writes in 1Peter1:8 " though you have not seen him, you love him and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy". The apostle Paul knew of the joy of walking with God.
Here are some ways we can have joy in walking with the Lord.
- Walking with God pleases God. Our fellowship with God brings glory to God. Those who walk with God tell the rest of the world who they associate with.
- Walking with God has evangelistic appeal. Many peoples first witness of the Christian faith was not the message of the gospel but a Christian’s fellowship with God through the gospel. A living witness to walking with the Lord.
- Walking with God is honorable. A Christian feels blessed that he walks with God. There is no greater blessing a person can experience than fellowship with God himself. It is the most honorable way to live.
- Walking with God is safe. Walking in the way of sin is like walking along the edge of a cliff. The unrepentant sinner is always standing on the brink of a bottomless pit, and the smallest nudge from death will send him tumbling. Yet those who walk in godliness and wisdom receive this promise: “Then you will walk on your way securely, and your foot will not stumble” Proverbs 3:23.
- Walking with God makes death sweet. There is nothing that will ease death like a close walk with God. Walking with God never harms us but only helps us. No Christian will come to the grave regretting that he has prayed too much, been too holy, or walked with God too closely. To the contrary, he will regret that he has not spent more time with God, grown to greater holiness, and prayed with greater frequency and fervency.
- Walking with God keeps us from being abandoned by God. Those who walk with God will never be left by him. God may withdraw a sense of his presence for a time to teach us to cry out for him, but he will never leave altogether or for too long.
- Walking with God leads to rest. People who walk in their sin experience no rest in this life or the life to come. Yet to those who flee their sin, Jesus promises “you will find rest for your souls” for “my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” Matthew 11:29-30. In Christ we find rest now and in eternity.
There is no better way to live than to walk closely with our Lord. May you know the joy of close communion with God.
Part of this article comes from The Godly Man's Picture by Thomas Watson which I am reading.
Discipleship has started a new bible study from the Disciples Path called "The Truth" Two separate groups meet on Monday and Thursday nights at Wendy's in Hillsdale for study and prayer.
CHILDREN's FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY
Children's Fellowship Ministry is for children 1st through 5th grades.We plan activities for the children 3 to 4 times throughout the year. In September, we had a church wide family Kickball game and then Ice Cream afterwards. In November, we plan to take the children for bowling and pizza at CiCi's. We would love to see all the kids and parents are invited to come as well. Sign up sheet will be posted soon. We want to thank all the parents that bring their children out to fellowship with us.
John and Shannon Parker
CHILDREN's HANDBELLS and CHOIR
JAM (Jesus And Me)
JAM has started off strong. We are learning how to pray. We have chose to use the Lord's Prayer to build and teach the children how to pray. We are also learning the books of the Bible as well as bible verses.
Through Christ, Dot Friedt, Delores Hendrix, LuAnn Collins, Shannon Parker
YOUNG CHILDREN's CHOIR
The young children's choir learned Stop and Go to sing for Praise and Worship Night. The Children's Choir will be learning handbells to play on the float for the Christmas Parade. We are also learning music for a children's Christmas cantata.
Dot Friedt and Aileen Hendrix
Youth is going great. We always start off youth with a riveting game of kickball, where the youth and leaders come together and have fun time. Then we go in and have snack and a lesson. We just finished our study in the book of James. The youth are really absorbing the lessons and coming up with excellent questions and having great discussions with our group. we also had some focused lessons on prayer and having that personal relationship with God. It is great having the new recruits join us and having new input within the group. All are welcomed to join us and enjoy the great fellowship we have every Sunday from 4:30-6:30 pm..
Matt and Aileen Hendrix, Youth Directors
Upcoming Events for Outreach include:
October 27 - Fall Festival 6-8pm (Includes Chili Cookoff and Pizza Supper 4-5pm)
November 25 - Hanging of the Green Service - 6pm
December 1 - Ringing of the Bell at Lowes Grocery Store, 9A -7P
Janet Hellard and Ann Marcum
The Acteens are up and running full blast! Each Acteen has been challenged to select a mentor for guidance. The girls are in charge of "Operation Shoebox" with a goal of collecting 50 shoeboxes, and they are excited about attending a Carolina Girls Conference that is being held in Greensboro.
We are so thankful for each young lady.
In Christ, Faye and Janet
DAVIE FAMILY PROMISE mission
We hosted 3 Davie Family Promise families during the week of September 16 - 23, 2018. There were a total of 10 individuals. (a Mom (Latoya) and her 4 children, a mom (Tomorrow) and her 1 child, a mom, dad (Audrey, Will) and 1 child) The church basement was transformed into somewhat of a homeless shelter for the entire week. Meals were provided by volunteers from our church and other areas and volunteers took turns being overnight hosts. The families had a wonderful time with many stories to be told that bring about great blessings! We look forward to our next time to host which will be January 6-13, 2019.
Blessings, Debbie Jones
Ramonia's Touch is in the process of making walker bags that we plan on passing out during the Christmas season to elderly or at Rest Homes, We are very close to meeting our goal of 50 bags.
We had the pleasure of sharing our Ramonia's Touch closet with homeless families the church hosted from Davie Family Promise in September. It was a blessing to be able to see the excitement on their faces as they shopped through the closet for some "new" clothes for their children.
Blessings, Debbie Jones
Carl & Sarah Lewis, Van Ministry Coordinators
The ladies of WMU have started our new year with several projects. We helped with the Fair Ministry the end of September, donating 75 Hygiene Kits, 200 bottles of water and 150 bag lunches. There were a total of 16 people who were able to help with making the sandwiches and packing the bags and a total of 19 people who went to the fair and distributed water, bag lunches and spent time with workers in prayer.
We are so thankful that we were able to start our Acteens back up this year. Janet Hellard and Faye Burcham will lead these young ladies. You will hear more from them about their projects and missions.
As we get ready to prepare for the upcoming Holiday season we will be supporting the Christmas Toy Store, Operation Shoe Box (Samaritan’s Purse), Advance Christmas Parade and Lottie Moon. Our Lottie Moon kick off will be Wednesday, December 5 th.
If you are interested in joining us we meet the first Wednesday night of each month at 7 PM. We would love to have you come and share your ideas with us. If you have children we would love to have them join us in learning more about Jesus, Missions, Prayer, Love, Faith and so much more.
Our WMU Mission Leaders are:
Mission Friends (Pre-K thru K) - Cathy Barney, Rita
Mission Kids (Grades 1-2) – Marcy Goshorn
Children in Action (Grades 3-5) – Karen Robertson and Sarah Lewis
Acteens (Girls Grades 6-12) – Janet Hellard and Faye Burcham
God Bless You,
Sue Crater, WMU Director
Tutoring will begin Tuesday, October 9 at 6 PM. Anyone interested in having their child attend will need to get an enrollment sheet and sign them up. Davie County School System did allow the flyers to be placed in the book bags to go out to parents this year. We sent them to all students in grades 1-5. Several calls have been received but as of this time I don’t have exact numbers
Sue Crater, Tutoring
Good News Club
The Good News Club will be starting back on 10-10-18. We already have approximately 40 students registered. When we started 6 years ago we had 18 to register.
Our returning leaders are: Carl & Sarah Lewis, Ray and Vickie Edwards, Rodney Hellard, Faye Burcham, Rita Barks and LuAnn Collins. Our new leaders are: Dot Freidt, Matt Hendrix and Abby Skibsted.
All of the GNC’s in Davie County will come together for “Christmas Across America” It is a national event that provides children with the real meaning of Christmas. This event will take place at Cornerstone Christian Church on 12-8-18 from 1-3 pm. Each child enrolled in the 6 GNC’s will be invited and each child will be given an invitation to bring two children that are not members of a club. We are preparing for 200 children. Leaders, from all the clubs, will be responsible for the different activities. The parents of the children must stay during the event. We are asking for volunteers to mingle with the parents to witness, pray or just talk with any non-believers or unchurched. To work with the children you must have been through CPP training but to be with the parents you do not.
We will continue to ask for prayer for the students and leaders in all GNC’s. 35% (14) so far at the Cornatzer Elementary School Club are unchurched. Aside from the 14 we have 6 GNC students that attend church here regularly and are not accompanied by a parent.
Sarah Lewis & Vickie Edwards, co-leaders
Sunday School Essentials: Encouraging One Another
Sunday school is not just for kids. All of us need to know Jesus better and better. Longtime believer, Doubters. Yes and those under spiritual attack. In the church we even have those who have never known Jesus and are looking for answers to questions. All of us need to learn to know Jesus better and better.
And all of us need to get to know each other. Sunday school can be a place of mutual encouragement for people of all ages. We all need other believers who will let us be honest with them about our joys and our challenges We all need other believers who will faithfully pray for us, who will allow us to cry on their shoulder when life’s path grows too rough to walk alone, and who will hold us accountable in times of temptation. Fellowship like this in a relaxed, open atmosphere is a gift from God that renews our faith, uplifts us, and strengthens us. It’s spiritually healthy for us! One could even argue, spiritually essential!
Is it worth your time to get to church a little early?
All of us are under a microscope. Youth are looking at adults. Children are looking at the youth. Our co-workers are looking at us to see if there is any difference between them and us. Come on everyone, let’s get serious and be the example for someone.
Sunday school starts at 9:15 each Sunday.
Carl Lewis, SS Director