January 20, 2015

Weekly Youth Update: 1/19-1/25


This Wednesday night, we are continuing our study through the parables of Jesus! Bible study is from 6:30-7:30 in the loft of the Family Life Center. The gym opens at 6:00 for anyone wanting to hang out! Invite your family and friends!

This Saturday, the youth will be attending the Clemson-Wake Forest basketball game at Littlejohn Coliseum. Tip-off is at noon and we will meet to leave from the church at 9:45am. Lunch is provided and the tickets are $5.

We have several tickets already reserved and we are taking a total of 10 students. In order to reserve a ticket, please submit the signed permission and medical forms from the student-parent packet by Wednesday night, January 21. The first 10 to submit the form will have a ticket reserved and those who turn in the packet after will be put on a waiting list.

If you have any questions, let me know by emailing me at jason@homelandparkbc.org!


Jason

January 19, 2015

Two of Our Members Are Recognized For Sharing The Gospel Through Their Service

I received this letter the other day from the local soup kitchen/food bank that recognized two of our members for their continued service there.  I believe in handing out roses to the living, so I wanted recognize Pauline Tate and Margaret Brickman for their service. Also, thank you to the many others in our church that help the homeless and needy in our community.



Thank you Pauline and Margaret for representing God and our church so well.

In Him,

Pastor Jmes

January 17, 2015

Jesus Has A New Home

On behalf of our church I would like to thank Odell Williams, Gary Bryant and Larry McLees for putting our painting of Jesus by Kerry Jackson in a more prominent place. These men spent several days wiring lights, switches, dimmers and more to make it possible to place emphasis on this painting.  Now with our glass doors, the painting can be seen from the road.  It is amazing how the light makes the red blood stand out, because Jesus' blood is what made the difference in our lives. 


He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world.
[1 John 2:2]

But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
[1 John 1:7]



I love knowing that the first thing someone will see in our church when they enter the front door is the emphasis we place on our Savior.  Even more importantly, I know people will experience Him through our worship services, preaching and the love of our congregation.  Thank you again men!

Connecting Lives To God and Others,



Pastor James

January 16, 2015

Sunday We Celebrate The Sanctity of Human Life


This Sunday we recognize as a nation the “Sanctity of Human Life” Day.  Many may think this is a Southern Baptist thing or church thing. Actually, it began by President Ronald Reagan designating on  January 16, 1984 that January 22, 1984 would be known as “National Sanctity of Human Life Day”. He did this in response to the Supreme Court’s decision eleven years previously to allow abortions to be legal in the Roe vs Wade case.  Since then some presidents have recognized this proclamation and others have not.  However, other institutions like the Southern Baptist Convention and churches like ours continue to recognize this proclamation.

The “Sanctity of Life” extends from the womb to the grave.  If we do not see life as precious then it affects the way we treat our unborn, children, adults and elderly.  We must hold to the fact that life began from the moment God created us and breathed life into us..

Then the Lord God formed the man out of the dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being.
[Genesis 2:7]

Remember today that life is precious to God. You are precious to God.  Pray for the mommies and daddies that are struggling with the decision of keeping or terminating their pregnancy.  Pray for the sons and daughters that are making decisions on the care of their elderly family members. Finally, remember those who have went through with abortions and are suffering the regret that comes with that decision.  Every life matters! Your Life Matters!

Celebrate Life Today!

January 13, 2015

Weekly Youth Update: 1/12 - 1/18


Last week was a busy and exciting week in the life of Homeland Park Baptist Church and for the youth. We started our Bible study through the parables of Jesus this past Wednesday night and they learned of the immeasurable value of God’s kingdom from Matthew 13:45-46. On Sunday night, the church hosted a reception for my seminary graduation (which was incredible!). This provided an awesome time for the youth to hang out with the church body and to grow deeper in our relationships with one another.

Thank you to all who organized, served, attended, and gave for this occasion! I have truly been blessed by your unconditional and sacrificial love, which is a great reminder of God’s immense love towards us all through Jesus. I’m so thankful God allowed me to finish seminary at Homeland Park. This church is a precious gift of encouragement and love and is a great example of the beauty of the body of Christ. Thank you so much for a great evening and for all that you have done for Elizabeth and me!

This week, we continue our study through the parables of Jesus and will look at Matthew 13:47-50. This parable tells us more about the kingdom of heaven and the great implications of responding to the Gospel. Bible study is Wednesday night, 6:30-7:30. The Family Life Center will open at 6:00 for anyone wanting to hang out!

Finally, remember our trip to see the Clemson-Wake Forest basketball game on Saturday, January 24. The game tips-off at noon and we will meet to leave from the church at 9:45 am. We will arrive back between 3:15-3:30. Lunch will be provided and the cost for the trip is $5

In order to reserve a ticket, you must pick up a permission packet from me, fill it out completely, and return it to me as soon as possible. We have 10 student tickets and tickets will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. In the event of more than 10 students reserving tickets, we will have a waiting list. Tickets must be reserved by Wednesday, January 21.

If you have any questions, please email me at jason@homelandparkbc.org!


Jason

January 7, 2015

Weekly Youth Update: 1/5-1/11


This Wednesday night, the Homeland Park youth are kicking off the new semester together with Bible study at 6:30 in the Family Life Center! Bible study lasts until 7:30 and we invite the youth to hang out with one another beforehand at 6:00. During the first half of the semester, we will be going through the parables of Jesus. This will be a great opportunity to engage with the truths of God’s Word in a thought-provoking and life changing way!

The other event to keep on your radar is our trip to see the Clemson-Wake Forest basketball game on Saturday, January 24. The game tips-off at noon and we will meet to leave from the church at 9:45. Lunch will be provided and the cost for the trip is $5.

In order to reserve a ticket, you must pick up a permission packet from me, fill it out completely, and return it to me as soon as possible. We have 10 student tickets and tickets will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. In the event of more than 10 students reserving tickets, we will have a waiting list.

We are excited about the work God is doing in the lives of the youth and the new students we are meeting on a regular basis! Please be praying for us as we continue to live and minister together to the glory of God!

If you have any questions, please email me at jason@homelandparkbc.org!

Jason


January 5, 2015

We Are Starting With Prayer in 2015

I Just turned on the heat for our first Monday night Prayer Meeting of 2015. We begin at 6:00pm in the Choir room. Come prayer for our church, community, country and world. We would love to have you.

Pastor James