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The Beauty of Growth

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[Psalm 147:7-8] 7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; play the lyre to our God, 8 who covers the sky with clouds, prepares rain for the earth, and causes grass to grow on the hills.
One of my favorite things about spring time is seeing the grass in my yard go from the winter shade of brown, back to the vibrant green of spring. Of course, with the rejuvenated grass comes the responsibility of fertilizing, watering and cutting.  Anything of beauty requires effort on our part to sustain it. Just like Adam, God has given us a beautiful life to tend.  Make every effort to weed out sin in your life and fertilize your soul with the Word of God. Do not be afraid to try new things for the Lord. Everyday we are either growing or dying in our spiritual life.  If God is leading you to do something for Him take a chance. Love Him, worship Him and serve Him because there are beautiful results for you to enjoy and others to admire.
In Him,
Pastor James

Weekly Youth Update: 3/23-3/29

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This week, the Homeland Park Youth finish their series in Psalm 51 with a study of verses 14-19! This has been a great series understanding the depths of sin and the hope of God’s grace we have ultimately in Jesus. If you’d like to join us to finish the series, Bible study is Wednesday night in the Loft of the Family Life Center from 6:30-7:30! The gym opens at 6:00 for anyone wanting to hang out!

Saturday, April 4, is our 5-on-5 Basketball Tournament! We are partnering with Greater Love Bible Church to host the tournament and to minister to the community.
The tournament will be from 8 am – 4 pm that Saturday. You must be between ages 12-17 and must register your teams on Friday, April 3, to be eligible to play. Registration will be from 5pm – 6pm on Friday, April 3. To register to play, you must show a report card with either a school ID or driver’s license.
If you are an adult in our church and wondering how you can get involved, please let me know. Whether greeting visitors at the…

5 on 5 Youth Basketball Tournament on April 4

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Weekly Youth Update: 3/16-3/22

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Last week, the Homeland Park youth had an awesome time together discussing Psalm 51:1-6 as a start to our short series through Psalm 51. The students learned more about the nature of sin, every person’s desperate need for Christ, and how to follow Him as Savior and Lord. This week, we will be continuing our discussion through the passage and we hope to see you there! Bible study lasts on Wednesday night from 6:30-7:30 and students wanting to hang out before may arrive to the Family Life Center at 6:00!


Saturday, April 4, is our 5-on-5 Basketball Tournament! We are partnering with Greater Love Bible Church to host the tournament and to minister to the community.
The tournament will be from 8 am – 4 pm that Saturday. You must be between ages 12-17 and must register your teams on Friday, April 3, to be eligible to play. Registration will be from 5 pm – 6:30 pm on Friday, April 3. To register to play, you must show a report card with either a school ID or driver’s license.
If you are an …

Weekly Youth Update: 3/9-3/15

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This Wednesday night, we have Bible study from 6:30-7:30! The gym opens at 6:00 for anyone wanting to hang out before we head up to the Loft for Bible study. Our new study series will take us through Psalm 51, showing us the depths of sin but the glory of God to redeem! Invite your friends and we look forward to seeing you there!
Sunday night, from 5pm-6pm, I will be hosting a meeting in the sanctuary updating the church on the student ministry, how adults can serve in the bigger picture, and how adults can serve for our upcoming 5-on-5 basketball tournament. Even if you’re unsure of how you can serve in the student ministry, come to the meeting to find out about unique and creative ways people can serve the youth in a meaningful, God-honoring way that will have a major impact on their lives and the life of the church.
Saturday, April 4, is our 5-on-5 Basketball Tournament! We are partnering with Greater Love Bible Church to host the tournament and to minister to the community.
The …

Turn Your Clocks Ahead 1 Hour Tonight

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Yes, it is time to gain back a little more sunshine in the day.  Turn your clocks ahead 1 hour tonight and also use this as a reminder to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.  Go to bed a little early tonight and we look forward to seeing you in the morning.

New Sunday Night Sermon Series - 4 Scriptures That Move us From Existing To Living

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God has created us for more than simply existing from day to day.  He has created us to live our lives in a close relationship with Him. There is a trend for people to pull away from God in order to pursue their self driven goals and wants.  Too often we find out that simply existing for our schedules, paychecks and relationships can be exhausting if our motivation is not in tact.  To know the power found in living a life for God, we must know what that looks like.  God has given us clear instructions for living in these four biblical passages (23rd Psalm / The 10 Commandments / The Lord's Prayer / The Beatitudes)

Join us on Sunday evenings at 6:00 pm as we find strength from God's word in moving from simply existing to living our lives.

Weekly Youth Update: 3/2-3/8

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Last week, we had to cancel our weekly Wednesday night services due to the threat of winter weather. This week, Bible study is happening! The youth will meet in the Loft of the Family Life Center from 6:30-7:30 and the gym will open at 6:00 beforehand for anyone wanting to hang out. Our study time will focus on our last parable of Jesus as we finish our great “Parables of Jesus” series!
Saturday, April 4, is our 5-on-5 Basketball Tournament! We are partnering with Greater Love Bible Church to host the tournament and to minister to the community.
The tournament will be from 8 am – 4 pm that Saturday. You must be between ages 12-17 and must register your teams on Friday, April 3, to be eligible to play. Registration will be from 5pm – 6pm on Friday, April 3. To register to play, you must show a report card with either a school ID or driver’s license. Please pay attention to these details with more information coming soon!
If you have any questions about Bible study, the basketball tour…

Birthdays and Anniversaries for March 2015

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BIRTHDAYS

Tylen McCullough           3/3 Tammy Sanders             3/3 Al Harrell                       3/5 Chris Marlow                 3/8 Billy Mitchell                  3/10 Bobbie Eskew                3/10 Millard Hart                   3/14 Jerry Geddings               3/17 Mary Lou Finley             3/19 Elizabeth Elvington         3/20 Gail Keaton                    3/22 Bonnie Evans                 3/31

ANNIVERSARIES
Jerry & Clair Stamps       3/8 Will & Anna Artman        3/16

Prayer Ministry Updates

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At the beginning of the year, our leadership felt led to make prayer a priority in 2015. I know that sounds like it should be a given for a church, but there is a difference between praying and church and being a praying church. One addition we have made is the Worship Prayer Team. Each week members are praying specifically during the morning services for God to move and lives to be touched. Many have taken advantage of this that have not been able to come to other prayer meetings. It is so encouraging to hear their testimonies of how God is using that special time in their lives.

Secondly, in an effort to keep our public prayer list accurate we are adding some guidelines to keep it fresh and current.
1. All prayer list requests need to be made through our church office either by phone or email. Any prayer request that is submitted must have the consent of the person being prayed for. Some people cherish the prayers of their friends and family but do not want it published in a publ…

Thank You Notes For March 2015

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We would like to thank the young ladies of the church for putting together the house warming shower. We would also like to thank all those who attended; your gifts are much appreciated and will be put to good use. Thank you also for all the prayers that have gone up on our behalf. God has blessed us greatly to have such a generous and loving church family.
Josh & Trista Cox

Thank you so much for all of the food you served. Thank you for the love, prayers and for just being there. With Love, 
The Family of Myrtice Johnson

Thank you for the letters and cards that have been sent to us. We are thankful for a loving church family.
Dorothy Dutton & Jimmy Cleveland

Dear Church Family, We would like to say a “special” thank you for all the things you have done for us. Thank you for the gifts, cards, especially the prayers and anything else I may have missed. Love in Christ,
James & Evelyn Jones

Annie Armstrong Mission March Is This Sunday

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This is the Week Of Prayer for North American Missions and Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. When we give to this offering, 100 percent of the money will be transformed into missionary salaries, new church plants in struggling cities and ministry supplies. Those missionaries, churchplants and supplies will help others hear the message of Christ and respond in faith to His offer of salvation.

Our Mission March will be this Sunday, March 8th and we will collect through the month of march. Our goal is $1,000.

Please be in Prayer about what God would have you to give over and above your tithe to see people reached around this nation.


Watch This Video To See How The Offering Works.

Mission Action for March 2015

Our Mission Action Project for the month of March will be for Hospice of the Upstate.
They can use: Saltine Crackers, Small Styrofoam Bowls, Small Paper Plates, Large Styrofoam Cups, Plastic Spoons, Paper Towels, Coffee (Not Instant), Individual Fruit Cups, Individual Jell-o and Individual Applesauce.
The emphasis for Operation Christmas Child for this month is Rulers, Scissors, Jewelry and Deodorant.
Please leave these items in the Bible Study Office.

ANNIE ARMSTRONG EASTER OFFERING Mission March - Sunday, March 8th
Goal: $1,000 - Envelopes are in the pews.

WMU SPRING MEETING Tuesday, March 24th  5:30-7:00 PM Shady Grove Baptist Church

See the bulletin board for more information.