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November Newsletter

Mount Vernon Baptist Association

November 2015

 

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and you!

Because you gave

Last year they reported:

    1.75 million people heard a gospel witness

    275,000 became new believers

    14,000 new churches and 4,000 new groups were formed

    21,000 leaders were trained to start new churches

    444,263 nationals met in on-going Bible studies

Week of Prayer and Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

          I was at Mount Moriah last night for the Christmas Play and ran into Lottie Moon herself.  The church has a great way of promoting the week of prayer and the Lottie Moon Offering.  They have a life size cut-out of a woman with Lottie Moon’s face.  It is placed in a prominent place in the church and promotes the Offering.

            The reports from this past week have just been fantastic.  I have heard of great offerings and of tremendous times of prayer.  I hope that you and your church are looking toward helping spread the Gospel to the world.

Matthew 28:19

            Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

            Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world.

From Brother Bill:

            I just wanted to thank you for all the prayers and all the love that was shown to Cindy and me during my recent surgery.  You went above and beyond what anyone would have expected.

            Looking back, it was quite a shock to me when the doctors told me I had to have heart surgery.  I didn’t have any of the symptoms that was associated with heart problems; I really felt good.  It only goes to show that things can happen really fast and unexpected.

            October was a month of doing nothing except what the doctor said.  I thank you for your support through those times.  I told one pastor friend that visited in the hospital that it was much better on the pastor side than the patient side.  I think that I have become more aware and a little more caring about people and their problems.

            Thanks again for all your prayers – Keep them coming.

                                    Bro. Bill

 

            The Georgia Baptist Convention had it’s annual meeting at Roswell Street Baptist Church on November 9 – 10.  Dr. White and the Convention addressed many issues and overall it was a good meeting. 

            Dr. White announced that the Backpacks for Appalachia was a tremendous success.  It was better than they had expected. 

            Rev. Thomas Hammond, Pastor of First Baptist Alpharetta, was elected that new President. 

Night of Prayer

            A better prayer life is one of our never ending goals.  As an association we want to try and help our pastors and leaders in this quest.

            On November 17 we had a Night of Prayer at the Associational Office that was really good.  I feel that we came away from the meeting with a closeness as leaders that we really need.

            Brother Mark Mirza led the meeting and will be in some of our churches on later dates.  It will benefit all of us to attend when we can.

 

Caring Cards

            The young people of our Association, and all others that would like to help, will be meeting on Saturday, December 12 @ 11am at the Associational Office to make goodie bags and to sign cards for the people in nursing homes in our area.

            There will be a lunch provided.  We hope that this can be one way to say Merry Christmas to folks in our community.

 

Coming up in our Churches

December 12, 11am                            Caring Cards

December 13, 11am                           Christmas Programs

                 at Ivey Baptist & Adrian Baptist

December 13, 6pm                 Associational Musical

                 at New Home Baptist

December 16,                         Children’s Program

                  at Brown Memorial

December 17, 7pm                          Associational Musical

                  at Brown Memorial

December 18-19                               Backpacks Delivered

December 19, pm                            Children Program

                  at Union Hill

December 20, 11am                        Christmas Celebration

                 at Union Hill

December 20, 6pm                          Christmas Program

                 at New Home

December 24                                     Christmas Eve Services

                 Various Churches

December 25                                     Merry Christmas!

 

From The Calhoun’s

 

If we do not see you before Christmas

          We wish you a very

                   Merry Christmas