News & Announcements for May 26, 2024

JOIN US FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL

If you’re looking for an opportunity to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ, we encourage you to join us Sunday mornings for a intergenerational Sunday school class, from 9:00-10:00.  We look forward to seeing you!

UNRAVELING REVELATION – SUNDAYS, 9 AM

If there’s one book of the Bible that people have questions about or don’t understand, it’s the very last book, the Book of Revelation.  It’s become quite popular to read it in such a way as to try to unlock the secrets to the future, but doing so actually robs the book of its true power and import.  Revelation isn’t so much about the future as it is a field guide to dissident discipleship in the here and now.  Join us for Sunday School each Sunday as we seek to Unravel Revelation.

WEDNESDAY PRAYER – WEDNESDAYS @ Noon

Please join us on Wednesdays at noon for a time of prayer in the sanctuary as we bring our needs before our loving God.

MISSION FOCUS FOR MAY: HELPING HANDS

Our mission focus for the month of May is Helping Hands of Amherst County which help citizens of Amherst County who need an occasional helping hand with necessities such as food, electric bills, rent and water bills when children or medical needs are present.  It is administered out of Madison Heights Baptist Church. You may make a donation by specifying ‘Helping Hands’ on your check memo line.


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News & Announcements for May 19, 2024

JOIN US FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL

If you’re looking for an opportunity to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ, we encourage you to join us Sunday mornings for a intergenerational Sunday school class, from 9:00-10:00.  We look forward to seeing you!

UNRAVELING REVELATION – SUNDAYS, 9 AM

If there’s one book of the Bible that people have questions about or don’t understand, it’s the very last book, the Book of Revelation.  It many respects, it is one of the most unique books in the entire Bible, bringing together all sorts of unusual imagery and confusing language.  It’s become quite popular to read it in such a way as to try to unlock the secrets to the future, but doing so actually robs the book of its true power and import.  Revelation isn’t so much about the future as it is a field guide to dissident discipleship in the here and now.  Join us for Sunday School each Sunday as we seek to Unravel Revelation.

AMHERST SENIOR CENTER HYMN SING – MONDAY @ 11:00 am

The Amherst Senior Center will be holding an old-fashioned hymnsing, led by Robert Cardwell, here in the Fellowship Hall from 11-12 noon, on Monday, May 20. Everyone is invited to attend. Please contact Julie Lerner with any questions 

WEDNESDAY PRAYER – WEDNESDAYS @ Noon

Please join us on Wednesdays at noon for a time of prayer in the sanctuary as we bring our needs before our loving God.

MISSION FOCUS FOR MAY: HELPING HANDS

Our mission focus for the month of May is Helping Hands of Amherst County which help citizens of Amherst County who need an occasional helping hand with necessities such as food, electric bills, rent and water bills when children or medical needs are present.  It is administered out of Madison Heights Baptist Church. You may make a donation by specifying ‘Helping Hands’ on your check memo line.


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News & Announcements for May 12, 2024

JOIN US FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL

If you’re looking for an opportunity to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ, we encourage you to join us Sunday mornings for a intergenerational Sunday school class, from 9:00-10:00.  We look forward to seeing you!

UNRAVELING REVELATION – BEGINNING SUNDAY, MAY 12

If there’s one book of the Bible that people have questions about or don’t understand, it’s the very last book, the Book of Revelation.  It many respects, it is one of the most unique books in the entire Bible, bringing together all sorts of unusual imagery and confusing language.  It’s become quite popular to read it in such a way as to try to unlock the secrets to the future, but doing so actually robs the book of its true power and import.  Revelation isn’t so much about the future as it is a field guide to dissident discipleship in the here and now.  Join us for Sunday School beginning May 12th as we seek to Unravel Revelation.

GLEANING FOR THE WORLD – WEDNESDAY @ 8:30 am

Please join us in the parking lot of the church for carpooling. We will return to the church around 11:30 am. 

WEDNESDAY PRAYER – WEDNESDAYS @ Noon

Please join us on Wednesdays at noon for a time of prayer in the sanctuary as we bring our needs before our loving God.

WOMEN’S BOOK CLUB – THURSDAY @ 10 am

The Women’s Book Club will meet on Thursday, May 16, at 10 a.m. at Anne Wilkins’ house. We will be reading The Day the World Came to Town by Jim Defede. All women are welcome.

MISSION FOCUS FOR MAY: HELPING HANDS

Our mission focus for the month of May is Helping Hands of Amherst County which help citizens of Amherst County who need an occasional helping hand with necessities such as food, electric bills, rent and water bills when children or medical needs are present.  It is administered out of Madison Heights Baptist Church. You may make a donation by specifying ‘Helping Hands’ on your check memo line.


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News & Announcements for May 5, 2024

JOIN US FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL

If you’re looking for an opportunity to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ, we encourage you to join us Sunday mornings for a intergenerational Sunday school class, from 9:00-10:00.  We look forward to seeing you!

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY – MONDAY, May 6, 7PM

The Women’s Bible Study will meet on Monday, May 6th at 7:00 p.m. at the church. Barbara Baker will be our facilitator and hostess this month. We are using the book, The Love Stories of the Bible Speak by Shannon Bream. This month, we will be studying David and Abigail – The Rebel and the Peacemaker.  Ladies, read your book and complete your workbook! Bring a friend. As always, if you don’t get your homework done, come anyway!!

UNRAVELING REVELATION – BEGINNING SUNDAY, MAY 12

If there’s one book of the Bible that people have questions about or don’t understand, it’s the very last book, the Book of Revelation.  It many respects, it is one of the most unique books in the entire Bible, bringing together all sorts of unusual imagery and confusing language.  It’s become quite popular to read it in such a way as to try to unlock the secrets to the future, but doing so actually robs the book of its true power and import.  Revelation isn’t so much about the future as it is a field guide to dissident discipleship in the here and now.  Join us for Sunday School beginning May 12th as we seek to Unravel Revelation.

MISSION FOCUS FOR MAY: HELPING HANDS

Our mission focus for the month of May is Helping Hands of Amherst County which help citizens of Amherst County who need an occasional helping hand with necessities such as food, electric bills, rent and water bills when children or medical needs are present.  It is administered out of Madison Heights Baptist Church. You may make a donation by specifying ‘Helping Hands’ on your check memo line.


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May 2024 Pastor’s Corner — The Unexpected

Blessed is the man… 

whose delight is in the law of the LORD, 

and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree 

planted by streams of water 

that yields its fruit in its season, 

and its leaf does not wither. 

In all that he does, he prospers.

— Psalm 1:1-4

This is Fred the Tree.  Fred is growing in the most unexpected and unlikely of places — right in the middle of the historic Old Seven Mile Bridge in Key West.  Against all odds (and all the odds are against it), Fred not only sprouted but has thrived in a most inhospitable location.  Fred provides a beautiful example of how, when we trust in the Lord, our faith can grow and flourish in the most unexpected places and ways.

Trusting in the Lord, and growing ever deeper in that trust, is everything that is meant by “faith,” particularly faith in Jesus Christ.  In Galatians 5:6, Paul summarizes everything he believes about the Gospel when he writes, “For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith [trust] expressed in love.” (Gal. 5:6 MESSAGE)  But “trusting in God” is a somewhat strange and abstract concept.  It’s very easy to say we “Trust in the LORD with all our heart, and do not lean on our own understanding” (Prov. 3:5 ESV), but how do we know if we actually are trusting in the Lord as much as we think we are?

As March drew to a close, I came down with an unexpected stomach illness.  The next day, we made an unexpected visit to the ER, which resulted in an unexpected hospital stay that included unexpected surgery to address a congenital issue that I learned about, unexpectedly, four years ago.  When I fell ill, even when I was admitted to the hospital and learned I was going to have surgery, I never imagined I would end up being out of the pulpit for 4 weeks and facing a recovery process that will end up being a total of 6 weeks or more.  Every step of the process, as my circumstances continued to become more concerning and severe than I first thought, could have been fraught with anxiety and worry.  I’m not saying I didn’t have my moments, but in general (and other than feeling terribly sick), I felt a deep sense of peace and calm through it all.  I knew, without a doubt, that everything was going to be fine, no matter what happened.

I have had, and continue to have, seasons of wrestling with the Lord.  There have been many times when I have argued with God and struggled to understand the whats and the whys of what He has allowed me to go through, and sometimes things He has purposefully brought my way.  I don’t like a lot of those things, and in many respects I still wish going through those seasons wasn’t necessary.  And yet, in each and every case, the Lord has proved himself trustworthy and true.  Through it all, even though I still don’t understand most of it, I have learned to trust Him a little bit more than I did before.  It is because of those times that when this very unexpected, and frankly quite severe, situation occurred, I found that I wasn’t worried or afraid.  The Lord had proven himself faithful in the big things and the small in the past, how could I expect anything other this time around?

It is in the unexpected moments and circumstances of life that we both learn to trust Him more and find out how much we already trust in Him.  The “soil” that allows our faith to grow and mature is trusting in the Lord and His Word.  When we trust in Him and learn to trust Him more each day, our faith is able to grow and even thrive in the midst of the most unexpected or even hostile circumstances.  Place your trust in the Lord today, and continue to do so each and every day, so that when the times of trial and struggle, when the unexpected comes along, you will be able to hold fast and stand firm, to face whatever may come with peace and assurance, knowing in your heart of hearts that the Lord will once again be faithful and true.

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.” (Matt. 7:24-25)

Blessings,

Rev. David Garrison


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News & Announcements for April 28, 2024

JOIN US FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL

If you’re looking for an opportunity to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ, we encourage you to join us Sunday mornings for a intergenerational Sunday school class, from 9:00-10:00.  We look forward to seeing you!

UNRAVELING REVELATION – BEGINNING SUNDAY, MAY 12

If there’s one book of the Bible that people have questions about or don’t understand, it’s the very last book, the Book of Revelation.  It many respects, it is one of the most unique books in the entire Bible, bringing together all sorts of unusual imagery and confusing language.  It’s become quite popular to read it in such a way as to try to unlock the secrets to the future, but doing so actually robs the book of its true power and import.  Revelation isn’t so much about the future as it is a field guide to dissident discipleship in the here and now.  Join us for Sunday School beginning May 12th as we seek to Unravel Revelation.

MISSION FOCUS FOR APRIL: NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS

Our mission focus for the month of April is Neighbors Helping Neighbors which assists individuals in Amherst County in overcoming food insecurity.  They also help connect those in need to area resources that can help build self-sufficiency and quality of life. You may make a donation by specifying NHN on your check memo line.    

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY – MONDAY, May 6, 7PM

The Women’s Bible Study will meet on Monday, May 6th at 7:00 p.m. at the church. Barbara Baker will be our facilitator and hostess this month. We are using the book, The Love Stories of the Bible Speak by Shannon Bream. This month, we will be studying David and Abigail – The Rebel and the Peacemaker.  Ladies, read your book and complete your workbook! Bring a friend. As always, if you don’t get your homework done, come anyway!!


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News & Announcements for April 21, 2024

JOIN US FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL

If you’re looking for an opportunity to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ, we encourage you to join us Sunday mornings for a intergenerational Sunday school class, from 9:00-10:00.  We look forward to seeing you!

UNRAVELING REVELATION – COMING SOON

If there’s one book of the Bible that people have questions about or don’t understand, it’s the very last book, the Book of Revelation.  It many respects, it is one of the most unique books in the entire Bible, bringing together all sorts of unusual imagery and confusing language.  It’s become quite popular to read it in such a way as to try to unlock the secrets to the future, but doing so actually robs the book of its true power and import.  Revelation isn’t so much about the future as it is a field guide to dissident discipleship in the here and now.  Join us for Sunday School as we seek to Unravel Revelation.

APRIL MISSION FOCUS: NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS

Our mission focus for the month of April is Neighbors Helping Neighbors which assists individuals in Amherst County in overcoming food insecurity.  They also help connect those in need to area resources that can help build self-sufficiency and quality of life. You may make a donation by specifying NHN on your check memo line.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY – MONDAY, May 6, 7PM

The Women’s Bible Study will meet on Monday, May 6th at 7:00 p.m. at the church. June Hedrick will be our facilitator and hostess this month. We are using the book, The Love Stories of the Bible Speak by Shannon Bream. This month, we will be studying David and Abigail – The Rebel and the Peacemaker.  Ladies, read your book and complete your workbook! Bring a friend. As always, if you don’t get your homework done, come anyway!!


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News & Announcements for April 14, 2024

JOIN US FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL

If you’re looking for an opportunity to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ, we encourage you to join us Sunday mornings for a intergenerational Sunday school class, from 9:00-10:00.  We look forward to seeing you!

GLEANING FOR THE WORLD – WEDNESDAY, APRIL. 17, 8:30AM

        Please join us in the parking lot of the church for carpooling. We will return to the church around 11:30 am. 

WOMEN’S BOOK CLUB – THURSDAY, April 18, 10AM

The Women’s Book Club will meet on Thursday, April 18th at 10:00 am at June Hedrick’s home. Our book this month is Wish You Were Here, by Jodi Picoult. 

UNRAVELING REVELATION – COMING SOON

If there’s one book of the Bible that people have questions about or don’t understand, it’s the very last book, the Book of Revelation.  It many respects, it is one of the most unique books in the entire Bible, bringing together all sorts of unusual imagery and confusing language.  It’s become quite popular to read it in such a way as to try to unlock the secrets to the future, but doing so actually robs the book of its true power and import.  Revelation isn’t so much about the future as it is a field guide to dissident discipleship in the here and now.  Join us for Sunday School as we seek to Unravel Revelation.

APRIL MISSION FOCUS: NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS

Our mission focus for the month of April is Neighbors Helping Neighbors which assists individuals in Amherst County in overcoming food insecurity.  They also help connect those in need to area resources that can help build self-sufficiency and quality of life. You may make a donation by specifying NHN on your check memo line.


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News & Announcements for April 7, 2024

JOIN US FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL

If you’re looking for an opportunity to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ, we encourage you to join us Sunday mornings for a intergenerational Sunday school class, from 9:00-10:00.  We look forward to seeing you!

 

UNRAVELING REVELATION – BEGINNING SUNDAY, APRIL 14

If there’s one book of the Bible that people have questions about or don’t understand, it’s the very last book, the Book of Revelation.  It many respects, it is one of the most unique books in the entire Bible, bringing together all sorts of unusual imagery and confusing language.  It’s become quite popular to read it in such a way as to try to unlock the secrets to the future, but doing so actually robs the book of its true power and import.  Revelation isn’t so much about the future as it is a field guide to dissident discipleship in the here and now.  Join us for Sunday School beginning April 14th as we seek to Unravel Revelation.

 

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY – MONDAY, April 8, 7PM

The Women’s Bible Study will meet on Monday, April 8th at 7:00 p.m. at the church. Barbara Baker will be our facilitator and hostess this month. We are using the book, The Love Stories of the Bible Speak by Shannon Bream. This month, we will be studying Ruth & Boaz – Second Chances.  Ladies, read your book and complete your workbook! Bring a friend. As always, if you don’t get your homework done, come anyway!!

MISSION FOCUS FOR APRIL: NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS

Our mission focus for the month of April is Neighbors Helping Neighbors which assists individuals in Amherst County in overcoming food insecurity.  They also help connect those in need to area resources that can help build self-sufficiency and quality of life. You may make a donation by specifying NHN on your check memo line.    


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News & Announcements for Easter Sunday, March 31, 2024

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

JOIN US FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL

If you’re looking for an opportunity to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ, we encourage you to join us Sunday mornings for a intergenerational Sunday school class, from 9:00-10:00.  We look forward to seeing you!

UNRAVELING REVELATION – BEGINNING SUNDAY, APRIL 14

If there’s one book of the Bible that people have questions about or don’t understand, it’s the very last book, the Book of Revelation.  It many respects, it is one of the most unique books in the entire Bible, bringing together all sorts of unusual imagery and confusing language.  It’s become quite popular to read it in such a way as to try to unlock the secrets to the future, but doing so actually robs the book of its true power and import.  Revelation isn’t so much about the future as it is a field guide to dissident discipleship in the here and now.  Join us for Sunday School beginning April 14th as we seek to Unravel Revelation.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY – MONDAY, April 8, 7PM

The Women’s Bible Study will meet on Monday, April 8th at 7:00 p.m. at the church. Barbara Baker will be our facilitator and hostess this month. We are using the book, The Love Stories of the Bible Speak by Shannon Bream. This month, we will be studying Ruth & Boaz – Second Chances.  Ladies, read your book and complete your workbook! Bring a friend. As always, if you don’t get your homework done, come anyway!!

HELPING HANDS OFFERING – THIS MORNING

Each 5th Sunday, any undesignated offerings placed in the collection plates go to Helping Hands, a ministry of churches in the Madison Heights-Elon area of Amherst County to help residents in need. It is administered through Madison Heights Baptist Church. Thank you for helping us meet the needs of those in our community!

MISSION FOCUS FOR MARCH: GLEANING FOR THE WORLD

Our mission focus for the month of March is Gleaning for the World which provides relief supplies to those in need. You may also make a donation by specifying GFTW on your check memo line.


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