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Holiday Gift Card Drive for the Homeless, Praying for the Bereaved (Pastoral Emphasis for 11/28)

Sisters Tracy Dunn and Regina Hardaway are working together with Triangle Family Services to collect gift cards for Walmart and McDonald's this holiday season for the homeless . As a church, we want to partner with them to have members bring in $5 or $10 McDonald's gift cards and/or $25 Walmart gift cards by December 19.  You will drop the gift cards into the offering receptacles. Their goal is to raise $1,000 worth of gift cards. Please continue to pray for those experiencing bereavements. Let's continue to pray for the Williams family after the passing of our beloved, Sis. Hattie Williams.  Also, the Dunn family will appreciate your prayers after the sudden passing of Elder Bobby's brother, Gary.  His funeral service is scheduled for Wednesday in Nashville, NC.
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No Bible Study, Blessing a Family, Happy Thanksgiving (Pastoral Prayer for 11/21)

There will be no Bible Study on Wednesday to allow everyone to spend time gathering with family and friends to prepare for Thanksgiving.  Bible Study resumes on 12/1 with a study on 1 Timothy . Thanks to everyone who has signed up to bless a family for Thanksgiving. There are still a few items available to signup for . Tuesday is the last day to drop off your donations at the church.  I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving . Be safe if you are traveling. Remember that we have much to be thankful for. There are many families who have an empty place at their tables. There are many families whose tables are not the same as past Thanksgiving dinners. So as we gather with family and friends, let's remember to pray for those who are struggling, grieving, and hurting.

Philippians Conclusion, Virtual Prayer Rally (Pastoral Emphasis for 11/14)

Today, we concluded our Unchained Joy series in Philippians.  This letter has taught us that joy and spiritual maturity are gained by prayer and a proper spiritual outlook.  It has taught us that Christians need to keep making progress in their lives.  We must strain forward and press on in our sanctification.  It has taught us that suffering will come but through faith in Jesus Christ, it can be met with joy.  This is a joy that the world did not give and the world cannot take away! This is a joy that is not bound by our circumstances...unchained joy! Our next Virtual Prayer Rally will be this Tuesday at 7:00 pm.  I want to encourage everyone to join us for an hour of corporate prayer. Here are six benefits of corporate prayer: Corporate prayer unifies the Body of Christ  Corporate prayer edifies and encourages those who participate  Corporate prayer disciples believers in prayer  Corporate prayer strengthens weakened faith  Corporate prayer can facilitate corporate repentance  Corpor

Titus 2 Women's Ministry Interest, Importance of Gathering, November Birthdays & Anniversaries (Pastoral Emphasis for 11/7)

Ladies, if you are interested in being a Sister Circle Group Leader for the Titus 2 Women’s Ministry , please fill out the Interest Form that we emailed out last week. If you're interested in serving in another capacity, please contact Sis. Tracy Dunn.    We are thankful for technology that has enabled us to have a virtual service during the pandemic but with COVID numbers decreasing, vaccinations, and safety precautions, we feel it is important for the church to gather physically. The church is a gathering and a fellowship of the family of God, the body of Christ, and the temple of the Spirit. There are some things that happen when we gather that can't be duplicated virtually. Now I do understand that there are members who are not able to come due to work, sickness, and other health concerns. But for those of us who are able, don't let convenience keep you from assembling with the saints especially when you are able to go out in public and do other things.  Happy Birthday

Bereavement Process, Mask Policy, Return to Church (Pastoral Emphasis for 10/31)

Here are a few items from our Church Family Meeting today... Due to the recent number of bereavements, I want to remind everyone of our Bereavement Process . Members should inform their Deacon and/or the church office of death in their family (in particular a spouse, child, parent, grandparent, or very close relative). The deacon or church office will reach out to the member to discern how the church can best serve the member during this time of loss (we'll gather information about arrangements for Homegoing/Memorial Service, Funeral Home recommendations, etc.). During this contact, we also want to know if the announcement of the bereavement will be private (where only Leadership is informed) or public (announced to the entire congregation). As a church family, let's all support those who are grieving regardless of how well you might know the person.  An early reminder that Daylight Savings ends next weekend. So if you have any clocks that need manual adjusting, set them back

Church Family Meeting, Baptism (Pastoral Emphasis for 10/24)

To all of our members, don't forget we're having our Church Family Meeting next Sunday after the service. For those who will be participating via Webex, I'll send out the special meeting link this week. Today we praise God that we were able to resume baptizing! Baptism is the outward display of an inward change. It represents Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection and the believer's death to self and rising to newness of life. Congratulations to Sis. Jakayla Allen on getting baptized today.

Bereavement, The Wind Down, My Testimony (Pastoral Emphasis for 10/17)

It is my sad duty to inform everyone that Bro. Jamaal Porter passed away last Sunday afternoon after a lengthy battle in the ICU. Please be in prayer for his wife, Kristen, and 2 children. For those who may not know, Kristen is the daughter of Minister James and Esther Warmack. So keep the entire Porter and Warmack families in your prayers. Let's surround Kristen and her family with love and support. Mark your calendar for our last Church Family Meeting of the year on Sunday, 10/31 right after the church service.  Join us on Saturday 10/23 for our Wind Down event. This will be an opportunity to fellowship and have some fun together. These events will be held outdoors.  At 2:30pm – Get your exercise on with a Body Mechanics Class   At 4:30pm – Express your inner artist at our Paint Night  At 7:30pm – Bring the whole family for a movie on the lawn. We'll be watching Disney's SOUL  Register ASAP on Realm so we can get the right amount of supplies  I am overwhelmed by e