Bible Fellowship Baptist Church Newsletter
Happy November and Happy Thanksgiving!
Just a little humor for you… To encourage her grandson to enjoy going to church, Grandma showed him a picture of an early Pilgrim Family on a Thanksgiving Day card that they had received. Grandma commented, “Don’t you see, the Pilgrim children enjoyed going to church with their mothers and fathers and praying to God?”
Her grandson looked at her doubtfully and asked, “If they enjoyed it so much, why is their dad carrying that rifle?”
November is the month we normally think of Thanksgiving. Let me begin by saying that I am thankful for my salvation, and for the opportunity to serve God. I am thankful for my faithful, loving wife and my dear family. I am thankful for our Bible Fellowship church family and for friends who have supported this ministry since Kathy, and I came here just a little over one year ago. God has done so much for us! Thank you, Jesus!
During the Thanksgiving holiday, retailers will do their best to draw crowds to special sales and incentives.
Employers will be more generous, allowing their workers time off to enjoy a break from their work routine. Families will schedule a special time to get together; some will drive great distances. Churches will begin to focus on the topic with messages to remind us of what thankfulness should be about.
So rather than writing just another article on the topic, allow me to share some verses with you from the Word of God. We will never be able to improve on God’s Word and no one says it better than the Holy Spirit. If we were to do a google search on the topic of thanks or thanksgiving we would find that there are almost two hundred references throughout the Word of God. So, we have many from which to choose. My suggestion is to read over the following verses slowly, taking time to reflect on each one, and then ask how it may apply to you. Take time to pray as to how these verses speak to you. I think you will find it genuinely enriching for your life.
Note these few verses:
Psalms 28:7 - The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiced; and with my song will I praise him.
Psalms 95:1-2 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. (2) Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
Psalms 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Psalms 106:1 Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20 - Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Philippians 4:6 - Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Colossians 4:2 - Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Let us always be thankful for the blessings God has bestowed upon us, especially for the unspeakable gift of Christ’s atoning sacrifice to provide us salvation.
1 Corinthians 9:15, “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.”
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I do wish everyone a wonderful November, and a truly blessed “Thanksgiving” and trust that if you were to need me, you would not hesitate to contact me.
Let us be thankful, Pastor Taylor
Highlights from October
On October 7th at 6 PM we enjoyed the Fabulous Friday Evening Fish Fry. This was not only a wonderful time of fellowship, but some of the best fish ever prepared! Thanks, Ron and Donna, Ron’s uncle “Wayne” and everyone who helped!
Next, on October 15th we had another time of great Food, Fellowship, and good ole Bluegrass music. This was a great turnout of people, and we had many visitors present. Thanks to Curtis and Beverly, and all those who made this event a remarkable success!
Then on October 23rd, we held a Membership Meeting. We reviewed some of the things God has been doing for our church and some things we would like to do in the future. We have had visitors from the “Direct Mailing Outreach,” for which we praise God! We discussed the need to look at the shingling of the church roof since it is well over 25 years old. We will revisit this in more detail early next year. However, if you wish to donate sooner, it will be set aside for this special need. Please notate your gift as “For Church Roof.” We ask that you not take this from their regular giving but make it a special offering above and beyond.
November 13th Celebration of the Lord’s Supper November 20th
November 20th Friend Sunday at 11 AM
What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than showing thankfulness to friends by inviting them to worship with you? We will recognize your special friends on that day. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if God did a life-changing move in their heart on that day? Would you invite your friends on this special Sunday?
November 23rd Thanksgiving Praise and Prayer
This will be a special time to sing and share testimonies of what God has done for you in a way that gives Him thanks. Then we will have a special time of prayer, thanking God for His many blessings.
In closing… Let’s get the word out about our church and ministry. Even though there are many fine churches in our area, God has placed this church here for a special purpose. BFBC is the “Church in the Community,” and we want people to know that we love them and are here for them. Let’s pray for one another that God would use each of us for His glory, as we use our Spiritual gifts in ministry, and in sharing the Gospel. Let’s allow God to use our Time, Talents, and Treasures. We need each other and cannot continue to exist without each of us doing our part. Will you get involved? Share what God has given you. Be faithful in attending worship services and contributing financially.
Thank you for all you do!
God bless, Pastor Taylor