“For a short time you have had to struggle in various trials
so that the genuineness of your faith…
may result in praise, glory, and honor
at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
~1 Peter 1:6b-7, HCSB~
This morning I want to share some opportunities we have to minister to others and to improve our Biblical knowledge.
Operation Christmas Child – January
Small, brown and white lunch bags are available in the hallway across from the kitchen at FBC, K. Select a bag/bags as an individual or a group, fill it/them, and return it/them to the containers there some time this month. Let’s get the year started on a good foot for children around the world. I’m hoping for and expecting great things this year.
Camp Living Waters
CLWs is in need of some pots, dishes, small kitchen appliances, etc. to set up five kitchens. If you can share some of the extras you have at your house, please bring them to the hallway by the stairway at the office entrance to FBC, K. Your donations will be meaningful to those serving at the camp.
Lottie Moon Offering for International Missions
I was asked if it was too late to give this year. No, it is NEVER too late. The International Mission Board will accept and appreciate funds at any time of the years, even though we focus on it at this time. One hundred precent (100%) of the money they receive is used for missionary needs and ministries.
Two Rivers Associational WMU
The next quarterly meeting will be Tuesday, January 20th at Spring Creek Baptist Church at 10:00 A.M. Rev. Ronnie Chaisson, our BASLA care minister, will be sharing mission opportunities we have. Bring a covered dish that does not need to be reheated and meet in the new church building.
Hope Center is having a 50% off sale on all winter clothing, including coats. I witnessed some happy people getting some good deals on clothing they will be able to use immediately. Two men came and bought winter clothing for work and left with big smiles. I was told a lady who comes in at least once a week came in and bought winter coats for all her grandchildren. The sale also includes long-sleeved shirts and sweaters.
Yesterday, as a food distribution day there. At this time 360 families are receiving food each month. The food pantry has been a needed ministry to many people. The quality of the goods distributed has greatly improved since this ministry has started.
Read the Bible in One Year – Matthew 1-2
Friday Morning Bible Study
Despite the cold weather, we had a nice turnout yesterday. Our next meeting will be Friday at FBC, K at 10:00. We will be studying the Proverbs 31 woman. I think we can all admire the traits listed in the Bible and strive to improve. If you need a study guide, please see me for one.
“Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party
Our next lunch/party will be on January 27th at 11:00 at The Cafe. We will be celebrating the birthdays of those who had birthdays in December and January. If you need more information, please ask. I’ll post a list of those being honored later.
Meal for the BCM at SLU
In March, we will have our yearly opportunity to prepare and serve a meal for about 150 students. They are blessed by the meal and the devotional led by Bro. Michael. We are blessed by the many well-mannered students who are so thankful to have such a nice meal each week. I know the meals attract students to the BCM. They have been doing that for many years. David, Jennie, Jason, and I all have eaten a number of meals there while we were students.
A planning meeting for the next ladies’ night be be help on the afternoon of Sunday, January 18th. If you are interested in helping in any way, please try to attend.
Our ladies’ night will be Thursday, February 26th at 6:15. I hope you plan to be there. You do not have to be a member of FBC, Kentwood. If a group from another church plans to attend, it would be helpful to have a headcount, if that is possible.
More information will be available after the planning meeting….
I know the information I provided today does not include everything involving all groups, but that information is available by contacting the church office at 229-8111.
Devotional, Scriptures, and a Song
- “Too Late to Change?” – http://odb.org/2015/01/10/too-late-to-change/
Nicodemus said to [Jesus], “How can a man be born when he is old?” ~John 3:4~ “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” ~John 3:16~
- “Jesus Loves Me” – This is simple, but think carefully about it.
Spend some time checking on/sharing with/ helping someone today. You’ll be blessed!