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MUSIC NOTES: Thanksgiving Week

 

THIS SUNDAY, Nov. 26th – ONE SERVICE @ 10:30am; No SUMMIT GROUPS

NO CHOIR

Preacher:  Jason (Final week of his sermon series, “The 9.”  This week: self-control)

 

Wed., Nov. 22nd – No activities (Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!)

Sun., Nov. 26thOne Worship Service at 10:30am; No Choir; No SUMMIT Groups

 

Christmas Musical Rehearsal Schedule

Sunday, Dec. 3rd – 3:30 til 5pm (in choir room)

Wednesday, Dec. 8th – 5:30-8pm (rehearsal in Worship Center)

IF NECESSARY – Saturday, Dec. 9th – A.M.

PERFORMANCE:  Sunday morning, Dec. 10th – both worship services

 

BHBC will have a “License To Carry” training:  Dec. 8-9 (formerly CHL or concealed handgun license).  The training will be in two parts.  The first part (not required) is Friday night, December 8 from 6:30-8:30 and is called “Date Night with your Gun.”  The LTC training will be Saturday, December 9 from 8am-1:30pm, take a break, then schedule times that afternoon to meet up and do the shooting part.  We need at least 10 but there is a limit of 40 participants.

 

Outer Kitchen (view from hallway outside FLC)

Main Kitchen Area

Restrooms Outside the FLC are completed

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

“It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.” Mark Twain

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  “Where are the other nine?”

Only recorded in Luke’s gospel.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

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MUSIC NOTES: 11.13.17

 

THIS SUNDAY, Nov. 19th

Choir:  Say Amen

Preacher:  Jason (this week: gentleness)

 

Pray for Don Baldwin, his outstanding team of youth leaders and, of course, our students, as they prepare for a weekend (Nov. 17-19) of intense fun and intense discipleship.

 

Sun., Nov. 19th – Regular schedule

Wed., Nov. 22nd – No activities (Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!)

Sun., Nov. 26thOne Worship Service at 10:30am; No Choir; No SUMMIT Groups

 

Tuesday, Nov. 14th, I will speak at Wheeler High School & Shamrock High School up in the Texas panhandle.

Continued thanks for prayers.  Together we are giving hope and saving lives.

 

WED EVENING TEACHING THROUGH END OF FALL SEMESTER

Wed., Nov. 15th, we will begin spending a couple of weeks studying “the Bible Jesus read”: the Old Testament.

Jesus, himself, continually used the Old Testament scriptures (the only Scriptures in existence at the time) to give evidence of Himself as messiah and God.  To the religious leaders of the day, Jesus said, “You study the Scriptures [the Old Testament] diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me.”  (John 5:39)

Nov. 15th – Introduction & Job

Nov. 22ndNo activities due to Thanksgiving holiday

Nov. 29th – Psalms & Proverbs

NOTE:  So as to avoid the lengthy holiday break, we will begin our systematic study of Revelation when we resume in January, 2018.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

“A scared world needs a fearless church.” – A.W. Tozer

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

Finding one of her students making faces at others on the playground, Ms. Smith stopped to gently reprove the child.  Smiling, she sweetly said, “You know, Bobby, when I was a little girl I was told that if I made ugly faces my face would freeze and always stay like that.”  Bobby looked into her face and replied, “Well, Ms. Smith, you can’t say your weren’t warned.”

 

GRACE NOTES:  Christ in the Old Testament

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To whet your appetite for Wed. evening’s study…  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 11.6.17

As John recorded in the passage above, when Christ is lifted up – as has been the primary objective at BHBC for 50 years – people are saved.

This coming Sunday, Nov. 12th, we are commemorating the inception – and subsequent half-century of growth – of the local Body known as Bacon Heights Baptist Church.

SCHEDULE:

10:30am – One worship service.  No SUMMIT Groups. 

Noon-3pm – “Come & Go” reception in the Family Life Center.

FORMER STAFF WHO ARE ABLE TO JOIN US:

Jerry Joplin:  Lead Pastor; 2002-2014

Darold Baldwin:  Assoc Pastor; 1985-1988

Mike Bedford: Music/Youth:  music 76-80 and youth 76-78

Truman Johnson:  Senior Adult;  2008-2016

Stace McEWin: Children’s Pastor; 1993-199?

Zane Bartel: Ed/Admin;  1984 – 1997?

Mika McDaniel: Preschool;  1997 – 2004

Reagan Miller: Education; 2000 – 2005?

Paul Kenley:  Music 69-70; Music/Youth 72-24

 

THIS SUNDAY, Nov. 12th

Choir:  The Majesty & Glory of Your Name (with video background)

Preacher:  Jerry Joplin

 

I listened as one commentator asked, “What makes a person walk into, of all places – a church – and begin shooting people??”

I looked at my wife and said, “The same thing that makes a person abuse a child.  The same thing that makes a husband beat his wife.  It’s called evil.”

A friend called and asked, “Are y’all ok?  Is your church safe?”  I replied that, in addition to having hired a uniformed policeman to patrol our hallways on Wed. evenings, we have a number of armed church members.  “Are you scared?”, they asked.  I said calmly, “No, I’m not.”

John, the disciple, reminded his readers that, despite Christ having ultimately conquered death and the grave, for now “…the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”   In other words, until Christ returns evil will always be present.  But we should not – we cannot – live life in fear.  Paul wrote to Timothy, “God did not give us a spirit of fear.”   Should we be smart? Cautious? Prepared? Absolutely.  Fearful?  No.

So, the question should not be, “Are you afraid?”, but rather, “Are you ready?”  Because whether it’s a nut-case walking into a church with a rifle, or being hit by a drunk driver, or a sudden heart-attack, we all know that death is a part of life.

God prompted the author of Hebrews to give us a sobering warning:  we all have an appointment with death; and after that, judgment.

The question is:  Are you ready?

 

WED EVENING TEACHING THROUGH END OF FALL SEMESTER

Pastor Jason will be teaching this Wed. evening (11/8) due to my needing to be out of town.

On Wed., Nov. 15th, we will begin spending a couple of weeks studying “the Bible Jesus read”: the Old Testament.

Jesus, himself, continually used the Old Testament scriptures to give evidence of Himself as messiah and God.  To the religious leaders of the day, Jesus said, “You study the Scriptures [the Old Testament] diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me.”  (John 5:39)

While it would take years to systematically study all 39 books of the Old Testament, we will, following a brief introduction to the Old Testament, zero in on three books: Job, Psalms & Proverbs.

NOTE 1: We had a tremendous crowd last Wed night for our study on Heaven, specifically studying what our passed-on loved ones are doing there now.  If you missed, you can access the Bacon Heights Facebook link here.

NOTE 2:  So as to avoid the lengthy holiday break, we will begin our systematic study of Revelation when we resume in January, 2018.

Join me on Nov. 15th as we dive deep into “the Bible Jesus read.”

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

“The enemy…makes a tour of inspection of our [character]… Where he finds us *weakest and most defective*…he attacks at that point… Little by little, he tries to achieve his own purposes, by dragging the soul down to his secret designs and corrupt purposes.” Ignatius of Loyola, 1491-1556, writing of the subtle, systematic, almost unnoticed wiles of the devil

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE:

 

GRACE NOTES:  Purging Purgatory from “Biblical” Teaching

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

BHBC Pastoral Staff Restructuring

 

NOTE:  What follows is a simplified version of what was presented Wed. evening, Oct. 25th, in our Quarterly Business Meeting.  All of the pastors involved in this restructuring (Jason, Jim, Nick, Mike & newly hired, Shawn Coleman) were all given as much time as needed to share their convictions and excitement.  Should you desire a more detailed account of the meeting please contact Gail White by either calling the church office (806)795-5261 or emailing her at gail@baconheights.com.   Finally, I will be writing in 3rd person at times so as to attempt to make my wording as clear as possible.  nw

 

THE PRESENTATION

Last Wed. evening (10/25), during our Quarterly Business Meeting, Jason presented the restructuring of pastoral staff roles & responsibilities.

This was precipitated by the announced retirement of our Executive Pastor, Jim Gerlt.  Jim set a retirement date of no later than April 1, 2018. 

Rather than “replace” Jim’s exact pastoral role the decision was made to “farm out” his pastoral responsibilities to other pastors presently on staff.

Space here does not allow me to explain in detail all the reasons and logic that supported this decision.  But this I can tell you: 

(1) It was prayed through and discussed at length.

(2) Not a single pastoral move was forced or coerced.  This was a team decision.

(3) It is a decision 100% approved by our Personnel Team and all involved pastors, including myself.

 

WHO & WHAT?

You can access a PDF file of the complete, new Flow Chart by clicking on the following link:  ORGANIZATIONAL CHART FOR BHBC STAFF

In brief, here are the changes taking place…

Mike Lewis will become our Pastor of Operations – this involves the oversight of all logistics related to our facilities & facilities staff.  Additionally, Mike will continue to oversee our First Impressions Team (Sunday morning greeters) as well as our Friends of God Ministry.

Nick Watts will become our Pastor of Ministries – this includes “all things related to Adult Biblical literacy & education”, as well as equipping, training & resourcing all Adult Small/SUMMIT Groups.  This also means Nick will permanently take over the weekly Wed. evening teaching role in the Worship Center as well as supply in the pulpit when Jason is out.  Finally, Nick will serve as Staff Point Person for our College/University Ministry and Missions Team.

Shawn Coleman has become our newly-hired, part-time University Associate Pastor.  I am thrilled to have Shawn on our team.  Leslie & Keno Martin have worked tirelessly the past several years as volunteers to help establish a foundation for this ministry.  And we are now finally able to bring someone on part-time.  Shawn and his wife, Kimberly, are expecting their second child in only a few weeks.  Shawn is originally from Lubbock while Kimberly hails from Montana.  Shawn & Kimberly formerly served with the North American Mission Board to reach university students in Arizona.  Already having a full-time job, Shawn requires no “benefits” package from BHBC such as insurance, retirement, etc.  Due to my having spent decades working in student ministry, I have been asked to serve as Shawn’s immediate supervisor, and have happily accepted that responsibility.

Gail White will become our Administrator, taking on the day-to-day financial operations Jim Gerlt has been supervising.

FYI:  The pastoral roles of Don Baldwin (youth), Dana Kluzek (children) & Janyth Brannon (preschool) remain unchanged.

 

WILL THIS RESTRUCTURING EFFECT OUR CURRENT CHURCH BUDGET?

No.

What will become Jim’s former salary covers every part of this restructuring, meaning that no additional monies are necessary.  In short, all salaries are already included in the budget voted upon by BHBC last March for the 2017-2018 Church Budget.

 

WHEN DOES ALL OF THIS COMMENCE?

The short answer is “immediately”.  The long answer is more involved.

This is a very unique transition of pastoral roles that will require several months, if not longer, to complete.  “Dominoes have to fall” in an orderly fashion.  Let me explain…

Obviously, Mike Lewis cannot fully take on the role of Pastor of Operations, relinquishing his role as leader of Adult Small Groups, until I am first able to fully make the transition from Worship/Music Pastor to my new role of Pastor of Ministries.  And, I cannot fully commit to my new role, leading all aspects of Adult Small Groups, until a new Worship/Music Pastor arrives (I’ll get to that in a minute).  And…., a new Worship/Music Pastor cannot arrive on site until Jim retires since Jim’s salary will be used, in part, to pay the new Worship/Music Pastor.  Is that clear now? 🙂

So, this transition will be a very gradual one that will not be fully completed until (1)  Jim Gerlt retires, and (2) a new Worship Pastor arrives on site.

Bottom line:  It is entirely plausible that I remain in the Music Pastor role through Easter, 2018 (unless, of course, God provides a Music Pastor sooner than that.)  By the way, Jim stated, both, to our Personnel Team, and to our church Body last Wed. evening during our Business Meeting that, should BHBC find my (Nick’s) replacement before April 1st, 2018, he would like to retire when that person arrives on site.  Jim & Judy have already purchased a home in Yukon, OK, near their children and grandchildren and are looking forward to spending time with them soon.

 

PASTOR OF WORSHIP & CARE

So, my changing role begs the question, “Who’s going to be leading our music?”  (I’m glad you asked.) 🙂

The new pastoral role/position will be called Pastor of Worship & Care, combining all aspects of the music/worship ministry with Sr. Adult ministry and pastoral care (hospital visitation).  This in no way suggests that the new pastor will be a senior adult, but rather that the new pastor will simply take on that particular pastoral role in addition to the music ministry responsibilities.  As I have done these past 9 years, this new pastor will oversee all audio/visual personnel.  Additionally, they will oversee the “church hostess” ministry.

 

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR FINDING THE NEW PASTOR OF WORSHIP & CARE?

The BHBC Bylaws were updated and ratified a couple of  years ago.  Those Bylaws state that the Search Team for all pastoral staff (except for the role of Lead Pastor) will include four individuals presently serving on the Personnel Team.  After those individuals are decided upon, three will be “voted on from the floor.”  Because the Personnel Team already comprises a number of music-ministry-related personnel, Jason recommended that the present Personnel Team simply serve as our Pastor of Worship & Care Search Team.  The church voted on this recommendation at last week’s Business Meeting and it was approved.

The Pastor of Worship & Care Search Team comprises the following members:  Larry Vialle, Melba Crutcher, Farley Reeves, Mike Smith, Todd Brashears, Jim Barber, and Harry Bruton.  Alternates are: John Gardner and Cindi Cobb

Additionally, Jason has graciously asked me to occasionally sit in on Search Team meetings, serving both as a representative of our Praise Team, as well as a general consultant.  I happily accepted this task.

 

WHEN DOES THE SEARCH FOR A NEW PASTOR OF WORSHIP & CARE BEGIN?

It began Oct. 30th.

Our Search Team met Sunday, Oct. 29th, for the purpose of prayer, covering basic procedural steps and agreeing upon protocol.  Postings (“advertisements”) for the new pastoral position were made public yesterday (10/30).

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Searching for a new pastor to one’s church staff is an exciting, yet intense, responsibility. 

We here at BHBC enjoy something extremely unique: our staff genuinely loves one another.  Sadly, that’s rarely the case – trust me.  We are one pastor away from upsetting the “sweet, sweet spirit” we so enjoy here.

That said, we must allow our Search Team as much time as needed to pray, interview, and pray some more before they come to a decision.  Additionally – and this is vital – we must pray fervently for that person God has already selected (they just don’t know it yet). 🙂

Until then…. you’re stuck with me.

 

Love you all, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 10.31.17

 

 

THIS SUNDAY, Nov. 5th

Choir:  Lead Me, Lord

Preacher:  Jason (this week: faithfulness)

 

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A separate X-Tra Music Notes E-News will be sent out later today briefly explaining the Pastoral Staff Restructuring presented to the church in our Quarterly Business Meeting last week (10/25).

 

X-TRA REHEARSAL THIS SUNDAY, Nov. 5th!  3:30-5pm

A huge thank you to Glenna Applewhite for covering for me on such short notice this past Sunday due to me being ill.  I was told you had an outstanding rehearsal!

Additional extra rehearsal dates & times:

(Possible x-tra rehearsal date) Sunday, Nov. 19th – 3:30-5pm

Sunday, Dec. 3rd – 3:30 til 5pm

Wednesday, Dec. 8th – 5:30-8pm

PERFORMANCE:  Sunday morning, Dec. 10th – both worship services

 

 

DEADLINE TO TURN IN BOXES IS THIS SUNDAY, Nov. 5th

 

After our previous study on the paranormal I was approached by several people asking questions about what our loved ones are doing right now in heaven.

The biblical doctrine of Heaven is vast. So, we will be zeroing in on the specific area of “loved ones in heaven,” seeing what the Bible says about questions such as:

(1) Are our loved ones “looking down on us” right now?
(2) What are they doing in heaven?
(3) How old are they now that they’re in heaven?
(4) Will they recognize us when we arrive?

I researched all of these questions, and more, after our son, Jordan, stepped into Paradise four years ago.

When you stop and consider what Christ made possible for us (after life on planet earth) you cannot help but be overcome with joy and peace.

It’s a wonderfully encouraging study. I hope you’ll join me Wed. evening (11/1) at 6:30.  nw

 

Nov. 12th – 10:30am – One worship service.  No SUMMIT Groups. 

Nov. 12th – Noon-3pm – “Come & Go” reception in the Family Life Center.

List of former Staff Members able to join us on Nov. 12th:

Darold Baldwin:  Assoc Pastor, 1985-1988

Mike Bedford – Music/Youth:  music 76-80 and youth 76-78

Truman Johnson:  Senior Adult  2008-2016

Stace McEWin – Children’s Pastor, 1993-199?

Zane Bartel – Ed/Admin  1984 – 1997?

Mika McDaniel –Preschool  1997 – 2004

Reagan Miller – Education – 2000 – 2005?

Paul Kenley:  Music 69-70; Music/Youth 72-24

 

TIRED OF BAD, DEPRESSING NEWS?  WATCH THIS…

 

“FOR NARNIA” (Suicide Intervention Ministry) UPDATE

Christ continues to open door after door.

Last week I spoke at New Deal High School & Ropes High School.  On Nov. 14th I will speak at Wheeler High School & Shamrock High School.

Continued thanks for prayers.  Together we are giving hope and saving lives.

 

“ALL MY HOPE” by DAVID CROWDER

The Lord has been using this recently released song in my life.  It’s one of those songs that, after you hear it, you continue to hum and/or sing throughout the day.  Enjoy.

 

LUBBOCK RATED NO. 1 PLACE TO SURVIVE A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE (I’m serious)

Have a fear of zombies?  Be thankful you live in Lubbock, TX!  🙂  Read the KCBD article here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE:  HaPpY HaLlOwEeN!

 

GRACE NOTES:  “Be a Sinner & Sin Boldly”

The Protestant Reformation

You may see posts today and/or tomorrow on social media marking the 500th anniversary of when, on October 31, 1517, a German priest/preacher named Martin Luther nailed a series of objections on the Castle Church door in Wittenberg in response to the corruption of the medieval Roman Catholic Church – specifically, in response to the satanic lie that “salvation in Christ must be – or can be – earned by human effort.”

The reformation of the medieval Roman Catholic doctrine neither began – nor ended – with Luther. But Luther gets most of the publicity due to his dramatic “nailing of his 95 Theses” on the Wittenberg church door.

That the persistent conviction, boldness & courage of the reformers (Knox, Hus, Calvin, Wycliffe, Tyndale, Luther, etc.) – even in light of punishment by death – moved the theological tectonic plates of the time cannot be overstated.

Personally, I love researching this particular part of religious history.

Here is a blog I wrote on the Protestant Reformation almost three years ago specifically for those who are imprisoned in forever trying to be good enough for God to love them.

You can read the blog here.

By the way, the valediction – or closing – I customarily use (“soli deo gloria”) is one of the “5 Solas” of the Protestant Reformation.  It is Latin for “To God alone be glory.”

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 10.24.17

 

THIS SUNDAY, Oct. 29th

Choir:  The Anchor Holds (both services)

Preacher:  Jason (this week: goodness)

 

X-TRA REHEARSAL THIS SUNDAY, Oct. 29th!  3:30-5pm

Additional extra rehearsal dates & times:

Sunday, Nov. 5th – 3:30-5pm

(Possible date) Sunday, Nov. 19th – 3:30-5pm

Sunday, Dec. 3rd – 3:30 til ??

Wednesday, Dec. 8th – 5:30-8pm

PERFORMANCE:  Sunday morning, Dec. 10th – both worship services

 

Wed. evening, Oct. 25th, we will have our regularly scheduled Church Family Business Meeting.

However, in addition to “business as usual”, presentations will be made by our Personnel Team, Church Council & Deacons.

You need to be there.  If you’re not there – and you find out later what was said – you’ll regret you missed it.  Trust me.

 

This Sunday, Oct. 29th, is our first semi-annual Special Offering for our Building Program.

Twice a year, once in the Fall and again in the Spring, we will allow people, who feel led, to give over and beyond their tithe to the building of our additional 16,000 sq. ft. of Biblical education space.

There will not be two different “passings of the plate” on the 29th.  But rather, a one-time “as usual” offering letting the people know that, if they desire, they can give an additional offering to go toward the Special Offering.

 

 

This is an outstanding – and simple – way to “be Jesus” to others. 

We had purchased 96 shoe-sized plastic boxes and made them available in our Commons this past Sunday.  Every single one was taken after the first worship service.

We have purchased another 96 boxes and will make those available this coming Sunday, Oct. 29th.

Pick one up, fill it up, and return it by the due date of Sunday, Nov 5th!

 

The local Body of Christ known as Bacon Heights Baptist Church began assembling together in 1967.

On November 12th, we will, both, commemorate and celebrate what Christ has done, and continues to do.

We will have one worship service that morning at 10:30.  No SUMMIT Groups. 

Due to expected overflow crowds, satellite areas will be set up within the church.

Following the worship service, a “Come & Go” reception will take place in the Family Life Center from Noon-3pm.

 

THE “MILLENNIAL QUESTION”

Just last week I was visiting with a parent-of-a-teen about this very topic. That parent then passed along this 15 minute interview with author/speaker, Simon Sinek. (Interview was published one year ago.)

In my experience with working with teens & their parents for 30+ years, I agree with every single word Sinek says in this interview. More specifically, there’s not a single point he makes that, in response, I would counter, “Come on, Simon, you’re over-reaching here.” He’s spot-on.

Please, when you have a minute (15 to be exact) watch this. At the 9:30 mark he begins connecting his data to the recent rise in teen suicide rates, accidental drug-overdoses and depression.  (I posted this on my Facebook page and encouraged every parent, counselor, teacher and youth pastor to watch it.)

 

UPCOMING WED. NIGHT STUDY SCHEDULE

Due to our important business meeting Wed. evening in the Worship Center I won’t be teaching this week.

However, after last week’s study on the paranormal I was asked a number of questions about what our loved ones are doing right now in heaven. So, the following Wed night (11/1) we’ll learn together what God reveals to us in the Bible about our loved ones in heaven. Can they see us? What are they doing? How old are they now that they’re in heaven? Will they recognize us when we arrive? Etc.

Unless the Holy Spirit convicts otherwise, plans are to being our systematic study of Revelation on Nov. 8th.

 

KITCHEN UPDATE:  I am told that the kitchen should be completed next week.  The reason for the delay comes down not to Lee Lewis but to the delay in materials arriving.  Be patient – the end result will be worth it. 🙂

What was formerly the concrete lower courtyard.  Photos taken from the south side of the courtyard – where the flower beds used to be – looking toward the Children’s Ministry area.

FLC Restrooms almost done!

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.”  Martin Luther, 1483-1546

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

A little Halloween humor…

Q: Where do mummies go for a swim?

A:  The Dead Sea

Q: What would you call the ghost of a door-to-door salesman?

A: A dead ringer

 

GRACE NOTES:  At the Corner of Guilt & Shame

Are you burdened with regret, guilt & shame?  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 10.17.17

 

THIS SUNDAY, OCT. 22nd

Choir:  You Alone

Preacher:  Jason (this week: kindness)

 

X-TRA REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:

In the past, Sunday afternoons have seemed to work best.  Please make every effort to join us on the following dates!

Sunday, Oct. 29th – 3:30-5pm

Sunday, Nov. 5th – 3:30-5pm

(Possible date) Sunday, Nov. 19th – 3:30-5pm

Sunday, Dec. 3rd – 3:30 til ??

PERFORMANCE:  Sunday morning, Dec. 10th – both worship services

 

FYIbeginning this Wed evening, Oct. 18th, we will have a uniformed Lubbock Police Officer in our Commons from 6-8pm.

This is due to repeated situations where, on Wed. evenings, church members have been approached by strangers off the street looking for various types of help.  Sometimes these strangers are nice, but not always.  And a male is not always near by when this happens.  Further, in light of recent shootings in churches throughout our nation, wisdom dictates we err on the side of caution.

When I was Youth Pastor at Southcrest we employed a uniformed officer to be on site every Wed. evening for the same reasons.

Employing an officer is like insurance – you hope you never need it, but when you do – you’re so very grateful you have it.

 

Due to a Business Meeting on the 25th (see below), and in light of the fast-approaching Halloween holiday, I am postponing our next biblical study series (a systematic study of the book of Revelation) and addressing a topic with which millions of people are fascinated, especially this time of year: Paranormal Activity.

This Wed. evening, Oct. 18th, join me in the Worship Center at 6:30 as we dive deep into the Scriptures and see what God has to say about the metaphysical dimension, addressing questions such as:

  1. Are ghosts real?
  2. Can our loved ones communicate with us from the dead?
  3. What is a biblical response should I ever encounter paranormal activity?

The Bible has much to say on this topic.  But, most people (sadly, including Christians) form their opinions from Hollywood scripts rather than the Bible.

See you Wednesday, Nick

 

This is an outstanding – and simple – way to “be Jesus” to others.  We have 96 shoe-sized plastic boxes available in our Commons.  Pick one up, fill it up, and return it by the due date of Sunday, Nov 5th!

 

Sunday, Oct. 29th, is our first semi-annual Special Offering for our Building Program.  Twice a year, once in the Fall and again in the Spring, we will allow people, who feel led, to give over and beyond their tithe to the building of our additional 16,000 sq. ft. of Biblical education space.

There will not be two different “passings of the plate” on the 29th.  But rather, a one-time “as usual” offering letting the people know that, if they desire, they can place an additional offering in the plate to go toward the Special Offering.

 

Wed. evening, Oct. 25th, we will have our regularly scheduled Church Family Business Meeting.  However, in addition to “business as usual”, presentations will be made by our Personnel Team and DeaconsYou need to be there.  If you’re not there – and you find out later what was said – you’ll regret you missed it.

 

The local Body of Christ known as Bacon Heights Baptist Church began assembling together in 1967.  On November 12th, we will, both, commemorate and celebrate what Christ has done, and continues to do.  We will have one worship service that morning at 10:30.  No SUMMIT Groups.  Due to expected crowds, overflow areas will be set up.  Following the worship service, a “come & go” reception will take place in the Commons from 1-3pm.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  No. 1 Reason Many Reject Christianity?  Christians

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

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