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2019 Q1-2 Update

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Hello Church Family,

As the first half of 2019 closes, so does our walk through 1&2 Peter. Over the past six months, we’ve learned of our need to diligently study and understand the Scriptures to be able to identify false teachers. Peter also reminded us of the hope we have in Christ and His track record for fulfilling prophecy, giving us assurance in His promises yet to come and instilling in us the peace and hope needed to live for Christ in a world bent on removing all knowledge and understanding of God. Beware false teachers, consider yourself warned!

The Elders are currently leading the church family through a short series of individual one-shot messages on various topics.  The Elders are planning on the Old Testament prophetic book of Ezekiel being the next book we exposit. 

Deacon projects for 2019:

  • Remove unsafe parking lot asphalt – COMPLETED
  • Increase sink water pressure – COMPLETED
  • Repair hot water heater – COMPLETED
  • Power wash outside of building – TBD
  • All hands on deck church cleaning days – TBD (volunteer coordinator needed, please contact a Deacon)

Information about projects and volunteer involvement will be communicated as needed.

New Members

Tommie and Laura Stewart joined us in the first quarter. We look forward to their participation in serving Christ.

Sunday school

Our Sunday morning Sunday school program remains suspended.  This decision was based on the low level of participation from our body, leading the Elders to conclude that the body doesn’t perceive Sunday school to be a needed program. If you have thoughts or concerns about Sunday school, please feel free to share those with the Elders.

Women’s Bible Study

The Women’s Bible study – Hebrews Part 3 – began June 11th. Watch for information concerning the next study starting in August.

Community Impact

We are still collecting backpacks and school supplies. The church can directly impact the lives of the children, their parents, and the teachers through this outreach ministry, to God’s glory. An approved items list is available on the table in the foyer. Please place the items in the clear boxes located in the Mother’s room (room to the right as you enter the front door). A packing day will be scheduled and communicated, followed with delivery to the school and students once school starts.

Kairos Prison Ministry

The next Kairos Prison Ministry weekend is scheduled for September 19th through 22nd at West Tennessee State Penitentiary.  There will be several service opportunities available, including making cookies, delivering cookies inside the prison, working on the team of men that will be inside the prison for the weekend, or working on the outside kitchen team one or more of the days of the Kairos event. 

Go here for more information about this ministry.

Memphis Epiphany

Several members participated in the first Memphis Epiphany program @ 254 S. Lauderdale (JIFF building) on Sunday, June 23. It was an inspiring weekend with a promising beginning for many kids.

Go here for more information about this ministry.

Elders

Mark Driver returned to active service after an extended sabbatical. John Baertels stepped down to focus on his family.

Ongoing Elder professional development continues with the reading of a book by author Steven J. Lawson:  The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones.

Louis attended a training conference in Chattanooga, TN in March focused on expository preaching and headlined by Dr. Steven J. Lawson of Ligonier Ministries.  He reports that it was very profitable & that the church will benefit from the training he received. 

Keeping in Touch

Please read the weekly bulletin, check the church calendar, and make sure you have provided your email address for inclusion in the churchbody@unitybaptistchurch.com distribution list.

Serving as under-shepherds to Christ,

The Elders

Church website:  http://unitybaptistchurch.com