My dear brothers and sisters, thank you for the overwhelming support given me last year as I was finally awarded the Degree in Studio Art from Mercer University. I am honored to be able to march in the 2021 Commencement Service of the Class of 2021 this Monday May 17, 2021. I graduated with a degree in Biology in 1972 and will now march across the stage at Mercer to complete the graduation process for the degree in Studio Art I earned over 49 years ago.
Thank you for your prayers for Victor also, I’m so grateful he is here with me. God has blessed us immensely since his diagnosis almost 7 years ago. I believe God’s goodness is all around us all the time. I’m very grateful to Him, for orchestrating events and weaving my life experiences in such a way as to truly recognize divine intervention.
His love never fails! 1 Cor. 13: 8.
To read more about Gwen’s faithful journey: https://den.mercer.edu/plunkett-gallery-features-exhibit-of-mercer-alumna-highlighting-the-faith-of-a-dreamer/
THANK YOU for all your prayers for my recent trip to visit our four churches in Pakistan, plus Beirut.
Prayers for safety were definitely vital on this trip. As we were making a road trip from Rawalpindi, near their capital, to Peshawar, on the border with Afghanistan, usually a two hour trip, we were stuck for three hours. When we were able to move, we realized the road was blocked by riots. We could see the police with their big guns and the rioters with their big sticks. Having a white, Christian American in the evangelist’s car would be a serious threat, if I had been seen.
Many thanks to the elders for financial support, to all those who gave donatíons of cash and children’s underwear. The poverty for disciples in Pakistan is beyond describing. Every dollar, every item is received with huge amounts of gratitude.
TOMORROW IS GENEROSITY SUNDAY!!
Below is a breakdown of the causes this year’s contribution will go to support and the goal amounts.
* Support for the church in Addis Ababa Ethiopia — $52,500 to continue to support full time evangelist and interns.
* ACOC Teen Ministry — $35,000 towards completion and reopening of our teen building
* HOPE Worldwide — $5000 towards work serving the poor in developing countries
* Members’ Missions — $4000 to support members of our congregation who are involved in foreign missions work (i.e., Michael Hearn’s current work in Eastern Europe)
* The Swamp — $20,000 towards continued support and operation of camp
Teen Led Worship Service
Sunday, May 16th
We will be honoring our high school graduates!
Sunday at 11 am
In person and online.
ONLINE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
Simply copy & paste the corresponding link for the class of your choice into your browser and join the class!
On Sunday, May 30th Steve Gibson and Dominic Spinella will be starting a NEW BEMA DISCIPLESHIP DISCUSSION GROUP (Session 1) (https://www.bemadiscipleship.com/). There will be an informational meeting on Sunday, May 23 at 9 am to address any questions anyone may have. https://zoom.us/j/7065421147
Meeting ID: 706 542 1147
(646) 876 9923
Meeting ID: 706 542 1147
Tomorrow right after churchwe will have our Big Bash, celebrating our 5th graders and the end of the school year. This event is for all the children and families in our Children’s Ministry. There will be food, inflatables, and water games (so bring a towel). We will gather at the beginning for a special time to honor our 5th graders and will then split into groups to rotate through our different activities and food.
New Start Date!
The Carrying One Another’s Burdens series start date is being postponed for two weeks. The new start date is Saturday, May 29. There are still a few openings if you want to sign up.
Your fellow servants,
Terry, Cricket, Anthony, and Patsy