Our Greatest Freedoms
This past week
as our nation
celebrated its 238th anniversary, we celebrated the freedoms that we
have been granted. The fact that
able to read this newsletter article is a result of that freedom.
In some countries around our world such mail
would not be permitted to circulate.
Religious tolerance is not permitted, nor is the freedom of speech and
the press. Much of what is said
guarded, because of the dangers that are brought on those who share openly.
rejoice with so many of our freedoms.
However, times are changing.
Sadly, many things are moving from the area of freedom into licenses, where
sin becomes permissible and even celebrated.
At the same time other freedoms are being more and more restricted. We recognize a movement of political
correctness in our society, which allows only one permissible expression of
opinion (the one deemed acceptable at the moment). Anyone who expresses a different opinion is
in danger of being labeled as being hate-filled, a bigot, or intolerant.
comes at a price and the greatest freedoms have come at the ultimate
price. They came when Christ freely
His life at Calvary. Jesus said
if the son makes you free, you are free indeed” (John 8:36). With Jesus came our greatest freedoms. In Him, we find freedom from the law, from
sin and from death. The law, although
created to illustrate our shortcomings, and help us to realize we cannot live
up to its standard. When we break
law at one point, we have broken it all together. Christ fulfilled the law and canceled the
weight that it placed on mankind. But
being free from the law does by no means give us the right to a license of
sin. In Christ, we strive to be
before an awesome and wonderful God.
Christ, we are free from the sins of our past.
They are forgiven. The debt is
paid. They no longer have a control
our lives. Could you imagine carrying
the weight of all the things you have done wrong on your backs.
Many people do. Christ removes that baggage, setting us
free. There is something to celebrate.
thing that often paralyzes so many people from living fully is fear and the
greatest fear is the fear of death. Christ
has defeated death, and displayed His power over death with His
These three areas
of freedom are the greatest freedoms we can attain and we do so through the
person and work of Jesus. Regardless
the changes in our society, these freedoms can be celebrated all 365 days of
the year. Come Sunday and celebrate
you have received in Christ.
From Cyndi while Ladell is away.
Wow! Sunday was awesome. It
is so neat to see how God has displayed
the Gospel story throughout history. The
children did a wonderful job! To
them grow up as babies and now as preschoolers taking part in the service as
they worship God is such a treasure and delight. Ashley did an outstanding job with her songs
and signs! Thank you to all who
participated in the service. Next
the choir and Praise Team will not be singing.
The children will be singing songs from VBS and we have Phil Jolly
coming to share with us in song. I’m
looking forward to our next Sunday together.
The Children are singing the Call to Worship on Sunday
morning – they will practice before Sunday School at 9:35 a.m.
Sanctuary Choir: Rehearsal
at 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, July 13th.
A quick practice at 9:15.
We are grateful for the following
contributions to our church:
Total Budget Offering $ 6,212.25
No Evening Worship (VBS)
FOR SUNDAY, July 13, 2014
Jerene Landreth Joyce Pressley
Deacon of the Week:
for July: Group 3:
Barry Yelton, Chm.
*Note: If for
some reason you cannot serve in your designated area, please contact someone to
fill in for you.
Dear Church Members,
On behalf of the American Legion Post 423,
we would like to thank you for your kind donations. They will touch many lives
at the VA
hospital. May God bless you all!
FAITH IN MOTION
Rehearsal on Sunday, July 13th at
7:00 p.m. No rehearsals on Sunday, July
20th or 27th. We
will rehearse on August 3rd, 10th & 17th
at 7:00 p.m. Performance will be on
August 24th during the a.m. worship service. We will meet at 9:30
a.m. that morning.
will be a Church Conference on Sunday,
July 13th at 6:00 p.m. during the Evening Worship Service.
The Goodwill Luncheon originally scheduled
for Tuesday, July 15th has been cancelled.
Bahama Breeze is back
Wednesday, July 16th at John & Ashley Horton’s (1527 Lake Houser Road)
Wednesday, July 23rd - Carowinds
COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS
The Backpack Program needs your help. We’d like to get an early
start before school
begins this fall. We are requesting cans
of pasta, spaghettios, ravioli, etc.
There will be a box for your donations in the hallway. Thanks for your
There will be a joint meeting of the Stewardship Committee and the Deacons
on Sunday, July 13th at 3:00 p.m. at the church.
Yokefellow is requesting donations of canned
green beans for the months of July and August.
VBS CHURCH OF THE EXCEPTIONAL
VBS for Church of the Exceptional is planned
for Friday, July 18th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Please save the
date and plan to help –
CHANGE OF ADDRESS??
If you have a
new address or have moved or have a new telephone number, please notify the
church office so that we may keep in touch.
Thanks! College students, please give us
your new addresses too!
July 6 – 11 – Vacation Bible School 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
July 13 – Church
July 18 – VBS Church of the
Exceptional 5-8 p.m.
July 20 – Deacons’
Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
July 21-25 – Kids
Camp at South Mountain Baptist
23 – Youth
July 27 – Deacon Election