Welcome to this church. We hope that what you find on these pages will entice you to visit us and get to know us up close and personally. We have a heart for Jesus the Christ, for one another, and for the community in which God has placed us. We have found strength, peace, love and hope in Jesus and we want to share this with you, so that you can enter into a dynamic relationship with Jesus. If you already know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, we want help you grow closer to him in fellowship and service. We are a church where everyone is welcome to worship, grow and minister.
SERMON FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 21, 2021
This coming Sunday we will focus our attention on one of the reasons to give thanks to God. This reason is the promise that Jesus the Christ will come again in the Father’s glory and will restore everything to the way it was intended from the beginning. The sermon is entitled, “Thanksgiving: From Groaning to Glory.” https://youtu.be/TRmHyOvUWRY
From Pastor Gary
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. It is a day when many will get together with family and friends and eat and fellowship and watch a lot of football. As one who enjoys all of those things, this is a great day. Sadly however, the reason Abraham Lincoln established Thanksgiving has been forgotten even by Christ followers. The proclamation of October 3, 1863 included these words, “...It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a Day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens…”
Thanksgiving should include as it’s primary focus, praise and thanks to God.
As Christ followers, this should be our every day activity. Paul made in clear in Ephesians 5.18-20 thanks to be filled with the Holy Spirit includes giving thanks. “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” We are commanded to be filled with the Holy Spirit. One of the tests as to whether or not we are succeeding at this is are we “always giving thanks to God the Father,” and are we giving thanks “for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” This is not an option. As Christ followers it is who we are.
I am not saying that at times it is not hard to do. Of course, it is. But that is not an excuse. Even in those times of challenge and difficulty and problems and distress, there is still much to thank God for. We can thank him for always being with us and never leaving us. The Spirit is in us and with us. We can also thank God because his “grace is sufficient.” We can also thank God because when we are weak, He makes us strong so that we can endure. We can also thank God that when difficulties become so great that we do not know how to pray the Holy Spirit prays and intercedes for us.
And so may each of us make it a daily practice to praise and thank God always and for everything and not just tomorrow.
WORSHIP CELEBRATIONS ON NOVEMBER 28, 2021 – This coming Sunday, the first Sunday in Advent we will focus our attention on the origin and meaning of the use of candles at Christmas. The sermon is entitled, “Let Your Light Shine.”
We continue to make every effort to upload the sermon around noon on Sunday, on our YouTube channel and our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/colonialparkcommunitybaptistchurch
For archive sermons are on YouTube:
ADULT SMALL GROUP STUDIES READINGS –
November 30 Tuesday, 10:00 AM – Revelation 2
December 1 Wednesday – 6:30 PM – Revelation 1
DECORATING THE CHURCH FOR CHRISTMAS – On December 4 we will gather to decorate the sanctuary and the fellowship room for Christmas. The morning will begin with a pot-luck breakfast 8:00 AM. This will be followed by a Christmas Devotion and then decorating.
POINSETTIAS FOR CHRISTMAS – The Board of Spiritual Welfare has ordered two large poinsettias for the Sanctuary. They are $41 each. If anyone would like to donate towards the cost of these, please see Anna B. If anyone would like to buy a smaller one at a local store and donate it for Christmas and then take it back home with you, we would not object to that either.
ADOPTING A FAMILY – We have been made aware of family who needs help at Christmas. There will be a gift wish list on the bulletin board. We are asking that you look at the list and then put your name next to the item. Then you will purchase it, wrap it, mark it as to whom it goes to and bring it in by December 19.
GIFTS FOR GOD’S HOUSE - We are also receiving gifts for God’s House. There will be a list of things that we need on the bulletin board. Please put your name next to the item and bring it in by December 24. These do not have to be wrapped.
GIANT GIFT CARDS – You can purchase gift cards from the ABWM to be used at Giant Grocery stores and at the gas pump. When you purchase these gift cards, ABWM receives 5% of the purchase which they use totally to support their missions and missionaries. If you would like to purchase any gift cards please see, or call Judy M.
TITHES AND OFFERINGS – We want to thank all of you for your continued faithfulness to the ministry of Christ through sending in your tithes and offerings. For those attending our in-person worship celebrations you will be able to place tithes and offerings in an offering plate in the front of the sanctuary on Sundays. For those not ready to attend yet, you can continue to mail them, or drop them off in the church mailbox.
FOOD DONATIONS – We encourage you to continue to donate food for the local food pantry. If you would like to donate food, please bring your food to the church and they will be taken down to Calvary UMC. The third Sunday of the month will still be Food Bank Sunday.
God Bless each of you.
How To Become a Follower of Jesus
"If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10.9
Becoming a follower of Jesus Christ requires repenting of your sins, and believing that Jesus died on the cross and rose again to forgive you of those sins and entering into a relationship with Him.
If you are ready to become a follower of Jesus Christ pray this prayer:
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose again from the dead. I turn my life over to You. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. Amen.
For more information about your new life in Jesus Christ, contact us at the church.
Ways to Accept Christ