Belmont Baptist Church
Our time is not yet done. Let us not waver, but rather serve the Lord and be renewed.

Vacation Bible School

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Where? Belmont Baptist Church, 2117 Palm Street, Phone 672-5689
When? August 10th–12th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Who? Boys and Girls age 4 through 5th grade completed
What? Bible lessons, fun, games, food, Arts and crafts

We are having a VBS here at Belmont for the first time in a number of years. A team of workers from Broadview Baptist is coming to help us. It is scheduled for August 10th-12th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. It is for boys and girls age 4 through the 5th grade (completed). We want to encourage you to come and be involved in this exciting time. We will be having a meal each night, and we will also need workers to help in the classrooms (no teaching). If you have neighbors, children, grandchildren, or great grandchildren, make sure they are here. Pray for our co-workers from Broadview, and for our members who will be helping. Pray for a mighty out-pouring of God’s Spirit upon our church in the days ahead. Remember that with God nothing is impossible. Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil. 4:13)

Congratulations to Bro. Kenneth Jones. He was chosen as Resident of the Month in July at Coronado Nursing Center. He is a blessing to all who know him. He was pastor at FBC, Merkel, from 1968-79. He and Mary have been married for 64 years and have 3 sons, 8 grandchildren, and 7 great grand children. He has recently moved to Windcrest. He loves to have company and receive mail.

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In Christ,
Bro. Jimmy

August Newsletter

Reading for August 2014Notes from Rowland

When you sing, do you sing words, or a tune? Probably both at the same time. Words are written to express feelings or emotions, an event or a special time in one’s life. The time adds rhythm and a special way to express the words you want to use.

With an instrument you learn the mechanics of changing notes with the hands. Many people can play an instrument without being able to sing. Singing comes from the brain. By opening your mouth and closing is (like talking) you produce certain sounds or notes. You don’t put your hand on your mouth to produce certain sounds, rather, you think with your brain the words or notes you want to express. And, with practice, you reach a point where the words and notes sound beautiful and pleasing to the ears. When that happens, a feeling of satisfaction is generated in the mind, body and even to the soul.

Sing these words:

In the presence of Jehovah
God Almighty, Prince of Peace
Troubles vanish, hearts are mended
In the presence of the King

When you sang those words, did you feel something special taking place in your heart and mind? When you were reaching out to God to say, “I love you, Lord,” did you have a feeling of satisfaction? Did the words draw you just a little closer to God? Next week when you sing the hymns listed in the bulletin, think what you are singing. Let those words and tunes become your personal expression of love and praise to the God who first loved you and allowed His Son to die for your sins and have an eternal life with him.

Love ya!
Rowland

Calander082014
 

Long Time No Post

So it has been a very long time since the last update.

This is partly because I have been very busy in many respects.  However, this is more so because I have been looking at some upgrade options for the site for about as long.

Among other matters, I plan to implement some improvements to the main site software and use a new and better skin.

On the outside, the site will look better.  On the inside, it will have some additional features for filtering spam [we get a lot of spam] and run more smoothly.

I also plan to re-introduce forums to the site.

The main point to remember is that all of these changes in my spare spare time.  It will likely take a little while.  But if you stop by the site and it looks really ugly or something isn’t working correctly, then I am likely working on it in the background.

Worship Service: May 27th, 2012 Morning

Morning Worship Service for May 27th, 2012

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Worship Service: May 20th, 2012 Morning

Morning Worship Service for May 20th, 2012

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Worship Service Download Dump

We’ve had an issue recently with our download server.  Specifically, it hasn’t been accepting our files.  I have now found a good workaround.

However, this does mean that we now have four Sundays worth of files to post.  Rather then post them all individually, I am placing them all in this post.

April 22nd, 2012 – Morning :: Download a Zipped MP3 Here

April 29th, 2012 – 5th Sunday :: Download a Zipped MP3 Here

May 6th, 2012 – Morning :: Download a Zipped MP3 Here

May 13th, 2012 – Mother’s Day :: Download a Zipped MP3 Here

Notes From Rowland – Preparation

(Read Luke 8:4-8)

Anyone who has had experience growing vegetables, flowers, trees and the like know that proper preparation of the ground is necessary.  Simply digging a hole and dropping a seed in and covering it up with dirt does not mean that growth will take place and produce vegetables, flowers, or fruits.

The yard around my house is clay and rocks.  It takes a lot of work to get the soil in proper condition to grow anything.  The ground must be tilled, rocks removed, sand and mulch must be blended, the right amount of fertilizer added.  Proper amounts of water and weeding is a daily requirement.

For those who have never tried to have a garden of flowers or vegetables this sounds like a lot fo work but, believe me, the result is worth the effort.

Many people who attend Bible study or church on Sunday will come without one thought of preparation: “go to church and hope I learn something.”  Some people get “burned” because nothing happens to change their lives or draw them closer to God.

Let me suggest some ways of preparation to get the most from Bible study or worship that include more than “just attending.”

1. Look at the Bible summary in Saturday’s newspaper and read the scriptures ahead of time and the Sunday School lesson.

2. Pray for yourself and family that you will understand the words of the pastor or teacher.

3. Come, EXPECTING to be blessed.

4. Participate in the fellowship and music.  Look at the words in the hymns you sing.  Are they words that speak to you?

5. Commit yourself to sharing what you learn with someone.

6. Attend regularly, not just when you feel like it.

7. Get to know the people you meet at church.  Make new friends.

Preparation for worship will produce spiritual growth, just as preparation of the soil produces flowers and produce.

Love ya,
Rowland

Pastor’s Pen – May 2012

Mother’s Day

April is almost gone and May is just around the corner.  May means lots of things to us.  Mother’s Day is a special day on the calendar as we honor our mothers and remember those who have been such a great influence on us.  My mother has been with the Lord for ten years, but we still miss her and thank God for her influence on our lives.

On Mother’s Day, we will have a Mother’s Day and Graduation Luncheon at noon.  We are asking the men to bring a grilled meat dish to the meal-brisket, ham, chicken, sausage, etc.  We will furninsh beans, potato salad, macaroni salad, bread, dessert, coffee and tea.  Let Martha know what you plan to bring.

Graduation Time

Hannah is graduating this month as well as several others who are members of our church or have connections with out church.  Pray for them and for all of our graduates as they seek God’s direction for their lives.  Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths”.  Those verses are so fitting for all of us.

Visitation Night

We have been meeting at 6:00 on Tuesday nights to go visiting.  We are following up on our visitors, the Easter Celebration visitors, and contacting our inactive members.  We had 8 who went  out this past Tuesday night.  Come help us as we seek to reclaim our inactive members.  If you have been inactive, we encourage you to come back home and enjoy sweet fellowship with God’s people at Belmont.  God loves you and we do too.  Read Luke 15: 11-32, the story of the Prodigal Son, and be reminded of how much the father loves each and every one of us.

Baptism

We will observe the ordinance of baptism this Sunday.  It is always a special time to see someone follow the Lord in believer’s baptism.  I encourage you to be there Sunday morning as we talk about “Jesus and John the Baptist Down by the Jordan River.”  Remember when you were baptized and how wonderful you felt.  Read Matthew 3:1-17 and reflect on it before Sunday.  If you have never been baptized, it is a good time to consider it while you still have time.

In Christ,
Bro Jimmy

Worship Service: April 15th, 2012 Morning

Morning Worship Service for April 15th, 2012

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Worship Service: April 8th, 2012 Easter Service

Morning Worship Service for Easter – April 8th, 2012

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