September 28, 2008, Volume 10, Issue 38 Date: 10/12/08 Time: 4-6 p.m. CTIVI TIES A Adult Costume Contest EVERYONE IS INVITED TO WEAR THEIR BEST Pumpkin Carving Contest: Carve your pumpkin at home and bring it NON-SCARY COSTUMES! to the festival where everyone will vote on the winners! Hayride Inflatables Free Food Games Hot Air Balloon Ride PASTOR NOTES Last week I had one of those mornings that only par- ents with little ones under- stand. Solomon decided that The “POWER of A Simple Gift.” It’s time for early that morning he wanted Operation Christmas Child! It’s a Simple gift to play, specifically with Daddy. So we wrestled that has a (powerful, lifesaving) Message. A simple gift with the Gospel Message-given to needy and played and wrestled and played until ulti- children world wide. Our goal is one box per mately he fell back asleep. By this point I was family. The name tag table has rubber bands, fully awake with no chance of going back to prayer cards, and pamphlets with the donation sleep so I got my stuff ready kissed Christy envelope (which goes inside the box, on top of goodbye and headed out. It was in this everything) and “GIRL/BOY” label that needs to be taped/glued on top of the filled box (lid wrapped “normality” that God decided to show off. I separately). In order to help those of us pinching walked out the door and was met by that fresh pennies, this might help “stretch” our money and cool reminder that fall is almost here in the get a few more boxes: Each month each Sunday morning. As I began to drive out of my drive- School Class can collect items (or money to buy way and make my way down the road, my mind them) and fill their own boxes; September- educational supplies: calculator(for older children), was full of the things that had to be done on pencil case, glue stick, crayons, markers, paints, this day, important things, high priority things, coloring book, pens, erasers, pencils and but God decided to remind me of what’s most sharpeners, small spiral notebooks, paper (items important. As I sped down the road, the sun must be able to fit in a shoebox). October- slowly peaked its head above the horizon, spar- personal care items: bar of soap (wrapped in foil), wash cloths, small towels, toothbrushes/paste, kling shades of color that humans can’t recre- sunglasses, clothes (t-shirt, cap, gloves/mittens, ate. The sky radiated the glory of God. When underwear, shoes, socks), earrings, necklaces, was the last time you slowed down and allowed rings, hair accessories, comb, hairbrush, chapstick, God to simply show off? Sometimes the great- (no liquids, no medicine, please). November-fun est reminders that we are not alone come in the items/toys: cars, dolls, stuffed animals, checkers, puppets, yo-yo, slinky, small musical instruments, most mundane areas of our life. In the midst of puzzles, books, noise makers, balls, blocks, stick- a stressful morning God displayed his glory for ers, gum, hard candy (no taffy, tootsie rolls, food me to see. I am glad he did. items; no knives/war related items, no used/ breakable items, no liquids, please). The finished boxes need to have some of each of these Pastor Wade items. You can still bring your own filled box. Extra “collection” boxes for individual items (no liquids please) will be located in the Children’s RA Memory Verse — 1 John 4:19 wing (foyer by the table), preschool wing (hallway under the tree), and near the sanctuary (hallway by the name tag table). Filled shoe boxes (plastic or decorated cardboard) can be stacked by the name tag table or in the Children’s wing. Volunteers will help buy items and fill boxes if a class wants to donate money instead of filling boxes. Anyone who would like to help buy/fill/wrap some boxes in October/November, contact Donna Werking. Sunday, November 16, 2008 will be October 5 @ 3:00 pm Deacons Meeting the last collection day for our church. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION October 19 @ 4:00 pm Budget & Finance On Sunday October 4, 2008 the Personnel Committee will present a recommendation October 22 @ 6:15 pm Quarterly Business to the church to hire Emily Ballard as the Meeting Part-Time Children’s Director. Sunday, September 28, 2008 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship Service Message by Pastor Wade Rials Touching lives through meaningful worship Wednesday, October 1, 2008 Reaching people with the Gospel 6:15 p.m. Prayer Time and Nehemiah Building a strong faith by personal discipleship Bible Study led by Pastor Rials Caring for the needs of people Student Ministry, R.A.’s, G.A.’s, Mission Friends Shepherds Staff Praise Team and Instrumentalist September 28 – October 4 Practice Grady & Pat Alford, Jan Aldridge, 7:15 p.m. Choir Practice Wayne & Martha Hubbard, Rachel Wallace Shepherd’s Staff is made up of volunteers who wish to contact visitors, absentees, shut ins, etc. for one week out of several on a rotating basis. If you are interested in this Greeters, September 28, 2008 ministry, please contact the church office. Charlie Bass, Larry Pearson, Don Clark, Gary Parker, Hospital Visitation for Deacons Jim Overall, Franklin McKenzie Week of September 29 Wayne Hubbard, Doug Kenerly Lock Up for September Steve Bullard, Rich Lawler, Eddie Newton, Ron Tanner October 16 Cookout at Wayne & Martha Hubbard’s Country Cottage Budget Budget Weekly Needs $11,533.80 in Union Springs Budget Given $8,972.45 Call the Church Office by Budget Needs to Date $438,284.40 Budget Given to Date $383,604.07 October 12th to make your Budget Monthly Needs $49,979.78 reservation! Budget Received this Month $38,845.61 Vans leave TRBC @ 10:30 a.m. G.I.F.T.S. G.I.F.T.S. Given $760.00 G.I.F.T.S. Goal for September $6,570.47 G.I.F.T.S. Received this month $3,258.00 G.I.F.T.S Received last month $8,159.33 Ladies Monday Night Bible Study 6:00 p.m. Sunday School 253 Thursday Morning Bible Study 10:00 a.m. 10:30 Worship Service 289 Judy Wilbanks— Outreach Director It was so great to be a part of the baptism service on Sunday. Let us continue to pray for Kelly as she grows in her walk with Jesus. Baptism is such a beautiful tes- timony of a believer’s personal relationship with Jesus Christ and what He has done in their life. I am thankful for all our teachers that work with our children here at TRBC. They have an awesome job of teaching and sharing God’s Word with each of them. Thank you for your faithfulness. If you would like to be a part of teaching and sharing God’s word with the children at TRBC, why not try volunteering for Chil- dren’s Church one Sunday, it will be a blessing to you. Brad Holmes—Associate Pastor of Praise & Worship Once upon a time, God was missing for six days. Eventually, Michael the Archangel found him, resting on the sev- enth day. He inquired of God. "Where have you been?" God sighed a deep sigh of satisfaction, and proudly pointed downwards through the clouds, " Look, Michael. Look what I've made."Archangel Michael looked puzzled, and said, "What is it?" "It's a planet," replied God, "and I've put Life on it. I'm going to call it Earth and it's going to be a great place of balance." "Balance?" Inquired Michael, still confused. God explained, pointing to different parts of earth . . . "For example, over there will be a place of great opportunity and wealth, while over there people are go- ing to be poor. This continent will be extremely hot, while this one will be very cold and covered in ice." One place will be barren desert. Another will be lush rain forest. Another country will be mountainous and yet another will be flat. The Archangel, impressed by God's work, then pointed to a land mass and said, "What's that one?" "Ah," said God.. "That's New Mexico the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful streams, hills, and forests ... The people from New Mexico are going to be handsome, modest, intelligent and humorous, and they are going to be found traveling the world. They will be extremely sociable, hardworking, and high-achieving, and they will be known throughout the world - as diplomats, and carriers of peace ...." Michael gasped in wonder and admiration, but then proclaimed, "What about balance, God? You said there would be balance!" God smiled, "Wait until you see the idiots I put in Santa Fe." Well, that's funny to me because I've actually been to Santa Fe. It's a place like no other. I've also noticed that geographically Alabama is an extreme contrast to where I came from in New Mexico. I came from a place where if you see a tree, somebody planted it, to a place where if you see a bare spot, somebody cut down a tree. All of it is beautiful to me and is a testimony to God's creativity and natural order and balance. All that was to say that I've observed "balance" to be such an important thing in life, and it's a challenge to achieve a good balance from all the things that tug on us in our lives. I believe one of the keys to achieving a good balance is deciding what is most important. Jesus' words are absolute truth and He said, "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matt. 6:33) I pray God helps us achieve a proper balance in our lives.
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