King’s Builders Announcement

King’s Builders Mission Trip (June 13-18, 2016):

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This is very short notice but we have worked out a King’s Builders trip to Red Springs Mission Camp in NC (about 45 minutes north of Pedro’s South of the Border). Milwaukee was a possibility but too far away.

No bus on this trip, let’s carpool. Can you stay the whole week or even part of the week?

The cost is $21 per day for lodging and meals. The church has a Builders Budget line so we can pay for gasoline.

Bring your tools and linens/pillow/towels.

Rather than building a church, this week is more about “World Changers” style projects, repair of homes in the community (perhaps roofing, building ramps, or repair of rotten flooring, etc.).

Donald Downs found Larry Osbourne with NC Baptist Men, who is working with a local pastor, Windell. He will call us closer to the event about the work.

We need about 12 men to commit to this project. Will YOU?

Here is MapQuest for directions – 4 hours, 20 minutes from KGBC.

Student Update – April 26

Wednesday Night Bible Study:

Tomorrow night is the FINAL Wednesday Night Bible Study for the school year!

We have a student led Bible study happening that you won’t want to miss!

See you tomorrow night (April 27) at 6:15 in the Attic!


At a Glance…

Youth VBS Training – June 5
Church Picnic – June 5
Graduate Sunday – June 12
Graduate Banquet – June 12
MFuge Philadelphia – July 11 – 16
Guatemala Trip – July 30 – August 6

Interim Prayer – Part 2

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These are uncertain times. And we don’t repeat this to create or promote fear, but it is our impression that people are pretty concerned about the selection of a new pastor, the process of the search committee, the people who may be leading the church, and what are we supposed to do while we wait for God’s timing? Ambiguity and anxiety.

The place to start is prayer, and last week, Beth very eloquently and accurately led us in a prayer of confession. I sat right over there with tears in my eyes contemplating the words spoken and the significance and importance of this prayer of confession over the congregation. We are called to get right with God. This is certainly no condemnation of the people in this congregation, because who among us cannot take a few more active steps getting closer to God, I mean, obeying his commands, denying self, taking up our cross daily, and following Jesus. None of us has arrived, and just the time we believe ourselves to already be right with God, or that we are holy and deserving, this may be a clear indication that we have much farther to go.

Today we look at what we need to be doing during this interim time. The temptation is to take charge of our own church affairs. But as I mentioned last week, if we truly believe that God is sovereign, and nothing catches him off guard, and he is looking out for the best interests of the church… and remember it is HIS church and not our own… therefore we must choose to cast our cares on him because he cares for us, resulting in our ability to rest in the fact that God has all of this sorted out.

There is an immediate strategy that we find in Scripture. Rather than seek ways to take control or manipulate events and outcomes, let us renew our commitment of surrendering ourselves to God’s leadership and timing. Remember that HE is in charge. Trust in God, yet also have confidence in your staff, the people whom God has gathered to serve alongside of you in this place.

Before I lead us in prayer, let’s look at the early church as an example of how and when they heard from God and then acted on his leading.

Acts 13:1-3, New International Version (NIV)

Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.

Initial Observations:

  1. While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting – they were remaining faithful to that which God had called them to do, worship and prayer.
  2. Then they heard the Holy Spirit – during worship and prayer, THEN they heard from the Holy Spirit
  3. Then they took action, after fasting and prayer – after hearing from God, not before, they followed the Lord’s command.

Prayer:

Father, we come before you in humility acknowledging that we don’t have all the answers, nor do we deserve any of the answers. We are sinful human beings seeking your face, seeking your presence, and seeking your forgiveness. We are a people of faith, yet we plead with you to help us when our faith falls short. We are people that tend to worry and often do not exercise our faith nearly enough.

We are in a time of transition, which inherently means “to change.” We tend to fall back on the emotion of fear whenever we are confronted with change but Father, help us to acknowledge that all living things grow, and that growth necessitates change.

We are thankful that as we have grown older that our bodies did not stay the same, that our minds did not stay the same, that our emotions did not stay the same. In our relationships or in our marriage, we rejoice that we did not remain the same, but you caused growth, and change, and maturity, which brought our relationships to a whole new level. We are grateful for that change. You are a God who desires to bring change into your people’s lives, by offering salvation to us, the most undeserving human beings to walk the earth.

By reading of the example of the early church, we pray that we will be a people found actively pursuing the face of God through worship, Bible study, prayer, devotion, and even fasting. Let us be a people who will chase after YOU rather than chasing that which you can provide.

Help us to listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit, and make it so plain that there will be no doubt, individually or corporately as a congregation. Just as sheep will only follow their true and authentic shepherd, we plead that you will drown out all the competing voices that hinder us from hearing your voice and recognizing your moving through this congregation. May you impede the plans of those who lean toward disunity or selfishness. May we trust you in all matters of life, and as a congregation, we pray that we will trust you to lead us through this interim time.

Keep us focused on worship and prayer, speak to us as we faithfully chase after God, humble us when we tend to rise up in pride, comfort us when we begin to fear, and help us to see your direction for us, in your timing.

We give this service to you, and like the church at Antioch, we pray that what we are doing here is pleasing in your sight, and that the Holy Spirit will speak to us as we continue carrying out the mission that you left in our hands. It is such a joy to know that we don’t go through life alone, but that you walk with us through it all. Our prayer today is not that you walk with us through this interim time, but that we walk with you.

This is our prayer, this is our heart, this is our humble request, in the powerful name of Jesus Christ our Lord, AMEN.

Sunday April 24

There are a lot of things happening on April 24.

  1. Lynn Hardaway from the Bridge Network of Churches is going to bring the message in all three worship services.
  2. Scott Chafee will lead the congregational prayer time, that during this interim time, we will focus on our faithfulness and commitment to the mission of King’s Grant.
  3. This is Connie Cannon’s final Sunday as our Director of Preschool Ministries, so plan on stopping by the preschool welcome area during the reception in her honor. Let her know how much you appreciate all her care and coordination of our preschoolers and their families.
  4. Awana Clubs are meeting at 4:00 pm – AWANA THEME: Sports Night! Dress in your favorite sports gear! You don’t have to wear your uniform shirt / vest but you do have to wear tennis shoes.
  5. Awana Parent Meeting is this Sunday at 4:15 pm upstairs in Room 208/210. Short meeting to discuss next year’s AWANA! We need your input and want to keep you informed so please plan to stay!

Church Business April 17

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The meeting after church was to take up two items of business:

  1. The church approved Amy Newberry to serve as our Director of Preschool Ministries, effective April 17, 2016.
  2. The church approved the Nominating Committee recommendation of the following members to serve on the Pastor Search Committee:
    1. Randy Dail
    2. Katie Goodmurphy
    3. Todd Mayo
    4. Lee MaDaniel
    5. Joan Peake
    6. Erica Strull
    7. Jim Zecchini

We must continue to be a people of prayer, especially during this time of transition. Pray for the search team and the task they have before them.

The Shepherd’s Staff

Here are the Next Steps I mention at the end:

  1. Will you commit yourself to prayer during this time, as we seek a new pastor?
  2. Will you commit yourself to others in this church through faithful participation and active service?
  3. Will you put your own desires and personal preferences aside as we seek to become a church focused on God’s mission and global purpose?
  4. In what ways will you seek the lost? Bring back the scattered? Bind the broken? Strengthen the sick? Feed or lead the sheep?
  5. In what ways will you meet the needs of others during this time of uncertainty?

Here is the graphic I mentioned in the message:

Christology-Missiology-EcclesiologyHere is a transcript of the message: [ The Shepherd’s Staff ]

Student Bible Study April 13

For thousands of years, the Book of Psalms has provided a voice for God’s people to come together and worship Him. But the psalms are much more than a guide for corporate worship. The psalms serve as incredible examples of how we can communicate in relationship with God. They show us how we can reach to God.

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Reach, a 6-lesson study, will show students how “alive” their communication with God can be by looking at examples of various ways they can reach out to God. And, they’ll be reminded of how powerfully God reaches out to them! Our prayer is that students will understand what an active and dynamic relationship with God can look like.

Join us in the Attic tonight at 6:15 as we talk about God’s presence with us. Tonight, students will learn how to deepen their trust in God in ALL circumstances – knowing that God hears and responds to their prayers.

Tonight is a Wendy’s Wednesday and it’s the last one of the school year…don’t miss it!