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The Peachtree Baptist Church congregation, family and friends gathered together Sunday to worship and celebrate indoors. Thanks be to God.

The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was presented to glorify God by Bob Bunn and I in loving honor of our granddaughter, Mary Hazel Mink, on the occasion of her 22nd birthday and all those celebrating October birthdays.

Special music: Jane May performed a piano solo.

Bible verse of the week: Deuteronomy 31: 8.

DEVOTIONAL

Jerry’s devotional this week is “All is Well,” by Anne Graham Lotz, from “Fixing My Eyes On Jesus.”

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted.” — Isaiah 6:1.

“Are you living out a picture you never dreamed would be yours? A picture of poor health? A lost job? A spouse with cancer?

“Recently I was reminded of 1 Samuel 1:7; ‘The Lord sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts.’ Yet in every season of life, amid poverty or sickness or health, or stress, or pain, or grief, or disappointment shatters your spirit, the Lord is there.

“He is your shield. Your hiding place. He is with you. He is seated on the throne. He’s in control! All is well.”

BIBLE STUDY

Lawrence Edwards and I are leading this month’s Bible study, “All In: A Life of Commitment.” This is the first installment of a six-session lesson, “Christ’s Commitment To Us: Even at our worst, Christ was fully committed to love us and bring us to God,” with scripture from Romans 5: 6-12, 18-21.

“Commitment. Does that word make you nervous? Commitment is rather loose word in our culture. Our culture is becoming increasingly averse to the idea of commitment. The bottom line is that we don’t like commitment. To illustrate, we’re ready to jump at special pricing promoted by the cable provider, but then we cringe when we discover the rate comes with a year commitment.

“More seriously, traditional marriage has been on a steady downward track for decades, but it’s almost a free fall now. Among young adults, it’s estimated that 25% of them will never marry. One reason is commitment. People would rather not make a lifelong commitment that they’re not sure they can actually fulfill.

“Commitment is more palatable when we know the other person is committed to us and has our best in mind. That’s what makes our relationship with God so special.

“We have no greater idea of what commitment means than when we look at the commitment Christ made for us. He was committed to us before we were even committed to Him! And on top of that, even when our commitment to Him wavers, He never stops being committed to us.

“Our response to Christ calls for nothing less than a full, all-in commitment to Him. The greatest display of this is in our salvation.

“In these verses, we find that Paul wrote that people everywhere need to be saved because everyone has sinned against God. He affirmed that people who give themselves to Christ can be confident that He has made them right with God through His crucifixion and resurrection.”

CHURCH BUSINESS

• The Peachtree Baptist Church WMU will participate in the 2020 Appalachian Christmas Outreach Backpack Ministry. The Appalachian Coalfield Ministry is seeking to meet the physical and spiritual needs of those living in the Appalachian area. The sign-up sheet is in the narthex. Statewide goal is 18,000 backpacks. You do not need to be a member of Peachtree Baptist Church to contribute. We have received commitments for 20-plus backpacks. The list of names is in the narthex. If you your information is incorrect or you wish to add your name to the list, please call Cheryl Hayes. Please start bringing in your backpacks. They are due Nov. 1.

• The Annie Armstrong fundraiser drive has reached its goal.

• Peachtree Baptist Church is now collecting donations for its N.C. State Missions fundraiser and for N.C. Children’s Homes.

• Peachtree will hold its annual collard sale this year. Look for the announcement with all the details coming later.

• The Peachtree deacons will meet at the church at 7 p.m. Oct. 27.

• Peachtree will hold a church conference at noon Sunday, Nov. 1.

COMMUNITY NEWS

• The First Baptist Church of Spring Hope has started welcoming members and visitors to indoor services.

• Ephesians Baptist Church of Spring Hope is having tailgate services on Sundays starting at 10 a.m.

• Lynn and David Griffin attended the virtual homecoming service for Floods Chapel Free Will Baptist on Sunday. Lynn’s nephew, Daniel, was the guest speaker. Daniel is the son of Amy and Billy Kornegay.

• Lynn and David hosted a birthday dinner at their home on Oct. 10. Those celebrating were Josh, Kristina Griffin and their three beautiful little daughters, Drew and Jennifer Griffin. Birthdays being celebrated were Kristina’s on Oct. 3 and Jennifer’s on Oct. 17.

• Lynn and David Griffin and Billy and Brenda Joyner stayed overnight at Lake Junaluska this past week. They continued their road trip up the Blue Ridge Parkway to view the fall scenery. Leaves were beautiful.

PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS

• To all those sick and in need. Please keep them all in your prayers.

• Norman Whitley, Maxine Whitley, Barbara Privette, Linwood May, Ronnie Matthews, Mac Bennett, Rudy, Gail Brantley, Jake Robertson, Mother Rose and Jerry Little.

• Beverly Wilson is recovering at home from surgery and is doing better.

• Janice Sykes will have hand surgery on Wednesday. 

• Jean Bunn is home recovering from her hospital stay.

• Billy Bunn needs prayers.

• Janie Joyner is undergoing treatment.

• Kathy Farmer needs prayer. She will have a test this week and will be entering the hospital soon.

• Audrey Farmer needs prayer. He will be entering the hospital soon.

• Al and Carol Ann Bell need prayers. Al is in the hospital in South Carolina. Carol Ann is home recovering.

• Delcie Wakefield is home from the rehab hospital in Virginia. She’s recovering at home with Pastor Bill.

• Bill Nelson of Waynesville will be having treatment in an Asheville hospital soon.

• Dorothy Nelson needs prayer.

• Irene Page is preparing for knee surgery.

• Frances Hutchins is feeling better.

• Joyce Brinkley is undergoing treatment.

• Rhonda Faulkner has started treatment.

• Timmy Mills’ aunt, Sandra Walker, is in Nash General Hospital.

• Butch Keen needs prayers.

• Danny Manning is in Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

• Randell Whitley is in Nash General Hospital.

• Eula Gupton needs prayers.

• Birthday blessings to E. Ray Eason (Oct. 19), Dianne Bunn (Oct. 20), Brent Bunn (Oct. 21), JoAnn Blankenship (Oct. 22), Fran Bunn (Oct. 24), Karen Macquin, Brenda Shepherd and Brody Edwards (Oct. 26) and Mary Hazel Mink (Oct. 31).

If you have news, please call or email me. My email address is mfpbun@aol.com. My phone number is 252-478-2846.

Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.

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