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Peachtree members welcomed friends and family to help celebrate Peachtree Baptist Church’s 211th birthday. God has blessed our church with a long spiritual life and beautiful, sunny day for a great celebration. Peachtree is truly blessed.
The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was presented to glorify God by Beverly Wilson in loving memory of all Peachtree saints who have praised God since 1809.
Jerry Hobgood welcomed the Sunday school gathering and led the song, “To God Be The Glory.”
He then read “Outpouring of Blessings” by Anne Graham Lotz, from “Fixing My Eyes On Jesus,” a commentary on Ephesians 1:3.
“Regardless of past failures or shortcomings — your relationship with Jesus Christ ensures that what John 1:16 says is true: ‘From the fullness of His grace, we have all received one blessing after another.’
“When you and I are related to Jesus Christ, our strength and wisdom, peace and joy, and love and hope may run out, but His life rushes in to keep us filled to the brim with one blessing after another. Not because of anything we’ve done or not done — but just because of Jesus, we are showered with blessings.
“The Christian life isn’t motivated by a list of dos and don’ts, but by the gracious outpouring of God’s love and blessing. We don’t deserve them. Far from it!
“We can’t earn them! We can’t bargain for them! We can’t buy them!
“They are freely given. Just open up your heart and freely receive them!”
Lawerence Edwards led the Median Sunday school class Bible study. “When Life Gets Hard: Big Questions About Pain and Suffering,” is a new series of seven lessons. The fourth lesson is, “What Is God’s Answer To Suffering? God’s actions are often beyond our understanding, but we can trust him,” a commentary on Job 40: 1-8; 42:1-6.
“The world holds a lot of mystery for small children, and they are not afraid to ask questions.
“Why? How? Are there more leaves in the world or blades of grass, etc.?
“We smile at the innocence behind their questions, but most of us struggle to answer them! There’s an answer, of course, but try explaining it to a 4-year-old.
“Adults like having answers, but sometimes we just don’t know enough. Television and the internet are jam-packed with programs and sites devoted to unsolved mysteries and offering their own answers. But in the end, sometimes we have to admit that we just don’t know.
“Our walk with God is no different. We want answers, but many times the ways of God are just beyond our understanding. In those moments, we can decide to doubt God or trust Him.”
In these verses, we learn, “that Job’s encounter with God show us why trust is always best.”
Special music: Jane May preformed a piano solo. The Peachtree Baptist Church Adult Sanctuary Choir sang “Be Thou My Vision.”
Verse of the month: Deuteronomy 6:4-5.
Sermon: Pastor Gene Whitehouse preached a sermon titled “The Deceiver Revisited,” citing selected scripture from Genesis.
• Peachtree Baptist Church members are looking for a clean copy of their first cookbook. If you have one, please loan it to us. We would like to make copies of it to make a new cookbook. We would return yours to you. Please call the church at 252-478-4418 if you have one.
• Wednesday, Feb. 5 — Nominating committee meeting, 5 p.m.
• Each Wednesday in February, Bible study will be held at 7 p.m. followed by adult choir practice at 8.
• Sunday, Feb. 16 — Observance of the Lord’s Table at morning worship, 11 a.m.
• Thursday, Feb. 20 — The Men’s Ministry will host the 2020 Ladies’ Night dinner and fellowship at 6:30 p.m.
We are preparing a very special menu for the evening as well as having Amy Kornegay and her family bring a special program of music and devotion. There is no cost for the dinner and we encourage all of our Peachtree men and women to attend this wonderful evening of fellowship, devotion and breaking bread together. Please be sure to make your reservations — a necessity — on the sign-up sheet in the narthex or on the piano in the dining room. The last day to make a reservation is Monday, Feb. 17.
• The Peachtree Baptist homecoming committee met on Jan. 21 to gather information for our upcoming homecoming.
• On Saturday, the Flood’s Chapel men’s monthly breakfast was held. The men serve scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, biscuits, drinks and many more items. All men were invited. A great time was had by all.
• On Sunday, the Peachtree Hostesses held a soup and sandwich lunch after the worship service. This lunch was a celebration of Peachtree’s 211th anniversary. Members, family and friends joined together to enjoy soup, sandwiches and desserts. What a wonderful time.
• Monday, Feb. 10 — Stoney Hill men’s dinner, 7 p.m. All men are invited.
• Tuesday, Feb. 25 — First Baptist Church of Spring Hope will host a pancake supper from 4:30-7 p.m. It’s an eat-in event with all-you-can-eat pancakes for $7. Wow, folks, a great price! Come out and enjoy.
• Wednesday, Feb. 26 — First Baptist Church of Spring Hope would like you to join its congregation for the Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS
• To all those sick and in need.
• To Norman and Maxine Whitley and Ray Jackson.
• Joan Rackley Eason is now home recovering from surgery.
• Please don’t forget to visit the people in the nursing homes in your area.
• Birthday blessings to Katie Tucker (Feb. 1), Tony Gupton (Feb. 3), David Griffin (Feb. 7), Frank Bunn and Jason Edwards (Feb. 8), Ricky Tucker (Feb. 9), Margaret Abbott (Feb. 11), Ashley Edwards (Feb. 14), Jonathan Macquin (Feb. 24) and Scotty Edwards and Amy Sykes (Feb. 26).
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“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” — Ephesians 1:3.
Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.