By Fran Bunn
The Peachtree Baptist Church congregation, family and friends gathered together on Sunday to worship and celebrate indoors. We welcomed visitors to Peachtree. Thanks be to God.
Pastor’s message: “He Will Save His People,” with scripture from Acts 4: 10-12.
Special music: Jane May performed a piano solo. Pastor Gene Whitehouse played a video presentation for the song “Amazing Grace.”
Bible verse of the week: Deuteronomy 31:8.
The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was presented to glorify God by James Sheppard in loving honor of his wife, Brenda, on the occasion of her birthday on Oct. 26.
Jerry’s devotional this week is “Your Helper,” by Anne Graham Lotz, from “Fixing My Eyes On Jesus.”
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” — 1 Peter 5:7.
“Your toddler has spilled his third glass of milk — in the last hour! Your 6-year-old is coming down with the flu, and you’re just trying to stay on top of what already seems like an impossible day.
“I know. I’ve been there. But when we’re totally helpless, God is a God of the impossible! He is your helper. The friend you can turn to. Your counselor.
“We can be so foolish at times! Why do we think God isn’t interested in our feelings? In our stress? In our day? Nothing is too mundane for your heavenly Father. There’s nothing you can hide from God’s loving compassion. Tell Him about your stress, your frustration.
“God cares about what you care about…because He cares for you.”
Lawrence Edwards and I are leading this month’s Bible study, “All In: A Life of Commitment.” This is the second installment of a six-session lesson, “Our Commitment To Christ: Commit your whole life in trust and obedience to Christ,” with scripture from Mark 10: 13-22.
“Our lives revolve around our commitments. A quick look at a typical week will reveal our commitments and how committed we are to those commitments! Family, friends or a job all call for a level of commitment.
“Making a commitment is a major step no matter the area of life. To commit yourself to something or someone means denying yourself to something or someone else. Jesus Himself acknowledged this fact when He urged His followers to ‘count the cost’ (Luke 14: 28-33).
“An unwavering commitment is a marked distinction between those who say they follow Christ and those who actually do.
“While many people can’t get past the great sacrifice and commitment this calls for, true disciples embrace commitment to Christ out of love and gratitude for His redemptive reconciliation and His gift of eternal life.
“Our commitment reveals what we love. Our commitment also reveals whom we love. In the Bible, we read about commitment, and specifically God’s love for us. He is fully committed to us. The real question is: How will we respond to that commitment?
“In these verses, we find Jesus had reached the point in His ministry when He knew the time had come for Him to make His way to Jerusalem (Mark 10:1, and Luke 9:51.”
• 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.
• Peachtree Baptist Church is collecting for N.C. Children’s Homes.
• The Peachtree Work Day is planned for 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the church shelter.
• Peachtree will hold a church conference at noon on Sunday, Nov. 1.
• Peachtree Baptist Church’s annual collard sale is planned from Nov. 9-20. Collards are cleaned, cooked and seasoned and are $8 per quart. They can be picked up from 3-6 p.m. on Nov. 9, 11, 13, 16, 18 and 20 at the church, 3523 N.C. 581 N., Spring Hope. Collards must be reserved in advance. To reserve your order, call 252-478-4418 and leave a message stating how many quarts you wish to purchase and when you want to pick them up. Speak slowly and clearly. Please call the church or sign up by Sunday, Nov. 8.
• The First Baptist Church of Spring Hope and Ephesians Baptist Church of Spring Hope have started welcoming members and visitors to indoor services.
• Ephesians Baptist Church is having tailgate services on Sundays starting at 10 a.m.
• Ephesians Baptist Church will host its second annual trunk-or-treat drive-thrru from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 at the church. Organizers will hand out candy in masks and gloves. For more information, visit www.ebcsspringhope.com.
• Sunday was Dr. Kevin Moore’s last day at First Baptist Church of Spring Hope. Pastor Kevin has served at First Baptist for almost nine years. He came to Spring Hope fresh out of seminary. His children, three little girls, were born and dedicated there. His wife has served faithfully by his side during this time. They have made a great impact on the church and community. We are all sad that Pastor Kevin and his family are leaving, but we wish him and his family many blessings as they follow God’s calling to a new church ministry. Pastor Kevin has been called to LaFayette Baptist Church in Fayetteville to be the congregation’s senior pastor.
• Joan and Ray Eason and Bob Bunn and I spent a few days in the Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, area last week. We visited Cades Cove, the nature trail, Wears Valley, Cherokee, Townsend, the Blue Ride Parkway and Knoxville. We saw a number of bears, turkeys, dear, and elk. Beautiful weather and the leaves were outstanding. We all had a great time.
PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS
• To all those sick and in need. Please keep them all in your prayers.
• Norman Whitley, Maxine Whitley, Barbara Privette, Beverly Wilson, Linwood May, Ronnie Matthews, Mac Bennett, Rudy and Gail Brantley, Jake Robertson, Mother Rose and Jerry Little.
• Janice Sykes is recovering from surgery.
• Jean Bunn is home recovering.
• Billy Bunn needs prayers.
• Doug Hayes needs prayers.
• Janie Joyner is undergoing treatment.
• Kathy Farmer recovering from surgery.
• Audrey Farmer needs prayer. He will be entering the hospital soon.
• Al and Carol Ann Bell are home recovering.
• Delcie Wakefield and Pastor Bill need prayers.
• 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.
• Butch Keen needs prayers.
• Danny Manning is in Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.
• Randell Whitley is in Nash General Hospital.
• Eula Gupton is receiving treatment.
• Birthday blessings to 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 email@example.com. My phone number is 252-478-2846.
Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.