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Sep 15, 2019
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    Sep 15, 2019
    September 15th, 2019
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September 1st, 2019

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs. Know
that the Lord is God. It is he who made
us, and we are his; we are his people, the
sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with
thanksgiving and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his
love endures forever; his
faithfulness continues through
all generations.” -Psalm 100
We are aware of our
upcoming 150th Anniversary
of our church. Celebration is
central to this joyful occasion.
We need to have a great
sense of thanksgiving to our
God.
None of us were here when
the church was started but we are here
today because of their willingness to be a
community of believers who wanted to be
grateful for God’s mercy and grace.
Our church was organized on June 27th,
1869 with approximately sixty members. The
Sunday school was organized in 1876. So
was our humble beginning. It is proper to
celebrate their ways the Lord has blessed our church.
These blessings are not the only reason that we celebrate our anniversary. The Psalmist reminds us that we celebrate not only because of what has been done, but also because of who God is. The scripture says, God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. We celebrate the greatness of God. The prophet Jeremiah declares in Chapter 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Yes, to God we are chosen people and we have worshiped and served HIM faithfully for the last 150 years. Our God is a loving God. What a reason to celebrate.! We have a rich tradition of reaching people for Jesus Christ, and meeting the needs of the community and be part of the community. We have witnessed many changes through the years. Since the church’s founding in 1869, our country has had many presidents, has seen ups and downs as a society, countless advances in technology and many other things. 
Through this passage of time, there is one thing that has not changed and it has stood the test of time–that is the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel, Bible, the word of God is the same. Malachi 3:6 states “I am the Lord, I do not change…” We are part of something much bigger and goes back much futher in time. We are right to remember the past and to honor all of the many good people who have come through these doors (too numerous to name) before us and their contribution to this church and to this community. Hundred and fifty years is a long time…our work here is not done. I hope you are as excited as I am about the celebration and join the team which is working hard to set the tone for another hundred and fifty years. Psalm 100:5 says “for the Lord is good and His love endures forever, His faithfulness continues through all generations.” The corner stone of the building reads, “The word of the Lord endureth forever.” 1 Peter 1:25. It is our prayer that the First Baptist Church of Murphsyboro will continue to endure to proclaim Jesus Christ is the only Lord and Savior until He comes. Please join with me to looking forward to the celebration October 19th and 20th, 2019. God Bless, Pastor Shaker (P.S. If you need a copy of our history, please feel free to get one at the church office.) (continued from page 1 trips. College Discipleship: ▫ Small group has been meeting regularly. ▫ Supporting the mission trip by purchasing a laptop for a college student there. Tech Report: Dave Brooks is training new volunteers for slides, lighting, and sound. ▫ Bradley Evans is working on how to fix the television for the cry room and live-streaming for services. Pastor’s Report: Jake Hahnemann will be speaking on 8/4 in Shaker Samuel’s absence. The next Leadership Council meeting will be 8/20 at 6:00 p.m.

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August 1st, 2019

“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” -Ephesians 4:1-6 First, you can tell a church where the Spirit of God is in control by its unity – by its unity. The Spirit is the spirit of unity, Ephesians 4. And where there is a loving unity, where there is a unity without crushing individuality, the Spirit of God is in control. He seeks unity. Secondly, you can tell an assembly where the Spirit of God is in control by its fellowship. Its fellowship will be both deep, that is honest and intimate and real, and wide that is inclusive of anybody who cares and who comes and who is a part. Thirdly, you can always tell an assembly where the Spirit of God controls by its worship. It will be one that worships God really, genuinely, honestly; and its worship will be shared by all. In other words, they
will come to honor God; they will come to honor Christ; they will speak in honor of the Holy Spirit. They will praise God; they will sing praise; they will live praise; they will talk praise. Fourthly, you can tell a church that is controlled by the Holy Spirit by its evangelism. The Holy Spirit has come to point us to Christ. The Holy Spirit is the one who declares Christ, and in a church where the Spirit of God controls, Christ will be being declared. And evangelism will be spontaneous. It will be top priority. It will be natural outflow in the lives of the people who make up that assembly. Fifthly, you can tell a church where the Spirit of God is in control by its love. It will be an assembly of people who care about each other, an assembly of people controlled by the attitude of selflessness, where real love works, where sacrifice is a given. Sixthly, you can tell a church where the Spirit of God controls by its obedience. It will be a church that will be walking in the path that the Word of God prescribes. It will be a church where spontaneous obedience is the pattern of life, where all that ever needs to be said is this is what the Bible says, and response is immediate
the next business meeting. Carol Brown and Sue Lynn Johnson requested to landscape and maintain a small area in the church lot. Special Events: The 150th Anniversary Team will be producing video interviews of church members. Chris Deshazo is printing the outside banners. Volunteers are needed to work on the Anniversary float for the Apple Festival parade. College Discipleship: Group will be starting a video series on Mark. Strategic Planning & Action: The team met on June 4. They will be researching church growth, leadership structure, possible constitutional changes, and development of a 5-year plan. Nominating Team: We still need 2 more people to serve on the Leadership Council. Deacon Care Team still needs 3 more members. Tech Report: The Bose speaker power stand is not working. Dave Brooks will find out if it can be repaired or will have to be replaced. Pastor’s Report: The next Baptism class is in the works. Family Pastor’s Report: See Youth and Children’s reports above. The next Leadership Council meeting will be July 16 at 6:00 p.m. Trimester Business Meeting June 23 after
worship service.
Seventh, and tied right with that one, in a church where the Spirit of God controls, there will be people who are submitted to the Lordship of Christ. There will be people submitted to the Lordship of Christ. He will rule and they will lovingly, joyously, willingly submit to that rule. Eighth, you can always tell a church filled with the Spirit because there will be ministry – ministry. There will be saints interchanging spiritual gifts. There will be not just a professional pulpit, not just hired practitioners, and pastors and teachers and ministers, but there will be the mass of the community of believers ministering their spiritual gifts. The above article is taken from a sermon by John McCarther, pastor of the Grace Church in Panorama City, California. It says so well how a church ought to be. My desire is that as a community of believers we can be filled with the Spirit of God to be a model to the community in which we live. My hope is we will strive to become this edifying church. I hope you are having a wonderful summer with your families.
God bless In Christ’s steps, Shaker

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