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.