Duke Memorial Messenger

April 2016 Volume 25 - Issue 4

From The Pastor's Desk

I am very excited to become the pastor of Duke Memorial Baptist Church and I am looking forward to working with each one of you as we seek the Lord’s will and serve Him together. My prayer is that we may always grow in our faith and share the gospel with our family, friends, and community in a bold manner.

In Acts 16, Paul was given a vision of a man from Macedonia. The man was pleading for Paul to come to Macedonia in order to share the Gospel. He had no idea what the results of that vision would become. By responding in faith to this vision it opened the door for the Gospel to not only go into Macedonia but eventually throughout the Roman world and throughout Europe. It also served as a springboard to spread the gospel to the rest of the world. It took a vision and Paul's willingness to step out in faith and believe anything is truly possible with God.

What is your vision? "Where there is no vision the people perish", Proverbs 29:18. What vision do you have for Duke Memorial Baptist Church for this year? What vision do you have for Duke Memorial Baptist Church for the next five years and the next ten years? Where do feel the Lord calling you to serve Him in the Church and in our community?

As we formulate our vision, it needs to be seen through the eyes of Jesus. If it is viewed through our eyes, we tend to only see our own problems, concerns, wants, and desires. When the vision is viewed through the eyes of Jesus we see other people’s problems, concerns, wants, and desires. We must always remember it is about Jesus.

Prayerfully think about where you would like to serve the Lord. Just remember giving out a glass of water in Jesus name is a service and can be a blessing. There are as many ways to serve Jesus as there are people. My challenge to you is to always be available to the Lord’s service as you seek where and how He may use you in the church, in the community, and in the world.

In His Service,

Bro. Randy

Pastor Search Committee

The only way I know to say "thank you" to the Pastor Search Committee is just to say "Thanks!" You all did a good job! More than two dozen meetings that lasted at least an hour-what an investment of time and energy, not to even speak of prayers and sleeplessness. Then came the 20th of March when the church family voted and what a vote. How often do you hear of a prospective pastor getting a 95% vote? I believe our Heavenly Father knew all the time who we needed to call to be our pastor. We welcome Bro. Randy and Sister Karen to our church family. Their time will officially begin on Easter Sunday AM, March 27, 2016. Let's commit ourselves to pray for them daily. It will do us good and strengthen them at the same time. So, now let us prepare ourselves, pray and plan together facing the future. I don't know what is in store for us, but nothing will catch God by surprise. Trusting Him and following His leadership as individuals and as a church family will lead us to conquer whatever stumbling blocks the devil may try to put in our way. We would do well to listen to the Apostle in Philippians 3: 12-14 "Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus"

Partner w/YOU-Serving Him!
Bro. Stan Stevenson

Workers Needed

If you would be interested in being a van driver on Sundays or Wednesday evening, there is certainly a need for job.

Also, if you would be willing to help by taking a turn in doing the Children’s Church downstairs on Sunday morning would be another area where you could help out.

Greeters are needed for upstairs and downstairs on Sunday morning to help pass the church bulletins out and greet people when they arrive. If people are guests, please direct them to their classes as well.

If you are willing to help in any of these areas, please let Bro. Randy or Connie know.

Upcoming Events

April 16th - "Ignite Us Again" Women's Conference - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Immanuel
April 26th - Baby shower for AIM
July 10-14th - Vacation Bible School

Bed Project

If you would like to donate to the Bed Project that Kayla Coulter started several months back, please designate on your check or if it is cash, please put in an envelope and write on it that is what you wish the money to go toward.

Thank You

Roger and I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you for the many cards, visits, food, money, phone calls as well as the many prayers that you have offered up for both of us. It has been a long process and only by the grace of God has Roger come through this far. Roger is very apprehensive about going to the doctor on March 30, 2016, to see if the infections has cleared up so the knee can be replaced and he wants to be able to walk again. When I remind him that it is church time, he says with tears in his eyes - I wish I could be there again. Please continue to remember both us in your prayers.

Roger and I love each and everyone one of you!

God Bless!

Roger & Connie Wilson

WMU Information

Think Spring!

It’s time to plant fresh cold weather produce. Plant an extra row for God’s Food Pantry. Suggestions: Peas, broccoli, cabbage, green beans, corn, and potatoes. Lots of rain, think rice, boxed rice products, and boxes potato mixes.

The women’s conference is scheduled on April 16, 2016, from 10 am - 2 pm at Calvary Baptist Church. Please let Cindy know if you plan to attend

If you are looking for an opportunity of community outreach, you can go to High Street Baptist at 6 pm on Tuesday night to participate in the Project 58:10 that is a food ministry for children in the school systems. It usually takes about 30 to 45 minutes and it’s a blessing each and every week.

Purity Pacs will be packed at the end of the month and there is a need for hygiene items if you would like to donate before the last Sunday in March,

Infant sleepers and receiving blankets are needed for the AIM diaper bags.

The Annie Armstrong offering will be taken up through the month of March and the first week of April, the goal has been set at $800

What To Bring With You to Church

Bring a Holy Reverence for both God and His House.

Bring an unselfish spirit and an abiding love for your bellow - Christians.

Bring your tithes and offerings.

Bring a friendly smile and hearty handshake for friends and strangers alike.

Bring a kind word for your church, its programs and its leadership.

Bring a willingness to join in the worship service by singing right out of your heart with the congregation.

Bring your visiting friends and relatives.

Bring a prayerful heart and open mind for the Word of God.

Bring a willingness to accept the responsibilities that become clear during the service.

Bro. “Z”

Church Activities

Sunday School 10:00 a.m.

PAC Class 10:15 a.m.

Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.

Sunday Evening 6:00 p.m.

Choir Practice 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday Eve. 6:30 p.m.

April Birthdays

16 Pat Poynter

19 Colby Mink

20 Travis Childers

23 Linda Purcell

24 Melenee Roberts

26 Garlin Dotson

April 2016 Duke Memorial Baptist Church

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