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First Baptist Church

900 High School Avenue

Columbia MS 39429


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                “AWESOME”… “UNBELIEVABLY TALENTED”… “ENJOYABLE”  were just a few comments directed at Buddy Greene in concert in a former church.  Children were amazed at his ability with musical instruments (particularly the harmonica?), while young people and adults were encouraged by someone who was so gifted and enthusiastic about Jesus and personal faith.  You will be disappointed if you miss the concert this Sunday evening (August 16) at 6 PM.  We have enjoyed some amazing individuals during our “concert series” at the close of the summer, and Buddy Greene will inspire you.  He will be with us during the morning service, and he will be in concert Sunday evening.  Also, don’t forget that we will be receiving an offering to defray the cost of the concert during the evening service.  So, let’s be generous.

                THANK YOU for your participation in the deacon election last Sunday (August 9).  We will be announcing the selected men during the morning worship service on August 30, Lord willing.  The men chosen are being contacted during this time.  It is not unusual to have some men to decline service, so we have to give time for each man to seek God’s will for service.  Continue to pray for this matter of church work.

                DIDN’T THE YOUTH DO A WONDERFUL JOB last Sunday night (August 9) telling us about their summer?  The blend of youth and college leaders, along with Shannon’s wrap-up was great.  When you watch a young person grow from Middle School awkwardness to High School maturity it is thrilling.  Also, the prominence of the X-Change Week, a ministry/camp that began three years ago, could not be ignored.  I am also wondering if Greta Carley could rap poetically on just about any subject?  If you missed it, ask someone about her talent.

                THEY HAVE BEEN IN SUNDAY SCHOOL for some months now in Adult 1, and this past spring they married, so when Eric and Allison Lavine made their decisions this past Sunday evening, we rejoiced when they “closed the deal,” or maybe it was “opened the deal”?  Anyway, we hope you will get to know them and rejoice in their commitment to the Lord and His church at FBC, Columbia.

                TWO SUDDEN DEATHS that came close to us these past few days should remind all of us to speak kindly, to hold closely, to hear clearly, to remember fondly, to walk slowly, and to love deeply.  Life is God’s gift, and when the circumstances of this world, e.g., frail bodies, ill health, etc. intrude, then we tend to forget that life is God’s gift not just for this world but into eternity.     

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