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First Impressions: Making the Most of Seven Seconds

Palm Sunday 2“Don’t offend them—you let me do that.”  In essence, this is something I heard Andy Stanley said that he conveyed to his staff.  I get this—the gospel of Christ is offensive to many.  Our bathrooms, parking, décor, lack of signage, etc., should not be.  Are my eyes opened to this reality?  Are yours?

Tim Cool penned an outstanding book called Why Church Buildings Matter: The Story of Your Space.  Rather than this book being simply about buildings, I found that this book was mainly about the vision of the church.  The chapters are short, accessible, and thought-provoking for churches ready to take that next step.

In Chapter 24, entitled, “Seven Seconds: Make the Most of It,” he tells us things that we as established churches need to hear about those who visit our church:

Seven seconds: that is how much time you have to make a first impression.  Some experts say more, some say less, but most pundits agree that seven seconds is the average time you have to make a first impression.  Think about that.  That is not much time.

There are dozens of posts on the Internet that will give you hints to best utilize these seven seconds when going to a job interview or making a sales call.  But the same principle applies to the guests at our churches.  Have you ever thought that your guests are looking at their experience in much the same way they might evaluate a buying decision?  Don’t get defensive when people enter your facility for the first time with this perspective.  This attitude may not be healthy, but it’s a reality churches must understand.

So what can you do in those first seven seconds to influence their experience?  I actually believe that a guest to your church will have multiple seven second encounters.  Below are the areas that I believe most critical:

  1. The parking lot experience.  We nee to be aware that if this is a challenge and their first seven seconds on your site are frustrating, that may not stay.  Even if they do stay, then you began the visit with a tone of frustration.
  2. Where do I go now?  Way-finding and signage are too often underwhelming, which can add to the anxiety of our guests.
  3. What door do I go in?  Guests do not want to ask questions and do not respond well to facility ambiguity.
  4. The First “Hey.” The first person to visually, verbally, and physically interact with a guest sets the tone for the entire experience.
  5. We have been preparing for your visit.  As they step into your facility, will a guest see that you have been intentional about their arrival?  Are things clean, neat, inviting, engaging, and well maintained with a sense of pride?

Don’t squander those seven seconds.  Be intentional.  Be deliberate.  And be consistent. 

Thoughts?  What are we doing to make the first impressions of our guests positive ones?  This matters to me because lots of these take place even before I get up to preach! 

What think ye?

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New Sermon Series Unveiling the Vision for ARBC: Are You Ready to Take the Next Step?

next step sign I’m convinced that 2014 will be a gamechanging year for Arapahoe Road Baptist Church.  Am I going by gut-feeling?  Possibly.  While I do operate on facts, statistics, and various other tangible evidences, I also operate on what I call ‘pastoral feel’ (count on that as a blog post later). 

For the next three months, we will spend our Sunday mornings looking at a new vision for ARBC.  The vision, in essence, is this:

Helping all peoples take the next step in their journey with Christ

And how do we know that they are moving in the right direction?  When they see that Jesus is enough.  The only change that matters is the change that Jesus brings.

So as I was going through my Bible reading back in late November thinking about 2014 and beyond, God providentially brought me to Romans 12-16.  And it became as clear as can be.  The steps rose to the top as we look at taking those next steps:

    1. Come (Romans 12:1-2)
    2. Connect (Romans 12:3-8)
    3. Contribute (Romans 12:9-13)
    4. All undergirded and fed with the notion of Cultivate (Romans 12:14-21) as we grow in all aspects of this vision God has given.

As we continue looking at this section of Romans, we begin to look at how this vision plays in our…

    1. Culture (from the aspect of ‘Come’)(Romans 13:1-7)
    2. Community (‘Come) (Romans 13:8; Romans 15:1-7)—broken up into two sermons)
    3. Congregation (‘Connect)(Romans 14)
    4. Creation/the Nations (‘Connect’)(Romans 15:8-33)
    5. Lastly, looking at the beauty of ‘Contributing’ from Romans 16.

Our church is engaging in a number of endeavors to refocus all of our teams and systems on the Great Commission, bringing them all under an evangelism umbrella.  There must be a purpose to why we do things—never simply doing them just because.  Christ died to redeem His church for a more viable reason than “just because.” 

Pray for your pastors and leaders in these various processes as we prayerfully look to get ARBC maturing and ministering inwardly, and mobilizing outwardly. 

Keep an eye on what’s happening, but moreso, keep an eye on our Lord Jesus.  ARBC belongs to Him. 

Are you ready to take that next step?

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Ten Deadly Sins of a Dying Church (Stephen Gray)

Stephen Gray writes a very thought-provoking article on “The Ten Deadly Sins of a Dying Church.”  May God spare us from these very sins.

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When Smaller Churches Rise to Greater Heights

I am pastor of a church that averages around 170 per Sunday morning: 30 in the children’s area (workers included) and 140 in the main worship service. Technically, we are above the national average of churches (which average approximately 75), but we are just below the “medium” range, which begins at 200.

By the world’s perspective, smaller churches face a daunting task. In an age of consumerism where people come to a church to see what that church can do for them and provide for them, we are tempted to work to make the “big sell.”

Over the years, we have lost some of our long-time members to bigger churches in our area that have more resources to provide more programs for children, youth, young adults, parents, grandparents, singles, divorced—every type of demographic available.

While these churches gain traction and momentum, many of our smaller churches work hard to maintain. Some may visit the church, take a look and examine the particular ministries on the table, then may feel they need to move on to churches with … well… more!

John Benton in his wonderful little book “Why Join a small Church?” recounts a story of a friend of his who was a zealous Christian and a pastor of a small church. Though the church had only a dozen or so elderly folks in attendance, he took the call. He preached the Word of God faithfully, with much boldness, and accompanied by much prayer. Here Benton describe this:

What a situation! For many years nothing much seemed to happen, except a few minor encouragements from time to time. Though the preaching was good, the church continued fairly small. But my friend stuck to the task, praying, preaching, and doing whatever he could, with the help of a faithful few, to make the little flock a group of Christians pleasing to Christ. And after something like fifteen years of his ministry there, suddenly the church took off. Christians moving into the area began to join, people began to get saved. Things they had only dreamed of before as a church began to come true. The church numbers something like 200 to 250 people on Sundays, the building has been renovated and they have been used by God to plant another church in a nearby town.

Numbers are not everything. I believe this church had already become a great church even before attendance began to increase.

Even with slight numbers, small churches can rise to greater heights. How?

  1. A commitment to prayer and ministry of the Word (Acts 6:4).
  2. A determination to establish God-centered, Christ-exalting relationships (Acts 2:42-47);
  3. A desire to inject the message of the Gospel, accompanied with genuine compassion and care for those you are trying to reach (Ephesians 4:15);
  4. A hunger and thirst for knowing what you believe, why you believe, and why it is worth telling (Ephesians 4:11-16);
  5. A dogged commitment to assembling together with the saints at the appointed time (Hebrews 10:23-25);
  6. A shedding of a consumeristic attitude, looking for a church that meets your particular needs, rather than rolling up your sleeves and helping that church be what God would have it to be!

I’m sure there are more. But notice what resources are needed to maintain these things: the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), the Bible, and you.

What about it?

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Reflections on our July 2009 Business Meeting

Boone’s Creek Baptist Church had a rather significant business meeting on Sunday evening, July 12. Two major items of business were on the floor: a new engine for our mower, and allowing the building committee to spend up to $10,000 for the Arise and Build in-house stewardship campaign. Their desire is to provide promotional material to give everyone a mental and spiritual picture of the building, as well as have a Celebration Stewardship Kickoff slated for Saturday, October 24.

As you can imagine, asking for this amount of money can cause the ears to perk up for many of our members. But if I may, I would like to sketch out some observations from that meeting:

First, everyone was at that meeting because they love their church.

That’s right. The 40-50 people who attended this business meeting love Boone’s Creek Baptist Church. Before we even deal with the nature and percentage of the vote, this understanding is foundational to understanding all that happened this past Sunday night. Not everyone agreed with the items on the table, everyone came at these questions from the perspective of wanting our church to do what it should.

While I’m in no position to judge hearts, I am in a position to deliver challenges based upon God’s Word. We must be careful that our love for the church does not stem from fear of change or fear of the unknown. It’s God’s church–not mine, and not anyone else’s. Christ has made it clear that He will build his church (Matthew 16:13-20) and Paul makes it clear that Christ is the head of the church (Col. 1:18-23). So every issue that comes along, we must prayerfully consider this: are we trusting in Christ to build His church and do something great, or are we trusting in our own ways and means to accomplish what we believe the church should be? These are things that I have to ask myself at every turn.

Secondly, every one in our church struggles between seeing what is and what they hope and desire it to be.

It is very easy to “walk by sight”—in other words, to operate from the vantage point of what is. We may look around our church and think, “Our church is small.” (Actually, the average church in our country has 70 in attendance. During the Fall and Spring, we have approximately 160-170 average attendance. Granted, it’s not Southland Christian Church or Porter Memorial Baptist Church, but it’s still bigger than the average American church.) So we operate on a level than other churches. Numbers-wise, we are better off than many, but not quite where we’d like in relation to others.

Even so, what matters is not what we are in relation to other churches. What matters is, where we are in relationship to where God would have us. In order for us to move, it will require change. Matt Perman passed along a great quote: “The first requirement for successful innovation is to look at a change as a potential opportunity instead of a threat.” For many, change is a threat which moves people away from stability to instability. For some, stability is an idol. Anything which moves us away from that must be avoided because, for them, it hinders worship.

While I am not a big fan of setting numerical goals (VBS the notable exception) because it focuses us on man-made accomplishments and, in turn, moves us from seeing people as projects instead of those in need of the gospel, I believe we must set some spiritual goals in sharing the gospel or, at the very least, inviting people to church so they may get under the gospel influence.

It takes a great act of faith in our sovereign God to look past what is in order to envision what could be. It has little to do with numbers. It has everything to do with trusting in God to be obedient where we are.

Thirdly, everyone wants to be a good steward of the money God has provided through their tithes and offerings, but we must realize that this is not the exclusive or primary matter in which we must be good stewards. Paul tells Timothy to be a good steward of the gospel entrusted to him (1 Timothy 1:12-21). Peter wrote to his churches that we must be good stewards of God’s grace (1 Peter 4:10). We are to be stewards of our people (John 13:35; Galatians 6:1-2), as well as stewards of our community (Ezra 9). We are even to be good stewards of our time (Ephesians 5:14-16).

We must move our minds away from stewardship being solely about how we spend our finances. This is a misunderstanding of the highest degree. If we are not being good stewards of understanding and articulating the gospel, nor being good stewards of our brothers and sisters in Christ, good stewards of doing Kingdom work in our community, or even our personal time, a disastrous result will occur: that bad stewardship will bleed over into bad stewardship of the finances and resources God has given to us. So let us make sure that our stewardship is well-rounded.

Fourthly, what a joy to be a member of a church that permits discussion and allows a say in the operation of that church. For some who may not be a part of the Baptist tradition, business meetings and all the ensuing discussions may seem like a trial. But it’s a great blessing that all of us have an opportunity to discuss major (and minor) items of business.

We must beware of the danger of only participating when something “important” is going on. Like it or not, when we are a Christian and a member of the body of Christ, we are not called to sporadic or part-time membership. We are full members of the fellowship. And therefore, we have the responsibility and the privilege of kicking in for the sake of Christ as well as our brothers and sisters in Christ.

So there it is! So many good things to take away, but also some things to consider as well. May God continue to guide Boone’s Creek along as we spread His glory from our neighbors to the nations.

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Are We Swimming in the Same Direction? Lessons from "Finding Nemo"

Last night, after our venture to the Newport Aquarium near Cincinnati, we came home to watch Finding Nemo (Pixar) for some relaxation and for the kids to see if they recognized any of the fish they saw at the aquarium.

In the process, I was struck by one of the last major scenes of the movie. Rather than try to describe the scene, I hope you’ll watch it. It is the portion where the fish are caught in some fishermen’s nets and what they do to escape.

Here’s the clip:

What do we see here? An allegory of sorts. An allegory is “a representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms; figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another” (Dictionary.com). In other words, most of the items in this story represent something in real life. So here we go.

The fish represent us at Boone’s Creek Baptist Church

How? None of us live the same type of lives, do we? Even in my house, though we have the same last name go about our lives in slightly different directions and from different perspectives. When it comes to backgrounds, jobs, mindsets over the temperature of the house, how to wash dishes, what to eat for dinner–we come at life from different perspectives and directions.

Each of the fish in this scene is heading in a similar direction, but clearly they are on their own. In other words, they are together, but they are not together. What gets them together?

They see the net coming (more on what that net means in a moment), so they reverse course in an attempt to save their lives! So they see a common threat. Fear has a way of galvanizing a group–even members of a church. It could be fear of having no money, a fear of becoming obsolete, a fear of change from the traditions developed and held dear, a fear of not being relevant, a fear of having less and less influence, etc. But notice that even this fear does not bring unity–these fish were on their own. They were heading in the same direction for the purpose of escaping the net.

Let’s talk about this net

This net represents a group that is stuck. Groups become ‘stuck’ for various reasons. This group of fish grew this way due to an enemy coming along wishing to capture these fish in order to sell them. From the enemy’s perspective, these fish are an ends to a means.

Yet, these fish recognize that them being ‘stuck’ in this situation will lead to certain death. And in many ways, those fish understand better the dire consequences of being ‘stuck’ in this nature–for it will lead to death. In Boone’s Creek’s case, it may not lead to death by way of extinction, but it will lead to the death of our influence and witness and Kingdom effectiveness.

We must understand that there are ways in which we must be ‘stuck.’

  • We must be stuck in our commitment to the Scriptures (Psalm 119:15-16; John 17:17);
  • We must be stuck in our commitment to the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) by whom all Christians are to be identified through baptism (Matthew 28:19).
  • We must be stuck in our commitment to the Gospel (Mark 1:14-15; John 3:1-21);
  • We must be stuck in the “one anothers.”
  • We must be stuck in our commitment to the body of Christ that clearly proclaims Christ and His gospel (Col. 2:6-15).

Yet what are ways that we fish may grow stuck?

Music

This is clearly the biggest flashpoint. As one who served as minister of music for ten years, I understand how so many view the music used in the worship service. For many, if the music isn’t their style, they say they ‘haven’t worshiped.’ This is particularly troublesome, because we should worship based upon what Christ has accomplished through his death, burial, and resurrection. Our worship should hinge on this, not on man-made compositions and styles. We must beware that if a style of music affects our ‘worship,’ we will become worshipers of music (and that, dear friends, is the epitome of an idol) (Jeremiah 2:9-11; Romans 1:18-23).

Man-made traditions

I equate some traditions to lint in the lint trap of my dryer. (Now, hang with me on this one.) The more the clothes roll along in the dryer, the more lint accumulates. For many churches, the more time rolls along, the more traditions accumulate until they become as much a part of the church as the furniture in the sanctuary. And as generations inherit these firmly-grasped traditions, they become more aware of these traditions than of Christ and the gospel. This is part of the reason why so many Southern Baptists (SBCers) are sucked into other cults: they know their traditions, and as such they know the terms we evangelicals use (salvation, eternal life, church, Christ, the Bible), but they don’t know the substance of those terms. So when cults come along using the same verbiage yet having a clearly different meaning, SBCers take the bait and become stuck in a false religion with a false gospel giving false assurance. Yet, what they have done is simply exchanged one man-made tradition for another.

This is why it is good to evaluate and clean out the lint traps frequently before the lint gets into the machinery. Isaiah 29:13 says:

And the Lord said:”Because this people draw near with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,
while their hearts are far from me,
and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men.”

Memories

Like music, memories are powerful in churches. While God provides this function of ‘memory’ as a great gift, the flesh and the devil use this as a net in which we may be stuck. Like the changes in music or moving away from traditions, changes in the church may come about because of a memory some may have. For instance:

  • We cannot change the baptistry. My granddaughter and daughter were baptized in that baptistry.
  • We cannot change the color of the walls. Why, Sister Sue painted this in this manner years ago! She put so much effort into it!
  • We cannot tear down our old sanctuary! I was married in that building, as was my parents! I came to faith in Christ in that sanctuary. It would be unbearable to tear it down.

Could I go on? While these examples are not real (at least, I’ve never come across them), I know some from other churches who have. And maybe some in our church have certain things in our church that really effects them if they are moved, changed, redirected, or reset.

So as we must not make an idol of our musical preference, or our man-made traditions, we must not bow down to the idol our memories. One person once said, The past is meant to be learned from, not lived in. It is good to look back on our memories, but we must glean out the lessons from them as we move forward.

How Did The Fish Become… “Unstuck”?

In the movie, Dory is caught in the net with the rest of the fish. Nemo remembers how they escaped in the fishtank earlier in the movie: each of the fish in the net swam down. Their collective power and energy helped them break away. So Nemo instructs the fish to do the same thing. Eventually, they break out of that net and are free.

Those fish had to receive outside instruction on what to do. This is the same with us as followers of Christ. In our own fearful state, we can cling to music, traditions, memories, etc. to find that much-coveted stability.

Or …

We receive outside instruction from the Word and the Spirit and we all move in the same direction with the same purpose for the same glory of God.

Preaching and teaching and read the Word of God is that outside instruction. And as the Spirit begins to apply that Word to our hearts at Boone’s Creek, we will soon be heading in the same direction.

Those fish had to act on those instructions given. Receiving the Word so that the Word grips you is so key. Now, it’s time to bear that fruit. The Spirit regenerates our hearts, causing us to be born again. Through the Spirit, God gives us the faith to believe in His Son (something we could not do on our own). Then the Spirit sanctifies our hearts as His will becomes more prominent. In other words, the flesh has less and less influence as the Spirit has more and more. Our actions which come from these instructions are not actions in hope of salvation, but are actions which give evidence to that salvation.

Closing Thoughts

Some churches, like many businesses, are about mission statements and vision statements. We have ours as well: We aim to spread the glory of God from our neighbors to the nations. Yet, we failed to be dialed in to the fact that every sermon preached, every lesson taught, every hymn sung–all these things are used by the Holy Spirit to craft a vision into the hearts of all Christians at Boone’s Creek Baptist Church.

We must come into our times of worship with this understanding: God’s Word is his revelation, his vision, for his people. We don’t wait for something to be “relevant” (a very self-serving word) before we’ll listen. We listen and prayerfully absorb even if it doesn’t seem to be personally relevant to us. It’s in His Word, and God has given preachers and teachers to help us understand that He put these things in His Word for a purpose.

Christ brought the fish into the boat (salvation), and he brought His fish together here at Boone’s Creek Baptist Church (membership)–now what will our fish look like? A me-first attitude, a fearful attitude, or a faithful attitude as we all swim together in the same direction toward the same Christ for the same purpose?

All this from a kids’ movie! Isn’t God amazing?

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Michael Spencer’s Thoughts on the SBC Annual Meeting

Michael Spencer of Oneida Baptist Institute, but known in the blogosphere as the Internet Monk has written an insightful piece reflecting on Tuesday’s Session of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Annual Meeting.  A significant turning point took place, and his insights give some folks a hopeful outlook for the convention (thats ‘some’ folks, not all).  Click on the link below to read:

My Thoughts on Today’s Southern Baptist Convention Meeting 6:23:09 | internetmonk.com

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M.V.P Newsletter for the Week of June 22-28, 2009

Boone’s Creek Baptist Church aims to spread the glory of God from our neighbors to the nations. We do this by strengthening the people of God and sharing the gospel of God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This newsletter seeks to develop the mission, vision, and passion of Jesus Christ and His glorious church!

Church Homepage: http://www.boonescreekchurch.com

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QUOTES OF THE WEEK

My prayer is that this vision will be big enough and bold enough and biblical enough and beautiful enough in its heart for the lost and the poor, that you as a people will be inspired to embrace it with all your heart, and dream it and pray it and serve it and give to it out of the overflow of joy that treasuring Christ brings.

(John Piper, Treasuring Christ Together, as they cast a vision for their upcoming budget year at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN).

The church should have a different solution to man’s plight, because it has a different view of man. Vision is an essential requirement for the man of God, for as the proverb reminds us, “Without a vision the people perish.” Where a world is perishing without the knowledge of God it is evidence of a short-sighted, if not blinded, church

(Paul Bassett, Vision, Compassion, and Prayer).

Are you a stationary Christian? A visionless Christian? Are you a naked Christian, as the verse says – one who is not ordained with a sight, a perception, a contemplation, a dream, a vision for God in the future?

(David Legge, Visionary or Stationary, 1999).

Boone’s Creek Fighter Verse: Ephesians 6:4, ESV

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

(Use this Fighter Verse for personal Scripture memory or to teach this to your child to help them stockpile God’s Word in their hearts –Psalm 119:11.)


Would You Help Us Serve Our King?

On occasion, we have some needs in various areas of service.

  • Helpers needed for VBS Block Party at Pantry Shoppe on Squires Lane. Ron is coordinating a VBS Block Party on June 27 from 11:00 – 2:00 (see the Events & Ministries portion of this newsletter). People are needed to help with the games, food, and blitzing the neighborhoods. Please contact Bro. Ron (263-5466 / 537-8058 / ronchaffins@gmail.com ) to help out. There is also a signup sheet on the front table in the foyer of the church.
  • We need some to volunteer to mow. God has blessed us with some beautiful property. Part of being good stewards of His blessings as well as getting ready for family and guests is helping to keep it maintained. You may not feel gifted to teach, have the talent to sing, have the patience to work with children—so why not sign up to mow? Help us keep Boone’s Creek beautiful.
  • Some men to serve in-between Sunday School and church as valets and parking lot greeters. While we may take for granted that people know where they need to go, let’s make sure they know where to go! Eric Masters has done a marvelous job coordinating our valet service over the past year or so, but he’s graduating and moving on to Williamsburg. Will you step in and help us make our guests feel welcomed?
  • We need some who love ministering to children to help us in Extended Session. Extended Session takes place at the same time as our Sunday morning worship. If you feel led to be a part of this ministry, contact Cindy Perry (543-8839 / theperrysix@gmail.com ) or Debbie Caudill (576-2869 / dlcaud2@uky.edu).

We praise God that we have some to help with our Welcome Table: Grace Barker, Sarah Ingham, Laura Preston, and Niki Scott. Thank you for stepping up!

Emphasis This Summer: Kingdom People With Kingdom Vision

Jesus told his disciples, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). Friends, we cannot look to add until we look to His Kingdom.

The mission of our church is to spread the glory of God from our neighbors to the nations. The Kingdom of God is about the glory and majesty of God—and thus all who are citizens of that Kingdom must understand not only what we do but who we are. Therefore, this summer will have a three-fold purpose to correspond with our mission:

  1. We aim to give Boone’s Creek a greater understanding of the role of the church in the Kingdom of God.
  2. We aim to give Boone’s Creek a greater embracing of what the church is, which will inform what the church must do. This involves a greater accountability of the covenant we take as members of Christ’s church at Boone’s Creek;
  3. We aim to give Boone’s Creek a greater intentionality in making Gospel connections from our neighbors to the nations.

Sunday mornings, we will look at our mission statement (the top of this page), followed by Sunday nights we will go over a study by Don Whitney called Spiritual Disciplines Within the Church. During the week, we will resume our REACH groups as a way to discuss and pray over our church as we seek to be strengthened as well as share the gospel in the neighborhoods we’re in.

This Past Sunday and This Coming Sunday

Sunday School: 109

Sunday Morning Worship: 155

  • This past Sunday, June 21, I preached on “Rise Up, O Men of God: Kingdom Men in a Unisex World” You can access this sermon here (http://sermoncloud.monkserve.com/EKK/256/2009-06-21.mp3 –when posted.)
  • Next Sunday will continue our series on “Kingdom People with Kingdom Vision.” The title will be “The Way of the Cross Leads Home: Kingdom Families Strengthen Kingdom Churches” (Ephesians 5:21-6:4).
  • For more recent sermons, long on to http://www.sermoncloud.com/bcbc .

REACH Group Update

We will resume our REACH groups on June 4. We will be going over a study from Thabiti Anyabwile’s book What is a Healthyclip_image002 Church Member? (Crossway Books, 2008) Our REACH Groups are:

Kenneth and Kellyn Clayton: Lexington. Location and time: Thursdays beginning June 11, 1550 Trent Blvd. Apt. #810, Lexington KY 40515. The meetings begin at 6:00 p.m.

Bro. Matthew Perry: Athens area, Boone’s Creek Baptist Church, Lexington, KY. Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m.

(We are in need of someone to lead a REACH group in the Winchester area and the Nicholasville area. If you have questions about our REACH groups, feel free to call me [263-5466] or e-mail me [boonescreek church @ gmail.com] for more information.)

Events and Ministries

Thursday, June 23: Building Committee Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in Room 101.

Saturday, June 27: VBS Registration Canvassing and Registration Off Squires’ Lane in Bro. Ron’s neighborhood, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Games, grilling, and getting kids under the Gospel. For more information, contact Bro. Ron (263-5466 / 537-8058 / ronchaffins@gmail.com).

Sunday, June 28: Blood Drive / VBS Registration.

No evening service today, so the VBS teachers may have an opportunity to decorate their rooms. The Blood Drive will be from 12:15-4:00 p.m. Won’t you sign up? One person donating can help save three lives!

Monday-Friday, June 29-July 3, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Vacation Bible School

Climb aboard the Boomerang Express™ as we take a week-long journey across Australia (G’day, mate!). If you have children or know of children who would like to be a part, visit our website at http://www.boonescreekchurch.com/vbs to register. For any other questions, contact our VBS Director, Cindy Parker at cindy.parker@uky.edu .

Sunday, July 12:

Important Business Meeting regarding Phase II of our Building Program. Please circle this on your calendar.

Sunday evening, July 19: Fellowship at the Park, 7:00 p.m.

As they do every year, the deacons will provide watermelon for this special time of fellowship.

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Sarah Darnall: lost her great grandmother recently.
  • John Lamb and his family: John lost his wife Susan recently to a heart attack.
  • Ann Penn Hayes: doing much better! She was back at church this Sunday!
  • Larry Miller, as he recovers from back surgery.
  • Lillian Black, who is thankful that her car accident did not give her significant physical problems;
  • The family of Brian Hamrick, pastor of First Baptist Church, Clewiston, Florida, who died from a blood clot at the age of 33. He leaves behind his wife, Katherine, and two children ages 4 and 1.
  • Danny Pratt: Linda Moon’s brother-in-law, who is having surgery this week
  • Mattie Farrow
  • Edna Bratton: recovering well from her surgery a few weeks ago
  • Agnes Dixon: recovering from her wrist surgery;
  • Karla Darnall: recovering from her broken ankle
  • Christine Owens: lost her daughter a few weeks ago
  • Missy and Daniel Stipp
  • Cindy Perry

(Any other prayer requests you’d like to share? Let Jennifer know so she can put them on our Prayer Guide.)

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