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It was an exciting Sunday at Peachtree as members welcomed many visitors.
Sunday’s sanctuary poinsettia arrangement was presented to glorify God in loving memory of Jeff Nelson by his parents, Dorothy and Bill Nelson.
Jerry Hobgood welcomed the Sunday school gathering and led the song, “The First Noel.” He then read, “The Beautiful Word For Christmas,” from “Illustrated NIV Bible Verses and Devotions,” adapted from Proverbs 17:17.
“Christmas is a time to celebrate relationships with our families and friends, but it is also to herald God’s faithfulness to us in relationship. Look back over your past year. How has God proven Himself faithful to you? How has He interceded for you? What relationships has He brought into your life?
“Remember your relationship with Jesus is the best relationship you have. He is your perfect best friend. He knows you better than anyone else. He will love you through all the trials you will have in the coming year. What a gift He is to you!”
Lawrence Edwards led the Median Sunday school class Bible study. This was the second in a series of six sessions on “Answers To Tough Questions: Defending What You Believe.” This week’s lesson was “Is There A God? God Has Given Us Ways To Know He Exists,” from Psalm 19:1-6; 111:1-10.
This study he led Sunday is one of the most meaningful written about and I believe needs to be said.
“We live in an age when belief in God is often no longer assumed or even valued. Many believe all our advances mean we no longer need a god and our scientific knowledge has disproved the reality of God. Other people see that same scientific knowledge as pointing to the existence of an Intelligent Designer. The Bible presumes but never explains the existence of God, and points us to those things that affirm the reality of an intelligent, personal Creator who desires to make Himself known.
“In these verses, we see in Psalm 19 and 111 they have declared the glory and majesty of God and that God has revealed Himself in a general way through creation. All people can know God exists because His creation testifies to His existence and God’s Word, The Bible, reflects upon it.”
Special music: Jane May preformed a piano solo. The Peachtree Adult Sanctuary Choir sang “I Call Him Lord.”
Advent: The second Advent candle, the Candle of Love, was lit.
Verse of the month: Colossians 3:15
Sermon: Pastor Whitehouse spoke on Matthew 1, “He Is My King and I Am His.”
“Matthew 1 is the genealogy of Jesus. It is the most inspected genealogy ever written. It proves He is a descendant of Kind David. This is the first of many proofs recorded by Matthew that shows that Jesus is the true Messiah. If you are born into the human race, you are a descendant of Adam.”
• The Men’s Ministry will not meet in December. See you men back in January.
• Ongoing through Dec. 25 — The Peachtree Christmas card post office will be set up in the narthex. The Baptist Women will deliver the cards. All donations will go to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.
• Saturday, Dec. 14 — Church-wide Christmas dinner, 5:30 p.m. This will not be our usual Christmas dinner and we need a count of who will attend so we can prepare. Be sure to sign up.
• Sunday, Dec. 15 — The Peachtree Sanctuary Choir will present the Christmas cantata “Silent Night” with Marta Whitehouse and David Griffin singing solos, 11 a.m.
• Saturday, Dec. 21 — Peachtree’s day at Faith Christian Ministries, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Tuesday, Dec. 24 — Peachtree will host, “Candles, Carols and Communion Christmas Eve Service and Worship” at 11 p.m.
• Monday, Dec. 31 — New Year’s Eve fellowship, 6-9 p.m.
• The deacon/spouse Christmas dinner was held at Johnny Bull’s Steakhouse in Louisburg on Thursday. There were 21 deacons, retired deacons and their spouses in attendance. Great fellowship event.
• Some Peachtree members went to dinner Friday night at Don Juan in Wake Forest and went shopping afterwards.
• Eight Peachtree members enjoyed dinner Saturday night at Ribeyes in Nashville.
• Twelve Peachtree members attended the Ronnie Ezzell Christmas Show at the Dunn Center in Rocky Mount Saturday night. Great fellowship and great show.
• The Peachtree Sunday Lunch Group enjoyed lunch at Cracker Barrel in Rocky Mount. A must-try meal is the fried turkey dinner. Wow, outstanding.
• The Peachtree WMU ladies decorated Peachtree Baptist Church’s Christmas tree in Spring Hope this past week. Members made the ornaments, which were memorials and included the names of Peachtree members’ families.
• Peachtree members held their church conference after Sunday’s worship service.
• Dorothy and Bill Nelson are back in Spring Hope for the winter. Welcome back, Nelsons.
• The Coopers Ruritan Club held its annual Christmas dinner for volunteers last week. At this event, Ruritans honored Amanda Clark with the Outstanding Community Leader Award. This is a well-deserved award. Congratulations, Amanda. The club also presented its Ruritan of the Year and Outstanding Community Citizen awards. As the Nash County zone governor, I installed the club’s officers.
• The Benvenue Ruritan Club hosted its annual Christmas dinner for members, spouses and volunteers at Pup’s Steakhouse in Wilson. Wayne Outlaw presented the Tom Downing Award to Howard Taylor for all he has done for the club and community. At 52 years, Howard is the club’s longest surviving member. Wayne installed the club’s officers. In my capacity as club president, I presented the 2019 Ruritan of the Year award to Donnie Perry. Donnie has been the club secretary for about 30 years. Donnie is very active in the community and at his church. Donnie has been a member for 48 years.
• The Dortches Ruritan Club attended the Ronnie Ezzell Show Saturday night at the Dunn Center in Rocky Mount. The club had 13 in attendance.
PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS
• To all those sick and in need.
• Norman Whitley, Ralph Sykes and Nancy Sears all need our prayers.
• Please don’t forget to visit the people in the nursing homes in your area.
• Birthday blessings to Thomas Griffin and Kristi Bunn (Dec. 15), David Bryant (Dec. 17), Kenneth Edwards (Dec. 18) and Rosetta Bunn (Dec. 31).
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Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.