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As God’s creations, we should seek to reflect his glory

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It was so windy and cold Sunday at Peachtree Baptist Church as the active members welcomed all the visitors. When the weather is bad like it was, it makes it hard for ours and other churches’ older members to be able to attend Sunday school and worship. They are missed. Everyone, please check on your members to make sure they are well.

The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was presented to glorify God by Bobby Bunn and I in honor of Barbara Hardison and Jane May.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

I welcomed the Sunday school gathering and led the song, “Jesus Is Tenderly Calling.” I then read, “Jesus Always, Embracing Joy In His Presence,” by Sarah Young.

Sarah uses different verses to write as if Jesus is speaking directly to you. In this devotional, she uses John 10:3, 27, John 20:16, 1Peter 2:9 and Jeremiah 31:3.

“I call your name and lead you, I know you — I know every detail about you. You are never a number or statistic to Me; My involvement in your life is far more personal and intimate than you can comprehend. So follow Me with glad heart.

“After My resurrection, when Mary Magdalene mistook Me for the gardener, I spoke one word: ‘Mary.’ Hearing Me say her name, she recognized Me and cried out in Aramaic, ‘Rabboni!’ Teacher.

“Beloved, I also speak your name in the depths of your spirit. Remember: I called you out of the darkness into My marvelous Light. I chose to set My everlasting love upon you. Take time to ‘hear’ Me speaking to you personally in Scripture, reassuring you of My love. The unshakable knowledge that I love you forever provides a firm foundation for your life. It strengthens you so that you can follow Me faithfully and joyfully — proclaiming My praises as you journey through your life.”

BIBLE STUDY

I led the Median Sunday school class Bible study. This lesson is the sixth and last in a series, “How To Know God’s Will,” This lesson is, “God’s Will and the Glory of God: We bring glory to God when we obey His will,” from John 11:1-45.

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so when it comes to art, our opinions differ and can be quite diverse. A phenomenal work of art leads us to glory in its creator. We are God’s creations, and we were created for His glory. Unfortunately, we don’t reflect God’s glory as we should. In our sinful state, we too often seek our own glory. When we live as God created us and follow His plan for our lives, we will bring glory to God.”

In these verses, we see how Jesus brings glory to God when he raises Lazarus from the dead.

Sermon: Pastor Whitehouse spoke on 1 John 5:14-15. Sermon title: “God Hears! God Answers!-2”

CHURCH BUSINESS

• The Men’s Ministry will not meet in November or December due to the collard cooking schedule and a very full holiday schedule. See you men back in January.

• Saturday, Nov. 23 — Church-wide Thanksgiving dinner, 5:30 p.m. Please sign up to let us know if you will be coming.

• Sunday, Nov. 24 — Community Thanksgiving service at Peachtree Baptist Church, 7 p.m. All are invited.

• Wednesday, Nov. 27 — No Wednesday activities.

• Thursday, Nov. 28 — Thanksgiving. A happy and blessed Thanksgiving to all.

• Sunday, Dec. 1 — Dr. Wendy Edwards will be guest speaker. Come and join us.

• Tuesday, Dec. 3 — Women’s book study, 10 a.m. Participants are reading Max Lucado’s “He Chose the Nails.” All women are invited to attend morning or evening book study sessions and are responsible for their own books. For more information, call me at 252-478-2846.

• Wednesday, Dec. 4 — Women’s evening book study, 7 p.m.

• Saturday, Dec. 14 — Church-wide Christmas dinner, 5:30 p.m.

• Sunday, Dec. 15 — Christmas cantata, 11 a.m.

• Tuesday, Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve service, 11 p.m.

• Monday, Dec. 31 — New Year’s Eve fellowship, 6-9 p.m.

COMMUNITY NEWS

• Bobby Bunn and I attended the Rocky Mount/Durham Ruritans’ District Convention at Bethesda Ruritan Club in Durham on Saturday. I am the governor of Nash County Ruritans Zone 5. Bobby is president of the Momeyer Ruritan Club.

• Joan and Ray Eason celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary Nov. 12 with dinner at Southland in Zebulon.

• Several Peachtree members enjoyed dinner at the Texas Roadhouse in Wake Forest on Friday night.

• Sunday members enjoyed lunch after the worship service.

AREA EVENTS

• Wednesday and Thursday — Rocky Mount Academy will perform “Elf The Musical Jr.” at 7:30 p.m. nightly.

• Friday — First Baptist Church of Spring Hope will host a paint party from 6-8:30 p.m. Cost is $30. To register, visit www.fbcspringhope.com/paintparty-sign-up.html.

• Saturday — Duke Memorial Baptist Church will host its annual church bazaar from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. with all kinds of goodies for you to buy. Proceeds go to support missions.

• Sunday — First Baptist Church of Spring Hope will host Friendsgiving Sunday, a special service honoring members’ friends, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a meal following worship.

• Saturday, Nov. 30 — The Red Oak community will host “A Red Oak Christmas” from 2-7 p.m. in Ennis Park.

Check your local calendars for all the events coming up.

PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS

• To all those sick and in need.

• Norman Whitley, Ralph Sykes and Nancy Sears need our prayers.

• Praise to God — Chaidi Vaccaro is cancer-free!

• Please don’t forget to visit the people in the nursing homes in your area.

• Birthday blessings to Diane Tucker (Nov. 25), Maxine Whitley (Nov. 29) and Melissa Bryant Rogers (Nov. 30).

If you have news, please call or email me. It can’t printed if I don’t know about it. I do prefer an email. My email address is mfpbun@aol.com. My phone number is 252-478-2846. You may leave a message.

Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.

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