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It was a beautiful, cold Sunday at Peachtree Baptist Church as the active members welcomed all the visitors.

The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was presented to glorify God by Susan and Lawrence Edwards in loving memory of Thomas Moorefield.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

I welcomed the Sunday school gathering and led the song, “Just A Closer Walk With Thee.”

I then read, “Families of Faith,” by Billy Graham, from “Hope For Each Day: Words of Wisdom and Faith.” 

“The family is the most important institution in the world. It was God’s idea in the first place. It was not the invention of sociologists or economists or government bureaucrats who decided it would make society operate more smoothly. Families existed before cities and governments, before written languages, nations, temples and churches.

“In the home, character and integrity are formed, values are made clear and goals are set. These last a lifetime, and if they aren’t formed correctly, that, too, will result in patterns — bad patterns — that last a lifetime if God doesn’t intervene. Today, Satan is attacking the family as never before. But what are our defenses against such attacks?

“As always, our best defense is the Word of God. Read the Bible together as a family. Have family devotions. Pray for one another daily by name. Be on guard against the forces that tend to pull families apart today. And most of all, commit your marriage to Christ, and make Him the center of your home — and your life.”

BIBLE STUDY

Lawrence Edwards led the Senior and Median Sunday school class Bible study. This lesson is the fourth in a series of six on “How To Know God’s Will,” This lesson is, “God’s Will and the Church: God often reveals His plans for us through His Church,” from 1 Corinthians 12:1-11.

“We’ve all had those ‘random’ encounters that we look back on and realize how life-changing they were. Were we ‘in the right place at the right time,’ or was it God’s way of leading us to follow His plan? In his letter to the Romans, Paul provides insight into how we are to view our circumstances in light of knowing and following God’s will.

“One of the great gifts God has given us is His church. God uses our fellow believers to help us grow in Christ — and to know His will.

“In these verses, we see that Paul declared that all people need salvation and that God has provided salvation and life through Christ.”

Special music: Jane May preformed a piano solo. The Peachtree Adult Sanctuary Choir sang “I’ve Been To Calvary.”

Verse of the month: Ephesians 1:18.

Sermon: Pastor Whitehouse spoke on 1 John 5:12-13. Sermon title: “What’s the Foundation for Your Assurance?”

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.

• Wednesday, Nov. 6 — Women’s evening book study, 7 p.m.

• Saturday, Nov. 9 — Church-wide “Collards with the Fixings” dinner, 5:30 p.m. Make your reservations on the sign-up sheet.

• Monday, Nov. 11 — Peachtree’s annual collard sale begins and will be held from 3-6 p.m. The sale will also be held on Nov. 13, 15, 18, 20 and 22 with pickup from 3-6 p.m. To order your collards, call 252-478-4418. Leave a message with your order and pick-up day.

• Saturday, Nov. 23 — Church-wide Thanksgiving dinner, 5:30 p.m

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

COMMUNITY NEWS

• Peachtree has been collecting for the Appalachian Backpack Ministry all month. Members collected 35 filled backpacks at the church. Thanks to everyone for your generous gift. The children will enjoy them.

• The WMU sponsored remembrance ornaments for the Peachtree Christmas tree in Spring Hope. The response was fantastic. Thanks to all.

• Twelve members of Peachtree Baptist attended Flood’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church’s inaugural ladies’ breakfast on Saturday. The Flood’s Chapel Men’s Ministry served so much food. Fellowship was wonderful. Thanks, Flood’s Chapel men.

• Destiny King, a freshman at UNC Greensboro and granddaughter of JoAnn Blankenship, attended a leadership training seminar last weekend at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.

• Destiny King spent last weekend at home with her grandmother, JoAnn. She attended the Cary Band Day at Cary High School on Saturday with East Wake High School, which finished in second place.

• Duke Memorial Baptist Church held its monthly Sunday lunch. Great food and fellowship. This lunch is open to everyone.

AREA EVENTS

• Friday, Nov. 8 — Ferrell’s Fire Rescue will host a fish fry from 5-8 p.m. Plates are $8 each.

• Saturday, Nov. 9 — First Baptist Church of Spring Hope will host its fall yard sale from 7 a.m. to noon.

• Saturday, Nov. 16 — The Gold Valley Church will hold a Community Christmas Market from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The market features crafts, food, gifts and a yard sale.

• Friday, Nov. 22 — 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, Nov. 23 — 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, Nov. 24 — 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.

IN LOVING MEMORY

The entire Peachtree Baptist Church Family expresses heartfelt, Christian sympathy to the family and friends of:

• Betty Ruth Wood, 86, passed away Oct. 30. She was a longtime community and former Peachtree Baptist Church member.

PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS

• To all those sick and in need.

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

• Birthday blessings to Nancy Matthews (Nov. 1), Rosemary Bryant (Nov. 2), Janice Sykes (Nov. 6), Natalie Griffin and Nikki Scott (Nov. 8), Chester Bunn (Nov. 11), Flora Ferrell (Nov. 17), 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.

“Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established.” — Proverbs 24:3.

Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.

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