IMMANUEL   IS
“COMING ALIVE
IN 2005”

           It is a new year with new and different opportunities of service to our Lord.  What do you need to do to make a new and fresh beginning?  How can you “Come Alive in 2005”?  Make your life count by living each day to glorify God and by sharing His love in all that you do. 
  “Take my life, lead me, Lord,
   Make my life useful to Thee."
                                             Rawls



 
A WORD FROM WILLIE

“Coming Alive In 2005!”

             Greetings in the wonderful and precious Name of Jesus!  It is so good to be back with all of you and to speak to you again.  Thanks for all the prayers for me and my family as we took our trip to Oregon. I know that many of you were praying for me, first, because you told me that you would, and secondly, because I learned how to snowboard, and I took some pretty bad spills and didn’t break anything! Wow, isn’t the Lord good even when we don’t use any common sense?  Now, I guess I better get to what I need to talk to you about. 

               I am so excited about the year 2005! I believe that this will be a breakthrough year for Immanuel Baptist Church.  We have so many exciting things planned. We have MHS (Monday Home Security) on Monday nights. Sunday nights we have a new series “Living the Lord’s Prayer”. On Wednesday nights we have a great menu and a powerful Prayer Meeting.  And on Sunday mornings we have a new sermon series “Coming Alive in 2005”, which began last Sunday. 

               The youth have started a new Bible Study entitled “Spiritual Warfares”.  There are Sunday Night Youth Fellowships each Sunday following the evening service.  Upcoming events are the Chilipepper Conference in Pigeon Forge, TN, in January; a Ski Trip to Winterplace, W. Virginia, in February; and a Citywide Youth Rally to be held at Immanuel during the month of February. 

               Also, we have a Sunday School which is second to none.  It is full of friendly people who are excited to see you, and our teachers study and prepare, using the best Sunday School curriculum to teach a super Sunday School lesson. And on February 6, 2005, we are going to have our SUPER SONDAY CELEBRATION!  I also want you to keep your eyes open because starting this month you will begin to see billboards around town promoting “Immanuel Baptist Church”.  Also in the newspaper you will soon see a wonderful article on one of our super staff members that will help promote the magnificent ministries of Immanuel.  I am so EXCITED!!!!

               I am so excited about the days ahead. I believe the Lord gave me the message series “Coming Alive in 2005”, as I could just picture like Ezekiel that I would see this church come alive this year. God asked Ezekiel a question “CAN THESE BONES LIVE?” Now remember they are dead, dry, decaying bones. Ezekiel’s response: "O Lord GOD, You know." Yes, God does know if these bones will come alive.  There will be no life for these dead and dry bones unless God decides to move. As revealed to Ezekiel, God wants to move. He wants to give life where there has been death. 

               God has chosen to use His people in His plan and purpose. It would seem that whenever God has a job to do, He chooses His people to do it. For every Pharaoh there is a Moses. For every Goliath there is a David. For every Ahab there is an Elijah. For Jehoiakim who wants to cut up the Word of God and burn it in a fire there is a Jeremiah. For every Herod there is a John the Baptist. For every Emperor there is an Apostle Paul. 

              God can make the world out of nothing. If He spoke the sun, moon, and stars into existence and set them in their place; if this God can part the Red Sea; if He can provide food and water for over two million people every day in the wilderness; if He can take five loaves and two fishes and multiply it to feed five thousand men and their families, then I think that this God can make the dead bones live. There is hope for the church. These Bones Shall Live! Coming Alive in 2005!

                                      In the Wonderful Name of Jesus,
                                      Pastor Willie

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RECENT GIFTS
A Heart to Build:
  • Mrs. Maxine Watford m.o. Heyward and Wayne Watford
  • Mr. and Mrs. Claude Nance m.o. Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Friar, h.o. Mrs. Alma Chewning
  • Mr. and Mrs. Charles Collins m.o. Mrs. Lillie Mae Hodge
  • TEL/Companion Sunday School Class m.o. Mrs. Lillie Mae Hodge
  • Miss Dora Childers m.o. Mrs. Lillie Mae Hodge
Unified Budget:
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bob Richards m.o. Betty and Art Richards, and Mrs. Bobbie Jean Graham
  • Mr. and Mrs. Benny Holbrooks m.o. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hatchell
  • Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Arrington m.o. Mrs. Lillie Mae Hodge
  • Mrs. Linda Reeves Combess m.o. Mrs. Lillie Mae Hodge
Lottie Moon Offering:
  • Mr. and Mrs. Rich DeTemple m.o. Edward, Jack, and Martha DeTemple, h.o. Mr. and Mrs. Tilly Thompson
  • Mrs. Viva Gamble m.o. Mr. T. G. Gamble
  • The Effie Flowers WMU Group m.o. Mrs. Catherine Flowers
  • Nursery, Preschool, and Children’s Sunday School Departments m.o. Madelyn and Clayton Carraway
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bob Johnson h.o. Mr. and Mrs. Bill Woodward
  • Mrs. Polly Howle h.o. Mrs. Joyce Hall, Mrs. Cecelia Burbage, and Mrs. Ginny Harbin
  • Miss Dora Childers h.o. Mr. and Mrs. Sankey Moody
  • The Bob Johnson Sunday School Class h.o. Mr. Willie H. Edgerton, Mrs. Alma Chewning, and Mr. Milon Sadler
  • Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Wilkes m.o. Madelyn and Clayton Carraway


 
 IMPORTANT CALENDAR DATES

Saturday, January 8
9:00 a.m.:  Men’s Prayer Breakfast

Sunday, January 9, 16
9:30 a.m.:  Sunday School
10:45 a.m.:  Morning Worship Service
10:45 a.m.:  “The Harbor” Children’s Church
6:00 p.m.:  Evening Worship Hour
7:00 p.m.:  Youth Fellowship

Monday, January 10
Monday Home Security Begins

Tuesday, January 11
6:00 p.m.:  Deacons Meeting

Wednesday, January 12, 19
5:30 p.m.:  Wednesday Night Supper
6:15 p.m.:  Prayer Meeting
6:15 p.m.:  Mission Friends, GAs, RAs,
Youth Bible Study
7:15 p.m.:  Adult Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, January 13
7:00 p.m.:  Meeting with Parents of Youth

Friday, January 21, Saturday, January 22,
Sunday, January 23
Youth to Chilipepper Conference in Pigeon Forge, TN

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EMILY GAMBLE SCHEDULED FOR
MISSION TRIP TO ROMANIA

             With the approval of the pastor and deacons, Emily Gamble has agreed to go to Romania in March, 2005, with a group sponsored by the Florence Baptist Association.  Each person on the mission team is responsible for raising the money necessary to pay their part of the trip (air fare, etc.)  Along with your prayers, Emily would appreciate financial assistance to make this trip a reality for her.  Please make your check to Immanuel Baptist Church and designate it for Emily Gamble Mission Trip.  All donations are tax deductible.
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2005 OFFERING ENVELOPES ARE ON A
TABLE IN THE OFFICE BUILDING.
PLEASE STOP BY AND GET YOURS TODAY.


 
IN MEMORIAM

MRS. LILLIE MAE S. HODGE

January 3, 1910 - December 28, 2004

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not 
perish, but have everlasting life.”  John 3:16

               Christian sympathy is extended to Mike and Harriet Evans upon the death of her father, Mike Rhodes; to Gina Altman and Jada Gandy upon the death of their grandfather, Mike Rhodes, to Lauren and Lindsey Thompson upon the death of their great-grandfather, Mike Rhodes; and to Betty Denham upon the death of her sister-in-law, Lillar Parker.

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APPRECIATION

Dear Church Members,
              Thanks to all who made contributions for the Prisoners Packs.  It was with your help we made our goal of sixty (60) packs.  Thank you again for your support of this mission project.
                                                             Joyce Hall

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WHAT IS 
“MONDAY HOME SECURITY”?

              Beginning Monday, January 10, 2005, Immanuel Church will begin an Outreach Ministry called “Monday Home Security” that will be headed up especially through our Sunday School Department.  All Sunday School classes will be asked to make visits to members who have not been involved in Sunday School recently for whatever reason it may be.  Keeping in touch with class members and encouraging them to be involved in the church life at Immanuel will be a key purpose.  Prospects who are new in the community or have visited Immanuel Church searching for a new church home will also be visited.  Plan now to become involved in this Outreach Ministry.  Keep alert of those around you and give encouragement to them to be a part of the Immanuel Church Family.  Let’s make “Monday Home Security” a churchwide effort and put forth a dedicated effort to see wonderful results of growth through this outreach ministry.


 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
TO YOU
JANUARY:
06 - Mrs. Edna McNeill
07 - Mr. Henry Cash, Mrs. Virginia Harbin
09 - Mr. James Gregory
11 - Mrs. Catherine Deas
12 - Mr. Jamie Ivey, Miss Morgan VanHouten
13 - Mr. Jim Allen, Mr. Tom Pittman, Mrs. Susan Lynch
14 - Mrs. Louise O’Connor
15 - Mrs. Macie Childers, Mrs. Abby P. Wallace
17 - Mr. Richard Gregory
18 - Mrs. Betty Jo Johnson, Mr. Jim Childers, Mr. Bernie Thornton
21 - Mrs. Tara T. McKenzie
26 - Mr. Randy Thames
27 - Miss Allison, Mrs. Virginia Cox
28 - Mr. Randy Rogers
30 - Mrs. Denise Hughes