HAVEN HEIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH

HAVEN HEIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH

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HAVEN HEIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH

 

Havn Heights Herald

June 24, 2024

 

WORKERS                       June 30, 2024

NURSERY:  AM: Lori Patrick & Hillary Evans; PM: Hillary Evans & Becky Richardson; WEDNESDAY – Hillary Evans & Randi Wells

TELLERS:  Judy Collins & Linda Mitchell

BUS DRIVERS:  AM: Josh Henley & Scott Wells; PM: Josh Henley & Scott Wells; WEDNESDAY- Scott Wells & Tony Tidwell

DEACON ON CALL:  Fred Coleman – 646-9281

WORKERS                           July 7, 2024

NURSERY:  AM: Scott & Randi Wells; PM: Hillary Evans & Becky Richardson; WEDNESDAY – Hillary Evans & Randi Wells

TELLERS:  Marla Young & Janet Alspach

BUS DRIVERS:  AM: Josh Henley, Fred Coleman & CJ Krause; PM: Josh Henley, Fred Coleman & CJ Krause; WEDNESDAY – Scott Wells, Tony Tidwell, Fred Coleman & CJ Krause

DEACON ON CALL:  Scott Wells – 926-1065

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July 4th

July 4th commemorates the day in 1776 that our nation declared itself to be an independent nation, and no longer a colony of England. On that date, a number of our leading citizens signed what is known as the Declaration of Independence, stating our determination to become a free country.

Our independence did not come easily; only after several difficult years of war would it finally be won. Nor were our first years as a nation free from problems and controversies (as is still true). tHEBut our forefathers were determined to establish a free and democratic system of government, and the Declaration of Independence (together with our Constitution and the Bill of Rights) became the foundation for this. They have stood the test of time, and on July 4th we give thanks for the wisdom and faith and courage of those leaders.

Although it is not a religious holiday like Christmas or Easter, for many Americans July 4th is a time to reflect on God’s goodness to us as a nation. Molded into the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia (which proclaimed our independence) are these words from the Bible: “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof” (Leviticus 25:10, KJV). Our legal system reflects our Judeo-Christian roots.

While we look with gratitude to the past on this July 4th, may we also look in faith to the future, and commit it and our lives to God and His will. The ancient words of the Psalmist are still true: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12).

              

PASTOR’S PONDERINGS

            The “Great Commission” found in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  

The ”Great Commission” is a Commandment from our Lord. What have we been doing about the Great Commission? Marla and I recently talked to a waitress that stated she knew she needed to find a Church. Between refills, salad, and bread sticks we were able to invite her to HHBC and gave her a written schedule of services and our address. Fred Coleman has made good impact with the bus ministry in the last few weeks. A number of kids have come as a direct result of his work. A large part of our congregation served in VBS “Breaker Rock Beach” las week. I believe that we will see fruit from this work soon. Several kids stated they were ready to talk to someone about being saved. As I write I am praying for the 16 Youth who are just about to pull into Disney, OK for Summit Camp. I am also praying for the adults

with them. Sunday Evening was a great time of worship and prayer for them.

            All of these activities are a part of doing the Great Commission. I believe we will see God bless these efforts for the Kingdom. Are you doing your part? There is a place for you at HHBC.

I’ll See You Sunday,

Bro. Steve

MEDITATIONS OF THE HEART

Lately, the Lord has directed my thoughts to passages of Scripture to think on, to meditate on.  The most recent one comes in Matthew 9:36-38.   When Jesus saw the crowds of people, the passage says that He had “compassion” and “saw them as sheep with no shepherd” who were troubled, harassed, and afraid.  When I am out and about around the city, my mind often shouts emphatically, “No, that’s just wrong,” when I see people who are without doubt doing drugs or in same-sex relationships.  Jesus didn’t condemn with harsh words.  He looked at the people inwardly with compassion realizing that they were troubled and deceived by the enemy of all mankind.  Here is my conclusion after meditating on this.  If we are going to turn our culture back to Jesus, we must adopt a heart of compassion that speaks with respect instead of harsh condemnation.

Bro. Jimmy Binns

MUSIC NOTES

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In honor of Mother’s Day last month and Father’s Day last Sunday, I would like to express how good parents make it easier for a child to be ready to accept Jesus as their Savior when they reach the age to realize they are a sinner in need of salvation. When children learn that their parents only want what is best for them, it makes it easier to be obedient and respectful even when they would rather not. When a child’s parents are loving and caring, it then becomes a small step toward realizing that God has all the good qualities of their parents, but infinitely more. As many of you know, I have been blessed with wonderful Christian parents who tenderly guided me through all the stages of my life and continue to do so today. As a result of my Christian upbringing, I believe that I was saved on the first day that I realized I was lost. I wish all children had good Christian parents so that the step between recognizing their need of a Savior and accepting Jesus as their Savior is easy and small. Since all children don’t have the advantage of having Christian parents, then we as Christians are responsible to “Walk in the light as He is in the light” so that everyone we meet can see the difference that Jesus has made in us and will be more prone to allow the Holy Spirit to make that change in them too. Therefore, I believe it is of the utmost importance for us as Christians to be 24/7/365 day a year Christians so that no one can attempt to use us as an excuse not to accept salvation in the only name that can provide it-Jesus! 

David Furlow 

RAGLAND’S RAMBLINGS

Happy summer everyone!  As I write this we are in the mist of 2024 VBS: Breaker Rock Beach. All I have to say is WOW! BIG shout out to the Binns family. What an incredible job putting this together. Everything from stage to family life center looks amazing. The turnout has also been exciting. If you build it…they will come.

It is always so heartwarming to see all of the folk who come and minister to these kids every year. Teachers, leaders, servers, bus drivers, and everyone who love kids and Jesus to give their time and energy. Thank you all!

Our Youth will load up Monday June 24 to head to Disney OK for Summit ‘24. This will be a brand-new adventure for us all. We covet your prayers.   Pray that God will give us a great time even in this strange land of Grand Lake.

It will certainly be a busy June, but God is blessing us. Let us pray for the moving of  His Spirit and for great things to come.

God Bless you all,

Brother Randy

 

-The Food item for the Food Pantry for Sunday, June 30th is Shelf Stable Milk.  Please continue to give to our Food Pantry and to our Family of God Ministry. 

-The Clothes Closet will be opened again on Thursday, July 18th, from 9-            The “Great Commission” found in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
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-Senior Adult Luncheon for July – 2nd - Potluck –- So, bring something good and join us.  The theme is Patriotic.  Some of our own veterans are going to share their experiences.  Tony Tidwell will sing a patriotic song.  I want to say a BIG “Thank You” to Jerry Hicks for standing in for me these two months that I might enjoy some time with family.  Linda

-Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Ministry suggestions for July:  School supplies:  Pencils, pens, colored markers, colored pencils, highlighters, crayons, paper, note pads, erasers, small manual pencil sharpeners, scissors, small calculators, rulers, index cards, glue sticks (No liquid) back packs, pencil bags.

-Youth Camp is this week at Grand Lake!  Please pray for our Youth and Counselors as they seek to draw closer to Jesus.  Pray that if any of them do not know Jesus, they will know Him before the end of the week!

-Children’s Camp at Camp Siloam is coming up on July 22-26.  This camp is for Kids who have finished 3rd grade through 6th grade.  The cost is $125.00 per child.  A sign-up sheet is available in the FLC.  If you have any questions please see Bro. Steve or call the Church office.

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God Bless America

While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.

God bless America,
Land that I love, Stand beside her, and guide her Through the night with a light from above.


From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam             

God bless America, My home sweet home God bless America, My home sweet home.