First Baptist Church of Pinehurst

Newsletter – September 2017


     Starting Sunday, September 3 the early worship service will begin at 8:30 a.m.


It is 7 a.m. on a Wednesday morning at the Pine Crest Inn. Randy is hosting guest in the breakfast room and Margaret is behind the front desk. Lisa will soon find her way to the front porch where several men are gathering off to one side near the cat’s bed. Sometimes the cat joins them. They are chatting. A few are drinking their morning coffee. They are looking at their phones, or iPad, or perhaps a black book, yes, a Bible. No matter the tool, they are reading the Scriptures and they begin to discuss what God is saying as it is read and considered. After they have read a passage aloud, and following observations made about its context, interpretations and such, one might hear the question, “What did you hear?” Follow up questions often include, “So, what? What difference does it make? What are you going to do about it?” It is interesting how each man responds a little differently as he reflects on what God might be saying to him in the context of his life.

So it is, week after week, for an hour, in only a few square feet at the Pine Crest Inn, among a small number of men, men who believe that such a seemingly insignificant effort can make a big difference in their lives and the lives they influence. Please join us, or join the group that meets at 4:30 on Wednesday afternoons at the church. Or, start one with a few others and together practice listening to God that you might hear him speak and know his good and perfect will (In reference to Romans 12:2).

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27

                                                                        From Pastor Charles


The church year begins with a celebration of American labor. Although secular work and human effort is a noble and profitable endeavor, it’s only the effort which we put into building God’s kingdom that reaps eternal reward. And as the body of Christ, God has given each of us unique and excellent gifts for just this purpose. In our families, relationships and church the pathway is lit by God’s Word to walk worthy of His calling.

Our Sanctuary Choir meets each Wednesday at 7:30, and in September we will begin practicing our Christmas Cantata. The Adult Praise Team meets Wednesdays at 6:00 for sound checks and practices before choir.

Important dates to know include:

Sunday, September 10:

  • Youth Praise Team practice 4:30 PM
  • Ladies Ensemble practice 5:15 PM
  • Children’s Gospel Project and Christmas play practice 6:00 PM

Sunday, September 17:

  • Youth Praise Team practice 4:30 PM
  • Children’s Gospel Project and Christmas play practice 6:00 PM

Sunday, September 24:

  • Youth Praise Team practice 4:30 PM
  • Ladies Ensemble practice 5:15 PM
  • Gospel Project and Christmas play practice 6:00 PM

Senior Adults/Joy Group trip sign ups are posted on the board outside the church office. Our first trip is to the Rankin Museum Tuesday, September 12.

We have also launched a Homebound Ministry designed to help our members who are unable to attend church regularly and can benefit from regular visits and personal outreach. Contact Belinda Pope, Sherilyn Harris or me if you are interested in reaching out in this way.

In Christ,

                                                                        Jesse Davis, Music Director

 Christian Sympathy

We would like to extend our Christian sympathy to Jill Baxley and family in the loss of her step-father.

**Youth Activities**

“5th Quarter Fellowship” – The Youth Group will be having a bonfire/fellowship time following each Pinecrest High School home football game. Everyone can meet at the church at 10:00 p.m. for bonfire, devotion and s’mores. This is a great chance to invite your friends to a fun activity. Each week one of the youth will share a short testimony. Please make arrangements to be picked up by 11:30 p.m.

Home games are September 22, September 29, October 13, October 27.

Wednesday Youth Bible Study begins September 6 at 6:45 p.m. We will be studying 1 Kings 18 and Fire From Heaven!

Acteens and Youth Prayer/Fellowship begins September 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Youth Fall Retreat to Caswell will be November 10-12. Sign up sheet will be available September 17 in the Youth Room.

Any youth parents who would like to serve on a youth council please contact Kevin. The Youth Council will plan functions and fundraisers as well as assist with planning our annual Youth Auction.

**Children/Family Activities**

Family Movie Night – September 16 – 6:30 p.m.

Children’s Council Meeting – Sunday September 17 following the 11:00 worship service (lunch will be provided for council members and their families)

Children’s Extended Session Schedule: 

September 03

  • 8:30 Service – Dan & Harper Senff
  • 11:00 Service – Caroline & Annie Stroupe

September 10

  • 8:30 Service – Susan Pearson, Hank Credle
  • 11:00 Service – Aaron & Ami Denton

September 17

  • 8:30 Service – Ashlee & Kavi Kerr
  • 11:00 Service – Kim Graham, Abbey Perry

September 24

  • 8:30 Service – Kay & Blake Miller
  • 11:00 Service – Mike & Anna Apke

Nursery Schedule Sunday Morning

September 03

  • 8:30 Service – Stephanie Thomas, Ashlee Kerr, Paige Wolters, Leah Wood
  • 11:00 Service – Holly Williams, Tracy & Reilly Stromberg, Aaron & Ami Denton

September 10

  • 8:30 Service – Liz & Emma McInnis, Pat Rush, Lesley Vanaman, Vennie Overman
  • 11:00 Service – Doug, Beth, Grace & Abbey Perry

September 17

  • 8:30 Service – Cristy, Jordan & Emma Hunt, Amy Harris
  • 11:00 Service – Stacey, Kendall & Caroline Hilliard, Kay Miller

September 24

  • 8:30 Service – Maria & Caidy Bear, Keith McDonald, Elaine Adams
  • 11:00 Service – Marsha & Anna Apke, Patsy Peele, Lindsay Riney

Nursery Schedule Sunday Evening:

  • September 03 – Marsha Apke
  • September 10 – Leah Wood
  • September 17 – Claire Ford
  • September 24 – Caroline Stroupe

Nursery Schedule Wednesday Evening:

  • September 06 – Claire Ford, Caroline Stroupe
  • September 13 – Joe Chisesi, Lori Staples
  • September 20 – Becky Strickland, Stephanie Thomas
  • September 27 – Golden Wen, Paige Wolters