June 2, 2014

STIRRINGS AT BETHESDA – A weekly publication of Bethesda Baptist Church

June 2, 2014



Join us for an Outback B-B-Q!

We call our church picnic an “Outback” BBQ because it will be held “outback” of our church building!  Our church picnic will be held on Saturday, June 14 beginning at 4 p.m.   In case of rain we’ll move the picnic indoors.

Bring your lawn chairs and any type of umbrella you want to use for shade.  We are also asking everyone to bring a drink and 2 side dishes.  The church will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, and buns and we’ll BBQ them “outback”.  If you would like a grilled brat instead, just bring your own and we’ll grill it!

Our picnic will include an inter-generational kick ball game.  If you have other ideas (games, etc.) bring them along!

To help us with planning the picnic, there will be a sign up sheet on the table in the foyer.  Invite your friends, families, and neighbors!

“Love that looks upward is worship.  Love that looks outward is affection.  And love that stoops is grace.”
Donald Barnhouse
Upcoming Activities

1.  Bible Study & Prayer Meeting, Wednesday, 7 p.m.
2.  Deacons’ Meeting, Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.
3.  Men’s Breakfast and Book Study, Saturday, 8 a.m.
4.  Sunday School, Sunday, 9:15 a.m.
5.  Worship Service, Sunday, 10:30 a.m. 
6.  Discipleship Training (“The Attributes of God”), Sunday, 5 p.m.

Congratulations to

Dennis & Pam DePriest celebrating their wedding anniversary on Saturday, June 7!

Coming Sunday

We complete the salutation of the Epistle to the Romans in our exposition of Romans 1:7, “The People of the Gospel”. 

Spurgeon Speaks

“That is a sweet name for every truly converted man, ‘called of Jesus Christ.’  He has called you personally.  He has called you effectually.  He has called you out of the world.  He has called you into fellowship with Himself—‘the called of Jesus Christ.’”


Yesterday, Georgia Baggett and Glenda Averett presented themselves for membership to Bethesda Baptist Church by transfer of letter!  We rejoice that the Lord has led these dear ladies to our fellowship and we welcome them!  If you were not able to be here yesterday,  make sure you greet them next Sunday and welcome them to our congregation.

Per our church bylaws, their request for membership will be formally voted on next Wednesday, June 11, during our monthly business meeting.

Amendment to the Bylaws

A reminder that we will vote on an amendment to our church bylaws at the June 11 business meeting.  This amendment is fairly lengthy (3 pages) and completely replaces section 6 of the bylaws on Deacons.  Copies of this amendment are available on the table in the foyer of the church.  Of, if you would like an electronic copy, just let the pastor know.  If you have questions, please direct them to Pastor Bruce.

Julie’s Mission Trip

Julie is in San Diego on her mission trip.  Please keep her in your prayers and consider helping her with the cost of this trip.

Sermon Seconds

I spent a few moments in yesterday’s message discussing grace in general because I truly believe we do not take the time to seriously ponder all that God has done for us.  Everything in our life is a result of the grace of God for we do not even deserve to be alive.  In verse 5, however, Paul is discussing the saving grace provided by the Gospel.  While God’s grace is continually poured out upon us, Paul writes “we have received grace”.  He is talking about specific grace we (Christians) have received in the past and the most specific act of grace any Christian can point to is the grace God gave him in salvation!

Let us praise God every day for all He graciously does for us.  But especially let us praise Him for the salvation that He purchased for us and provided to us!

Pastor’s Postscript

This past Saturday I had the privilege of marrying my grandson to his fiancé in our building.  The service went very well and many of those in attendance complemented the church facility on its appearance both inside and outside!  What a tremendous testimony of stewardship this is for each of you and especially our Trustees who have the responsibility for the building.  My hat is off to you for all your time and efforts!

While I applaud all the Trustees, I do wish to single out two:  Rich Norvell and Jon Bounds.  Thank you both for all you did over the past couple of weeks to prepare the facility for the wedding.  I am grateful.

May our Lord bless your entire week!

Pastor Bruce

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