4th Quarter Conference January 2021
Good Afternoon Everyone,
December will be the last month in the 4th quarter. Knowing how busy this month is I thought it good to send out a reminder of the 4th Quarter Conference that will be held on 1/17/21. I will need to have the report ready and available for the church to see on the 10th on January. That is only a few days after the holidays and the new year beginning.
I am asking that, if you are not awaiting an event in December, that you will go ahead and send me your quarterly reports as soon as you can so I can go ahead and get the report together.
I was late getting the report ready for the last conference, I really don’t want that to happen again. With your help I will be on time for this one. (It was not any ones fault that I was late last time. That is totally on me.)
I will appreciate all of your help and look forward to seeing you all very soon.
Merry Christmas to you all. I hope God’s favor is surrounding each one of you during this wonderful and joyous season.
First Baptist Church of Stockbridge
4566 N. Henry Blvd
Stockbridge, GA 30281770-474-4484
New Worship Times Starting 1st of November
Sunday School 9:15 am to 10:15 am
Worship Time 10:45 am to 11:15 am
Pastor’s Message Starts at 11:15 am
Sunday Nights 6:00 pm
Wednesday Nights 6:30 pm Bible Study, RA’s & GA’s
Youth Every Friday Nights at 6:00 pm (13 years old & older)
Sept 1, 2020
A Message from a member of the Gideons
The Foolishness Continues,
For over a week (now, six months) I have been reading the first few chapters of Proverbs, and watching a real-life contemporary example of Proverbs on TV. I have been impressed with the comparisons as found in this marvelous book of wisdom and evil actions as revealed in the activities on the streets of many American cities.
The most obvious characters in the book of Proverbs, and for my comparisons today are the wise, the fool, and the simple. The simple are those persons easily misled by whomever they follow and accompany. The fools are those who are dangerous in their influence over others, and cause grief to others, and to their parents. Fools are often disobedient, rebellious, who despise wisdom and instruction, while actually opposed to, and resistant to offers of cooperation and forgiveness, and are not worthy to be followed. The wise are those people who are teachable, and learn the skill and instructions of living peacefully in everyday situations of life, and whose lives are positive, upright, diligent, grateful, obedient to the law, and are worth following.
So, what in Proverbs drew my attention, during this time in our nation when the streets of downtown major cities are filled with people, mostly young people, with much outrageous, lawless, destructive behavior, (brutality, and killings)?
It can simply begin with Proverbs 1:8 where it says, “Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.” Many of the youth marching through our streets are rebels who have abandoned whatever sound instructions and teachings their parents have given.
Then, Proverbs warns rebels (in the streets of America) not to entice the good youth, and for the youth not to be enticed, or consent to the destructive, lawless ways of the foolish rebels who are described in the following verses of Proverbs 1:11-14 who say: “throw in your lot with us…we shall fill our houses with plunder”. Proverbs 1:15 comes back by saying, “Do not walk in the way with them; hold back your foot from their paths. Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.” Innocent civilians, merchants, police, peacekeepers have been severely insured by the reckless antics of the foolish rebels walking and running through our streets, setting fire to vehicles, breaking out windows and doors of retail businesses, while filling their pockets with jewelry, clothing, and anything thy choose to rob. Proverbs 1:19 says, “Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain; it takes away the life of its possessors.” Then in verse 31 says that the fool will eat the fruit of their way.” The state of their evil heart will ultimately produce the fruit of their own calamity, terror and destruction.
Yet, our patient and loving God gives us hope when verse 33 says, “Whoever listens to me (the wisdom of God) will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster. for the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding…he is a shield to those who walk in integrity” (Proverbs 2:6). May you and I cry out for God to help us reach out to rebels, both youth, and adults, thieves and peacekeepers with the truths of God’s Word. May we hear of some of these renegades, and evil leaders coming to Christ for forgiveness and salvation. (John 1:12).
This is a message from a member of the Gideons International Organization.
Pastor Search Committee Results
We are pleased to announce, by the vote on August 2, 2020, that we have a new pastor at First Baptist Church of Stockbridge
Pastor Emmanuel Ofori-Atta
We welcome him and his wife Rebecca, son Samuel and daughter Emmanuela. They are a wonderful addition to our family, here at First Baptist Church of Stockbridge.
We are excited to see what the Lord is going to do in this community through this ministry.
Pastor Search Committee
A called conference was held on August 2, 2020 for the purpose of voting on the Pastor Search Committee’s recommendation to extend a call to Pastor Emmanuel Ofori-Atta to be the Bi-Vocational Pastor of First Baptist Church of Stockbridge.
The Constitution and By-Laws of our church states as follows in Article II, Section 1, B, clause 4 & clause 5:
4. “A quorum shall consist of a majority of members present and voting, unless a greater vote is required by these bylaws, provided however, in no case shall the vote of less than 5% of the active roll of the membership constitute an act of the Church. For call of a ministerial staff member, 25% of the active roll of the membership shall constitute a quorum.”
5. “Active roll of the membership shall be defined as the average attendance for Sunday morning Worship services reported in the previous years annual report.”
The annual report for 2019 was found to have an error in the average attendance for the month of
April 2019 resulting in the average for the 2nd quarter being incorrect. The church secretary (Mrs. Donna Brooks) found the correct information. The correct average attendance for April 2019 is 74 and the correct average attendance for the 2nd quarter 2019, is 86. All the other information in the report dated December 31, 2019 is correct. This correction results in a quorum for the vote on August 2, 2020 will be 20 members.
It is the desire of the Pastor Search Committee that in the best interest of our church we have as many active members present for the vote as possible. However, the by-laws clearly state 25% of the active members from the previous year’s average attendance. The Pastor Search Committee encourages all active members to attend on August 2, 2020 as only active, present, members are permitted per the by-laws to vote.
Please pray for our church and all that happens be to the glory and honor of the Father.
Pastor Search Committee