Monthly Newsletter of NMBC Baptist Church



APRIL 2019


The Death Grip But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.… We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. Hebrews 3:6, 14
A sea captain once related a thrilling incident from his own experience. “A few years ago,” said he, “I was sailing by the island of Cuba when the cry ran through the ship, ‘Man overboard!’ It was impossible to put up the helm of the ship, but I instantly seized a rope and threw it over the ship’s stern, crying out to the man to seize it as for his life. The sailor caught the rope just as the ship was passing. I immediately took another rope and, making a slip noose of it, attached it to the other and slid it down to the struggling sailor and directed him to pass it over his shoulders and under his arms, and he would be drawn on board. He was rescued, but he had grasped the rope with such firmness, with such a death-grip, that it took hours before his hold relaxed and his hand could be separated from it. With such eagerness, indeed, had he clutched the object that was to save him, that the strands of rope became embedded in the flesh of his hands!” Has not God let down from heaven a rope to every sinner on the earth? Is not every strand a precious promise, and ought we not to lay hold of it as for our very lives? Pastor Frank


 Apr 1st – ABM Meeting  Apr 3rd – WADYS Devotion Meeting  Apr 7th – State Project Lunch  Apr 9th – Game Day  Apr 10th – Ministry Leaders Meeting  Apr 10th – Life Preservers Meeting  Apr 16th – ABW Meeting  Apr 17th – WADYS Movie Meeting  Apr 17th – River Trace Ministry  Apr 17th – Pizza Hut Fundraiser  Apr 18th – Maunday Thursday  Apr 19th – Good Friday Service  Apr 20th – Dave Stahl Concert
 Apr 21st – Easter  Apr 23rd – Game Day  Apr 24th – Life Preservers Meeting
Hello Church Family!
“My comfort in my
suffering is this:
Your promise
preserves my life”
Psalm 119:50
I would like to invite
you to our support
group, Life Preservers,
that meets every other
Wednesday evening at
6:30 PM in the
Fellowship Room
Downstairs, (opposite
Wednesdays from
WADYS nights). It is
Bible based and
different topics each
meeting. It addresses
the human aspect as
well as the spiritual.
We come together to
provide support and
encouragement to
each other. Please
know it is a place
where you can bring
whatever is going on
in your life and need to
share without being
judged or criticized
and will be
confidential. We do
have a focus at each
meeting, however, we
are a support group
and open to the needs
of the person at the
time and will go where
that need leads us.
Sometimes life gets
stormy and uncertain,
but God has promised
help in every
situation!! Please join
us for a time of
sharing, reflection and
(Psalm 91: 1and 2)
We are here because
we want to help.

Squeakers The Church Mouse

Greetings all and happy spring!! With our preschool they teach the little ones about Jesus and the Bible. We pass the torch on to the next generation. Ignite a spark that will grow into a flame, and someday they will pass it on. Here is a devotional for you. Enjoy and God bless you! HAPPY EASTER!! Torchbearers When it came time for the Olympic games in ancient Greece, athletes from around the country were handed a torch with a special flame. Every one ran his leg of the race and then handed off the torch to the next runner. Eventually the torch made it to an altar in Olympia and remained there. This Olympic tradition continues to this day. At the beginning of time, God lit a flame and passed it on. It started with Adam and Eve. Later, Abraham passed the torch to Isaac, who in turn handed it to Jacob and thence to Joseph. In the Bible, passing the flame did not just happen between parents and children. Moses passed the torch to Joshua. Eli did the same with young Samuel. Jesus passed the torch to his apostles. The apostle Paul, as an old man, celebrated as he saw the flame of faith ignite in Timothy’s life. In 1 Kings 19:15-21 Elijah asks Elisha to make an enormous sacrifice and follow in his footsteps as a prophet, to take a sacrificial step of faith. The Bible says nothing about Elijah’s background. He may well have been from a poor family and not have had too many career options. But Elisha is another story. This passage makes it clear that Elisha comes from a very wealthy family (they had twelve yoke of oxen). He will inherit a way of life that will keep him comfortable for the rest of his days. But through Elijah, God has called him to walk away from his secure and wealthy lifestyle and follow him on a path that may easily lead to poverty, rejection, and the opposition of stubborn kings who want him dead. From the beginning, Elisha must have realized that following God’s plan for his life meant making significant sacrifices. As they walk together, along the Jordan, waiting to see what God will to do, we can only imagine what is going through their minds. They have traveled so many miles together. God has used them to do amazing things. They have forged a wonderful friendship. But soon, Elisha will be alone. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a chariot of fire and horses appear, and the two men are separated from each other. Elijah is swept up into the arms of God; Elisha is left behind.
Elisha cries out and tears his garments-a sign of grief and loss – as his friend, mentor, and leader is gone. Seeing Elijah’s cloak on the ground, Elisha takes it and rolls it up, just as he had seen Elijah do. He lifts his arm, just as he had seen Elijah do. He strikes the water of the Jordan, as he had
seen Elijah do. And the water parts! Elisha crosses on dry ground. The mantle has been passed, the Spirit is alive in Elisha – he is ready to be a torchbearer for God. From the beginning, God planned for his followers to be torchbearers. If we fail to rise up to this calling, each new generation is at risk! The question God is asking is clear: “Will somebody guard the flame? Will we continue the legacy and pass on the torch to the next generation?” © 2014 by Zondervan. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Visit for more about John Ortberg’s work and ministry.
Finally, winter is behind us, and Spring has started. It won’t be long and new life will be here with the flowers and birds singing so happy. We need to remember God is in control at all times, and in his time. Enjoy the changing of the seasons!! Brother Jim
Verse of the Month
1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead


We had our monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 19, at Ethel’s Place with six ladies present. We mentioned what we liked about spring for our roll call hoping that it would bring on the warm weather sooner! The Bible book for April is Micah. I’ll admit that I am behind on my reading, but having a monthly book is a good way to help you keep reading your Bible. Hope you are doing better than me. The America for Christ offering has been doing pretty good, but we are short of our goal of $275. As of Sunday the 24th, we have $140.00. We have one more week left, but we will still take it in April if anyone forgets. Hopefully, we will get closer soon. We have received correspondence from our International Missionaries, Barbara and Dwight Bolick. They have begun a home assignment and have moved to College Station, Texas, where Barbara entered a Ph.D. program in Youth Development at Texas A & M University. They will be based there for three years. I will put this correspondence on our bulletin board when it is redone so anyone who is interested can read about what they are doing. Our bulletin board is getting a facelift and should be done soon. Our State Project dinner will be Sunday, April 7, after the morning service. This meal is where our ladies fix the meal, and you come and eat and all we ask is a donation to go for our state project. The State Project this year is the Three Indiana Baptist Camps. The goal for the state is $27,000.00. Each camp has specific needs they are asking for, but since we support the Southeastern Baptist Youth Camp at Westport, I will tell you what they are asking for. They need under-ground electric service to the boy’s cabins and a floor cleaning machine. Monies received will be divided equally among the three State Camps. For our dinner we will be having salads, casseroles, and desserts with drinks, of course. Please plan on coming and supporting this worthy cause. You know we are much better cooks than McDonald’s or Wendy’s! Our Spring Conference this year will be on Monday, April 8, at New Freedom Baptist. Registration is at 5:30 p.m. and the meal starts at 6:00 p.m. We will meet at the church at 5:00 p.m. to ride together. This is for all women in the church, so if you would like to go, please let me know. Corenne Smith, missionary in Brazil, will be the speaker. After our meeting, we put together 10 health kits and 10 school kits for our White Cross quota. Then we enjoyed some delicious refreshments Ethel’s daughter had provided for us. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m., at Ethel’s Place. Hope to see you there!
God Bless! Mary

REMEMBER THE HOUSE OF HOPE SUNDAY CHALLENGE!! Bring one nonperishable item per person for the House of Hope Basket in the foyer


Jefferson County

House of Hope Pantry

They are in the lower level of the Clearing-House Project Facility at 100 East Second Street in downtown Madison




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