Etheridge’s Epistle – August

I Believe in a Live Church

Live churches’ expenses are always more than their income;
Dead churches don’t need much money!

Live churches have parking problems;
Dead churches have empty spaces!

Live churches may have some noisy children;
Dead churches are quiet as a cemetery.

Live churches keep changing their ways of doing things;
Dead churches see no need for change!

Live churches grow so fast you can’t keep up with people’s names;
In dead churches everybody always knows everybody’s name.

Live churches strongly support world missions;
Dead churches keep the money at home!

Live churches are full of regular, cheerful givers;
Dead churches are full of grudging tippers!

Live churches move ahead on prayer and faith;
Dead churches work only on sight!

Live churches plant daughter churches;
Dead churches fear spending the money, time, and talent!

Live churches outgrow their Sunday School facilities;
Dead churches have room to spare!

Live churches welcome all classes of people;
Dead churches stick to their own kind!

Live churches’ members enthusiastically support the ministries;
Dead churches have no ministries–only functions!

Live churches’ members look for someone they can help;
Dead churches’ members look for something to complain about!

Live churches’ members reach out to share their faith in Christ;
Dead churches’ members don’t have enough to share!

I thank God that I am a part of a LIVE Church! I pray for you and our Church
every day. Please pray for me!!!

See you in Church Sunday!

In Christ, Bro. Bill

Etheridge’s Epistle – July

GRACE
My favorite word in the Bible and the English language is the word Grace. The word grace, (charis) is used by the biblical writers with a considerable variety of meanings. Good will, loving kindness, mercy, and grace has come to signify the kindness of God to humankind. For myself, grace is the kindness given to someone who does not deserve it; hence, undeserved favor.

This is how Becki and I felt this Sunday. You have welcomed us with open arms. Thank you for being a gracious people. We are excited about being able to live with you and share in the life and ministry of our new church family. As your new minister, I look forward to the future with great expectations. I am extremely excited about joining you in the journey of ministry and missions. Our church staff is a dedicated group of Christian servants. I feel greatly blessed to have the opportunity to share in ministry with all of them. I pray for God’s Spirit and Grace to be poured out upon us as we grow together. Let us seek to live by faith in order to fulfill God’s call upon our lives in all that we do.

Thank you for receiving us in such a warm and gracious manner!
See you in Worship this Sunday!
In Christ,
Bro. Bill

Etheridge’s Epistle – June 2016

What I Believe…..
“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the
reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,” I Peter 3:15

It is very important for us as Christians to be able to tell the world why we have hope. It is important for each of us to be able to
share our faith-to state what we believe with gentleness and respect.

Beginning with my first and second Sundays, June 26 and July 3, I am going to preach sermons entitled “Why I am a
Christian.” I will follow that with a series of sermons entitled “What I Believe.” In this series I will share my simple beliefs
of the Christian Faith.

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June 26 in the Traditional Worship Services – WHY I AM A CHRISTIAN.
July 3 in Grace Vision – WHY I AM A CHRISTIAN

In the traditional services 8:30 and 11:00
July 10 “What I Believe—I Believe in God” Psalms 46
July 17 “What I Believe—I Believe in Jesus Christ” John 8:12-20
July 24 “What I Believe—I Believe in the Holy Spirit” John 14:1-6; 15-26
July 31 “My Prayer for You – Finishing Power!”
Joint Service – Fifth Sunday Ephesians 2:17-22
August 7 “What I Believe—I Believe in the Church” Matthew 16:17-20

I will preach the same series in Grace Vision
August 14 “What I Believe—I Believe in God” Psalms 46
August 21 “What I Believe—I Believe in Jesus Christ” John 8:12-20
August 28 “What I Believe—I Believe in the Holy Spirit” John 14:1-6; 15-26
September 4 What I Believe—I Believe in the Church” Matthew 16:17-20