On our Pastor’s Heart (5‑3‑15)

Praying Specifically for “M-friends” – part 2

Last week, I shared information and prayer concerns for Scott & Anita. Here are some prayer concerns for…

Leslie – on the other side of the globe

Leslie is grateful for our prayers. In a recent newsletter, she gives thanks to God for our prayers and His help in her language learning. Since learning the language is ongoing, please keep praying. Also, Leslie is grateful for the opportunity she and her roommate had recently to share a meal with some local ladies, and even more grateful that they have a budding friendship with one of the ladies in particular. She asks us to join in praying Isaiah 55:11 for this lady; that the Word of God will not return to Him void, and that the blinded eyes of her heart would be open to see the glorious Father in the face of Jesus Christ.

More urgently, I want to encourage you to pray for her healing. This past weekend she fell and broke her ankle. Then Monday, while making her way down the steps to her language class, she tripped with her crutches and fell on her ankle again. In the ER, they said there was no new damage. Please add healing for her ankle as you pray on her behalf.

Healthcare Clinic coming soon…

On May 23, we are partnering with Wallace Mobile Healthcare to offer a clinic for our community. Please pray for God to make Himself well-known through this event and for lives to be changed eternally.

Additionally, I want to invite you to participate in this event. Below are some areas where we need volunteers:

  • Reading and glasses team
  • Sign-in team
  • Patient escort team
  • Spiritual help team
  • Willing to help anywhere
  • Afternoon setup team

Note: See Mary P. or Lisa B. to volunteer to help. The event is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Volunteers should arrive by 8 a.m. Please plan to come, even if you can only come in the afternoon.

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See the Fields and Pray

Red Man Praying

When He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9:36-38, NKJV)

Smokies Baseball at the Park

June 10 at noon

You are invited to join us for a Smokies game on June 10. The game begins at Noon. The cost is $13.50 for the ticket and a meal.

Please see Bro. Gene to purchase your tickets.smokies

Attention: Vans will be leaving from the church at 11 a.m.

Parents’ Night Out

– for Missions

Parents Night OutThe CityView U (college class) will host a Parents’ Night Out this Friday, May 8 from 6-10 PM. The cost is $10 per child. CityView U is raising money for a mission trip this summer. Note: Sign-up with Christina Summers.

Upcoming Events

  • Tues., April 28 – Church Council Meeting
  • Wed., April 29 – Quarterly Business Meeting
  • Sat., May 2 – Students: Camp BaYoCa Work Day
  • Sat., May 9 – Graduation Banquet
  • Sun., May 10 – Mother’s Day
  • Sun., May 17 – Graduate Recognition
  • Wed., May 20 – TeamKID Award Night

On our Pastor’s heart (4‑26‑15)

Jesus Saves…is incredible Good News

We need to tell everyone that “Jesus Saves!” The dramatic cantata this past Sunday night was an incredible reminder of all that Jesus did for us. Wow!
I want to add my Thank You to Bro. Gene’s Thank You! I am so proud of our church; and really, I should say “our 2 churches.” We had as many as 57 serving in the choir, on instruments, in the drama, and behind the scenes from both City View and New Mount Calvary churches. All of you did fantastically. Thank you.

Additionally, the two churches got the word out to the community to come and hear this incredible Good News that “Jesus Saves.” We had all kinds of guests and many were first timers. So thank you for telling your friends and neighbors; thank you for posting invitations on Facebook; and thank you for sharing it on the radio.

Praying Specifically for Our “M-friends”

I know many of you are faithful to pray for all of our “M’s” in general, but sometimes it is good to have some specific things to pray for the “M-friends” we know personally. This week, I want to share with you about…

Scott & Anita

The Hills are grateful for all of our prayers. They praise God that the community is beginning to hear more and more about them. They and their church have been front page news in the local paper four times this year for different things they are doing for the community. But they ask that we pray for them to be more accepted in the community and for people to be drawn to Christ and His bride the church.

Additionally, they also request that we pray for the three different mission teams that are coming to work with them in July. Some will work on the church building itself, while others will be doing Gospel “plowing and planting” events such as upward basketball and soccer, and Backyard Bible Schools.

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When He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9:36-38, NKJV)

Thank You for Helping us Worship

Jesus-SavesI just wanted to say a HUGE thank-you to everyone who participated in the cantata last Sunday night! The music from “Jesus Saves” and the drama visualization was powerful! The message and hope of the gospel truly came through. Thanks Christa for creating the powerful drama, and thank you, choir! You never sang better! Thanks again to Cindy, Kenny, and Roger for the music, and Chuck, Jeff, Parker, and Luke for the sound and lights, and Randy for the sets and props. Thank you Laurel for assisting Christa, and again, Praise the Lord!

On our Pastor’s heart (4‑19‑15)

Blessed because it pleases Him

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:3-6)

Q: Have you ever wondered what causes God to love us?

For 1000s of years, people have tried to somehow earn God’s favor doing good, by worshipping Him, by giving offerings and sacrifices.

Q: But is that the ticket?

Is that the key to earning God’s favor? Should we pray more, read our Bibles more, give more money to the church, and live better lives? Will that somehow cause God to love us and perhaps bless us?

Scripture gives a resounding “No!” God loves us and blesses us because He chose to do so. God is rich in mercy; and so it is by grace that we are saved through faith. It is not by works or great deeds (Eph. 2:4; 8-9). We could not even love Him first; we are only able to love Him “because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19). In fact, God loved us while we were unlovable, and He demonstrated His loves for us in that while we were still despicable sinners Christ died for us (Rom 5:8).

We did nothing to deserve His goodness and blessings. Yet, God the Father “has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” “He made us acceptable in the Beloved” – in His Son (Eph. 1:6) He blessed us with every spiritual blessing; He made us holy and without blame; He adopted us and made us sons and daughters by Jesus Christ.

Why would He do all of that? He did it “according to the good pleasure of His will” (Eph. 1:5). He did it because it pleased Him to do so. And that, my friends, should cause us to explode with worship: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ forever and forever! Amen”

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See the Fields and Pray

Red Man Praying