Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.
One Way We Can Be Involved
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world (James 1:27).
Recently, Greg McCoy, president of the TN Baptist Children’s Home (TBCH) contacted us to see if we at City View could provide office space for one of their case workers – Ms. Kacey Bush. Bush is responsible for identifying and training new foster parents and then placing children.
Foster care was designed, by the state, as a temporary solution for families in crisis. In recent years, however, the system across the nation has become bloated and strained. Chelsea Patterson offers the following statistics:
- There are currently over 415,000 children in the U.S. Foster Care System
- One child enters into foster care every 2 minutes in the U.S.
- 45 percent of those aging out of foster care become homeless in a year
- Almost 80 percent of people in U.S. prisons are former foster care youth
- One fourth of children (100,000) in the foster care system are waiting to be adopted
- Only 3 to 5 percent of foster youth ever graduate from college*
When Governor Haslam took office, he realized that the TN foster care system needed help which the state could not offer. So he turned to TN Baptists and our TBCH for help. We as Christians need to get involved.
So how can City View be involved?
Through Mr. McCoy, the TBCH is asking us for office space for Ms. Bush to secure files and also for the occasional use of the conference room and fellowship hall for interviews and training. She will schedule her activities according to the church calendar. In addition, Ms. Bush will need a key to come and go according to her appointment schedule.
The Church Council and staff have discussed the request and are happy to recommend the approval of this matter in a special called business meeting this coming Wednesday.
I cannot believe the week is over. It flew by so quickly. I say the week is over, but VBS is not over yet. God is still working.
All week long our wonderful VBS workers shared the love of Christ and proclaimed the Gospel message that Jesus saves. The children learned that Jesus sees them and knows them like He saw Zacchaeus, the Woman at the Well, Nicodemus, the Blind Man, and the Children. Jesus sees them, knows them, and loves them.
The message was proclaimed, and some children were saved. Now, we must continue to disciple these children, even as the Holy Spirit works in their hearts. So do not stop praying.
Now to all of our VBS workers – to those who taught and cooked and registered children and ran errands and protected us – thank you. Thank you for your commitment and dedication. Thank you for the long hours of preparation. And thank you for sharing your heart and lives with kids this week.
And to a wonderful praying church, thank you too. For weeks, you have committed to pray for God to make a difference in lives. You have prayed for God to save children. Thank you. And please keep praying. God is not through yet.
Our student ministry left June 11 on mission to share the love of Christ with people in Stuart, Iowa. Working with Scott and Anita Hill, they will lead Backyard Kids Clubs in various locations. Please pray for them: Haley B., Crystal C., Dylan F., Parker H., Luke H., Caitlyn H., Madison H., Kristy H., Lauren H., Morgan H., Dejohn M., Aaron S., Caleb S., Emily S., Jan J., Keith J., James M., Susan P., and Luckey S.
One Body on Mission This Summer
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in on hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all (Eph 4:4-6).
It has been a while since I last wrote an article. I thought it appropriate, though, since summer is now upon us, to remind each of us that we are “one body.” We together as the church are one. We each belong to each other.
So as we disperse in different directions on mission trips and vacation, we must remember that we belong to each other. Take notice of those who will be away and pray for them. Pray that God will bless them and give them opportunities to make famous the name of Christ even as they stroll on the beach, hike in the mountains, or visit with family in other cities. Especially pray for those who will journey to other parts on a mission trip to proclaim the wonders of our Savior and Lord.
To those who travel on vacation, remember that you are living a life on mission. You do not vacation from being a Christian. The Great Commission is always before you. So look for those opportunities to share the hope that you have in Christ Jesus. Look for occasions to make disciples of all peoples for God’s glory. Take time to worship with fellow believers in other cities. Take your family and yourself on vacation, but leave your tithes and offerings here to continue God’s work through our church.
To those who are purposefully going on mission – on a mission trip to Iowa or Italy or somewhere else, we want you to know that we are praying for you. As you go, we also go through you as “one body” and through the “one Spirit” of the Lord.
Then to those who remain in Knoxville, we continue to be on mission here to the glory of God the Father, even as others have gone out from our midst. Let us continue to be faithful in all we do. And may God bless His Church at City View and expand His Kingdom through us this Summer regardless of where we may be.
- For the New Mini-Bus, we received a gift from the Willing and Faithful Workers Sunday School Class.
- From the Shekinah Glory Worship Center and Pastor Joe L. Colquitt, we received a gift of $400 to the church as an expression of gratitude to our church for allowing them to conduct a Bible Study class in our church during those days that New Mount Calvary Baptist Church was with us.
Our Mission: Go Boldly and Even Die
1. Expect ______________________ as a possibility
2. _____________ boldly even in the face of ____________
- Will you pray?
- Will you go?
- Will you stand?
- Will you die, if necessary?
- What change does God want in my life or beliefs?
- What will be the 1st step?
Now I begin to be a disciple. Let no one, of things visible or invisible, prevent me from attaining to Jesus Christ. Let fire and the cross; let wild beasts; let tearings, breakings, and dislocation of bones; let cutting off of limbs; let shatterings of the whole body; and let all the evil torments of the devil come upon me; only let me attain to Jesus Christ.
– Ignatius of Antioch, A.D. 110
The world never burned a casual Christian at the stake.
– John R. Rice
We recently received the following gifts and proceeds:
- Donation from Anthony & Vickie C. in memory of her parents, Frank and Betty Herron, and her sister, Sandy.
- Correction: John and Carolyn D. made a donation in honor of Blanche C.
June 5-10 from 6-9 p.m.
Pray for God to bless!
Invite your neighbors.
This year in Vacation Bible School, as we dive into God’s Word, we will discover that Jesus did not just see what is on the outside of people. He looked deep down inside.
We recently received the following gifts and proceeds:
- Donation from Anthony & Vickie (Herron) C. in memory of her parents, Frank and Betty Herron, and her sister, Sandy.
- Correction: John and Carolyn D. made a donation in honor of Blanche Cockrum