January 2016                                     
Ancient City Baptist Church

27 Sevilla Street  St. Augustine, FL 32084

Dr. David Rice
Sanctuary Fund Update

"Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him..." Deuteronomy 7:9 ESV 

Our Lord has been so faithful to this congregation during 2015.  You have been a gracious and faithful church, providing above and beyond what was required. 
Your faithful giving enables us to put a new roof on the Sanctuary at a cost of $41,000, for which we paid cash.   The Sanctuary Fund now has a balance of $14,858.  This will enable us to complete the next part of the church renovations.  We will be painting the entryway, baseboards in the sanctuary, installing a new tile entry, and new carpet throughout.  We anticipate this work to be done during the middle of January.
What's next after this?   We plan to give the Fellowship Hall some much-needed attention.  We will replace the carpet with ceramic tile that will look like wood. This will give us a durable floor, which will be easier to maintain.  In addition we will repair and repaint the walls and woodwork. 
Thank you so much for your faithfulness.    Join me in praying for 2016 that we will continue to enjoy the blessings of God upon our church family.
By His grace,
Pastor David
Cameron Clark
    The True Light

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. (John 1:9)

This year's Christmas Eve service saw the sanctuary packed to near capacity. This followed the Nights of Lights train ride which also experienced an unusually large crowd. The artificial lights on the buildings and in the trees were bright but this picture of Jim and Corene Beery's grandson captured the amazement and wonder of Christmas even better. John's Gospel speaks of Jesus this way; "In him was life and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." Jesus himself declared, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
 (John 1:4-5; 8:12)

From Billy Graham...
How to Have a Happy New Year

The one thing that would bring more happiness than anything else in the New Year would be PEACE. Peace in our extended family, peace in our local schools, peace in our country and peace in our world. Is it possible?  We have little control over international events, but peace can begin with us. Billy Graham shares his principles for peace in his book, The Journey . He says...

Make it your goal to live at peace with others .  It is vital to first be at peace with God and with ourselves. Almost since the night I accepted Jesus Christ into my life as a teenager, I have tried to set aside time each morning to be alone with God. This time includes prayer, reading the Bible and meditating on its meaning. Nothing has been more important to my spiritual life. Is it possible to be at peace with everyone in our lives? Unfortunately, no; even our best efforts may not change another person's attitude. The key is to ask God if we're at fault, and if so, to confess it and seek his help to overcome it.

Treat others as you'd want them to treat you . God gave us our abilities and gifts. If we start thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought, it takes away from our proper worship of God. Pride blinds us to our own faults. That's the reason we should not pray only for our friends but also for our enemies. Prayer is one way we can put the Golden Rule into action.

Guard your tongue . How many marriages and friendships have been destroyed because of criticism that has spun out of control? The Bible says, "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs." We should ask ourselves: How much of our conversation has this as its intention?

Never repay evil with evil . Evil is sin; it's a deadly cancer that has invaded our souls. It isn't just an illusion or an absence of good. Only God can replace the evil and sin in our hearts with love and kindness. So we need to put our faith in God and follow Him.

Avoid revenge . Don't be a captive of the past. If someone has harmed us by breaking the law, we have the right to bring that person to justice, both for our good and the good of society. But hurting someone only because they have hurt us is another matter. We can't change the past; we can only seek God's forgiveness for whatever was done wrong.

Practice the power of forgiveness . God hates sin because He knows how it hurts the one who sins. He gave His Son, Jesus, who had no sin to die on the cross for us by shedding His blood so that we could be saved from sin's power and penalty. Jesus went out of His way to seek and save those who were lost and was known as a friend of sinners. As Christians, we should be like Jesus.
Women's Ministry

 Get ready for 2016. We have a great lineup for worship, Bible study, fellowship and fun. Mark your calendar for this month's 4th Thursday Fellowship.

in the Fellowship Hall
Speaker: Our own Nell Porter

February is our RETREAT month. Stay tuned for more information about this event that is sure to bless and enlighten.

For more information about this ministry or transportation to an event, contact Rosemary Bagwell or call the church office ( 904-829-3476).
Year of the Child Image

Lisa's Story

Lisa (not her real name) felt like she might be pregnant. When she spotted the Image Clear Mobile Unit, she decided to make an appointment to stop in after her next class. The volunteer counselor and sonographer welcomed her and performed a pregnancy test. The test was negative; Lisa was relieved. Lisa shared that she was in great pain most of the time. As the counselor and sonographer listened, they were able to refer Lisa to community resources for medical and financial help. As they began to build a trusting relationship, the counselor asked Lisa if she and her boyfriend had considered abstinence since they did not want to get pregnant. They discussed the risks, not only of pregnancy but other risks as well. 

The counselor eventually asked Lisa if she had heard about Jesus. Lisa answered, "No, I really don't know anything about Jesus. I did not grow-up going to church." Then the counselor asked if she could share what Jesus had done in her life. Lisa agreed and the counselor proceeded to tell her how Jesus had protected her and changed her life in so many ways. Lisa seemed genuinely interested. The counselor explained that Jesus had died for her as well and that she could have Him in her life too. The counselor prayed with Lisa as she accepted Christ as her Lord and received her first Bible! Lisa was encouraged to go to church and learn more about what it means to be a Christian. 

January is Sanctity of Life Month and you are encouraged to pray for our ministry to women who come to Life Services for help and direction. 
The Shoe Box Story
Every year we are challenged to fill shoe boxes with items for needy children overseas. This is a project sponsored by Samaritan's Purse and is called, "Operation Christmas Child." As our stack of boxes grows, people begin to ask questions and to make remarks.  "Are you sure the money is safe in the box?" " I sure hope someone checks these boxes."  

Now we have some firsthand insight from Katherine Serra, a member of Nell Porter's Sunday School Class. Katherine was invited to join a group of volunteers from a church in Lawtey, Florida which traveled to Charlotte, NC to prepare the shoe boxes for their overseas journey. There are groups from all over the US which arrive at several strategic assembly locations on successive weekends before Christmas. The entire operation is highly organized and supervised.

Katherine's group arrived in Charlotte on Dec. 4 and worked from 9 am until 5 pm on Saturday, Dec. 5. All volunteers are divided into teams of 6 and each team is situated around a table which is served by a supervisor and runners. Should anyone need to leave their work station, even briefly, a sub is immediately supplied and the assembly process continues uninterrupted. During an afternoon break someone who received a shoe box as a child speaks giving their testimony about how important it was to them.

Katherine said, "It breaks your heart to see how much is in some of the boxes and how little there is in others. Of course, the money is the first thing to be taken care of and it is immediately secured. Any shoe box that is lacking in content is stuffed until no more can fit inside. If it contains crayons but no coloring book, a coloring book is put in. Each country has different rules which must be followed and since Katherine's table was preparing shoe boxes for the country of South Africa, nothing that related to war or violence was permitted, nor could jewelry be permitted as it might put a child in danger from a thief. None of the boxes to any country could contain chocolate. We send shoe boxes but some actually send BOOT boxes. No box leaves until it is packed and jammed full!  

At the end of a long and tiring day it was announced that they had just filled 100,000 shoe boxes! At their destinations and before the children receive their boxes, the Gospel is presented and every child is given Christian literature and Gospel portions in their language. 
Child receiving a shoe box
Charlotte Assembly Center

Vol. 3  No. 5

In This Issue

Weekly Schedule

Adult Bible Fellowship
& Sunday School
f or children
9:40 on Sundays

11 am Sundays

Get Acquainted Time
following worship
every Sunday
in the Fellowship Hall

Prime Time Singers
Tuesdays at 10:30

Soup, Salad & Scripture
Tuesdays at 11:35

Wednesday Night
Bible Study & Prayer
6:30 pm
Choir Practice
7:30 pm

Upcoming Events

January 5
Prime Time Singers
Soup, Salad & Scripture

January 7th

Keenagers Meeting
10:30 am

January 12
ACCA School Board Mtg.
9:30 am
Deacon's Meeting
6 pm

January 13
Good News Clubs
Ketterlinus & Mason Elem.
Resume meetings at 1:30 pm

January 18
Active Adults Bike Ride
9  am - lunch
Ralph Carter Park

Trustee's Meeting
5 pm

January 21
Keenager's Outing
9:30 am

January 28
Bible Study Fellowship
Speaker-Nell Porter 
7 pm

Church Staff

Dr. David Rice, Pastor

Larry DuBose
Associate Pastor

Jim Davis
Church Administrator

Minister of Music
Curtis Powell

Office Manager
Pat  Hampton

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Ride the Rail Trails
January has one holiday, Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 18. This will be a great opportunity to show your commitment to New Year's resolutions to exercise more and to reduce stress by getting out into God's beautiful creation. There is no way to know in advance what the weather will be but the Bible says, "He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap." (Ecc. 11:4)
The Lehigh Trail is located in Palm Coast and runs from US 1 in the west to Colbert Lane in the east, a distance of approximately 7 miles, all paved and mostly shaded. It's a beautiful trail that offers a good chance to see otters, owls and deer. The best place to meet is at Ralph Carter Park, 1385 Rymfire Drive in Palm Coast. This park is next to Rymfire Elementary School. If you travel south on US 1, turn left (east) onto Royal Palms Parkway (3rd traffic light) and then left again onto Rymfire approximately a half mile east of US 1. The park is on the right  with restrooms, tables, security cameras, and paved parking. Meeting time is 9 am. If you get lost or run late, call Larry's cell phone ( 412-215-9541).
We will ride east first and then come back to the park. Lunch afterward, possibly at Bamboo Creek Chinese Restaurant on Bel Terre Drive. Call the church office for more information ( 904-829-3476). 

Larry DuBose
Ancient City Baptist Church