National Heights Baptist Church ~ E-News      October 2017
  October brings exciting days at National Heights as our fall ministries move into full swing. Pray for our new Life Groups which begin meeting the first week of the month; pray for the HOSTs and for those who may be hearing about Christ for the very first time through these groups.

Pray, also, for our annual Trunk or Treat scheduled for Tuesday October 31. Last year, we had the largest crowd of children and families ever, and we look forward to welcoming even more this year. Pray that God will use this event to touch the lives of hundreds of children and their parents.

Thank you for your continued faithfulness in your giving to Envision. In September we exceeded $200,000 given towards this exciting project creating new additions for ministry to children, youth and our guests. God is doing exciting things at National Heights.

I can't wait to see what God is going to do through you! 
~Vaughn Weatherford
 
October Calendar
 
Newsletter Deadline
The deadline for articles to be included
in the November Newsletter will be
Monday, October 16.  Email Judy Foley at jfoley@nationalheights.org

Blessing the Children  
  The Angel Tree Ministry is a program, sponsored by the Prison Fellowship Ministries, which gives us the opportunity to lovingly answer the biblical call to minister "to the least of these" (Matthew 25:40). Angel Tree Christmas works by connecting parents in prison with their children through the giving of Christmas gifts. We, as individuals or families, purchase these gifts for the children in the name of their prisoner-parent.  Each qualified parent in prison prepares a wish list of two gifts, one toy item and one clothing item, for each child and supplies the age, size, gender and a message to be written on the gift tag card for that child. The Prison Fellowship requests of those buying the gifts that each gift should be purchased new and valued between $20 and $25. This standard helps assure that children, especially multiple ones in the same family, all receive gifts of similar value.
    The Women on Mission at NHBC have led the church family in sharing through the Angel Tree Ministry for a number of years. The goal is to provide the opportunity for children in church families to participate in the process so they might have the experience of ministering to other children. Join us for Selection Sunday on October 22, 2017.  Then return your boxed (but unwrapped) gifts on or before Return Sunday, November 5, 2017.  A simple gift can change a life!  Thank you for sharing God's love this Christmas season.
~Becky Bennett, Angel Tree Coordinator


Trunk or Treat
Our annual Trunk or Treat will be held Tuesday, October 31 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This is an EASY, fun way to make positive touches with our community families! You can decorate your car if you wish, but that is not necessary. If you can bring some candy to pass out, that will certainly be helpful; however, we will also supplement participants with candy for their cars as well.  If weather doesn't cooperate, we will simply move into the building to pass out candy. If you prefer, all you have to do is show up, open your trunk, pass out candy with a smile, and let God work through you. If you would like to participate, but would rather not do it on your own, grab a friend or more, and do it together....even more fun! Please let us know if you have any questions, or to let us know you'll be participating. Let's have LOTS of cars and smiles on our lot that evening!!! Last year we had over 500 community members pass through. Wow! You will be blessed as you bless others!
 
Apple Mania - October 1 @ Noon
The Truthseekers Bible Study class invites you to join them for their annual Apple Mania Soups and Sweets Lunch on Sunday, Oct. 1 at Noon. Donations will be accepted. The Silent Auction will include homemade baked goods and will benefit the Pregnancy Care Center. If you would like to donate baked goods please see Tommy Nunn. Come join us for a fun time of fellowship!
 
Horseshoe Tournament  
   Come join in on the fellowship, competition, and fun at the Twenty Eighth annual NHBC Horse Shoes Horseshoe Tournament to be held 9AM Saturday Oct. 7 at the church horseshoe pits.  Charles Rader is the defending champion.  Any questions?  Call Lynn Woodall 830-7178.  See you there!  Bring a friend.
Deacon's Corner
  If you look up the word "deacon" in the dictionary you will probably find the words "serve" or "servant" in the definition.  As deacons it is our privilege and honor to serve our Lord, our pastor, and members of National Heights.

One way we serve that you might not be aware of is serving the Lord's Supper to our homebound members.  We usually do this around Christmas and Easter.  Two deacons serve the bread and cup, pray, and read scripture to commemorate the death of Jesus and anticipate His second coming.

Many times a homebound member's family will also participate.  If the member resides in a nursing facility, sometimes a roommate or friend will join us.

If you are a homebound member or a family member of a homebound member and would like for us to serve you in this way, contact your deacon or call the church office.  It is our hope and prayer that you will be blessed as much as we are by participating in this most sacred remembrance of our Lord's sacrifice.   ~Lynn Woodall  
 
Praying every Tuesday @ 2:00 for the ministries of National Heights
Weekly Prayer Focus 
10/3 - Committees
10/10 - Sunday Bible Study
10/17 - Prime Timers
10/24 - Student Ministry
10/31 - Children's Ministry 
 
 August Income Report
Budgeted     $345,333.36
Received      $317,726.53
Year-to-date
under budget $27,606.83 

October
Door Greeters
Ron & Darlene Gideon
Ima Johnstone
Shirley Hargis
Keevin & Dolores Mitchell

 
Men's Prayer Breakfast 
All men of National Heights are invited to a prayer breakfast on October 2 @ 6:30 am at Ziggy's on North Glenstone. Join us for a time of prayer before you start your day. 
 
 


 Sympathy...
...to Esther O'Dell in the death of her sister, Alice Bradish on September 12.  
 
Security Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed to help with security on Sundays and Wednesdays.  This is a very vital ministry within our church and takes many volunteers to make it happen.  If you are interested in volunteering, please see Joe McLemore or let the church office know. 

Thank You for Prayers:  Minister to Children Search
Pray for our Personnel Committee as they continue the search for God's choice to be our next Minister to Children.  This part-time position (12-15 hours per week) provides the opportunity to influence the lives of children and families for Christ.  Anyone interested may email that information to the attention of our Personnel Committee at nhbc@nationalheights.org.  Continue to pray for God's direction to the right person to lead us in this important ministry.
Women On Mission to hear Jeanne Carpenter
   On Tuesday, October 10, at 9:30 a.m. Women on Mission will gather in fellowship hall as they begin a new year of women's  work at National Heights Baptist. Doris Whitcher and Judy Divine, co-presidents will be in charge of the meeting. Over-all ministry and outreach plans for the year will be discussed and decisions made. Patti Crocker will lead the group in a special time of prayer for missionaries around the world who have birthdays on October 10. Women are reminded to bring to the meeting "gently used" clothing items and/or toiletries for Harmony House for those women and children affected by domestic violence. Becky Bennett will later see to the delivery of said items.
    At 10:15 the group will have an informal coffee/snacks/share time. Hostesses for this meeting are Eva McNeely and Doris Whitcher. The program will be a sharing and challenge presentation from our church community liaison leader, Jeanne Carpenter.  Guests are always invited to participate in the meeting. Come and enjoy the fellowship and be blessed with us. 

Prime Timers  - October 19
   Prime TimersPrime Timers will be meeting October 19th in the fellowship hall.  As we are getting ready for the fall and winter season we will have Gwen Kiser from Maranatha Village.  She will have a Physical therapist with her to talk about fall prevention.  We all can benefit from this all year long.  After their program we will have our carry-in lunch.  Everyone is asked to bring a dish of your own choosing if you can, if not come anyway.  Come and bring a friend.   -Carl Rose
To The Work, Ladies!
Women on Mission will gather in fellowship hall on Tuesday morning, October 24 at 9:30 a.m. This work day is under the direction of Darlene Gideon and Doris Whitcher. Darlene leads the group in tacking quilts for Grand Oak Mission. Each year the group makes 12 to 15 regular size quilts.  Mary McLemore leads some of the group in making children's quilts and usually 50 to 60 of these smaller quilts are made each year. They also go to Grand Oak Mission for distribution to families in need.  Doris leads the group in assembling salvation bracelets which are used by Greene County Baptist Mission teams each summer, usually in Mexico or another Central American country. This past summer our church made and sent almost 4,500 bracelets thanks to the youth and others for some great help.  A coffee/snacks/share time will be hosted by Mary McLemore and Doris Whitcher at about 10:15. We will be happy to teach anyone who need help learning to tack quilts or to assemble the bracelets. It is fun working together. All women of the church are invited to come and join the work and the fellowship! 

Care & Share Care and Share  
Care and Share Ministry to widows of the church community will gather at Golden Corral North on Thursday, October 26, at 11:15. This is an informal time of sharing and praying together. Be sure to inform the cashier that you are with a this group for a small courtesy discount. For more information, contact Mildred Burns or Phyllis Sanford. Guests are welcome.

Stretching with Scripture
 Mondays at 5:30
 
 Join us for Stretching with Scripture. If you haven't joined us before, we would love to have you.  We will be stretching to Christian music which will include scripture & prayer during class.  Open to all ages, members and non-members of NHBC.
   You will need a signed waiver & water.  A mat is recommended but not required. There is no charge for this ministry opportunity. Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move in. If you have any questions, please see LaShena Wheat.

Kingdom
Piecemakers
 Join us as on October 7 & 21 at 9:00 am.  We will meet on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month. If you like to sew, plan on joining us.

 
letters
The Adult II Bible Study class has volunteered to deliver items to Robberson Elementary as they are collected. Thank you for being a part of ministering to one of the schools in our community. Thank you as well to others who have delivered items to Pregnancy Care Center, Fremont Elementary and Ronald McDonald House! Thanks to the congregation, also, for your faithfulness in collecting these items. May the community see Jesus as He continues to show us ways we can reach out into our community! Continue to watch the website and other announcements for varieties of ways you can help . --Stepping Out Ministry Team