THE PASTOR'S VOICE
February 8, 2015

REMEMBERING OUR ROOTS
RECOGNIZING OUR FRUITS
Are You Faithful or Slothful?
A Winter Storm Reflection
 
Scripture: Matthew Chapter 25
 
Reflective Questions:
1. Do I value the ministry God has given our church?
2. Do I value the building I worship in?
3. What can I do to ensure I demonstrate my value for the ministry and church God has given me?
 
Reflective Reading:
Have you ever read a very familiar scripture, but found a brand new message? The parable of the 5 talents (Matthew 25) is a very familiar passage used over the years to communicate many different values, but in your reading and hearing, you may not have come across this very important question - Are you faithful or slothful?  As the story illustrates, a faithful servant takes care of the things his master entrusts to him because he understands and appreciates its value.  A slothful person does not. 
 
Our Master is trusting us to care for and be good stewards of our house of worship and of our ministry to the community.  With these last few stormy days, I believe the Master is calling us to reflect.  Typically the winter season brings with it many inclement days and consequently, the possibility of missed services and decreased giving which ultimately limits our ability to maintain our building and support our ministries. Are we doing everything we can to ensure our house of worship and ministry can be sustained?  Can we do anything to ensure inclement weather does not impede our giving?  I think the answer is "Yes."
 
 Application:
Giving online is a great way to ensure you can give through winter storms, snow emergencies and vacations. Become a recurring giver will secure your faithful giving and thus, make certain we are able to do ministry.  
Can I count on you? 
 
1. Visit the church website www.timothybaptistchurchma.com
2. Create a user name
3. Provide contact and bank information
4. Enter the amount, frequency and designation for your gift.

Keeping Your Eyes On the SON,

Pastor Larry Green

RAVING 
REVIEWS
My Monday night teleconference Bible Study class is panning out to be a huge success.

 

With Matthew 19:16-30 as our text (key verse 17) last week, we had over 10 people from TBC and other congregations join in on the conversation. Some remarks shared after class were:

 

Gwen Simon Porter, Morning Star Baptist Church: "That was an EXCELLENT CLASS and you did a WONDERFUL job explaining."

 

Eugene Porter, Morning Star Baptist Church: "I should have said something because you were 100% on explaining how to explore and dissect Scripture. It was a good class and I was glad to hear other people's thoughts. We all need to understand "All WISDOM COMES FROM GOD!"

 

Praise God! You can join us too! For dial-in information, time and more visit here, where you can learn about our additional Bible Study classes as well.


LENTEN RESOURCES

Lent begins Wednesday, February 18 and ends Sunday, April 5th. As you are being prayerful about what to sacrifice, check out a variety of Lenten devotional materials to assist you throughout your fast.

Whether you want to use these Lent plans made specifically for easy access from your phone, tablet, or computer, remember that God's Word is always with you.

MINISTRY OF THE MONTH

Every month we will showcase a Ministry of the Month on our website. For the month of February we are happy to highlight our
Youth Department

See how excited our young people are to do work for God as you peruse photos from YEC, their trip to see SELMA, and many more events both inside and outside of church here.

WHO SAID THAT?


A good quote inspires you in the moment. A great quote echoes for years to come. Can you identify who said what in this Black History Quiz?

Also, don't forget to wear your Black History regalia each Sunday to service!

YEC REFLECTION


TBC has nearly 20 years of partnering with the Baptist Convention of New England (BCNE) through its Youth Encountering Christ (YEC) Christian Weekend Retreat. This year marks BCNE's 34th year with 50 congregations and 860 youth & chaperones in attendance.

TBC was excited to experience another successful weekend of Christ through worship, workshops and fellowship. This year's theme was FORGE (Romans 12:2) - Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.  Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (NLT)

We brought 13 youth, 3 newbies and 1 BIG Cheese (a high school senior: Danielle Brooks) this year.  We celebrate over the newbies' connection to Christ through this forum and were blessed by their fellowshipping and making new friends at this retreat. 

This year at YEC we did something unique -- we participated in missions work by assisting in packaging 40,000 meals for the "Children of the Nations" from Sierra Leone, West Africa who have been severely hit by ebola.  This is surely confirmation that the Youth Department is on track for its upcoming mission projects with Cradles to Crayons and Kids Who Care.  "Giving back to those less fortunate is pleasing to God," I always say.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the chaperones for volunteering to suffer from sleep deprivation in an effort to engage and have fun with the youth. We would also like to say thank you to all the donors with an "Appreciation Breakfast" for YEC/Grotonwood scheduled for March 14th @ 10am. At the breakfast, donors will hear from the youth about their experiences at both Christ-centered, youth retreats.

We pray God's blessings upon our upcoming Christian Retreat: Grotonwood. It's held during the entire February School Vacation Week.  Special prayers for Chaperones: Bro. James Dumas, Sr., Sis. Kristine Frazier and Sis. Shanice Maxwell for their endurance and strength throughout this week-long Christian retreat as well as for our youth, that they may have a unique encounter with The Lord. 

Peace & Blessings,
Sis. Michelle Carter, TBC Youth Department Director

UPCOMING QJA

February 8
Matt. 20:21
"What is it you want?" 


February 15
Matt. 22:42
"What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?" 


February 22
Matt. 23:17-19
"Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? Which is greater: the gift, or the alter that makes the gift sacred?" 

Worship With Us!

Sunday School | 9:30 a.m.
Worship Service | 11 a.m.
Weds. and Friday Prayer | Noon


We Enjoy Bible Study
(W.E.B.S.)

Monday | 6-7 p.m. | Rev. Green
Tuesday | 6-7 p.m. | Min. Darby
Weds.| 7-8 p.m. | Deac. Grace
Friday | 6-7 p.m. | Deac. Green


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Timothy Baptist Church
P.O. Box 190730
35 Highland St.
Roxbury, MA 02119


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