AUGUST 2022
A NOTE FROM THE PREACHER

Next Sunday is our annual “Education Sunday.” I love this day! We kick off our new Sunday School year, thank God for all our teachers, give all our students commemorative pens, and listen to a message on the importance of teaching. It’s a great day!

Last year in the August newsletter I shared an old poem that I wrote several years ago in an attempt to express my gratitude for the church’s role in the spiritual growth of my kids. I won’t bore you with the totality of it again, but I do want to repeat the last few stanzas:

Let’s ponder together the awesome wonder of God and His salvation -
And how He seeks lost boys and girls and grants them regeneration.
 
He uses “means,” the Bible teaches, to call His own to His Son;
Means of grace like the Word and prayer, but also a surprising one -
 
In an amazing way He uses us to teach the girls and boys.
We speak the words; He gives new life, and they receive great joy!
 
So may all our kids know this wonderful joy of being born again;
Please use us as You save them, Lord, in spite of all of our sin.
 
So please dear Lord, we lift this prayer: Raise up the next generation!
May they know You, the one true God, and the joy of Your salvation!
 
This is what we long for and pray for and cry out for – that our children will know God and glorify Him with their lives.

What gives you joy? With that question in mind, consider 3 John 4  - I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. Who wrote this? The apostle John. Remember him?

  • John, the disciple whom Jesus loved.
  • John, who was on the Mount of Transfiguration.
  • John, who witnessed the miracles of Jesus.
  • John, who was leaning on the breast of Jesus at the institution of the Lord’s Supper.
  • John, who was the first, with Peter, at the empty tomb.
  • John, who fellowshipped with the resurrected Christ.
  • John, who saw Jesus on the island of Patmos as he wrote the book of Revelation.
  • John, who witnessed heaven’s worship.
  • John, who received the glorious vision of the New Heaven and New Earth and the New Jerusalem, the Holy City.
  • John, who saw the river of the water of life flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb, down the middle of the great street of the city.

Now – ponder all that John saw and experienced, and the wonder and the awe and the joy that must have accompanied all those experiences.

And then ponder his matter-of-fact statement in 3 John 4: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”
 
Dear parents of RCC, when it comes to your kids, what gives you the greatest joy?

Think about it: John had some pretty amazing experiences. But according to his own inspired words, not a single one of them produced more joy in his heart than hearing that the next generation was walking in the truth!
 
Is there anything that brings you more joy than knowing your kids are saved and are walking in God’s truth?

And how do they walk in God’s truth? We proclaim to them the gospel. Over and over and over. We teach them. We educate them in the things of God. We teach them God’s Word. Again and again and again.

It begins in the home with parents. The church provides the reinforcing, supplementary ministries of Sunday School, Solid Rock, and Kids Rock; not to take over the role of the parents, but to provide help for those who want it.

Dear church family, may God grant us the grace and the zeal to always be a church that teaches upcoming generations the whole counsel of God, for His glory and their good.

Pressing on with you, with our eyes fixed on Jesus,

Pastor Butch


Memory Verse for August
... Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 
- Colossians 1:28 
Book of the Month
Zeal without Burnout by Christopher Ash
...Lots of people who are involved in Christian ministry (whether paid or unpaid) find themselves having to step back from it. They have not lost their love for Christ, or their desire to serve him. But for one reason or another, they are exhausted and simply cannot carry on.

Christopher Ash knows this experience all too well. As a pastor of a growing church, and then in his role training people for ministry, he has found himself on the edge of burnout a number of times, and has pastored many younger ministers who have reached the end of their tether.

His wisdom has been distilled into this short, accessible book, in which he reveals a neglected biblical truth and seven keys that flow from it. This practical and biblical guidance will help enthusiastic Christians gain the mindset and lifestyle to protect themselves from burnout and serve Jesus for the long term in a sustainable way.
Click on the book image for more information and to order your copy today!
ANNOUNCEMENTS
VBS
We had a great week at VBS!
Parents, your children will be promoted to their new classes on Sunday, August 7th!
Youth
Youth Retreat @ Helen, Georgia
   Women's Ministry
 Tuesday Morning Ladies Bible Study
Begins Tuesday, September 13 at 9:30.
Our first meeting is a fellowship at RCC. 
Bring a breakfast item to share.
Coffee and juice will be provided.

Bring your copy of the book to the first
meeting. Available for purchase at
Amazon or other Christian book sites.
Even Better Than Eden: Nine Ways the Bible’s Story Changes Everything About Your Story traces nine themes that run from Genesis to Revelation including: wilderness, the tree of life, the image of God, clothing, the Bridegroom, the offspring, Sabbath, the dwelling place of God, and the city. Each of these themes demonstrates in its own way that we are not simply anticipating the restoration of things as they once were in Eden. While the first Adam failed to lead us into this glorious life, the Second Adam will not fail to share his glory with all who are joined to him by faith!
 
  Ladies Wednesday Night Bible Study
Begins September 7th, 2022
Join us as we study:
The way of the Psalms is a well-traveled and blessed way! Not just the psalmists but also God’s     people throughout many generations have used these words to find their way and to express their prayers and praises to their God along the way. In the Psalms we learn more about God’s ways, human experience, and the beauty of poetic language. Kathleen Nielson invites us to spend time in the Psalms—musing, marking, meditating, memorizing, and praying. In this first volume, Kathleen Nielson gives an overview of this genre of scripture and equips the reader to explore the whole of the Psalms.”
 
The Sign-up sheet will be on the foyer table in August
Books will be available to purchase September 7th for $12
RCC Ladies
Fellowship Brunch
Saturday, August 13th
10AM-12PM
Bring your favorite dish and join us for this special time of fellowship!
Coffee and juice will be provided
 
FOR ALL
We are invited to another "Sunday Night Theology" at First Baptist Church of Covington on August 14 from 5:00 to 7:30pm. The Speaker will be Jordan Thomas and the topic will be "A God-centered Vision of All of Life." If planning to attend, please sign up on the sheet provided on the table in the foyer by August 7.
Will and Brooke will be heading up a small group season this year. There will be a HOST sign-up sheet in the foyer for the next two weeks. After that they will have a general sign-up for anyone who wants to participate in small groups.
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Upcoming Dates:
  • August 7 - Sunday School Resumes
  • September 7 - Wednesday Activities Resume
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Conyers, GA 30013
Phone: 770-922-0107