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 September 2020 Latest News & Updates
Encourage One Another

I see it sometimes in the smallest things, like in a text, prayer, bringing a produce box to a neighbor's house, in a simple invitation to attend church with you, or just in your normal daily speech. It is such a joy to see God using you to Live Love and encourage others. I love the simple truth in Hebrews 3:13 "But encourage each other daily, while it is still called today, so that none of you is hardened by sin's deception." Our world is full of division, hate, and jealously. Yet God wants His people to be encouragers. God wants to use you to help others who are having a bad day, in a hard season, or are just simply struggling. I believe encouragement is a choice. We choose to be a help or a hinderance to others. I desperately want God to use us to help others. May God bless you greatly as you remind others of God's promises, God's presence, and God's gospel. We don't always know how God uses our encouragement in other's lives; but He does use it. I recently got an e-mail from someone I ministered to over 15 years ago. At that time, I would have told you that I didn't make any difference or impact in his life. I tried; but it didn't feel like I accomplished anything. And yet according to his email; God used it. This man is now saved, led his family to be saved, and is a lay pastor at his church! We never know how God will use us; but He will. In this crazy season, may be we encouragers, grace givers, and gospel sharers!!
So thankful for you, 
Pastor Sammy 

Serve Saturday ~ October 3

Join us as we Live Love and serve those around us.
 We will have multiple different projects available for you to serve your community. 

Drive-In Movie Nights
Fri., Sept. 18 at 7PM and Sat., Oct. 24 at 6PM

Join us for a Drive-in Movie on our parking lot. On Fri., Sept. 18 at 7pm, we will be featuring the movie "Run the Race" and on Sat., Oct. 24 at 6pm the movie featured will be "I Still Believe." Feel free to remain in your car, or bring your lawn chairs or a blanket to sit outside. Tune your car radio to 98.3. Free popcorn and drinks will be available. 
Lunch with Friends
Sept. 22, Oct. 1 or Oct. 13 at Noon

We want to provide you a FREE lunch in order to just fellowship with those who you attend church with. COVID has put a strain on our relationships and our ability to be with those that we love the most. So, we want to provide a venue for you to have a meal and enjoy a conversation with others and your pastors. We are limiting our lunch to only 35 individuals in our Connection Point in order to provide social distancing between the tables. If you feel comfortable, we would love for you to Sign-up at Sign-up Central for ONE of our noon lunch times: September 22, October 1, or October 13.  We hope you enjoy lunch with your friends! 
Quarterly Business Meeting
Sun., Sept. 6 at 7PM

Due to COVID, we have missed our regular quarterly business meeting. Join us on Sunday, September 6, after the evening service to help us navigate through this season. The Nominating Team will supply a list of teachers, teams, and officers to be voted on for the upcoming church year (Sept 2020-August 2021).  Due to the uniqueness of this season, you will notice that for most positions we have asked for individuals to simply add a year to their term. We will also vote on a nomination to add a year to the deacons term and reactivate two inactive deacons: Steve Neal and Dennis Followell. We will also vote on a Discipleship Pastor search team. We've got a lot of business to take care of. I hope you can be in attendance.   
Fall 2020 Calendars

We hope the school year has started off well for you and your student(s)! We're so excited about all that we have planned for your student this semester! Fall 2020 calendars are ready and will be mailed out later this week!
Guy's Game Night
Sun., Sept. 13 from 6-8:00PM

We will be having a game night in the youth room 
for all guys grade 7th-12th! We hope your student can join us for a friendly night of competition games!
Girls' Paint Night
Sun., Sept. 13 from 6-8:00PM

Girls in grades 7th-12th will meet at 6976 E Bethel Road from 6-8 PM for a fun paint night activity! We hope your student can join us on this night! 

Fall Retreat 2020
Lake Sallateeska ~ October 9-11

Join us for Fall Retreat 2020 at Lake Sallateeska October 9th-11th! This year's retreat theme is "Together." When Jesus saves us, we become a part of God's family. We're saved to a community of believers-the Church-in order to accomplish God's mission here on earth. At this year's retreat, students will learn to live unified with one another, regardless of their differences, by their common love for Christ. The cost is $50 per student, and you can register your student(s) at ibcbenton.com/events
Discovery & Kidz Zone
Children's Wednesday Night Ministry Resumes

We are excited to resume Kidz Zone tonight! We will continue to practice our health guidelines with temperature checks, cleansing and disinfecting. The buses will not be running at this time. 
Family Connect Live!
Friday, Sept. 11 ~ 6:30-8:00PM

Families of K-6th graders will love this free, energetic, high-octane night of family fun! Families will competer in "minute-to-win-it" games. Register at ibcbenton.com/events.

Lessons from James
Wednesday Nights
Beginning Sept. 9 at 6:30pm
in Connection Point

Financial Peace University Begins
Wed., Sept. 9-Nov. 4 at 6PM
Sonshine Classroom

Has debt robbed you of your freedom and stolen your joy? We want to help you get out of debt and gain control of your finances. This class will be led by Jim Hughes with Brenda Choisser as the FPU coordinator. Cost is $75. Visit ibcbenton.com/events for more information and to register or sign-up at Sign-up Central. 

We are also inviting those who have attended a FPU class before and would like a refresher course. Just sign-up at Sign-up Central. 
Grace Haven's 
Ultrasound Machine Arrived

We celebrate with Baptist Children's Home and Family services on the arrival of their new ultrasound machine for Grace Haven Pregnancy Resource Clinic in Mt. Vernon. Your generous giving helped provide this machine that will allow young mothers to see their baby in the womb. Continue to pray for this ministry as final preparations are being made for their opening of the facility. 
Women on Mission Meeting
Tues., Sept. 8 at 6PM

WOM will meet in Connection Point. All ladies are invited to attend.