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A Family of Faith on Mission 
            January 2018

Hess's Headlines

Dear Church,

What would 2018 look like if we lived as closely as possible to the New Testament Church? What if we loved Christ, devoured His Word, and had a passion to reach all people with the Gospel regardless of the cost? What if we gathered for prayer like the 120 in Acts chapter one? What would happen if we devoted ourselves to the Word, to fellowship, and to prayer like in Acts chapter two? What if we made the most of every opportunity to share the Gospel like in Acts 3? What could we do if we shared our resources open-handedly to help those in our fellowship in need like in Acts four? What if we rejoiced when we were rejected because of Christ like the apostles in Acts five? What would Woodmont look like if we had an abundance of men filled with wisdom and the Holy Spirit like Acts chapter six? If some of our members were killed for their love of Christ like Stephen in Acts seven, would the people of Woodmont rejoice or run in fear? If persecution strikes Florence, Alabama in 2018, would we scatter and faithfully share the Gospel like Acts eight, or would we hide in fear? What would happen if the "chief of sinners" of the Shoals area entered our church, persecuted our church, but was radically converted like Saul in Acts chapter nine? What if we sent people on missions, celebrated what God was doing around the world, and celebrated when other churches did well in our area? What if we really had one focus in 2018: the glory of God!

My prayer for 2018 is that Woodmont would embrace the challenge of being a New Testament Church; not so we can say we accomplished anything, but to look back in 2019 and know He's worthy of it! By the Lord's grace and the power of the Holy Spirit, I'm looking forward to 2018, His glory, and His mission. I covet your prayers this year for our church, my family, and myself as we grow together into what God is calling us to be and do! Much love.

In Christ,

Thompson's Text

Congratulations - Lauren Hodges
New King's Kids Director

The King's Kids Committee recently hired Lauren Hodges as the New King's Kids Preschool Director at Woodmont.  She follows Jennifer Jones who served as director for 10 years and recently took a new full time position.  Lauren grew up at Woodmont and is married to Jonathan Hodges.  She has a nursing degree and served as the Interim Director the past month.  She is excited about serving as the new director.  We welcome Lauren on board.   

Under His grace,

Reese's Pieces 

When Love Crossed Ove r on December 3
What a glorious night of worship! 
Thank you choir and orchestra for your hard work!
If you missed it click the link below for a small clip of
 "Angels We Have Heard on High"
performed by the Choir and Orchestra

 Student Ministry

Few Spots Left!

Click here for link to Strength to Stand website for more information.

Unite Kickoff
February  7  
7:00 pm @  EC 

Unite Weekend
February 16-18 

Men's Ministry 



One extra day is scheduled for pictures on January 8. You can sign up  by going on-line from our church website at, by contacting Kelsey Campbell (256) 394- 5896 or to change or update your photography  time. 

Picture submittals - You can submit a picture for the directory if you  prefer. Send a copy to Amy Thompson (256) 443-4293 or  and we will include the picture in the pictorial  directory.

We hope to include every family in our Woodmont Baptist Pictorial  Directory.

Also, if you had your picture taken and did not purchase any pictures your free 8x10 photo will be in the lobby. The envelopes are in alphabetical order in a folder with your name on it on the table marked "Directory Photos."  

Jail Ministry

Thanks to everyone who helped out with the Goodie bags for the inmates at the Lauderdale County Detention Center. It was a great team effort!

 The Youth Ministry was in charge of packing the 300 bags. In addition to a book of Bible promises, each bag contained: socks, hygiene items, candy and a card made by children in our Children's Ministry. The items were generously donated by several Bible Study Connections classes as well as some individuals. After the final bag was packed, a prayer was offered up that they would be a blessing and an encouragement to each recipient.

The College Ministry baked sugar cookies with sprinkles for the inmates and 12 gallons of milk were provided by the Singles Ministry so the inmates could have milk with their cookies on Christmas Eve. Each person who works at the jail also received a book of Bible Promises as well as lots of candy. The bags were delivered by some great helpers and everyone left having a little more of the spirit of Christmas in their heart.

 During the month of December, members of the Jail Ministry have had the privilege of having Bible Study with inmates at the Detention Center. We are thankful to have the opportunity to share Christ love with those who are incarcerated.  

Singles' Ministry

Thank you to everyone for the prayers, rides, cards, food, texts messages and special words of encouragement during my recovery. It has been a challenge but it has been made a lot easier by the love shown to me and Danny. It is truly a blessing to be a part of a church family like Woodmont.
Smoky Mountain Retreat in Gatlinburg
 January 12-15
$150 per person (does not include food)
Check with Belinda Green for more info.)
Bus will leave for the trip at 4:00 p.m. on Friday and will return on Monday evening around 6:00.

January 28th - Covered Dish lunch in the gym following the service. 
Please bring a casserole, vegetable dish or dessert.

Under His grace,

Children's Ministry

I would not wish my 2017 on anyone, but I serve a big God. A God that does not give us diseases, but He uses them and His people to give Glory to Him. I know that He was with me from the beginning of time, and He was there when I received the news. It breaks His heart to think that cancer would cause me  to doubt His love for me. 

Do you know how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love really is? I am not going to say it is always easy to praise Him in the storm. I do know that God is  always there. I just need to trust Him. 

Who knows what 2018 will bring? I do know this, "MY GOD IS BIGGER. "
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.  1 John 3:1 NIV.

55 and Older Join Us For These Upcoming Events...

Game Days - Thursday, January 4 and 25. Meet at East Campus at 12:30 p.m. bring a finger food and enjoy food and games. We usually finish by 4 p.m.

Monthly Luncheon - Thursday, January 18 at 12 noon.  
We will have a pot luck meal, so bring a dish to share.

Watch the bulletin for the Primetimers' activities and join us.

Frances H. Moore
New Members

J o McCafferty, Statement
Faye Mann, Letter

Miller Family: Larry, Cyndi, Tyler & Jack, Lette r
Hope Wilkinson, Letter

Kevin & Linda Lamb, Statement
Ed & Susan Kirby, Statement

Doyle & Jenoice Bevis, Letter

Our Mission

Woodmont Baptist Church's MISSION STATEMENT is:

 "To do the Lord's will through prayer, worship, discipleship, service, missions

and evangelism - In His name, by His spirit and for His glory." 

In This Issue
Ministry Quick Links
For the Record
 Woodmont Calendar 
 Newsletter Archive    

Woodmont Staff
Bro. Chad Hess
Rev. Steve Thompson , Assoc. Pastor/Min. of Ed/Admin.
Rev. Kevin Reese, Music Minister
  Jarod Grimes, Student Minister
Denise Coats, Children's Minister
Belinda Green, Singles and Families Minister
  Becky Daughtery & Loretta Young
Personal Ministries Director  
  Joyce Clark,
Pastor/Outreach Secretary    
Carla Hamm,
Marilyn Nelson,
 Communications Secretary/
Education Secretary  

Quinton Thompson
Building Superintendent 
Chasity Whiteside
  Latricia Hensley,
Children's Church  
Cindy Ferson,
Children's Church  
Lauren Hodges, King's Kids Director
  Becky Foster,
Pianist/Orchestra Director  
Virginia Moore,
Jason Staggs,
Technical Director


Ministry Quick Links

Contact Information
Marilyn Nelson, Communications Secretary
256-766-1255, Ext. 25

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