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A Family of Faith on Mission 
               April 2017

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Dear Church,

There are times in my life when I feel like time is flying by. In fact, the past few months have felt like a blur. However, I am also reminded of times in my life when time seemed to stop. As I consider these "slow" or "frozen" moments, it seems that each of them are connected to a significant memory or a time of intentional waiting. For example, remember waiting for Christmas as a child? Or remember waiting for your birthday? Or until you could have your driver's license ? Or when the Hot Pocket was almost done in the microwave?

I imagine that the days immediately after Christ's crucifixion must have felt like an eternity. I'm sure for those disciples, the questions, their worldview, the uncertainty of the next moment had to seem like time had frozen. Then suddenly, the women break through those moments and proclaim that they had been to the tomb and Christ was no longer held by death! You can almost feel the excitement as the Bible tells us that John and Peter ran to the tomb! Could you imagine seeing two middle aged men running through the town and then through the cemetery in your city? It says that John stopped at the entrance to the tomb, but Peter ran on ahead and went in the tomb. (John 20)

The news of the resurrection should cause us to run. Not only should it cause us to run, but to run with a focus on Christ. The resurrection fuels our life, our church, and our mission. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15, "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain."
 1 Corinthians 15:55-58 (NIV)

Let us run hard in the labor of the Lord! Love you Woodmont!

In Christ,

Reese's Pieces 

Thompson's Text

In Malachi we find both a challenge and a promise in giving faithfully to the Lord.

10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,"
Says the Lord of hosts,
"If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.
11 "And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,
So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground,
Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,"
Says the Lord of hosts;
12 "And all nations will call you blessed,
For you will be a delightful land,"
Says the Lord of hosts. Malachi 3:10-12

***Check out the report below on budget giving at Woodmont. It's not about Equal Gifts, but Equal Sacrifice and Faithfulness.***
Percentage of Families
         No. of Families 
0.86 3 0.00 - 10.00
8.62 30 10.01 - 100.00
13.51 47 101.00 - 500.00
13.79 48 501.00 - 1,000.00
16.38 57 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
10.34 36 2,001.00 - 3,000.00
19.54 68 3,001.00 - 6,000.00
9.20 32 6,001.00 - 10,000.00
4.31 15 10,001.00 - 15,000.00
3.45 12 15,000.00 - UP

$1,323, 443.36 - Total Dollars Given
$3,803.00 - Amount Average Family Unit Gave
348 Families Giving

Under His grace,


Student Ministry


Men's Ministry

Praises from Personal Ministries

Personal Ministries would like to say a huge THANK YOU to each and every one who helped host homeless guests from Room in the Inn! We have completed our second season with this ministry. We hosted 125 guests on nine nights with six Bible Study Connections classes plus our youth participating.  Also our fifth and sixth grade boys prepared lunches for one of the groups.  You have truly been the hands, feet, and heart of Jesus as you ministered so lovingly to these people. We never know what a kind word, smile, plate of warm food, and warm cot in a safe environment may mean to someone. Thank you again for all you have done. We look forward to hosting again starting in November. If your class has not been involved in this ministry, we encourage you to consider doing so. You will be blessed!

Becky and Loretta
Jail Ministry

"I am really glad I was put in here." This was said by a young lady who was in one of the Bible study groups at the jail. I was surprised by her statement so I asked her why she felt that way. She said having to spend time in jail had gotten her attention and made her realize that things in her life needed to change.

 Woodmont Jail Ministry has been working in the Lauderdale County Detention Center library for about two years now. Recently, we were given the opportunity to conduct Bible studies for the inmates. We have a team of men who do a Sunday service at 8:00 a.m. for the men.  A team of women go on Sunday afternoons and Tuesday evenings to lead Bible study classes. Woodmont is on a regular schedule with teams from other churches that go and show the love of Jesus to those who are incarcerated.

We are so thankful to the staff at the Detention Center who allows us to come and serve. It has truly been a blessing and a privilege.
36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. 37 "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?' 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' 40 "The King will reply, 'Truly, I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these my brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.' Matthew 25: 36-40   NIV

Singles' Ministry

Singles & Friends Game Nite
Friday, April 21st
Bring a finger food to share and join the fun!
East Campus @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Sunday, April 23rd
Singles monthly covered dish lunch 
In the gym  @ 11:30 AM
(Bring a casserole, veggie dish or dessert)

Saturday, April 29th
Woodmont Singles Ministry is scheduled to work the downtown Soup Kitchen. We furnish, prepare, and serve an average of 125 meals to guests who come weekly to enjoy a meal. We are happy to have this opportunity to partner with First Presbyterian Church .
If you would like to help by providing a dessert, please let Belinda Green know

Singles Beach Retreat
June 7-11
Brochures & sign-up sheet are located in the breezeway 
and in the  Singles area.  Trip is filling up fast and space is limited
Click here for brochure


Single Parent Family Beach Retreat
July 20-23
Brochures & sign-up sheets are located on the table in the 
breezeway or in the Singles area.
Click here for brochure
Children's Ministry


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


    New Members 

              Steve and Vanessa Chenault son Brayden , Letter   Katye  Matt Coats, Letter (Cohen & Maura Kate)   
                  Melanie Hill, Letter                                                     McKinly Lett, Baptism                         
                               Cayden Melton, Baptism                                   Jessie  A. Powell, Letter   
                                      Norma Rogers, Baptism           Tabitha Thompson, Baptism (daughter Angela)
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  
Angela Riddle
Receptionist/Music Secretary  
Carla Hamm,
Marilyn Nelson,
 Communications Secretary/
Education Secretary  

Quinton Thompson
  Latricia Hensley,
Children's Church  
Cindy Ferson,
Children's Church  
Jennifer Jones, 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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