Pastor’s Paragraph: A Bi-Weekly Message from Pastor John

May 18, 2021                                           

Sunday was a great day for our “First Family” as we welcomed a new believer to the fellowship through baptism, resumed much of our normal Sunday activities and welcomed back many of our folks for the first time in many months.  While we will continue to offer the livestream of our 11 AM service every week, I believe it is time for almost all of our membership to return for “in person” worship and Sunday School. As we emphasized last Sunday, every church members should be: certain of their salvation, controlled by the indwelling Holy Spirit, connected to their local body of believers and committed to the unity and mission of their Spiritual Family. 

Remember we will continue to have two Sunday morning services with our 9 AM service still following social distancing practices.  You do NOT need a reservation or an assigned seat to attend either the 9 or the 11 AM service. 

With the resumption of many of our programs and activities, we are in need of volunteers for our Sunday morning extended session nursery care and Vacation Bible School scheduled for July 19-23, from 9 AM to 12 PM.  If you are interested in being a volunteer for Extended Session, please call the church office at 706-629-7714 or email Emily Hurd at If you are interested in being a volunteer for VBS, please email Kelly Brittain at

Congratulations to 2021 High School Graduates: Mackenzie Banta, Andrew Barber, John Barnes, Owen Goble, Owen Hall, Emma Long, Floe Maddox, Mary Grace Osborne, Emily Scoggins, Kylee Thornton and Ethan Tibbs. We look forward to honoring our graduates next Sunday morning in the 11 AM. We will also host a luncheon in our CLC immediately following the 11 AM service for our graduates and their families.  We are also blessed to be able to offer each  graduate a $1000 scholarship as they begin their college career.  Many thanks to the following Scholarship Funds that make these gifts possible: Mathis/Walraven Fund, Allgood/McClurd Fund, JMR Fund, Legg/Hasson Fund, First Baptist Fund,  John Wayne Hall Fund, Christopher Nelson Fund, Judy Earnest Fund, Jack and Dymple Knight Fund.

The month of May marks the 7 th  year of service as our Minister of Music. Lance,  I am grateful to work alongside you in leading and serving our First Family together and to count you as a friend.  First Family, please take the time to express your gratitude to Lance and his family for their many years of service. 

I look forward to sharing a message of challenge and encouragement for our graduates next Sunday entitled, “What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?” I hope you will join your First Family as we gather for worship this Sunday. Blessings!

Pastor John



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