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Third Annual Community-Wide Easter Egg Hunt

Join us for the Third Annual Community-Wide Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 26 at 11:30am. We will get started at 11:30am at Fairdale High School’s Football Field and have separate hunts for 3 age groups. Be sure to stick around for free hot dogs food and drinks! If you have any questions, call the church office at 502-368-9053.

Many thanks to Fairdale High School and Dairy Queen for helping to make this event possible.

February Newsletter Column

Dear Church,

Time is passing us by quickly! We are already a month into 2016! And as you have heard me say often this year, our intensity and urgency must be increasing. I am sensing the power of God working in and around us.

Lately, my heart has been heavy burdened both for the people of our church and for our community that we are aiming to love and serve. I take that to be a good thing. God is leading us to draw near to Him as we walk by faith. I strongly sense that God is leading our church to focus on Him. I ask you to look fully unto Jesus and follow Him faithfully.

I want us to pray! I want us to focus on prayer and commit to praying. I want us to learn to pray and then pray expectantly. I want us to surrender all to our great God and father and boldly ask him to work through us for His glory.

Let me share with you a verse that we should all memorize. Romans 12:12: “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

I challenge you to shape your faith around this verse. I encourage you to live a life that embodies this verse.

In two weeks, we will have the “24 Hours of Prayer” again here at church. That is February19-20. Please sign up. Make it a priority. Let’s seek the Lord!

With all sincerity,

Your pastor, Josh

 

 

 

24 Hours of Prayer

Our 24 hours of prayer will begin at 5 pm on Friday, February 19, and end at 5 pm on Saturday, February 20. We need 4 people to pray in each hour. A sign-up sheet will be on the bulletin board by the church office. Prayer guides will be available as well.

January Newsletter Column

Happy New Year!

Dear Church family,

2016 is a new year and with a new year comes expectation. We are expecting God to use us for His glory this year. And while that is our prayer and heart’s desire, we must humbly admit that we do not know how God will do it. We do not know what this year will bring. James teaches us “you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life?” (James 4:14) And if we do not know about tomorrow, then we surely do not know about the upcoming year.

Not only do we not know what this year will be like for us, we do not know much at all about what this year will be like in regards to anything or anyone. There is always a bit of uncertainty about the future.

This thought has me thinking about what could happen in 2016. The Carolina Panthers could win the Super Bowl. I could lose some weight and try to get in shape. Valeria and I could have another baby. The church could get upset with me and fire me. Only some of the church could get upset with me and then start some drama and split the church. God could bless our church so much this year that we see many lives changed. We could see people believing and repenting. Many saved. Families restored. Lots of baptisms. God may very well do that! Or, I could die. It could happen. Honestly, any of that could happen. It may not, but it could. We have to trust God. Only He knows!

But you know what else could happen in 2016?

Jesus could come back!!!

He really could. I hope he does! So many people have not even considered that possibility. He really could come back this year. Do you remember how he ended His word? In Revelation 22:20 He says, “Surely I am coming soon.”

So while we do not know what will happen in 2016, we can be prepared for the possibilities. And if our Lord does return, please be ready!

With all sincerity, Pastor Josh Greene

 

 

 

 

December Newsletter Column

“Merry Christmas!”

Dear Church family,

The holiday season often stirs up wonderful childhood memories. I thank God for my mother and father and the Christmas memories my sister and I cherish from growing up.

I am not sure how you feel about Christmas. And I am sure that not everyone has the same fond memories that I do. But I do genuinely hope that you will have a Merry Christmas this year. I want that for you. I pray that for you. I am hoping and desiring that for you and your family.

I encourage you to look afresh this year at the Bible’s telling of the Christmas story. I ask you to read it again. Let it be fresh to you. I pray that it will make you merry.

I want you to remember a young couple seeking a place to stay the night. I want you to imagine their struggle. And I want you to remember that it was in that lonely outdoor setting that God came to us.

I want you to remember the Shepherds. Just another night on the job, standing in the field, taking care of the sheep. And then recall their amazement and excitement when the angels told them about the Savior’s arrival. Isn’t it fascinating to re-read and re-hear that story?

I want you to remember the baby, Jesus, lying there in the manger. Animals all around. Hay all around. Then remember that the Shepherds came and bowed down to worship Him. Why did they worship Him? They worshipped Him because He is the Savior. I want you to remember that the baby Jesus of Christmas is God. I want you to remember that God came to earth so that He could die for you and your sins. I want you to think upon that truth. I want you to believe it. I want you to smile thinking about the Christmas story, and I pray that God’s word would bless you so!

Christmas is here, and I love the Christmas story. I hope you will hear it in a fresh way, and I pray that you have a Merry Christmas!

With all sincerity, Pastor Josh Greene

 

 

November Newsletter Column

“that we love one another” – 2 John 5

Dear Church family,

The Bible is full of passages that exhort us to love one another. That expression is not something that is new to you. I am sure you have heard it before. Lately, I have been thinking about love a lot.

As you know, two of the key leaders in our church have left. These announcements from Troy Harrison and Josh Wamble have brought to mind how much I love each of them. Both Josh and Troy have been exemplary friends, encouraging brothers and excellent partners to our church and to me in life and ministry. I am going to miss them. I am reminded of how much I love them.

I want to ask you two questions:

1) Do you love your church family? And 2) Do you let your church family love you?

Do you love your church family? Are you working on getting to them know better? Are you growing in your relationships with church people? When someone is not here, do you miss them? Do you let them know that you missed them? It is my desire as the pastor that we would genuinely and sincerely love one another. In order for you to be obedient to God and in order for you to be a key part of our ministry here, loving your church family is essential.

Do you let your church family love you? Are you working on being known by others? Are you growing closer to people? Are you around enough for people to get to know you better? Are you working on being a friend to others in order that they may be a friend to you? Are you striving to do unto others as you would have them do unto you? When you miss church do you miss us? When you miss church do people reach out to you?

Jesus came and helped us understand love in such a real and personal way. It is my prayer that as you are growing in Christ you will be focused on loving one another and being loved by one another. Church, for the glory of God, lets be good at this!

With all sincerity, Pastor Josh Greene

 

 

October Newsletter Column

Thinking About My Grandkids

 Deuteronomy 6:1-9 – “that you may fear the Lord your God, you and your son and your son’s son…”

Dear Church Family,

I must admit that I have rarely, if ever, thought about my grandchildren. For clarity, I do not have any grandkids. And I do not know if I ever will have any. I feel like I just became a father, and I have yet to figure out how to parent well. And besides that, I am having a hard enough time with being 35 years old and dealing with these new gray hairs.

But the other day I was reading again that family-focused-super-rich passage in Deuteronomy 6. I am in awe of the heart, diligence and focus God has for parents in verse 7 of chapter 6: “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”  Every time I read that passage, my heart is stirred to love and lead my kids well. Again, my kids.

But as I was preparing to lead our parenting community group for church, I was struck by verse 2: “that you may fear the Lord your God, you and your son and your son’s son…” Wow! That stopped me! God is thinking about my grandchildren! God is teaching me to think about my grandchildren. God is saying that who I am now will impact my grandchildren. God is saying that how I teach and lead my son will impact my grandson. God is saying that how I teach and lead my son will influence how my son teaches and leads his son, my grandson.

Incredible! That hit me hard. As I learn the word of God and by faith obey it, I am growing in my love and fear of my Lord & Savior. And that in turn will carry over into my parenting and therefore my son’s life and faith. And that in turn will carry over into my son’s parenting and therefore my grandson’s life and faith.

God is mindful of my grandkids!  And now I am too. May God be gracious to us and our family.  For my sake, my sons’ sakes, and my grandsons’ sakes! To God be the glory!

With all sincerity,

Pastor Josh Greene

September Newsletter Column

Dear Church Family,

My heart and burden for us, God’s church, is that we would be near to God.

This desire is the desire that outweighs all other desires. God is what we need!

And lately, this is the strongest thought in my mind. I am not sure why. Maybe it is because we are at a crossroads for our church. Maybe it is because we are growing. Maybe it is because I know you all well. Maybe it is because I am near to your wins and losses and your encouragements and your discouragements. Maybe it is because God is about to move mightily in the life of our church.

Or maybe it is because I have been here so long that we may begin to get complacent. I sure hope not. We get complacent when we lose sight of God. When we lose perspective, we begin to go through the motions. We just attend. We don’t worship. We neglect our duties, our devotions and our disciplines. We get complacent when Jesus becomes routine for us. And this is scary. It concerns me for our church.

Too many churches have too many people who are involved but are not close to God. I do not want that to be us. And I do not want to pastor a church that is not close to God. I want to pastor God’s people. And God’s people are to be zealous for God, passionate about Jesus changing lives in the world. The Glory of God is an all-consuming fire, and I want to be a part of many, many people drawing close to God.

Please be warned to look for your sins. Find them. Address them. Repent of them. Turn from them. Look to Jesus. See how great He is. See how gracious and patient He is with us. Run to Him. Believe in Him. Go follow Him. Live a life that is an all out effort to get close to God.

Psalm 73:28 says “But for me it is good to be near God”

I challenge you to believe that verse and then to make that your life’s desire. James 4:8 says “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

Again, my desire is for us to be a church that helps people get near God. Let’s focus on that. You and me both. All of us together. May God draw near. May God bless us. May God fill us up.

I love you guys!

With all sincerity,
Pastor Josh Greene

99th Homecoming

You are invited to our 99th Homecoming on October 11, 2015. Our service will begin at 10:30am that morning and there will be no evening service.

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Our guest preacher will be Dr. John Mark Toby. Dr. Toby has served as the Director of Missions for Warren Association of Baptists since January 2013.  He was a Pastor for twenty-seven years and a Chaplain Colonel in the Army National Guard for the past thirty-two years.

He is a graduate of the University of the Cumberlands – Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree; Luther Rice Seminary – Doctor of Ministry degree; The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary – Master of Divinity degree; The United States Army Command and General Staff College, The United States Army Chaplain Center and School – Chaplain Officer Advanced Course & Colonel Course; Eastern Kentucky University – Bachelor of Science degree; University of Kentucky – Certificate in Business Administration; and Somerset High School.  He is a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.

He has served as the President of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, Pastor’s Conference President of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, and First Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention, and has served as a Trustee and Adjunct Professor of Missions and Ministry at the University of the Cumberlands and Kenya Baptist Theological College. He and his wife, Cathy, have been married for more than 29 years.  They have a teenage son, Daniel, and a springer spaniel named Sparkey.

August Newsletter Column

Dear Church Family,

This summer has been a good one for our church! We thank God for His blessing!

Here are some highlights:

  • VBS – Summer began in a strong way! We had our annual VBS, and it was a success! So many kids were here to grow in the love and knowledge of Jesus. As we have seen in the past, our workers came out in full-force, and we were all encouraged and built up in the faith. I think it was our best VBS in years!
  • Ecuador – Our Ecuador team had a God-centered trip. We are told it was the hardest trip yet, and still God worked mightily. Many are coming to faith in Ecuador, and our team members are stronger in their faith because of the trip. May God continue to grow our hearts and efforts for the nations to know Him.
  • Parking Lot – In usual God-fashion, the Lord is answering our prayers. What seemed to be a huge goal to attain ($35k), now is just in reach. I am humbled and excited to think that our new parking lot is this close. It has been a long time coming, but it is near. Please continue to pray that God will help us see this project to completion.
  • Pastoral Intern, Drew Dillman – It has been a blessing to have Drew serving us all summer. Drew has gotten a lot of experience in this role. Drew’s final Sunday with us will be August 16th. We look forward to him being back with us soon. Having a summer intern has been a nice step for our church. May God continue to give us opportunities like this one!
  • Prayer – The Wednesday night prayer meetings have been soul stirring and faith strengthening! God has taught us to pray, and He has told us to do it always! Our desire to obey him and pray a lot is very encouraging. Thank you for being a prayerful church! On August 14-15, we will do another 24 hours of prayer. If you are able, please sign up for a slot.
  • Anticipation – We do not merely look back at a good summer. We leave the summer months ready for a Godward fall season! Now is the time for us love and serve our best. Now is the time for us to proclaim Jesus! Who will be saved in the coming months? Who will find a church home here with us?

I am praying for us as we move into the next season of 2015. May God’s hand be upon us. We need Him. May He use us here for His glory!

With all sincerity,

Pastor Josh Greene

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