Thanksgiving Service Recap

Hey Y’all,


Hope each and every one had a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.


If you were not able to attend the joint Thanksgiving Eve service with Chapel Park and Hillsdale, then you missed a real blessing of encouragement. We had a great turnout from all three churches. The collection of non-perishable food items for the Baptist Fellowship Center exceeded expectations. During the service, time was given for individuals to share their testimonies of thanksgiving in the Lord, which were a tremendous encouragement to all who were present. We were challenged by the message from Psalm 118 to Call Upon the Lord in Our Distress, Find Refuge in the Lord, Trust in the Lord, and Give Thanks unto the Lord all because He is good and His Faithful Love Endures Forever! After the service, Chapel Park hosted everyone for refreshments allowing time for us to deepen our bonds of fellowship.

It was very encouraging to see a good crowd turning out from Ralph Avenue. Among our group were some of our students, which was very uplifting to see. There was, also, much talk afterwards of doing this joint service again next year. We will certainly aim to do that very thing.  Though the service went well overall, there were a few specifics that we can learn from and improve upon for next year.  Any feedback you might have would be greatly appreciated. Again, thank you for representing Ralph Avenue very well!


On Sunday, December 11th, we will have our annual Thanksgiving/Christmas Dinner after the morning service.  The meat, green beans, potatoes, bread, & drink will be provided.  You are welcome to bring any other side items like salad, veggies, or dessert that you would like.  That same day we will also be collecting canned fruit for our White Christmas that supports the Baptist Fellowship Center along with mittens for our Mitten Tree.  We would love for you to join us on that day along with others that you may invite.


It is that time of year again that we focus our missions giving toward the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering in order to help the gospel resound throughout the nations. The LMCO goes to fund the International Mission Board, which is the arm of the Southern Baptist Convention that partners with us as local churches to train, send, and sustain missionaries on the mission field around the world. The week of prayer for IMB missionaries will December 4th – 11th, however, we will be taking the offering throughout the month of December.


Jut to help us understand more of the costs of doing mission work, here is the average cost of supporting a missionary: $58,200 annually, $4,850 monthly, $1,119 weekly, & $159 daily.  These expenses include housing, salary, children’s education, medical expenses, retirement, & more. Will you commit to pray about how you can give this year to help the gospel resound throughout the nations by giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering? 


Thank you for all your prayers as I faced another kidney stone.  In hindsight it truly was God’s protecting providence that led Martha & I to decide, for a host of reasons, not to travel for Thanksgiving this year. Praise God we were not traveling at the time!  God is good! God is good all the time! May God bless each one of you!


Grace & Peace,

Bro. Samuel