Tomorrow night, November 20, is our annual Community Thanksgiving Service. Here is the evening’s schedule for students:
5:30pm – Dinner in the Fellowship Hall
6:15pm – Instructions and Expectations
Students will be placed into groups of at least 3, with at least 1 being a male. They are to stay together at all times while serving. We will have men from our church walking around the parking lot and keeping an eye on our students. Students will be serving by carrying bags of groceries for folks who attend the service.
6:30pm – Time of Serving
7:15pm – The End of the Evening
*While our students (6th-12th grade) will be in the Fellowship Hall for the evening, our children who are involved with the Kid’s Choir will be in A200. If you are the parent of a child in Kid’s Choir, you will have to pick them up in person. They will not release a child without the parent being there.
This coming Sunday (October 27) afternoon is the Tabernacle Fall Family Fun Fest at Dellinger Park! The fun begins at 4:00pm and concludes at 6:00pm. There will be dinner served at the event and part of the desert will come from the Men’s Bake-Off that will be taking place. Men, you can sign up for the bake off at the TBC Facebook page (which can be found here). There will be prizes awarded in various categories. There will also be inflatables for the kids, popcorn and KONA ice, frisbee and flag football for students, and much more. This event is a church wide fellowship for all members, guests, and families of Tabernacle Baptist Church.
Here are the 10 steps to having an amazing quiet time that we went over at IGNITE a couple weeks ago:
1| MAKE IT A DATE
- Be intentional to set some time aside each day to spend with God.
- When are you most focused, alert, and quiet? (That’s a good time to have a quiet time)
2| BE READY
- Have everything you’ll need with you when you begin. (Bible, journal, pen, highlighter, etc.)
- Check your attitude and mindset before you begin. Go in ready to learn something new and believing that God wants to teach you something.
3| CHOOSE A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN BE ALONE WITH GOD
- Being in a place where you can be alone and uninterrupted makes all the difference in the world.
4| REMOVE DISTRACTIONS
- Get rid of all distractions and interruptions. (cell phone, computer, tv, etc.)
- Be intentional about giving this time to God.
5| PREPARE YOUR HEART
- Spend some time being quiet before God before you dive into His Word.
- Allow Him to prepare your heart and mind, guide you, and speak to you.
6| KEEP IT SIMPLE
- Start out slow, steady, and small.
- Don’t overcommit yourself to a demanding reading plan or schedule.
- Start with a few verses or a chapter rather than multiple chapters a day.
7| MEDITATE ON WHAT YOU’VE READ
- Spend some time thinking about what you read.
- Read the verse/passage over and over.
- Words. Listen to them. Think about them. Look at them. (Promises? Commands? Warnings? Etc.)
8| WRITE DOWN WHAT STANDS OUT
- After meditating, return to the verse/passage that you read, and write down the things that stand out to you.
- Write down what your thinking and feeling. (How does this promise make you feel? How should I respond to this command? Etc.)
- Allow God to respond to you, from what you’ve just read.
- How can I live out what I just read?
- Ask the Holy Spirit to guide and convict you.
- Give thanks to God and spend time prayer for others.
10| STAY ON TRACK
- Find an accountability partner.
- Check in with each other weekly to make sure you have both been spending time with God.
And there you go, 10 steps to having an amazing quiet time. And to give credit where credit is due, I found these 10 steps in an article I read a few weeks back (that can be found here, specifically pages 27-28).
On Saturday, October 26 we have an awesome night planned for our middle school students (and their friends if they want to bring them). The night will start off at 5:00pm at the church with dinner. We will be grilling out hamburgers and hotdogs and this meal is free. Following dinner, we will leave the church (at 5:30pm) and head to Cagle’s Family Farm. Once we arrive at Cagle’s Family Farm, the real fun will begin because the folks at Cagle’s have created a corn maze with around three miles of paths. For the record, this corn maze is NOT haunted. It is what it says it is, a maze (you can see the layout at Cagle Family Farm’s website). Students will enter the maze in groups and I promise you, they will have a blast! Tickets for the maze cost $10. After all the students have been through the maze, we will head back to the church, and hopefully return to TBC around 10:00pm.
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Saturday, October 26
Cagle’s Family Farm
This event is for middle school students (6th-8th grade).