August rests at the crossroads of celebration and anticipation.
We have so much to celebrate from this summer:
In June, we welcomed more than 100 children from our congregation and community to the Babylon Vacation Bible School. More than 60 volunteers helped these children to experience the love of God and learn about the importance of faith. During this special week, seeds were planted that will bear fruit in the lives of these little ones for years to come.
In July, we celebrated our freedoms with our church family during the Patriotic Pops Picnic. We gave thanks to God for our country, singing familiar songs and watching as the children paraded through our Fellowship Hall. We sent mission teams to New York to share God’s love through kid’s camps and another team to Tijuana to show God’s love through construction work and caring ministry in this impoverished community. Our youth participated in Passport Camp, growing deeper in their faith and serving others with compassion. Twenty-six of our 3rd-5th grade children travelled to Passport Kids to worship, to learn, and to serve together.
We have so much to anticipate this fall:
In August, we will have our Kick-Off Sunday as children shift to new school classrooms and Sunday School Classes. We will ask God to bless not only our students, but also the teachers, staff members, and administrators from our schools. We will also remember that we are all called to learn and to study the scriptures. On Wednesday Nights, our adults will study the Bible by looking at the four gospels. Our youth will continue to ask questions together and seek answers using the scriptures and their stories. Our children will begin a new season of choir and missions engagement.
In September, we look forward to “Prime,” a wonderful evening filled with food and entertainment. The theme for the Fall event is “Broadway Review” and will include singers from Smoke Rise as well as FBC Decatur. Young Adults will participate in a Marriage Retreat at Calloway Gardens on September 21-23 led by Bo and Gail Prosser. Our “travel team” is preparing for an exciting two-night trip to Flat Rock/Hendersonville, NC.
In October, we will celebrate missions with special presentations on Wednesday nights and Mission Sunday, scheduled for October 14. Women of Smoke Rise will enjoy a retreat to the Georgia Mountains to build closer relationships with God and each other. On October 24, our church will host Octoberfest which is always an excellent outreach to our community and a lot of fun!
This is an exciting time to be a part of the Smoke Rise Baptist Church Family…
Celebrate. Anticipate. Plan. Prepare. Participate. Pray.
– Chris George – Senior Pastor