Dear Church Family,
We are within a few weeks of this year’s annual meeting, Monday, October 1st at Philippi Baptist Church, and I hope to see your church represented there. As a reminder, the business session will start at 5:30 pm for pastors and messengers with meal provided (Please RSVP for the meal). Following the business session, general registration is at 6:45 pm followed by 7:00 pm Worship Celebration for all. I am sure you will be blessed by this year’s special guest speaker for the Worship Celebration, Pastor Joey Hanner of Union #3 Baptist Church, Gadsden, Alabama. In 1995, Joey was a trucker with a failing marriage. On their 12th wedding anniversary, both ended up at the alter crying out to God. They were saved that day! Joey was mentored and discipled by a pastor, and then he became a youth pastor. Eventually God moved Joey to be the pastor of a dying church of 12 people in rural Alabama. Come hear the rest of the story! God is moving in a mighty and humbling way in this church. God is not only doing a great work in Joey’s church, but through his people in our city, state, country, and foreign mission fields.
As you consider the missions impact plan for your church, I would like to highlight the Golden Offering for Tennessee Missions (GOTM) that has been reaching the needs of Tennesseans statewide which includes several ministries right here at home. This offering, sponsored by the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, has been helping to fund CrossNet Baptist Network ministries including: Ocoee Outreach, Christian Women’s Job Corp, Bold Going Jail Ministry, Church Revitalization, Disaster Relief Missions, our local Baptist Collegiate Ministry, and more. Most recently, more than 150 CrossNet volunteers participating in the Puerto Rico Disaster Relief mission trips were benefactors of $200.00 scholarships through this Golden Offering. Please prayerfully evaluate giving to this ministry opportunity that reaches so many diverse areas and people groups in Tennessee.
Most of the Annual Church Profile (ACP) packets have been picked up now at the CrossNet office. If your church contact has not done so, please have your ACP contact do so at their convenience. The deadline to have these forms to our office is Friday, September 14th (noon). These packets contain a form for your VBS data which we need back at the office soon after your Vacation Bible School has concluded.
Additionally, disaster relief work via Send Relief Puerto Rico is still ongoing. God is using many volunteers of all ages to minister to the people of Puerto Rico both physically and spiritually. You do not need to be DR certified to participate although that will be a plus. If you are interest in going on a Puerto Rico mission trip, email Randy at email@example.com or call the CrossNet Baptist Network Office at 423-476-5493.
Thank you for your partnership!