Upcoming Activities and Events:
Press towards the mark!
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:
but this one thing I do,
forgetting those things which are behind,
and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
(KJV, Philippians 3;13-14)
Call to Glory Publication - As you may be noticing, our very own Pastor Earl Beal has become more & more a featured author in the Christian publication, Call to Glory. Again, in August, Pastor Beal's writing is found on the second day of the month! We are blessed (and spoiled) to hear him every week! Praise the Lord that the Lord is utilizing our Pastor to reach far beyond Fort Madison and into the hearts and minds of those that need the Lord!
Missionary Aries Gonzales - Welcome to our Partner in Missions to the country of the Philippians, Bro. Aries Gonzales, and his wife! Bro. Gonzales will be preaching during our Evening Worship Service, sharing what the Lord is doing in the Philippians and what the Lord has laid upon his heart to do. Please come to encourage him with your attendance and your JOYFUL hand of fellowship!
All-Church Fellowship - Please JOIN US following the Evening Worship Service to give wisdom, HUGS, and much JBC love to our three college students to Pensacola Christian College: Wayne Briggs III, Denise Turrisi and her husband, Andrea Turrisi. We will miss them very much! We will have PIZZA and ICE-CREAM sundaes. We encourage each family to bring finger-food to share. We will have a SUPER time of fellowship!
Missionary Bryon Johnson - Please JOIN us to meet our guest, Bro. Bryon Johnson ~ Missionary to Brazil! Bro. Johnson will share his calling and burden for the country of Brazil. He will be preaching during our Wednesday Evening Worship Service. Please come to hear the very present need in Brazil!
Armour-Bearers - Teens, Let's stay fine-tuned for our tasks at hand. The school year is fast approaching (August 23rd). Please INVITE your friends for Armour-Bearers this week! Let's "sound the battle cry" for Christ. Jesus gives us the victory! Stand fast!
Visitation - Please JOIN US on Thursdays at 6:00pm for Visitation, meeting in the Pastor's office! Don't be helping the 'losing team' by staying home! Though Satan's destruction is certain, he wants to take as many of us with him. But, eternity's Lake of Fire was not built for 'us' expressly. The Word says, "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." (KJV 2 Peter 3:9). "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (KJV, John 3:16)
School Days - Please pray for our Youth as they begin the new school term. They have many conflicts to battle in these sinful times. They need our constant encouragement in the Lord, prayer, and helpful hands in the ministries for them in the church.
September to Remember - Please join us for ALL of our special Sundays geared for the unique relationships in your life. Please begin to reach out to those people around you and INVITE! Everyone is always welcome at Joy Baptist Church! Our facility is handicapped-accessible. We have nursery-care for all of our services (with beeper service for our parents). We provide a shuttle bus and vans for transportation for our Sunday Morning Service but are ALWAYS willing to provide additional transportation for all of our services. Simply, call our church office at 319-372-8008 for a ride!
- September 2 - Labor (work colleagues & business connections!)
- September 9 - Neighbor (everyone that lives near you!)
- September 16 - Friend (confidants, buddies, FB pals, etc.)
- September 23 - Family (DNA, raised you, adopted you!)
- September 30 - Seniors (If older than the speed limit!)
Are YOU going to heaven? The Bible tells us that we are all sinners; we were born into a carnal, sinful body. Jesus Christ ~ the Almighty Creator and Son of God ~ came to earth from His throne to provide the world 'a means of escape' from their duty to pay for their sins. He paid for their sins....with His life. He was pure and sinless. He offered Himself as a lamb of sacrifice to pay for every man's sins (if they would call upon Him to do so). It is a FREE gift to YOU but it certainly was not cheap. But like every gift, it must be received and our old ways repented. If you would like to go to heaven, please DO NOT HESITATE to call us at Joy Baptist Church (319-372-8008 / 470-3999) for more information about what Jesus did for you and how quickly this day YOU can be saved and on your way to heaven! We do not know the day or hour that Jesus will return for His saints, or even how many breaths we are allotted on this earth. The scriptures tell us that our life is but a vapor. Do not postpone this MAJOR decision.
Teen Campers & Parents - Everyone going to Teen Camp (in two weeks!) at the Bill Rice Ranch in Murfreesboro, TN ~ please meet at the piano following our Morning Worship Service. Thanks!