Greetings in the grace and mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  I trust that you are doing well as you read this note.  As we approach this season I wanted to remind you of the Apostle Paul’s words to the Colossian church:


Colossian 2:6-7

6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,

7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.


We, as God’s children, have a lot to be thankful for.  As I reflect over all that God has blessed us with, my heart truly does “abound with thanksgiving.”  While I know God desires to hear the requests of His children’s heart, I wanted encourage you to take some time out each day and thank the Lord for His goodness and faithfulness.  Perhaps you already do this, and if so, praise the Lord. However, sometimes with the busyness of life I know this very important “prayer of praise” gets left out of our daily lives.     


This month at NTBC I wanted to highlight a couple of special things we have planned:

- Thursday, 12/15 - Swamp Johns meal plates for sale to raise money for our 2017 mission trip to Uganda.  Meals can be picked up from 4-7 pm at Grace Baptist Church (across from the Sumiton Walmart)

- Sunday, 12/18 - You are invited to go caroling with us in the Corner/Bagley community!  The bus will leave New Temple at 3:00 pm.

- Wednesday, 12/21, 6:30pm - Carols & Candles.  Don't miss this wonderful, church-wide celebration of the birth of our Savior!  (The Narrow Way Student Ministry Christmas party will be held in the youth area immediately following the service.)  REMINDER TO STUDENTS...Bring a wrapped gift (limit $20) and a package of diapers-(size 2 and up) AND/OR baby wipes for the Mission of Hope.

-Thursday, 12/22 - The church office will be closed.
                            - Children's Choir will be performing at the Birmingham Zoo - THE KIDS WILL NEED TO BE
                                AT THE CHURCH AT 3:45 PM...THE BUS WILL LEAVE PROMPTLY AT 4:00 PM

-Sunday, 12/25 - 10:00 am communion service

-Monday, 12/26 - The church office will be closed.



These are special days at New Temple Baptist church, and I am thrilled to be part of what God is doing in our community to, “reach another generation for the glory of Jesus Christ.”  God bless. 


For His Glory,

Bro. J.J.