“Guilty Plea Sets Inmate Free” was the headline of a story in the Chicago Tribune about a man who was imprisoned eight years before cutting a deal with the state’s attorney so that the time he served satisfied his sentence.
What might strike us first about that headline is to think, “Another criminal gets off with a plea bargain!”
But if we think about it, that headline describes all of us who are Christians. We, too, are guilty, but have been set free.
Our freedom in Christ is not in a plea of innocence, but in an admission of guilt. Our stories may be different, but the headline “Guilty Plea Sets Inmate Free” fits us perfectly.
The Thanksgiving season challenges us to acknowledge all the things God has done for us. So we count our blessings and give thanks to the One who provided them for us. As we do that, let us remember our greatest blessing in that that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom. 5:8) The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23) And that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
(I John 1:9)
Our guilty plea set us free! Happy Thanksgiving!
With love, Pastor Scott
VOLLEYBALL is at 7:00 pm at Stevenson School. For More info, contact Dave Look @ 429-0719.
Y. A. M. (YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY) Meets 6-8 p.m. in the SRBC Sunday School Wing. This is for
young adults after High School Graduation through 30 + years old. More info contact Jim Look @ 256-6456 or Mary Ann Stemley @ 253-3375
AWANA meets every Wednesday evening at 6:05 pm. We have activities for 3 year olds through High School, September through May. Come and join in the fun.
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY meets in the Seekers class room every Tuesday Morning at 9:30 am to delve into God’s Word and enjoy fellowship with other Christian women. (Sept – May)
S. R. V. (SOUL REVOLUTION) is for 7th grade through High School. They meet every Sunday evening at 6:30 pm in the youth room downstairs across from
S.A.S. (SENIORS AT SERVICE) ~ 1st Friday
Meet at 12:30 p.m. the first Friday of the month. The senior members of the church and friends meet at different restaurants for a dine-out. The next one is on November 2. We will meet @ Christopher’s Restaurant. For more info, contact Shirley Fall @ 254-2484.
2nd Saturday Join us as we resume Women’s breakfast after the first of the year for great food, a devotional time and good Christian fellowship with other ladies of the church.
TEAM AND CHURCH COUNCIL MEETINGS
Team meetings and Church Council meetings are usually held the third Tuesday of the month. Team Meetings will start @ 7 pm and the Church Council Meeting @ 8 pm. Due to our busy holiday schedule, the next Board meetings will follow Messy Church on the second Tuesday of this month, November 13.
MESSY CHURCH ~ 2nd Tuesday
Join us Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 5:30 pm for Messy Church – a relaxed and informal church!
Messy Church is all about welcoming people of all ages to come and have fun together. No one is too young or too old to join in. Expect a chance to be creative, exploring the theme of the day. Then what could be better than to celebrate together! Finally, everyone sits down to share and enjoy a meal. It’s all free and there is something for everyone. Why not come and join us? *Note: If you are under 16, you will need to bring an adult with you. For questions, call the church office at (937) 252-5311 or email us at email@example.com.
MEN’S BREAKFAST ~ 1st Saturday
(October – June)
The men of the church meet the first Saturday of each month for a time in God’s word and fellowship with other Christian men of the church.
Make plans now to attend our Community Christmas Cantata, “The King Is Here!” The cantata will be Sunday evening, December 16, starting at 7:00 p.m. Invite a neighbor or family member!
Awana is for children age 2-12th grade. We meet Wednesday nights from 6:05-7:30pm. Wow, now how did it get to be November already? What happened to October? It seems to have almost flown by. October was a busy month in the life of our club. We grew in size from September, met some new friends, welcomed back some old friends, and are having fun learning more about Jesus our Savior.
Our Puggles club has doubled in size. They look so cute going off to class to learn who Jesus is and how he loves them, led by Miss Mallorie and Miss Kelly.
On Saturday, Oct. 6, four of our Awana leadership team members were refilling their tanks at the Awana Leaders Conference in
Grove City, OH.
On Saturday, Oct. 13, 12 of our TnT clubbers and 5 adult leaders attended Junior Jam, an annual event held at Cedarville University for kids in grades 3-6. We had fun and were amazed by speaker Clayton Poland, who encouraged us through combined fun, humor, hilarious stories, encouragement and life-changing truth to focus on the good stuff that leads us to the Cross.
On Wednesday the 17th, we had a fire drill called and practiced exiting the building quickly, quietly and safely, before returning to resume club. Rock on, we did it!
On Wednesday, Oct. 24, clubbers arrived eager to sport the self-generated hair styles in support of our theme, “Crazy Hair Night.” Clubbers and leaders ushered in a new style of hair care with Crazy Hair Night at club. It was another night of fun and Bible learning complete with prizes and, yes, some interesting hair.
November will be dedicated to giving. Clubbers have been asked to fill and bring in shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, and will be asked to bring in non-perishable foods to help stock our food pantry to give love and food to the needy in our Church, neighborhood and community for the holidays.
There will be NO club on Wednesday, Nov. 21, for all to give Thanks with their families. Club will resume Wednesday, Nov. 28, where we will also open the first Awana store of the year for clubbers to get their first experience with the treasures the store shelves hold!
Thank you to all volunteer listeners who are helping our clubbers learn God’s word so they can begin hiding it in their hearts. We ask that you continue to partner with us by praying for everyone involved in club each week, and for future clubbers that will visit our club.
Thank you for your continued support in this ministry! Because kids matter to God!
Cool with Christ
Tere Sharp, Co-Commander
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PLAY
SRBC's annual Children's Christmas program is quickly approaching and is scheduled for Sunday, December 9, at 7 pm with refreshments to follow. Please mark your calendars!
It is for children pre-K through 6th grade. All children at SRBC are invited to be a part of the 2018 Christmas program, “Evening News Hour.” We are practicing each Sunday morning during the Children’s Church portion of the morning service. It is very important that your child be at as many practices as possible. It is not too late to become part of this program.
For questions please contact Colleen Goodman or Tere Sharp.
YOUTH GROUP BONFIRE & LOCK-IN
All students (Grades 7-12) are invited to a Bonfire & Lock-In on Friday, November 16th! We will be lighting things up with a bonfire at the residence of Greg & Kelly Bush, where we will spend a few hours before heading back to SRBC for the rest of the night lock-in! Games and more are planned for this great night of fun. Food will be provided. See youth leaders for further details.
We are attempting to gear up for our Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets. These are some of the things our food pantry is in need of: flour, sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, instant potatoes, stuffing mix, Town House/Ritz crackers, sweet potatoes, gravy, spaghetti, dry beans, cranberries, Jello, pasta, cans or packet of chicken, tuna, or spam, toilet paper, paper towel. Your donations are gratefully appreciated!
Our annual Harvest Dinner will be on Sunday, November 18, starting at 6:00 pm. Please bring your favorite Thanksgiving style dishes to share with your church family. Turkey and beverages will be provided.
This year, instead of a separate Thanksgiving service on Tuesday night, we will have a special time of devotions and sharing as a part of our Harvest Dinner.
2018 SRBC Women’s Retreat
Theme: “Embrace Grace”
Place: Bergamo Center- 4400 Shakertown Rd.
When: Friday, November 9 6-9:30 pm
Saturday, November 10 8am-5 pm
Cost: $30 (retreat only) $62 (overnight double room, $80 (single)
Meals: Breakfast and lunch on Saturday.
Please bring a snack to share for Friday night.
See Mary Ann Stemley or Colleen Goodman for more information.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Give a wonderful Christmas to a child in another part of the world. Pack a shoebox full of gifts and bring it in to the church no later than November 18. There are a limited number of Operation Christmas Child boxes available, or you can just use a regular shoebox of your own.
DABA ANNUAL FALL GATHERING
On Sunday evening, 5:00 PM, Nov 4, 2018, the Dayton Area Baptist Association (DABA) will have its Annual Fall Gathering at our own Spinning Road Baptist Church. This event follows the one at Omega Baptist Church last year, and will basically consist of a dinner at 5:00 PM and an inspirational service at 6:00 PM. We should be finished by about 7:00 PM. If you can’t make all of it, make what you can. Our speaker will be Rev. Mark Click, the new Co-Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio.
The dinner will be potluck, with various churches providing the different courses. Spinning Road will provide the meat and bread, so please contact Dave Look, Penny Taylor, or June McLean if you’re willing to contribute. Finally, please sign up on the sheet in the foyer so we can get an idea of how many will be attending. This should be a wonderful evening of fellowship, so please join in.
HANGING OF THE GREEN
Come help us decorate our church building for Christmas on November 25, starting at 7:00 pm. After we finishing decorating, we sing Christmas carols in the lighted sanctuary and then enjoy some refreshments together downstairs.
On November 4, we will have a special business meeting after our morning worship service. The purpose of the meeting will be to vote on approving the proposed 2019 budget and slate of officers that were presented at the quarterly business meeting.