Dear Fellow Pastor,
I hope this email finds you in good health and prospering in the Lord.
Beyond a shadow of a doubt, we have been blessed beyond measure because God has spared us from the ravages of Dorian; however, our friends in the Bahamas who suffered the wrath of the Hurricane were not so fortunate. Many of our churches have already responded to the initial need for Hurricane Relief by sending food, water, supplies, and money through Rick Schuessler's Champs Missions ministry or some other organization. In addition to what we have already done, it is imperative that our State make plans for what we should do long-term to help the devastated people of the Bahamas. There are people in our churches who would love to go on a Disaster Relief/Missions Trip to help rebuild the lives and homes of the people in the Bahamas, and we need to afford them an opportunity to do just that. Please bring some ideas with you to our next meeting at 10:00 am on Monday, Oct. 14th, and we will discuss our options.
We are planning to feed you well, both physically and spiritually. Some people eat to live and others of us live to eat! Being one who loves to eat, it has been ordained that we will once again feast at our Annual Chinese Buffet at Palmetto Avenue Baptist Church in Sanford. Plan to bring a hefty appetite and a friend with a hefty appetite.
The spiritual food will be served up by long-time ministers of the Gospel from right here in our State. George Mulford, Pastor of Grace Bible Baptist in Leesburg, has served as the Lead Pastor there for 28 years. He is a product of the ministry of Pastor John McCall and Faith Baptist Church of Sarasota. Believe it or not, George was a long-haired drummer in a rock band when God miraculously saved him! He always brings a good message from the Lord. Also, we have invited Pastor Brian Brown to speak for us. He grew up in a pastor's home, under the ministry of Pastor Harold Ramsey at New Testament Baptist Church in Largo. Brian is presently a staff consultant at LifePoint Church in Tampa, as well as, a minister with the Pasco County Sheriff's Dept. He recently preached at our Youth Back-to-School Activity where eleven young people became Christ Followers. He will certainly give us something to feast on. Lastly, we have invited Mrs. Andrea Krazeise, the director of the Pregnancy Center of Sanford, to share with us what we can do as Pastors to "make a difference" in the lives of young women who desperately need some good, godly direction to make wiser choices in the future.
Well, that's my story, and I'm stickin' to it! I hope you will make every effort to be a part of this meeting. The preaching, fellowship, and food will be worth your time to travel to this event. I am looking forward to seeing you at our church.
May God's richest blessings be yours.
Pastor Ron Williams
Palmetto Avenue Baptist Church/Church at the GYM
2626 S. Palmetto Avenue
Sanford, FL 32773
I am excited to let you know that Pastor William Nieto of Avalon Church (Spanish) will be hosting our next meeting. The speakers for the day will be Dustin Janney of Orlando Baptist Church and Pastor Don Dodge of Avalon Church. (English) Pastor Nieto will be asking the Spanish congregation ladies to whip up pernil/lechon, with arroz con gandules and fried plantains….hope you are hungry. The meeting will begin at 10 am and we should have you on the road by 1 pm.
I am excited about our next meeting on May 13th at OBC! Pastor Dustin Janney is going to focus on discipleship and mentoring in the meeting. He has asked Jim Groves from Avalon Church to speak. Also speaking is Arthur Goncalves twho is now serving at the church at Heathrow with Ward Hodges.
Whether you want to be a better mentor to upcoming ministers, or you need to develop relationships with other pastors who will mentor you, this is the time and place for you. Everything begins at 10 am and will wrap up after lunch at 1 pm.
Location: 500 S Semoran Blvd, Orlando, FL 32807
I am super blessed to be able to host this month's Fellowship Meeting at Cornerstone Church
in Davenport. Come early for refreshments and fellowship if you are nearby, otherwise we will begin at 10 a.m. Our first speaker will be Dr. David Anderson
from Faith Baptist Church
in Sarasota. Dave will be speaking on doctrinal integrity in a digital age. With the vast resources at our fingertips, how do we source solid Bible teachers? This will be a great topic for all of us who seek resources for preaching each week. Our second speaker is Greg Peters
of Parkview Church
in Palm Coast. Greg will be preaching from the book of Ezra on the tension between the sovereign moves of God and the reality of human push-back. We will wrap up the meeting with a catered lunch by Chick-fil-a. We are looking forward to a great day, we hope you will be able to join us!
Joel L. Johns, Pastor
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