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Randy led us in a wonderful worship experiencethis past Sunday! Thanks to all those involvedincluding the choir, orchestra, instrumentalists, and mediacrew. Thanks to those who made his retirementbrunch a wonderful event as well. We had a good timelast Sunday evening at our Valentine’s Banquet, aswell. Thanks to those who decorated, cooked, andserved. It was an emotional Sunday, but it was good.With two retirements in less than two weeks,we as a church family are officially in a season ofchange. Part of that change will involve the opportunityto hear from some different writers in this space.Change can be exciting, but if you’re like me, we tendto be creatures of habit. With so many phobias outthere, I knew there had to be a name for the fear ofchange. While there are several terms for the fear ofchange or newness according to the internet, but myfavorite was, “cainotophobia.” That’s your word for theday. Try to work that into a conversation. Example:“Well, Bill, the wife really wants to remodel our masterbathroom, but I just don’t want to. I don’t know, maybeit’s just my cainotophobia.” Or another: “Every time I gothat restaurant, I always order the same thing. I know Ishould try something different, but I just can’t on accountof my cainotophobia.” You get the idea.The thing is, as believers, we know that allchange is under the Lord’s control. The PersonnelCommittee has the weighty task of filling three key staffpositions, including pastor, but God is in control. Maywe as a church be faithful to pray for the PersonnelCommittee as they seek the Lord’s guidance. But maywe also rest in the fact that God is in control. Churchleadership may change, but our mission as a churchremains the same: “Loving God and One Another,Sharing Jesus with the World.” We are to be growingdisciples of Jesus who make other disciples of Jesus.That task will never change until the Lord returns! Soregarding the changes we face, may we be encouragedby Paul’s words from Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not beanxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayerand petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests toGod. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,will guard your hearts and your minds inChrist Jesus.” And may cainotophobia have no place atNorth Shelby Baptist Church! The Lord is working andexciting things are ahead.Thanks,Jon Jeffries
Good morning everyone! I want to start off by saying THANKS to everyone for all of the sweet support, cards, encouraging words, hugs, and gifts that you have given me and Vicki. Not only the last few weeks but over the twenty years we have been at North Shelby. You have become and are our family, and that will never change regardless of our status at North Shelby! There are sooooo many things I want to say but not enough time or space to remember them all. Also, I know I will leave out someone so let me just say it has been an exciting twenty years. We have seen so many good times from Disaster Relief, Easter Pageants, Ridgecrest Music Workshops, Piano Conferences, Staff Yearly Planning Meetings, Extravaganzas, Fall Festivals, Revivals, Special Event Services, Recitals, Student, Children, Adult Gatherings, Orchestra and even Choir Practices! I have seen our church grow in families, programs, and even staff but the family feel has not changed. That is commendable, and something that needs to be continue. I remember in the early days of my ministry here we would be in a meeting and we decided to do something new and the phrase heard was, “we’ve never done that before” that was always exciting, new ground, new adventures, new growth. Different from many churches that say “we’ve never done it like that before,” typically meaning we can’t and don’t want to do it like that. After twenty-four years, there are a lot of things we have done, however I feel the same spirit of even if we have done something the church is open to new ideas as well as new ways, or approaches to doing things, and that is commendable. I am pleased to have met the two men that are taking my place, Chris Byrd in the Administration area, and John Boozer in the Music area. I’m sure they will do things different from me but both are very capable men and will do a good job at North Shelby Baptist Church. May God Bless each of you in the days ahead. North Shelby will for ever be in mine and Vicki’s memory and prayers!
I will always love you, Randy Tingle
I do not think I am the best pastor NSBC could have had, but I have been the blessed pastor NSBC has had. We came from eight years of trying to be “church planters” on a volcanic rock Caribbean island, breaking ground, learning the language and culture, becoming acceptable to fellow islanders, preaching Jesus. We came to be “church planters” in Shelby County, to NSBC, a church well along in the process, though still with “mission” characteristics—no permanent meeting site, no long-term ministry team, a mixture of donated chairs, hymnals, offering plates, pulpit and Lord’s Supper table.
Most of the time, it was fun to make-do. We put up walls together in one of the shopping center storefronts for adult Sunday School classes. Moving to the former Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church site, we built a boardwalk to connect our trailers and built classrooms and a large stage in the “Butler Building” worship center. We have developed fruitful ministries and have seen miraculous divine provision here on Double Oak Mountain.
NSBC has been kind to Mary and me. We did not have a reception when we married in a hospital chapel in 1973, but you gave us a sweet reception for our 25th Anniversary in June 1998. When daughter Joy drowned in June 1999, you consoled and loved us. You gave us a month’s sabbatical in June 2000—to travel to Tapachula, Mexico, to see where Joy died. On the church’s 15th Anniversary, 2008, you gave us a trip to Israel, what a blessing for any preacher and any Christian!
I consider myself a “jack of all trades” as a pastor and “a master of none,” a fair counselor, a fair administrator, and a fair preacher (“plain vanilla,” as I say). About all I know to do well is to love the church, to know you and to serve you.
This past Sunday, you overwhelmed us with a beautiful retirement reception, tremendous Gospel music, and such loving words!
I will always love you, Brother Allan
PS: Welcome Bubba & Rachelle Green, Bella Green; Alan & Renae Miller, with their kids: Lacey, Colt, and Anderson; Lisa Spainhoward, Sabie Vanhorne, and John Caleb & Jessica Threadcraft, with their kids: Shea Keenan and Noah, into the NSBC family! Come for my final Sunday, January 28, and final Wednesday, January 31—free fried chicken! (Tell us that you’re coming to be sure we have enough chicken.)
Uh oh! I knew it was coming, but it is here—2018 and the final month of my service as your pastor. In some ways, it is like a visit to the dentist or other doctor; you know you need it, you want to find out how you’re doing, but there is trepidation.
I love being your pastor. Have you noticed? I tell you every week! I want to find out how I have done, what kind of disciples I have made in 23 years with you. That will be shown by how you “walk” without me. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples—baptizing them and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded.” I am rooting for you to do better without me than while I have been with you.
I have four Sunday mornings and evenings and five Wednesday evenings. The Sunday morning sermons will continue the I Am a Church Member series. We have considered “I Will Be a Functioning Church Member” and “I Will Be a Unifying Church Member.” This Sunday, we consider “I Will Be an Unselfish Church Member.”
You were so kind to send Christmas greetings to me and all of us on your church staff! Wow! What services we have enjoyed! The Children’s Choir and individual church members on December 3, the Church Choir (with Student Ensemble, Children’s Choir, and orchestra) on December 10, and then the Four-Piano Concert (with Church Choir and orchestra) on December 17—all the best ever! The Christmas Eve Candles, Carols, & Communion service is always a highlight of the church year. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Has not our Lord blessed us! We also had the joy of several coming to Christ and coming forward for baptism. End-of-the-year giving was outstanding. We ended 2017 by meeting our Church Budget goal and begin 2018 strong! Keep giving. Our 2018 mission projects begin soon.
I love you, Brother Allan
PS: Welcome Lilah Warren, Brian Jones and Tori Jones into the North Shelby Baptist Church family.
I got the idea from my aunt’s Presbyterian church, before my first pastorate during college—a Christmas Eve service with the Lord’s Supper, early enough to be before a family dinner and late enough for those who work to come by on their way home—5:00 to 5:45 pm. My good friend and preaching predecessor here at North Shelby Baptist Church, Brother Gene Nail, did not serve the Lord’s Supper on Christmas Eve, but I think it helps keep the Babe in the Manger in sight of the Savior on the Cross, the “Reason for the Season.” This Sunday, December 24, will be our 17th anniversary in our sanctuary on the mountain. We will have Sunday School at 9:00 am and Morning Worship at 10:15 am. There will be no committee meetings or Sunday afternoon classes, but we will start Candles, Carols, & Communion promptly at 5:00 pm with baptism, then intersperse Christmas carols and the biblical Christmas story, ending with the Lord’s Supper. Candles will be in the windows, wall sconces will be shining, and each will get a “chemical light” candle. Words to the carols will be projected on the screens. It is always a sweet service, no coats and ties, and nearly at capacity. Come early and fill the sanctuary from the front. Sit in the middle of the rows, leaving ends open for latecomers. We have no time to move around, and some people invariably arrive late. Even if I am in mid-sentence, we will dismiss at 5:45 or before, but you may stay and “fellowship” while the Ordinance Committee cleans up. Thankfully, the proposed tax law changes will still allow deductions for charitable giving, up to 60% of one’s income. That’s much more than a tithe, which is 10%, and more than the current 50% limit. If you have more to give for 2017, it either has to be at the church on or before December 31, which is a Sunday this year, or sent by mail and postmarked by December 31.
I love you, Brother Allan
PS: Welcome Anna Kate Schultz into the North Shelby Baptist Church family.
Christmas 1999 was our family’s first without daughter Joy Love Murphy. Joy’s childhood ballet instructor, Mrs. Barbara Barker, said of our girl, “She was both a joy and a love.” Joy loved Christmas; she had her own decorated tree in her room. Christmas 1999 we had no heart for decorating. We missed her so much.
It had been six months since her death, and the funeral home called and asked me to speak at a memorial service for families they had served who had buried a loved one in 1999. As a preacher, “in season and out of season,” of course I accepted. After the sermon, as each name was called, we grieving families placed an ornament on the funeral home tree, as a Tree of Remembrance.
Our church has always had a big beautiful Christmas tree, and in 2000 we began the tradition of inviting grieving families to remember their departed loved one with an ornament.
This Sunday morning, December 17, we place such ornaments on our Tree of Remembrance. If one significant to you has died, especially in the last year, you are invited to place an ornament—white, silver, gold, or clear—on the tree. Call the Church Office today, leaving the name of your loved one, the death date, your name, and your relation to the deceased. We will print a listing. Have the ornament with you as the service begins at 10:15 am. We will have the special time when I usually have the Pastoral Prayer. When your loved one’s name is called, come and place the ornament on the tree. We will pray for your grieving this season, as well as thank the Lord for the gift and assurance of Heaven, because of our Savior!
I love you, Brother Allan
PS: Welcome Tommy Battles into the North Shelby Baptist Church family. I continue a sermon series this Sunday morning, based on a book by Thom Rainer, I Am a Church Member. A copy of the book is available for you
Christmas music at church is well underway. The Deacon Christmas Banquet of December 1 featured gospel music artist Mark Bishop, singing traditional carols and several of his own compositions. The past Sunday evening, December 3, brought us the sweet sounds of our Preschool Choir and Children’s Choir singing Christmas music. The annual Family Christmas Music Showcase, also last Sunday evening, featured several of our church members playing and singing for Christ.
This Sunday, December 10, at 6:00 pm, we worship under the leadership of the Church Choir, Student Ensemble, Children’s Choir and orchestra, and The following Sunday evening, December 17, our own Jerry Bullock and Georgia Murdock will be joined by Cheryl Ramsey and Melody Dean for a Four-Piano Concert. The stage is literally set with four grand pianos and our large electronic piano/organ. (The Church Choir will join the piano(s) on December 17.)
Sunday at church, December 24, begins with Sunday School, then Morning Worship, and ends with a 45-minute, 5:00-5:45, “Candles, Carols, & Communion.” This annual event is a favorite for families. Casual dress before your family’s Christmas Eve dinner helps us all focus on the “reason for the season”— the Christ of Christmas.
I love you, Brother Allan
PS: Welcome Jim & Tara Schultz into the North Shelby Baptist Church family, along with daughter Anna Kate. I begin a six-sermon series this Sunday morning, based on a book by Thom Rainer, I Am a Church Member. A copy is available for you. Sundays, December 10 and 17 and then January 7, 14, 21, and 28, will complete the series and end my preaching as your pastor.
The Christmas Gift Shop of the Shelby Baptist Association “opened” this week. It is not a place to buy gifts; it is the place where Shelby County families in financial need receive Christmas gifts for their children, gifts that others have purchased for them. Our church “adopted” 75 children, and volunteer families bought three requested clothing items for each. All we had was the child’s first name, age, and the clothing list and sizes. Mary and I adopted a teenaged girl.Recipient families were interviewed to verify need and assigned a time to come to the Shop to get the clothing they asked for and to choose three toys appropriate for each child. Two buddies help each guest with selections. While toys are being wrapped and items packaged, buddies share the Good News of Christ and pray with the guest. Through the Christmas Gift Shop, some 25 to 30 adults come to Christ each year, and between 500 and 600 chil-dren get Christmas gifts.Our Christmas events begin with the Deacon Christmas Banquet this Friday night, December 1. Our Special Night Out Without Kids (S.N.O.W. Kids) is this Saturday night, from 5:00 until 8:00 pm. The Children’s Choir presents Christmas music this Sunday night, December 3, at 6:00. After the children sing, others will sing or play a Christmas song in our Family Christmas Showcase. The annual Christmas Goodies fellowship follows the music, at about 7:00 pm this Sunday night—if you bring samples of your Christmas specialties!Christmas music continues Sunday, December 10, 6:00 pm, with the Church Choir, Student Ensemble, and Children’s Choir. Sunday morning, December 17, at 10:15, we have our Tree of Remem-brance, remembering those who have gone to Heaven since last Christmas. Sunday evening, 6:00 pm, will be a Four-Piano Concert, backed up by our Church Choir. Sunday, Christmas Eve, December 24, from 5:00-5:45 pm, is our annual “Candles, Carols, & Commun-ion” service, this year with baptism, Christmas Scriptures read by the Mercier Family, and the Lord’s Supper. I chose red and green non-flammable “candles” this year. We start promptly at 5:00 and end promptly at 5:45, so you can have your family Christmas Eve.I love you,Brother AllanPS: Welcome Benjamin Lane and Benton Lane for baptism (on Christmas Eve) and as church members. We grieve the deaths of baby Kathryn Leah Speegle and Mrs. Ann Goodwin since publish-ing our last newsletter. Pray for their families.
This coming Lord’s Day morning, November 26, I plan to preach a Thanksgiving sermon.
Psalm 103:1-5— “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.”
For many of our married years, we have lived in the Birmingham area. My parents were nearly three hours south and Mary’s parents three hours east. All four of our parents worked hourly jobs. They couldn’t come stay with us. My ministry did not allow weekends off, but holidays usually fall on weekdays. With the distance, however, it was impossible for us to go to both parents (grandparents) the same holiday. We compromised by spending Thanksgiving and New Year’s with the Love’s and Christmas with the Murphy’s.Thanksgiving at the Love’s found us cooking with Mama Love, decorating and setting the table. Mary’s brothers came with their kids. After lunch was time for the annual family touch football game in the front yard. Mama Love—do you remember her?—usually played; then there were the six of our family, Mary’s twin brother with wife and two daughters, and Mary’s older brother with wife and stepson; that made 14 players. It was not at all violent, but it was competitive!
One Thanksgiving, we were playing, and our Jane, maybe 8 at the time, called her team together: “All right, let’s cuddle!” I explained with laughter, “Sweetheart, it’s ‘huddle’ not ‘cuddle.’” Actually, maybe it was more cuddling, loving one another!
Before Thanksgiving lunch one year we each had to say one thing we were thankful, and then we prayed. Another year, we each wrote one thankful thing on a piece of notebook paper, and the pray-er thanked the Lord for each specific blessing. We have had memorable Thanksgivings. How about you?
I love you, Brother Allan
PS: Great response so far to the Tin Can Bowl. There‘s one more Sunday and Wednesday to “score” for your team.
Sunday morning at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, TX, was chosen by an unstable man to vent his anger at his former wife and her family. That church was unprepared for an “active shooter.” Is our church prepared?We have greeters on Sunday mornings at all entrances. We have a secu-rity team Sunday morning and evening, and we will begin to do some-thing similar on Wednesday evenings. There are over 35 cameras that monitor outside doors, interior halls, our children’s area, youth area, fellowship hall and sanctuary. Vigilant eyes watch the monitors. We have professional law enforcement and security personnel in regular attendance. We are also contracting with off-duty deputies to help us, even slowing traffic of 280, on Sunday mornings.We have a “no firearm” policy for our building only on Election Day. (People do tend to “go crazy” on Election Day!)On weekdays, our building is secured by magnetic locks. There is a buzzer with a camera at several entrances, which allow office and min-istry staff to monitor who is allowed to enter. Approved persons are “buzzed in.”We have hosted and attended several church safety conferences in re-cent years. On Saturday, January 20, 2018, there will be an Active Shooter Training event at First Baptist Church, Columbiana. You may want to register.What happened in Texas was a mental health tragedy, a social tragedy, and a spiritual tragedy. Since that church is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, our North American Mission Board, on the behalf of the Southern Baptist Convention, offered to cover funeral expenses for all shooting victims in coordination with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. (Some of you asked if we should send funds. We helped provide funds through the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering and the Cooperative Program.)I love you, Brother AllanPS: We welcome Joe & Shirley Spain into the North Shelby Baptist Church membership.PPS: Thank God for the leadership of Lynda Freeman and Pam Capps! NSBC packed 1,231 Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes!