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       I want to use my article this month to invite, encourage and challenge you to join us Nov. 13th for a time of spiritual evaluation, heart searching, dreaming and praying for our church. Many of us have noticed that the past few months we have maintained a lower than average attendance in almost all areas of the church. This problem is not unique to us. In fact, according to the Leavell Center for Evangelism and Church Health, of the more than 42,000 Southern Baptist churches in North America, fewer than 13,000 of them are growing. In other words, 70 percent of Southern Baptist churches are plateaued or declining. While that statistic



       I can hardly believe that it has been twenty years that we made the move to Albion. Jordan was 4, Kristen 2 and Luke had just been born couple of months before we moved here. Then came Danyel and Micah. A lot of things have changed in our lives. We have a daughter who is married, three kids through college and only two kids still living at home. Lesia has finished her education. We built a house and thankfully we own more of it than the bank! The church has changed a lot too. We’ve modernized a lot of things like computer projections; we are working on getting the praise band off the ground, enlarged the parking lot and made a lot of other improvements. We have seen a lot of new families come and a few move away. I am thankful for all the changes.



Stressed out? Anxious? Overwhelmed? Good news—you’re not alone!


No one ever said life was going to be easy. Between financial struggles, marital issues, health scares, and the regular, run-of-the-mill problems of everyday life, it’s easy to feel weighed down and trapped by your circumstances. In times like these, it’s tempting to just throw in the towel and quit. Well, don’t do it!


Perry Noble has stood at the edge of the abyss himself, and in Overwhelmed, he shares the keys to unlocking the chains of anxiety and despair once and for all. Building on the premise that when we shift our focus from our circumstances to Christ, everything changes,


Adults, join us on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. for this new 6 week Bible study, Overwhelmed.   Our study leader will be Andrew Piller. Pick up you book this Sunday.   Lesson one will begin Sept. 3rd.


God wants us to be free to enjoy the abundant, joy-filled lives we were created for.


See you each Sunday, and Wednesday, in September.


Pastor Kirk


   When I was a kid I always thought of summer as lasting all of June, July and August. But here we are at the start of August and my thoughts were, “What can I write about that wraps up the summer and transitions into the fall.” So much of our lives, at least for those with kids is dictated by the school calendar. One person told a teacher she was lucky to have a job with a two month vacation. She replied, it was more like a two month recuperation. Work is hard, that’s why we call it work. One business management expert said, “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” I kind of agree and kind of don’t with that advice. We should set up a life that is worthy of pouring our lives and resources into. One that is valuable enough we don’t want to escape from. But that may not lead to an easy life at all.




             In my sermon following my trip to the Southern Baptist Convention I shared some alarming figures about the number of salvation decisions and baptism in our denomination. For example, 70-75% of SBC churches are plateaued or declining. In 2012 we had the lowest number of baptisms since 1948. 25% of our churches did not baptize anyone that year. And only 20% baptized anyone 18-29 yrs. of age. Our population in America is growing faster than our rate of conversions. Ultimately only the Holy Spirit can open a person’s heart to accept Christ. But Paul challenged his readers in 10:14, “But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?” It is our job to tell them!