November 2015 Newsletter >> PDF Version
Archives for October 2015
Text: Mark 10:46-52
It’s all about freedom! The story about Bartimaeus, I mean. He won’t shut up. Even though people tell him to he keeps shouting out, some say crying out, “Mercy, Jesus, have mercy on me.” People scolded him, tried to hush him up. But defiant or determined, Bartimaeus keeps shouting: “Mercy, Jesus, have mercy on me.” And that’s hard. It’s hard to hear. It’s uncomfortable. It’s disruptive. It’s uncivilized, rude, bad-mannered. And it’s freeing.
Have you ever been in one of these situations? You’re somewhere enjoying a meal or at an event or in a crowd and someone starts yelling something that makes everyone else uncomfortable? It happened once here in this sanctuary in the middle of worship. A man who was troubled stood up in the middle of Mahan’s sermon and started shouting. I can’t remember his words, but he was obviously distressed. Probably much like Bartimaeus. Nobody rebuked him or scolded him, but you could feel everyone in this room holding their breath, hoping desperately that he would just stop and be quiet. [Read more…]
Text: Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4
Ours is the task, now is the time, to write the vision and make it plain: every child matters. Every child matters is the vision, but what’s the reality?
- In the United States, child poverty traps one in five children—one in two Black babies and one in three Hispanic babies.
- There are 14.7 million poor children and 6.5 million extremely poor children in the United States of America—the world’s largest economy.
- The United States has the second highest child poverty rate among 35 industrialized nations. Only Romania ranks lower.
But what does the picture look like here in North Carolina? Children face the highest poverty rate in North Carolina compared to other age groups according to data released in 2014 by the US Census Bureau. After more than five years into an economic recovery, one in four children in North Carolina remained in poverty in 2013—unchanged from 2012 and higher than the national child poverty rate. At a time when we are experiencing an economic recovery, it is troubling that our state’s child poverty rate is not declining and remains significantly higher than the national average. [Read more…]
Singing the Sacred Songs
Retreat Leaders: Spiritual Life Group and Pullen Musicians
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Poteat Chapel – Pullen Memorial Baptist Church
9:45 AM – 2 PM
Registration Deadline: November 11
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