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Week of 9.14.2014

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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE JORDAN

RAY

Dr. Billy Graham once said you should "take your eyes and your ears and your hands and your feet and your thoughts and your heart: Give them completely and unreservedly to Christ." All to Jesus I surrender the songwriter wrote. Did you know that this past Sunday we had over 1500 in Bible study and even more in worship? That is a wonderful thing, and it is a reminder that God has been good and continues to allow us to impact the lives of many, many people.

It is fantastic being here on Sundays... I love it and I love the sense of God's work alive and well among us. Rarely does a Sunday go by that people aren't saved and added to our church family. What a blessing from God! But with such blessing comes the need for committed and surrendered servants to offer their hands and feet and eyes and ears and hearts for the work of God. If you have not found a place to serve, you are needed. We need more sound and audio servants, more greeters at our doors, parking assistants, coffee bar servants, Bible study and Sunday School helpers, golf-cart drivers and many more areas. Let one of our staff know of your interest and willingness to help, to serve and to assist in the ministry that God has given us.

One area of focus... that I want to draw special attention to is our preschool ministry. The Lord has brought so many little ones to us and I am so proud of the wonderful team of servant workers in our preschool area... THANK YOU FOR SERVING THE SAVIOR THROUGH OUR LITTLE ONES! Our Jessica Pedersen who is our Preschool Ministry Director does an outstanding job coordinating, planning and leading this essential ministry of Ridgecrest. And because God has blessed us with all of these preschoolers, we have a great need for even more servants that will give up a Sunday or two or three throughout the year to help us love, rock, teach and care for the children. In fact if many of you would volunteer for a Sunday or two, the demands on all would be lightened greatly. As the old saying goes, "many hands make for light work," and so it is.

But even more important is the value that God places on the children and those to whom they are entrusted... Notice what Jesus said about the children in the following passages:

Matthew 10:42 And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward."

Matthew 18:6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Matthew 18:10 "See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 18:14 So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

Mark 9:42 "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.

Will you help us, help the little ones? Let Jessica Petersen know that she can count on you to minister to our those who are our future. And remember God is always trying to take you someplace new. I love being your Pastor!!!

For God's Glory Alone,
Bro. Ray Jones


CHURCH FAMILY NEWS

Marriage & Family Electives | Marriage 101 with Chuck and Monica Locke in room D105. This class is for engaged - veteran couples. Build a strong spiritual legacy with our Parenting Class led by Dianna Byrd in D202. Register by filling out your choice on the Guest Card attached to this worship folder or online at www.rbcdothan.org. You can also just show up and join in.

Young Adult Singles | We are excited to begin the BASIC video-based study with Francis Chan in the Acts 29 Building. If you have not yet plugged into a small group, check this one out. Fill out the Guest Card tab with this choice checked or register online at the DLife tab.

Financial Peace University | Interested in gaining financial wisdom? This is a nine week class. Insights on current financial issues are in each lesson. I believe any graduate of FPU would agree that the material cost of $100.00 was a wise investment. Information is available at the Welcome Center.

Woodland Clothing Ministry | Thank you for your continued support of our Woodland Ministry Center on Monday evenings! If you have clothing items you wish to donate, please deliver them to the clothes closet on Woodland Drive on Mondays from 11:00 AM till 1:00 PM.


516 NATION STUDENT MINISTRY

Mission Day | Saturday, September 20 for 9th grade girls at Wiregrass Children's Home.

Sundaes on Sunday | What's the best way to end a Sunday evening? It's with an ice cream sundae of course! All 11th graders are invited over to Bro. Lloyd's house (103 Lakeside Drive) next Sunday night, September 21 from 7:15-8:45 PM for a fun time of hanging out and eating ice cream. Maps are available. Bring your sweet tooth!

See You At the Pole | Wednesday, September 24 at your local school flagpole at 7:00 AM. A citywide Rally will follow in the RFC gym from 6:30 -8:00 PM. Guest Speaker will be Dave Edwards.


TRUTH SEEKERS MINISTRY

Sunday Night Missions | RA's meet in room E-211 and GA's meet in room E-207 at 6:00 PM. 1st-5th grade. This is a children's mission education including: campouts, lock-ins, service projects and fun events!

Bible Drill Begins | For 4th-5th graders from 5:00-6:00 PM in room E-208. Children completing this course and representing RBC at the Association drill will receive a full camp scholarship, a t-shirt and a trophy. Call Carmen Pearce at 805-0244. It's not too late to join!


wonderfully made preschool ministry

Sunday School Help Needed | We need a helper for a 4 year old Sunday school class. Please contact Jessica at 792-9406 if you can help out.

Imprinters Needed | Valued volunteers that serve during a worship service with our wonderful preschoolers. Imprinters have a rotation of service one hour every 4, 8, or 12 weeks. If you are available to serve, please contact Jessica Pedersen in the Preschool Ministries office at 792-9406 or jessica@rbcdothan.org.

PLAY PALS | Our Mother's Morning Out program currently has class openings in our infant room and in our older preschool rooms. Play Pals meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 am until 12:30 PM. If you, or someone you know would like to enroll a preschooler please contact our Play Pals ministry at playpals@rbcdothan.org