Staff Blogs

Blog from Kristy Engel

Lenten words for the day from N. T. Wright, based on Romans 8:26-30: Paul sees the prayer life of the church as the means by which God can come and share the pain of the world....Many times individual Christians, and whole churches, feel that they don't really...

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From the Youth Ministry….

The Next Step There are several of our students that are graduating high school this year. Many are beginning the journey to college by making tough decisions about their future, but what is the next step supposed to look like? Do any of us really know? In one way or...

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From the Music Ministry….

Changing Congregational Song This article is the beginning of a three months series on change in congregational song in worship. The first two articles will present the thoughts of Harry Plantinga. Harry Plantinga is the Director of Hymnary.org and is a faculty member...

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From the Children’s Ministry….

Mrs. Alma Kay. Shirley Lacy. Bill Bryans. Mary Bailey. George Rooks. Mr. Joe Skeleton. These are some of the names of Sunday School teachers I had growing up at First Baptist Church of Hartwell.  I can’t say that I remember any one lesson, but I remember the people. I...

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Blog from Kristy Engel….

In a world full of conflict, distress, disagreement, pain and loss…I thought it would be an appropriate time to remember what Psalm 46 says, as spoken in The Message translation: 1-3 God is a safe place to hide,    ready to help when we need him. We stand fearless at...

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From the Children’s Ministry…

It always makes me a little sad to abandon the “old” way of doing things for the “new” ways.  This was true when I left the traditional Wednesday night schedule of Mission’s activities for a mixed schedule of Bible based activities that provide more movement and...

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From the Youth Ministry….

What is Your Mission? In March the student ministry will participate in March Mission Madness, which will be held at Johns Creek Baptist Church, March 15th and 16th. We will be put into groups and go out to serve our local area. I think this is a great opportunity for...

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From the Music Ministry….

Hymns for Lent The season of Lent this year begins with Ash Wednesday on March 6th. The Hymnary.org blog for February had links to four pastors’ and church musicians’ lists of their top songs for Lent.  I began to think about my top ten songs for the Lenten Season and...

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Blog from Kristy Engel

God has a funny way of reminding me who is in charge… You probably have heard the saying, “Man plans and God laughs.”  It’s an old Yiddish saying that seems to explain most of my travels. I spend a lot of time planning my trip, preparing materials, packing just the...

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From the Children’s Ministry

My Uncle Bill passed away right before Christmas.  Every child should have someone in their life like my Uncle Bill.  When my cousins and I were children, Bill was like a bigger, older, one of us.  He was always willing to organize a ballgame of one kind or another...

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From the Student Ministry

Accepted by Love The student ministry spent the month of January discussing the subject of being accepted and the feeling of wanting to belong. As we explored things that interact with our acceptance such as our thoughts, social media, words, and actions we started to...

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From the Music Ministry…

Hymns Used In 2018 Hymnary.org reports that the “. . . song on Hymnary.org that is viewed more often than any other is Reginald Heber’s Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! Published in 1826, this hymn of praise to the Trinity is set to the tune NICAEA, written for...

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