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June 14, 2019, 3:21 PM

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June 16, Second Sunday in the Season of Pentecost

 

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Pentecost Sunday, June 9, was a grand celebration at First Christian Church.

During the celebration three were baptized:

Tom Ritchey, Vivienne Ritchey and Cora LaCoss.

Pentecost is "The Season of the Church," and continues

for 24 Sundays until the Season of Advent leads us to Christmas.

This Sunday, June 16, Prince Altom, our Associate Pastor will begin

a two-part sermon series title, "Why Do We Have The Church, Anyway."

 

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My name is Taylor Goodman and I just graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Mass Comm. I am originally from Austin, Texas and in the Fall I will be moving to Brooklyn, New York to work with a college ministry called Cru. I am very outgoing and social, an 8 on the enneagram, and I am passionate about helping people see their potential, repairing broken relationships, and fighting for justice. I hope to one day be a marriage and family counselor, a writer, or a lawyer. In my free time, I like to go to the river, go on road trips and hangout with my friends!

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS



June 23- Rebecca Chapmon

Musician, Educator

 

June 30 - Dr. Rich Earl

Professor of Geology, Texas State University

 

July 7 - Shawn Colson

Director of Youth Ministries, FCC

 

July 14 - Dr. Prince Altom

Associate Pastor, FCC

 

July 21 - Belinda Gardner

Volunteer Coordinator, CTMC

 

July 28 - Christopher Sanchez

Housing Coordinator, San Marcos Housing Task Force

 

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Wear your Painting Clothes to Church!!!

Let's get a head start!!

Paint an hour and then go to lunch to celebrate Dads!!

 

Painting the Hallway in the Education Wing

Beginning Tuesday, June 18 at 9:00 am.

We are beginning a major clean up and spruce up of the Education wing - starting with painting the hallway.

We hope to have everything completed by VBS, July 14.

If you can help for an hour or two please email Leta at fcc@fcc-sm.org or let her know on Sunday.

 

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Youth camps and the Disciples mission trip are

wonderful opportunities to prioritize our youth.

 

Here is how you can show them your support:

Mission trip needs: Please bring your cards for your student this Sunday,

give them to Gael! (at the latest Wednesday).

Remember to pray for the trip in advance and during the week, June 23-29.

Camp participants: Please pray for our campers - for their relationship with Jesus to grow, safety, vital friendships, ways to put what they learn into action at home, for us and their families to nurture that growth,

and whatever God lays on your heart.

CYF Camp is June 9-15

Eighters Camp is June 16-22

JYF Camp is June 25-29

The Disciples mission trip to Springfield, MO is June 23-29

Chi Rho Camp is July 7-13.

 

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Wedding Reception

Wedding Reception for Bonnie (Whittington) and Steve Hill, Sunday June 30, after church in fellowship hall. They were married on June 9.

We will have cake and snacks. Cards are welcome; please no gifts.

 




June 7, 2019, 11:14 PM

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Sunday, June 9

 

Christianity is rooted in four great events: Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, and Pentecost. The word "Pentecost"come from the Greek word for "fiftieth."

During this ‘quiet’ interval of 50 days after Easter Jesus' disciples became convinced that Jesus had risen from the dead.

On Pentecost Sunday they went public and history was changed.

 

The story is found in the fifth book of the New Testament, The Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 2. On the seventh Sunday after the day of resurrection 120 followers of Jesus in the city of Jerusalem were gathered to celebrate and experienced a physical manifestation of the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

As the day progressed a crowd gathered and Peter, the leader of the Apostles, preached. Three thousand people were convinced that day, said, "We believe," and were baptized. We call it the birthday of the church.

 

Come this Sunday wearing red, if you wish, which symbolizes; joy, the fire of the Holy Spirit and, sadly, the blood of all martyrs who have died because of their faith. In many parts of our world today Christians are being tortured and killed simply because they believe and will not recant.

 

In the 2/3 world Christianity is still spreading like wild fire. In the 1/3 world, our world, Christianity is waning. The latest research indicates that 73% of Churches in the USA are declining. We could use another day of Pentecost.

 

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A renowned entrepreneur and strategist, Matthew Dowd is widely viewed as one of the most independent and creative thought leaders in America today.

 

As a bestselling author interpreting change in America and the globe, Dowd is out with a groundbreaking book on leadership in this disruptive and crucial moment titled A New Way: Embracing the Paradox as We Lead and Serve. Serving as chief political analyst for ABC News, Dowd regularly brings his insights on cultural, economic and spiritual trends to Good Morning America, Nightline, and This Week with George Stephanopoulos providing a common sense perspective.

 

Dowd has worked both sides of the aisle serving Presidents, Governors, and Senators, but now considers himself a vehement independent. This included serving as strategist for President George W. Bush, Lt. Governor Bob Bullock, and US Senator Lloyd Bentsen. For his innovative political work,

he was awarded Strategist of the Year by the bipartisan American Association of Political Consultants. His plea for our politics today is for leaders to put Country over Party, for which he started an online community to encourage this approach.

 

Dowd’s most recent startup is a venture firm, Paradox Capital, investing in early stage locally driven for profit, for good businesses. His desire is to bridge capitalism and social consciousness to help bring solutions to our communities. Over the years Dowd has given advice to Bono and the One campaign, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the NBA. He is currently a senior fellow at the University of Southern California Annenberg Center on Communication and has taught seminars at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, University of Chicago, and The University of Texas at Austin.

 

Dowd serves on the board of Texas Habitat for Humanity and Texas Interfaith, lives in Wimberley, Texas and is the proud father of three sons

and a beautiful daughter.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS



June 16 - Taylor Goodman

2019 Graduate - Texas State University

 

June 23- Rebecca Chapmon

Musician, Educator

 

June 30 - Dr. Rich Earl

Professor of Geology, Texas State University

 

July 7 - Shawn Colson

Director of Youth Ministries, FCC

 

July 14 - Dr. Prince Altom

Associate Pastor, FCC

 

July 21 - Belinda Gardner

Volunteer Coordinator, CTMC

 

July 28 - Christopher Sanchez

Housing Coordinator, San Marcos Housing Task Force

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•••• Lazarus Bags Are Ready ••••

 

Look for them in the Narthex - pick one

up for your car.

 

In order to complete the remaining Lazarus Bags

the following items are still needed.

 

Please bring Small Sizes of these items

Sunscreen

Food Items such as

Protein bar w/o nuts or peanut butter

Cheese crackers or plain

Bandaids



Thank You!!

 

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LAST VBS Planning Meeting

After church on June 9

 

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Can YOU Help?

Painting the Hallway in the Education Wing

Beginning Tuesday, June 18 at 9:00 am.

We are beginning a major clean up and spruce up of the Education wing - starting with painting the hallway.

We hope to have everything completed by VBS, July 14.

If you can help for an hour or two please email Leta at fcc@fcc-sm.org or let her know on Sunday.

 

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are wonderful opportunities

to prioritize our youth.

 

Let's Show Them Our support:

 

UPDATED NEEDS

Mission trip needs: Snacks for the trip (no chocolate as it melts).

Please mark for the mission trip - deliver to the church kitchen by June 19.

 

Mission trip participants: CARDS for CAMPERS NEEDED. Write a card

of encouragement or "Hope you are having fun" for one of these campers.

Deliver to the church by June 19. Contact Gael Thompson for a

student’s name.

 

Camp participants: Adopt a Camper! Using a Medium flat rate mail box, fill with snacks, items for the pool, card games, word puzzle books, etc. to use at free time. Also include a card expressing what you hope for them for the week and blessing for how it can shape their lives. We have 9 students attending 4 different camps. If you will “adopt” one of these students, contact Gael for a specific student.

 

Finally, and most importantly . . . Please pray for their relationship with Jesus to grow, safety, vital friendships, ways to put what they learn into action at home, for us and their families to nurture that growth, and whatever God lays on your heart as in silent listening you hold this student in your heart. These students leave on Sunday for CYF Camp. Sierra, Brenna and Claire.

 

CYF Camp - June 9-15.

Eighters Camp - June 16-22.

JYF Camp - June 25-29.

The Disciples mission trip to Springfield, MO - June 23-29.

Chi Rho Camp - July 7-13.

 

Contact Gael Thompson in person at church,

cell: 832-858-0932, email: gaelthompsonlpc@gmail.com



 

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Our Cub Scouts are going to Summer Camp!

They will need food each day. Can you provide drinks, a sack lunch (for example, sandwich, bag of chips, cookie), and snacks, for 11 boys like small bags of chips, bottles of water, gatorade,

sweet treats like cookies or candy.

Please, things that won't melt at room temperature.

Camp starts June 17, please bring items to the church and ma rk them Mendez Cub Scouts Camp!!




May 31, 2019, 3:00 PM

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Breakfast & Conversation • Saturday, June 1

T O M O R R O W

Breakfast @ 8:30

Conversation @ 9:00

Join us as we discuss "Where FCC is headed"

All are welcome, bring your thoughts and ideas!

 

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JUNE Anniversaries & Birthdays



Anniversaries

Rick & Darcy Hardy • June 02

Bill & Brenda Damron • June 08

Sandra & Tim Ellison • June 08

David & Honey Cuellar • June 09

Cari & Dale Fowler • June 12

Tony & Kerry Rash • June 24

 

Birthdays

Karin McArdle • June 2

Neil Pacheco • June 3

Tory Carpenter • June 6

Alma Monk • June 8

Tom Richey • June 8

Kristi Hardy • June 9

Jackson Hermon • June 9

Honey Cuellar • June 10

Charles Blankenship • June 11

Mitchell Howard • June12

Sharon Harris • June 13

Mac Howard • June 14

Don Harmon • June 15

David Warren • June 15

Major Howard • June 17

David Gaylord • June 23

John McArdle • June 23

Paula Ayers • June 27

 

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Amy Bawcom moved to San Marcos last July as the Vice President of Development at San Marcos Academy. She was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She graduated summa cum laude from Paschal High School. She graduated with a BS in Business Administration and a second BS in English magna cum laude with secondary school teacher certification from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She completed a Master of Arts in English Language and Literature at Baylor and spent a summer teaching English at a junior college in Japan. She began her career as a Lecturer in English at her alma mater UMHB, also serving there in various roles, such as Registrar and Director of Institutional Research. During this time, she returned to Baylor for some post-master’s work in Educational Administration. After this, Amy worked in development at Scott and White Healthcare as the Director of Foundation Relations and a Gifts Officer for McLane Children’s Hospital. As she began her doctoral work

in Educational Administration at UMHB, she joined the staff of Central Texas College as Director of Institutional Effectiveness and later as the Director of College Development at CTC and the Executive Director of CTC’s Foundation. She served

on the Board of Directors for the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce, as the

Vice-Chair of the Nonprofit Council, on the Vision XXI Leadership Harker Heights Steering Committee, and on the Board of Directors for Texas Association of Community College Foundations. Amy has served as the President of the Board

for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Central Texas and as a board member for the Robert S. Love Foundation and the Central Texas Advocates for Parkinson’s. She is proud to be a founding member of the Belton Young Professionals group. Amy is an only child, but her family, her Christian faith, and Rotary are all very important in

her life. Her hobbies are reading, movies, and travel.

 

Upcoming Speakers

 

June 9 - Matthew Dowd

political consultant, author, ABC News political analyst

 

June 16 - Taylor Goodman

college student

 

June 23 - Unconfirmed

 

June 30 - Dr. Rich Earl

Professor of Geology, Texas State University

 

July 7 - Shawn Colson

Director of Youth Ministries, FCC

 

July 14 - Dr. Prince Altom

Associate Pastor, FCC

 

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•••• Help With Lazarus Bags ••••

Our Kids are creating “Lazarus” bags to distribute to the

homeless and others in need. You can help by bringing items

on the list and placing them in the wagon provided in the Narthex.

Kids will assemble the bags that will include a card from each child.

The bags will be given out to our members to have in their car

to hand out as they are needed.

 

Please bring Small Sizes of these items

Bottle of water

Sunscreen

Food Items such as

Protein bar w/o nuts or peanut butter

Cheese crackers or plain

Individual bags of chips

Toothbrush/toothpaste

Comb or brush

Soap or liquid body soap

Washcloth

Deodorant

Bandaids

Gallon Ziploc bags



Items MOST needed in RED

 

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VBS Meeting

After church on June 9

 

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are wonderful opportunities to prioritize our youth.

 

Show them your support:

Mission trip needs: Water, Gatorade, fruit chews, peanut butter crackers, variety packs of chips (the ones that have a bunch of small bags inside), nuts, chex mix, beef jerky, cookie variety packs, skittles/starburst packs (no chocolate as it melts). Please mark for the mission trip and deliver to the church kitchen by June 19.

 

Mission trip participants: Shawn Colson is taking 8 students and we would like to provide each one 3 cards/letters: one upon arrival: about what we

hope for them for the trip, one midweek: about being exhausted and maybe not feeling like continuing but to push through remembering all the good they are doing; one end of trip: how we hope they can take this experience home and figure out ways to help their community and blessing for their hard work. Deliver to the church by June 19 and Shawn will distribute them during the week. If you want to write cards please contact Gael Thompson for a

student’s name.

 

Camp participants: Adopt a Camper! Using a small flat rate mail box, fill with snacks, items for the pool, card games, word puzzle books, etc. to use at free time. Also include a card expressing what you hope for them for the week and blessing for how it can shape their lives. We have 9 students attending 4 different camps. If you will “adopt” one of these students, contact Gael for a specific student.

Finally, and most importantly . . . Please pray for their relationship with Jesus to grow, safety, vital friendships, ways to put what they learn into action at home, for us and their families to nurture that growth, and whatever God lays on your heart as in silent listening you hold this student in your heart.

 

CYF Camp - June 9-15.

Eighters Camp - June 16-22.

JYF Camp - June 25-29.

The Disciples mission trip to Springfield, MO - June 23-29.

Chi Rho Camp - July 7-13.

 

Contact Gael Thompson in person at church,

cell: 832-858-0932, email: gaelthompsonlpc@gmail.com

 

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Congratulations

to Rustyn Colson, son of Shawn Colson

on his graduation from Navarro High School.

 

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May 24, 2019, 10:45 AM

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The Key to a Church Turnaround

 

John Maxwell says truthfully,

“Everything rises and falls on leadership.”

It is also truthful that everything rises and falls on prayer.

Prayer comes first for a church to revitalize and

experience a turnaround.

 

Prayer is vital to the revitalization of a church because:

1. It recognizes the Source. When a church revitalizes, it is depending upon the power of God. God is the only true Source

of a church turnaround.

2. It recognizes that revitalization is spiritual warfare.

When a church experiences turnaround, people are reached with the gospel. God’s adversary will do everything in his power to stop conversions and baptisms. We must respond with the full armor of God, especially prayer.

3. It turns people away from self-sufficiency. Attempts at revitalization that are human-powered will fail or be short-lived. Praying people are clearly recognizing they can’t help the church in their own power.

4. It turns people away from being self-serving. Praying people are obedient to God to reach their communities and serve others. They don’t demand their own preferences and desires. A spirit of entitlement on the part of individuals is a barrier to a church revitalization effort.

5. It unifies the church. One of the keys to revitalization is church unity. Nothing unifies a church more than powerful prayer. A spirit

of unity and harmony is essential.

6. It leads people to discern the will of God. Prayer is a conversation with God. The more we converse with God, the clearer we discern God’s will and find the mind of Christ on the issues we face. Knowing and obeying the mind of Christ leads to revitalization.

Every Christian can pray for a new vision for their church. Scholars and church leaders because of their experiences, postulate that some Christians have the spiritual gift of intercession, a special ability to pray for extended periods of time on a regular basis and see frequent and specific answers to their prayers to a degree much greater than that which is expected of the average Christian.

 

We have a Prayer Team that meets every Thursday morning to pray prayers of petition for individuals and families and the

needs of the church and wider community.

 

We will be forming a short-term Prayer Team to pray prayers

of intercession specifically for this pivotal season in the

life of our church. If you have a sense of call to this specific prayer ministry, please tell Gregory, Prince, or Gael.

 

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•••• Help With Lazarus Bags ••••

Our Kids are creating “Lazarus” bags to distribute to the

homeless and others in need. You can help by bringing items

on the list and placing them in the wagon provided in the Narthex.

Kids will assemble the bags that will include a card from each child.

The bags will be given out to our members to have in their car

to hand out as they are needed.

 

Please bring Small Sizes of these items

Bottle of water

Sunscreen

Food Items such as

Protein bar w/o nuts or peanut butter

Cheese crackers or plain

Individual bags of chips

Toothbrush/toothpaste

Comb or brush

Soap or liquid body soap

Washcloth

Deodorant

Bandaids

Gallon Ziploc bags



Items MOST needed in RED

 

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Breakfast & Conversation • Saturday, June 1

Breakfast @ 8:30

Conversation @ 9:00

Join us as we discuss "Where FCC is headed"

All are welcome, bring your thoughts and ideas!

 

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Faith in Action – Summer Speaker Series

Sundays in June and July, beginning at 9:00 AM in the FCC Fellowship Hall.

Each Sunday a special speaker from the San Marcos community will be talking about his or her faith and how it has impacted their life and work. Listen to their stories. Reflect on your own story. See how God is working among us!

Sunday, June 2, our speaker is Amy Bawcom.

She is VP of Development at San Marcos Academy.



For recordings of last summer's speakers go to our website @:

http://www.fcc-sm.org/2018_summer_speaker_series__faith_in_action

 

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Baptism on Pentecost

If you or a member of your family are considering being baptized, please contact Pastor Gregory Ross at 512-619-6349,

or call the church at 512-396-1926, to let us know.

We are planning a baptism service on the Day of Pentecost, June 9. Gregory would like to arrange a Pastor's class in preparation for baptism as soon as candidates are confirmed.

 

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New Shoes for Cub Scout Pack 35

 

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This week was the final meeting of our Cub Scout Pack 35 at Mendez Elementary School. We celebrated in traditional Scouting manner: pizza, ice cream and cupcakes! Last week Pack Leader Phil Elam distributed shoes to each scout, a donation from a family in Houston who are friends of the Elams.

Next major event for Pack 35 is

Summer Day Camp at the San Marcos Academy.

We need some assistance with donations to the FCC-SM Cub Scout fund to help pay for camp registrations and transportation, plus some volunteers to prepare snacks and a sack lunch for 11 boys each day during the five-day Sacred Springs Day Camp at San Marcos Academy. The camp is June 17-21.

 

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Christian Church of the Southwest

Summer Camp Dates http://www.disciplescrossing.org/sessions-andinfo

 




May 17, 2019, 11:34 AM

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As Christians We Are Running

A Spiritual Race.

 

In Acts 20, we find the apostle’s Paul’s words to the leaders of the church in Ephesus. These were things that really mattered to the great apostle. He writes in verse 24, “But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord.”

Paul used the analogy of a runner in a race many times in his writings. Each of these instances remind us of a different aspect of running the race of life.

 

1 Corinthians 9:24 says, “Remember that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize.” In other words, you also must run in such a way that you will win! There is no point in running for second or third place. Go for the gold! Don’t settle for mediocrity as a follower of Jesus.

Understand, however, that your “opponents” are not other Christians. I am not running the race of life to beat anyone else. Our competitors are the world, the flesh, and the devil.

 

Galatians 5:7 says, “You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?” Sometimes, due to poor choices in friends and companions, we get “off track.” They tend to drag us away from our commitment, instead of encouraging us in it. At the very least, they slow us down. At worst, they sidetrack us.

The best thing for us to do as believers is to keep moving forward in our faith, and don’t let the past or Satan’s reminders of our past trip us up.

 

Philippians 3:13–16 reads, “Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward — to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. So, let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision — you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.”

 

The Message this Sunday, May 19,

is titled “Spiritual Wellness”

 

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May Pot Luck

This Sunday - 11:30

in Fellowship Hall ~ bring a dish of your choice!

Let's Celebrate our Grads!!

 

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Celebrating with Cari Fowler!

For some time Cari has been considering working with one of our

area congregations in need of a minister. She was invited to conduct Easter services at First Christian Church in Portland, near Corpus Christi and she told us this week she has now accepted a call to be their permanent minister, effective this Sunday!

Congratulations Cari!

We continue to be the Fowler family's home church, and we want to keep Cari in our prayers as she serves in Portland. She will have an installation service sometime soon, we will keep you updated on that.

May Cari and the Christian Church in Portland experience

the blessings of our Lord, and together may they bring

hope and joy to their community.

 

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9:00 on Sunday

Discipleship and Mission: studies in Matthew, Luke and Romans with Linda Vetters, Parlor

What is God’s Will? With Gael Thompson, Chapel

All youth and adults are welcome.

 

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Baptism on Pentecost

If you or a member of your family are considering being baptized, please contact Pastor Gregory Ross at 512-619-6349,

or call the church at 512-396-1926, to let us know.

We are planning a baptism service on the Day of Pentecost, June 9. Gregory would like to arrange a Pastor's class in preparation for baptism as soon as candidates are confirmed.

 


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