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FOCUS ON MISSIONS

FEBRUARY 2024

 

If you feel as if you’ve hit a wall in your life or you’re trying to find a way over or around it but it’s too high or too wide, then perhaps it is time to stop struggling.  Stop running.  Stop trying to figure a way out and…Just. Be. Still.  When we are still we can see God move.  When we quiet ourselves and pray, we find that God clears a path forward for us.  Give God control.  Hold out your cup.  Let yourself be rescued by the Light of the World.  (Tarheel Talk Winter 2023, page 16).

NEW!!  NEW!!    WMU Leadership Team OPEN POSITIONS – We’d love to have you join us!

 

If you are interested in knowing more about these opportunities, please contact Pat Parks at jwpii@att.net or Cindy Atkins at cowboyrex99@gmail.com.

 

Assistant Director (1 position open)

Missions Involvement Team Co-Consultant (2 positions open, part of 4-person team)

 

Thank You!

 

Thank you to the churches for giving 789 toothbrushes for the Red Box ministry!

 

Upcoming

 

*WMU Focus Week and Heck-Jones Offering to support WMUNC – February 5-12

*Week of Prayer for North American Missions & Annie Armstrong Offering – March 5-12

*Mount Zion WMU Annual Missions Celebration – Tuesday, March 19th, First Baptist Church  Burlington, 400 South Broad Street; 6:30 refreshments, 7:00 Program.   Our guest speaker is WMUNC President Deborah Taylor.

 

Ongoing

 

VOLUNTEERS needed for BINGO!  The WMU hosts Bingo each month as listed below, some attendees have a type of disability.  Prizes and refreshments are always needed, take to Association office.  Contact Pat Parks to let her know you can help -  jwpii@att.net.

 

Ralph Scott Residents, 3rd Thurs. monthly - Holly Hill Baptist Church, 2818 Edgewood Av, Burlington, 6:00 pm for about an hour.  Refreshments are provided by Association churches. 

20-40 attendees.

 

John Robert Kernodle Sr. Center, 4th Tuesday monthly - 1535 South Mebane Street, Burlington, 1:00 pm, volunteers arrive at 12:15 pm to set up.  No refreshments.  45-50 attendees.

 

Oak Creek Retirement Community, 1st Thursday & 3rd Monday, 343 Baldwin Road, Burlington, 3:00 pm, volunteers arrive at 2:15 pm to set up. No refreshments.  20 attendees.

 

Karen Rice - Associational WMU Director

DECEMBER 2023

 

Prayer is a vital part of missions work. We serve a mighty God who offers His power to those who follow Him. According to Jesus, prayer must begin with honoring God as Lord of all, desiring His reign and will. Then our requests will fall in line with His will as He works in our hearts and situations to bring Himself glory, and ultimately bless us and those we pray for. Together, let’s embrace prayer as an every day, every moment lifestyle. (From Mission Mosaic, December issue, page 29, The Power of Prayer.”)

Upcoming

December 3-10, Week of Prayer for International Missions and annual Lottie Moon offering.

The theme for this year is “Impacting Lostness Together.” Our IMB missionaries need our prayers, support, continued generosity and welcoming more workers in the mission field. It can happen when we work together!

 

Ongoing

 

VOLUNTEERS needed for BINGO! The WMU hosts Bingo each month as listed below, some attendees have a type of disability. Prizes and refreshments are always needed, take to Association office. Contact Pat Parks to let her know you can help - jwpii@att.net.

 

Ralph Scott Residents, 3rd Thurs. monthly - Holly Hill Baptist Church, 2818 Edgewood Av, Burlington, 6:00 pm for about an hour. Refreshments are provided by Association churches.

20-40 attendees.

 

John Robert Kernodle Sr. Center, 4th Tuesday monthly - 1535 South Mebane Street, Burlington, 1:00 pm, volunteers arrive at 12:15 pm to set up. No refreshments. 45-50 attendees.

 

Oak Creek Retirement Community, 1st Thursday & 3rd Monday, 343 Baldwin Road, Burlington, 3:00 pm, volunteers arrive at 2:15 pm to set up. No refreshments. 20 attendees.

 

 

 

Karen Rice - Associational WMU Director

NOVEMBER 2023

 

The Psalms give us the key to living victoriously during the dark periods of life. Recalling God’s faithfulness and control over everything that touches us gives us strength to walk with God even when we feel like giving up in despair. Our feelings and circumstances have not changed God. He is perfectly capable of sustaining us if we will only let Him. We simply need to choose to delight in and diligently consider God’s precepts (His principles and character) despite how we feel. Choosing to delight in God might not be easy. It might even involve hard work. But only God can revive and save our soul from spiritual lethargy. Psalm 119:89-95.

Upcoming

 

Appalachian Backpack Ministry – Bring your filled backpacks to First Baptist Church Burlington on Saturday, November 4th, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Last year NC Baptists provided 20,275 backpacks that were distributed to VA, WV, NC, PA and in the Graffiti churches in MD, Manhattan and Bronx NY.

 

Baptist Women’s World Day of Prayer Service, Monday, November 6th, 7:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church Mebane in the sanctuary. Come and hear about the miracles God provided to a missionary couple who were in the mission field for 19 years!

 

Ongoing

 

VOLUNTEERS needed for BINGO! The WMU hosts Bingo each month as listed below, some attendees have a type of disability. Prizes and refreshments are always needed, take to Association office. Contact Pat Parks to let her know you can help - jwpii@att.net.

 

Ralph Scott Residents, 3rd Thurs. monthly - Holly Hill Baptist Church, 2818 Edgewood Av, Burlington, 6:00 pm for about an hour. Refreshments are provided by Association churches.

20-40 attendees.

 

John Robert Kernodle Sr. Center, 4th Tuesday monthly - 1535 South Mebane Street, Burlington, 1:00 pm, volunteers arrive at 12:15 pm to set up. No refreshments. 45-50 attendees.

 

Oak Creek Retirement Community, 1st Thursday & 3rd Monday, 343 Baldwin Road, Burlington, 3:00 pm, volunteers arrive at 2:15 pm to set up. No refreshments. 20 attendees.

Karen Rice - Associational WMU Director

 

 

OCTOBER 2023

“I am always available to you.  Once you have trusted Me as your Savior, I never distance Myself from you.  My last recorded promise to my followers was: Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Let these assurances of My continual Presence fill you with Joy and Peace.” Excerpt from Jesus Calling, written by Sarah Young, page 265.

 

Upcoming

 

WMUNC Red Box Ministry – We will collect 500 adult toothbrushes, asking for 40 from each church.  They are to be individually wrapped, a single product.  No multipacks will be accepted.  Bring to the Mount Zion Association office by THURSDAY, October 26th.

 

Appalachian Backpack Ministry – Bring your filled backpacks to First Baptist Church Burlington on Saturday, November 4th, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   Last year NC Baptists provided 20,275 backpacks that were distributed to VA, WV, NC, PA and in the Graffiti churches in MD, Manhattan and Bronx NY.

 

Baptist Women’s World Day of Prayer service, Monday, November 6th, 7:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church Mebane in the sanctuary.  Come and hear about the miracles God provided to a missionary couple who were in the mission field for 19 years!

 

Ongoing

 

VOLUNTEERS needed for BINGO!  The WMU hosts Bingo each month as listed below, some attendees have a type of disability.  Prizes and refreshments are always needed, take to Association office.  Contact Pat Parks to let her know you can help -  jwpii@att.net.

 

Ralph Scott Residents, 3rd Thurs. monthly - Holly Hill Baptist Church, 2818 Edgewood Av, Burlington, 6:00 pm for about an hour.  Refreshments are provided by Association churches. 

20-40 attendees.

 

John Robert Kernodle Sr. Center, 4th Tuesday monthly - 1535 South Mebane Street, Burlington, 1:00 pm, volunteers arrive at 12:15 pm to set up.  No refreshments.  45-50 attendees.

 

Oak Creek Retirement Community, 1st Thursday & 3rd Monday, 343 Baldwin Road, Burlington, 3:00 pm, volunteers arrive at 2:15 pm to set up. No refreshments.  20 attendees.

 

 

 

Karen Rice - Associational WMU Director

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2023

 

“Be on the lookout for everything I have prepared for you…. I am your Guide, as well as your constant Companion.  I know every step of the journey ahead of you, all the way to heaven.”

Excerpt from Jesus Calling, written by Sarah Young, page 227.

 

Upcoming

 

Tuesday, September 19th, Picnic for the Hearing Impaired, 5:30 arrivals, 6:00 meal and program.

NEW LOCATION – Holly Hill Baptist Church in Burlington.  Hope to see you there!

 

WMUNC Red Box Ministry – We will collect 500 adult toothbrushes, asking for 40 from each church.  They are to be individually wrapped, a single product.  No multipacks will be accepted.  Bring to the Mount Zion association office by Friday, October 26th.

 

Appalachian Backpack Ministry – Bring your filled backpacks to First Baptist Church Burlington on Saturday, November 4th, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   Last year NC Baptists provided 20,275 backpacks that were distributed to VA, WV, NC, PA and in the Graffiti churches in MD, Manhattan and Bronx NY.

 

Baptist Women’s World Day of Prayer service, Monday, November 6th, 7:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church Mebane in the sanctuary.  Come and hear about the miracles God provided to a missionary couple who were in the mission field for 19 years!

 

Ongoing

 

VOLUNTEERS needed for BINGO!  The WMU hosts Bingo each month as listed below, some attendees have a type of disability.  Prizes and refreshments are always needed, take to Association office.  Contact Pat Parks to let her know you can help -  jwpii@att.net.

 

Ralph Scott Residents, 3rd Thurs. monthly - Holly Hill Baptist Church, 2818 Edgewood Av, Burlington, 6:00 pm for about an hour.  Refreshments are provided by Association churches. 

20-40 attendees.

 

John Robert Kernodle Sr. Center, 4th Tuesday monthly - 1535 South Mebane Street, Burlington, 1:00 pm, volunteers arrive at 12:15 pm to set up.  No refreshments.  45-50 attendees.

 

Oak Creek Retirement Community, 1st Thursday & 3rd Monday, 343 Baldwin Road, Burlington, 3:00 pm, volunteers arrive at 2:15 pm to set up. No refreshments.  20 attendees.

 

 

 

Karen Rice - Associational WMU Director                                                                   

 

 

August 2023

Love one another.  God doesn’t give us the option of whom to love.  His call is to love others as much as we love ourselves.  As children of God we are to act as such.  Jesus said to do good to our enemies to the point of lending money without expecting repayment.   Missionaries excel at this, but it can still be hard.  Pray this month for God to show us new ways to show love and mercy that break cultural barriers.  (From August Mission Mosaic, page 30).

 

Upcoming

 

Tuesday, September 19, Picnic for Hearing Impaired, 5:30 arrivals, 6:00 meal and program. Currently scheduled for Riverside Baptist Church in Graham, pending completed renovations in the fellowship building.

 

Ongoing

 

VOLUNTEERS needed for BINGO!  The WMU hosts Bingo each month as listed below, some attendees have a type of disability.  Prizes and refreshments are always needed, take to Association office.  Contact Pat Parks to let her know you can help -  jwpii@att.net.

 

Ralph Scott Residents, 3rd Thurs. monthly - Holly Hill Baptist Church, 2818 Edgewood Av, Burlington, 6:00 pm for about an hour.  Refreshments are provided by Association churches. 

20-40 attendees.

 

John Robert Kernodle Sr. Center, 4th Tuesday monthly - 1535 South Mebane Street, Burlington, 1:00 pm, volunteers arrive at 12:15 pm to set up.  No refreshments.  45-50 attendees.

 

Oak Creek Retirement Community, 1st Thursday & 3rd Monday, 343 Baldwin Road, Burlington, 3:00 pm, volunteers arrive at 2:15 pm to set up. No refreshments.  20 attendees.

 

 

 

Karen Rice - Associational WMU Director                                     

July 2023

BCH Back to School Reminder

 

If your church signed up to provide items for the Baptist Children’s Home, please get your donations to Pat Parks, jwpii@att.net or to the Association office by Monday 7/24.

 

Ongoing

 

VOLUNTEERS needed for BINGO!  The WMU hosts Bingo each month as listed below, some attendees have a type of disability.  Prizes and refreshments are always needed, take to Association office.  Contact Pat Parks to let her know you can help -  jwpii@att.net.

 

Ralph Scott Residents, 3rd Thurs. monthly - Holly Hill Baptist Church, 2818 Edgewood Av, Burlington, 6:00 pm for about an hour.  Refreshments are provided by Association churches. 

20-40 attendees.

 

John Robert Kernodle Sr. Center, 4th Tuesday monthly - 1535 South Mebane Street, Burlington, 1:00 pm, volunteers arrive at 12:15 pm to set up.  No refreshments.  45-50 attendees.

 

Oak Creek Retirement Community, 1st Thursday & 3rd Monday, 343 Baldwin Road, Burlington, 3:00 pm, volunteers arrive at 2:15 pm to set up. No refreshments.  20 attendees.

 

 

Compassion is important.  God described himself as compassionate and gracious (Ex. 34:6).  The Merriam-Webster dictionary definition is “sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.”  Let’s meditate on how compassion may manifest in our life so we can be a blessing to someone in both thought and deed.  (from July Mission Mosaic, page 30).

 

                                  

June 2023

Who is our neighbor? Jesus challenges our prejudices, mindsets, and attitudes. It’s an act of faith to receive God’s gracious love for us, but it’s a one-sided relationship if we only receive. Our response to God’s love for us is to love Him with our heart and actions. Loving God is the starting point of loving our neighbors. This month let’s pray to love God with all we have and are.

Luke 10:25-37 (from Mission Mosaic magazine, June 2023, page 30).

 

Ongoing

 

VOLUNTEERS needed for BINGO! The WMU hosts Bingo each month as listed below, some attendees have a type of disability. Prizes and refreshments are always needed, take to Association office. Contact Pat Parks to let her know you can help - jwpii@att.net.

 

Ralph Scott Residents, 3rd Thurs. monthly - Holly Hill Baptist Church, 2818 Edgewood Av, Burlington, 6:00 pm for about an hour. Refreshments are provided by Association churches.

20-40 attendees.

 

John Robert Kernodle Sr. Center, 4th Tuesday monthly - 1535 South Mebane Street, Burlington, 1:00 pm, volunteers arrive at 12:15 pm to set up. No refreshments. 45-50 attendees.

 

Oak Creek Retirement Community, 1st Thursday & 3rd Monday, 343 Baldwin Road, Burlington, 3:00 pm, volunteers arrive at 2:15 pm to set up. No refreshments. 20 attendees.

 

May grace surprise you kindly along your way – Emily P. Freeman

 

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