31 Oct 2018

Annual Meeting Update and Landmark Celebrations

By Phil Taylor

Dear Church Family,

The annual meeting has come and gone, but the rich blessings of this year are still on our minds.  Thank you to all who have stood with CrossNet Baptist Network in furthering the Gospel and Kingdom work this year. Our special speaker, Pastor Joey Hanner made a lasting impression on our pastors and congregants. His story of going from being an unsaved truck driver with a failing marriage to becoming the pastor of Union #3 Baptist Church (which has baptized 900 people in the last few years), demonstrates the power of God in a yielded life.  He met Jesus and followed the path set before him.  Joey’s story is not only one of personal revitalization, but one of church revitalization. Union #3 Baptist Church of Gadsden, Alabama is now a thriving rural church that reaches lost and hurting people in a very personal way.  Praise be to the Lord for his mercy!  Thank you Philippi Baptist Church for hosting our Harvest Celebration.

On October 18th, Joey Hanner returned to town as the special speaker of our Pastors’ Luncheon at the CrossNet office.  Once again, he inspired our pastors to disciple people in their churches and lives.  The reality that few people ever get discipled was heavy on his heart after attending a discipleship event in North Carolina. Upon returning home, he asked his own congregation who had been discipled?  Only one or two people stood up.  This lit a fire in Joey to start discipling those at Union #3 Baptist Church.  Now he is on mission to tell pastors about what God is doing through discipleship, and to encourage churches in this important matter.  Prior to the luncheon, Joey was a guest speaker to our Learning Community session for pastors that meets once a month on Thursdays.  The Learning Community is open to our pastors for training, encouragement, and fostering as iron sharpens iron.

On October 21st, it was my pleasure to join the folks of Bellefounte Baptist Church in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Lake Walker as their pastor.  I presented Lake with a plaque from CrossNet marking this major milestone with our gratitude for being a dedicated partner in the Gospel.

October 21st also held the 60th anniversary celebration of Westwood Baptist Church.  Congratulations to all there!

Please join with me in welcoming our new pastors:  1)  Donnie Jenkins, New Union Baptist; 2) Rusty Langford, Matthew’s Table Church;  3) David Peters, Go Life Church, 4) Travis Rodgers, Hopewell Baptist;  5)  Hunter McLain, Cohulla Baptist;  and 6) Jordan Easley of First Baptist-Cleveland.  Remember to support them in prayer. 

DISASTER RELIEF UPDATE:  Last month brought in hurricane damage to North Carolina, the panhandle of Florida and Georgia.  CrossNet Baptist Network disaster relief teams have been deployed to North Carolina and Florida as chainsaw teams, mass feeding teams, and mud-out teams. On November 4-10th, our next chainsaw team will be headed to Port St. Joe, Florida where this community took a direct hit from Hurricane Michael.

PROJECT HELPING HANDS: This ministry has now closed the applications phase for families in need of Thanksgiving and Christmas Food and Gifts for children.  The needs are great this year.  This is a wonderful opportunity for churches, small groups, or families to adopt a family in need for Thanksgiving & Christmas.  Call Lynda Davis at (423) 529-0744.


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On Mission

Dear Church Family,

I am reminded today that I have much to be thankful for as I am sure you do too. First, and foremost, I am thankful for your support of CrossNet Baptist Network and to the spreading of the Gospel to the ends of the earth. At this writing, I am unpacking from the recent mission trip to Nigeria and Kenya, Africa, and repacking for the next mission trip to Istanbul, Turkey and Nepal. While in Nigeria and Kenya, our team conducted church leadership meetings and crusades. It was my privilege to be one of the guest speakers to the ministers in the leadership meeting. I ask for your continued prayers regarding both the lost peoples of these areas and for the minsters there.

As to the mission ahead in Istanbul, Turkey and Nepal, I will be traveling with four familiar brothers: Jim Gibson, J. R. Fulbright, Scott Boring (all of First Baptist Cleveland), and Mark Cameron of Samples Memorial. Remember us in your prayers that we may be highly successful on this trip. May God continue to bless the response to the Great Commission through your faithful prayers and gifts that further His Kingdom work! You are indeed a great partner in the Gospel.

At this writing, CrossNet Baptist Network has disaster relief teams in Port St. Joe, Florida, based out of their First Baptist Church. This area took a direct hit from Hurricane Michael and the result was heavily damaged homes, businesses, and churches. Our most seasoned volunteers have stated that this recovery effort is very draining as Hurricane Michael caused damaged greater than Hurricane Katrina. The buildings may be damaged, but not the Spirit of Christ among his people. For those who do not know Christ, these teams bring with them the Good News and a light that shines brightly in the ruins. As the recovery moves forward in the upcoming months, we are considering a potential long-term commitment in the panhandle of Florida to help churches there survive and revitalize post Michael.

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