Cooperative Baptists?

Cooperative Baptists?

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By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter June 14, 2018

Greetings from Dallas!

This week, I am attending the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly in Dallas, TX. Every year, churches like ours, from all over the nation, gather for a time of worship, fellowship, education and, well.... cooperation.

Far from an oxymoron, "cooperative baptist" really defines the best of our fellowship. Working together we have the opportunity to offer our gifts to the world. We partner with other churches to fund our global missions work around the world. Every local church has the opportunity to have a global impact.

Use the link below to learn about CBF's 2018 and 2019 Global Missions Offering.

I can't wait to tell you more when I return.

~ Jake

Summertime

Summertime

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter June 7, 2018

This quote from Anne Lamott really captures what we've been up to on this first week of summer. 

“When hope is not pinned wriggling onto a shiny image or expectation, it sometimes floats forth and opens like one of those fluted Japanese blossoms, flimsy and spastic, bright and warm. This almost always seems to happen in community.” - Anne Lamott

No Ordinary Time

No Ordinary Time

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter May 31, 2018

Summer begins on June 21, 2018. While the date marks the beginning of summer, in Macon, Georgia, it feels like it has already arrived. By the time the graduates have tossed their tassels and the final exams have been proctored, summer has begin in earnest.The temperature has risen degree by degree until the AC blasts and we are quite sure that summer-time sensibilities have already arrived.

The Royal Wedding

The Royal Wedding

By Cass DuCharme

published in Family Matters eNewsletter May 24, 2018

For those of you who may not have a TV, radio, computer, cell phone, iPad, etc., you may not have known that there was a little wedding in England last Saturday. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot in St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. It was an international affair. Prince Harry’s beautiful bride is from the USA, and because of that, this Royal Wedding was like no other in history. Because of the time difference, one person in my house was up at 4:00 a.m., watching all of the famous people take their places in the church getting ready for the big affair. I will admit, I did get up at 7:00 a.m. to see it live, but I wasn’t the one up at 4:00 a.m.

Down to the river: A pastor’s journey toward real life, real sin and real redemption

Down to the river: A pastor’s journey toward real life, real sin and real redemption

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter May 17, 2018

This series in the “Signature Ministries” project is part of the BNG Storytelling Projects Initiative. By studying ministers or churches who practice “Signature Ministries,” we learn from communities who respond to the needs around them, engaging and energizing members in specific ministries that turn them outward on the world. We will specifically profile ministers who lead through their passion and zeal for an interest or a skill that connects with their community outside of the role they would normally play as pastor, leading their congregants to see Christ in others and reaching the needs of the world around them.

The Christ-haunted hosts of Gospel Gothic

The Christ-haunted hosts of Gospel Gothic

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter May 10, 2018

This series in the “Signature Ministries” project is part of the BNG Storytelling Projects Initiative. By studying ministers or churches who practice “Signature Ministries,” we learn from communities who respond to the needs around them, engaging and energizing members in specific ministries that turn them outward on the world. We will specifically profile ministers who lead through their passion and zeal for an interest or a skill that connects with their community outside of the role they would normally play as pastor, leading their congregants to see Christ in others and reaching the needs of the world around them.

Project of Highland Hills Highlighted by Baptist News Agency as a 'Signature Ministry'

Project of Highland Hills Highlighted by Baptist News Agency as a 'Signature Ministry'

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter May 3, 2018

This series in the “Signature Ministries” project is part of the BNG Storytelling Projects Initiative. By studying ministers or churches who practice “Signature Ministries,” we learn from communities who respond to the needs around them, engaging and energizing members in specific ministries that turn them outward on the world. We will specifically profile ministers who lead through their passion and zeal for an interest or a skill that connects with their community outside of the role they would normally play as pastor, leading their congregants to see Christ in others and reaching the needs of the world around them.

I'll Weep When You Are Weeping

I'll Weep When You Are Weeping

By Ruth DuCharme

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, April 26, 2018

Do you remember a moment when you came to the realization that your life was not your own? For me, it occurred when our first child was born. We had this beautiful, healthy baby girl that we were crazy in love with, yet we were terrified of her at the same time. Caitlyn was totally dependent on Cass and me to meet her every need. We were her providers and protectors. We were responsible for her physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. There were moments when that realization overwhelmed me, and I questioned whether or not I was up for the task.