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6 Pillars of Family Worship

by: Jacob Sinclair

02/03/2020

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Our faith is one that believes that God is worthy of our worship every single day. Considering that we spend a large part of our lives in our homes, what does it look like to worship God together as a family? Verses like Romans 12:1 remind us that worship isn’t just about our times of singing on Sunday mornings. True worship involves and requires our whole lives. This Spring we will be focusing on how to be intentional in our worship of God together as a family. It’s time to take our role seriously – and by seriously, we don’t… read more

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Our faith is one that believes that God is worthy of our worship every single day. Considering that we spend a large part of our lives in our homes, what does it look like to worship God together as a family? Verses like Romans 12:1 remind us that worship isn’t just about our times of singing on Sunday mornings. True worship involves and requires our whole lives. This Spring we will be focusing on how to be intentional in our worship of God together as a family. It’s time to take our role seriously – and by seriously, we don’t always mean being serious. In fact, we believe that fun, whimsy, and adventure are some of the most important things in our family life. Actually, you’ll see the 6 pillars below that we believe contribute to worship in family life. This March, we are inviting Jonathan and Emily Martin who are a short, travel-sized, musical family, who present music through their ministry The Word in Worship, to come help us focus on what it means to worship as a family and pass down our faith to our kids. They will lead us in a fun family oriented worship experience that you will not want to miss!

The God of Generations Family Worship Night
Sunday March 8th //
6:00pm-7:00pm // Free Event!
followed by a Reception/Meet & Greet

  • Singing
    • Throughout the Word we are commanded to sing to God!The thought of singing in our homes might be an intimidating thought at first to those families that don’t consider themselves to have talents in the arena of music. The truth is that praise is one of the most natural things we do as humans. We can’t help but to exclaim about the things we enjoy.We want to sing together as families because we want to enjoy God together.
  • Prayer
    • Prayer is a humbling act of dependence. Our kids need to see our dependence on God When they’re young, kids tend to see their parents as heroes. It’s good for them to see us bow the knee in humility to the one true Hero because the truth is that we will let our kids down at some point. But God will never let us down. Through praying together we lay down a path for our kids to follow so that they know the way to the Father on their own. Through prayer we acknowledge the One who rules over all.
  • Learning
    • God gave us our brains and our ability to grow, why not learn and grow together? The Word reveals God to us and so we want to read the Bible and meditate on it together. While learning the Bible is a core and essential element to our worship together, we also want to learn about the world around us because according to Psalm 19, all of creation also reveals God to us if we’ll pay attention. Create a culture where we enjoy learning together because almost everything around us points us back to God.
  • Serving
    • Giving up our lives for the sake of others is a way to reflect the image of God and the Gospel. Ephesians 2:10 reminds us that God made us. He gave us all the gifts, talents, and experiences that we have. We want to learn how to serve one another in the family by asking, how can I contribute to the family? How can I encourage, strengthen, and help the family win? These are all questions each family member can ask. But as a family, we also want to look outward and consider how God might want to use our team unit to be a blessing to the world around us.
  • Having Fun
    • Author Tedd Tripp has wisely said that, “the things we do together provides context for relationships.”As a parent, one of the things I want more than anything is to have in influential voice in the life of my kids. When I make a point to enjoy my kids and have fun with them, when I show interest in their interests, when I simply get on the floor and play with them, I’m showing my kids that they have a place to belong. Our fun together creates context for the serious parts of our lives, including our faith.
  • Loving Each Other
    • In John 13:35 Jesus tells us that the world will know us by how we love each other. That means that when we are learning how to love each other well, we are glorifying God and displaying Christ to the world. Loving each other is an important part of our worship! We live in a culture that seems to think that loving another person is easy and as natural as breathing. 1 Corinthians 13 shows us the real need to be intentional about how we live out love. Family relationships are one of the best places to grow in love.

We are looking forward to Sunday March 8th at 6pm as Jonathan and Emily Martin lead us in this family friendly worship experience. This is for all ages kids-adults and we encourage you to invite at least one other family to join you. For families with kids 3 and under, we'll have childcare available for you!

www.thewordinworship.com

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Serving in Romania

by: Aversboro Communications

12/02/2019

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The pavement of the streets came to an abrupt end and the dusty dirt paths began as our NC Baptist on Mission medical team of 12 (led by Melissa Landers) entered into the Roma (Gypsy) villages. I could not believe the circumstances that these people endured every day – their homes built with limited materials, some with holes in roofs, some without floors, others without windows or doors or simply covered with fabric. The lack of running water in their homes as evidenced by the outhouses in each yard. Some homes were not equipped with electricity and those that… read more

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The pavement of the streets came to an abrupt end and the dusty dirt paths began as our NC Baptist on Mission medical team of 12 (led by Melissa Landers) entered into the Roma (Gypsy) villages. I could not believe the circumstances that these people endured every day – their homes built with limited materials, some with holes in roofs, some without floors, others without windows or doors or simply covered with fabric. The lack of running water in their homes as evidenced by the outhouses in each yard. Some homes were not equipped with electricity and those that were had primitive wiring of questionable safety. With below-freezing temperatures in the mornings, it was commonplace to see children in the villages barefoot. The men working in the villages used old wooden wagons pulled by a single horse. The large array of government fields surrounding the villages were gleaned daily by the Roma children in an effort to find food.

As our vehicles pulled to a stop at each site where we set up our medical clinics, the curiosity of the Roma people was evidenced by their watchful eyes as they gathered in the street. When we met these beautiful people for the first time, the look of hopelessness in their eyes let us know that we were in a place where sharing the love of Christ was needed. They were hungry for God’s word and desperate for His love. It was evident that while there were medical needs, their spiritual needs were of utmost importance. As nurses, doing the initial assessments, we asked if we could pray with them for anything. This was eagerly accepted and many tears, hugs, and prayers were shared. The minister on our team was able to share the gospel many times throughout the week with many decisions made for Christ.

In four villages – Kobolkut, Kiskayga, Olaszi, and Szent Miklos - families opened their homes for the clinic. The other two clinics were held in the churches within the villages – Szekelyhid and Csokaly, a church that was built by Fairview Baptist Church in Apex. Our clinic day began around 9:00 am and we saw patients until 6:00 pm. During our 4 ½ days of clinics, our team was able to see 436 medical patients, 93 dental patients, and 48 patients receiving dental hygiene care.

We learned that the Roma people have been discriminated against and ostracized for generations and have had to resort to basic self-preservation. The extreme poverty results in very poor living conditions, relational problems, medical issues, and lack of hope. While our medical/dental clinics were intended to help at least short-term with their medical needs, our more important goal was to give the Roma people a hope that can only be found in knowing Jesus Christ. Our prayer is that God will continue to move in these villages and that these precious people will come to experience the love of Christ in their lives and their villages.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

I feel so blessed to have been a part of this team of people serving in Romania. Although I only knew Melissa and Franklin Landers, former members of Aversboro, prior to this trip, our team of 12 functioned as though we had known each other for years. In sharing devotions each morning before we began our day, it was evident that God had placed us together for His purpose and that our common goal for the week was to share God’s love and word with everyone we encountered.

One of my favorite quotes is "You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”

With nothing at all to physically give, the Roma people certainly fit these criteria, but I found that they did more than repay me….they blessed me richly with their humble spirits, their smiles, and their warm genuine love!

Contributor: Trish Jarrell
Trish is a long-time member of Aversboro, serves as a deacon, and in our Student ministry. She enjoys the opportunity to serve through missions stateside and abroad.

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Reflecting Jesus through the Angel Tree Program

by: Aversboro Communications

11/19/2019

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For many years, Aversboro Road Church has begun the Advent Season by sponsoring an Angel Tree in cooperation with Garner Area Ministries. As we await the celebration of our Savior’s birth, it is important to remember that He relied on the benevolence of friends throughout His life; in many instances long after he was a young child. A parent’s need and the desire to make a family’s Christmas more joyous doesn’t end with preschool graduation. Many families of diverse makeup surround our church, and we are in a position to help the least of these, serving as Christ’s hands… read more

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For many years, Aversboro Road Church has begun the Advent Season by sponsoring an Angel Tree in cooperation with Garner Area Ministries. As we await the celebration of our Savior’s birth, it is important to remember that He relied on the benevolence of friends throughout His life; in many instances long after he was a young child. A parent’s need and the desire to make a family’s Christmas more joyous doesn’t end with preschool graduation. Many families of diverse makeup surround our church, and we are in a position to help the least of these, serving as Christ’s hands and feet in Garner.

I once was participating in another group’s Christmas Shopping spree project, and a shy 13-year-old asked if Santa Claus was real. When asked why she wondered, her response was that he had never come to her house. According to respected Christian scholars, we do know that Saint Nicholas of Myra was a real Christian Bishop of the third century whose legendary habit of secret gift-giving to those in need informs many of our 21st-century traditions.

God uses regular people like us to remind or let people know that He cares for them where they are.

Just this week, in calling one family and inviting them to participate in our Angel Tree, the mom said “You don’t know what this means to me. My husband just lost his job.” In no way was this random that I contacted her on just the day that her husband was laid off. I was able to say that we do these things on behalf of the One who loves us all.

A winter coat, gloves, dishes, or even toys may seem like small things to us. However, God calls us in the big and small things to minister to his people.

Please consider adopting an angel or two from the tree in the Sanctuary Lobby on Sunday, November 24th after the Hanging of the Green service. We ask that you take an angel, sign the angel out (a new thing this year), and then return the presents individually wrapped (with the angel taped to the outside of the present). Wrapped Angel tree gifts are to be placed beside the tree and due back by Tuesday, December 10, as distribution to families will happen on the morning of December 13. Please contact Kimberly Potter or the church office if you have questions.

You may be the only reflection of Jesus’ gift of salvation in that person’s life this Christmas, adopt an angel this year!

Contributor: Kimberly Potter
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Prayers for Trunk or Treat

by: Jacob Sinclair

10/23/2019

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Aversboro’s Trunk or Treat Harvest Fest is right around the corner and we want to be in specific prayer for this community event. Our goal for that night is not just to have lots of fun and eat lots of candy, but connect our community to our church and show them who Christ is and the love He has for them.

For the next week leading up to Trunk or Treat, please be in specific prayer with us.


Thursday 10/24

Pray for our Guests. Pray for those families who are interested in attending our event will decide to join… read more

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Aversboro’s Trunk or Treat Harvest Fest is right around the corner and we want to be in specific prayer for this community event. Our goal for that night is not just to have lots of fun and eat lots of candy, but connect our community to our church and show them who Christ is and the love He has for them.

For the next week leading up to Trunk or Treat, please be in specific prayer with us.


Thursday 10/24

Pray for our Guests. Pray for those families who are interested in attending our event will decide to join us. Pray for families who are looking for a place to belong, a church, & a community—pray that this event might be the open door that connects them to our church.

Friday 10/25

Pray for the details. Pray for all the details that go into making this event happen. Pray for wisdom, encouragement, and clarity as our lead team and volunteers get ready for this event over the next week.

Saturday 10/26

Pray for Clarity. Sometimes, there are opportunities that can be easy to pass up on being clear about the gospel. Pray that every opportunity to speak the gospel will be met with a clear, concise, winsome statement of the gospel of Christ.

Sunday 10/27

Pray for our Volunteers. Over 100 volunteers help to make this event happen. Pray for their hearts to be ready and excited to serve. Pray that the Lord will use them in BIG ways on the night of Trunk or Treat.

Monday 10/28

Pray for each specific area of Trunk or Treat. Trunks, Concessions, Inflatables, Greeting, Registration, Games, Stage entertainment, Face Painting, Parking, Security, & Behind the Scenes.

Tuesday 10/29

Pray for our Parking Lot. Pray for each set of feet that step foot in our parking lot. For the volunteers, church members, and guests. Pray that their hearts will be excited by this event and see Christ through it.

Wednesday 10/30

Pray for Soil. Jesus told the parable of the sower (Matthew 13) and distinguished different kinds of soil. There are really only two kinds, the kind that bears lasting fruit and the kind that doesn’t. We need to pray for the supernatural work of God to prepare ‘spiritual soil’ in our guests so that they will respond to the gospel seed sown and that people will realize the power of the gospel and how it affects their lives.

Thursday 10/31

Pray for tonight. Pray that the Lord will use us to be His light to people tonight at Trunk or Treat. Pray that people’s eyes will be open to Him and to our church as a way to get to know Him better. Pray for our volunteers and that they will have strength and excitement as they serve our community.

Friday 11/1

Pray for hearts. Pray for each person who attended our event. Pray that their hearts are flooded with the love and joy of Christ and that they might come to check us out on a Sunday at Aversboro.


Our prayer is that our church will become the hands and feet of Jesus to our community in an effort to connect our community to Aversboro, but ultimately connect them with Christ. Our campus will be full of around 2,000 community members on the night of Trunk or Treat and we are beyond excited to welcome them. This is an opportunity to create some fun & encourage our community to check us out. Our continual prayer is that this event helps show people the power of the gospel and how it can change their life.

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” — Colossians 4:2

Thank you for joining us in prayer!

Contributor: Jacob Sinclair, Trunk or Treat Team Leader
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Receiving a bigger blessing than we deserve

by: Aversboro Communications

09/19/2019

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As soon as Hurricane Dorian exited the Atlantic, NC area, NC Baptist on Mission began setting up a base for disaster relief and recovery at Atlantic Missionary Baptist Church. When assessors arrive they began canvassing the area from Harker’s Island to Cedar Island to get a view of the damage incurred by Dorian. On Sunday, teams were taking job requests from Down East residents who had received damage from the storm. James Davis and I were one of three assessor teams who went out into the communities in response to the damage request. We traveled the Harker’s Island, Gloucester, Otway,… read more

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As soon as Hurricane Dorian exited the Atlantic, NC area, NC Baptist on Mission began setting up a base for disaster relief and recovery at Atlantic Missionary Baptist Church. When assessors arrive they began canvassing the area from Harker’s Island to Cedar Island to get a view of the damage incurred by Dorian. On Sunday, teams were taking job requests from Down East residents who had received damage from the storm. James Davis and I were one of three assessor teams who went out into the communities in response to the damage request. We traveled the Harker’s Island, Gloucester, Otway, Davis, Stacy, Sea Level, Atlantic, and Cedar Island communities. Most of the damage in these communities was roofs in need of tarps and tree damage. When we left on Friday evening, they had received just over 100 applications for assistance.

Being an assessor gives an opportunity to be the first person to visit a damaged property. Not only do we assess the damages, but we get the opportunity to talk with the homeowner and hear their stories of living through the storm. We go to help in physical ways, but we also are there to offer emotional and spiritual support.

When we serve others to try to bless them with physical assistance, we always end up receiving a bigger blessing ourselves.

We had the privilege of meeting a homeowner who is wheelchair-bound. The damage to her home was minimal, but that visit was a divine appointment. She had an accident several years ago and received multiple broken bones. After eight operations, she now has no hip bones at all. Even in her circumstance, she has a positive attitude. She has found a doctor in Virginia who could possibly offer help, but she cannot go with it being more than a day trip and finances do not afford it. She sits in her raised home without a wheelchair ramp, with nothing but a smile on her face. We had a chaplain riding with us on the day of our visit. The chaplain was able to share with her that one year ago he was in a wheelchair from an unknown disease. He was able to share how he did rehab, with doctors and on his own, and now can walk as normal. He shared how he gives praises to God for the healing that he experienced. The began a spiritual connection and conversation between them because of their stories. It was no coincidence they were brought together- God had a plan.

One of the volunteers we worked with is part of a ladies' quilting group and she brought several quilts to share with homeowners. On our way home, we stopped by and gave the homeowner a quilt and cleaning supplies that had been donated for cleanup. Her face lit up. She hugged the quilt close and thought it was the most beautiful thing she had ever seen. We left and felt blessed beyond words.

This one trip is an example of how no matter when, where, or what kind of mission experience you undertake, God always makes sure that you receive joy and blessings beyond what you can ask for.


CONTRIBUTOR: LINDA POOLE
Linda is a long time member of Aversboro and is a leader in our Student Ministry. She enjoys the opportunity to serve through NC Baptist Men & Women Disaster Relief ministry folllowing natural disasters.
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