Join Us For Bible Study

Bible Study - Everyone WelcomeWe want to extend an invitation for you to please join us for Tuesday Night Bible Study. We are believing God for good things and we want you to be a part of it. We will begin at 7:30 this evening, but pre-service Prayer Meeting starts at 7:00 P.M.

We are conveniently located at 15540 Lee Highway in between Skyland Coin and Jewelry and Economy Inn Motel. We look forward to seeing you!

Thank You!

Thank YouThose words don’t seem adequate when we consider the goodness of both God and men toward us at our recent Pastoral Installation Services. We are certainly grateful for over eighteen ministers that were present to show their love and support for what God is doing at The Apostolics of Abingdon. We are thankful to have saints from other churches who, with the blessing of their pastors, came to celebrate with us. It was also great to have some folks from the community to join us during these special services.

The preaching of the Word of God was beyond amazing. Without a doubt we as a church body received direction that could have only came from God. I am convinced what happened in these two services will propel us forward into an even greater revival and solidify some things in our hearts that needed to be.

To the church congregation, please understand that there was a union that took place in our assembly that was orchestrated by the Holy Ghost. What God has joined together, let not man separate. Let’s endeavor to keep the unity of the spirit. By God’s grace we will continue to work together to see souls saved and lives changed for the glory of God.

So many expressions of gratitude need to be offered to so many, but we certainly don’t want to overlook the One who arranged it all; Jesus Christ. We give thanks to the great Head of the Church for all that transpired during this landmark event. The singing, words of exhortation, anointed preaching, and spirit of unity was all because of Him!

Welcome Guests!

Martha Washington FallWe have some special guests with us this week and we wanted to share some attractions that may interest you and hopefully make your visit a little more enjoyable. You have chosen a beautiful time of year to come to this region. USA Today recently named Abingdon as one of the Ten Best Southern Small Towns
http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-southern-small-town and we think you will understand why now that you are here to experience it. Any time is a good time to come, but Autumn is extra special. Below are some links to help you familiarize yourself with the area:

http://visitabingdonvirginia.com/autumn-in-abingdon-2/
http://www.southeasterntraveler.com/blog/2013/10/10-places-to-enjoy-beautiful-fall-foliage-in-abingdon-virginia/
http://www.themartha.com
http://www.vacreepertrail.com

Shopping:
http://www.thepinnacle.com
http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CFPageC?storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&appID=94&storeID=81
http://www.cabelas.com/stores/store_info.jsp?pageName=060

Eatin’ Places
Bonefire Smokehouse – This is a neat little spot with good food & really good sweet tea. Their cornbread fritters alone are worth the trip! They also have a barbecue sauce bar to choose your own flavor. I recommend going before evening because they do have a bar with occassional live entertainment. It’s in the heart of Abingdon @ 260 W Main St, Abingdon, VA.
Ellis Soda Shoppe & Grill – If you want to go back in time to another era where drug store soda fountains were popular, people were friendly, and milk shakes were authentic, this place is for you! This would be a good place to break for lunch as you take a stroll through beautiful downtown Abingdon. http://ellissodashoppe.com
Burger Bar – An area landmark since 1942. If you want to experience a delicious burger in a neat atmosphere, you will probably enjoy this diner in the heart of downtown Bristol. http://www.theoriginalburgerbar.com
Blackbird Bakery – A MUST stop. It’s open 24/7 and it’s located at 56 Piedmont Ave which is in downtown Bristol. They have really good ice cream too! http://blackbirdbakerybristol.com
Southern Churn – If you like delicious, fresh, home made ice cream with an old fashioned, hand-cranked taste this place is for you. They also have homemade fudge, fresh roasted nuts, and bulk candies. http://www.thesouthernchurn.com
Cootie Brown’s – This is a unique dining experience with a nice variety of menu options. They also have awesome desserts! http://www.cootiebrowns.com/bristol

If you are staying in Bristol,there are plenty of chain restaurant options without leaving town. For those staying at the Courtyard by Marriott on Linden Drive, you will find nice restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.

Nearby Towns with Great Attractions/Shopping:
Kingsport, TN is about 25 minutes away and is a good place to go for shopping (http://visitkingsport.com). Johnson City is a nice town (approx. 35 min) and has plenty of shopping and restaurants. http://visitjohnsoncitytn.com

Abingdon itself is a scenic town with boutique shops and restaurants that’s worth experiencing if you have the time. Of course, the most important and exciting event transpiring will be the church services. We are looking forward to having good, old-fashioned church and we are glad you are coming to help make that happen!

We do want you to enjoy your time with us and if there’s anything we can do to make your stay more comfortable, please let us know. Now come on, let’s have church!

Revival Continues

Revival PicRevival continues this Tuesday, Oct. 6th, at 7:30 P.M. with Evangelist Nathan Carrier of Salina, KS. Great things are happening and we would love for you to come and be a part of it!

If this will be your first time visiting with us you may click on the What to Expect tab at the top of the page. This will hopefully answer some questions that you may have.

We are located at 15540 Lee Highway in between Economy Inn and Skyland Coin and Jewelry. Parking is available on the right side of the church as well as overflow parking at Skyland Coin and Jewelry. Service begins at 7:30, but you are welcome to join us for pre-service prayer at 7:00. We look forward to seeing you!

Yellow Ribbon Revival

Yellow Ribbon on Tree #3If you follow this blog or are a member of our church, you know that the theme for 2015 is “Welcome Home.” This has been an exciting year for the Apostolics of Abingdon. Some new folks have found a home with us and we as a congregation have found a church home.

We are now in the closing quarter of 2015 and we are believing there are others who are searching for a place to call home. I realize I’m being repetitive from previous posts in restating the definition, but the word “home” has been defined as “any place of residence or refuge.” The phrase “at home” means “in a situation familiar to one; at ease.” To me, home is a place where you are comfortable. It’s a place where you can just be yourself and also allow those who share that space the same privilege. It is a place where love is given and love is received. Home is a place where others can come in and feel that “homey” atmosphere.

Experience has taught me that home doesn’t have to be fancy to be home. Home doesn’t have to be in the nicest of subdivisions to be home. It doesn’t have to have fine furniture to be home. It pertains more to the environment than the edifice. It’s the feeling; the comfort. Home is a place where you know you belong.

It is with this in mind that we are presenting the “Yellow Ribbon Revival.” To the best of my research, the yellow ribbon stems from a story of two men in a railroad train. One was so reserved that his companion had difficulty in persuading him to talk about himself. He was, he said at length, a convict returning from five years’ imprisonment in a distant prison, but his people were too poor to visit him and were too uneducated to be very articulate on paper. Hence he had written to them to make a sign for him when he was released and came home. If they wanted him, they should put a white ribbon in the big apple tree which stood close to the railroad track at the bottom of the garden, and he would get off the train, but if they did not want him, they were to do nothing and he would stay on the train and seek a new life elsewhere. He said that they were nearing his home town and that he couldn’t bear to look. His new friend said that he would look and took his place by the window to watch for the apple tree which the other had described to him.In a minute he put a hand on his companion’s arm. “There it is,” he cried. “It’s all right! The whole tree is white with ribbons” (www.loc.gov/folklife/ribbons/ribbons.html).

It appears this evolved through time and various usages, most often soldiers returning home from war, to the familiar “welcome home ribbon” being yellow in color. However it originated, most associate the yellow ribbon as a sign of someone desiring the return of another to their rightful place. That’s exactly what we want you to think when you pass by the church and see the ribbons, read the blog, or come inside and see the ribbon before you. That’s what we want you to feel when we greet you on the street or shake your hand as you are our guest. We want you to understand no matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done, you are welcome with us.

Maybe you are a prodigal that once attended church or you’ve always kept your distance from church, we welcome you. The ribbons are going up soon. Don’t be like the released prisoner, afraid to look. Look over our way and understand you are loved, then come on in and experience the warmth and welcome of some fellow prisoners that have been set free and “free indeed” (John 8:36).

We are located at 15540 Lee Highway in between Economy Inn and Skyland Coin and Jewelry. Parking is available on the right side of the church as well as overflow parking at Skyland Coin and Jewelry. We are currently engaged in Revival services with Evangelist Nathan Carrier of Salina, Kansas. Join us for Sunday Word and Worship at 2:00 P.M. with pre-service prayer at 1:30. We look forward to seeing you!

Fall Revival

Revival PicPlease join us for a special Revival Service this Friday, Oct. 2nd, at 7:30 P.M. Bro. Nathan Carrier of Salina, KS will be the guest evangelist. We are expecting great things and would love for you to come and be a part of it!

If this will be your first time visiting with us you may click on the What to Expect tab at the top of the page. This will hopefully answer some questions that you may have.

We are located at 15540 Lee Highway in between Economy Inn and Skyland Coin and Jewelry. Parking is available on the right side of the church as well as overflow parking at Skyland Coin and Jewelry. Service begins at 7:30, but you are welcome to join us for pre-service prayer at 7:00. We look forward to seeing you!