Exciting News!

Dog (Excited Dog)We are excited to announce that Evangelist Rodney Betts of Durham, NC will be back with us this Tuesday night at 7:30 P.M. That’s right! This will be ONE NIGHT ONLY and you don’t want to miss it! Bro. Betts, along with his wife, will be with us for our Tuesday evening service on Jan. 2nd.

Bro. Betts will be preaching, his wife will be singing, and you will be blessed. Please tell a friend and make plans to join us for this very special service. This will be a great way to begin your New Year!

Christmas Eve

Christmas Church PicJoin us for our Christmas Eve service beginning at noon on Sunday. (Can we really call it “Christmas Eve” if it’s at noon? Oh well!) This will be a great opportunity to join with others to celebrate the real meaning of the season and a good way to begin your family celebrations. By starting service at noon, this will give plenty of time for you to enjoy your evening with family and friends while putting Christ first in your festivities.

We look forward to a special time of worship and the Word and hope you will be a part of it. Doors will open at 11:30 A.M. for those who desire to come early for pre-service prayer. Come celebrate with the family!

Candlelight Service

Candlelight Service #2We want to extend a very warm welcome for you to join us in our Christmas Candlelight Service this Tuesday, Dec. 19th, at 7:30 P.M. We will begin the service by singing Christmas carols together by candlelight, we will then allow the children to gather together to hear the Christmas story read, and we will take a little time to hear from the Word of God concerning the season.

This will be a special evening to join with friends and family and celebrate the reason for the season. It would also be a good opportunity for you to come and make some new acquaintances with others in the community. All are more than welcome to attend and enjoy the holiday with us. Doors will open at 7:00 for those who can come early to participate in our regularly scheduled Tuesday evening pre-service prayer time. We look forward to being with you!

 

Holiday Schedule

Christmas Holiday ScheduleThis is a very special time of the year, especially when you have a church family to enjoy it with. We have a few events taking place and we want to invite you to attend. Please mark your calendar for the following dates:

  • Tuesday, December 19th @ 7:30 P.M. – Candlelight Service
  • Sunday, December 24th @ 12:00 P.M. – Children’s Song Presentation and Adult Word & Worship

One of the special things about Christmas is the memories you make and we’d love to have you make some with us. We hope you will join us for these special services. We look forward to celebrating the season with you!

Missy the Cow

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I couldn’t resist. For the folks who attend regularly, you’ll understand. The others who may read this will just have to attend regularly to understand or we may post more later concerning this subject.

I recently read where Missy the Cow sold for 1.2 million dollars in 2012. Even for you that know much about cattle, that’s astounding! Just the other day I had a conversation with someone after church about the high price of cattle and the figures were nowhere in this range.

Washington County is one of the largest livestock marketing centers east of the Mississippi River with around $40 million in livestock sales annually (see link). Agriculture and agriculture related industries represent the number one industry in the county. Washington County also ranks third in the Commonwealth for having the most cattle, so we love a good cow story. That’s not the only reason we do. The Apostolics of Abingdon know another reason, but you’ll have to attend or at least keep following this blog to find out why. #cowtales

Second Fiddle

Second FiddleConductor Leonard Bernstein was asked, “What is the hardest instrument to play?” His reply; “The second fiddle. I can get plenty of first violinists, but to find someone who can play the second fiddle with enthusiasm – that’s a problem. And if we have no second fiddle, we have no harmony.”

We are thankful to have a great team of folks at The Apostolics of Abingdon who work so hard behind the scenes. There are the ones who clean the church, take care of the maintenance, make phone calls to those who may have been absent, go on outreach, visit the sick, pray for their pastor, prepare food, give financially, and the list goes on.

They do it without expecting accolades. They do it from a heart of love. They do what they do as unto the Lord. Be assured He does notice and He keeps good records.

Thank you to each of you who give of yourselves so faithfully to the work of God. The Scripture mentions that God set “helps” in the church (1 Cor. 12:28). We are grateful for all you do to help make everything possible. #teamworkmakesthedreamwork

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As we approach the end of another year, I thought it would be good to revisit our 2017 theme once more. We will soon introduce our 2018 theme which will help set direction for the new year, but we do not want to forget this year’s. We want to add to it, build upon it, continue with it.

Please take a few minutes and read this previous post again and be reminded of our purpose. Read it prayerfully and ask God to help you to be involved in His harvest field. 

“Let’s Go” – Two simple words, but words that are intended to inspire, motivate, initiate, propagate evangelism, revival, and growth. Words that are Biblically inspired from passages like Matt. 28:19 – “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” and also Mark 16:15 – “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

“Let’s” – Let us. Together. Good things happen when we get together for a common cause. A Godly cause. Good things happen (God things happen) when the people have a mind to work. There’s power in unity.

“Go” – It’s His mandate to the church – It’s us sharing the good news of the gospel. (You don’t even have gospel without “GO.”) “To every creature” – That excludes no one. He would have all men to be saved. He’s not willing that any should perish. Social status is irrelevant. Skin tone is to be a non-issue. Age makes no difference. Everywhere to everybody with the gospel – the good news.

“Let’s go!” – These are words of action. Words that cause the scurrying of the feet, the heart beating, the blood pumping, the adrenalin flowing. Words that move one from their comfort zone. Words that move us from the padded (or non-padded) pew to the paved streets or dirt roads of Abingdon, Bristol (both Bristols), and beyond. It’s to the highways and hedges. There’s no sacred territory. If there’s a lost person, we want them. Hills, hollows, apartment complexes, trailer parks, and subdivisions.

Words that propel us to the knocking of doors, sending of text messages, and making phone calls. These two words should inspire us to peddle church tracts, church cards, and flyers of invitation. We will continue to utilize newspaper advertisement, the internet, and other mediums that could be used to propagate this life changing, soul-saving message.

These two words are to be the mantra; the buzzwords for our assembly in 2017. When we hear them or see them may they awaken us from slumber and motivate us to action. It sets the tone and tenor for The Apostolics of Abingdon. No longer status quo. No longer complacent or idle. Not with eternity in view. Not with the gospel in our hands to give. Not with the judgement looming.

We know too much. God’s been to good. His blessings are too abundant for us not to share. Hell is too hot and eternity is too long. We must act. We must accept His challenge; His charge. The night is far spent. The day is at hand. Let’s work while there’s time. Let’s reach the lost. Let’s do it today. Come on, Let’s go!

Low Battery?

Battery DeadIt was one of those days. I went to start my car and it wouldn’t start because my key fob battery was low. Throughout the course of the day my phone battery died and I was unable to make or receive calls. I had no charger with me and neither did anyone else nearby.

How many times this has happened lately. I go to use the cordless drill; battery dead. The kids go to ride their 12 volt atv or car; same story.

This is the time of the year when I like to replace my smoke alarm batteries, so I decided to do just that. Guess what? No smoke alarm! Now that’s a problem. Not sure what happened there. Not even sure what that has to do with this post, but if you’ve seen my smoke alarm (uh um.. Brendan, Logan, or Harrison), please return it or tell me where it is.

What about you? How many times do you feel like your battery has ran low? What about today? Why not join us this Tuesday evening at 7:30 for a re-charge? Even if you’re feeling fine, it may not hurt to go ahead and make certain you have a full charge for what may lie ahead.

Thanks for reading and we hope to see you this evening! – Pastor Fox

 

 

Church Van

VanWe are excited to announce that we have purchased our first van to pick up people for church! This is an exciting time at The Apostolics of Abingdon! We are moving forward in revival, evangelism, and church growth.

If you know of anyone who may like to come to church, but they are in need of transportation, please let us know. If you would like to help with this ministry either by donating to its cause and/or being directly involved, we would welcome your participation.

We will be discussing this further during Sunday’s service. We invite you to join us. Service begins at 2:00 P.M. We encourage you to come early for pre-service prayer which begins at 1:30 P.M. #letsgo!

Get To Know Pastor Fox

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AOA – Thank you for taking time to answer a few questions for us today. We wanted to help folks get acquainted with you on a more personal level just a bit.

Pastor Fox – You’re very welcome.

AOA – What are your hobbies?

Pastor Fox – I enjoy reading, music, ATV riding, collecting pocket knives, travel, good coffee, and mostly; my family. I also enjoy drives through the country and exploring “hole in the wall” restaurants (as long as they are clean). I am blessed with three boys and they, along with my wife, take precedent over everything else right now.

AOA – How old are the boys?

Pastor Fox – Brendan and Logan are twins and they are eight. Harrison will be two on December 30th.

AOA – Favorite Food?

Pastor Fox – Pizza, Donuts, and Ice Cream. I’m pretty sure there will be pizza in heaven (jk).

AOA – What are you currently reading?

Pastor FoxThe Seven Laws of the Learner by Bruce Wilkinson.

AOA – Good?

Pastor Fox – Very!

AOA – What did you just finish reading?

Pastor FoxThe Challenge of Preaching by John Stott.

AOA – Would you recommend it?

Pastor Fox –  To any pastor, definitely.

AOA – Any other books you would suggest?

Pastor FoxThe Necessity of Prayer by E.M. Bounds and Why Revival Tarries by Leonard Ravenhill.

AOA – What kind of music do you enjoy?

Pastor Fox – Like my appetite for food, it seems to change as I age. I still enjoy a variety of Christian music. I like black gospel. Bishop G.E. Patterson singing those old hymns is hard to beat. I like some southern gospel and even some of what is labeled contemporary. I like music with a message.

AOA – Favorite song?

Pastor Fox – It changes quite regularly. This week it is “God’s Got A Better Plan” by Canton Junction. Another favorite of mine for some time is “Chain Breaker” by Zach Williams.

AOA – What are some of the challenges to pastoring?

Pastor Fox – For me right now it would probably be to make certain that I know I’m “in tune” spiritually to convey what’s on God’s mind for the congregation. People need a “word in due season.” God reads the hearts of man and knows far better than I what is needed. I must be sensitive to His leading. Also, I want to give a balanced diet of the Word. Our goal is to Edify, Educate, and Evangelize and it is sometimes hard to do all three with only two services a week. We want to move people to another level in God and it takes wisdom and much prayer.

AOA – We are trying to keep this interview focused more on you to help folks get acquainted with the pastor, but it’s hard to disconnect you from the church because it’s so much of who you are. With that said, I’ll ask one more pastor-related question. How do you feel about the direction of the church (The Apostolics of Abingdon)?

Pastor Fox – I am excited about where we are headed with God’s continued help. We have come so far from that initial meeting a few years ago. There are many challenges to starting a church, but God is connecting us with folks who sincerely want to see something great accomplished for the kingdom. He is the one who builds His church, so we try to make ourselves available to Him and let Him do it through us. When we realize it’s a “God thing” and not us, it helps take some of the stress out of it. It takes a special individual to get involved with a new work due to all the things we don’t have yet, but if they can ever sense where God is taking us, they will get involved. We are thankful for those who have committed. This is a great time to be a part of it!

AOA – I can sense your excitement spilling over. Can we continue this interview later with church-related questions?

Pastor Fox – Certainly. I would also make a suggestion that possibly we could interview some of the members with questions about their personal testimonies of how the church has impacted their lives.

AOA – That’s a great idea! Let’s do it!