Even though we are still rejoicing from the wonderful Annual Meeting we just experienced a few weeks ago, we anticipate a wonderful September as well. Lord willing, there are two special meetings coming up in September that we would love for any and all that can to come and visit with us. If either or both of these meetings look feasible, please consider coming and visiting with us. Regardless of attendance, please pray for us and these meetings as we stand in need of the Almighty's blessings upon us as we attend to worship in His house.
Lord willing, the Ebenezer Fellowship Meeting will convene the 4th Sunday weekend in September. Bay Springs is the host church this year, but they have elected to host the meeting in the Cool Springs meetinghouse due to space considerations. Every time I have attended this meeting, the Lord has richly blessed it. Last year, the meeting had ministers from 8 different states in attendance, and the preaching was (as the old fathers used to say) "all of a unit." We pray for a similar experience this year.
Lord willing, the following weekend (5th Sunday weekend in September), Elder Sonny Pyles from Graham, Texas will be preaching a special meeting at Cool Springs. Brother Sonny is no stranger at Cool Springs as he has preached the annual meeting many times in years past. It has been a number of years since his last visit, and the church is anxious to hear him again. He has graciously agreed to be with us, and we pray not only for his safety in travel but for rich preaching grace while he is among us.
Both meetings (along with their schedules for the services) are now listed on our website: coolspringspbc.org. Again, please consider coming to worship with us, but please pray for us.
This past weekend (Septemeber 22-24) we were blessed to attend the 198th session of the Ebenezer Fellowship in middle Georgia. Pleasant Plains Church – pastored by Elder Garry Hall – hosted the meeting, and they chose to host the meeting in Cool Springs Church's facilities. If not mistaken, there were 9 states represented at our services during the weekend, and we truly thank the Lord that we had such an outpouring and manifestation of our friends and kindred in Christ that came to worship with us.
Order of Preaching:
Elder Joe Nettles (Vidalia, GA) – Faith and its utilization. What do we do with what the Lord has given us?
Elder E W Hooven (Winston-Salem, NC) – Continuation on faith with the miracle of the feeding of 5,000 men with 5 loaves and 2 small fishes. Continuing to "thou hast the words of eternal life." (John 6)
Elder Danny Parker (Danville, VA) – Philippians 2:5-11. Who was Christ, what did He do, and how does that thinking translate into us having His mind?
(Congregational Singing on Friday night. The estimated congregation size was 250+ for that service.)
Elder Tracy Fredrickson (Stockton, CA) – God is able. Spoke about the ability of God to save from the fires of life (Daniel 3), fulfill and perform the promises made (Romans 4), and save to the uttermost (Hebrews 7).
The meeting was one that seemed to build and get better and better. By meetings' end, many tears of joy for the power of the meeting and sadness over its conclusion were shed. The fellowship between the brethren was particularly high. If not mistaken, other than the 8 Ebenezer Fellowship churches, over 15 different churches were represented throughout the weekend. Several commented that both the congregation size and manifestation of the Spirit seemed higher than in previous years.
We thank the Lord for His mercy unto us, our brethren for coming to visit with us, and our home folks for being such willing hosts in their service and joy to the Lord. Already I have heard of those praying for the meeting next year, and do hope that those that have an interest in coming will make plans to come this direction. If not, I do hope that all have an interest in praying for this area. We feel strengthened in the bonds of love to serve Him a little more fervently than before and depend upon Him a little more faithfully than in the past. The sermons have all been posted to the Cool Springs website at: http://coolspringspbc.org/ for those that are interested in listening to the efforts of the meeting.
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