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SUNDAY, JANUARY 14, 2018 DEACONS: Johnny Layton & Mac Privott BUS DRIVER: Mac Privott (619-0616) AUDIO OPERATOR: Maurice Bunch VIDEO OPERATOR: Steven Byrum CHILDREN’S SERMON: Dianne Cinkovich CHILDREN’S CHURCH: Joy Harvill OUTREACH: Patrick Cardwell YOUTH SUPPER: Dutch Treat BOOK BAG BUDDIES DRIVER: Mac Privott (1/18)

Expressions of thanks The family of Marina Crummey would like to take this opportunity to thank her church family for the many acts of kindness that were shown during her illness and recent passing. The prayers, food, cards and personal visits were a great comfort to her. We are also grateful for the reception that was provided in honor of our mother after the service. This is a wonderful ministry that blesses the family more than you could ever know. You are truly a wonderful, loving and caring church. Thank you again for all that you have done. God Bless You, William (Hawk), Angela, Dianne & Regina

~•♦♦♦•~ Thank you to Patrick and youth for the visit, gift, and beautiful music the Sunday before Christmas! Marvin & Mary Ann Barham

Edenton Baptist Church Edenton, North Carolina 27932 A Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Congregation The Informer (USPS 386-370) Edenton Baptist Church 200 South Granville Street Email: [email protected]

Published Weekly by Edenton Baptist Church Periodicals Postage Paid at Edenton, NC 27932 Phone: 482-3217, Fax: 482-7670 Website: www.edentonbaptist.org

DON’T FORGET! Your 2018 offering envelopes are available for pick-up in the back hallway.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Matters of Life and Death: An End of Life Seminar Join us in the fellowship hall on Sunday, January 21, 2018, as we host a panel of professionals in the areas of law, health, finances, and faith. We will discuss aging with dignity and peace of mind, where “all is well with my soul” is possible. For this possibility to become a reality, we must prepare ourselves with information. We must know what our options are before we become overwhelmed by illness and grief, preventing us from making wise decisions.

David B. Brooks Patrick I. Cardwell Pastor Associate Pastor Michael W. Morgan Director of Music Jackie P. Copeland Organist/Assistant Music Director

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Janet C. Skinner Church Administrator Lorraine B. Bass Financial Secretary Sherry S. Dowd Preschool Coordinator

THURSDAY, JANUARY 11, 2018

SUNDAY, JANUARY 14, 2018 The Second Sunday after the Epiphany Deacons Meeting, 8:00am

A soup and sandwich lunch will be provided before the seminar, at 12:30pm. In order for us to better prepare, please RSVP by January 15, 2018 (482-3217).

~•♦♦♦•~ Dear Church Members, To those that in any way helped to prepare the meal for us, we thank you so much! The food was delicious! The children really enjoyed the meal and hospitality. Pops would have thanked you too, for taking care of his family and friends. Jack Hardison, Jr,, Andrea & Children

WONDERFUL WEDNESDAYS! After a break for the holidays, our regular Wednesday activities have resumed! Check the Calendar of Activities for the complete schedule. Winter Weather Policy for Wednesdays – For the safety of all, our Wednesday evening supper and all activities will be cancelled when Edenton-Chowan Schools are cancelled or dismissed early due to severe weather.

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Ordination of Dianne Cinkovich and Dorsey Hawkins Installation of Deacons for 2018

Birthdays Sunday, January 14 Lois Ashley Gene Ashley Bobby Bunch Amanda Copeland Bray Mejorado Monday, January 15 Leslie Bunch Tuesday, January 16 Jean Brown Claire Mills Wednesday, January 17 Tommy Bass Tom Dail Haywood Phthisic III Thursday, January 18 Helen Elliott Keith Harrison D.J. Small Ann Webster Stanley White

Anniversary Wednesday, January 17 M/M James Ellis

CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES Saturday, January 13 Basketball SP/EM-EBC at Methodist Church 5:00-Co-ed K-2 5:30-Co-ed Gr. 3-6* (*girls only) 6:30-Boys Gr. 6-8 Sunday, January 14 8:00-Deacons Meeting 9:45-Sunday School 10:45-Pastor/Deacon Prayer 11:00-Morning Worship 5:00-Ski Trip Meeting 5:30-REAL Talk & Supper Monday, January 15 9:00-Youth MLK Service Day (Meet at Church) 3:00-Laura Harrell Class, Edenton Primetime 5:45-Handbells, Room 200 Wednesday, January 17 5:30-Supper 6:00-Children’s Choirs 6:30-Church Conference 6:45-Children’s Missions 7:30-Adult Choir Practice Thursday, January 18 7:45-Jesus and Java 10:15-Book Bag Buddies

Shut-In of the Week Mr. Daniel Surratt 120 Emperor Landing Rd. Edenton, NC 27932

Student of the Week Miss Jessica Buchanan Room 425 Gateway East ECU Greenville, NC 27858

A New Baby! Congratulations to Jesse & Mary Anne Croom on the birth of their new greatgranddaughter on January 13 in Ahoskie. Mollie James Britton weighed 7 lbs. 4 oz. Her parents are Bryan and Jessica Britton, and she has a big brother, Ben. Blessings to them all!

FROM THE PASTOR Now that January is upon us, we have all been given a brand new gift from God—the gift of a new year filled with opportunities and possibilities to grow and mature as followers of Jesus Christ. The start of a new year is typically when we make resolutions and new commitments to live healthier lives— exercising more, eating healthier foods, losing weight, getting adequate rest, seeing the doctor for an annual physical. But the start of a new year is also an ideal time to reflect on your relationship with God. Are you close to God or do you feel distant from God? Do you pray regularly, read the Bible, and practice compassion and patience with others? If not, can you make new commitments to these tried and true practices of Christian faith? Are there new practices in faith that you’d like to try in order to become more like Jesus: silence, serving others, singing in a choir, generosity, speaking up for what is right and just? As excited as you might be about that new gadget or toy or article of clothing you received for Christmas, the newness of those material items will soon fade. Likewise, a new commitment to following Jesus and living more like him in the new year is prone to being derailed when the newness wears off and we get distracted. When the newness wears off—a few days from now, maybe a few weeks from now—I encourage you to continue those practices of faith, even if you don’t feel like it and even if you don’t sense God speaking to you and guiding you. The lives of countless Christians over the centuries tells us that we grow in faith and become more like Jesus when we develop spiritual habits and practices over time instead of always looking for the newest and most exhilarating spiritual experience. A new year is indeed a great time to make a fresh commitment as a follower of Jesus. But don’t let the first week of January be the only time you make a new commitment this year. Instead, let every day be a new opportunity, a fresh start, a clean slate. Be inspired by these words from the writer of the Old Testament book of Lamentations: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:2223). Happy New Year! David

CBF Offering for Global Missions Total Received: $5,630.00

2017 Angel Trees Total Received for Book Bag Buddies: $951.00

LECTIONARY READINGS January 14, 2018 2nd Sun. after the Epiphany 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20) Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 John 1:43-51

HOSPITAL REPORT (1/11) Roanoke Chowan Hospital Bobby Bunch Chowan Hospital Linda Adams

January 21, 2018 3rd Sun. after the Epiphany Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Psalm 62:5-12 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 Mark 1:14-20

J. P. Timberlake 1938-2018 Mary Jo Byrd 1926-2018

WEEKLY REPORT (12/24) Offering Amount Received 11,237.00 Other Monies Received Community Missions 20.00 Wed. Night Supper 229.00 Memorial Gifts 665.00 Parking Lot Fund 100.00 Global Missions 1,460.00 Book Bag Buddies 90.00 Lottie Moon 50.00 CWJC 50.00 Lottie Moon 250.00 Youth Fundraiser 175.00 Reimb. to General Fund 280.00 TOTAL 3,074.00 Attendance Sunday School 0 Chowan River Nursing 0 Worship 262

WEEKLY REPORT (12/31) Offering Amount Received 14,164.60 Other Monies Received Memorial Gifts 285.00 Parking Lot Fund 100.00 Global Missions 215.00 Book Bag Buddies 125.00 Food Pantry 50.00 Cooperative Program 215.70 Annie Armstrong 107.85 Lottie Moon 107.85 Youth Ski Trip 600.00 TOTAL 1,806.40 Attendance Sunday School 94 Chowan River Nursing 25 Worship 162

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John 1:43-51 Mark 1:14-20. LECTIONARY READINGS. A New Baby! Congratulations to Jesse &. Mary Anne Croom on the. birth of their new great- granddaughter on January 13. in Ahoskie. Mollie James Brit- ton weighed 7 lbs. 4 oz. Her. parents are Bryan and Jes- sica Britton, and she has a. big brother, Ben. Blessings.

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