A Message from Our Pastor
Rev. David Averette

Vacation Bible School wraps up this evening, year-round schools began classes this week, traditional calendar schools are just a few weeks from their opening, many family vacations are recent memories in a photo album, so some would say “summer” is almost over. Once again we watch time fly by and we wonder, “where does it go?” The passing of time makes an older generation aware of their own mortality, hoping to slow down the turning of the calendar pages, while the youngest generation begs for the next year to hurry and come. A couple of months ago, I asked a child how old he was, and he told me he just had a birthday and that he was “six,” and two months later he was “six and a half.” It seems that for a child a day after your birthday you become half a year older. Paul Simon, in his song entitled “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” says, Slow down, you move too fast You got to make the morning last Just kicking down the cobblestones Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy Ba da da da da da da, feelin’ groovy

James writes in his epistle, Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

Pay attention to life and relationships and all they have to offer. I believe that the greatest, most rewarding opportunities in life are centered in our relationship with the Lord and the privilege we have to serve Him. I watched people serve this week in VBS, folks that had worked all day, rushed home to change clothes, and hurriedly found their place among an excited mob of children. I watched others with smiling faces serve hotdogs, chili, potato chips – even the grumpy man serving watermelon or cookies at the end of the table smiled occasionally (just kidding Vance, I do love you!) – and I thought how wonderful it is to have these folks so willing to help by serving. Whatever we do, we do for the glory of the One who made us – doing what we can, while we can, with what we have and trusting the Lord one day at a time for the opportunity to touch someone’s life. Thanks to all those who reach out to be the presence of Christ to others, representing the church, being an ambassador for Christ, and demonstrating God’s love and compassion. May your life be filled with the memories of loving and serving in His name.

See you Sunday….Lord willing,

Meet Our Music Director, Patrick Woods

Patrick Woods has been the Music Director at Franklinton Baptist Church since 2008. He brings a unique perspective to church music, having worked with over five different denominations since 1982. A graduate of Tennessee Temple University, he holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sacred Music with a proficiency in organ performance. He plays the Yamaha Clavinova, but considers the organ his forte. A teacher at heart, Patrick has been involved with music education since 1990.

Meet Cheryl Hollar

Cheryl Hollar has been a member of Franklinton Baptist Church and a Christian since she was 12 years old; and Franklinton Baptist is the home church of her family as far back as she can remember.

She enjoys doing the secretarial and financial work of the church (which she has had the privilege of doing since 2006), as well as maintaining the website. She and her twin sister, Meryl, enjoy going to Twins Conventions with the International Twins Association and have had the honor to serve as Co-Vice-Presidents with that organization in 2007 and 2011.

Cheryl has an Associate of Arts Degree from Louisburg College and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Atlantic Christian College, with a major in Elementary Education and a concentration in Math/Music, with a minor in Journalism. She likes meeting new people, and in her spare time, Cheryl enjoys going to movies, reading, traveling, and doing freelance writing and PR work. She is also the author of BILLY THE BUNNY GOES TO THE STATE FAIR.