1055 Gold Hill Road;
Fort Mill, SC 29708
Missionary in Residence
February 3, 2019
Finishing The Race
There are many illustrations used in the Bible to describe our lives as Christians. We are warriors in His army (Eph. 6) and harvesters in His vineyard (Matt. 20). We are boxers who do not simply throw blows into the air against an imaginary foe (1 Cor. 9:26). One illustration used repeatedly is that we are competitors in a great race.
This figure is used in the book of Hebrews. After describing those heroes of faith throughout chapter eleven whose lives were all lived by faith, the Lord then turned His attention to the Hebrew Christians. That this chapter is directly tied to the men of faith is evidenced by the first word in chapter twelve. “Therefore, we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses…Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
How do we maintain our strength and stamina in this race? The answer is found in the next verse. “Looking unto Jesus…who for the joy set before Him endured…” He never let up. He ended the race by saying, “It is finished.” He is our model and our example of endurance as we are faithful until death.
Yet, we struggle in this race. When we first read the words of Isaiah, we may not realize just how difficult the race can be. “Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isa. 40:31). We may overlook the fact that even this verse speaks of renewing strength and forget the energy expended by eagles as they soar above us.
Look further into this passage to see the importance of endurance in our race. The trials of this race are part of how God uses adversity to chasten and mold us (vs. 3-11). We are told to not despise these difficult times for afterwards it “yields the fruit of righteousness” (v. 11). As we run the race, we need to keep our eyes on Jesus and finish the race at whatever the cost.
The Lord then urges us to realize that we owe a debt to help others in the race. “Strengthen the hands that hang down, and the feeble knees” (v. 12). We need others to help us endure. They need us. When we see others struggling, we need to help them in their run.
Finally, He talks about showing others how to run the race by the way we live. The Lord says, “Make straight paths for your feet” (v. 12). The Greek literally says, “make your wheel tracks straight.” Remember that others are following you in the race, so leave distinct ruts and tracks clearly defined so they can follow in your steps.
God help us all to “finish the race” (2 Tim. 4:7).
~Shared; Dan Jenkins
The Elders will be doing the Sunday Announcements, rotating duties each month.
Please do not use the halls and exits for storage either temporary or permanent. All exits are marked with lighted signs and must be kept clear of obstructions. Easy egress is a critical safety requirement in the event of an emergency. If you have questions please see Jamie Ridenour.
Autumn Leaves Worship Service
We conduct a service each Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm at the Autumn Leaves memory care facility next door. See Mark Walker with questions.
For the month of February we are collecting canned corn and green beans. Please see William Ireland if you have any questions.
Dave Ramsey/ Financial Peace
Alan and Amy Jopson will be facilitating Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University beginning Monday, for 9 weeks. Classes will be held in the downstairs adult classroom starting at 7:00 PM. Please see Alan or Amy if interested.
There will be a baby shower honoring Chelsea Batts at the home of Elizabeth Chaney: 401 Chorus Road, Fort Mill; Saturday, February 9th at 11:00. Clay and Chelsea are expecting a boy; she is registered on Amazon. See Allison Bradley, Angela Buchanan or Elizabeth Chaney with questions.
Jeff / Mary Alice Retirement
– Please join us on Sunday February 10th following morning services for a catered BBQ luncheon with Jeff & Mary Alice Trotter to celebrate the many years of service they have given here at Gold Hill Road. Lunch will be served in the fellowship hall at noon followed by a few guest speakers and dessert.
– You are invited to record a brief video message for the Trotters. A video camera will be set up in the Women’s Connection Room for 30 minutes following each service for video recording of well wishes.
– We still need more photos for the photo collection. If you have any photos of members and events from the past 22 years at Gold Hill Road, we would like to use them in a photo collection for the luncheon. If you have photos to share please deliver hard copies to Marty Rosener or Tod Grizzell or send electronic copies to: email@example.com Please include a brief description of who, what and when with the each photo.
– If you would like to participate in the work to prepare for the luncheon, please contact Marty or Beth Rosener (843)260-2131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be a baby shower honoring Kelsey O’Donovan Sunday, February 10th from 4:30-5:30 here at the building. Ben & Kelsey are expecting a boy; she is registered on Amazon; search, Oberon O’Donovan. See Kelly Hunter or Chloe Walker with questions.
Women’s Monthly Prayer Meeting TODAY
The women’s monthly prayer meeting is today in the 4 year old class, across from the Women’s Connection room. We will organize prayer requests from 5:00-5:20 pm, and pray from 5:20-5:50 pm. If you are unable to attend, but have a prayer request, please email your request to Sue Burkhammer before 4:00 today.
New Horizons Bible Study
This Week’s senior study will be at 12:00 so that all can go to lunch at Steve’s Fish Camp immediately following. See Keith Franklin with questions.
- Jimmy Greene is extremely ill. Please remember Janie, Rod & April and family in your prayers.
- Sarah Weber had successful surgery this past Tuesday and is recovering at home.
- Harper Wilson had his adenoids removed this past Thursday.
- Sue Bush had successful hip surgery following a fall.
- Lou Johnson had successful surgery and is recovering at home.
- Tim Bannister is now beginning the process of a stem cell transplant. His hospitalization begins tomorrow, he will be hospitalized for 2-4 weeks. The Bannister’s appreciate your prayers, but no visitors please.
- Ann DeJarnett continues to face challenges with her recurring hip problem.
- Prayers for Sandy Ibbetson to continue doing well.
- Roger & Cathy Craig’s daughter had recent cancer surgery, she will need some follow up radiation treatments.
- April Greene’s mother Cynthia Scott will have breast cancer surgery February 20th.
- Alan Jopson’s mother’s health has declined and is not doing well.
Please remember our Shut-Ins in your daily prayers:
Gloria Girard, Jimmie Greene, Ruby Lett, and Lois Viera.
- Len Patterson’s mother is showing some improvement.
- The mother’s of Barb Arbaugh, Rodney Grant, Jim Passmore, Ron Shepherd, and Mark Walker, are all dealing with various health issues.
- The father’s of Jerry Brooks, Greg Gross, Jake Hunter, and William Ireland, are all dealing with various health issues.
- Linda Hill’s parents are having some health challenges.
- Amy Jopson’s Uncle is under Hospice in Nashville due to liver failure.
- Angela Buchanan’s cousin, Erica Jackson has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
- Roger Craig’s sister, Trisha Hudson, has a non-treatable lung disease and asks for our prayers.
- Catherine Inness’ friend Max’s father had quadruple bypass surgery, he is recovering.
- Len Patterson’s co-worker, Alicia Williford who has cancer.
Sermons & Classes
Sunday Winter Quarter Classes (December 2)
Sunday Adult Auditorium:
Joshua/ D. Beels, E. Bitting, K. Franklin
Bible Boot Camp/ Brett Pharr
W/C Room: Man– Up/ Steve Miller
Library: College/ Jake Hunter
Wednesday Winter Quarter Classes (December 5)
Wednesday Adult Auditorium:
Philippians/ M. Guy, G. Shelton, T. Washington
Bible Boot Camp/ Brett Pharr
Schedule of Services
Sunday Bible School
9:30 am – 10:15 am
Sunday Morning Worship
Sunday Evening Worship
Wednesday Bible Study
1: Singles / Couples w/out children
Leader: Grant Alumbaugh & Andrew Chaney
2: Families w/ infants – Pre K
Leader: Jason Harvey & Clay Batts
3: Families w/ children K – 5th grade
Leader: Hampton Hager
4: Families w/ children 6th – 12th grade
Leader: William Ireland
5: Empty Nesters
Leader: Jerry Brooks
LEAD Institute Website:
Password: church / Recipient last name
Scripture: Caleb VanHamme
Preside Table: Jacob Nunn
1 Assist: Ben O’Donovan
2 Assist: Chris Patterson
3 Assist: Justin Powell
4 Assist: Marvin Redd
5 Assist: Jamie Ridenour
6 Assist: Marty Rosener
7 Assist: David Savage
8 Assist: Gilbert Shelton
9 Assist: Ron Shepherd
10 Assist: Doug Stallings
11 Assist: Jon Stewart
12 Assist: Zach Stone
13 Assist: Charles Taylor
Opening Prayer: Jim Passmore
Closing Prayer: Tim Mastenbrook
Usher: Barry VanHamme & Brian Moss
Greeters Up: J Greene & D Savage
Greeters Down: A & S Overton
Singing: Brett Pharr
Nursery: Heather Powell
A/V: Bentley Janes
Singing: Asa Jopson
Scripture: Ben O’Donovan
Opening Prayer: Justin Powell
Closing Prayer: Marty Rosener
Lord’s Supper: Jamie Ridenour
Nursery: Sue Shelton
Singing: Caleb VanHamme
Closing Prayer: John Wade
Comm. Prep.: Becker
Pickup Cups: 1st Graders
Next Week (2/10)
Scripture: Cole Bitting
Preside Table: Keith Franklin
1 Assist: Joe Theado
2 Assist: Rocky Thompson
3 Assist: Barry VanHamme
4 Assist: Pepper VanMeter
5 Assist: John Wade
6 Assist: Mark Walker
7 Assist: Wilson Walker
8 Assist: Roger Whytsell
9 Assist: Jeff Willis
10 Assist: Derrek Wilson
11 Assist: Augustine Akyaw
12 Assist: Grant Alumbaugh
13 Assist: David Andrews
Opening Prayer: Eric Bitting
Closing Prayer: Mark Inness
Usher: Jamie Ridenour & Jerry Brooks
Greeters Up: J & F Wade
Greeters Down: E & R Bitting
Singing: Brett Pharr
Nursery: Dian Lieck
A/V: William Ireland
Singing: Tommie Washington
Scripture: Jon Stewart
Opening Prayer: Charles Taylor
Closing Prayer: Barry VanHamme
Lord’s Supper: John Wade
Nursery: Linda Hill
Singing: Shawn Slauson
Closing Prayer: Josh Buchanan
Comm. Prep.: Becker
Pickup Cups: 1st Graders
Lads 2 Leaders Puppet Practice
Lads to Leaders Puppet practice begins this Sunday for all kids at 5 pm. We will meet in the large classroom downstairs. See Liz Knight with questions.