From The Pastor’s Desk:
“Even With Tears”
Have you ever been moved to tears for the lost people you know? The apostle Paul was. Listen to Philippians 3:17-19:
“17Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. 18For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things.” (NIV)
Paul was very concerned that the Philippians understand the threat of false teachers. He said, “I have often told you before and now…present tense…I say again even with tears.” By the way, that’s the only time in the New Testament when Paul actually says he is presently crying. In Romans he talked about having sorrow and continuous heaviness of heart over the lostness of Israel. And in Acts 20, he said, “I warned you night and day with tears.” But this is the only time he says, “As I write I cry, I weep.”
His heart is broken. He grieved over the lostness of people. He grieved over the encroachment of false teachers that disrupted the church and brought a reproach on the name of Christ and led people astray. And here he is literally weeping as he recognizes that they will infiltrate Philippi and they will try to wreak havoc in the church. He is heartbroken. He says, “I now tell you even weeping.” This is a passionate man. This is a tender-hearted man. This is a man with rich feelings. He loved genuinely. He ached over the lost.
You say, “Why is he weeping? What’s he crying about?” Well, we don’t know, it doesn’t really specifically say but we can certainly surmise. He could have been weeping because these enemies of the cross were lost, for he did have sorrow over lost people (see Romans 9). He could have been weeping because he could see the terrible impact that they would have on the weak in the church. In Acts 20:31, Paul writes, “and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.” Those were tears for the church because it could be so easily led astray by false teachers.
So whether it was the damnation of the enemies or whether it was the destructive impact of their effort, it caused him to weep. He loved the church. He loved the Philippians because he loved the Christ of the church and the Christ of the Philippians. And he could see these enemies trying to seduce them and it broke his heart. After all, the Philippian church was the first church in Europe, a sort of beachhead for another world to reach. And it was so important that they stay pure and not get messed up.
Beloved, I need to tell you from the bottom of my heart, that I see the church in America today on the threshold of being deceived by a myriad of the enemies of the cross. And I see a church that is no longer moved to tears for the lost. My prayer for myself and for you, the church at Cambridge, is that we all would be moved to tears for the lost and for the enemies of the cross of Christ. Destruction awaits them and we may be the only ones who care enough to warn them.
Praying for revival,
DID YOU KNOW…..WE HAVE NEW MEMBERS
PLEASE WELCOME OUR NEWEST MEMBERS who have joined our church family recently.
Al & Karen Hodges joined our church on October 18, 2009 by transfer of membership from Staples Mill Baptist Church.
Allen Rosenberger who joined by baptism on December 13, 2009.
Dorothy (Dottie) Hoover who joined on January 24, 2010 by transfer of membership from Sandston Baptist Church.
UPCOMING EVENTSWednesday, February 3, 2010, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – TeamKID Bring a Friend Night Saturday, February 6 – Men’s Ministry – Service project in partnership with Ragland Memorial Baptist Church on February 6th at 7:15 a.m. Sunday, February 7, 2:00 p.m. – Children’s Ministry Team Meeting Sunday, February 7, 4:00 p.m. – Church Council Meeting Wednesday, February 10, 7:00 p.m. – Business Meeting Friday, Sunday, February 12 – 14, 2010 – Youth D-NOW Friday, February 19, 2010, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Children’s Scavenger Hunt Saturday, February 20, 2010, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Cambridge Ladies Brunch Fellowship
The Audio/Video Team is in need your help. We need more volunteers to run the audio (the sound board) and video (the laptop/projector) for the Sunday morning worship service. We would like to setup a regular rotation of several people. If you are interested, please let anyone on the Audio/Video Team know. There will be training meetings set up after we get responses from volunteers.
“Elderberries” Monthly Luncheon is scheduled for Friday, February 12th @ 12:00 noon at church in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring a Pot Luck Dish Large enough to serve 6 to 8 people. Beverages will be provided by the luncheon team. Following lunch we will share some fun table talk fellowship. We encourage you to bring a friend, neighbor or relative to join us. If you are planning to attend, contact either Rita Gregory, Linda Trent or the church office @ 740-4084 by Wednesday, February 10th.
SANCTUARY FEELING CHILLY? In an effort to save on our heating costs this winter, the temperature was turned down a little. In case it’s a little uncomfortable for you, the Elderberries are offering lap blankets for your increased comfort. Baskets with blankets are located at each entrance to the sanctuary for your use. Please feel free to grab one when you come in and enjoy the added warmth. At the end of the service you should leave the blanket in your chair and a member of the Elderberries will take it home for laundering.
CAMBRIDGE FAMILY NIGHT MINISTRY
“Wednesday Night Fellowship & Dinner” menu selections for the following weeks during the month of February:February 3 – Fried Chicken Dinner February 10 – Pizza & Salad Bar February 17 – Soups (Variety of 5), Hot Dogs (for Kids), Salad Bar February 24 – Pot Luck Dinner
Reservations are preferred each week by filling out a reservation form located in the church bulletin on the tear off section and place it into the offering plate on Sundays or call the church office by 12:00 noon on Tuesdays. The cost for a meal will remain $2.00 per child ages 4 thru 11, $4.00 per person ages 12 & up and $10.00 maximum per family household. We invite each of you to come and bring a friend, neighbor or relative to have dinner and enjoy the fellowship time with us on Wednesday nights.
WHAT DID JESUS DO?
The Gospels tell us much about Jesus’ last 3 years but not much about his life as a child. This year the Children’s Ministry Team is going to focus on life in Jesus’ time. What did Jesus do? What kinds of foods did he eat, what might his house have looked like? We are going to explore some of the Jewish festivals and celebrations Jesus would have attended. The first one we will explore is the minor festival of Purim. Please bring your children for an evening of fun on February 19th from 7:00 – 8:30. We will find out what Purim is and why and how Jesus celebrated Purim. We will make and bake Haman’s Hats cookies. Then we will have a scavenger hunt for pictures or replicas of items used in Jesus time. After we’ve found all the items we’ll enjoy our hat cookies and some popcorn.
NEW!! CHILDREN’S BULLETINS
Coming VERY soon to a pew near you – CHILDREN’S BULLETINS! We have polled the children, asking them what they would like to have in their bulletins to keep them focused and we hope we are delivering their desires! The bulletins will come in new canvas bags that will include pencils, crayons, and sometimes a surprise. The bags and their contents need to stay in the sanctuary, please. The bulletins can go home with you or the kids can leave the picture to be placed on exhibition on the bulletin board outside of the fellowship hall. Pastor Jay and the Children’s Ministry Team would like to encourage the kids in 3rd grade and older to stay in church for the entire service. It is our hope that these new bulletins will make that easier and more enjoyable! The Lord tells us in Deuteronomy 31:12: Assemble the people—men, women and children, and the aliens living in your towns—so they can listen and learn to fear the LORD your God and follow carefully all the words of this law. And, Matthew 11:25 tells us: At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Of course the children are always welcome in Children’s Church but it is our hope that the older group will enjoy praising the Lord with us in the sanctuary. Please let either Kelley McLean or Pastor Jay know how you and your child like the new bulletins or if you have any questions or concerns.
The Children’s Ministry team and Pastor are proposing a small change in the order of worship to allow our children to be with us a little longer before being released to Children’s Church! The change moves the Children’s Message to just after the offertory allowing the children the opportunity to worship with us for longer and to place their envelope in the plate if they have an offering to give. Then the kids up to 3rd grade will be excused for Children’s Church. We would like to encourage the older children to stay in church to worship with us. Please let either Kelley McLean or Pastor Jay know if you have any concerns or questions.
Beginning in February the children’s choir under the leadership of Carolyn Graham will be Getting Back to the Basics!
During a portion of Team Kid each Wednesday the children will learn some favorite children’s Bible songs: The B I B L E, I Have the Joy, Joy, Joy Down in My Heart, This Little Light of Mine and many more.
Look for details in the bulletin and by email.
The following has been submitted as a proposed Amendment to the Constitution to be considered. According to the Constitution it will be posted on the Bulletin Board in the hallway by the Sanctuary for four Sundays. It will be voted on in the next Business Meeting February 10th.Article X – Church Meetings Section 3 – Business Meetings Item F – “The agenda will include regular reports on the ministry activities and plans by each of the church staff and pastor.”
Submitted to the Constitution Committee by Rev. Jay G. Smith, Pastor on Wednesday October 14, 2009
MEN’S MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES
Service project: Partnering with Ragland Memorial Baptist Church, Chris Robbins, project manager. Due to extreme cold weather this winter there are families in the area who have depleted their supply of firewood and are unable to cut it themselves. Ragland has access to timber that will be cut and stacked for delivery to families in need.
Check your calendars and meet us at 7:15 a.m. on February 6 in the Cambridge parking lot and carpool to the country. Chris plans to provide lunch and we will finish the project by 1:00 p.m. Contact a member of the Men’s Ministry team if you are able to participate in this service/outreach opportunity with Ragland.
Wet your appetites……..coming soon to Cambridge – another Men’s Breakfast, followed by a Men’s Choir appearance during the morning service. Perfect pitch not required, only a willingness to make a joyful noise. Watch the bulletin and your email for details.
Don’t forget the Men’s Ministry Monthly Luncheons: The Men’s Ministry Lunch Groups will meet as follows for the month of February. Please mark your calendar and bring a friend.
Midtown Men’s Lunch Group will meet at Extra Billy’s, 5205 West Broad St. at 11:45 a.m. on Monday, February 22.
Downtown Men’s Lunch Group will meet on Tuesday, February 23rd at 11:45 a.m. at Café Ole at 6th & Main St.
Romeo Lunch Group meets the last Thursday of the month at 12:00 p.m. at a rotating location – They will meet on Thursday, February 25th, 12:00 noon at the Daily Grind. Contact George Fleshman with any questions.
Men’s Ministry TeamCraig Harver Paul Harvey John McKenzie Jason Owen Pete Shamburger
CAMBRIDGE MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
CARITAS FURNITURE AND HOUSEHOLD GOODS DONATIONS
It has been brought to my attention that some churches hosting CARITAS families have PODS for collecting donations and will give us permission to drop off these items. I will be happy to coordinate this. If you have items that you wish to donate, call me and I will find a nearby church that would be happy to accept your items. You would have to deliver them but it is much closer (and safer) than their warehouse on Commerce Street. They do not accept clothing. Call Janet Sheriff (contact church office for phone number) at least a week in advance.
LEXINGTON COURT MINISTRY
A special thank you to the Berean Sunday School Class volunteers who came out to help with the monthly birthday party in January. We had nine volunteers and Keegan Jett who assisted Garvey with the music.
The Kouzina Class (Randy Graham’s class) will be volunteering on Sunday, February 28, 2010.
An open invitation is extended to everyone. We serve refreshments, deliver birthday gifts to the residents celebrating a birthday in that month, enjoy music and singing, and hopefully brighten the day for our residents at Lexington Court. You will leave with a feeling of having been blessed yourself while sharing the warmth and love of Jesus with these dear folks.
Rita Gregory, Team Leader of Nursing Home Ministry
MISSION PARTICIPATION UPDATE
During the holiday season Cambridge reached out to our community more than anyone would expect in this economic climate. We had a lot of projects and everyone stepped up and far exceeded the expectations.
The Elderberries sponsored Operation Gratitude, this year adding Scarves for Soldiers. Cambridge contributed 60 letters and 48 scarves and gators. Many of our service-people will be cheered this season because of you.
-The Men’s Ministry collected money to provide Thanksgiving food baskets to needy families at Carver Elementary. They were able to provide 5 baskets for Thanksgiving with some left over to make Christmas baskets.
-We contributed to the Church Hill Christmas Store, to ensure that needy parents can provide gifts for their children. We collected 6 bags of books, toys and clothes. Thank you to Carolyn and Vickie for delivering those gifts.
-The Children’s Sunday School, under the direction of Libby, took a Saturday morning to shop for the Angel Tree. They were able to sponsor 4 children on the Angel Tree.
-As always, Cambridge gave many gifts to those living at Lexington Court. This is the only gift many of the residents will receive.
-During January, the Elderberries collected lots of sleeping bags and blankets for the homeless in Richmond.
Thanks to all who contributed to any of our programs. With the generosity of Cambridge, many had a much brighter Christmas this year. As we look forward to the New Year, please continue to support the efforts of Cambridge to reach out to our community.
If your team has a project to sponsor, please let Kandra know so we can track our local ministries.
PERU MISSION TRIPS
It is now time to start planning for the 2010 Trips to Peru. Cambridge is now planning to lead three of these trips. A brief recap of each of these trips is given below.
PERU TRIP APRIL 3 THRU 12
The trip to Peru in April will be on April 3 thru April 12. This is when our public schools will be closed with the exception of Monday, April 12th. We now know of five people who will probably be going. This will be a trip of helping the prayer groups there and working in the public schools. This will not be the rainy season there. Please let me know if you have interest in going by February the 15th. Even if you cannot go, please be in prayer for this effort and if you see can, give donations to our Peru Fund so that others may go and serve. Thanks! George W. Fleshman
November 13-21, 2010 This trip will be a medical emphasis trip. We plan to have one dentist and one doctor on this trip. The dentist will be extracting teeth and the doctor will go into the elementary schools to conduct preliminary medical screenings of the students. A support staff of one or two will be required for each of the doctors.
Please be praying for members who have been to Peru before to be willing to take on a logistics coordinator role. This person will be basically in charge of paying the bills. Of course, plane tickets and insurance would be purchased prior to leaving on the trip. I will be responsible for developing the budget and arranging for transportation and drivers. Our Missions Committee will budget some funds for these trips but each member will be required to provide their own expenses after the first $600. It is estimated that the total trip costs will range between $1200 and $1500. Perhaps some of you who cannot actually go to Peru would be willing to provide gifts to the Peru Fund that would enable someone else to go. Should you need a new passport or need an updated passport, don’t wait to get the process started. The entire process needs to be bathed in prayer, please be a prayer partner.
Should you have comments or questions, please contact George Fleshman at 747-7314. Parents, this will be a great opportunity to take your child on a mission trip so that missions can be seen in action.George Fleshman Cambridge Baptist Church Missions Committee International Missions Coordinator
OFF CAMPUS SMALL GROUP
The Off Campus Small Group will still meet on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Danny and Wanda Journey. The following are the dates for the next two months.
February 2010Monday, February 8, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. Monday, February 22, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
March 2010Monday, March 8, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 22, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
YOU ARE INVITED TO …..Cambridge Ladies Brunch Fellowship Saturday February 20th 9:30-12:30 Welcome Brunch Devotional given by Helen Smith Door Prizes Secret Pal Exchange
Sign up sheet is in the church Foyer
Hosted by the Hospitality and Women’s Ministry Team: Contact Michelle Banholzer with questions.
YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS
Cambridge Baptist Church Youth 2009 Fall Schedule (Mark Your Calendars Now!!!) Rev. Win Davis – Pastor to Youth & Young Adults
♦Dinner Fellowship/Bible Study every Wednesday from 6 PM to 8 PM
♦Sunday School (beginning with breakfast fellowship) every Sunday from 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM and Worship from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
We may add other events/ mission projects as opportunities become available.
Major Retreat Schedule 2010 (Mark Your Calendar Now!!!)Feb 12-14: Disciple Now! April 3-7: World Changers mission trip ($100.00) Charleston, South Carolina (spring break) July 12-16: SBCV STUDENTZ Camp at Liberty University ($225.00)
PRAY FOR YOUR FAMILY IN CHRIST
Please be in prayer for the following Cambridge Family members and let them know you care by contacting them in whatever way you feel appropriate: Florence Walters, Shirley Patterson, Patsy Ballance, Georgia Morgan, Margaret Blanton, Lily Owens, Cassidy Turner, Craig Mattice, Ham Mitchell, Anne Oxford and our Shut-ins.
Also please keep in your prayers: Jim Riddell; Paula Fleshman; Theresa Goodwin’s Mother,
Lee Giblin; Lane Martin, Florence Walters’ grandson; Jared & Mandi Hodges, Son and Daughter-in-law of Al & Karen Hodges; Brian Smith, Son of Pastor Jay & Helen Smith; Price McLean’s Father and Mother; our Armed Services; and Haiti.
Keep in your prayers Pattie Peele. You may send Pattie a card..
THE CAMBRIDGE DEACON FELLOWSHIP FOR 2010
Kandra Brummett, Chairperson Price McLean, Vice Chairperson Jason DeHaven Bill Hobgood Peggy Jack Bill Jones Joyce Layton Francis Peck Boo Turner
If you have any personal or family needs or concerns that you want to discuss with someone from the church, please feel free to call any of the deacons at any time.