Dr. Clint Archer, At CFBC On June 30th!

It is the answer to the prayers of our church for the last eleven months.  Clint and Kim Archer, along with their children, will be here Sunday, June 30 for the 10:30 AM service.  We continue to pray for the immigration details to be complete that he will obtain his R1 visa.

Clint will be preaching in the morning service, so you will not want to miss this first Sunday.  It will be a good opportunity to also invite your friends and extended family to come visit.  We will have the 5th Sunday Fellowship in the gym to follow the morning service and you will have time to meet all the Archer family and make them feel welcome at CFBC.

Continue to pray for the travel arrangements and all other details.



Thank You To All Who Served

It is difficult to really express one’s thankfulness to those who have given their lives to protect the lives and sovereignty of our country.  To express gratitude to the families who gave up their loved ones so our loved ones would be safe.  Jesus said, "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13).”  While no one could ever compare to the death and the love that Jesus had for His children, those that died for our freedom should always have a special place in all our hearts.  These died so that we could worship as God directs and so our children may have a future. 

God Himself established government and country for our good and part of His common grace is that all that live in this great country may have the opportunity to live in joy and peace.  But as always, those things that are significant and meaningful in our lives always come at a price.  Today we celebrate the men and women who laid down their lives for us and for those that while they may not have given their lives, they definitely give a portion of it for us.  Thank you soldiers and families of soldiers of the United States of America military for all that you have done for this country for over 200 years.  We all are grateful to God for each of you.  God bless you and strengthen you and may His face shine brightly on you.

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Missionary Update

BUILDING the Ramu Valley Academy  ~ An Update from the Housleys in Papua New Guinea

 Hello Friends at Christ Fellowship!  It has been a while since we wrote you. We have been beautifully busy in a blessed kind of way! Let’s get caught up!

 RVA THANKS - We are thankful to announce again that the funds for the Phase 1 buildings of the RVA project have been raised thanks to the matching grant that we were blessed with last fall.  Thank you to YOUR FELLOWSHIP for their part in helping us reach this goal. We are thankful to those of you who chose to make a difference in the lives of the kids of the Ramu Valley!  They have no idea what the Lord is doing on their behalf at the moment!  What a loving Father to provide for his needy children through his children who he has blessed with so much!  It must please Him very much. So THANK YOU!

 RVA PROGRESS - As most of you know, as soon as the funds were promised to complete the Phase 1 goal, we began to order some of the supplies that would need to come on a container and we are anxiously waiting their arrival. So, we began building the workshop. This will be the staging area for all other builds that will happen over the next 2-3 years. We are thrilled to have completed this workshop within budget and with a well, a guest room, a water tank and power!

 FAMILY - While we are waiting on the materials on the container from the US for the first school building, we are taking the rest of the furlough that we skipped out of last year. This puts us home for two months (March-May) and allows us to hit some major family milestones! So, we are currently writing from America where we are getting plenty of granddaughter snuggles and enjoying seeing our family on a more regular basis. We are undeservedly blessed!

 Please continue to pray for us and for wisdom and strength as we build the Ramu Valley Academy in Madang, PNG.  We want more than anything to see men and women of the Ramu to be equipped and empowered to proclaim JESUS CHRIST and HIS SAVING POWER ALONE from one side of PNG to the other.  He is Worth it!

By His Grace and For His Glory,

Bill and Kelley

Sanctity of Life

One does not have to search long through Scripture to understand the significance God places on human life and particularly the lives of children. The children of Israel were warned not to be like the pagans of Canaan in their idolatry and disregard for the lives of even their own children; “"You shall not behave thus toward the LORD your God, for every abominable act which the LORD hates they have done for their gods; for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods (De 12:31).” 900 years later when the Lord spoke to Ezekiel of His impending judgements, we find that they had done exactly what the Lord warned not to do; “Moreover, you took your sons and daughters whom you had borne to Me and sacrificed them to idols to be devoured. . . "You slaughtered My children and offered them up to idols by causing them to pass through [the fire.] (Eze 16:20,21).”” It is easy to see the relationship between the worship of idols and the loss of respect for the sanctity of life even to the destruction of their own children.

Fast forward over 2600 years to a time that we pride ourselves in being civilized and compassionate, and we find ourselves in a country that has slaughtered over 57 million unborn babies in abortion clinics since 1973. In 2011, 1.06 million American women obtained induced abortions; 9,804 of which occurred in Alabama clinics advertised to be “safe, gentle, painless”!

Today we have opportunity to make ourselves aware of this atrocity that blackens the history of this country. Today it is estimated that 1 in 3 women have had at least one abortion! That not only means the sadness of the loss of life of the children, but also the effects that such a deed has on the would-be parents for the rest of their lives. Satan’s mission is to “steal, kill and destroy”. We know that the only true answer is Christ; both to stop abortion and to heal those affected by this destruction.

The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) in Mobile, is a faith-based ministry that provides the gospel, information about pregnancy and fetal development, and alternatives to abortion each year to thousands of women. 1,824 minds were changed about terminating their unplanned pregnancy in 2018! They chose life because of the prayers and the willingness of many to get involved with this ministry. Opportunities for ministry exist for both women and men. Sharing the gospel with expectant mothers and fathers or even ministering to those that have been victimized by this easy access medical procedure that was to solve all the problems of life at the time. WRC provides training for those who would desire to become involved in this ministry. It is a great opportunity to share your faith and to help stop the killing of God’s children. If you would like to know more about WRC or have questions about how to become involved, contact Judy Dillaber.

Operation Christmas Child

Christmas is a time of great joy; celebrating the birth of our risen Savior and spending time with family and friends. It is a time for giving and receiving. We have been so blessed in our country today, but there are many children around the world, that are less fortunate. War, natural disasters and famine have affected these children and for the most part their lives are filled with darkness and devastation. For the past few years Christ Fellowship Baptist Church has been a part of Operation Christmas Child, which not only provides gifts for children, but also provides the true reason for Christmas. Not only is each box filled with gifts that they would never receive as their families simply do not have the funds, but also they receive the gospel. Story after story is told how the kindness of Christians on the other side of the world, giving to those they don’t even know, has impacted these children for the gospel.

It is an opportunity for us to share what the Lord has provided so graciously to us. It is a time for parents to take their children and teach them that giving can be more of a gift than actually receiving. It can be a time for grandparents to help their grandchildren understand the true gift of the gospel. It is a way for many to be on mission for the gospel without even leaving home.

We will be collecting shoe boxes filled with gifts starting now through November 18th. Directions for packing the boxes and if you want to use them, the boxes themselves are available in the foyer. Directions were also received in the Sunday morning bulletin. You can fill as many boxes as you desire. Return them to the tree in in the foyer.

If you have any questions concerning the ministry or the boxes, contact Erin Knight.



As the new school year is fast approaching, so are fresh opportunities for ministry and service here at Christ Fellowship. Wednesday nights are exciting times for our children as they participate in AWANA Club.  Based on 2 Timothy 2:15, AWANA means Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed, and is open for children 2 years through 6th grade.

AWANA helps children in the practice of hiding the Word of God in their hearts while being taught how to place their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation and daily living.  From our youngest Puggles to the oldest T & T Clubbers, the children experience small-group practice memorizing Scripture, large group Bible teaching, game time, and missions education each week.  It’s a jam-packed night!

AWANA offers a fun, proven approach for early evangelism and discipleship. Children represent the greatest opportunity to make a long-term impact on our world for Christ.  AWANA reaches kids where they are and walks alongside them in their faith journey.  Those who come to faith at an early age discover God’s purpose for their lives and hope for the future.  Ministry leaders and parents witness the profound impact AWANA has in reaching kids with the gospel and watching them grow as long-term disciples.

Don’t you want to be a part of such an important, not to mention fun, ministry? Though there is very little turnover in AWANA leadership (most of our workers have been serving in this ministry for years), we are in need of a few more helpers. If you love God’s Word and want to help children grow spiritually, won’t you prayerfully consider partnering with us in AWANA?

Registration for AWANA will begin Sunday, August 5th. Registration is $25 per child, with a family maximum of $65.  This amount covers the cost of workbooks and other supplies, as well as awards, parties, and other operating expenses; it does not cover uniform costs.  Please contact our church office for further information.

Bible Club—A Testimony of God’s Faithfulness

The Bible Club is a powerful ministry to our community. Here are three testimonies of those working in the club that will encourage and challenge each of us.

1/ What a privilege it is to share in the kid’s Bible Club ministry with the Palmers and Stantons. It is encouraging to watch these children learn truth and to remember that we too can only come with child-like faith. The Gospel object lessons are a blessing to adults as well as children and a joyous reminder of Bible stories and teachers long ago. This makes us thankful to rely on the assurance in Scripture that God is merciful, and He uses His Word to show His favor in individual minds and hearts.

2/ The reason I love Thursday night Bible Study is simple, I love children, white, black, yellow, etc. I feel God opened the door for me to serve there. I took a year off from the Bible Study and Awana to give some younger folks a chance to serve. One morning a young man came into our Sunday school and gave me a hug (he and his sisters had not been to church in a long time). When I put my arms around that precious child I knew I was to go back to Bible Club. I don’t know how I knew, but I knew. I just want to serve anyway, anywhere, anyhow God will let me.

3/ Initially, I was motivated by wanting gain from God (wanting family members saved) when I responded to the ministry “call.” Then, I wanted to be “used by God” but that only left me feeling “used” after only a few ministry outreaches, because some of these kids initially don’t want to be loved. Upon self-examination and prayer, I sensed the Father asking me, “Well, what do you think I got from you?” I was raised as a white version of an inner-city kid. Truly, but by the grace of God, I would have been no different, and walking in darkness. After more prayer and repentance, I find myself learning more from these kids and being used by God to penetrate darkness by displaying the love of God to them.  I also learn more from my fellow coworkers who tolerate me and encourage me along the way.

The Bible Club is open to everyone in our church. You can come on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, or just whenever you can. It will bless you in ways you can’t imagine as you’ve read above. Won’t you come join us and see what God will do in you?

Ladies Bible Study

There is no question about the high value of God’s Word in the ministry of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, and that priority is evident in the many Bible study opportunities provided here.  In particular, our women have numerous occasions and various formats available in which they can join together to learn more of God through His inspired Word.

This summer, our ladies have been meeting in homes throughout the city to study Jerry Bridges’ classic book, The Pursuit of Holiness.  In these intimate settings, offered both during the morning and evening, they are being challenged to “pursue holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.”(Hebrews 12:14)

Beginning in the fall and continuing throughout the school year, our women’s Bible study will focus on the book of 1 Samuel.  Also offered in both morning and evening sessions, this is an inductive study where our women are equipped to really dig into God’s Word.  Together, they will discover what the Scripture says, how to interpret it accurately, and how to apply it practically in their lives.  This study involves both large-group and small-group sessions where our ladies have the opportunity to challenge one another, develop intimate relationships, and grow together in their love for God and His Word. 

The privilege and responsibility to guide others in studying the Bible is so great that the leaders want to be as well-equipped as possible.  Several of our ladies will be traveling to Chattanooga, Tennessee next month for a few days of intensive training in leading Precept Bible studies. Please pray that God will use this time to equip them to serve our Body in a way that will bring much honor to our Savior.

We want to encourage every woman in our church to take advantage of these opportunities to grow together in our study of God’s Word.  If you’re hungry for fellowship and friendship, this is absolutely the best place to meet women of all ages and walks of life who love the Lord and are striving together to become more like Him. Won’t you join us?

A Father’s Blessing

The actual tradition of honoring fathers as the heads of the family dates back to as early as the Middle Ages in Europe.  While the first celebration in the US dates back to 1910, the actual naming of Fathers’ Day as a national holiday was only ratified in 1972.

 The first mention of the word “father” in Scripture is in Genesis 2:24.  Here, immediately after God made woman, Moses records God’s creation of marriage and His definition of family, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”  It is a physical fact that all humans have a father, but the fact that the title is used for God Himself as the heavenly Father; would seem evident to indicate that the term means much more than just a participant in the initiation of life. 

 Scripture contends that the earthy father’s role is derived from God Himself.  He provides, protects, corrects, leads and loves his family.  In this manner God has set a great charge on fathers and given them one of the greatest honors of life.  In leading out in directing the hearts of the children placed in their care, fathers are intimately involved in the future of our world.  The gift of being a father is not possible for all men and should never be taken for granted.

 Such a charge would be overwhelming to achieve acting alone, but God never intended for man to accomplish anything under his own power.  Therefore the most important task for a father is to seek to be in union with Christ.  One cannot and will not ever fulfill the requirements of a godly father without the provision and power of the Holy Spirit working in their life.  Consequently, the most important preparation a man can make for his family is to be a man that walks in faith.  This preparation commands a relationship with Christ that is cultivated under the tutoring of Scripture and the guidance provided through ongoing prayer. Every step of everyday life must be one of modeling the value of being guided by God’s Word.

Fathers are not required to be perfect, but to provide a God centered direction for their family to follow.  Then and only then can you hope to have success and be able to say to those on looking eyes who can’t wait to be like you, “follow me as I follow Christ.”  Fathers, what a gift you have been given and how blessed you are to be you!

Summers in Church—What A Great Opportunity!

When we were children we often spent a good share of the school year looking forward to summers. Inevitably we would come to our parents, once summer arrived, to exclaim that we were bored and wanted something to do (I suspect some of this same sentiment occurs with today’s children). Our parents would often tell us of all the events that they used to do when they were kids that we could do such as bike riding, throwing the baseball, playing with the other kids in the neighborhood, and so on.

The same mentality that children at times struggle with can also affect the church. The regular activities of the year often take a break in summer due to family vacations and various other reasons. This can leave some feeling like there just isn’t the same amount of activities in which to participate. Yet, such is definitely not the case. Summer is a great time for pursuing other areas of involvement at the church to see if these may be areas that you’re gifted in and would enjoy serving our Savior.

As our parents often had great ideas for our involvement, think about some of the ministries below as areas that might be a tremendous joy for you to engage in and would certainly bless those already in the ministry. Bible Club—our ministry to the children in our neighborhood is a great way to impact the youth of our community for Christ. This involvement can be as a helper who is there to help direct the children and pass out snacks, or even a chance for you to try your hand at doing a devotional. Taking practical applications from your own lives and connecting them with biblical truths is an excellent way to communicate Christ to these young ones in a 10–15 minute devotional, and who can’t talk to a child for 10 minutes? Nursery or Sunday School Assistant—summer brings great opportunity and needs to these vital ministries of our church as vacations arise. This is an excellent place for our seniors to engage and help our existing teachers in providing necessary duplication of adult leadership as a helper, or even a chance to teach a lesson. Youth & Children’s Ministries—We need volunteers for our Kid’s Day Camp, our Wednesday Night Children’s ministry, and host homes for our special summer youth activities.

These only scratch the surface of the available opportunities. You can also open your home for church small groups, assist in the Bible Study ministry, participate in our Outreach events, or assist in various needs around the church. Are you ready to enjoy a great summer in serving the Lord because the opportunities are boundless.