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Church Calendar & Announcements on Website The official church calendar and most up-to-date announcements are now available as tabs on the top of the church website. Have an announcement? Let Brother Will Jackson know.

Get texts about important SHBC info! The church is now able to send important messages via text, not just email! If you would like to sign up to receive text messages from the church, we are legally required for you to “opt-in” via this quick form. You can opt-out by using the same form. You will NOT receive texts from the church until you complete the form or call the church office to specifically request to be added to our new text list. Thank you for your understanding. We will keep texts to important information and a weekly link to this page on our website once the announcements have been updated.
Church-wide Work Day Sept. 30 Meet at 8AM in the lobby. We have a list of projects to get done for GROW Kids, Homecoming preparations, and church clean-up/organization. Come ready to paint, install paneling, garden, deep clean, etc. If your area of service has specific projects to add to the list, let Bro. Will or Sam Trusty know.
Golfing for Guatemala Brookside Church of God is hosting a golf tournament on September 30 to raise funds for their mission trip with our ministry partners, the Copes, in Guatemala. For info brooksidechurchofgod.com/golf or (205)-332-9468.
Homecoming is October 1 We will have a special service for Homecoming on October 1 with a church-wide pot-luck following for Pastor Appreciation. No evening activities. Please bring your favorite meal (for example meat, veggies, and dessert) with enough to share.

This Sunday is Homecoming! We will have a special Homecoming service at 11AM on October 1. Immediately following the worship service, we invite you to join us for a pot-luck lunch. We will give thanks for our many blessings and honor our pastors.

Guatemala Team Don’t forget that Sunday, October 1 is the last day to confirm with Brother Corey if you are able to attend. See him for more information and cost estimates.
Call to Prayer Several local churches will be gathering at Samford University October 1 at 5-7PM at the Wright Center for worship and prayer in response to 2 Chronicles 7:14. If you cannot attend, we encourage you to pick up this week’s prayer guide and pray. https://www.ifmypeoplewillpray.net/
Senior Fun Night Oct. 6 Come join us at 5PM for fun, fellowship, and finger foods! We will have sandwiches and drinks. Please bring chips, dips, finger foods, and desserts. We will make plans for this year’s activities and play some games. All 55+ are welcome! There is a sign up sheet in the lobby. See David or Becky King.
NJBA Annual Meeting Our local association of churches, the North Jefferson Baptist Association, will be holding its open annual meeting on October 9 at 3PM at Glenwood Baptist Church. All are welcome to attend. There will be a time of music, preaching, updates on local and state missions, and an update from the Futures Task Force. We elected messengers at our September 17 Business Meeting. Glenwood Baptist Church is located at 1929 Glenwood Rd, Morris, AL 35116
GROW KIDS Bonfire GROW Kids will have an evening of fall fun and games on October 13 at 6PM at Mrs. Alease’s house. You don’t want to miss the bonfire! See Kelley Boissel or Alease Cummings.

Bake Auction for Guatemala If you like food (and we know that’s you), come to our annual Bake Auction to benefit our Guatemala mission team! We will have it immediately following the Sunday evening service on October 15. See Candice Trusty if you would like to help.

Ladies Retreat – Love One Another Y’all! We will be hosting a Ladies Retreat on January 5-7, 2024 in Mentone. We had an amazing response and had to change retreat locations. The total cost will now be $150. A non-refundable deposit is needed by Oct. 15 and total payment by Nov. 26. Please make checks out to SHBC (Women’s Retreat in the memo line) or pay cash and give to Laura Bennett. See Laura Bennett for questions.

Fall Festival on October 29 In lieu of Trunk or Treat this year, we will be hosting a Fall Festival beginning at 4PM on October 29. We will have a corndog meal, hot chocolate and apple cider with s’mores, a hayride, pumpkin painting, fun games, a bonfire, a prayer booth, and so much more! To volunteer, see Heather Gooch. Please help by brining the following items to the drop off area in the foyer: canned drinks, bottled water, candy, marshmallows, gram crackers, bite-sized mini-Hershey bars. We are also looking for a trailer with rails for the hayride.

Are you Foll-o-ween Jesus? Shirts now available! To help us purchase equipment like tents and lighting for our large events like the Fall Festival, the Social Committee is doing a shirt fundraiser. Short-sleeve $15. Sweatshirt $28. Go to 419crafters.com, call Heather Gooch, or sign up by the display in the lobby. Orders are due by November 15.

Children in Action For one more week we will be collecting gift cards for teachers here at Sharon Heights. See Alease Cummings for more info or to turn in cards.

Thanks for helping the Food Pantry Flyers in the lobby list recent needs or see Kathy Bensko. We have restocked most of the items that we needed urgently, but donations are always welcome.

Planted Preschool Volunteer Schedule Posted Please check the lobby or upstairs to make sure you can serve as scheduled. See Kathryn Mahaffey or Rhonda Cole.
Planning Center Meeting Do you lead a church committee or team? We had a meeting on September 24 about how the new church calendar, mass communication, and volunteer scheduling works. If you missed the meeting, see Bro. Will for important info and resources. Thanks for leading!
A Call to 2 Chronicles 7:14 Prayer Join us Wednesday mornings at 8AM in the Sanctuary for Midweek 714 Prayer. Each week we will focus on a specific area of the church to pray over & submit to God. See Bro. Will for details. Even if you cannot join, a weekly Prayer Focus can be found in the bulletin and monthly prayer guide in the lobby with a daily Scripture and prayer topic. Prayer starts with you.
THIS WEEK’s PRAYER FOCUS: Church members past, present, and future. To see the prayer guide, click here.

What’s your calling? Did you know that God called YOU!?! The Biblical word for “church” means “called-out.” We are called out of sin and into a Christ-centered life. As part of that life, God equips us to do the work of the church. Where are you called to serve? Is it with babies? Running sound? Singing in the choir? Joining a Connect Team? The church needs YOU. Pray about where you can serve.

Update Your Contact Info! We are working on updating contact information church-wide. Even if you think we have it correct, please fill out a card in the lobby. Let us know if you prefer phone, text, email, or mail communication! You can also fill-out an online form here.

Safety Plans & Training Our church leadership and safety teams are updating all of our safety plans and training to make sure each ministry area can focus on their mission. As we have moved Sunday School rooms, make sure you know the location of the fire exits in your area. Stay tuned in coming weeks for more information. If you have any specific questions or concerns, speak with Brothers Will or Corey.

Got Kids Under 18? We now ask that all church members use the elevator as their primary entrance to the second floor to help improve our church security. We will begin checking-in all preschool, children, and youth at a new Safety Desk in the elevator lobby of the second floor. The check-in process will change over the next few weeks as we implement an app based check-in software. Volunteers in preschool, children, and youth will get more information and training as we continue to update our safety protocols. Parents please also make sure your contact information is up to date!

Don’t Forget the Watering Hole! Different adult Sunday school classes bring pot-luck breakfast to help fuel us for 9:45AM study in the Bible. Make sure you don’t forget (but don’t worry you can still eat … there is always plenty!)
October 1: Waters/Bennett & College & Career
Connect Teams will not do formal visitations over the summer.
Deacon of the Week (September 24): Jamie Bensko
Deacon of the Week (October 1): Wayne Cole
Deacon of the Week (October 8): David King
Deacon of the Week (October 15): Keith Pickle
Deacon of the Week (October 22): Gene Powell
Deacon of the Week (October 29): Keith Pickle