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Coffee meet and greet, 9 AM
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Morning Service, 11:00 AM
Evening Small Group, 6 PM
Family Fellowship Meal at 5:30; Bible Study, 6:30 PM
Choir Practice Sunday evening at 5
After inviting numerous companies to submit a tender, we’re delighted to announce that we have reached an agreement with Sunlight Lofts for work to begin immediately on a loft conversion.
The conversion will be done on our annex building, opening up space for the two new rooms to be used as required (choir practice, Sunday school etc).
We’re very excited to see the finished project, and look forward to adding our testimonials to their already impressive list, as can be seen here – Sunlight Lofts Reviews
Buckner Baptist Church, located in East London, has entered the second year of its five-year capital campaign. The campaign involves renovating its building. It was launched a few years ago and some major renovations have already started.
For starters, the church is getting a face-lift, which is needed because it is over 100 years old. New siding is going to be installed too. These improvements will definitely improve the church’s appearance.
The chairman of the campaign, Brian McMahon, spoke about the developments. He said he and the rest of the committee were excited and pleased with the progress. One of the things they were excited about was the roof, which was redone with brand new shingles.
Other major improvements that will be made include the heating system being replaced and there will be security upgrades made. This involves alarm upgrades and to this end we have invited to tender various alarm installation companies, and a have signed a contract with a company for roller shutter repairs in London.
Parking improvements will be done too. So will improvements to the cemetery.
The original amount that the committee wanted to raise was £250,000 but they exceeded that goal. Besides this, the second year goal was already met too. However, the goal was raised to half-a-million pounds. A number of people have pledged money.
As of now, nearly 40 kind donors have pledged money, and the amounts pledged have varied. McMahon said he and the committee were thankful for the pledges and they were thankful for the community. Additionally, they said they were also thankful to those who have give a one-off donation.
Besides pledges, the cost of renovations have been covered by fundraisers. In fact, the Iveering Festival donates a few thousand pounds per year and so does funds raised from the Annual Golf Tournament. These are only a few of the many who are doing this.
There has also been an anonymous donor. This donor has pledges over £100,000 to the campaign. As of now, the project has received over £40,000 of this amount and this will increase as time goes by. Once completed, the church will look far better and hopefully attract more people to it.
You’re not here on this planet by accident. God loves you. He wants you to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus, His Son. There is just one thing that separates anyone from God. That one thing is sin.
The Bible describes sin in many ways. Most simply, sin is our failure to measure up to God’s holiness and His righteous standards. We sin by things we do, choices we make, attitudes we show, and thoughts we entertain. We also sin when we fail to do right things. The Bible affirms our own experience – “there is none righteous, not even one.” No matter how good we try to be, none of us does right things all the time.
People tend to divide themselves into groups – good people and bad people. But God says that every person who has ever lived is a sinner, and that any sin separates us from God. No matter how we might classify ourselves, this includes you and me. We are all sinners.
“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
Many people are confused about the way to God. Some think they will be punished or rewarded according to how good they are. Some think they should make things right in their lives before they try to come to God. Others find it hard to understand how Jesus could love them when other people don’t seem to. But I have great news for you! God DOES love you! More than you can ever imagine! And there’s nothing you can do to make Him stop! Yes, our sins demand punishment – the punishment of death and separation from God. But, because of His great love, God sent His only Son Jesus to die for our sins.
“God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
For you to come to God you have to get rid of your sin problem. In our own strength, no one can do this! You can’t make yourself right with God by being a better person. Only God can rescue us from our sins. He is willing to do this not because of anything you can offer Him, but JUST BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU!
“He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.” Titus 3:5
It’s God’s grace that allows you to come to Him – not your efforts to “clean up your life” or work your way to Heaven. You can’t earn it. It’s a free gift.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
For you to come to God, the penalty for your sin must be paid. God’s gift to you is His son, Jesus, who paid the debt for you when He died on the Cross.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
Jesus paid the price for your sin and mine by giving His life on a cross at a place called Calvary, just outside of the city walls of Jerusalem in ancient Israel. God brought Jesus back from the dead. He provided the way for you to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus. When we realize how deeply our sin grieves the heart of God and how desperately we need a Savior, we are ready to receive God’s offer of salvation. To admit we are sinners means turning away from our sin and selfishness and turning to follow Jesus. The Bible word for this is “repentance” – to change our thinking about how grievous sin is, so our thinking is in line with God’s.
All that’s left for you to do is to accept the gift that Jesus is holding out for you right now.
“If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10
God says that if you believe in His son, Jesus, you can live forever with Him in glory.
“For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Are you ready to accept the gift of eternal life that Jesus is offering you right now? Let’s review what this commitment involves:
I acknowledge I am a sinner in need of a Savior – this is to repent or turn away from sin
I believe in my heart that God raised Jesus from the dead – this is to trust that Jesus paid the full penalty for my sins
I confess Jesus as my Lord and my God – this is to surrender control of my life to Jesus
I receive Jesus as my Savior forever – this is to accept that God has done for me and in me what He promised
If it is your sincere desire to receive Jesus into your heart as your personal Lord and Savior, then talk to God from your heart:
Here’s a Suggested Prayer:
“Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I do not deserve eternal life. But, I believe You died and rose from the grave to make me a new creation and to prepare me to dwell in your presence forever. Jesus, come into my life, take control of my life, forgive my sins and save me. I am now placing my trust in You alone for my salvation and I accept your free gift of eternal life.”
If you have trusted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, please let us know. We want to rejoice in what God has done in your life and help you to grow spiritually.
If you have questions or concerns you would like help with, please contact us and let us know. We’re here to help you understand the love that Jesus is offering you for free, no matter who or where you are. You may contact us via our contact page or e-mail us (firstname.lastname@example.org). We’d love to hear from you as you follow Christ!
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