Welcome Lunch: All visitors and new members are invited to attend a “Cinco de Mayo” luncheon after the 11am worship service on Sunday, May 5. We would love the opportunity to get to know you better and to answer any questions you may have about the ministries and missions of Neill’s Creek Baptist.
Senior Adult Luncheon: The Neill's Creek Ruritan Club will host the annual Senior Adult Luncheon on Sunday, May 5th at their club building on Tysinger Road in Lillington at 12:30pm. All Senior Adults are invited. For directions or other information, please contact Cary Stewart.
Senior Adult Fun/Fellowship Day: “My Soul is Satisfied with Jesus” will be held on May 9th at Coats Baptist Church. (Registration 9 AM / Program 9:30 through lunch). A great day filled with fellowship, worship and laughter! Lunch included. The bus will leave the church at 8:30am. RSVP to Sandra Strickland by May 1st.
Baby Dedication Day, May 12th: Please let Pastor Chris know if you would like to participate in the baby dedication ceremony on May 12th. All information must be submitted no later than May 5th.
Mothers Day, May 12th: In order to help us celebrate our mothers, both living and deceased, we invite you to bring a small framed picture of your mother to place in the window sills of the sanctuary. There will also be a special cross at the front of the sanctuary that you may decorate with a carnation (red in honor of a living mother, white in memory of a deceased mother). We will offer times to decorate the cross both before and during the worship service. In addition, you are encouraged to email the church office with a special quote or memorable saying that you often heard your mother say. We will print these quotes, without names, as a bulletin insert. "Charm is deceptive and beauty fades, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." Proverbs 31:30
Ladies Soft Ball Team: If you are interested in playing on the Ladies Joint Soft Ball Team with Pleasant Union and NCBC, please contact Amy Heston by May 3rd.
Nursery Help Needed for Wednesday Nights in May: If you would be willing to keep the nursery on a Wednesday night during May, please contact the church office. Our college helper will be unavailable, and we need someone until the end of our Bible Study year.
Ellington Youth Night: Ellington Youth Night is held each month at Ellington Studios. This is a great opportunity for youth to have fun on a Friday night and hear a good message. Whether you're attending for the first time, encouraging your youth to go, or getting your youth to bring a friend, this is a wonderful time of fun and fellowship. The next Ellington Youth Night will be held on May 31 from 7-9 pm.
Graduate Recognition Sunday, June 2nd: We will honor all high school and college graduates from our church. If you or a family member will be graduating this year, please contact Rev. Christian Justice. We will also have a luncheon following the service for graduates and their families. Please send pictures for the slide show to Betty Emerson.
Ladies Bible Study: In this six-session video Bible study, Lysa Terkeurst (President of Proverbs 31 Ministries) offers a safe place to share your disappointments, fresh Biblical insight to get you through painful situations, and life-giving perspectives for living in between Eden and eternity. This Bible study meets on Tuesdays at 9:30am at NCBC. The study guide is $7.00. For more info, contact Kat Tinsley.
NCBC Mission Trip Fund: A few years ago, a designated mission trip fund was started at NCBC to support those from our church family who feel called to go on a foreign mission trip (as of January 2019, this fund has a $0 balance). At the initial Cuba mission trip meet-ing 3/17/19 there was sufficient interest to begin planning for a construction team to go to Cuba Nov. 15-22, 2019. The cost per person will be approximately $1,500 and the team will have to take an additional $1,500 for construction materials. Anyone wishing to make a donation toward the cost of this trip may do so by making a check to Neill's Creek Baptist Church and in the memo line write, "Mission Trip Fund." A fundraiser for the Cuba Mission Team will be planned in the coming months.
Fifth Sunday Offering Building Expansion: Your generosity and support of God's work have been a blessing. On May 26th, we will collect our 5th Sunday offering. Please prayerfully consider your sacrificial contribution to the Lord's work. Please designate “Building Expansion Fund” on your check or offering envelope.
NCBC Tree of Life: Each leaf can be purchased at a minimum donation of $250.00. The leaf can be engraved in honor/in memory of a person or with a personal message. If you have already purchased a leaf, please give your information to Patsy Edwards 919-235-2850.
Giving opportunities for North American and CBF Missions: As in the past, there are two options for giving to missions during the Easter Season - the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Offering for Global Missions. Please prayerfully consider giving to the mission opportunity of your choice. Offering envelopes will be in the bulletin.
Buddy Backpack Help: The Buddy Backpack Ministry packs backpacks with food items for hungry children in local elementary schools to take home with them for the weekend. Children are recommended for this food assistance ministry by teachers, guidance counselors, and social workers. In partnership with other local churches, Neill's Creek Baptist takes one Friday morning a month (8:30am) to pack approximately 150 back-packs and distribute to local elementary schools. This vital ministry is in need of additional volunteers from NCBC for the once a month Friday morning packing and distribution of the backpacks. The packing location is Angier Baptist Church's multipurpose building. To volunteer to help, please contact Mrs. Frances Johnson.
Ladles of Love: We are collecting clothing for the new warmer season. Please place your donation items in the bin outside the church office. These will be distributed to those in need.
Vacation Bible School, July 21-26: Come join us "In the Wild." Classes will be held from 6:00-8:30 pm for ages 3 up, and there will also be youth and adult classes.
May 2019 Events:
May 2: National Day of Prayer
May 5: Welcome Lunch in Fellowship Hall for Visitors and New Members at 12:15pm
Adult Senior Luncheon at Neill’s Creek Ruritan Club at 12:30pm
Staff Meeting at 4:00pm
Prayer Rally 2019 at Anthem Church, 6-7pm
May 6: WMU Trip to Wyatt’s Welcome Refugee House; Depart from church at 11:30am.
May 9: Senior Adult Fun Day at Coats Baptist Church. Depart from church at 8:30 am.
May 12: Mother’s Day—Offering for NC Baptist Hospital; Baby Dedication Day
Brotherhood Breakfast Meeting at 7:30am
May 13: Mission Action Circle Meeting at 12:30pm in the Fellowship Hall
May 17: Packing Day for Buddy Backpack at Angier Baptist Church at 8:30am
May 18: Take a Kid Fishing at Fred Dupree’s Pond at 3:00pm
May 19: Diaconate Meeting at 5:00pm
May 21: Newsletter Articles Due
May 22: Last Wednesday Night for Children and Youth Activities for the Summer (will resume in September)
May 27: Memorial Day - Church Office Closed
(Adult Choir Practice - Wednesday nights at 8:00pm)
Church Cemetery Update - Memorial Markers for unmarked graves: Over the past two years, our Church Cemetery Committee obtained the services of Mr. Brian Avery to make a study of our cemetery plots in hopes of determining the location of unmarked graves. This research disclosed the location of 295 unmarked graves of adults and children. In an effort to properly mark these graves and honor the deceased, the Cemetery Committee worked with O Quinn, Peebles, Phillips Funeral Home in Lillington to design and purchase markers for these graves. Each marker will be 10 inches wide and will lie flush with the ground. The marker contains the engraving of a cross for an adult and an engraving of a lamb for a child. Sixty of these grave markers have been purchased already. Paul Phillips, owner of the funeral home provided a large engraved monument which has already been placed in the cemetery, in proximity to many of the unmarked graves, explaining the purpose and meaning of the smaller markers. This generous gift and other assistance in the project from Paul Phillips has been greatly appreciated. Anyone who wishes to purchase a grave marker for the remaining 235 unmarked graves may do so at a cost of $13.50 each. A list of donors will be placed in the Easter Sunday bulletin. All gifts should be made to NCBC and designated for "grave markers".