The Deacons' Corner
"Let all things be done decently and in order"
"Article of Faith #17: Of the Righteous and the Wicked"
“We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in his esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in his sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death.” (The New Hampshire Baptist Convention-1833.)
Our God has told us clearly that good acts and works, even the best of them, will not make us right with Him. Fortunately, He also explains what will."Righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe...all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:22-24).
Additionally, Psalm 73:1-28 gives a reflection on the life and values of a wicked person contrasted with characteristics of a follower of God. Believers possess eternal life now, while non-believers are living under the wrath of God, according to John 3:36. No matter how they seem to prosper in the short term, wicked people will ultimately pay for their sins and unbelief in this life and/or the next. Malachi 3:18“And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not” (Malachi 3:18). In Acts 10:34-35, Peter added “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right”(NIV). Ultimately, good acts without faith means nothing in the eyes of our God.
Read, Study, Reflect and Meditate on the teachings in your Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth daily.
NOTE OF SYMPATHY: The Co-Pastors, Officers and members express sincere sympathy to Sis. Marsha White and Bro. Howard Contee, Jr. and family in the passing of their mother, Sis. Barbara Leak; and to Sis. Olivia Stewart and Family in the loss of her son Gregory Cheeks in San Diego, CA.
NOTE OF THANKS: To Rev. Dr. Summers, Rev. Wood and My Providence Family: Our God is awesome and you are wonderful as I remain grateful for your many acts of kindness during a particularly stressful time in my life. The beautiful cards, your heartfelt concerns, phone calls but most of all your prayers are a testament of God's goodness. I am truly blessed to be a part of this Providence family. I thank God for you.
God bless you,
PLEASE NOTE: If you are interested in serving on the 90th Church Anniversary Steering Committee, please sign the pad on the table in the Narthex.
PLEASE NOTE: For those persons traveling with the V. A. R. Club to Hurlock, Maryland for the Crab Feast/Boat Ride, you will need to be at Providence on July 15th at 9:30 AM - We will return at approximately 6:30 PM - We will not be responsible for lateness on either end.
Two seats have become available on the bus. If interested, please see Garry Richards or Elva Williams.
PLEASE NOTE: The Memorial Service for Sis. Barbara Leak will be at Providence Saturday, July 29th. The wake will begin at 10:30 and service will follow at 11:00 AM - The Psalmodists of Praise will provide the music.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT:
Persons interested in applying for the Edna Over Campbell and Juanita Jones Williams Scholarships and the Bessie Hazle Wood Education Grant can secure an application in the church office.
In order to provide on-going scholarship and grant support the Scholarship and Grants Committee is still looking to receive your financial support. An envelope for this purpose is included with your church envelopes or you can secure one from the church office.
ATTENTION! ALL MEMBERS AND FAMILIES of Providence Baptist Church who have not signed up to be included in our FREE 2017 Pictorial Directory, you may do so today in the Fellowship Hall following this service. This is our final opportunity. Your full participation is encouraged.
PBC LIBRARY NEWS:
The Read-Aloud will now take place on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, where feasible. If you are interested in reading to our children, please sign-up. See Pat Brown to do so. You may also call her at 443-386-0330. We are looking forward to having a great year in the PBC Library.
SPECIAL NOTICES: The Emergency Food Committee is in need of a few good men, to assist with packing and distributing food. You would be serving once a month, on the 3rd Wednesday. If you are available, leave your name and telephone number in the church office.
Balcony Usage: We are asking members and friends to please utilize the lower sanctuary first for sharing during the worship service. In the event there is an overflow in the sanctuary the balcony will be made available. Otherwise we ask that you assist us by cooperating with this request.
PLEASE NOTE: The new church email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members who have turned in pledge cards can pick up their envelopes in the church office.
CD copies of the Sunday Worship Services are available upon request. Please fill out the request form in the church office or see any member of the Multi Media Ministry to place your order.
You are requested to notify the church office and Trustee Board of any Call Meetings or cancellation of scheduled meetings and rehearsals.