From the Pastor
Greetings brother and sisters of Christ, I pray that your New Year is blessed and highly favored.
2011 was a challenge and a blessing for us at New Salem. God has done wonderful things for us, in us, and through us. In addition to the pleasure of serving this magnificent church in the role of under-shepherd, I have also been tasked to serve as the 2nd Vice-Moderator of our historic East Florida District Association. The selection was both a surprise and an honor. I intend to do my best to remain in the will of God and to allow Him to use me as He sees fit.
The biggest and best things that are transpiring at New Salem are in the spirit realm. God continues to elevate us and bring us new soldiers to help spread the Good News. We also were blessed to be able to continue many ministries including our Crawford/Harper Scholarship Fund to support our members that are college students, our Pay-For-Grade ministries for our students, and our Community Appreciation Day. This year we had a tremendous Community Appreciation Day where we not only gave away clothes and food but also, stereos, bikes, and Winn Dixie gift certificates. We also continued our support of the We Care Program and provided 12 families with over 50lbs of food @ Christmas. We were also blessed to be able to purchase an acre of land across the street from the church that will provide additional parking and possibly the future home of a new sanctuary in the future.
We also were blessed to see two of our members graduate from high school this year (Sister Ashley Bradshaw and Sister Michelle Able) as well as three members who graduated from college with their BS degrees (Sister Ashley Peterson, Sister Neitra White, and Brother Chris lemon, Sr.). We are very proud of each them and wish them God's blessings as they continue their education and begin and/or further their careers.
We have been expanding our studies by teaching from 'The Kingdom Agenda:What A Way To Live by Pastor Tony Evans, in our Sunday School classes. Our study has been spiritually riveting and the growth in the students is very evident. In addition God is blessing us with miracle after miracle. The praise reports the last couple of months have been outstanding! God continues to make a way out of no way!
The Lord blessed us to make big strides in preparing to begin building the annex that has been so long desired. We are now preparing to re-do the inside ceiling and the walls inside of the sanctuary in year two of our plan to re-furbish the entire sanctuary.
Please come and share your time and talents with us as we celebrate the goodness of the Lord and work toward His Kingdom Agenda!
Upcoming New Salem Events
Thursday Jan. 27th 5th Sun. Union will be held at New Salem. Elder P.L. Jones of Zion Orthodox Primitive Baptist Church, Cocoa Fl. will deliver the Union Message.
Sunday Feb. 12th Old Fashioned Day
Feeding on the grounds after service (if weather permits)
Saturday Feb. 18th Mid-Term Association Meeting @ the Primitive Baptist Temple, Ft. Pierce Fl. Elder T.W. Samuels, President Emeritus of the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA will deliver the Association Sermon, after which will be ordination services for Elders and Deacons and the installation of Moderator Charles Hendley and his cabinet.
Sunday February 19th @ St. Annis Primitive Baptist Church, Deland for Elder Eugene Johnson's Pastors Anniversary.