Funeral Service for Sis. Sue Childers

Greetings to all:

I am writing this post today with a heavy heart to announce the passing of Sis. Sue Childers on Thursday, March 9th, 2017. Her funeral will be Sunday, March 12th, 2017 at South Middleburg Baptist Church, 4565 Alligator Boulevard, Middleburg, Florida 32068. Viewing will be from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. The funeral service will begin at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Ed Brown and Rev. Delton Kilpatrick presiding. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Hardage Giddens Holly Hill Funeral Home, 3601 Old Jennings Road, Middleburg, Florida 32068. Internment will be at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, 822 Hammond Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida 32221. Our church will provide dinner for the family in the Fellowship Hall of SMBC after internment. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this special family that God will give them the peace that only He can give.

For those of you who are new to SMBC I would like to give you a brief history about how we came into being. Bro. Calvin Childers answered a call from God to plant a church in the South Middleburg area and after prayer and a lot of hard work, SMBC was born. I have often heard it said that behind every successful man there is a good woman. That statement could not be more true than it is in this case. Sis. Sue has stood with her husband through the good and the bad and has always trusted in God. Truly, this woman’s Crown of Glory is well deserved.

So many of us have called her sister and friend over the years that we will surely feel a deep loss. However, we can rejoice in the fact that she has now realized all of the promises our Savior has given to us and the strains of this world no longer encumber her.

***Important Scheduling Note***

We will not have an evening service or choir practice on Sunday, March 12th, 2017. We will resume our normal schedule the following Sunday, March 19th, 2017.

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Obituary/Guestbook Sign-In For Bro. Lee

Greetings to all,

If you would like to read the obituary and sign he guest log electronically for Bro. Tyrone Lee you can access the Prestwood Funeral Home portal @ http://www.prestwoodfuneralhome.com/

Please take a moment to share your thoughts and prayers for the family of Bro. Tyrone and sign the guest log.

God Bless!

Bro. Delton

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Update On Funeral Service for Tyrone Lee

Friends and Family:

I just got the correct times for the funeral service for Bro. Tyrone Lee. As I said earlier, the funeral will be at South Middleburg Baptist Church, 4565 Alligator Boulevard, Middleburg, Florida on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016. Viewing will be from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m.

Bro. Lee had so much positive influence on so many lives, my own included, and I invite as many as can to come and offer your tribute of love to the man and family who means so much to us.

Again, our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the Lee family.

God Bless.

Bro. Delton

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Funeral Arrangements for Bro. Tyrone Lee

To All of Our Friends & Church Family;

Many people near and far have called and are wondering about the funeral arrangements for Bro. Tyrone Lee. All that we know for sure at this point is that the funeral will be at South Middleburg Baptist Church, 4565 Alligator Boulevard, Middleburg, Florida on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016. The time has not yet been finalized. Internment will be at Jacksonville National Cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida. As soon as the time is set for Wednesday I will let everyone know.

We will be serving lunch to the Lee family in the fellowship hall the day of the funeral. Sis Carolyn Metheny will be contacting families about the food for the service.

Please join me in praying for the Lee family during this trying time. Our deepest and heartfelt condolences are extended to the family.

God Bless.

Bro. Delton

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Memorial for Patricia Hamilton

Greetings to all in the name of our Lord.

I would like to let everyone know that we will have a memorial service for Sister Patricia Hamilton at South Middleburg Baptist Church, 4565 Alligator Boulevard, Middleburg, Florida on Saturday, September 3rd, 2016 @ 11:00 a.m.

We will be serving a light lunch after the service in the fellowship hall.

Please help us to get this information out to friends of the family as we would like for as many as possible to come and, as we do, offer condolences to the family.

God bless and have a wonderful day.

Bro. Delton

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Can America Return to God?

Greetings:

I have been asked numerous times lately, “can America return to God?”. I am reminded of what God said to Israel thousands of years ago:

 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” II Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)

I believe every man, woman and child who has a faith in the Lord Jesus Christ today must be clinging to this promise found in the Word of God.

Can America return to God?

Frankly, I think that question must be preceded by a much more poignant  inquiry.

Does America want to return to God?

Many have tried and succeeded in getting God kicked out of our schools, sporting events, public places and work places. To a great extent our society has gotten what it wanted – A society without God.

But what good has it done for us as a nation?

People who truly worship God are being mocked and ridiculed at every turn. In fact, it seems to me that the only form of respectable bigotry in America is bigotry against people of Christian faith.

What does one do?

How do we fight back?

These are legitimate questions to say the least but we must also come to grips with the fact that most Americans have become inured to cultural rot and lost their capacity for shock, disgust and outrage. If you are reading this post and you are a professing Christian, I would hasten to remind you that the honor of God is at stake in the spiritual war that we see going on around us.

I see an alarming trend in Christian circles. We are notorious to “repenting” for sin but not “turning” from sin. Let me repeat the former verse: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

As Christians in America, has our message become so weak, our testimony so diluted and our lifestyle so generic that the world cannot distinguish us from the rest of the society? Have we become so complacent that we are willing to sit idly by as people die without Christ and thus sentenced to hell?

NO! WE CANNOT! WE MUST NOT.

We must be the irritant that causes the spiritually blind to seek God. People do not like to be confronted with sin but that in no way diminishes our role to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” (Matthew 28:19 – KJV).

As Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) so aptly stated many years ago: “A Christian is salt, and salt is the most concentrated thing known. Salt preserves wholesomeness and prevents decay. It is a disadvantage to be salt. Think of the action of salt on a wound. If you get salt into a wound, it hurts, and when God’s children are amongst those who are “raw” toward God, their presence hurts. The man who is wrong with God is like an open wound, and when “salt” gets in, it causes annoyance and distress and he is spiteful and bitter. The disciples of Jesus preserve society from corruption; the “salt” causes excessive irritation which spells persecution for the saint.”

God is waiting to “hear” from us. It is time Christian, yes you, to stand in the gap for what you believe.

Be the salt God intended you to be in this world.

Do not surrender.

Get prepared.

Get in the fight.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” Ephesians 6:10-18 (KJV).

Remember, judgment always begins at the house of God.

So, to answer the question “can America return to God?” I would have to respond with a resounding YES. However, we have to have the will to do so.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

Bro. Delton

 

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Funeral Arrangements for Ola Johns

Greetings in the name of our Lord.

It is with great sorrow I report to you the passing of Ola Johns.  Ola went on to glory on Monday, August 18th, 2014. On behalf of the entire South Middleburg Baptist Church family, we offer our sincere condolences to Ola’s family. I ask that every member of our church family remember in prayer all those who mourn for Ola’s passing.

As many of you know Ola had suffered with COPD for many years and a multitude of doctors did their very best to not only extend her life but also give her a quality of life. Ola was aware that a cure for her condition was not to be had on this earth. She knew that it would take the Great Physician to give her the cure she longed for! In the twinkling of an eye Ola was ushered into God’s Kingdom where she was healed and  will never know sickness again. Ola’s funeral will be at South Middleburg Baptist Church, 4565 Alligator Boulevard, Middleburg, Florida, on Friday August 22nd, 2014. Arrangements are as follows:

Family viewing from 12 – 1 pm

Friends viewing from 1pm – 2pm

Funeral service at 2 pm with Rev. Delton Kilpatrick officiating.

Internment will be at Hatcher Cemetery immediately after the church service.

For Our Church Family:

We will receive the family for dinner at the church fellowship hall after the graveside service. This is our way of showing our love and respect for this family during this very trying time. I am asking for anyone who can participate with preparing food to please do so. We will also need some volunteers to serve the meal and clean up afterwards.

Also, don’t forget we will be hosting the kick-off event for upcoming “Teen Challenge” on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014, beginning at 10:00am. I realize there are times when I ask you to go “above and beyond” what is normally expected. However, let’s all remember we have a God who went “above and beyond” what we deserve! Let us serve Him with gladness! Thank you for all that you do.

I love you all and keep looking up!

Bro. Delton

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Correction on Funeral Times

SMBC Family:

I have a correction on the times for Bro. Leroy’s funeral. The date and location are the same. The time of the viewing is from 10 am until 11 am and the funeral message will begin at 11 am.

Sorry for the confusion but there was a mix-up on times.

God Bless!

Bro. Delton

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Update On Bro. Leroy

SMBC Family & Friends,

I now have the updated information for the funeral arrangements for Brother Leroy Yeomans. The viewing and funeral will be Thursday, June 12th, 2014, at Jacksonville Memory Gardens Chapel, 111 Blanding Boulevard, Orange Park, Florida. Viewing will begin at 11 a.m. and the funeral will begin at noon. Interment will follow at Jacksonville Memory Gardens as well.

I encourage you once again to pray for the family that the grace of God will be with them.

God Bless you all!

Bro. Delton

 

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Bro. Leroy Yeomans

To the South Middleburg Baptist Church Family:

It is Tuesday morning, June 10th 2014. It is with bittersweet emotions that I report to you the passing of our Christian Brother and friend Leroy Yeomans at 3:17 am today. It is bitter because there is now a void in my heart and your heart because a friend and a brother has been taken from us.  It is sweet because we know that Brother Leroy has now realized all the promises that God made to him.

As you all know Brother Leroy fought a courageous battle with failing health over the past several years and many would now say that “death” has won the war. I would counter that argument with a far different analysis. The Bible tells us in I Corinthians 15:54-57 – “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.  55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?  56  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.  57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Leroy Yeomans now stands victorious in the arena of eternal life through the forgiveness of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I have just left the family and final arrangements for the funeral have not been completed. As soon as I know all of the details I will have everyone contacted through our “prayer-chain” and will post the details on our website. I invite you to join me in prayer for the family that God will give the comfort they need, the clarity of mind as they attend to details and the strength to face coming days without this paternal leader. Brother Leroy’s legacy will live on through every one of his family members. Perhaps John Donne (1572–1631) said it best:

All mankind is of one Author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated; God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice; but God’s hand is in every translation, and his hand shall bind up all our scattered leaves again for that library where every book shall lie open to one another.”

Our condolences go out to the family and they will be in our thoughts and prayers.

God Bless you all!

Bro. Delton

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