THANK YOU!

Greetings to all in the name of our Lord. I just want to take a moment to thank everyone who turned out for our workday on Saturday, April 12th. I was truly overwhelmed by the number of people who came and invested a little “sweat equity” into the buildings and grounds. As a result of your dedication and hard work, God’s house is clean, orderly and ready to receive worshippers.

Today (Sunday, April 13th, 2014)  we celebrate “Palm Sunday.” Palm Sunday refers to the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem in establishing His kingdom. It may interest you to know that there was another “Triumphal Entry” into Jerusalem four generations before this. A righteous man named Judah Maccabee, known to those around him as the “hammer”, was upset about the Syrian occupation of Jerusalem. He gathered together an army of Jewish men to fight against the Syrians. In 163 B.C. Judah Maccabee rode into Jerusalem a conquering hero mounted on a massive stallion. The inhabitants shouted and waved palm branches and cheered, “Hosanna, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” You see, Judah was their hero and they thought he was the promised Messiah. The Temple was cleansed, incense burned, sacrifices offered and a huge menorah was lit and lasted for eight days. Our Jewish friends still celebrate eight days of the “Festival of Lights” to this day.

This parallels the story we find in John chapter 12 of the “Triumphal Entry” of the true King. Make no mistake about it, the Messiah came riding a donkey not a noble steed and is the true King of Kings and Lord of Lords. His Kingdom will never end and for all of my Christians brothers and sisters around the world I join you in celebration of this monumental event.

God Bless you each and everyone.

Bro. Delton

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Update on Skeeter – 2!

Greetings,

It is now 12:28 p.m. on Monday, 04/07/14 and I have heard from Sis. Laura. Bro. Skeeter has come through his surgery very well and the Doctor was pleased with the results. Bro. Skeeter will spend the night in the hospital and will get to go home Tuesday if all is well.

I spoke with Bro. Calvin earlier and Sis. Sue has been very ill following her back surgery. Please keep her in your prayers as well.

God Bless you all!

Bro. Delton

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Skeeter Anderson Update

Good Morning!

It’s Monday morning, April 7th, 2014 and what a beautiful day I is. I left Orange Park Hospital about 7:30 this morning after having prayer with Skeeter and Laura. Skeeter was in amazingly high spirits and was ready to get the surgery started (NO – I didn’t operate!). Please continue to pray for Skeeter and Laura and I will update via a post as soon as I hear from Laura.

God Bless and have a wonderful and spirit-filled day.

Bro. Delton

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GREETINGS!

To Our Church Family:

Just a quick note to thank everyone for thoughts, food and prayers. My surgery went well and now time is both my adversary and my ally. Sybil has prepared me a cozy little spot in the garage but promised I could come back inside when my demeanor improved. She has graciously consented to allow me time to post this message before I return to exile. By the way, I have named my haven of solitude “Patmos.” I don’t know why but I thought it had a nice ring to it! I am having to type this with one hand so I am using the biblical method of typing…”Seek and ye shall find.”

Some of you may be interested to know that “Townsend I” has been officially retired but “Townsend II” and I have become very close…literally. Keep smiling and stay close to God in your daily walk. Sybil and I love you all very much and we pray that we can be with you again very soon!

God Bless!

Delton & Sybil

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Greetings to All:

As we give pause in our busy lives to celebrate the birth of our Savior I want to pass on some Christmas prayers to our church family and friends.

  • I pray that the time you spend in fellowship with your family and friends will be full.
  • I pray that the blessings of God and the peace of God will realized in every life as we give thanks for the wonderful gift of Christ.
  • I pray that during all of your travels you will be safe and secure.
  • I pray that during all of the excitement of Christmas we do not forget the reason for the birth of the Son of God. His birth and ultimately His death were sacrificial so that you and I can inherit the Kingdom of God.

From our family to you and all yours, Merry Christmas!

Bro. Delton

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Funeral Arrangements for Larry Lee

Just a quick note to let everyone know about the funeral arrangements for Larry Lee (brother of Tyrone Lee). As most of you know Brother Larry was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Middleburg. The Lee family would greatly appreciate your prayers and encouragement during this trying time. I encourage each member in our church family to  reach out to the Lee family with prepared food as they will be housing many family and friends during the coming days.

The funeral arrangements are as follows:

Viewing will be Thursday Evening, 6pm – 8pm, December 12th, 2013 at Calvary Baptist Church, 1532 Long Bay Road, Middleburg, Florida.

The funeral service will be Friday, December 13th, 2013 at 11 am. (There will be a one hour viewing from 10am – 11am). The service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church, 1532 Long Bay Road, Middleburg, Florida.

Internment will be at Jacksonville Memory Gardens, 111 Blanding Boulevard, Orange Park, Florida. Due to the traffic congestion and numerous traffic lights there will not be a police escort from Calvary Baptist Church to Jacksonville Memory Gardens.

If you have any questions please call me at the church office or at my home.

God Bless you all!

Bro. Delton

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“SUNDAY WOW”

Greetings!

We had the pleasure of experiencing another great Sunday morning worship survice with Br. Mike Peper visiting us. I have talked to so many of you that came away from that service with an exclamation of “WOW!”. The missions field is truly ripe unto harvest and every time we have a missionary share the work that is going on in other countries I get excited all over again. Bro. Mike and his staff are truly doing a fantastic work in Sierra Leone and I know that you will join me in extending our prayers to him for safety and that God will continue to meet his needs in that ministry. I look forward to every worship service but Sunday (11-17-13) was just special. The prayers, preaching, fellowship and music was just electric. It all culminated Sunday evening with Sis. Dominie playing “We Shall Behold Him,” a song that brings home the hope of every Christian who faithfully serves God.

I would like to thank all of you who came out on our “workday” on Saturday, 11-16-13. We had a chance to really give the house of God a thorough cleaning. I thank each of you for helping us keep our building and grounds clean and free from litter. I have witnessed so many churches that seem to lose their passion for keeping up properties and it is so encouraging to see your zeal for the cleanliness of our sanctuary.

Most of you know by now that Sybil and I are grandparents again. Ellyette Quinn came into this world on Thursday, November 14th, 2013 @ 10:30 am. She weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces and was 20 inches long. I must report to you that both grandparents fell in love at first sight! Our smallest grandson, 1 year old Luca, had a slightly different analysis upon his first sight of his sister. He simply looked at her and pointed his little finger and said in an inquisitive voice, “squirrel”? I think (and pray) he has a little more understanding now. Thank you all for your prayers and I am happy to report that both mom and baby came home Monday, 11-18-13 and they are doing well.

That’s all for now. Please stay safe and remember all of the infirm who are on our prayer list. Do not forget to pray for our country, our troops and our churches.

God Bless you all!

Bro. Delton

 

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Missionaries to Visit SMBC on Nov. 17th, 2013

 

Mike & Dianne Pepper Bro. Mike and Sis. Dianne Peper

Greetings,

Just a quick note to let everyone know that Dr. Mike Peper and his wife Dianne will be visiting South Middleburg Baptist Church for the morning service on November 17th, 2013. Bro. Mike will be catching us up to date on the very important ministry is Sierra Leone, Africa.

Dr. Mike Peper, pastor and former missionary to Korea, has been given by God a burden for the war-torn country of Sierra Leone as well as this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to impact the lives of generations of people in that country. A project that now includes multiple churches, an orphanage, a clinic, and a school is now becoming a reality. God’s people must rise to this exciting occasion and get involved while this new door is open!

I invite everyone to come and experience what missions is all about: bringing hope and light back into the lives of people who had lost it. This is all accomplished by dedicated missionaries who share God’s love through the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our Sunday School hour begins at 9:30am and our morning worship begins at 10:45 am. Please come and bring a guest and enjoy great fellowship with us.

God Bless!

Bro. Delton

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Give Thanks

If you were to look for the definition of the word “thankful” in any dictionary you may find something like this: “Glad that something has happened or not happened, that something or someone exists. Conscious of a benefit received.” The nation of Israel realized that their greatest mission was to praise the name of God and to proclaim that name to all the world. As such, a psalmist penned these words over 2500 years ago: “O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people…Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;” (Psalm 105:1, 5 KJV).

We as a church and a people are about to embark upon a special time of year we have entitled “Thanksgiving.” It is always amazing to me that God would bestow so many blessings on His creation, and all that He asks in return is for us to acknowledge His love and care for each one of us. Sybil and I have so much to be thankful for, and many of the biggest blessing come from the people we serve at South Middleburg Baptist Church! Perhaps the apostle Paul said it best; “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you” (Philippians 1:3 KJV). I am truly thankful for all of you and the privilege to be called “pastor.”

If I were to ask you, “What are you thankful for?” what would your response be? Would you thank God for life, liberty, home, spouse, children, prosperity…the list could go on and on. There are so many around us who are unthankful to God, and if we are not very careful, these negative feelings can be contagious. We have the God-given power within us to rise above the afflictions of life. I continue to be inspired by Helen Keller who said; ” For three things I thank God every day of my life: thanks that he has vouchsafed me knowledge of his works; deep thanks that he has set in my darkness the lamp of faith; deep, deepest thanks that I have another life to look forward to—a life joyous with light and flowers and heavenly song.”

I realize that there are many trials in our lives right now, but I submit that we, of all people on planet earth, and like Helen Keller, should not be found lacking in identifying plenty of blessings to be thankful for. We live in the greatest country in the world and enjoy a standard of living that millions of people will never realize. Moreover, the greatest blessing we have to thankful for is our Savior! “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31 KJV).

From our family to your family, I pray a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving. We invite you to pause not only on Thanksgiving Day, but every day to give thanks to God for His many blessings in life and the certainty of eternal life with Him. If you have not experienced the blessing of salvation, the gift of eternal life, I would love share some Scripture with you to show you how you too can receive the greatest gift God has to offer: His Son.

God bless you all during this Thanksgiving season and may we all keep looking unto Him for His blessings!

Bro. Delton

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GREETINGS!

Greetings to all in the name of the Lord. I have taken my arm out of the sling long enough to try and type this message. I want to begin by thanking all of my church family for your prayers during these past two months. Thankfully, I should be back to normal (please hold your comments on my normalcy) in a short while. Also, your cards and prayers were very much appreciated during my oldest brother’s passing. God bless you all.

For those of you who do not know, South Middleburg Baptist Church is the proud owner of a Chevy van that has been donated to the church by Bro. Tony Bradley and Sis. Sharon Bradley. I am in the process of having our name put on the van and then will deliver it to have transmission serviced and mechanical inspection done before it is put on the road. This van is an answer to many prayers and I want to publically thank the Bradley family from the bottom of my heart.

The addition to the front of the building has not been forgotten. Apparently the contractor is having trouble finding the right people to set the trusses. I want each of you to join me in praying that God will bless this endeavor and maybe have construction begin. I also want to clarify one thing. This addition will not be a “drive-thru” for the discharge/pick-up of passengers. If we are going to err, we will err on the side of caution. With children running in and out the front doors into an area where cars would be entering and exiting is the ingredients for disaster. Perhaps we can add a drive-thru on the Alligator Blvd. side of the church as funding permits.

Don’t forget our 5th Sunday sing on September 29th, 2013 @ 6:00 pm. Start practicing if you would like to sing a special that night. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board behind the choir loft. Also, our Fall Festival and Old Fashioned Day will be Saturday, October 26th, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Get your bonnets, brogans and overalls! (I don’t have to change my wardrobe, every day is old fashioned day!)

That’s all for now. Please remember all of our sick in your daily prayers. This has been a tough year for many of our folks and they stand in special need of God’s blessing. Stay safe, stay diligent and stay active in His service.

Bro. Delton

 

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