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POWER SOURCE

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Power Source is about prayer. It is about the power of prayer at specific times Time of Worship: Power Source is about what happens in the prayer parlor and the sanctuary every time the church gathers to worship. What happens in worship - with the atmosphere, movement of the Holy Spirit and decision-time at the end, depends largely on your prayers. Prayer: Your prayer ma...

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Introducing the Prayer Wall…

A new opportunity for prayer is available for you with the advent of the Prayer Wall. Here's the way it works: As you enter the front entrance of the parlor, on the left, you will see a new space designated for prayer requests. The Parlor has long been a place where groups or individuals have come to pray. Our Pastor will be there, praying, on Thursdays, about mid-day. S...

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The Chapel

When my family and I vacation on the Georgia coast we almost always worship at Saint Simon's Lovely Lane Chapel. We look forward to the quiet reflection that The Chapel offers. Morningside Offers The Chapel Your Sunday morning can begin with quiet reflection at The Chapel starting next month. The Chapel at Morningside launches on September 10 here in the sanctuary from 8...

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LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2017

LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2017 Dr. Dwight "Ike" Reighard joins us for the 2017 Leadership Summit. Dr. Ike pastors Piedmont Baptist Church -Marietta, GA- and serves as president of Must Ministries. Must Ministries is a "volunteer-driven organization [that] addresses the basic needs of individuals, families, and children in the Marietta, Smyrna, Canton communities. Must brings peo...

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HAMBURGERS, HOT DOGS AND HOMEMADE ICE CREAM

HAMBURGERS, HOT DOGS AND HOMEMADE ICE CREAM Everybody loves summertime eats and nothing beats a good hotdog, burger off the grill and/or a bowl of homemade ice cream. That food is made for summer! So let's eat before the summer heat of 2017 turns chilly. Chill with the church at our summertime social set for Sunday, August 6. We eat together immediately after worship in...

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BIG LEAGUE DAD

BIG LEAGUE DAD IN HONOR OF FATHER'S DAY Father's Day is just a few days away and in honor of the event here's a fun way to remember the occasion. Big League Selfie: Snap a selfie of, with, for or in honor of dad at the baseball backdrop setup in the CMC (Children's Ministry Center). The "backstop" stands at the south end of the river walk just outside the family theat...

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Mother’s Day Memories

Mother's Day Memories This year, as a special tribute to "Mothers" on Mother's Day, Morningside will have two professional photographers available to capture a Mother's Day memory. Memories can be of Mom and /or Momwith family members, (your call). So mom's, just show up in the Parlor or the foyer of the Children's Ministry Center before or after the Worship Service on Mo...

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Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering The memory of Annie Armstrong lives each year in churches across America with the annual Annie Armstrong Easter offering. Each year, she lends her name to an offering that supports missionaries across North America. The North American Mission Board sends missionaries north and south to carry the gospel to people on this continent. The agen...

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What's the deal?

The Dealer deals the cards. he player plays the cards. The trick to a successful hand is to play the cards the Dealer dealt. Cards Dealt The cards were dealt last Sunday, 16,000 of them. That means we have 16,000 chances to win the game. The game is simple: give away one card per day for 40 days. So what's the deal with 40 days? 40 days Biblically, 40 days shows up in ...

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House of Cards

Last week, you snapped up 1498 of 1500 MBC calling cards. That is outstanding! Thank you for participating and leaving room for improvement at the same time. improvement: Here is the challenge: what happens if you and I give away one calling card per person per day for the next 40 days? Imagine the impact and influence of 16,000 calling cards in the hands of that many pe...

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Rest and Relate

John 15:1-11 "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing." Rest and Relate A young man went to visit with Jesus. The man was deeply troubled o...

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What a difference! An update from Grand Opening-February

Remember the movie, Family Man? If you missed it, the main character got a glimpse of what life would have been like had he made alternate choices in life. Life means choices, and that goes for life in the Kingdom of God. God leads His people to make choices, and the right choice involves faith. Faith is what we chose a few months ago, and now you are beginning to see th...

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Sermon Preview: Twisted Enemy

Check out this preview for Thad's sermon on Sunday, January 26! ...

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Year-End Construction Update & Business Meeting

Wondering about the progress of the new Children's Ministry facility beyond what meets the eye? The construction Committee plans to update the church next Sunday (12/22/13) at a called business meeting at the end of each worship hour. This business meeting will address the requirements of lender and lawyer with reference to the portion of the loan that covers the outstand...

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About the Future

"This will be written for a future generation; that a people not yet created may praise the Lord."Psalm 102:18 Recently, a Columbus community leader asked about the nature of the ministry at Morningside. When he learned that the church had voted to build a new facility for children's ministry, he responded with, "If you're building for children, that's a strong statement ...

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Decision Sunday

What is Decision Sunday about? I thought we, as a church, decided this matter already? Already, the church, officially, has decided about: A) The Master Plan (adopted in conference 3/11/11), B) Phase 1 "to include a new preschool/children's building along with a renovation of building D" (affirmed in conference 3/11/11), C) An 8-step recommendation of the Finance Comm...

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The Epic Motorcycle Ride

The epic ride, the one Chairman of Deacons, Mike Allmond and I started on May 15, ended in the Bay Area on May 18 when a fungus appeared in Mike's left eye. Doctors at San Francisco clinic the best eye doctors in the world, by the way say he could have gotten the fungus anywhere (his eye wasn't impacted by bug, rock, stick, dust, bird, etc) and the conditions behind his ...

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A Swift, Significant Five Years

Five years translates as 60 months, 260 weeks or 1,825 days. Any way you interpret it, time flies by swiftly and significantly. Significance The Francis Schaeffer Institute says that "50% of ministers, starting out, will not last 5 years." Maybe they mean, starting out as a minister - fresh out of preacher-boy school - or maybe they mean starting out with a local church....

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Duck Dynasty - Family Matters

Family Matters Update Sunday, April 14 at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, April 14 at 5:00 p.m. (for preschool & children's Bible Fellowship teachers) Sunday, April 21 at 5:00 pm. (for anyone unable to make a previous session)...

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MBC Increase Last Month

Morningside began the new year with an increase of almost 8% in worship participation over last year (7.98%). Thank you for your work and outreach. Outreach remains the key to transforming our world, city and community. Each one must reach one and help connect them with a Bible Fellowship class. Last Sunday's new members class stands as the largest in recent time. The ne...

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New Study on Daniel & Revelation

What in the world is going on in the country and the world? How did we get in the shape we're in and where is it all going? Who really thinks we can spend our way out of debt and why does the word feel so unsettled right now? If you have asked those type questions in the past few weeks and months then Daniel and Revelation are for you. The course looks at current events ...

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The Rachael Stevens Story

When I heard of Rachael's sickness last spring I immediately thought, what!? How can a 12-year old develop cancer? cancer Incredulity turned to astonishment when I learned that a number of youngsters her age develop cancer in some form. The difference between Rachael and the rest, her cancer stood and stands in a category all its own. all its own Rachael's cancer was...

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MBC LEADERSHIP CLASS OF 2015

A number of Morningside men stand ready to set the pace next year and beyond. During the past few weeks, the church chose its Deacon and Elder leadership class of 2015. Take a look at the names of your servants. Deacons Sonny Adams, Mike Allmond, Danny Amberson, Rick Beatty, Dewayne Burhenn, **Stephen Clark, Mike Davenport, Roy Davis, Winfield Flanagan, Bruce Hutchens, ...

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A DECEMBER TO...PLAN (sorry about the rhyme)

Remember (there it is), people are more open to the things of God, during the Christmas season, than any other time of year. Take this time of year to reach out to family and friends. Here are a few opportunities to help. Hanging of the Green (12.04.12 8:30 worship hour only) Hanging the Green isn't about decorating, it's about celebrating the birth of the Savior and sta...

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Fan Day Follow Up

Fan Day felt great! What a great day for Morningside and what a great time to consider a few follow-up items. a few items Guest speaker, Foster Christy spoke rightly, it is our mission to fill the auditorium for worship and worship affects your life. Both worship and outreach happen as a lifestyle. lifestyle Hosting and cheering your favorite team is fun and fitting on F...

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Praying for Rachael

We are planning a special prayer time during worship for Rachael Stevens this Sunday, October 14, 2012. You'll want to mark your calendar accordingly. Rachael and family will be present with us at the 8:30 worship hour. Prayer time will be the first item of worship that morning since they must travel to Egleston Hospital (Atlanta, GA) for surgery prep immediately followin...

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A September to Remember

This month brought a number of good things to Morningside. The good things came in various shapes and sizes. Sizes A number of you took advantage of the fall revival. You packed the Student Building - a.k.a Crash House - Sunday afternoon, for Authentic, and returned the rest of the week - Mon, Tue, Wed - for worship. Worship attendance grew at a rate of 22% (to date). Th...

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Steve Hale

I met Steve Hale twenty years ago. He preached a powerful message then so I expect the same unction now. Now The church needs revival now, this church, that church and every church in the Southern Baptist Convention plus. The church desperately needs a work of grace in the heart and a movement of God in the congregation. Congregation I am asking the entire congregation t...

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"HIM WITH WHOM WE HAVE TO DO"

The final phrase of Hebrews 4:13 packs a punch and impacts everything we say and do as followers of Jesus. The full verse reads, "And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do." to do Whatever happens in life, according to the Bible, it is about "Him with whom we have to do." Our first impu...

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Welcome David and Brad

David Kelly and Brad Williams officially start their temporary terms of service at Morningside this week. So, what is a temporary term of service? Temporary The search for a Minister of Music continues. Nevertheless, for now next six months/end of the year expect to see, hear and worship with Brad and David. David Kelly leads the Celebration and Worship choirs. He also...

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The Morningside Ride

Rider, enthusiast or no, everybody ought to know the Harley-Davidson story. The nuances tell you something about the nature of organizations. Organizations cycle. During their lifespan, they expand and contract. The good ones continue through the seasons of life. Life, for Harley-Davidson, began in 1901. That year, William S. Harley drafted plans for a single-cylinder en...

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What's Going on with Family Matters?

How satisfying will it be to hear small children and see young families in new children's space at Morningside? How soon until the dream turns into reality? RealityQuite a few steps remain in the process, the biggest: the church makes a final decision- go or no go - sometime in the not-so-distant future. That writ, the next step remains with the construction team. Team E...

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Bible Fellowship

Bible Fellowship, what a great name for a fresh run at a time-tested method of outreach and growth! The name speaks volumes to the follower of Jesus, in terms of relationship and practice. Practice Jesus said, "man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). Followers of Jesus carry an unmistakable hunger for the ...

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Family Matters Update

Family Matters helps MBC realize a dream, a big dream that the church saw 23 years ago. Family Matters moves us $1,695,864.45 closer to making the dream a reality ($1,695,864.45 henceforth referred to in this article as $1.7m for the sake of time). $1.7m is less than the stated goal of $2.3m for Family Matters, even in Rabbitown, GA, my hometown. That said, $1.7m stands a...

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Hope Now

Easter brings hope. The day, season and story signal better days ahead. better days Imagine how despairing and dark the disciples felt on the day of the crucifixion. Arrest, trial, flogging, mocking, betrayal, denial, death and burial created the perfect storm of chaos and confusion, doubt, worry, fear, apprehension and darkness: a literal and figurative darkness that gre...

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