Issue 9
September 2012
In This Issue
Ministry Highlight
Money Matters
In The Mix
Monthly Emphasis
GCT Career Corner

 
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Welcome! It seems like just yesterday that 2012 began; now fall is approaching.

Once again we have the privilege to greet you in our monthly Inspirer newsletter. Take your time and peruse each article because there is a lot of good information for you and yours. We have tidbits from many areas of ministry we know you will enjoy. So don't just scroll down to the end and look at pictures; you'll miss some very valuable information.

Our theme this year is "Embracing Perfection Through Passion." To us, EMBRACE stands for Empowering Ministry, Building Relationships and Advancing Christians Everywhere! In Ephesians 4:11-13 Paul expresses that God gave passionate ministry gifts "...For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ..." I believe that the foundation of successful ministry begins with a true love for God and His people. Yes, where there is true Passion, there can also be Perfection!

Always remember, if ever you are in our area, we would love to have you and your family come by and visit with us.  

 

 

EMBRACE,

Bishop Brandon B. Porter
Senior Pastor www.bbporterministries.org

 

 

 

 
Ministry Highlight

Women's Conference 2012

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Money Matters

Who's counting?

Have you ever looked over your bank statement and noticed all the small cash withdrawals or debit/credit card purchases you made during the month? Have you ever taken a moment to add them up? Better yet, have you ever verified that the transactions were made by you?

If you are not the type to balance your checkbook regularly, a few small debits here and there may not catch your eye, but those expensive overdraft charges will. While using "the card" is convenient, you should always keep a record of each swipe. The individual amounts may be small (i.e. gas, snack, nail salon, extra cash, etc.), but they can collectively add up to a large sum of money. Keeping good records of those transactions will help you monitor spending better. Oh the waste!

  

 

 

Well, you decided to give it a try and keep an eye on your spending. Realizing some discipline was necessary, one habit you changed was to stop making multiple trips to the gas station. Instead, you opted to start a new routine of gassing your car every Sunday for the week. Great habit by the way Now then, while looking over your statement, did you happen to notice you filled up that one car twice on the same day last month? Better yet, did you see those duplicate transactions for each one you made? That is what we call identity theft. It's a good thing you started keeping receipts and counting your money! You weren't spending as much as you thought, but someone was.

 


We live in a greedy world. People want what does not belong to them. If you do not manage your funds, you may lose them to someone pretending to be you. Just as you lock your car and your house for safety, put a lock on your finances. Monitor your spending and report all suspicious activity to your bank, the authorities and credit reporting agencies.

Who's counting your money? It should be you.

Sis. Ramona Coe,
Contributing Writer
 
In The Mix

Current Events

Germantown Festival
Sep 8, 2012 - Sep 9, 2012
7745 Poplar Pike
Germantown, TN 38138
Tel: 901-757-9212

FREE

One of the longest, continuously run festivals in the area, the Annual Germantown Festival will once again provide a Free Family Fun Weekend for all. The community will gather in Morgan Woods and CO Franklin Park in Germantown for the best in arts and crafts, children's activities, rides and games, live stage entertainment, car exhibits, community displays, the Running of the Weenies Dachshund race and festival foods for all tastes.

This 2 day event is held rain or shine. The Festival hosts nearly 400 local and regional artists and craftsmen, offering a wide range of unique items including jewelry, pottery, metal, woodwork, hand-stitched garments, paintings, photography and many other popular and trendy items such as purses, fabrics and garden accessories.

The Children's activities and games include rock climbing walls, bungee jumps, inflatable moonwalks and slides as well as pony, train and kiddie rides. Clowns wander the park offering balloon animals and face painting as well as the many art activities and amusements.

Civic and Non-Profit Organizations will be selling mouth-watering festival food of every kind from pronto pups, cotton candy, funnel cakes to catfish, brats, BBQ and much more. Live stage entertainment is scheduled for both days. Additionally, new and classic cars will be on exhibit at the Germantown Festival from car clubs and local dealerships.

Admission to the Festival is free and free shuttle bus service is available from two free parking lots located at Union University, 2745 Hacks Cross Road, and Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC), 1801 Exeter.

Contributing Writer: Sis. Beverly Parish
 
Monthly Emphasis

Education

The monthly focus for September is education. Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary defines education as the knowledge and development resulting from an educational process. We all in some way need to have an education for working in a profession, serving others in need, or keep a professional license current to provide customers with the best service.

Also, we as believers must allow God to develop us to become wise and mature in Him. Psalm 119:89 says, "Forever, O Lord, your word stands firm in heaven." The Word of God is the only instructional book that never changes in a changing educational and working environment. We can meet any changes or challenges in our society for good or bad if we trust in Jesus. Philippians 4:13 says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

The difference between Christians who last and those who do not is learning the lessons and applying God's Word as the final say. 2 Peter 1:5-7 says, "But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self control, to self control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love." Education and application of God's Word causes us to be fruitful in our faith. It is helpful because in verse 4 of the same chapter, we escape corruption through lust in this evil world and take hold of His divine nature by His power. Those who are successful in this world are those who never quit.

In closing, as you focus on the emphasis of education, God is here to save, teach, love, and guide us. Philippians 1:6 says, "Being confident of this very thing that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it the day of Jesus Christ."

Contributing Writer: Minister Sylvester Person
 

GREATER COMMUNITY TEMPLE'S mission is to impact its community through evangelism, discipleship in order to change the world. We are committed to developing the believer in their faith of the Lord Jesus Christ through the consistent and systematic study of God's word. We exist to celebrate God's presence, to demonstrate God's love, to communicate God's word, and to educate God's people.

Bishop Brandon B. Porter
Senior Pastor