Tri City Baptist Millbrook AL

Posted by admin | Uncategorized | Tuesday 9 June 2009 2:39 pm

Tri City Baptist – Millbrook, Alabama

Tri City Baptist - Five years young!!

Tri City Baptist - Five years young!!

Wow!” I almost shouted. “A Roman Catholic church converted into a Baptist lighthouse of truth. I remember it as dark and dingy. Now it is bright and lovely. And I get to preach the gospel in it!” During the first week of June, Claudia and I enjoyed serving in Alabama where I preached a teen rally at Tri City Baptist Church, a five-year young church that we helped plant in 2003.

Millbrook, AL, is a rapidly growing city just outside Montgomery. In 2003, God began to burden Pastor Tom Woodfin and another man for lost souls in Millbrook. It was obvious that someone needed to plant a conservative, soul-winning church. Pastor Woodfin, a Bob Jones University graduate and full-time prison chaplain, contacted me in October. God had opened the heart of a local lawyer who allowed the church to use his vacant office space, charging only for utilities. Claudia and I spent a month in Millbrook helping remodel the facility that would become their first meeting place.  We hung drywall, painted, cleaned, and moved in furnishings for their first service on November 9, 2003.

God soon sent the first families of Tri City Baptist Church, all suitably gifted and equally burdened to see souls come to Christ. During that first year they canvassed every home in Millbrook and surrounding areas, leaving an invitation to the church and the plan of salvation on every door. Then God opened the door to rent a large storefront on a main thoroughfare where the church met for three and a half years. As the church slowly grew, it became a family of folks who worshipped, visited, canvassed, prayed, served, grieved, and rejoiced together. To reach more souls, they began to pray fervently for a permanent church home. In January, 2008, we spent a weekend with Pastor Woodfin and looked at several possible land sites for the church. Our favorite site already had a church building on it – a Roman Catholic one. Located on 11 acres of land on the main highway through town, it was up for sale.

Rally time in new auditorium

Rally time in new auditorium

After much prayer and negotiation, Tri City signed a contract to purchase the land and building on July 31, 2008. This young church plant is able to afford a mortgage because Pastor Woodfin continues to work full time as a prison chaplain. The church members worked hard for months to remodel, repaint, and renew the building into a lovely, comfortable place of worship. When I first saw the building, it looked sad with its dingy, rust-colored brown exterior. It is now bright, comfortable and pleasant inside and out. The fellowship hall has dividers to create 4-5 classrooms and the building includes a nursery, restrooms, kitchen and pastor’s study. An upstairs apartment is being renovated to become the home of an assistant pastor or summer intern. Tri City averages in the 50s on Sunday mornings and will have Vacation Bible School in June. Pray that some boys and girls will trust Christ, with opportunities to reach parents.

A winner!!

A winner!!

God worked at the teen rally. He gave good attendance and spiritual decisions among teens and adults. It was a treat to stay over on Sunday and preach in all services. With a lovely building in a prime location, plenty of room for expansion, and a pastor and people burdened for souls, the future of Tri City looks excellent!

Dave – June  2009

Exciting Inaugural Service in Semi-Permanent Building

Posted by admin | The Phone's for You,Uncategorized | Tuesday 5 May 2009 3:29 pm

Exciting Inaugural Service in Semi-Permanent Building at Community Baptist in Garner, NC

In the first half of 2006 we enjoyed helping Pastor Mike Knight plant Community Baptist Church in Garner, NC (Raleigh suburb). We ran the full-blown “Phone’s For You” program, making over 31,000 phone calls in February, sending mail in March, and rejoicing at the Grand Opening service on April 9th when over 200 folks attended. God gave souls immediately and soon miraculously provided over 31 acres of land for a future building.

Today the church is a vibrant, growing work in a needy area. They have recently upfitted a building to be leased for worship until they are ready to build a permanent church home on their property. If you are hungry for a blessing,  click this link to see photos of their first Sunday in their transition building.

http://cbministry.net/display.cgi?page=photos/newbldgsrvc/index

To be further encouraged, read their history at

http://cbministry.net/display.cgi?page=history

God continues to be faithful to plant churches in America! If there ever was a critical time to shine the light of the gospel and trumpet the absolutes of the Word of God from the pulpit, this is it.

“Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it.”  I Thessalonians 5:24


Press on!

Dave


Stalnaker newsletter

Posted by admin | The Phone's for You,Uncategorized | Sunday 19 April 2009 7:59 pm

In spring of 2008 Claudia and I had a wonderful time helping Mike and Deena Stalnaker start Community Baptist Church in Spring Hill, TN (south of Nashville). One short year later, here is a hallelujah report. It contains encouraging info and creative ideas that may be helpful to church planters. Praise God for faithful, persevering church planters!

The Stalnakers
Church Planting in Spring Hill, Tennessee
April 2009


Dear Partners in Ministry,

It is hard for me to believe that our precious church celebrated its first anniversary on April 5th! Starting a church and going on deputation has been one of my biggest steps of faith, but also the most rewarding time of ministry that I have ever had. Over the past month, I am thankful that we were able to reach one couple through our outreach marriage seminar (Chuck and Ranay Byrd and their young son are already a blessing to our church!) What a joy it was to have 70 people attend our anniversary Sunday and 82 on Easter. What God is doing here at CBC could not have been accomplished without your prayers and support. Deena and I are humbled and appreciative of everyone’s friendship, encouragement and help this past year.

Thanks for your faithfulness!

Attendance in March: Averaged 54 per Sunday.

Praises:

We recently had three couples join our church. Mosie Lister, the hymn-writer and the author of “Till the Storm Passes By,” is one of them!

Our people have such a great spirit!

We have a young man who will come this summer to serve as our church’s first intern. Please pray for Mark Sherry as he models Christ
to our people.

Mary Root, our church pianist, grew up thinking that baptism was only figurative. After hearing a message that I preached entitled, “What about Baptism?” she decided to obey the Lord in believer’s baptism. Her brother, who heard the same sermon and when he was visiting, went home and was baptized by his pastor. God’s Word is powerful when preached accurately!

Upcoming Events

June 12 – Family Fun Fest (Community Outreach)

We are looking forward to First Baptist of Troy, MI and Grace Baptist in Wilmington, NC bringing their youth group to help us with this outreach!

June 21-25 – Lessons in Life from Pilgrim’s Progress (Bradley Smith)

July 12-17 – Vacation Bible School

September – Community Bible Institute: Financial Peace University

November 15-18 – Revival with Evangelist Dave Jaspers

Recent Sermons

March sermons from 1 Thessalonians included: How to Treat God’s Men (5:12, 13); Right Relations with One Another (5:14); Practical Exhortations (5:16-22) and Praying for Sanctification (5:23).

Handouts and audio are available on our website: www.cbcspringhill.org

Needs and Support:

We might be remodeling our current facility this December. Could you or your church consider helping us with skilled labor?

We need funds to help cover the expense of our having an intern. Would you or your church consider making a one- time donation?

We are still currently at 75%. Please pray that individuals and churches would consider helping us for the short term.

Please pray:

That our infant church will continue to grow in the Lord. Pray for freshness, wisdom and for faithfulness.

Please pray that we can continue to raise money for land!

Pray specifically for my mailman and his wife (Brandon and Rebecca) who raised their hand this past Sunday asking for prayer for their salvation.

Pray that two couples will be able to relocate here soon so that they can help us in ministry!

But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
1 Thessalonians 2:4

Pastor Mike Stalnakcer

E-mail: mike@cbcspringhill.org   Web site: www.cbcspringhill.org