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Are We for Real?Phil Taylor
By: Phil Taylor
 
Sometimes I find myself out in the community and someone says, "Hello, Phil," and I recognize their face. In those instances, the name and the church where I met this person elude me. 

The first thing that comes to mind, however, is that I hope I showed an authentic, "real" walk with Jesus. 

The Lord Jesus was genuine. You cannot read the Gospels without being impressed with that fact. His life and His words said the same things. He taught His disciples to deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow Him. Of Him we read, "Christ pleased not himself" (Rom. 15:3). He practiced what he preached. 

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2022 Annual Homecoming
The annual meeting will be held at 6:00 PM at North Cleveland Baptist Church. There will be a short business meeting before the time of worship, and all messengers from all church need to be in attendance. Phil will lead in a summary of the ministry events for the year and share the direction for the coming one. Guests are welcome and encouraged for the Homecoming service. Remember, messengers should be elected according to the following formula: Each church of fifty members or less shall be entitled to three messengers and one for each additional fifty members, not exceeding ten messengers for one church.  

The theme this year is "Press On!!" and we are so exciting to share that vision and what it means for the future of CrossNet Baptist Network and the Bradley County area. 


After the business meeting, Dr. Jamie Work, IMB will be speaking. 
Fields of Faith
Fields of Faith is coming to Cleveland this year on September 28th at Bradley Central High School in the Jim Smiddy Arena. We are excited to bring this back to the Cleveland area. It has been some time since we have been able to gather together for Fields of Faith, since the COVID-19 pandemic, and while we still encourage people to be conscious of their health and exposure, an event of this magnitude is so important to our community. Make sure to mark this on your calendars and be in attendance at BCHS on 9/28/22 at 6:00 PM in the Jim Smiddy Arena. 
Disaster Relief, Final Thoughts
On September 17, 2022, CrossNet Baptist Network's shower and laundry trailer permanently pulled out of Carrie, KY and was brought back home after serving the residents and volunteers for 49 days. The stories that came back with the volunteers were nothing short of miraculous and heartbreaking. While many of the volunteers expressed pain over the loss they encountered, all of them also said that they had been blessed by the experience. It has been encouraging to our hearts, that are so burdened for the citizens of Eastern Kentucky, to hear that we were able to impact lives for the Kingdom of Heaven. 

We are so thankful for the volunteers who went and served, operating the shower and laundry trailer. We are especially thankful for Steve Weber who led the volunteer effort and coordinated each person and prepared them for the trip they were to take. 

Over the 49 days, we had 23 volunteers, including Phil Taylor, Wayne and Johnnie Morrison, the Elkins family (Ed, Glenda, Andrew, and Hannah), Billie Sue Hamilton, Debbie Fausch, Lisa Thomas, Robert and Navada Rymer, Tony and Joan Ownby, Jeff and Robin Wright, Robert and Connie Anderson, Larry and JoAnn Cavett, Mike Whitlatch, Roy Cross, and Johnathon Powell. 

Phil Taylor, Director of Missions, said, "It was a blessing to serve the citizens of Eastern Kentucky. I have long since had a heart for the people of that region, as they gave me my first start in the ministry, and it was good to be able to give back." 

Though CrossNet teams will no longer be serving in Kentucky, the area affected by the flooding is still in desperate need of prayer. The region, already devastated by the mining industry and poverty, is now facing a set of new challenges as many rebuild but many others leave that half of the state permanently. Keep them in your hearts and keep the volunteers who are continuing to serve and begin the rebuilding and revitalizing process. This will be a slow recovery, but it will be worthwhile with God's help. 

We are continuing to take donations at CrossNet at 2707 N Ocoee St., and your assistance will still be greatly appreciated. 
Pursue God and Live
Scripture: Amos 5:4-15

"Seeking God means reorienting our life to God’s service. The object of seeking God is not personal satisfaction, self-confidence, or even spiritual wisdom. The ultimate object is life itself, in all its fullness."

Bible Study: Pursue God and live | Baptist Press
Fundamentals of Church Security
What
     This is a two-day church security conference for church security teams and advanced shooters. The conference will include: 
    - Classroom lectures covering security team development and management
    - Situation awareness with interactive learning
    - Dry and live handgun drills 
    - Unarmed combatives
    - Tactical medical care

Who
     - All advanced shooters, team leaders, and/or senior team leaders
     - Led by Randy Harris and Agape Tactical

When
      - Saturday, October 15- Sunday, October 16, 2022
      - 8:30 AM- 5:30 PM, 30-minute lunch break

Where
       - The Ridge Shooting Range, 11354 Rhea County Hwy., Dayton, TN 37321
Prerequisites
      This is a study in advanced application of basic shooting skills, tactics, and non-lethal options for a church environment. Students should be able to hit an 81/2" x 11" target five times in five seconds, from the ready. 
Equipment
       - Note-taking materials
       - Reliable pistol
       - 3+ magazines
       - Holster that fits pistol and belt you are wearing*
       - 250 rounds FMJ/practice ammo
       - Clothing appropriate for weather conditions
       - Eye and ear protection
       - Plenty of snacks and liquids
       - Packed lunch

Cost
       - $375.00
Reserve
       - Eventbrite: Randy Harris, Fundamentals of Church Security,
       - Pay-in-Full or $150 deposit via PayPal:
          + cruelhandluke2000@yahoo.com or www.venmo.com/Randy-Harris-47
          + Checks accepted; made out to Randy Harris, mail to 9766 Homewood Circle, Ooltewah, TN 37363
       - Balance can be paid at class via cash, check or credit card

Questions
       - Randy Harris at (423)827-9133 or randy@harriscombative.com
       - A.J. Holst at (865)919-3909 or holstarmand@gmail.com

Learn more about our speakers at: 

About Us – Agape Tactical
Randy’s Bio – Harris Combative Strategies
*No Serpa holster unless it is your Law Enforcement duty holster*
Pastor's Learning Committee: Upcoming Meetings
9:00 AM, Thursdays
October 13, 2022
October 27, 2022
November 10, 2022
December 1, 2022
December 15, 2022

Engaging, Equipping, Igniting
By: David Dawson 

Mark Miller, Baptism and Discipleship team leader/Sunday School specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, has developed a program the Lord placed on his heart. In partnership with Roc Collins, the TBMB Strategic Objectives Director, Miller has established the Ignite Tennessee Pastor Meetings and Rallies, an event system to remind Tennessee pastors and citizens just how lost our state truly is. This is not a time for sorrow, however, but an equipping event for the renewal of Tennessee Baptist Church Leadership.
 
Click for the full article. 

ENGAGING, EQUIPPING, IGNITING - Baptist & Reflector (baptistandreflector.org)

Christmas Dinner Information
This banquet is for all church leadership in CrossNet Baptist Network churches. Please send your RSVPs to jamie@crossnet.com or call the office at (423)4776-5493. There is one table limit per church. 

The dinner begins at 6:00 PM. 

For more information on our speaker for the evening, follow the link below: 
Bio | Michael O'Brien
To hear one of his songs, follow the link below: 
When God Made You (Live) - YouTube
For Sale!!!!!
2009 Starcraft E450 Church Bus
25-passenger, 23,322 miles
$25,000
If interested, please call West Cleveland Baptist Church for Jim Sanders at (423)661-9494. 
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