To: Providence Baptist Family and Friends
From: Pastor Gene Tyre
Subject: Homecoming 2019
My heart is overflowing with gratitude to God as I pen these words giving you a special invitation to Homecoming on Sunday, August 11, 2019. The past days have been filled with excitement as we have witnessed a mighty moving of God among His people. For the past few weeks, we have been involved in a ministry to restore the floor of the Providence Sanctuary. The Providence family has been on an exciting journey as we “LAY HOLD ON THE GREATNESS OF GOD” with the strong conviction that God will provide the financial needs to complete this necessary project without borrowing any money.
We have witnessed what it really means to ask and receive a miracle from our Heavenly Father. This journey has been much more than just a journey of financial stewardship. We have seen amazing attendance throughout the summer. We have dedicated to God a new youth center that is being used of our Lord to reach students. We have experienced additions to our fellowship. Many visitors have made their way to Providence. The excitement and enthusiasm for serving the Lord Jesus is high among our family. We give God all the praise and glory for His mighty works among us.
We are praying that Homecoming 2019 will be the greatest ever. We want you to experience what God is doing among us. I am personally inviting you to make plans now to be present for our great Homecoming celebration. We will express gratitude to God for our heritage and resolve to face the present and the future knowing that we stand strong on the promises of God. I encourage you to be present for Worship at 11:00 a.m. and the fellowship meal that will follow.
WHAT A GREAT DAY WE WILL EXPERIENCE AS WE OBSERVE HOMECOMING 2019!
JOIN US AS WE “LAY HOLD ON GOD’S GREATNESS.”
“LAYING HOLD ON GOD’S GREATNESS”
PROVIDENCE BAPTIST CHURCH TAKES SERIOUSLY OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO “KEEP HOUSE FOR GOD.” IT HAS BECOME NECESSARY TO RESTORE THE SANCTUARY FLOOR. THERE IS ALSO A NEED TO PURCHASE A GOLF CART TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION FOR OUR SENIOR ADULTS AND HANDICAPPED FROM THE EDUCATIONAL BUILDING TO THE GATHERING PLACE, OUR FELLOWSHIP CENTER. THE CHURCH HAS VOTED TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE OF RAISING THE MONEY FOR THIS PROJECT. WE ARE “LAYING HOLD ON THE GREATNESS OF GOD” BELIEVING THAT GOD WILL BLESS THIS EFFORT ON BEHALF OF HIS PEOPLE. PROVIDENCE IS COMMITTED TO RAISING $150,000.00 TO MEET THESE NEEDS. WE WILL NOT BORROW MONEY FOR THIS PROJECT.
THEREFORE, FOR THE NEXT SIX MONTHS WE WILL BE FOCUSING ON THIS STEWARDSHIP ENDEAVOR. THIS IS GOING TO BE MUCH MORE THAN A “FUND RAISING PROJECT.” THIS IS GOING TO BE A MINISTRY AFFIRMED IN PHILIPPIANS 4:4-7. WE LOOK FORWARD WITH GREAT EXCITEMENT TO THIS TIME OF SPIRITUAL RENEWAL AND RESTORATION.
I. REJOICE - June
Philippians 4:4 - “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again-rejoice.”
The month of June will be a time of expressing gratitude to God for the blessings He has shared with Providence. Joy comes from a heart of gratitude.
June 1st - Kick-off Event - “Chicken-Q” - 11:00 a.m. until sold out
June 2nd - Our Pastor will begin a series of sermons on the theme of “Joy.”
June 30th - “Dessert fellowship” will be followed by a time of prayer and praise.
II. RESTORE - July and August
Philippians 4:6 - “Don’t worry about anything, instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all He has done.”
The months of July and August will focus on GIVING to restore the floor in the Sanctuary and meeting other needs that will make us more effective as we minister in our community. Our pastor will challenge us as he develops the biblical theme of restoration and stewardship.
July 21st - Sunday Evening Celebration at 5 p.m.
We will have homemade ice cream as we enjoy the “Linecreek Bluegrass Band” in the
August 11th – Morning Worship at 11 a.m. & Homecoming Celebration at noon.
We are praying for record breaking attendance on this very significant day.
III. RESOLVE - September and October
Philippians 4:7 - “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
The months of September and October will be a time of resolving to live life in Christ Jesus. This entire endeavor is much more than raising funds to “keep house for God.” As we “take hold on the greatness of God,” we are praying for a mighty wave of God’s spirit to move across Providence, empowering us to be His people on His mission for His glory. Our pastor will preach a series of sermons focusing on the importance of “Living in Christ Jesus.”
October 5th - Annual Michael Dempsey Memorial Barbecue – 11 a.m. until sold out
October 20th - We will be encouraged and inspired by a time of “testimonies and music” provided by our Providence family – 5 p.m.
IV. REJOICE. AGAIN, I SAY REJOICE. VICTORY BELONGS TO THE LORD: November
Philippians 4:12 - “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches which have been given us in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:12 will be our theme for November as we lift up our praise to God for what He has done for us. This will be a time of celebrating and expressing gratitude to God for reaching our goal and giving us the blessing of “taking hold of the greatness of God.”
November 24th - Sunday Service at 11 a.m. & Thanksgiving Luncheon at noon
This will be our chosen day of celebration and thanksgiving for all the things our God has given us. After morning worship, we will celebrate together at our annual Thanksgiving Luncheon.
ABOVE ALL, PLEASE, PRAY, PRAY, PRAY, PRAY EACH DAY. PRAY AS WE “LAY HOLD ON THE GREATNESS OF GOD.” REMEMBER, “AS WE ATTEMPT GREAT THINGS FOR GOD, WE CAN EXPECT GREAT THINGS FROM GOD.”
THE LANGUAGE OF GRACE - "HOW TO MAKE A HOSPITAL VISIT"
Bringing help and hope to the suffering was a vital part of the ministry of Jesus. When the church is involved in reaching out to suffering humanity, it becomes an extension of the ministry of our Lord.
Dr. Richard Young’s book, “HOW TO MAKE A HOSPITAL VISIT” is a classic. I encourage you to reflect upon Dr. Young’s helpful ways to make a hospital visit.
1. Become acquainted with the circumstances of the case before entering the room.
2. Respect “No Visitors” and “Isolation” signs on the door.
3. Always look to see if the light over the patient’s door is burning.
4. Never touch the patient’s bed.
5. Size up the entire situation immediately upon entering the room.
6. Let the patient take the lead in shaking hands.
7. Take a position in line with the patient’s vision so he or she will not have to move in bed.
8. Do not share your own hospital experience with the patient.
9. Help the patient to relax. Avoid nervous movements.
10. Avoid carrying “emotional germs” from one room to another.
11. Be careful not to reveal negative reactions through the voice, countenance or manner.
12. Do not visit when you are sick.
13. Limit the length of the visit.
14. Do not whisper to the nurse or family in the patient's room or near the room.
15.Leave when the patient’s meal arrives. One might say, “Now that your meal has arrived, would you like for me to say grace before I go?’
I hope you will find these suggestions helpful when you make a hospital visit.
Our Father, We pray for those who are sick. I pray that our hearts will be filled with compassion for those who suffer. Help us to be open to what you desire to do in us and through us as we visit the sick.
In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.
MY PRAYER IS THAT THOSE WHO READ THESE WORDS CONTINUE TO CELEBRATE THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST. EASTER IS NOT A ONE TIME EXPERIENCE. THE PRESENCE OF THE LIVING CHRIST SUSTAINS US AS WE CONTINUE THE LIVING OF OUR DAYS. EACH DAY WE HAVE THE BLESSING OF BEING AN EASTER PEOPLE. THE PRESENCE OF OUR LORD FILLS OUR MIND WITH THOUGHTS THAT BRING MEANING TO OUR LIVES.
THE APOSTLE PAUL SHARES WORDS THAT GIVE US INSTRUCTION AS TO THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR THOUGHTS: “FIX YOUR THOUGHTS ON WHAT IS TRUE, AND HONORABLE AND RIGHT AND PURE, AND LOVELY AND ADMIRABLE. THINK ABOUT THINGS THAT ARE EXCELLENT AND WORTHY OF PRAISE.”
THE LORD’S PRESENCE WITH US ALSO EMPOWERS US TO SPEAK POSITIVE AND ENCOURAGING WORDS. THE PSALMIST DECLARED IN PROVERBS 12:25: “WORRY WEIGHTS A PERSON DOWN, AN ENCOURAGING WORD CHEERS A PERSON UP."
AS WE EXPERIENCE THE PRESENCE OF OUR LORD, HE FILLS OUR HEART WITH COMPASSION FOR OTHERS. EACH DAY WE COME IN CONTACT WITH PEOPLE WHO NEED TO HEAR THE LANGUAGE OF GRACE. AS WE SPEAK THE LANGUAGE OF GRACE, WE WILL FIND OURSELVES WALKING IN THE FOOTPRINTS OF OUR LORD WHO WAS, AND IS, THE ULTIMATE EXAMPLE OF COMPASSION.
A TIME FOR SILENCE AND REFLECTION:
* SPEND TIME EACH DAY REFLECTING UPON WHAT IT MEANS TO LIVE AS AN EASTER PERSON. ASK THE LORD TO FILL YOUR MIND WITH THOUGHTS THAT WILL BLESS YOU, YOUR MOUTH WITH ENCOURAGING WORDS AND YOUR HEART WITH COMPASSION FOR OTHERS. *
RESOLVE NOW TO ATTEND CHURCH SUNDAY EXPECTING GOD TO DO SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL IN YOUR LIFE.
THIS IS A SACRED WEEK FOR FOLLOWERS OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. IT ALL BEGAN ON PALM SUNDAY AS BELIEVERS ACKNOWLEDGED, BY WAVING PALM BRANCHES, THE BLESSINGS THEY HAD RECEIVED FROM BEING IN THE PRESENCE OF JESUS.
I AM WRITING THESE WORDS ON MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK ENCOURAGING THE READER TO WALK WITH JESUS, FOCUSING ON WHO HE WAS, HOW HE LIVED, AND THE BLESSINGS HE BRINGS EACH DAY.
MONDAY: JESUS THE SAVIOR
MAKE TIME TO BE STILL AND EXPERIENCE THE AWESOME PRESENCE OF THE LIVING CHRIST. FOCUS YOUR MIND ON “JESUS THE SAVIOR.” RECALL THE WORDS OF THE ANGEL TO THE SHEPHERDS ON THE NIGHT OF HIS BIRTH, “FOR UNTO YOU IS BORN THIS DAY IN THE CITY OF DAVID A SAVIOR WHO IS CHRIST THE LORD.” REPLACE THE WORD “YOU” WITH YOUR NAME. THROUGHOUT THE DAY, MAKE TIME TO GIVE THANKS TO GOD FOR “JESUS THE SAVIOR.” PRAY FOR THOSE WHO NEED THE TRANSFORMATION THE SAVIOR BRINGS.
TUESDAY: JESUS THE TEACHER
JESUS WAS A GREAT TEACHER. HE HAD THE MIND OF GOD AND SHARED TRUTHS THAT HAVE TRANSFORMED THE WAY WE THINK. READ THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT. MATTHEW 5-7 (IF YOU DO NOT READ THE ENTIRE SERMON. READ THE BEATITUDES - MATTHEW 5:10-12. REFLECT UPON THE TEACHINGS THAT INTRODUCE US TO A WAY OF LIFE THAT, IF FOLLOWED, WOULD TRANSFORM THE WORLD. THROUGHOUT THE DAY, REFLECT UPON THE TEACHINGS YOU HAVE RECEIVED FROM OUR LORD. PRAY THAT YOU WILL BE OPEN TO OBEYING HIS TEACHINGS.
WEDNESDAY: JESUS THE HEALER
JESUS WAS A POWERFUL HEALER. HE HEALED THE BROKEN HEARTED. HE GAVE SIGHT TO THE BLIND. HE ENABLED THE LAME TO WALK. IN THE MIDST OF OUR PAIN, JESUS IS WITH US. READ MARK 6:29-34. PRAY FOR THOSE WHO NEED HEALING. BE SPECIFIC ABOUT BROKEN PLACES IN YOUR LIFE THAT NEED THE HEALING TOUCH OF OUR LORD. PRAY FOR THOSE WHO NEED THE LORD’S HEALING TOUCH.
THURSDAY: THE LORD’S SUPPER
THIS IS MAUNDY THURSDAY. OBSERVE THE LORD’S SUPPER WITH THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD AND THE DRINKING OF THE CUP. AS THIS IS DONE IN REMEMBRANCE OF OUR LORD, THANK HIM FOR HIS MANY BLESSINGS.
FRIDAY: JESUS' CRUCIFIXION
GOOD FRIDAY IS A TIME TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT OUR LORD KNOWS THE REAL MEANING OF SUFFERING. HE IS WITH US IN THE DARKEST OF HOURS. ON THE CROSS WE SEE THE SIN OF MAN. WE ALSO SEE THE LANGUAGE OF GOD’S GRACE EXPRESSED IN GOD’S LOVE. REMEMBER, WE ARE NOT ALONE IN SUFFERING. READ THE CRUCIFIXION STORY AND SPEND TIME REFLECTING UPON WHAT IT MEANS IN TIME OF OUR SUFFERING. MARK 14:12-26
SATURDAY: A TIME OF SILENCE
HOLY WEEK SATURDAY IS KNOWN AS SILENT SATURDAY. THIS IS THE TIME JESUS WAS IN THE GRAVE. LET THIS BE A TIME TO FIND A QUIET PLACE AND EXPERIENCE THE BLESSING OF SILENCE. BE STILL AND ACKNOWLEDGE HIS PRESENCE AS PREPARATION IS MADE FOR A “GREAT GETTIN UP MORNING.”
HE IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED! JOIN WITH OTHER BELIEVERS IN PROCLAIMING THE GREATEST MESSAGE EVER TOLD: “HE IS NOT HERE. HE IS RISEN!” AMEN.
SUNDAY IS PALM SUNDAY. IT IS A TIME WHEN THE PEOPLE OF GOD FOCUS ON THE ENTRY OF JESUS INTO JERUSALEM. AS HE ENTERED THE CITY, “HIS FOLLOWERS WALKED ALONG, PRAISING GOD FOR ALL MIRACLES THEY HAD SEEN.” THE FOLLOWERS WERE NOT ABOUT TO BE SILENT AND FROM THEIR HEARTS CAME WORDS OF PRAISE TO THE KING OF KINGS. “BLESSINGS ON THE KING WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD. PEACE IN HEAVEN AND GLORY IN THE HIGHEST”.
THE PHARISEES GAVE A NEGATIVE REACTION TO THE PRAISE, SAYING, “TEACHER, REBUKE YOUR FOLLOWERS FOR SAYING THINGS LIKE THAT.” WE ARE BLESSED THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT PRESERVED THE RESPONSE OF JESUS TO THE SELF-RIGHTEOUS PHARISEES. REFERRING TO THOSE PRAISING HIM, JESUS PROCLAIMED, “IF THEY KEPT QUIET, THE STONES ALONG THE ROAD WOULD BURST INTO CHEERS”.
SUNDAY IS THE BEGINNING OF HOLY WEEK. IT IS A TIME TO “BE STILL AND KNOW THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD.” IT IS ALSO A TIME TO ENTER INTO SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION AS WE SHARE THE BLESSINGS THAT THE PRESENCE OF CHRIST BRINGS TO US EACH DAY. I ENCOURAGE THOSE WHO READ THESE WORDS TO BE OPEN TO SHARING THE BLESSINGS RECEIVED FROM THE PRESENCE OF CHRIST.
THE ENTRANCE OF JESUS INTO JERUSALEM MOTIVATED PRAISE FROM HIS FOLLOWERS. MY PRAYER IS THAT THE PRESENCE OF JESUS IN OUR LIVES WILL MOTIVATE US TO PRAISE HIM FOR PROVIDING US A LIFE THAT IS FILLED WITH HOPE FOR THIS DAY AND ALL OF OUR TOMORROWS. MAY GOD HELP US TO FOLLOW OUR TIME OF QUIET REFLECTION WITH WORDS OF CONVERSATION, SHARING WITH OTHERS THE BLESSINGS WE RECEIVE FROM THE ENTRANCE OF THE SAVIOUR INTO OUR LIFE’S JOURNEY. REMEMBER IF WE ARE SILENT “THE STONES WILL BURST INTO CHEERS.” WHAT A SPECIAL TIME TO SHARE THE LANGUAGE OF GRACE WITH OTHERS.
READ AND REFLECT ON PALM SUNDAY AS RECORDED BY LUKE. LUKE 19:36-40
OUR FATHER, AS WE PREPARE TO ENTER CHURCH ON PALM SUNDAY, PREPARE OUR HEART TO PRAISE YOU FOR THE COMING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. HELP US TO BE AWARE OF THE BLESSINGS THE SAVIOUR BRINGS TO US EACH DAY. TEACH US THE IMPORTANCE OF SHARING WITH OTHERS HOW JESUS TRANSFORMED OUR LIVES AND GAVE US A HOPE AND A FUTURE. FATHER, MAY WE WORSHIP ON PALM SUNDAY WITH HEARTS FILLED WITH PRAISE TO THE KING OF ALL KINGS. AMEN.
“WHAT ARE WE GIVING UP?”
This season is a time when we hear conversations focusing on what we are giving up for Lent. Recently, a friend of my wife was in conversation with a group of ladies at her Vet’s office. The conversation turned to Lent and to the surprise of my wife’s friend those with whom she was conversing responded, “we've never heard of Lent. What is it?”
My wife’s friend, who is a follower of Jesus Christ, shared that she was giving up certain things that had the possibility of taking priority over her walk with the Lord. She then added, “when I consider Jesus Christ gave up His life for me, I must focus on what I give up that will enhance my walk with Him.”
We continue our journey to Easter morning. As we continue our journey to Easter, we must first go to the cross of Christ. We focus on the death on Christ and the giving up of His life that we might have life now and for all eternity.
What about those thing in life that are hindering our walk with Christ? Could it be that our walk with our Lord would be strengthened through the giving up of jealousy, prejudice, pride, bitterness, self-righteousness, a judgmental spirit, a critical spirit? I would encourage each of us to give these up and take upon ourselves the spirit of Christ, the spirit of servanthood. I truly believe we will be blessed as others read in our lives the language of grace.
Read and reflect on Ephesians 6:10-20.
PRAYER FOR THE WEEK:
OUR FATHER, WE GIVE YOU PRAISE FOR JESUS CHRIST AND WHAT HE GAVE UP THAT WE MIGHT HAVE A FULL AND MEANINGFUL LIFE. AS WE CONTINUE OUR JOURNEY TO EASTER SUNDAY, CONVICT US OF OUR NEED TO GIVE UP THOSE THINGS THAT KEEP US FROM BEING THE FOLLOWER OF CHRIST YOU WOULD HAVE US TO BE. GIVE US THE COURAGE TO WALK IN THE STEPS OF JESUS THAT WE MIGHT TRULY BE LIGHT IN A DARK WORLD, THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. AMEN.
As I pen these words on Saturday, March 30, 2019, I recall two weeks ago that the Tyre family was so excited as the Tacoma made it's way to I-85 with the destination being St. George Island, Florida. We were on our way to a much needed time of rest, reflection and family time. The journey was filled with conversation, music from our Grandson, Mihai's play list coming forth from his I Pod. The music he played was geared to the generation of his Doc and Niki (Grandfather and Grandmother) rather than Mihai and his Mom. The cab of the Tacoma was filled with the sounds of Johnny Cash, June Carter, The Carpenters, Marty Robbins, Willie Nelson.
We crossed the bridge to St. George and our hearts were thrilled with joy seeing the beloved island that has been our resting place for over twenty years. We checked in and made our way to the Condo that would be our dwelling place. Then something happened that interrupted our plans.
As I made my way down the stairs from opening the doors to the Condo, I missed a step and did not stop until my hard head hit the concrete below. All of a sudden the screams of my dear family filled the air. A red liquid began to pour from a wound above my eye. (the color was red) Suddenly I was surrounded by a great group of First Responders. The event continued to unfold. I was transported to a local hospital. A CT scan was taken of my head and I received the good news, "there was no brain bleed." After several hours in the emergency room, I returned to the condo with my family. I spent the next seven days placing an ice pack on my forehead for twenty minutes every hour. The story goes on. After two weeks, the scars are still there to remind me of God's grace shared by our Lord through His people.
As I write these words, there is a song in my heart. It is the song penned by the Psalmist David:
"Enter His gates with Thanksgiving
and into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him
and bless His name."
At Providence our hearts must be filled with gratitude as we count the many blessings our gracious Heavenly Father has given us. We have experienced many wonderful gifts from our Lord that have enhanced our ministry to one another and to our community.
Sunday, November 18th, is our Thanksgiving Feast at Providence after the 11 a.m. Thanksgiving Service. This is the day we gather together to express our gratitude to God for the bountiful gifts He has shared with us. Following our morning worship service, we will enjoy our Thanksgiving Feast. This is always a very special time as our church family gathers with friends from across our community to celebrate all that God has done for us.
This is also the time for us to say "THANK YOU LORD FOR YOUR BLESSINGS TO PROVIDENCE."
Each year we give a special Thanksgiving offering to be used to make necessary capital improvements as we keep house for God. Recently I shared with our church family some of these needs, such as the replacing of the floor in the Sanctuary, a new youth center that will be added to our property, along with other emergency building needs that happen at times.
We will have special Thanksgiving Offering envelopes. Please give serious prayer to this matter, place your offering in the envelope and give to the Lord with a heart filled with gratitude.
What a great day we are going to have on November 18th as we give "thanks to the Lord for all He has done for us.”
Gene Tyre, "Doc"
Dr. Gene Tyre came to the pastorate of Providence Baptist Church in October of 2005. Dr. Tyre is native of Wayne County Georgia. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Mercer University and his Master’s and Doctor of Ministry Degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky He has participated in special studies at Central State Hospital and Yale University. For twenty-three years he was Pastor of First Baptist Church, Newnan, Georgia.
Dr. Tyre has also been active in the Georgia Baptist Convention, having served as Chairman of the Executive Committee, Chairman of the Administration Committee, Chairman of the Georgia Baptist Hospital Board, and Vice President of the Convention. He has served as a member of the Mercer University Board of Trustees. In 1993 he was named "Coweta County Citizen of the Year." He is on the Board of the Samaritan Clinic in Newnan. He has participated in preaching missions to Liberia, Kenya, South America, and Honduras.
Dr. Tyre's philosophy of ministry is to "Preach the Gospel" and "Love the People." His wife, Margaret, has served as the President of the Ministers' Wives of Georgia. The Tyres have a daughter, Jenny and a grandson, Mihai.