Author: Michael McCullar

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, and next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a new beginning. T.S. Eliot Over the twenty-three years serving this church, I’ve seen many staff ministers come and go. Each brought their own talents, gifts and mindsets to their respective ministry areas and each left us richer for their time with us. Each new minister arrives amidst feelings of renewal and promise for our future. So, this weekend we say farewell to a long interim and warmly welcome our new Children’s Pastor, Annie Sutton. Our new beginning...

Let’s get this out of the way early: March is normally Missions Month. If you remember, during the first quarter we were involved in a capital campaign focused on opening a new worship venue and improvements in the Sanctuary. It didn’t seem fair to the unique campaign or to our Missions Ministry to try do both during March, so we shifted our Annual Missions Offering to September. So it’s time to focus on missional needs and our willingness to address them through our offering. We believe we are called to be people on mission. We agree with John Wesley’s statement: Untold...

I am not prone to hyperbole, so believe me when I say last week's Vacation Bible School was one of the best of all time. Everything clicked and the kids were swept up in the energy of the Hero theme and the dual missional projects. There were hero masks and capes times 600 demonstrating that each child could do heroic and life-altering feats for God. VBS Director, Molly McNeese, did a Super job (did you see what I did there...

Missional Saturday is our annual day of deployment to various sites of service. This year over 260 JCBC members participated in serving Meals by Grace, Georgia Developmental Ministries and 7Bridges. Atlanta’s homeless were fed, a home for adults with special needs was improved upon, lunch for three days was packaged for over 300 needy children in Forsyth Country and the first steps were taken on the new farm for Meals by Grace during our day of serving others. If you are interested in becoming a part of any of our missional ministries, just let us know. Below are opportunities for service...

If you allow yourself the time and space to consider, the weight of water could be determined in a myriad of ways. Water can be given a mathematically precise weight: “One liter of water weighs 1 kg, and 1 gallon of water is equal to 3.7854118 liters; therefore, 1 gallon weighs 3.7854118 kg, which is 8.345404487293294 pounds” (Quora). This suggests water is dense and a bit heavy. This isn’t a surprise to anyone who has carried a few gallons of water from here to there. Pick up a five-gallon container and you might think, Man, this feels every bit of...

JCBC ON MISSION: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 2016 THE WATER PROJECT: CHAPTER FIVE JCBC has worked on the Dominican Republic/Haiti island of Hispaniola for seven years. Our early response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti opened many doors for missional service in the Dominican Republic. We have taught classes for the Dominican Baptist Seminary, established ESL programs across the island, built onto existing churches, sent a youth missions team each Spring Break for five years, and our latest work has centered around the creation of new schools and placing state-of-the-art water purification systems in Third World villages. Placing a clean water system is what our...

As God has not made anything useless in this world, as all beings fulfill obligations or a role in the sublime drama of Creation, I cannot exempt from this duty, and small though it be, I too have a mission to fill, as for example: alleviating the sufferings of my fellowmen.  Jose Rizal I have been serving in a new role as a police chaplain-in-training for the past few months. The certification process is almost complete and in November I will be officially official as a law enforcement chaplain, in full-standing with the Georgia Law Enforcement Chaplains Association and the JCPD....

JCBC joined the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s, Together for Hope’s missional outreach initiative, to the poorest twenty counties in the country, almost ten years ago. We were asked to visit Presidio, Texas, which by our standards, might as well be on Mars. Most of us had never heard of it and we quickly figured out why. It was very difficult to get to, as it’s close to a million miles from here, but we went. We developed relationships and began sports camps through the Presidio Independent School Board, and the rest, as they say, “is history.” Visit Presidio today, population 4,426, and...

JCBC has made 35+ trips to the Dominican/Haiti island to minister, teach, preach, equip, build, and provide direct aid to churches and people. Our most recent trip featured a group of nine adults assisting on a school build in La Romana, D. R. The school build is pivotal in the region’s plans to impact the Third world economy and health of the residents. When completed, the school will allow for more children to attend school by day, many for the first time, and adults to study English in the evenings. To master English on this island is one’s ticket to...

Once again JCBC has reached a milestone in missional giving. We have surpassed our highest-ever goal of $150,000.00 and are again poised for an amazing and blessed year in missional support, participation and new possibilities. Your giving has allowed the Missions Committee to begin finalizing plans and entertain options for the 2016-2017 Missional calendar which runs from April through March. The large scale/big impact projects we plan to undertake will be placing water wells in Ethiopia and clean water systems in the rural sugar cane fields of the Dominican Republic. Clean water meets obvious needs that in many cases both saves...