The JCBC Staff Blog

Today, our Jewish neighbors observe Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur is the highest of all holy days in Judaism. It is the day atonement is made between humankind and God. In Hebrew, “Yom” means “day,” and the root of “Kippur” means “to atone.” [By the way, the best definition I have ever heard for atonement is “at-one-ment.” When our sins are forgiven we are in a state of at-one-ment with God. Isn’t that beautiful?] In ancient Israel, it was on Yom Kippur (the “Day of Atonement”) when the High priest would enter into the most sacred part of the tabernacle (and then later, the temple), to...

JCBC Family, With the threat of Hurricane Florence looming off the east coast, it is becoming clear that great destruction seems likely. As we all lift our prayers for the most vulnerable in the path of the storm, I want you to be aware of one very tangible way we are posturing to serve at JCBC. We have reached out to the American Red Cross to offer our facilities and our care, and will soon be identified as an official Evacuation Shelter. IF the need is great, we will be called upon to open our doors and host residents who have been displaced by...

[vc_video link='https://vimeo.com/287344005/8328654fa7'] Aside from God’s Holy and Inspired Word, some of the most profound and theologically deep writings are found in hymns.  Through the ages, hymns have been a way to pour out our worship to God. Some hymns are sung directly to God: “Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love…” Others are sung about God:  “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation. Oh, my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation.” Still others are sung to encourage others in their walk with God: “Come, we that love the Lord and let our...

It happens every year… one moment you are enjoying a calm summer evening as a family and then you blink… the kids have already missed three soccer practices, someone is already failing math class, and you are already hearing if you can’t make the German Club’s Labor Day trip to Hamburg then your child is going to fall behind. School has been back for less than a month and you have already volunteered or been “voluntold” to be home room mom, coach little league, cook dinner for the entire theater club before Thursday’s performance of “Fiddler on the Roof”, and...

[vc_video link='https://vimeo.com/286044082?autplay=1']   Hi, JCBC family! This is my first blog in “The Call” and I’m so excited to have the opportunity to write to you.  Before I get started, I just want to say “thank you.”  In our first year of ministry, Meredith, Owen, and I have felt so loved and supported.  We truly feel like we have found a church family, and we are so grateful for all of you.  I can’t wait to see what the future holds and I know God has big things in store. Today, I want to tell you about our Night of Worship that will...

One of the great freedoms we cherish in Baptist life is the freedom known as local church autonomy. Each local congregation, we believe, is free to practice faith, exercise church polity, interpret sacred scripture and select its own leaders—all under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and without the interference or coercion of any outside agency or hierarchy. Each year at JCBC, we have a wonderful opportunity to exercise this freedom when we nominate members to serve in the Deacon Ministry. Deacon (de’ ken): from διάκονος (diakonos) – servant Deacons are spiritual leaders and servants of our Lord’s church. In my experience, JCBC Deacons...

For the longest time, we’ve had a saying among the pastoral staff. “August is the new January.” Why? Simple. It used to be that we thought of January as an opportunity for fresh starts. The turn of the calendar year on New Year’s Day has always provoked the prospect of renewal--complete with resolutions of what that renewed life will look like from day-to-day. On New Year’s Day, we are motivated by the possibility of a clean slate, and we resolve to do new things, like eat healthy, exercise more, spend more time in prayer and Bible study, etc. etc. (Of course, whether we keep...

Presidio, Texas, population 3,959, is located on the border along the Rio Grande River and is home to many big fans of Johns Creek Baptist Church. This may seem odd considering one can travel to the planet Jupiter quicker than to Presidio! Despite its distance we have had a presence in Presidio for ten years.  One of our missional teams visits every winter, and every other year, a bus full of students travels to Atlanta for a week of Junior Achievement Training and of course, to have fun. The week of July 8-12 was the week of this year’s visit by...

July 11-14 the rising 4th-6th graders of JCBC took a meaningful and exciting trip to PASSPORTkids! Camp. During those 4 days and 3 nights, we stayed at the beautiful and historic Converse College campus in Spartanburg, SC as we learned what it meant for God to be enough and how to live as chosen creations in Christ Jesus. Every day was packed with activities, energizers, Bible studies, worship and mission experiences. One of the most impactful parts of the week was learning about the Roma people in Eastern Europe. The kids were part of a “night market” where they learned about...