The JCBC Staff Blog

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...

One hot summer week in 2001, Jill Jenkins fearlessly packed a bus full of children to head to Camp Lee in Alabama. It was a great week filled with friendships and memories as we learned what it meant to “Dive into our faith”…. Steven Curtis Chapman’s hit song “Dive” was still considered cool. The most notable moment of the week was when some hooligan named Rhett Shull found a left-behind pile of magazines under a mattress in the boys’ cabin. Roger Williams held his breath for eight whole minutes while we dug them out, only to be relived in the...

JCBC, I am happy to introduce to you Ansley Hall. Ansley joined our staff this Summer as the Weekday Preschool Director. Ansley is originally from the Johns Creek area and recently moved back with her husband and two children after spending her college and early career years in Alabama. She has a master’s degree in education, many years of experience in both public schools and preschool, outstanding leadership and communication skills, a deep love for God and children, and comes highly recommended. I am confident that her professional and personal experience give her what it takes to lead our preschool effectively and...

Sunday, June 24, the Johns Creek Baptist Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra joined together to present Celebrate America!110 individuals joined together as with one voice to worship our amazing Lord and to celebrate all He has given us in our great country. It was a powerful time of worship. It was a moving time of remembering and honoring those who put their lives on the line so we could have the freedoms we enjoy.  We sang. We played rousing marches. We waved flags. We bowed in prayer. We worshiped. One of the largest Celebrate America crowds in memory enthusiastically joined in. Our talented...