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THE NEW TESTAMENT BAPTIST CHURCH OF BUTLER, PENNSYLVANIA

Sunday Bulletin
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013

THE STORY BEHIND HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING


Hark! the Herald Angels Sing is one of the more than 6,500 hymns from the pen of Charles Wesley. It was probably written a year after he accepted Christ as Saviour in 1738. The text first appeared in Hymns and Sacred Poems (1739). The first stanza began with the words, Hark, how all the welkin rings, Glory to the King of Kings! Welkin is an older and less used word than means heavens, or sky. The text was altered to its present form in George Whitefields Collection of 1753. Like so many of Wesleys hymns, this text is really a condensed course in Biblical doctrine in poetic form. Following the re-telling of the angelic visit to the shepherds in the initial stanza, the succeeding verses teach spiritual truths like the virgin birth, Christs deity, the new birth, and a concern for consecrated living. Wesleys hymns were composed in order that people would sing their way, not only into the experience, but also into knowledge of Him. The Mendelssohn tune was contributed by master composer, Felix Mendelssohn. The Mendelssohn tune was adapted from his Festgesang, Opus 68, composed in 1840. Mendelssohn wrote it to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the invention of printing. The setting of this music to Hark! the Herald Angels Sing was applied by William H. Cummings, and first published in 1857.

Sunday, December 22, 6 PM $18/adult $7/ child (10 yrs, or younger) $50/family rate
Register & pre-pay at the Welcome Center

Church Family Christmas Dinner At the Atrium on Route 422

Thank you for choosing to worship at the New Testament Baptist Church of Butler. Our prayer is that your heart will be stirred for the eternal as we sing songs & hymns that direct your heart toward Christ and challenge you through the preaching of Gods Word. There are friendly people at our Welcome Center in the lobby who will gladly assist you with any questions you may have during your visit. Allow us to make you feel at home during your visit. First-time adult visitors and families are asked to visit our Welcome Center to receive a hospitality bag with a gift card to Chick-fil-A.

First Time Visitors

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2013 10 AMSunday School 11 AMMorning Service

Electronic Devices
Cellular devices and electronic devices should be turned off, or placed in vibrate mode. We would ask that parents do not allow their children to bring electronic video game systems with them to church.

Parents with Infants & Young Children


Out of respect for your loved ones and those in attendance, we ask parents to use our clean & well-equipped nursery. This free service is available for newborns and infants (birth through 24 months). Your cooperation is needed and appreciated. Assistance is available at the Welcome Center.

DEACON ELECTION BEGINS IN JANUARY 2014


The process of selecting deacons by the church membership will begin on Sunday, January 5. Each member will be asked to write down the names of as many men they would like to see serve as deacons on the provided form. Members should place the completed form in the offering plate. These men will then begin the process to see if they are willing to serve, and if they are Biblically qualified to serve. These men will then be placed on the election ballot. Our membership will be seeking to elect 3 deacons to serve the needs of our church family. Sunday PM, January 5, 2014

In January 2014, Pastor Fisher will be enlisting recruits for a Basic Doctrines training course. Unlike previous courses, this course will allow recruits to study at their own pace, and in the privacy of their homes. This self-paced study course will include 14 DVDs of over 7 hours of instruction along with fill-in-the-blank worksheets. Recruits will also receive a certificate when they complete the course. The Basic Doctrines course will cost $20/person. If a husband & wife will complete the course together, it will only cost them $20. Bro. Jason will be the drill sergeant overseeing the recruits.

TAX-DEDUCTIBLE CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS FOR 2013


The Lords work through the church is dependent upon the generosity of Gods people. Tuesday, December 31, is the last day tax-deductible contributions can be received for the 2013 tax year.

Service Schedule
Sunday: 10:00 AM Adult & Childrens Bible Study Classes 11:00 AM Morning Preaching 6:00 PM Choir Practice 7:00 PM Evening Preaching Patch the Pirate Children Choral Clubs Wednesday: 7:00 PM Midweek Bible Study & Prayer Saturday: 10:30 AM Bus Visitation
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BUILDING PROJECT NEED


After a recent inspection of our roof, it was apparent that the churchs roof needed work. There are some areas of our roof that need immediate attention. Our church will need approximately $22,000 to reroof the church (not the new addition). Funds have already been received in the amount of $10,000 for this project. We need to raise the remaining $12,000 by the end of December. You can designate your financial gift on our giving envelopes by using the BUILDING FUND box.
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437 North Duffy Road, Butler, Pennsylvania 16001