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The disciples were expecting Jesus to now rise up and become the savior of their nation. But Jesus responds to them with a reminder that God the Father has His tim- ing for things like that and it is not for them to know. He then redirects them back to the purpose He called them. "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea studies, and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." In the book of Acts Luke condudes Acts 1:8 ESV his story of what Jesus began and would This brings me to the second thing that continue to do through the Holy Spirit. He stood out to me. Jesus asked them to stay states in the first chapter that Jesus contin- ued to present Himself to the disciples and many others for 40 days after being cruci- fied and resurrected. On a side note, Paul states in his first letter to Corinth that up to 500 saw him all at once during this time. Luke records Jesus' last face-to-face con- versation on earth with the disciples. And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from ]erusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, wherein, He said, "you heard from me; for ]ohn baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now'Acts 1:4-5 ESV Jesus starts off with instructions to the disciples to not leave Jerusalem until he sends the gift from the Father that he had promised earlier. He reminds them of how John baptized with water but they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit in a few days. Two things stood out to me that I would i like to share with you now. First, Jesus told his disciples they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit. The Greek word for baptize is "BAPTIZO" which means to immerse. PLEASE understand my intent. I am not trying to argue or even influence you on shower vs. dunking baptisms. What is so encouraging to me about this point is that Jesus just told his disciples that he was go- ing to immerse them with the Holy Spirit. Having read when it does happen to them and having experienced it in my own life after receiving forgiveness through Jesus, I have a better understanding of the awesomeness that is about to happen to them. Can you imagine, though, what they were hearing from Jesus? Trying to understand what this meant. They obvi- ously didn't really understand what He was saying because the next thing they asked in verse six is if Jesus is about to restore the kingdom back to Israel. After the fall of Judah in 586 B.C. to the Babylonians the Israelites were allowed to stay in the region but were not their own Nov. 12-19 Ol~lmflon ~ C~ at ~- ange ~n guests. Dayspring Presbyterian Church. 1045 High- way 41 South, Forsyth will serve as drop-off Nov. 22 location for Opera.on Christmas Child. Col- UM vnpl ,wolua n lection w~lt be Nov.1 2-19 from 9-11 a.m. t~r meal on both Mondays, 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Forsyth United Methodist Church, b8 West Wednesday and Sunday, 5-7 p.m. on Thurs- Johnston Street, will again prepare Thanks- day and Friday. Call Mary Ellen Strickland giving meals 'for those less fortunate in the at 478-394-0443 for more information, community. The church, in cooperation with other groups and individuals, w II prepare hundreds of trad tlonat Thanksgiving meals ir~ & F~ and we ~! !~!!i ;i, i; Galne~itie will b~ ~e g~es~ sp~dke~: ~n i!!!i!!il Pasto~ ' Great~ Nov' 19 i Dames Feriy Ri Hill n/kpl l the annual Meffs Day in Jerusalem for a few days until what he I re-llmn iv g day, Nov. 25 at 2 p, ml PaStOr was sending them arrived. Why did they Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 299 Henry D. leonard St, and i~ WrigS}~ Gro~e have to be in Jerusalem to receive the Holy Union Hitl Dr Forsyth invites everyone to its Faro y w be special guests Spirit? Couldn't they have been anywhere? Pre,Thanksgiv ng service on Monday, Nov. You see God had a great plan! Seven weeks after the Passover is celebrated the Jewish people celebrated Shavuot or Sha- vuos which means "weeks" This is when ! il; they would gather at the temple in Jerusa- lem and thank God for the first fruits of the harvest. This holiday is also on the same day of the year that the Law or Torah that was received by Moses at Mt. Sinai 50 days after they left Egypt. Jesus knew that the city and temple would be filled with people celebrating this holiday. So when the Holy Spirit descended the disciples went boldly out prodaiming the name of Jesus. It says in Acts chapter 2 that after Peter preaches they were cut to the heart and asked him what they should do. Peter responded, "Repent and be bap- tized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. So on the holiday that celebrated the law of God being given, and later the golden calf was made, this resulted in "about 3000" being killed. On the holiday celebrating the the Torah, 1,400 years later, the Holy Spirit came down and it said that ''about 3000" were saved. (Exodus 32, Acts 2) God has amazing plans! He can be trusted! Jesus knew what was going to happen in Jerusalem in a few days when He told the disciples to stay there and wait. What Volunteers pack Thanksgiving meals for delivery at Forsyth United Methodist Church. is God telling you? Seek Him and you will find Him! God has a plan for you! Rev. Matthew Bishop is the pastor of May- nard Baptist Church, 1195 ]uliette Road, Forsyth. Maynard The Pastor's Comer is sponsored by the Monroe County Ministe- rial Association, which meets on the second Thursday of each month at 8 a.m. at The Pickled Okra, 33 W. Johnston St. on the Square. Appreciate our animal shelters By Donna Vandable your pet is the most important thing you can do to reduce the number of homeless Nov. 4-10 is designated as National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, a week set aside to recognize the many contribu- tions made by animal shelters. In Forsyth we are privileged to have SAVE A PET, Monroe County's only no-kill dog shelter to provide care and bridge the gap to adop- tion for abandoned and stray dogs. SAVE A PET has been saving lives since 1998. Bringing "hopeful" dogs together with "forever homes" is one of the things SAVE A PET does best. However, it is by no means the only thing this organiza- tion does. SAVE A PET staff, along with volunteers, work 365 days a year to rescue stray and abused dogs giving them shelter, food, water and veterinary care. National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week is perfect time to recognize this organization for its efforts. There are many ways to help. BE COMMITTED - be a responsible and caring pet guardian. Ensure your pet has current identification tags and is prop- erly confined when outdoors. Keep your pet healthy and up-to-date on all vaccina- tions with regular veterinary visits. DO YOUR PART - Spaying or neutering pets in our community. ADOPT A RESCUE DOG - Dogs make great companions. Consider adopting if you are looking for a "forever" companion. Find out ifyou have what it takes to pro- vide a safe and loving home. Learn more about adopting from SAVE A PET staff. SPREAD THE WORD - Have you adopted a SAVE A PET rescue? Tell your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors about your adoption experience. KEEP ON GIVING -All donations help. Donating to SAVE A PET is as simple as writing a check or picking up an item on the shelter's wish list. SAY THANK YOU - These are two simple, powerful words. Since rescue dogs can't speak, it is up to community members to let SAVE A PET staffknow just how much their commitment is ap- preciated. Send a letter, card or e-mail to SAVE A PET and let them know you care. Mailing address: P.O. Box 933, Forsyth, GA 31029. Send an email to HYPERLINK "mailto:saveapet2017@gmail.com" savea- pet2017@gmail.com to receive Wagging Tails, their monthly newsletter. By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.net ForsythUnited Methodist Church, 68 West Johnston Street, will again pre- pare Thanksgiving meals for those less fortunate in the community. Volunteers from various churches and other groups will begin preparations three or four days in advance for hundreds of traditional Thanksgiving meals. There will be turkey, dressing, green beans, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, all the trimmings and homemade desserts. More volunteers are needed to pack the meals for delivery starting at about 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 22. Then volunteers will take meals and routes for delivery around the city and some out in the county. A little later, Forsyth UMC will wel- come about 30-40 young people from the Methodist Children's Home in Macon for dinner at the church. Others who do not have a place to go for a Thanksgiv- ing meal are also invited to share dinner, also. Volunteers who would like to serve the meals and help dean up are also welcome. All who would like to help, through donations and/or volunteering are encouraged to do so. Help is needed especially with packaging and delivering the meals, which will only take an hour or two of your Thanksgiving day. Come to the church at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday; Nov. 22 or call 478-994-5706 for more information. u C H U R C H P A G E M A D E P 0 S S I B L E B Y T H E S E S P 0 N S 0 R S : Lee's i i FREEMAN FUNERAL HOME Aname that can be trusted for funeral and burial arrangements Lee Smith 26 Brentwood Place Forsyth 994-1666 Man- Fri 10 to 7 994-6483" 994-6576 Unless Playing Golf Your Pet Needs Boarding Bathing Medical Management Wellness & Preventive After & Emergency 60 S. Jackson St. Forsyth, GA 478-994-4986 Voted 2014 Best Veterinarian by readers of the Reporter