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Dear Faith Family,

             Wow 2017 was an amazing year. It has been a time of growth, a time to morn, and a time of hopefulness for what the future brings. Warren Wiersbe once said “Nothing paralyzes our lives like the attitude that things can never change. We need to remind ourselves that God can change things. Outlook determines outcome. If we see only the problems, we will be defeated; but if we see the possibilities in the problems, we can have victory.”

As we look to 2018 with an excitement and a vigor for things to come we should pause and reflect on 2017.

The year started out with a new and exciting experience for the Tribe as we traveled to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for the Strength to Stand conference. It was a great and strong start for our youth as they came together with youth from all over the southeast to worship and praise Jesus.

February was a hard month for us as a Church as we said goodbye to our beloved Pastor Harold Ledford. It was touching in March to have Preacher’s granddaughters and the Kings Players from Liberty University perform for us.

April brought an awesome opportunity to serve the community with an Easter egg Hunt.

May was packed with some exciting times as we hosted the Special Olympics Banquet and the Towns County Baccalaureate service.

June was our annual VBS here at the Church with one youth accepting Christ as their Savior.

July provided a great outreach as we ministered to the Fair workers at the Georgia Mountain Fair.

We also saw a huge impact when our students served at Merge camp. This exciting Merge camp is part mission trip part summer camp, and 100% fun!  After a busy Summer we closed the Summer with a Summer Wrap Up Party with the Christian Music rapper No Big Deal!

September saw the return to the Phillips Farm for our annual Church picnic. I once again served the Towns County football team as team chaplain. This season saw the Indians make history as they made it to the state playoffs. It must have been the good cooking by the hospitality team here at the church!

I was blessed to serve as Moderator for the Hiawassee Baptist Association, and was elected to serve another term in 2018. I will also represent our association as a member of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Executive Committee until 2020.

Fall also brought a new Transitional Pastor, Ed Jump. I am enjoying working with him, and with his leadership he will prepare us for the future here at Macedonia. 

I was blown away at the generosity of our people in November when you all gave over $5,000 at our Night of Worship. This was a Youth-led night of praise that was to benefit the Georgia Disaster Relief team!

We closed out the year with a fun Christmas Play and an amazing event called “The Greatest Gift”.

Looking back, 2017 was a year filled with laughter and tears. Both times of great celebration and times of loss. The one thing that has stayed the same over this past year is this: GOD IS GOOD! He has been with each of us and will continue to lead us until He returns again!

May 2018 be a year filled with God’s Mercy and Grace to you and your family!  

 

- Pastor Bradley 

 

 Pastor Bradley & Ashley Thomas

Kinsley, Teagan & Abraham