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College Pool Party & Pizza
Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

We will be having a pool and pizza party for the college group on Wednesday August 17th. We will meet at the church at 6:45 and all ride over to the house together. It...

Singles Mission Soup Kitchen
Saturday, August 27, 2022, 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

The Single's Ministry will be going to help out at the Soup Kitchen at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Florence. The Event is on August 27th (Saturday) from...

Ladies Night Out Social
Monday, August 29, 2022, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Ladies, join us for a fun ice cream social and games. Let's laugh, play games, eat ice cream and draw closer to the Lord through devotion. This is a free event, but please...



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Aug 10, 2022
Grace – the free and unmerited favor of God as manifested in the salvation of sinners. If we grew up in church, we have known this definition since childhood. We read about God’s grace all throughout the scriptures. Ephesians 2;8 is the basis of our faith. “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast.” We sing about grace in some of our favorite hymns and contemporary songs such as” Amazing Grace”, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”, “Your Grace is Enough”, and “Grace Flows Down”. Saving grace is offered to everyone whom God has created. It has no limits or boundaries. There is no sin too great for God to forgive and no sinner too sinful for God to save. Not only are we redeemed once and for all, but we are forgiven now and forevermore. God’s saving grace is personal. We read in Luke 2:11 (CSB) when the angels proclaimed Jesus’ birth to the shepherds. However, this was not just meant for the shepherds but for each one of us. “Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” The greatest manifestation of God’s grace was the gift of His Son for you! Galatians 2:20 gets even more personal. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” Christ, the Son of God actually resides within us! God’s saving grace is so awesome it is almost incomprehensible to our finite minds. But it is only the beginning. God also gives us sustaining grace which meets us at our time of need and is sufficient to meet every challenge we face in life. It equips us with courage, strength, wisdom, peace, perseverance and whatever is needed at the time. As Max Lucado states in his book entitled Grace, “sustaining grace promises not the absence of struggle but the presence of God.” God’s words in 2 Corinthians 7:9 assure us of the sufficiency of His sustaining grace: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 1 Timothy 1:14 says “The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.” We can never exhaust the supply of His grace.
So then, what are we to do with this grace that has been so freely lavished upon us? 1 Peter 4:10 admonishes us that “each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” The gift of grace has been given to us by God so that we may extend it to others, even, and maybe especially, when we do not think they deserve it. And sometimes the one most in need of our grace is ourself.
As you are reading this, I will, God willing, be in Costa Rica doing medical missions with those precious people and the precious Nicaraguan refugees who reside there. I covet your prayers that I will extend grace to each one with whom I come in contact and that many of those will come to know God’s saving and sustaining grace by placing their faith in Him. Pura Vida!
Becky Daugherty

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Jarod Grimes
Aug 01, 2022
“I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you,  always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer,  because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  Indeed, it is right for me to think this way about all of you, because I have you in my heart, and you are all partners with me in grace”
Philippians 1:3-7
Paul starts most of his letters by thanking God for the people he has served alongside and loved so dearly. When I think of Woodmont Baptist Church, I am overcome with emotions, and my eyes are filled with tears as I think about how well you all have loved my family and me since our first day. You allowed a young man that did not know a thing about ministry to grow into the person the Lord has made me today. The whole time I was encouraged and cheered along, knowing that the people of Woodmont Baptist Church loved my family and me, prayed for us, and had our back through the good and bad. I cannot imagine our lives without Woodmont Baptist Church. Sheena and I moved here almost ten years ago and did not know anyone. When we moved, we were both new followers of Christ, and I remember praying and asking God just to send us one Christian friend to be able to share struggles with, cry with, laugh with, and grow in our Christian walk with. Little did I know that almost ten years later, we would have a church family that has been everything I prayed for. The friendships we have made are priceless, and these friends have turned into family. Words cannot express how much my family and I love the people of Woodmont Baptist Church. God has done a work in the people of Woodmont, and that is what makes you all so special.
I knew this day would come at some point, but I never imagined how hard it would be. As most, if not all, of you, know by now, I have accepted the call as Pastor of Golden Central Baptist Church in Golden, MS (Belmont area). As I shared Sunday, I never went looking for a church to pastor, but I have known for a while now that God has called me to pastor a church someday. When talks began with this church, I was very upfront and told them I was extremely happy where I was, but I did not want to close any door that God may have opened. Sheena and I have just wanted to be obedient during this process, and God has led us to accept this new opportunity to serve His church. I never had any intention of leaving but knew when I started in ministry that when God calls you, you trust Him and go where He leads. This has been the most difficult decision of our life to this point. A big part of us feels like we are being torn away from our family, but while we are sad, we also trust that God knows better than us and will use us to glorify Him as long as we are obedient. I have found that obedience can be extremely difficult, but we all know that our Father loves us so very much, and we can trust Him with our life. I pray God would change our desires to be what He desires and that I would never doubt what He is doing but submit and fully surrender to Him daily!
I pray that in our time here, we have served you well, lived out the gospel before you, loved you, and shown you how much we appreciate you. While we may be leaving Woodmont Baptist Church, you will forever be a part of us because of the gospel impact you have made on each of our lives. As I close this letter in tears, I don’t expect the tears to stop anytime soon, but I do want to encourage you all that no matter how difficult, no matter how crazy it may look, no matter how much it may hurt in the present, be obedient to God always. He is the one that puts breath in our lungs, and we are alive to serve Him. He loves us and will walk with us through whatever He calls us to. I ask that you continue to pray for our family as we transition. We still plan to be around Florence this fall and then move to Belmont once our kids get out of school for Christmas break. We love you all and would do anything for this church, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Thank you again for taking us in like family, and we pray God continues to bless Woodmont. We love you!

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Hess's Headlines July 2022
Jul 13, 2022
Dear Church,
Jesus is being glorified this week through Vacation Bible School. On Monday a young man stopped me in the sanctuary and told me about his desire to follow Jesus and be baptized! In Tuesday’s car line a young boy told me about his recent salvation! Mrs. Hope told me that there are now 7 children on the list that have surrendered their life to Jesus over the past few weeks! There is a harvest! The workers have been present this week and look how God is blessing! The workers have been present for a long time. For the last 9 months there have been weekly Bible school leader meetings at the church every Monday. These meetings were filled with details, prayer, and recruiting leaders. Darrell and Judy Campbell have served the Lord in tremendous ways in preparation! On the Saturday before Bible school, I walked into the sanctuary to find Ken and Linda Carroll on ladders hanging decorations, stretching toile, and creating the atmosphere for VBS. Professor Spark has memorized lines, dressed in unique costumes, and entertained the kids while teaching the gospel truths. The goal: kids would hear about Jesus, sing about Jesus, and know Jesus! Thank you so much for your work, your sacrifice, and your willingness to experience “Bible School Tired!”
While the kids were experiencing Vacation Bible School on Monday, July 11, something else was happening on the other side of the world. In Italy an American tourist from Baltimore fell into Mount Vesuvius’ crater. Fortunately, the young man survived the fall suffering only bruises to his body. In a news report, police explained that the man had ignored numerous signs and warnings. The tourists pressed through on forbidden paths trespassing near the depths of the volcano’s center. The tourist dropped his phone and tried to retrieve it, thus leading to his near-death experience.
These two events seem unrelated, but they have a lot in common. The purpose of Vacation Bible School has been to share with children that there is a narrow path to follow that leads to life. There is another path, but it leads to destruction. The Bible School leaders share the warnings, signs, and dangers of the forbidden path. After hearing the news that there is a way that leads to life in Jesus, some will ignore all of the signs, warnings, and experience the fall. Many will be running after worldly things in an empty pursuit. Thankfully, the Lord is at work! Thankfully, the Lord is working through each of your prayers, service, and teaching. Thankfully, we have the greatest news in the world to share with these precious children! May God continue to bless our efforts! May God continue to rescue those from the forbidden path and place them on paths of righteousness for His namesake! May each child know that they are created, designed, and empowered by Almighty God! May each child hold in the heart the truth of Ephesians 2:10: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.”
In Christ,
Chad Hess

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Bible Study Group
Jun 29, 2022
In the past year I have been challenged to be a part of a group of two or three women who meet to read the Bible. We meet once a week for about an hour. We have read through James, Philippians, and Colossians. It has been a joy to make new friends and study the scriptures together. I was a little nervous at first. I thought to myself, “I am no theologian. What if I say something wrong? I don’t know as much as that woman does.” Those insecurities were from Satan. He doesn’t want us to know the scriptures. He doesn’t want us to form community with other believers. He doesn’t want us to encourage others or be held accountable in our walk with the Lord. We are told in scripture to study the word so that we will know the truth. 
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 
There are so many voices that speak to us everyday, which is why it’s so important that we know what the scriptures say about how to live and love like Christ.
Colossians 2:8 (ESV) "See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ."
We can encourage one another with the very words that the early believers heard about persevering through hard times. We truly need one another. I would encourage you to find a few people to read the scriptures with you. You will be blessed and learn so much. 
LaSondra Hatton
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Alabama Children's Home
Jun 15, 2022
This Sunday during our morning worship gathering we will highlight the work of the Alabama Baptist Children's Homes and Family Ministries. There are approximately 6,000 children in Foster Care in Alabama. Alabama Children's Homes & Family Ministries exist to protect, nurture, and restore these children through Christ-Centered services. You will have the opportunity to give a special offering solely for this ministry. Special envelopes will be in the pews, or you can give online through woodmontbaptist.org and designate your offering to the Alabama Baptist Children's Homes.
Several years ago, before we moved to Florence, God laid it on our hearts to adopt. We prayed and discussed this opportunity for a while before we ever took any action. Our first attempt was to adopt internationally through a Christian adoption agency. We invested much time and some money, but ultimately it did not work out. After moving to Florence and COVID we decided that domestic adoption with the agency might be best for us. However, this was not right for our family either. So, in the spring of 2021, we began foster care classes and were finally approved in the fall.
For the last four months, we have fostered a baby girl less than a year old. It has been a joy and a delight to provide a loving and safe home for her. When we first started talking about adoption it was overwhelming. With three kids, one being special needs how could we handle another child, especially one that was not our own. What kind of issues would the child bring? What kind of trauma would they have experienced? Fear and doubt set in quickly, but God reminded us that He was not asking us to save every child, just one.
Will you consider supporting the work of the Alabama Baptist Children's Homes? Will you consider foster care and adoption? Yes, millions of children around the world need a home. You cannot provide a home for all of them, but you can for one. That will be one more child that will experience a safe and loving home and have the opportunity to hear the gospel.
We all can pray. Here is a prayer guide from the Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes.
  • Monday - pray for the children in our care and their family situations.
  • Tuesday - pray for our house parents and foster families.
  • Wednesday - pray for our support staff: social workers, counselors, administration, and development teams.
  • Thursday - pray for our leadership: President/CEO, Chief Administrative Officer, Regional Chief Operations Officers, and Campus Directors.
  • Friday - pray for our board members as they provide overall direction and accountability for the Ministry.
  • Saturday - pray for those in our care who have not accepted Christ, and for spiritual growth in the ones who have.
  • Sunday - pray for our birth parents to know Christ personally if they don’t, to experience true life change
Ryan Leffel, Worship Pastor

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