For future updates, check out the NEWS/EVENTS page on the website and/or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
6/03/2020 One Call:
1. There is no Bible study tonight; however, we will start back with our Wednesday night Bible study on Wednesday, June 24th at 7pm.
2. This Sunday we will be having an 8:30AM sanctuary service, a 9:30AM drive-in service and a 10:30AM sanctuary service. Please note that we will be exercising the same social distancing that we used last Sunday and we appreciate your patience and support.
3. The WMU would like to encourage all ladies to attend their planning session next Monday, June 8th at 6:30PM in the Fellowship Hall. One important note about the meeting that is different than normal, due to Covid 19….there will be no time of sharing finger foods, the meeting will be a planning session only with topics concerning OCC, Basket Auction and Yard Sale.
4. April Buckner is continuing to collect toilet paper and paper towel rolls and she also has a need for empty medicine bottles with lids.
Continue to remember the Norton family as they prepare for Jeff’s services this Friday night, June 5 th at the church with receiving of friends from 5-7 with the funeral at 7pm.
5/28/2020 The Strong Tower, Episode 10
5/26/2020 The Strong Tower, Episode 9
5/26/2020 One Call:
We will NOT have Wednesday Bible Study this week. We will be in touch via One Call to let you know our plan for getting back into our building for services.
5/24/2020 Sunday Drive-in Service Bulletin
5/23/2020 One Call:
We wanted to remind you that tomorrow we will have two drive-in services, 8:30 and 10:30am. Praises all around! If the front porch is completed next week, then we will be back in our building on Sunday, May 31. We will keep you posted next week about the progress.
5/19/2020 One Call:
Due to the rainy weather, we will not be having a Mid-Week Bible Study this Wednesday evening. Also, this Sunday, May 24, we will be offering two drive-in services, 8:30 and 10:30am. Hope to see you this Sunday!
5/17/2020 Sunday Drive-in Service Bulletin
5/16/2020 One Call:
Here are the service plans for tomorrow. We will be having two drive-in services: 8:30 and 10:30am. Please note that when you arrive tomorrow, you will receive a survey to complete and return before you depart. The survey will let us know how many of you are ready to resume services inside the building. We are prepared with proper social distancing procedures once inside; however, we need to hear from you….if you are ready. We value your feedback and want to proceed as the congregation desires. One more note, the refurbishing of the front porch has begun and due to safety regulations, we will be unable to host an outdoor service until the project is complete. Thank you so much for your understanding and patience during this new norm.
5/13/2020 The Strong Tower, Episode 8
5/11/2020 This Wednesday, May 13, at 7:00pm we will have a mid-week Bible study. This will be a drive-in service in our lower parking lot. Remember to enter from the Jefferson City driveway entrance.
5/10/2020 Mill Springs Moments
5/7/2020 These are our service options for this Sunday, May 10. Due to the forecast for cool temperatures, we will not have an outdoor service option. We will have two drive-in services, 8:30am and 10:30am. You are welcome to bring your lawn chair and sit in front of your vehicle if that is your preference. Because it is Mother's Day, we will be collecting a special offering for the Tennessee Baptist Children's Home. As you exit each service, the deacons will have two collection buckets, one for your tithes and one for the special offering. We hope to see you this Sunday!
5/6/2020 The Strong Tower, Episode 7
5/4/2020 We will not have a mid-week Bible study this Wednesday. We will let you know this Friday about our service plans for Sunday, May 10.
5/3/2020 Mill Springs Moments
5/2/2020 One Call:
Here are your options for worship tomorrow:
Option 1 is an 8:30 drive-in service in the lower parking lot. Be sure to enter from the Jefferson City driveway side.
Option 2 is listening to Pastor Greg on WJFC radio at 9:30AM.
Option 3 is an outdoor service at 10:30AM in the parking lot directly in front of the sanctuary entrance. If this is your choice, bring your lawn chair and park your vehicle in the lower parking lot or the lot above the cemetery. In order to exercise proper social distancing, we ask that you place your chairs on any of the parking space lines.
If you choose option 1 or 3, we will have a parking attendant on hand to assist you. Have a wonderful day and hope to see you tomorrow!
4/28/2020 The Strong Tower, Episode 6
4/26/2020 Mill Springs Moments
4/24/2020 One Call:
We will have drive-in services this Sunday at 8:30 and 10:30am. We were able to work out the static and frequency issues this past Wednesday night and sound quality was great. If you are able to join us, please enter the parking lot at the Jefferson City driveway entrance and parking attendants will assist you in parking. For those not able to attend a drive-in service, listen to Pastor Greg’s sermon at 9:30am on 102.9 FM, 1480 AM (WJFC).
4/21/2020 The Strong Tower, Episode 5
4/21/2020 ATTENTION AWANA FAMILIES AND WORKERS: Due to the cancellation of Jefferson County Schools, we will not be able to continue Awana for this season. However, the Awana team is going to work on some special summer events for the clubbers. They will keep you posted as soon as dates and times are available. Also, there will be a Zoom meeting of all Awana workers this Thursday, April 23, at 7:00pm. Any workers interested in participating in the online meeting to discuss summer options, please contact Bob, Allen, or Roger.
4/14/2020 The Strong Tower, Episode 4
4/10/2020 Mill Springs Moments
4/7/2020 "THE STRONG TOWER: TWO MINUTES OF REASSURING TRUTH IN TROUBLED TIMES"
4/4/2020 ONE CALL FROM PASTOR GREG:
Good afternoon, everyone. Yesterday, Gov Lee issued the following statement: “COVID-19 is an imminent threat to our state, and every Tennessean must take this seriously, remain at home, and ensure we save lives.” Given first and foremost, the command of Scripture: 1 Pet 2:13 “Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution”; given, secondly, the danger of this still-spreading virus; and given thirdly, the governor's statement, we believe it both faithful and wise to continue to rely on the one way Mill Springs has at this time to minister "100% safely”: our radio ministry, that God graciously led us to, just in time for this nationwide shutdown. Therefore, we will gather again around the radio this Sunday morning at 9:30 on WJFC 102.9FM or 1480AM. We encourage you also to check out our website (millspringschurch.org) for additional resources during this pandemic. We’re adding resources frequently.
Brothers and sisters, these are undeniably difficult days, and we don’t know when they will end. So let me encourage you, as much as possible, to bear down on the Christian basics: read Scripture, think on Scripture, pray, and (in this case) phone others to check on and encourage them. And just so you know, I’m getting glowing reports that you’re doing this very thing. Just do it, as Paul told the Thessalonians, “more and more” (1 Thess 4:10). May all of this “whet our appetite” for the day when we will gather as the church once more in person, and may we never again — for a single Sunday, even for a single moment — take for granted the tremendous blessing of being able to gather! I love you church. I’m praying for you.
4/4/2020 “Hymn for a Time of Trouble” God Is Our Strength and Refuge (youtube)
4/3/2020 Mill Springs Moments
4/2/2020 "THE STRONG TOWER: TWO MINUTES OF REASSURING TRUTH IN TROUBLED TIMES"
3/27/2020 ONE CALL FROM PASTOR GREG:
Good evening, everyone. In accordance with our Governor's "Executive Order 17" issued this week to limit the spread of the virus so we can hopefully get back to normal as soon as possible...And supremely, in accordance with the instruction of Scripture (Romans 13:1-7 and 1 Peter 2:13-17), Mill Springs is suspending all public gatherings until the Governor's order ceases to be in effect on April 6.
Brothers and sisters, this is a "test" of our spiritual strength and maturity. We must continue to hold together...in prayer for each other...in checking on each other...in helping and encouraging each other. And in worshiping together. How do we do that? Well in studying our congregation, what we've discovered is: not everyone has internet access but, as best we can tell, everyone has a radio. So for these next two Sundays, we're going to rely on our radio ministry to bring us together to study God's word. 9:30, Sunday morning, WJFC 102.9FM and 1480AM.
I'll be starting a brand new series from Luke 12 on "The Biblical Remedy for Anxiety." So many people right now are anxious and afraid, but Jesus has a word. So please tune in at 9:30 this Sunday morning (WJFC), prayed up, and with your Bible open. And by the way, this would be a great series to tell a friend about.
Church we are going to get through this. This is temporary. We just need patience, faith, and a thankful heart. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, "Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." Hold together, brothers and sisters, in the grace, strength, and hope of the Lord. See you Sunday at 9:30 on the radio!
For the praise of His name, Pastor Greg
3/25/2020 Mill Springs Moments Newsletter
3/24/2020 UPDATE FROM ONE CALL: Meetings and activities have been cancelled for Wednesday. The men's breakfast and work day, scheduled for this Saturday, will be rescheduled. The trustees' meeting this Thursday will be held as scheduled. We will notify you of further changes.
3/21/2020 FINANCE CHAIRMAN'S ONE CALL:
Hello everyone, this is Dwight Bateman and I serve as the Chairman of the Finance Committee for our church. Most of you know, our beloved church was first established in 1828. This means that, through its long history, it has seen many national and world crises--six major wars, several epidemics like Polio, diphtheria and the Spanish Flu, as well as the great depression and 9/11.
Yet even through all of these life changing events, don’t we have a wonderful testimony to God’s faithfulness to our church?
So, first of all, I want to encourage you that now—nearly 200 years later, I am more than confident that God can, and He will, protect and provide during the Coronavirus of 2020.
I do however have one simple request—As a small church, we are so dependent upon the generous giving of all of our Mill Springs family. And often times, when we miss services due to things like snow or vacation, it can be very easy to miss an opportunity to give. So, please please please---be intentional about continuing to give during these trying days.
There are a few ways you do this---1) you can go to our website and click the “online giving” link at the top 2) you can send a check in the mail to the church office or 3) you can contact the church office to make arrangements to drop off a check. If you choose the last two, do this---write the check now, while it is on your mind. For those attending our outdoor service tomorrow, bring it then.
There are so many people in our community that need to hear God’s message of grace and truth and our pastor brings this message of hope every Sunday.
So, please remember to give and support our ministries and our staff. And should the Lord tarry, I know that those who speak of Mill Springs Baptist 200 years from now, will speak of our faithfulness to give and how well we must have loved.
I am so thankful for each of you and God bless.
3/20/2020 UPDATE FROM PASTOR GREG
Good afternoon, brothers and sisters. Well, unfortunately, due to the current national crisis, we are not going to be able to meet this Sunday as normal. However, we do want to present you with a couple of options:
Option 1 is to tune in to our radio broadcast on WJFC (102.9 FM/1480 AM) at 9:30 Sunday morning. If you are in any way health-compromised or concerned about getting out (period), then we urge you to choose this option. Stay home. Get your Bible. Gather any who may be in your home and listen in at 9:30.
Option 2 is I am going to be open-air preaching on the steps of the church at 10:30am (our normal starting time). Some of you may wish to bring a lawn chair, practice the recommended "social distancing" --space out at least 6 feet from each other, no handshaking, no hugging, and we will sing, pray, give and hear the Word of God outdoors (in the open air) the same message broadcast on the radio. Total time? About 35-40 minutes.
Somebody said, "But what if it rains?" Remember that high school football game that got canceled because of rain? Neither do I.
So this Sunday: 1 church, 2 options. Do only as God leads you.
Grace and peace.
3/14/2020 UPDATE FROM MS LEADERSHIP
We are doing our part and heeding the advice of officials as they have asked that we try to flatten the curve of new cases and attempt to slow down the spread of the virus. Therefore, we are modifying our services for Sunday, March 15, as follows:
1) There will be no Sunday School, coffee fellowship, nursery, children's church, choir practice, or 6:00pm service. ONLY THE 10:30AM WORSHIP SERVICE WILL BE HELD.
2) During the coronavirus threat, we will not pass the offering plates. Instead, there are two options. Please choose the one most convenient for you. There will be a collection area in the sanctuary foyer that you can place your offering in before you enter the service or during the greeting time. Or you can use our online giving program (there are details for that program on the foyer bulletin board). We will reschedule Communion and the special offering for the Gideons.
3) If you or an immediate family member are sick, please wait to attend until you’re feeling better. If you’re a high-risk individual or have concerns about potential exposure, then we ask you to please use your own judgment about attending.