The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines community as “a group of people who live in the same area.” You could also say that a community is a group of neighbors. When I was a kid growing up in Elberton, we had neighbors that were more like family. Our backyards connected to form one big backyard that we all shared. One of the joys of living in a community is getting to know my neighbors and living life with them. There are several key ingredients in a community of neighbors such as families, schools, hospitals, stores, civic clubs and the church. While each component of the community has a vital role, the church has the unique ability to provide a point of connection for everyone. Jesus taught in Matthew 22:37-38 that the essence of the Christian faith is to “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” In these two commandments we see the vertical relationship between us and God, and the horizontal relationship between us and our neighbors. When you bring the two together, the horizontal and the vertical are pictured in the cross of Christ. The need for the love and gospel of Jesus Christ is our point of commonality as a community. Centennial Baptist Church is privileged to be a church in our community. We want to get to know our neighbors as much as possible and serve you in any way possible. We would like to invite you and your family to take advantage of the upcoming community happenings at Centennial. First, on Saturday, November 1st the Recreation Ministry at Centennial Baptist Church, is hosting a ‘Chili Cook-off Tailgate’ gathering at the ball field and pavilion at the church. Bring your favorite blend of homemade chili. The fixings will be provided. The event starts at 3:00pm, with ‘tailgate activities’ for adults and children. The Georgia-Florida football game will be shown on a 12’ screen beginning at 3:30pm. Bring your family and come have a great time. Second, on Sunday, November 2nd, in our 9:15am Sunday School, it’s our high attendance Sunday!! Everyone needs a small group to study the Bible together, in order to help us grow spiritually. There is a group for all ages … and that includes you! I want to encourage you to join us at 9:15am this Sunday…give us a chance to minister to you, in our community! There will be greeters at all doors to help you find the group that is right for you. Join us for Sunday School at 9:15am and stay for worship at 10:30 am. Third, on Sunday evening, November 2nd at 6:00pm, we are hosting a worship concert with Matt Duren. Matt is worship leader at Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough, GA. Matt is a talented musician and an incredible worship leader. We would love to have you and your family join us. Fourth, on Sunday, November 9th, we will host the annual Veteran’s Day Service at Centennial, at 10:30am. A free lunch will be provided for all veterans and their families following the service. We look forward to honoring our Veterans and celebrating our freedom. I look forward to seeing you and getting a chance to meet you and your family.