We are sad to report that Boyce Flener, our dear friend of The Crossmen Quartet, passed away on Tuesday evening, February 2. His funeral arrangements are as follows: Visitation will be on Saturday, February 6 from 11:00 am-8:00 pm (CT) at the Aberdeen Baptist Church, 186 Leonard Oak Road, Morgantown, Kentucky, and again at the church from 12:30-2:00 pm with the service starting at 2:00 on Sunday, February 7. Please keep the Flener family and The Crossmen in your continued prayers in the coming days. Click here for the Boyce Flener obituary.
We will be in Bowling Green, Kentucky on Sunday night, March 6 at the Berea Christian Church. We have an annual concert with our friends there on the first Sunday night of March each year. We always look forward to being with them. The concert will begin at 6:00 pm (CT). The church is located on Highway 1297 (Hydro-Gott Road). From I-65, you will take the same exit as if you were going to the Corvette Museum. Get off an go towards Bowling Green to the light by the Wendy's and turn left onto Corvette Drive. Take that road until it ends and then make a left. Follow that road for several miles until you come to the Gott Community and the road will come to a "Y" where you will bear a little to the left and then onto Highway 1297. Follow that road for 2-3 miles to the church.
On Saturday, March 19, we will be hosting a concert in Madisonville, Kentucky for the Southern Gospel Singers United organization. It will be held at the Grapevine Baptist Church located at 85 Sandcut Road at 6:00 pm (CT). We will be singing along with the Commonwealth Quartet from Hendersonville, Tennessee. There will be a love offering received. Directions from I-69 heading north, take the Earlington/Madisonville Exit 111. At the end of the ramp, turn right and go back under the interstate and turn right on the next road. Follow that road, cross a railroad track, pass a cemetery and go to the four way stop. Turn left and the church will be just ahead on the right. From I-69 heading south, take the Earlington/Madisonville Exit 111 and go to the end of the ramp. Turn right and continue on the road. Cross the railroad track, pass the cemetery and go to the four way stop. Turn left and the church will be just ahead on the right. Come be with us!
We will be at the First Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky for a Good Friday Service on Friday, March 25 at the First Baptist Church located at 621 East 12th Avenue. The service will include songs from our family, the FBC choir and we will join toether for a couple of songs. The service will begin at 7:00 pm (CT) and will last approximately one hour.
We will be at the First Baptist Church in Madisonville, Kentucky on Friday evening, April 8 for the Kentucky State WMU Conference. We will be doing a pre-conference concert from 6:30-7:00 pm (CT). The church is located at 246 North Main Street.
On Saturday, April 9, we will be in Cumberland City, Tennessee at the Yellow Creek Baptist Church with the artists from the Southern Gospel Singers United (www.sgsunited) for their Spring Convention Concert. The concert will start at 6:00 pm (CT) and will feature various artists from the organization. We are looking forward to being with everyone. It will be a great night for gospel music fans. The church is located at 4506 Ellis Mills Road.
On Saturday, April 23, we will be in Franklin, Kentucky at the Goodnight Auditorium with Promoter Donnie Dortch. Also singing will be The Johnson Family and Living By Faith. The concert will begin at 6:30 pm (CT). The Goodnight Auditorium is located at 203 South Main Street.
We are booking for the year 2016, so if you are interested in having The Childress Family at your concert, homecoming or special event, please contact us now in order to secure your selected date. We have many dates that have been filled in already but would love to fill in a date for you, as well.
We hope to see you at a gospel singing soon, but until then we are...
In His Service,
The Childress Family
FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Psalm 42:1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.
We have all made our New Year’s resolutions which might include dieting, smoking cessation, reducing our debt, more exercise and the list goes on. Most of our resolutions are for our outer man-to make us look better, feel better, our bank account fuller or our life happier. We strive to turn over a new leaf. None of these are bad and God doesn’t mind for us to set goals for ourselves in order to lead healthier and more productive lives, but to take care of the outer man and neglect the inner person is foolish.
What we need is the change God makes in the soul-not a new “leaf” but a new “life.” God’s Holy Spirit works from the inside out and when we are saved, the transforming power of the Holy Spirit comes to reside in us. We must, however, be in submission to His Spirit when He speaks to us about things we need to change in our life. This is the thirst we should have for Him and His presence mentioned in Psalm 42:1. It is a daily process and a lifelong one too.
You don’t draw near to the will and work of the Lord by a casual relationship with Him. Too many of us go to church when we feel like, pray when we think about it, read the Bible when we want to, walk close to the Lord when we need something, but we will experience few victories by this passive kind of worship.
During Bible Study, our pastor said that we must actively pursue a closer walk and relationship with the Lord. He gives us the brush, paint and easel, but how the picture turns out is up to us. Passive Christianity will not produce success in making you that victorious and overcoming Christian that God wants you to be.
Our New Year’s resolutions will only be resolutions without results if we don’t pant after their success with a thirst and a hunger to success. The same goes for our walk with Christ and its success being the masterpiece that He wants us to be.
Marlene "Momma" Childress
The Childress Family is available for your church or concert event for 2016. Our calendar is beginning to fill. We would look forward to coming to your homecoming or concert event.
Please contact us now in order to secure your selected date.