Prayer Walking for Pageant Sunday, March 22, there will be no evening activities on our campus. This will give all the opportunity to participate in our praying over the Civic Center, choir, cast and media in preparation for pageant. Meet Eddy Curry in the foyer of the auditorium between 6-8 p.m. He will have a prayer guide available to lead you through your prayer time. Tickets are now available in the Church Office. Presentation times are Saturday, March 28 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 29 3 p.m. Thursday, April 2 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 3 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4 3 p.m. Easter Experience This is a self guided journey of reflection and restoration! The Pioneer Drive College Leadership Team has worked hard to prepare this experience for you, and we look forward to how God will move in each participants life. There are 10 rooms available to explore from a prayer labyrinth, to continuous worship, water rooms, to a place of solitude and journaling, and other special rooms. We pray that each room will offer you a new way to experience the Lord’s presence. Come join us upstairs in the Activities area from 5-9 p. m. on March 31. “Worship Alive” Capital Campaign will continue through May 3. This campaign is to raise funds to replace and update our media systems in the Sanctuary and Conference Center. If you feel led to give, you can make a donation on-line at www.pdbc.org/giving or put “Worship Alive” on your check or envelope. From the Pastor’s Heart Boy-Oh-Boy is this a busy time around Pioneer Drive! Our travel group just returned from Israel and we hit the ground running. Pageant preparations are in full swing and Easter Celebration is just around the corner. It’s an “all hands on deck” time of year. Men – we need you Friday evening and Saturday morning at the Civic Center to help unload and assemble the Pageant set. Here’s the schedule: Friday 5:30 - 7 p.m. Unload the trailers 7 - 10 p.m. - Begin building set Saturday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Complete building set Danny has asked the staff to come at 7 p.m. Friday because we usually lose a lot of workers after we eat at 6:45 p.m. So, if you can stay and help after 7 p.m. – or come then, please do. The point is, we need lots of helpers at both times. And, I would encourage you to bring a pair of work gloves. On Saturday morning, the more helpers we have, the quicker we complete the job! It’s a fun time working side by side with our brothers. You will enjoy it and be amazed at how smoothly the set goes up. See you Friday and Saturday at the Civic Center! I am grateful to Fourth and Fifth Grade choirs that led worship when I was in Israel, Sunday morning March 8. I have heard wonderful reports regarding their musical “In the Big Inning”. Thank you Betsy Colwell and all your choir workers who helped prepare our students. And boys and girls-bless you for using your talents to point others to Jesus. You guys and gals are the best! I am thrilled to see that in the first two weeks of the “Worship Alive” campaign, the church has received over $28,000. This is a grand beginning to our two month campaign to help pay for audio, lighting and video upgrades in the Worship Center and Conference Center. Pray about your contribution to this project and then give with a joyful heart. Grace to you, LOST & FOUND Our lost and found is filling up. Have you misplaced your Bible, sunglasses, keys, etc?? Come take a look to see if we might have some of your lost treasures. The lost and found is located in the Church Office. REVOLUTION ... is coming to the Primetimers on Tuesday, April 14! Yes, this group of 13 violinist, 2 violist, 2 guitarists, 1 cellist and 1 bass player, ages 14-18, will entertain us at the Abilene Country Club. These talented musicians from Abilene and Cooper High Schools will provide an entertaining and energetic evening. This weekend they are playing for the National School Board Association National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Along with this inspiring musical evening, we will dine on a tasty buffet of your favorite foods. Since 2006, Primetimers have traveled to the Country Club for an evening to remember. The cost is $20 per Primetimer and sign-up begins this Sunday, March 22. SAVE-THE-DATES ... April 2, Primetime Live welcomes the PDBC “Legacy Five” music group ... April 17 - Volunteers needed for the World’s Largest Garage Sale (contact Jeff today). BASIC BOOT CAMP April 16-19 Freedom 14 Camp Wimberley, Texas Sign-up on-line at www.pdbc.org/men or find gray sheets in various locations of the church if you do not wish to do on-line registration. The cost is $185. Email [email protected] for more details. Preparations are underway for this year’s World’s Largest Garage Sale. This fundraising event plays a large part in sending our youth on their annual mission trip. This year, the High School Choir will be traveling to Boston and Vermont. You may drop off your treasures at the sale location in the Old Winn Dixie building (next to K-Mart) on Pioneer Drive. For large item pick-ups, call the hotline at 695-8336. Drop off dates and times are below. Upcoming Drop Off Days March 19, 6-8 p.m. March 24, 6-8 p.m. We appreciate your donations! MEET YOUR STAFF We want to make sure you know who works here at Pioneer Drive. Each week we will introduce a different employee. New Members Aaron Grow - Profession Averi Wood - Pr0fession Patr ic ia D itmo r e - R e ce p t i oni s t Tell us about your family. Gene Ditmore and I were married by Pastor Jack Ridlehoover 43 years ago. Gene had 3 young children, David, Debbie and William which we raised together. They have blessed us with 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. The miracle from God, is that He sent me to Abilene, not knowing one person, not having a job nor a place to live. But, the moment I saw the skyline of Abilene from top of the hill on Hwy. 36 His spirit put on my heart “this is home”. And it has been to this day. I was blessed with a ready made family, wonderful friends and amazing opportunities in the work place. What are some of your previous jobs? I worked as a copywriter at KEAN Radio and worked with Greyhound Lines for 20 years. Retirement didn’t fit my work ethics, so I went to work with Charlie Jordan at the Ben Richey Boys Ranch for a couple of years. Then, to The Grace Museum as assistant to the Director, Judy Godfrey. I worked there for 13 years and retired. I began volunteering as receptionist at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church when needed. When Kathryn Williams retired, Linda Benson began working as receptionist on Monday, Tuesday and I work Wednesday, Thursday. We both have the perfect work week! If you could go anywhere or do anything what would it be? Gene and I love to go to our farm in Coleman and travel. If we could go anywhere, no restraints it would be to spend 2 months traveling in the Holy Land and include Turkey and Greece. I love working in the yard, wood crafts, ribbon embroidering, helping my older friends and having my kids and great-grandkids around me. What do you see your role to be in ministry? I thank God for sending me to Abilene. He has trained and guided me through all my life and has blessed me with a ministry of patience and an understanding when He puts someone in my path, to give Him the Glory and words to help them. I love helping the spirit-led staff at Pioneer Drive with any support I can offer. I thoroughly enjoy getting to know the members of our church. Easter will be here soon! How are you preparing for this season? CHURCH BUILDERS EVER BEEN TO MISSOULA? Join us and help build a church this summer June 21-26! Learn more at www.baptistchurchbuilders.com. JAIL MINISTRY Interested in volunteering with Taylor County Jail Ministry? Contact [email protected] for more information. Explore the idea of HELPING OTHERS with your class or small group. Our missions staff will guide you through a 6 week video series and discussion based on our experiences and the book “When Helping Hurts”. Contact [email protected] or call the Church Office to schedule a time for us to visit. INSANE INFLATABLE 5K RUN Show support for the Alameda Neighborhood by participating in or volunteering for the Insane Inflatable 5K Run on April 18. Sign-up or learn more at insaneinflatable5k.com/abilene-tx. The proceeds from this event go toward the Alameda Park Project. the gathering What can God do with Broken People? Join us this week as we discover hope in God’s work in our world! If you would like to read ahead, check out Amos 9:11-15. A GARDEN GETAWAY LADIES RETREAT GREAT GIFT for Easter, Mother’s Day or Just Because! This retreat will be May 1-3, 2015 at Big Country Baptist Assembly. Cost is $125.00. Register on Sundays or on-line. Payment plans are available. Gift certificates also available. Deadline is April 15. You may also contact Laurie Balch (325) 665-6623 or email [email protected] for more information. We hope to see you there! FAMILIES ANONYMOUS This is a 12 Step fellowship for the families and friends who have known a feeling of desperation concerning the destructive behavior of someone very near to them, whether caused by drugs, alcohol, or related behavioral problems. When you come into our rooms you are no longer alone, but among friends who have experienced similar problems. Any concerned person is encouraged to attend our meetings, even if there is only a suspicion of a problem. This group meets Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in Room 133. Easter Sunday Childcare Easter Sunday, April 5, our services will be 10 a.m. at the Civic Center. We need additional volunteers to rock, play and teach our preschoolers during Easter services. This is only a one time commitment. If you would be interested in helping on April 5, contact Jennifer or Pam. [email protected] [email protected] If you are expecting, our Preschool staff would love to know. Please contact Jennifer or Pam so we can begin to pray for you and your family and prepare for your child in our ministry. Pioneer Drive BapƟst Church 701 S. Pioneer Dr. Abilene, TX 79605 (325) 692-6776 Return Service Requested Non-Profit U. S. Postage PAID Abilene, TX Permit No. 181 Schedule Adjustments Due to pageant preparations, please make note of the following changes in our regular schedule for Wednesday evenings. On March 25 and April 1, there will NOT be any children’s or preschool activities at the church. There will NOT be a fellowship meal served. The youth activities and prayer meeting WILL take place at their regularly scheduled times. Jennifer - [email protected] Pam - [email protected] PDBC VITALS BIBLE STUDY On Campus: Total SS Enrollment: 2715 Sunday School Attendance: 9:00 a.m. - 537 10:30 a.m. - 382 Small Groups -0 Total Attendance: 919 Off Campus: Shining Star 53 Care Inn 26 Windcrest 38 House of Faith 0 Alameda CC 83 Total Off Campus Total: 200 Total Church Bible Study: 1,119 STEWARDSHIP Tithes & Offerings This Week: $55,601.10 Required this Week: $61,907.20 Required to Date: $1,953,429.60 Received to Date: $2,052,194.87 Surplus/Deficit: $98,765.27 Arise & Build Phase 2 This Week's Receipts: $510.00 Received to Date: $402,902.02 Note Balance: $309,540.17 World Missions 2015 Goal: $260,000.00 This Week's Receipts: $1,649.00 Received to Date: $22,884.00 Surplus/Deficit: -$237,116.00 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL June 7 - 11 We need volunteers! We provide VBS from babies-grade 5 and need many hands to make it a success! Contact Jennifer at [email protected] or Brandon at [email protected] to volunteer today! There will be no Fellowship Meal for the next two weeks. We will resume on April 8.
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