Emergency Surgery on Sunday (Matson Update & Request for Prayer)

I just received the following email from Mrs. Janet Matson in regards to Bro. Matson’s health:

Dear Praying Friends,

Another medical update from Janet, about Jerry!  As I wrote in the last email, he had trouble after the angiogram on the 15th of September, and had to be kept overnight at the hospital for observation.  Well, although he came home the next day, his arm went from bad to worse.  I called the doctor’s office and was told it was normal for swelling and bruising.  It would go away!  It did not, but only got worse!  By Saturday night about midnight, his whole arm was black, purple, red and turning green!  The pain was excruciating.  Of course we love to call 911 on a Saturday night and join the gunshot crowd in the ED (emergency dept.), but knew we had to do so.  I also knew that I could not drive this time.  My nerves were too shaky, so I hitched a ride on the ambulance.  After hours of waiting, but not in the waiting room thank the Lord, but a private ED room, and after seeing several doctors, having his arm wrapped – only to have it almost immediately unwrapped for an ultrasound, we got the news that he was being admitted and transported to a room upstairs.  I followed the gurney, but the elevator door closed before I could get in, so the attendant just yelled “Go to room 1414!”  Now friends, it was 5:00 am and I was the only one standing there in a huge hospital.  What is an old lady with osteoporosis to do but cry?  Then along came what I think was a doctor (hard to tell these days) who spoke with an accent and led me through a maze of hallways and doors, pointed the way and said a nurse would help me.  Where was a nurse?  All I saw were walls, doors, and oh, besides he said I could not get to floor 4 without going to floor 5 first, then back down.  This gigantic hospital, which has been added to numerous times, is now building another big addition, compounding the feeling of lost ness!  I rounded a corner to find a comfortably round black lady – an angel – who took one look at me and put her arms around me!!!  When I told her where I needed to go, she said “Oh, that is a long way, but I will take you there.”  So with her arm around me the whole way, and with the blessing of the Lord, she delivered me right to the very hallway I needed!!! There was the attendant waiting with a chuckle.  I really couldn’t be angry, for I had been brought by an “angel.”  Jerry was wide eyed and glad to see me!  After getting him settled in, I asked if he could have breakfast.  Yes, no restrictions.  But they were discontinuing his blood thinner (Eliquis) which was the main cause of all this.  He was in such pain that he didn’t eat much, not even with my coaxing.  By that time I finally awakened daughter Miriam, (Missy) who I didn’t think needed to be called from a night’s sleep too.  The next thing I knew, two ladies appeared with a gurney ready to take Jerry to surgery!  But he ate some food!  But he still had blood thinner in his body!  What is going on? Evidently the ultrasound report convinced the doctors that the risk of bleeding, or aspiration, was less than the risk of losing his arm.  He was considered a “code 2,” whatever that means.  Missy was on her way, but a delay then came.  It seems they decided to give him some specially ordered medication that would counteract the blood thinner.  By that time, daughter Jeanine had arrived.  We followed his gurney down some long hallways, which were like a ghost town on Sunday when no surgeries are scheduled.  With Missy as my medical  helper (NP) all the right questions were asked, and we were led to the waiting room with no people in it.  Not long after, daughter Marci came and 4 granddaughters too. About 4:00 pm we finally got word.  They had opened up his arm, removed hematomas and “washed” it out.  When we got to see him, he was very full of words.  With a total of 3 daughters, 5 granddaughters and a daughter-in-law who had come too in the room, he was overcome with emotion that they were all there for him.  He expressed his love to each one, sang, quoted verses and told of how much they meant to him, and we were all awash in a sea of tears!!!  After lots of hugs and everyone left, he wanted to talk to our California son to express his love to him, and Jay had to hang up in tears too!  He prayed for the other two sons who were not available at the time, and kept telling me he loved me a “thousand million times.”

Today Jerry is in a lot of pain.  We don’t know how long he may have to stay there.  A hospital is his very least favorite place!  They may have to open up the incision for another wash out. I am running on fumes, and the tank of that is almost empty.  But an envelope was just opened and I pulled out this verse.  “For our light affliction, which is but a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory:” II Corinthians 4:17. It must be that that the Lord sent that verse to me today as I have come home from the hospital for a couple hours.  By the way, the previous verse just happens to say “For the which cause we faint not…”.

Thank you for bearing with me, and forgive my drama.  Please keep praying for my sweetheart.  Before the ambulance came he said “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”  My desire is that he live yet for Christ!

Even the fumes of His grace are sufficient,
Janet Matson

Fall Revival Services @ South Charlotte Baptist Church

South Charlotte Baptist Church welcomes Dr. David Sorenson for our 2017 Fall Revival services from Sunday, September 24 through Wednesday, September 27. Dr. Sorenson will speak in the AM & PM services on Sunday and will then speak Monday through Wednesday evenings beginning at 7:00 PM. A love offering will be taken in each service for Dr. Sorenson.

Pastor Sorenson is Pastor Emeritus of Northstar Baptist Church (Duluth, MN), which he started in 1989. He is a nationally respected author and speaker on topics ranging from the King James Version of the Bible to marriage and family. His books include Touch Not the Unclean Thing, God’s Perfect Book, and Training Your Children to Turn Out Right!
 
Pastor Sorenson has been married for over 40 years to his wife Pam, who is a native of Duluth. Together they have two daughters.

Is the Lord Going to Return on Saturday, September 23, 2017?

According to a news article on the front page of Foxnews.com, “Biblical prophecy claims the world will end on September 23.” This claim is being made by Christian numerologists and “prophets.”

“For a certain branch of evangelical Christianity, Revelation 12:1–2, describes the beginning of what is known as the rapture and the second coming of Christ.”

Let’s go back about 2,000 years ago when a local church in the city of Thessalonica was dealing with the question, “Has the Lord already returned?

Paul, in 1 Thessalonians, gives a very clear revelation of the pretribulation rapture of the church. It seems that this passage in 1 Thessalonians is Paul’s exposition of John 14:1-3.

John 14:1-3 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
(vs. 1) “…ye believe in God, believe also in me.” (vs. 13-14) “But I would not have you to be ignorant… For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again…”
(vs. 3) “…I will come again…” (vs. 16) “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven…”
(vs. 3) “…receive you unto myself…” (vs.17) “…shall be caught up together…to meet the Lord in the air…”
(vs. 3) “…that where I am, there ye may be also.” (vs. 17) “…so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
(vs. 1) “Let not your heart be troubled…” (vs. 18) “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

At some point after Paul wrote this letter to the church in Thessalonica, false teachers had begun to teach the believers in Thessalonica that the Lord had already returned and that they were now in the Great Tribulation. This church was undergoing persecution and so it was easy for the believers to think that they had somehow missed the Rapture which Paul had spoken of in 1 Thessalonians.  So, Paul, in a second letter sent to the church in Thessalonica, addressed this matter.

That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Now, let’s turn our attention to Revelation 12:1-2

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

There have been those who point to an astronomical occurrence, which is to take place this coming Saturday, September 23, 2017, as being the fulfillment of Revelation 12:1-2.  (Simply put, there is going to be an alignment of stars and planets that some believe is the fulfillment of Revelation 12:1-2) Because of this astronomical occurrence people have said everything from the “The rapture is going to happen” to “The world is going to end.” When you couple that astronomical event with all the natural disasters we have seen, the political turmoil that our country is in, the civil unrest that we have been experiencing you can begin to understand why question marks have begun to pop up in people’s minds.

Now, before I go any further, some people may ask me,

  • “Could the rapture take place on Saturday, September 23?” “Yes.”
  • “Will the rapture take place on Saturday, September 23?” “I don’t know. Ask me on Sunday, September 24!”

Now, regarding Revelation 12:1-2…

  • The timing is all wrong. The events of Revelation 12 takes place after the rapture and at the halfway point of the tribulation.
    • Revelation 4:1 pictures for us the rapture of the church prior to the tribulation.
    • Revelation 12:6 gives us the number, “…a thousand two hundred and threescore days,” referring to the second half of the 7-year tribulation period.
    • The battle of Armageddon, which some say will start or be ushered in next Saturday, September 23, doesn’t take place until the end of the tribulation period. We see that in Revelation chapters 16 and 20.
  • While God expects us to take the book of Revelation literally, there are times when John does speak figuratively and Revelation 12:1-2 is one such occurrence. We know that because of how John writes, “And there appeared a great wonder…” The word “wonder” is the same as “sign” in the Greek, John thus informing us that the immediate vision is symbolic rather than literal.
  • Another reason we know this to be symbolic, instead of literal, is seen in later verses. In vs. 3, John sees another “wonder.” This time a dragon. Was this a literal dragon? No. How do we know that? In vs. 9 we are told who, or what, this dragon is. It is none other than Satan.

While Revelation 12:1-2 and September 23, 2017 have nothing to do with the Lord’s return, whether in the rapture or His second coming, we must still remember that Christ is coming again!

“Behold, He cometh…” Revelation 1:7

The only way to be prepared is to know Jesus Christ as your Savior. If you do not know for sure that your sins have been forgiven and that you have the gift of eternal life, We want to encourage you to watch”God’s Plan of Salvation.” If you have questions, please contact us at info@southcharlottebaptist.org or call us at (704) 542-5536. We would love to speak with you!

One day the trumpet will sound for His coming, One day the skies with His glory will shine; Wonderful day, my beloved ones bringing; Glorious Savior, this Jesus is mine! Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me; Buried, He carried my sins far away; Rising, He justified freely forever: One day He’s coming—O glorious day!

Thank You for the Birthday Wishes

Birthday cards from Master Club!

This past Tuesday I celebrated my 45th birthday! I’m half-way to 90! (Whether I make it to 90 or not is another matter!)

I have been blessed beyond measure! I have a wonderful family; a wonderful church family; a wonderful school family. I have never, purposefully, made a “big deal” about my birthday but so many individuals went to great lengths to show their love and appreciation on that day. For that, I am very thankful!

 

 

 

So teach us to number our days,
That we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Psalm 90:12

The older I get (and I don’t really think I’m that old!), the more conscious I am of how precious our days are. The older I get, the more I desire to accomplish with the time that I have left. Those two thoughts have been “driven home” in my mind as I have, over the past couple of years, watched friends and loved ones –  both older and younger than me – finish their race on this earth.

Cherish each moment as a gift from God! Love your family and those close to you! Use your time wisely for the glory of God. One day, our lives will be over – much too soon!

Only one life, yes only one,
Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet,
And stand before His Judgement seat;
Only one life,’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last. – C.T. Studd

September 16, 2017 – A Very Hard Day for Bro. Matson

We received the following email from the Matson Family. Please keep both Mr. and Mrs. Matson in your prayers. (They are missionaries in Norfolk, VA who minister to sailors.)

Dear Praying Friends,

Thank you for praying for Jerry yesterday.  It did not turn out in the least as expected.  As soon as Dr. Dexter came in to see us in pre-op, I knew this would not be as simple as we had thought.  What was supposed to be a 90 minute procedure ended up lasting 3 1/2 hours.  Then there was great difficulty getting the bleeding to stop at the entry sites, especially Jerry’s arm.  Because the doctor had to go to another emergency immediately after, and they could not let me back to see Jerry because of the bleeding, I was left in the dark for some time.  Also, I was by myself because we thought it would be a simple procedure and our children were all occupied with their busy lives.  When Dr. Dexter finally was able to talk to me, it was not good news.  There are so many complications with Jerry’s vascular system,that he does not at the present have a plan for the aneurysm repair.  His words to me were, ” I do not want him to die from the aneurysm, nor do I want him to die from anything I would do to him.”  This did not help my emotional balance at that time!  Dr. Dexter will be consulting another doctor who deals with “rough cases’ and he said he would know something within a week.  I asked when the surgery would be done and he said “as soon as possible.”

When I finally was allowed back to see Jerry it was much later.  They wanted to keep him until 10 pm to make sure he did not start bleeding again.  At 9:45 he was sat up to prepare to leave, when his left bicep began to swell and harden quite badly, with much pain.  This was the arm where the arterial line had been.  A doctor on call was beckoned who decided to keep waiting, even after the arm seemed to be better.  There are many more details I could tell, but to save my energy right now, let me just say that a decision was made shortly before 1:00 am to keep him overnight!  I was going to stay with him, but did not bring my needful medication with me, so I had to go home.  One of the two precious Filipino nurses actually wheeled me out to my car and watched me leave safely.  Missy and Travis were waiting at my driveway to make sure I got into the house safely.  I got into bed at 1:45 and at 5:00 am Jerry called, very disoriented.  At 8:00 am he called again, quite lucid, to say they were discharging him.  I hurried as fast as an old lady can, and picked him up.  We are home now – both exhausted, and grateful for a daughter-prepared supper for tonight.

As I say, there are many more details, but suffice this for now.  As I drove to get Jerry this morning, this verse from Psalm 103 kept going through my mind.  “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not ALL HIS BENEFITS.”  I tend to remember too many troubles, rather than all the good things God has done for me!

In a VERY GOOD AND WONDERFUL SAVIOUR,

Janet Matson

September 15, 2017 – Be in Prayer for Jerry Matson

We received the following email from the Matson family asking for prayers for Bro. Matson. These prayers are needed on Friday, September 15, 2017:

Dear Praying Friends,

Our email has been down several days, and it is still crippled, so I am just now able to get this prayer request sent.

Dr. Dexter informed us Monday that he wanted to do an angiogram on Jerry tomorrow.  He will be looking at the vascular system surrounding the aortic aneurysm.  If there are any blockages, he will stent them then. This is preliminary to the surgery for which we still do not have a date!  We must arrive at the hospital by 9:30 am for the procedure to be done at 11:30 am.  It will take approximately 90 minutes, during which time he will be lightly sedated.  After recovery time of two hours or so, we probably won’t leave the hospital until at least 4:00 pm.

I’ve been trying to get our prayer letter out for this prayer need, but time is just not enough, and I still have some that will not hear beforehand.  Quite frankly, I am exhausted.

We so appreciate being remembered before our Lord.  Thank you.

In His grace,
Janet

Keep all of our missionaries in prayer as they tirelessly serve the Lord!

“Thank You” Sent from College

Pray for our college students!

We are thankful for the young people that God has allowed us to influence through the ministries of South Charlotte Baptist Church & Academy. The following note was received from a young lady who has been a part of South Charlotte Baptist for many years and who is also a recent graduate of South Charlotte Baptist Academy.

Dear Pastor and church family,

I just wanted to take some time and thank all of you for the prayers you have extended to me. Getting adjusted to college life has not been much of a struggle, praise the Lord! Classes are going well… and yes I am now a master of power naps. Also, I’m pretty sure I should change my middle name to coffee. I got the opportunity to sign up for some Christian service activities involved with children. Tonight’s message Pastor McBride talked about how with leadership comes influence, and influence is gained by service. Please be in prayer that I am the right kind of leader to the kids I come in contact with. I also am praying for you all as I know you are probably getting ready for anniversary Sunday soon! I know it will be a great turn out.

Please keep all of our college young people in prayer as they have begun their school year!

Would you pray for our missionaries?

Paul, in his letter to the church in Colosse, asked…

Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: Colossians 4:3

Would you take a moment to look through this list of the missionaries which South Charlotte Baptist Church supports on a monthly basis and pray for them?

Note: This list is not all-inclusive. Some of our missionaries, for security reasons, ask that we not post their names or information on the internet and in social media.

  • Akers, Deneen  – Katsuragi-shi, Nara, Japan
  • Andrews, Jennifer – Liechtenstein, Germany
  • Austin, Kyle, Amanda & Jaxson – College/University Campus Ministries
  • Bennett, Dan, Becky, Nathan, Joseph, Rachel, Anna, Deborah, Matthew & Christine – São Paulo, Brazil
  • Bennett, Hannah – South Africa
  • Boots, Steve, Rebekah, Jackson, Alex & Ryleigh – Mount Victory Baptist Church Metro Richard, VA
  • Bourdess, Leslie, Amy, Whitney, Charity & Chasity – Cordova, Alaska
  • Byrd, Willie & Pat – New Beginnings Independent Baptist Church Charlotte, NC
  • Catalan, John Mark, Kristin, Jaelyn, & Jasmine – Manila, Philippines (Currently on deputation.)
  • Davidson, Craig & Veronica – Indonesia
  • Donnell, Marvin & Marilyn – Australia
  • Dove, Rick, Shannon, Rachel, Natalie & Caleb – Costa Rica, Central America
  • Earls, James Retired – Portsmouth, VA
  • Flores, Carlos & Juliana – Costa Rica, Central America
  • Flores, Napoleon & Esther – Honduras, Central America
  • Ford, Daniel, Emily, Hannah & Josiah – Moldova
  • Gurganus, Gene Retired – Rocky Mount, NC
  • Halsey, John & Dot – Raleigh, NC
  • Helton, Michael, Jen, Isaiah & Abbey – Spain
  • Hewlett, Carl & Nancy – Costa Rica, Central America
  • Hornor, Brian, Diana, Jésed, Mariana & Brandon – Sinaloa, Mexico
  • Howell, Lewis, Kimberly, Deborah & Elizabeth – Wakatane, New Zealand
  • Hurst, Christopher, Ivy, Kaitlin & Andrew – Philippines
  • Kenney, Jason, Jenny, Aaron, Seth, Timothy, Caleb & Ellie – Santiago, Chile
  • Kinyonga, Mshama, Martha & Esther – Tanzania, Africa
  • Kirk, Walter & Virginia Established SCBC in 1977 – Salisbury, NC
  • Lantz, Lawrence, Rebecca, Naomi, Hannah, Daniel, Lydia, Martha & Luke – Uganda, Africa
  • Lockhart, Jeremy, Esther, Bethany, Levi, Judah & Allie – Rondonopolis, Brazil
  • Matson, Jerry & Janet – Norfolk, VA
  • McClain, Brian, Evelyn, Ruth & Rachel – Thailand
  • Meyer, Corre, Claudia, Hadassah & Apostille – Madrid, Spain
  • Ocampo, Rusty & Lita – Philippines
  • Owens, Samuel, Carla, Isabella, Makayla & Natany – Republic of Georgia
  • Palla, Wes, Cynthia, Mia & Ariah – Brazil
  • Prettyman, Phil, Christine, Ezrah, Noah, Hannah, Micah, Isaiah & Selah – Uganda, East Africa
  • Quinlan, Sean, Tammy, Stephen, James, Rachel, Hannah, Bethany, Abigail, Daniel & Benjamin – Micronesia, Guam
  • Reed, Bob & Betty Ann – Global Baptist Missions
  • Reiss, Jack & Sandra – Chattanooga, TN
  • Rich, Adam, Carol, Cyrus & Hazel – Zambia, Africa
  • Rojas, Guillermo, Silvia, Josué & Susana – Costa Rica, Central America
  • Shumpert, Clayton & Joan – W. Columbia, SC
  • Sizemore, Bobby & Ruby – Newton, SC
  • Varela, Jorge – Zarcero, Costa Rica, Central America
  • Washer, Terry & Sandy Retired – Kenya, Africa
  • White, Kevin, Beth, Grace, Taylor & Titus – Bolivia
  • Worldwide Military Baptist Mission (Tyler & Cathy Ryberg) – Belleville, IL

083117 Carolina Panther Football Game

Some last minute reminders for those attending tonight’s football game…

  1. Kick Off is at 7:30 PM. Since everyone has their own ticket, you can either simply meet at the stadium or meet at the light rail station in Pineville at 5:30 PM.
  2. Due to some last minute additions – which I apologize about – some of our tickets are separate from the main group. However, when we arrive at the stadium, it may be that, due to the weather, that we could find some empty seats close to the main group.
  3. As of Thursday morning, there is only 30% chance of rain during the game. However, you should still plan to wear “rain gear.” Unfortunately, umbrellas are not allowed in the stadium. You will need to bring a rain jacket/poncho/hat or any combination of those things to protect you from the rain.
  4. Dress – Please remember the dress guidelines that we ask folks to abide by: Modest, Illustrating Godliness, Loose-fitting, Knee-length and Appropriate.
  5. Click here to read information from the Panther’s website. Ladies, pay particular attention to the fact that you cannot bring purses into the stadium.

Looking forward to having an enjoyable time together! See you tonight. If you have any questions, feel free to call me at (704) 575-3378. – Pastor Campbell

We Need You For Project Follow-Up

Project Follow-Up

 

Project Follow-Up is our organized, intentional, and intense plan to see the Great Commission fulfilled in the life of those guests that God brings to South Charlotte Baptist Church. Project Follow-Up is accomplished through the Sunday school ministry of South Charlotte Baptist Church by the members of South Charlotte Baptist Church.

What are the aspects of Project Follow-up?

  • Personal Note: From within each teen and adult Sunday school class at least 1 individual (church members) is needed to send a personal, hand-written note to each first-time guest that is assigned to their Sunday school class.
  • Email: From within each teen and adult Sunday school class at least 1 individual (church members) is needed to send an email to each first-time guest that is assigned to their Sunday school class.
  • Personal Phone Call: From within each teen and adult Sunday school class at least 1 individual (church members) is needed to make a personal phone call to each first-time guest that is assigned to their Sunday school class.

If you are a church member who is willing to participate in this important ministry, please click here to send Pastor Campbell an email or use the Connection Card on Sunday to let him know!