December 2018


Dear Friend of Atlantic Shores,


Lately, I’ve been preaching through a series of messages called “What Is God Really Like?” We began by learning about the “farness” of God. His transcendence reminds us that He is high and lifted up. We will finish the series on Christmas Eve by focusing on His “nearness.” 


Two thousand years ago, God came near in the person of Jesus Christ, “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). Born in Bethlehem, Jesus came from heaven to earth to die on a cross for our sins and to give us the gift of eternal life. God is far and near at the same time; He is also generous.


Because “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son” (John 3:16), I do not hesitate to ask you to act generously, too. Our heavenly Father is the most generous Person in the universe, and we, His children, are never more like Him than when we give. 


During this Christmas season, the most generous time of the year, I’m asking you to join Cathryn and me by making a generous financial gift to the ministry of Atlantic Shores Baptist Church before December 31, and to make an extra gift to Love God, Love Kids.


Make A Year End Gift Now


As a reminder, Love God, Love Kids is a short-term effort to raise the money necessary to seamlessly transition our kid’s ministry and student ministry building spaces once Atlantic Shores Christian School has vacated at the end of the calendar year. Our goal for this special effort is $100,000 to refurnish, refresh, and refurbish these spaces. 


Below is the breakdown of our need between now and December 31, 2018, which marks the halfway point in our 2018-19 ministry year. It’s going to take all of us to make our year-end goal. So, please prayerfully consider the amount of your sacrificial gift this December.

  • $210,000 is the budget requirement in December
  • $121,183 to make up the YTD budget shortfall
  • $73,563 is what remains of Love God, Love Kids
  • $404,746 TOTAL by midnight December 31

“Faithful” is another word we can use to answer the question, “What is God really like?” God’s faithfulness is His guarantee that He will be true to Himself, keeping His promises to a thousand generations.


Your faithfulness in supporting Atlantic Shores Baptist Church with your prayers and financial giving is an indication that the Spirit of God is operating in our midst. I say that because “the fruit of the Spirit is faithfulness” (Galatians 5:23). 


On behalf of the entire staff and elder body, I thank you for making your best gift this Christmas. I look forward to hearing from you before the end of the month.


Serving Him and you,


Dr. Ron Jones
Lead Pastor


P.S. I am not exaggerating when I say this is a critical time of the year for us, the Atlantic Shores church family, to unite around our mission to “glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ who go and make disciples.” We will fall short financially and ministry plans will be put on hold if you or I do nothing and say, “Somebody else will make it happen.” Thank you in advance for your faithful, generous, and immediate response. Make A Year End Gift Now