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POSTED: May 13, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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Pastor David Daus and his wife, Kelly

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The new sanctuary is almost complete and there is a sense of excitement among members of Gum Branch Baptist, awaiting the opening of the 500-seat sanctuary.  
Membership is steadily increasing, and the church is preparing for various events. According the Jackie Moody, longtime church secretary, 20 new members are scheduled to be baptized on today. The new church is scheduled to open in August.
Members of the youth ministry are getting ready for a World Changers mission trip to St. Louis in July. About 40 youths and chaperones will participate in the mission to repair houses. They trained for the trip this weekend, closing in a porch.
The youths are under the leadership of the Rev. Clint Brogdon, who is youth and music minister.
Gum Branch Baptist has an active and committed youth ministry. On Wednesday nights during the school year, youths participate in the Approved Workmen are not Ashamed and Word of Life ministries. As part of the church's outreach, children from Gabriel House are picked up each Wednesday night so they can participate in the youth ministry. The youths are involved in activities at the church, as well as recreational activities outside the church.  
On Saturday, May 17, the women's ministry of the church will host a Mother/Daughter Spring Tea from 1-3 p.m. The guest speaker will be Cathy D'Amico of Lilburn. She works with the Bertha Smith Ministries.
Graduating seniors will be honored on Sunday, May 18, during the morning service.
"They will march into the sanctuary, and they will share their future goals. We have approximately 10 seniors graduating this year," Moody said.
Following the service, the graduates will be taken to lunch.
At 5:30 p.m. on May 18, the youth choir, Unveiled, will present a choir production. Brogdon and the youths are busy rehearsing. Brogdon said he believes music sets the stage for an encounter with God and uses various music styles to lead the congregation into worship. He has a desire for others to experience God's love and grace, and prays the music ministry will help draw others to salvation.
The church has a jam-packed summer schedule. Youth vacation Bible school will be June 2-6; and the children's vacation Bible school is set for June 9-13.     
In addition to the Mother/Daughter Spring Tea, the women's ministry will have a Beth Moore simulcast on Aug. 1 from 6:30-10 p.m., and on Aug. 2 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Moore is an speaker and author.  
Pastor David Daus and the members of Gum Branch Baptist want you to be a part of these events and their services. The church's motto is:  "The Caring Place."
"It's often been said there's something special about Gum Branch," the pastor said. "When you come to this church, folks make you feel like a member of the family. My family and I have certainly found this to be true for us."
The church is on Highway 196 West in Gum Branch. For information on services and any events, call the church at 876-3630.
 

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