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Give Thanks in Everything

Each year at this time, our country sets aside a day to celebrate Thanksgiving. It is intended for each of us to give thanks for what God has blessed us with during the past year. The Bible clearly tells us to give thanks to God for His blessings and it is mentioned in the Bible forty times. In Psalm 100:4-5, God says that we are to be thankful to Him and bless His holy name.

For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.

Living a thankful life is a lifestyle that is contagious and will affect your attitude toward others and you will be blessed.

The life that we live is a blessing from God and we must take time to reach out to each other with a thankful heart and share God’s blessings for health, wealth, and the good things we have been given. Can we even begin to number the benefits and blessings we receive from the Lord? We’ve come to expect so many of these daily things of life.

Of course we remember to thank God for the big things — for answered prayers, for salvation. But do we remember to give thanks for His countless daily blessings?

Thank Him for the dawning of a new day. For the warmth of our bed or the morning’s first steaming cup of coffee. For our spouse’s hug, our child’s smile, our friend’s caring call. Every breath of every moment is filled with the promised blessings of God — if we but open our eyes to see them. You can start by choosing to read Scripture. It will affect your attitude. Hide God’s Word in your heart and let His Spirit fill you with His presence. The Lord has promised that He will guide you and bless your life when you choose to depend on Him.

Psalm 19:14 says,

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.

If you want to live a life that is connected to God, you must include Him in your walk, talk, and thought process every day. The Lord desires to be included in your life. This does not come naturally, but we must choose to follow Him and have the discipline to include the Lord in our everyday life. This allows God to come first in everything we do and say as well as give Him praise for all the things that we have been given. Psalm 95:2-3 says,

Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, and the great King above all gods.

As you gather around the table with family and friends to feast on your Thanksgiving dinner, let it be a time of sharing the many blessings God has given you this past year and how He has filled your life with His presence.






Who is Lottie Moon, and why is the Christmas Offering named for her?


  1. Lottie was born in Virginia on December 12, 1840.
  2. Her name was Charlotte Digges Moon, but everyone called her “Lottie.”
  3. She was 4’9” tall.
  4. Before she became a Christian while in high school, Lottie missed required chapels 26 times.
  5. Lottie loved to pull pranks on others. Once, when asked what the “D” stood for in her middle name, she replied, “Devil.”
  6. Lottie was appointed to China as a missionary at age 33 and served there 39 years, primarily in Tengchow and Pingtu.
  7. She wore Chinese clothes and lived like her Chinese neighbors.
  8. Lottie had several nicknames in China—foreign devil, foreign lady teacher, heavenly book visitor, and the cookie maker. (Lottie baked cookies to win the hearts of the children and families who were frightened of her.)
  9. Lottie led in the campaign to end the practice of bound feet. The Chinese believed small feet made a woman more beautiful, so girls' feet were bound tightly with cloth. Girls with bound feet could hardly walk, and infections, gangrene, and even death were common side effects of this practice.
  10. In 1912 at the end of her career, famine, flood, and war encircled her China. Her friends were starving. In a final act of empathy, Lottie stopped eating and gave all her food away. When her friends realized the depth of her sickness, they put her on a boat to return to the United States. Lottie died on Christmas Eve while en route to the U.S.



While living in China, Lottie wrote letters to the Foreign Mission Board (now the International Mission Board) and to Baptist women. She asked for more missionaries and for money to grow her work among the Chinese.

Because of Lottie’s determination, WMU collected a Christmas Offering to give to the Foreign Mission Board. In 1919, Annie Armstrong suggested that the offering should be named for Lottie Moon.

Today, we still give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering in honor of her work and sacrifice to keep our missionaries on the field.

One hundred percent of the offering goes to the missionaries, none to administration.



“Need it be said why the week before Christmas is chosen? Is not the festive season, when families and friends exchange gifts in memory of The Gift laid on the altar of the world for the redemption of the human race, the most appropriate time to consecrate a portion from abounding riches and scant poverty to send forth the good tidings of great joy into all the earth?”



The goal at Dudley Shoals Baptist for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for 2019 is $10,000.00



I saw a great multitude from every nation and all tribes and peoples and languages standing before the throne. Revelation 7:9

Generous giving to the 2019 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering® makes a difference among the multitudes. Men, women, children, and entire communities are transformed as a result of this offering. Your gifts enable thousands of missionaries to live among, serve, and share the gospel with people who have never heard it until now.

Every December since 1888, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering has empowered Southern Baptist’s international missions work. At the beginning of this giving season, we start with a week of prayer dedicated to international missions, taking place December 1-8.







The Better Late Than Never Report

“God’s got this!”

A message I’m pleased to say that resonates more and more in the hearts and life of our church. For the past 6 months, I’ve worn a wristband on my wrist with that very phrase. Every morning I wake up and slip it over my hand I try to remind myself of who is truly in control. But oftentimes in the hustle and bustle of life, we forget the very thing we want to remember the most…God’s got this! 

The past week has truly been a whirlwind finding out the news of our dear Pastor. God has had a plan for Gordon from the very beginning, and our church is in the midst of that plan even today. Through God’s sovereignty and plan, Gordon & Jo were able to find out the very cause of all of his symptoms he had been having these past few months. Even though there were blockages found in his heart I can truly say he has one of the biggest and boldest hearts I’ve ever come in contact with. 

In the days ahead of Gordon’s recovery we as a church I truly believe will grow closer together and closer to our Savior. Pray for God’s guidance and healing throughout the entire West family…. And remember GOD HAS THIS!  


Pastor Kyle 







Hello to all!
It’s hard to believe that it’s November! 2019 is coming to a close. We continue to be thankful that God has allowed us to serve him here in Astoria, Queens, NYC! 
 We enjoyed some time away from the city in late September early October to visit our sons and their families in a HOT Texas! Our two grandchildren there are growing and it was a joy to help babysit them!
Here are a few highlights and prayer requests:
  • Our house church group celebrated the baptism of Frank! Pray for him to grow in his knowledge of Christ and that relationships with his family can be restored.
  • Debbie continued to expand her oikos (network of contacts) by joining the senior fitness tennis program offered free by the NYC parks department. Through a friend she made during senior swim who was also participating in the tennis, Debbie was able to meet Cherry!  Cherry is a Filipina and a believer plus she lives about a block from us!  We’re excited about this contact and plans to work together to share the gospel. 
  • Randy continues to have favor at Reality House and is meeting with new residents weekly.  Several are attending our house church on Sundays. 
  • Pray for Lou, who owns the restaurant where we had our Coats for the City celebration last year. The restaurant is currently closed mainly due to the subway stop nearby being closed and under repair. Randy does minor repairs for Lou from time to time.  Pray for Lou’s salvation!
  • Pray for the Coats for the City December 7 this year. We look forward to having the team from DSBC help us again!

As always we greatly appreciate your support! 

Randy and Debbie Smith







This is a new Men's Bible Study. It starting this Tuesday!
Have you ever wondered if we’re missing it? It’s crazy if you think about it. The God of the universe — the Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and e-minor — loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss.

Whether you’ve verbalized it yet or not . . . we all know something’s wrong.

Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo? Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical, solutions? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn’t working harder at a list of do’s and don’ts — it’s falling in love with God. And once you encounter His love, as Francis describes it, you will never be the same.

Because when you’re wildly in love with someone, it changes everything.











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