The Calling of A Deacon:
To Promote and Protect the Spiritual Health and Welfare of the Congregation and Its Members
It is time once again for our Deacons to request your assistance in their task of nominating at least three and as many as four individuals to serve as Active Deacons beginning in October to replace those who are rotating off. On the first two Sundays in June they will provide you forms on which you can indicate your suggestions as to whom you believe should be nominated. As you begin to prayerfully consider your suggestions, I would ask you to keep in mind that their primary duty is to share with me the responsibility of promoting and protecting the spiritual health and welfare of our church as a whole and of each of our members.
As our By-laws state, the “Deacons are to be the spiritual servants of the church” who serve along “with the Pastor in performing pastoral ministries.” So, while their most visible tasks may be preparing and serving communion and assisting candidates for Baptism, their essential role is to care for the spiritual welfare of the church.
For this role the Scriptures suggest that:
- Deacons should give evidence of being dedicated to the presence and guidance of God’s Spirit in their personal life and in their daily work;
- Because of the Spirit’s guidance Deacons will have the wisdom both to choose and act wisely in all matters; and,
- Deacons should have a deepening understanding of their faith.
Scripture also states that the consensus of opinion about a Deacon, both within the church and the community, should be that he/she is a good, loving and trustworthy person.
The only other requirements of our By-Laws are that Deacons must be members of the Church and at least 25 years of age. Both women and men can serve as Deacons here at WSBC.
ray that God will lead you in making your suggestions and that those asked will pray for discernment as to God’s will for their lives right now.
Grace and Peace to you all.
The EMMAS will be meeting on June 11 at 7:00 p.m. Place to be announced.
The EMMAS would love to have anyone interested in working with mission projects come join us. We are a hard working group that has a lot of fun as we share the love of Jesus at home and abroad!
WMU BINGO at the Lancashire
2:00 p.m., June 9th
|Food Pantry Open Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m.|
May Food Pantry News
We continue to have lower client numbers for May, although this is being written with two Tuesdays left. So we shall see how the month ends. We continue to have plenty of food to give out. This month we also have had paper bowls, plates and dessert plates, as well as trash bags, tissues and potato chips (which I am not counting as food but are very popular). We have gotten a windfall of sliced bread and bagels which do not require refrigeration or freezing ???? This means that it is easier to store and distribute. We also have an enormous amount of Hostess cupcakes, donuts, ding dongs etc. which you know, last forever on the shelf. So May has been easier as far as breads and desserts go.
We continue to be blessed with volunteers but some of them have had loss, health issues and injuries so we are “limping” along some days. Please keep our volunteers in your prayers. They are so faithful, kind and fun to work with but they are human beings with their own concerns.
Sue and Roger Donaldson
FOOD PANTRY GRANTS RECEIVED
The Food Pantry has received two generous grants from two different religious organizations.
First, the Diocese of Arlington, Catholic Relief Services has granted us a $1000 Rice Bowl contribution. We have been receiving these grants from The Rice Bowl for a number of years, starting back when Susan Martin and Nancy Cannon were the directors of the food pantry. The Rice Bowl has been particularly generous to us over the years and all of our personal contact with them has been very supportive of this ministry as well.
Secondly, we have received a $1000 grant from the Baptist General ssociation of Virginia, specifically for hunger relief. We have not received this for a few years, but have received it in the past. Their application process is very straight forward and easy to fill out.
We greatly appreciate these two grants. Local donations provide most of our funding, but we rely on these grants in order to provide many of the “extras” that our clients enjoy so much..
Roger and Sue Donaldson
Food Pantry Open Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
Christian sympathy is extended to:
The family and friends of B.H. Hubbard who went to be with the Lord Sunday, May 13, 2018.
Susan White upon the passing of her sister-in-law, Pat Putt, who went to be with the Lord, Thursday, May 17, 2018.
NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
Beginning June 3rd – 9:45 a.m.
“What Happens When Women Pray”
Led by Janet Tayloe
An Extra Helping Hand
Open every Tuesday in June
June 11th at 7:00 p.m.
WMU BINGO at the Lancashire
Saturday, June 9th
We have a good time with the residents. Come join us each month on the 2nd Saturday at 2:00 for BINGO fun.
WMU Quarterly Meeting will be on June 5th at noon before An Extra Helping Hand opens at 1:00 p.m.
Serving in May
Deacon – Robert Cunningham
Nursery Volunteers during Worship
6/3 – Paula Owens 6/10 – Ann Gray Wood
6/17 – Renee’ McGee 6/24 – Joyce Pittman
Ammon G. Dunton Scholarship Recipients
The following graduates were awarded scholarships on May 14, 2018:
Congratulations to each of you!
We are so proud of you. We, your church family, love you and will keep you in our hearts and prayers as you continue your education in the fall or begin your new life after college. God bless each of you.
Lancaster High School
Mary Washington University
Allen High School, Allen, TX
Grandson of Pastor Jeff & Karen
Christopher Newport University
granddaughter of Christine Davis
Harrison Price Turner
Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, Mass.
grandson of Carol Johnson and the late Jack Johnson
great-grandson of Marvin Smith and Audrey Edmonds and grandson of Pat Pheris on his graduation from high school
great-granddaughter of Audrey Edmonds and granddaughter of Pat Pheris on her graduation from College
THERE WILL BE A COMMISSIONING SERVICE OF THE YOUTH MISSION TEAM ON SUNDAY, JUNE 24TH BEFORE THEIR MISSION TRIP – JULY 6-9 TO ROANOKE, VA