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The Chimes – June 2018

 

PASTOR’S COLUMN

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.

Pastor Jeff


 

 

 



 

EMMAS Meeting

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!

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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.

  

 

 

 

 

Slow down
Walk a little slower, Daddy, said a little child so small.

I’m following in your footsteps and I don’t want to fall. Sometimes your steps are very fast; sometimes they’re hard to see.

So walk a little slower, Daddy, for you are leading me. Someday when I’m all grown up, you’re what I want to be.

Then I will have a little child who’ll want to follow me. And I would want to lead just right, and know that I was true;

So walk a little slower, Daddy, for I must follow you.                                               —Author unknown

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.

 

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NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

Beginning June 3rd – 9:45 a.m.

“What Happens When Women Pray”

Led by Janet Tayloe

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An Extra Helping Hand

Open every Tuesday in June

1:00-3:30 p.m.

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EMMAS MEETING

June 11th at 7:00 p.m.

Place TBA

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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.

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WMU Quarterly Meeting will be on June 5th at noon before An Extra Helping Hand opens at 1:00 p.m.

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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:

 Francesca Wilson

Alyssa Booth

Emilie Webster

Joseph George

Brandon Rosalia

Jacob Bravuso

 Congratulations to each of you!

CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES!

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.

Francesca Wilson

Joseph George 

Reghan Jones

Lancaster High School

 

Kristina Brown

Mary Washington University

 

Nathan Carlson

Allen High School, Allen, TX

Grandson of Pastor Jeff & Karen

Lauren James

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

Ryan Meredith

great-grandson of Marvin Smith and Audrey Edmonds and grandson of Pat Pheris on his graduation from high school

Sarah Meredith

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

 

 

 


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