FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH WAVERLY
Monday, July 06, 2015
A Word from the Pastor - July 2015
As I was thinking about what to write for this month’s newsletter, it struck me that summer is quickly passing. Already, some of you have been on vacation. Others will be leaving soon. But, it will not be long until summer is over. In the midst of enjoying summer remember to enjoy God. He is the only thing that can quench your thirsty soul.
I am rejoicing in the Lord as I think about the generosity of God’s people. In our recent celebration and pledge dinner, members of FBC pledged $123,456 towards a new addition and renovation of existing space to meet some needs in our church. Praise the Lord! If you were unable to attend the banquet and know what God would have you do about giving towards the new building, I would encourage you to send in your pledge card to the church or drop it off in the church office. If you are not comfortable with filling out a pledge card, please do not let that stop you from giving. If you would like to give towards the new building, signify that on your check or on an envelope.
Please continue to pray for the Building Committee as they guide the church through this process. The architect will present the building plans to the City Planning Commission in June. After the Commission makes its final ruling, the architect will finalize the building plans and provide us with a bid package. Then, we will put the job out for bid. Hopefully, soon after this construction will begin.
The Sunday after we pledged towards our building, members gave over $1400 to Gideon’s International to provide Bibles to people all over the world. Praise the Lord!
I want to thank all of those who helped with VBS. I know it requires a lot of time and energy to teach the boys and girls, but the investment is more than worth it. I especially want to thank Laurel Baker who stepped up to lead VBS at the last minute. She is very gifted and has a servant’s heart. If you see her, let me encourage you to personally thank her. I met with the Children Committee this past Sunday. They have planned several events for the upcoming months. We will try to let you know about these as soon as the details are available. If you can think of an event that would minister to your family and attract other families to our church, please let the committee know. I know they are looking for ideas.
We will have several other events this summer (I hope at least one of these includes homemade ice cream). We will let you know about them as soon as information becomes available.
I want to personally thank Todd Herndon and Chris Hollifield who built a ramp for Lisa Stacey. She broke her leg and could not get in and out of her house. They took their time on a really hot day to minister to the needs of one of our own. I would like to see more of us involved in mission projects like these which reach not only our church members but also others in our community.
I would like to express appreciation for Joel and Carla Clements and for their work at FBC. Carla has served for a number of years as the pianist for the praise team, and Joel has worked tirelessly as a deacon and served on a number of committees in the church. Please pray for them as they seek a new place to serve the Lord. I know they will be a great asset wherever God places them.
Have a great summer!
Below is a link to Dr. Bray's new book, That the World May Know: M. Theron Rankin's Vision for the Globalization of the Gospel.