Such a great Sunday! It started with prayer and ended with prayer! In between was jam-packed, beginning with the congregation singing "How Can I Keep From Singing" and general announcements about all the good things to come
He then brought us a great message on "How To Be Happy According to Jesus" (See the 2015 Sermon page to hear it).
After church there was a Vacation Bible School organizational meeting. VBS is so important in children's lives. It's a great community outreach. I have wonderful memories myself from when I attended VBS "back in the day." It takes a lot of planning, dedication, and work to provide a week of fun, creative teaching about Jesus! We're so blessed to have people who care passionately about our local children!
At 6pm the fellowship meal began in the social hall. At 6:30 the business meeting began, running until 8pm. There were progress reports and lots of discussions on a variety of topics, from revamping the By-Laws to having another Blood Drive (yes)! After all was said and done Pastor Lynn closed in prayer and we headed home.
What a great day it was, to be in God's house, surrounded by loving extended Christian family!
This summer will be exciting as we begin a 40 day adventure in prayer in June. Together, the congregation will be studying the book, "Why Pray?" We're excited to see what the Holy Spirit has in store for BBC as we come closer to each other and to God!
It was another fabulous day to be in the House of the Lord. Several people were absent today including our dedicated pianist, Ms. Sylvia, who is on a much needed vacation. Our anticipated guest missionary family was also unable to attend due to unexpected events - our prayers are with them during their time of need. But the mood was jovial and pleasant throughout. Greetings were lively, and after announcements, hymn singing, and the children were dismissed for Children's church and other activities we were blessed to hear Dr. Hardaway's sermon on "Real Faith" which focused on Jericho resident, Rahab. Two encouraging points for Christians from his message:
Listen to the whole sermon on our Sermon page.
What a wonderful day it was! The church was filled with moms and grandmothers and even a few great-grandmothers too. The Shades of Grace started the service with a rendition of "My Mother's Bible." Later, the children performed "I Can Count On God" under the leadership of Ms. Hollie.
After announcements, a brief update on mission work in India was given by Dr. Sayne who came by along with D.B. Cooper
Dr. Lynn Hardaway gave out three gift cards to the winning ladies in the treasuring hunting Purse Challenge. What great fun as he'd call out an item and the ladies would scurry through their purses and bags to produce the required item!
The sermon focused on Jochabed, the mother of Moses, highlighting the heartfelt challenges she faced when placing her baby boy in a basket set adrift on the river. How that mother's heart must have ached to see her child raised by another, knowing it was the only way to protect and preserve his life. Dr. Hardaway encouraged mothers to never give up praying for their children.
At the conclusion of the service the Luta Tebault Circle presented all the mothers with a memento to remember the day.
We have such an awesome church and church family who come together each week to worship an Awesome God! We'd love to have you come!
BBC was honored to have Nathaniel Williams as its guest speaker on Sunday. In addition, there was also a Pastor Search Committee in attendance that came to evaluate him as a possible candidate for their own church. No pressure there, right!
We were also blessed to have a member visiting who had attended BBC as a child before his family moved away. It's always nice to see people return and especially when they now bring their own children!
Ah! The circle of life continues! We were blessed to have our visitors as well as our faithful and hope to see them all again soon.
The search for a new pastor is now underway. On April 26 the congregation was invited to participate in a Survey sponsored by the Pastor Search Committee. Respondents were able to input their desires for such things as the age, marital status, education, and experience of the future leader. Lists of optional qualities and priorities were also presented so that the Committee can see what our church would want a new minister to be focused on during his time with us.
This is just the tip of the iceberg as the real search begins. Congregants are asked to continue to pray for both the Search Committee members as well as our new pastor, whoever God has chosen.
BBC is a warm and welcoming family of like-minded believers who come together to worship our amazing God. Since 1774 BBC has served the Blackwater community and while steeped in tradition we also blend in a bit of contemporary to transition to an exciting future. We'd love to have you join us!