Our day began on a sad note when we learned that our dear sweet Gloria Whitehurst has graduated to be in the presence of our dear Lord. A member of Blackwater her entire life, God blessed us with her dynamic piano skills for over 40 years. The number of lives she touched can hardly be counted. She truly embodied Proverbs 16:32a - "He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty" because she hardly ever had a harsh word or thought towards anyone. She will be sorely missed.
We also learned that Pat W. lost a cousin early Sunday morning and that Ms Chrystal F.'s brother-in-law had passed earlier in the week. So many families are experiencing loss and grief. We ask everyone to pray for God's peace during their time of sorrow.
The Joyful Noise Choir gave their 2nd performance of the new church year, singing "Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus." Beautifully done, the dedicated participants really enjoy singing the 'old' songs. The BBC congregation seems to never tire of hearing the great classic hymns many have grown up with.
After Dr. Hardaway's message the invitation was sung. Four children who were recently Baptized came forward, requesting membership into the BBC family. A resounding "Amen" by the congregants was the expressed vote and welcome. Congratulations to Jack, Wyatt, Grace, and Emily!!
Things are moving along at BBC with regards to the pastor search. Last week's announcement by the Pastor Search Committee that Dr. Lynn Hardaway was being proposed as candidate led to a potential contract to be handed out today. Now everyone knows what BBC is expecting and looking forward to. Absentee ballots were dispensed to those members who will not be able to attend next Sunday's vote, being held after church. But before we get to that there will be a Meet and Greet on Saturday night at 7pm to meet with the Hardaway family and ask any final questions the congregation may have.
Please pray for God's perfect will for our church.
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!