Ramadan

Paul DreillingChurch News

The Details
This year, Ramadan runs from May 27 to June 25. From sunup to sundown there is no eating, drinking, sex, smoking, perfume or music. The first meal comes about two hours before sunrise. After a few days, the body gets use to skipping lunch and snacks, however, everyone experiences the gradual increase of the feeling of tiredness, thirst and hunger. Then at one moment everyone shares the joy of quenching their thirst and filling their hunger. Since these feelings are all shared by most people they see, it increases the bonding with their family and community.

Ramadan’s significance marks the sending down of the Qur’an, first as a whole into Muhammad’s soul in 610 AD. Thus, it marks the Qur’an as God’s final revelation, in reality replacing what came before; and therefore, Muhammed is God’s final prophet replacing who came before and Islam is God’s final religion replacing what came before.

Before Ramadan it is the Imam’s (Muslim leader) duty in the mosque through his sermons on Friday midday to fire up those attending about the “great blessings” of Ramadan and how it is the best month of the year, etc. So, it is their job to mentally prepare people for the discipline of the coming month. It is like spiritual pruning and renewing of energy and it helps to understand how the poor feel without food. In some countries, more people keep Ramadan than pray five times a day.

Building Bridges
Ramadan can open great opportunities to begin or deepen friendships and to share the gospel. Many are more open to talk about spiritual things and the forgiveness of sins. Ask your Muslim friend what they do, how they do it and why. You might ask if they are certain that all of their sins are forgiven. This can easily lead to the gospel. You can mention that Christ fasted forty days and nights and suggest they read the account in Matthew 4 or Luke 4. You can point out that Christians fast for specific reasons and we are not to tell others we are fasting.

Maybe the most important bridge is to be praying for Muslims during Ramadan, praying that they would become more open to the gospel and sense their sins and understand adding good works does not remove their sin and their separation from God. You might want to join the world’s largest prayer movement of Muslims: 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World, May 27- June25. To download the prayer guide go to: https://www.pray30days.org/order/ or watch the video at: https://vimeo.com/210156359

Written by a Middle East missionary


Preparing for Sunday

The King and His Kingdom
Sermon Series:
The King & His Kingdom (The Gospel of Matthew)

Sermon Title & Text:
The Rejected King, pt. 1 (Matthew 12:1-21)

Scripture Reading:
Isaiah 42:1-4, (quoted in Matthew 12:18-21)

Behold my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my Spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.
He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;
a bruised reed he will not break,
and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.
He will not grow faint or be discouraged
till he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his law.

Sunday Evening Service

God’s Greater Witness
1 John 5:9
Pastor Wilburn



Chesterfield Sheriff’s Prayer Breakfast
Wednesday, May 31st at 7:15 a.m.
DoubleTree Hotel, 1021 Koger Center Blvd.

Hosted by Good News Jail & Prison Ministry The program will include special music, a time of prayer and a testimony from an inmate whose life has been changed. An offering will be taken to benefit the Jail Ministry in Chesterfield County. There is no charge for the breakfast, but anyone who wants to attend should make a reservation by calling Chaplain John Corcoran at 751-4136 or sending an e-mail to: john.corcoran@goodnewsjail.org


serving opportunities

• Toddler’s need two adults during Sunday School.
Workers for VBS 2017
4’s & 5’s need an adult or teen during church time. Both positions would be the first Sunday of the month.
Contact: gduffey@immanuelbaptist.org

Church Time Security
Contact: tcox7092@verizon.net



Our last new members class before summer will be held Sunday, June 11th after the morning service. Lunch is provided, so please register online or email kober@immanuelbaptist.org. Childcare can be provided if that would make it possible for you to attend.



SAVE THE DATE:
Sunday, June 25, Fellowship Hall, 5:00 p.m.

Imagine that Texas de Brazil or Fogo de Chao is coming to Immanuel, and you have an idea of what thrill of the grill is all about. That’s right, meat, meat, and more meat served on skewers and cooked to perfection on the grill. If a fantastic meal and fellowship aren’t enough, you won’t want to miss the concert after dinner, “The PromisedLand Quartet”.



Are you graduating?
Immanuel will honor church attenders graduating from high school, college, or graduate school on Sunday, June 11th. Please register online or send an email to kober@immanuelbaptist.org Deadline to register is June 4th.


May 27 – Youth Hiking

May 28 – Missionary Presentation, Huffmeir Report

June 4 – Communion AM

June 11 – Graduation Sunday/New Members Class

June 11 – Seidlitz Missionary Report, Reception, Offering

June 25 – Church Wide Fellowship Meal and Concert

July 31 – August 4 – Vacation Bible School

Jesus and His Mother

Paul DreillingChurch News

As Mother’s Day approaches on Sunday our thoughts go to our mothers and the huge impact that they have had on our lives. There is a bond that begins at childbirth that can only be broken by death. What a beautiful example we have of a mother and child relationship in the life of Jesus….PSD

Pastor J.R. Miller (1840-1912) wrote a chapter in one of his books entitled, “Jesus and His Mother.” Below are excerpts and a link to the full chapter.

“When the time drew nigh for the incarnation of the Son of God, we may be sure that into the soul of the woman who should be his mother, who should impart her own life to him, who should teach him his first lessons, and prepare him for his holy mission, God put the loveliest and the best qualities that ever were lodged in any woman’s life.”

“It is almost certain that sorrow entered the Nazareth home soon after the visit to Jerusalem. Joseph is not mentioned again; and it is supposed that he died, leaving Mary a widow. On Jesus, as the eldest son, the care of the mother now rested. Knowing the deep love of his heart and his wondrous gentleness, it is easy for us to understand with what unselfish devotion he cared for his mother after she was widowed.”

“Jesus went out to begin his public ministry. The first glimpse we have of the mother is at the wedding at Cana. Jesus was there too. The wine failed, and Mary went to Jesus about the matter…. Had not the time come for miracle-working? She was not hurt by his words… She knew now that God had the highest claim on her son’s obedience, and she quietly waited for the divine voice. The holy friendship was not marred.”

“Mary is not the only mother who has followed a son to a cross. Here we have the culmination of this mother’s friendship for her son…. But what of the friendship of the dying son for his mother? In his own anguish does he notice her? …The world would be desolate for her when her son was gone.”… So he made provision for her in the shelter of a love (place) in which he knew she would be safe.”

“The story of this blessed friendship should sweeten forever in Christian homes the relation of mother and child. It should make every mother a better woman and a better mother. It should make every child a truer, holier child. Every home should have its sacred friendships between parents and children. Thus something of heaven will be brought down to our dull earth.”

Read the Full Chapter, “Jesus and His Mother.”


The King and His Kingdom

Preparing for Sunday

Kingdom Messengers
Kingdom Rest (Matthew 11:25-30)

Scripture Reading:
Ephesians 5:31-6:3
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother (this is the first commandment with a promise), that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land. Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

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No Sunday Evening Service


Take a picture Sunday with mom at one of the photo ops available. You will find them in the courtyard, welcome center and the front of the church beside the small parking lot.


Special Missions Report

Normally our missionaries give their reports on Sunday evening to provide an opportunity for us to not only hear their report but for the WMF ladies to give them a reception. However, our newest missionaries, Chuck and Andie Wade, have come from the field to visit their families and offered to give us an update. If you would like to hear their report, join us on Sunday, May 14th at 9:30 during the Sunday school hour in the Sanctuary.


Chesterfield Sheriff’s Prayer Breakfast

Wednesday, May 31st at 7:15 a.m.
DoubleTree Hotel, 1021 Koger Center Blvd.

Hosted by Good News Jail & Prison Ministry The program will include special music, a time of prayer and a testimony from an inmate whose life has been changed. An offering will be taken to benefit the Jail Ministry in Chesterfield County. There is no charge for the breakfast, but anyone who wants to attend should make a reservation by calling Chaplain John Corcoran at 751-4136 or sending an e-mail to: john.corcoran@goodnewsjail.org


serving opportunities
Toddler’s need two adults during Sunday School.
4’s & 5’s need an adult or teen during church time. Both positions would be the first Sunday of the month.
Contact: gduffey@immanuelbaptist.org

Bulletin stuffers are needed on Fridays. Just once a month for 45 minutes. You pick the time.
Contact: kober@immanuelbaptist.org

Church Time Security
Contact: tcox7092@verizon.net



Our last new members class before summer will be held Sunday, June 11th after the morning service. Lunch is provided, so please register online or email kober@immanuelbaptist.org. Childcare can be provided if that would make it possible for you to attend.



SAVE THE DATE

Sunday, June 25, Fellowship Hall, 5:00 p.m.

Imagine that Texas de Brazil or Fogo de Chao is coming to Immanuel, and you have an idea of what thrill of the grill is all about. That’s right, meat, meat, and more meat served on skewers and cooked to perfection on the grill. If a fantastic meal and fellowship aren’t enough, you won’t want to miss the concert after dinner, “The Promised Land Quartet”.



Are you graduating?

Immanuel will honor church attenders graduating from high school, college, or graduate school on Sunday, June 11th. Please register online or send an email to kober@immanuelbaptist.org Deadline to register is June 4th.


***Evergreens will NOT be meeting on Tuesday, May 16th***


May 14 – Mother’s Day/Baby Dedication

May 27 – Youth Hiking

May 28 – Missionary Presentation, Huffmeir Report

June 11 – Graduation Sunday
New Members Class

June 25 – Church Wide Fellowship Meal and Concert

July 31-August 4 – Vacation Bible School



Looking for a job?

Chick-fil-A at Willow Lawn is hiring energetic, hard-working, and friendly team members who want to join a fun, fast-paced working environment. Apply at cfawillowlawn.com

Do you need a Vacation?

Paul DreillingChurch News

Do you need a vacation

“The bow too tensely strung is easily broken” – Publilius Syrus (42 B.C.) Although this was written many years ago, this truth lives on until today. Doctors tell us that there are many health problems related to stress including obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, depression and asthma. Although Jesus did not take a vacation, he did take times of refreshing and encouraged his disciples to do the same. Jesus says to his disciples, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest (Mark 6:31).

In a few weeks school will be out and summer will be upon us. Hopefully you are planning on taking a week or two and going on a vacation. You can have a special time with your kids when you sit down to plan your vacation. Instead of getting out the maps and brochures, we now can go on-line and see what is out there. I recommend for one summer vacation a road trip to the amazing National Parks in our country. See Mt. Rushmore, a rodeo in Cody, WY, or the geysers of Yellowstone. Swim in the Salt Lake, visit Whit’s End at Focus on the Family in CO, or ride horses into Bryce or the Grand Canyon. You say, “How can we afford to stay in all these places?” For you adventurous ones, what about buying a tent and camping along the way?

Maybe going to the beach and chilling is more your speed, but the point is to take a break from your daily work and rigors. Most of the summer rentals rent by the week. Although this is good for the owners, it’s also good for us since a full week allows us to truly rest. Christians are no longer under the law of the Sabbath, yet the idea of incorporating rest into our lives is still so important. Where are you going on vacation?

Paul Dreiling


The King and His Kingdom

Preparing for Sunday

Kingdom Messengers
Kingdom Assurance (Matthew 11:1-24)

Scripture Reading:
Isaiah 8:11-18
For the Lord spoke thus to me with his strong hand upon me, and warned me not to walk in the way of this people,saying: “Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the Lord of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
And he will become a sanctuary and a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many shall stumble on it. They shall fall and be broken; they shall be snared and taken.”Bind up the testimony; seal the teaching among my disciples.
I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him.
Behold, I and the children whom the Lord has given me are signs and portents in Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion.

Sunday Evening Service

“Where Rubber Meets the Road”
Romans 12:9-21
Mr. Tom Zimmerman


missions report

Special Missions Report

Normally our missionaries give their reports on Sunday evening to provide an opportunity for us to not only hear their report but for the WMF ladies to give them a reception. However, our newest missionaries, Chuck and Andie Wade, have come from the field to visit their families and offered to give us an update. If you would like to hear their report, join us on Sunday, May 14th at 9:30 during the Sunday school hour in the Sanctuary.


Church Time Security

Whenever we gather as a church our security teams provide oversight in the parking lots and areas around our church. If you are looking for a ministry, please consider joining our Security Team on a Sunday morning & evening and Wednesday night. If you are interested please contact Travis Cox at tcox7092@verizon.net. A special thanks to all of you guys who are already serving our church on the security team.


Chesterfield Sheriff’s Prayer Breakfast

Wednesday, May 31st at 7:15 a.m.
DoubleTree Hotel, 1021 Koger Center Blvd.

Hosted by Good News Jail & Prison Ministry The program will include special music, a time of prayer and a testimony from an inmate whose life has been changed. An offering will be taken to benefit the Jail Ministry in Chesterfield County. There is no charge for the breakfast, but anyone who wants to attend should make a reservation by calling Chaplain John Corcoran at 751-4136 or sending an e-mail to: john.corcoran@goodnewsjail.org


Children's MInistries

Helpers Needed

Toddler’s need two adults during Sunday School.
4’s & 5’s need an adult or teen during church time.
Both positions would be the first Sunday of the month. Contact Gloria Duffey: gduffey@immanuelbaptist.org


May 14 – Mother’s Day/Baby Dedication

May 27 – Youth Hiking

May 28 – Missionary Presentation, Huffmeir Report

June 11 – Graduation Sunday

   New Members Class

June 25 – Church Wide Fellowship Meal and Concert

July 31-August 4 – Vacation Bible School



Looking for a job?

Chick-fil-A at Willow Lawn is hiring energetic, hard-working, and friendly team members who want to join a fun, fast-paced working environment. Apply at cfawillowlawn.com

Men’s Group – Having a Vision for YOUR WORLD

Tom SmithMen's Ministry

Greetings Men – It is hard to believe that we started our Spring Semester spending two weeks watching the movie “COURAGEOUS”, and then 10 weeks watching the series by Dennis Rainey called “STEPPING UP: COURAGEOUS MANHOOD”. I don’t know about you men, but this session has convicted me to the core!

I think it is amazing how our God tied the themes of the movie in with our 10 sessions this Spring…. But it is not over – not until after this week!

Our title this week is “HAVING A VISION FOR YOUR WORLD”.

Being a geek, I think we need to define two terms:

VISION – A mental picture of how things are going to appear at some time in the future – and how do WE as men impact that picture?

WORLD – What / who / where is your world?
Jesus said in Acts 1:8

i. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

There are 5 (FIVE) dimensions to Jesus’ statement – and these 5 dimensions have ALWAYS impacted my vision of missions:

• The Holy Spirit – without the Spirit, nothing is possible!

• Jerusalem – was near where Jesus’s spent much time. It is our homes, families, neighborhoods – Henrico, Mechanicsville, Chesterfield, Richmond, VCU, U of R, Virginia Union (nearly 40,000 souls at the universities alone).

• Judea – was a bit further away… about 75 miles. It could be our hometowns or where our distant friends live – Southside Virginia, Northern Virginia, the Colleges and Universities where our young people attend.

• Samaria – was even further away from Judea… about 42 miles. Who do we know that lives roughly 120 miles away whom we need to speak to about Jesus – Other states, distant family relatives, long lost high school or work friends, old college roommates.

• The End of the Earth – Can’t put a distance on that one. But usually it’s a long, long ways from “Jerusalem” and involves a lot of cultural, ethical and financial change.

Which of the above could be more effective for reaching people for Jesus?

As individual followers of Jesus, our WORLD’s begin in the center of concentric circles – in other words where we are on a day to day basis, and where are we reaching out to from there.

• Then where our influence goes next – friends, out of town family, etc.

• Then where our longer range influence goes next – letters across country, Bible studies like this one that comes out of Texas.

• Then ultimately overseas where our influence may be diminished by cultural, financial, ethnic and religious differences.

The ultimate question for us men, is where is our world, and where can we bring the most influence to bear for HIM?

Don’t miss this one men… It will change your focus and your life!!!!

Our snacks this week are provided by the famous team of Childress and Combs. Typically there is barbecue and hot sauce involved… just sayin!!!!

God Bless you men…. Tom

Reaching Muslims with the Gospel of God

Paul DreillingChurch News

Reaching Muslims with The GospelIn case you were wondering if God keeps his promises, keep reading. Jesus sharing with the disciples on the Mount of Olives said, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matt 24:14). Interesting that Jesus said “the whole world” when we consider that today many parts of the world are closed to normal missionary work. Did you know that in these countries there is a great harvest taking place? “From 1960 to 2010, the number of Muslims that have converted to faith in Jesus Christ has grown from fewer than 200,000 to some 10 million people” (Joel Rosenberg).

Below are excerpts from a Q&A by Tabletalk Magazine with Rev. Abdul Saleeb who is co-author of The Dark Side of Islam. He pastors a Muslim-convert fellowship in the United States and is intimately involved with churches in the Middle East.

Tabletalk: Tell us how the Lord led you out of Islam to Christianity?
Abdul Saleeb: My first encounter with the gospel and the Christian faith was through the ministry of a group of American missionaries in Europe. When I discovered that Christians did not believe that Jesus was simply a prophet but God incarnate who had died on the cross for our sins, my first reactions were: 1) Christians are insane. 2) How can anyone believe such blasphemies? Through many months of attending church, reading the Bible and comparing it with the Qur’an, and debating with my Christian friends, the Spirit of God finally opened my eyes to see the truth and beauty of Christ. The two truths that touched me the most to convince me of the truth of the gospel were the Old Testament prophecies about Christ and especially His deity (for example, Isa 9:6), and the emphasis on grace and love in the New Testament.

TT: Many Muslims claim to have seen Jesus in their dreams, and, as a result, some have professed faith in Christ. What are your thoughts on these widespread reports of Muslims seeing Jesus in their dreams?
Abdul Saleeb: It is simply a fact that dreams are an important element in the testimonies of many Muslims who have come to faith in Christ. I believe dreams are an important part of many of the cultures around the world, and God is using dreams as a bridge to draw people to Christ. However, the impact of most dreams is to encourage the individual Muslim to become more open to hear about Jesus from Christians, visit a church, or read the Bible for the first time. Usually dreams in themselves do not have a full-fledged gospel presentation, and they do not replace the need for a human witness or the Scriptures.

TT: When witnessing to a Muslim, what are the major points that Christians should seek to engage?
Abdul Saleeb: The deity of Christ and the cross of Christ are the two most fundamental truths of the Christian faith that the Qur’an denies. Although the Qur’an gives some lofty titles to Jesus (the “Spirit of God” and a “Word from God”) and acknowledges His virgin birth and miraculous life, Jesus was merely a prophet and not the Son of God or in any sense divine. The Qur’an also denies that Jesus was ever killed or crucified. According to Muslim belief, He was taken up to heaven and someone else was mistakenly put on the cross in His place. Obviously, there is no good news if Jesus never died for our sins and is not Himself God in the flesh, with the authority to forgive our sins.

Paul Dreiling


The King and His Kingdom

Preparing for Sunday

Kingdom Messengers
Matthew 9:35 – 10:42

Scripture Reading:
Isaiah 8:11-18
For the Lord spoke thus to me with his strong hand upon me, and warned me not to walk in the way of this people,saying: “Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the Lord of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
And he will become a sanctuary and a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many shall stumble on it. They shall fall and be broken; they shall be snared and taken.”Bind up the testimony; seal the teaching among my disciples.
I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him.
Behold, I and the children whom the Lord has given me are signs and portents in Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion.

Sunday Evening Service

Missionary Report, Reception, & Offering
Matt & Stephanie Van Gorden


Baby Dedication

Sunday, May 14 is Baby Dedication Sunday

If you would like to have your infant/child dedicated on Mother’s Day, please sign up here.


April 30 – Matt & Stephanie Van Gorden Report, Reception & Offering

May 14 – Mother’s Day/Baby Dedication

May 27 – Youth Hiking

May 28 – Missionary Presentation, Huffmeir Report

June 25 – Church Wide Fellowship Meal and Concert


2017 Elder/Deacon Assignments


Do you have a green thumb?

If so, we sure could use your help in caring for the mulched beds around the church. We don’t expect you to do them all, but you can adopt one of the beds yourself, as a family, Sunday School class or Soma group. The church will buy the plants, you can submit a plan of what to plant and then care for the plants during the summer and fall. Maybe you have plants in your yard that you can separate and donate to the church. If you are interested please contact Paul Dreiling, at pdreiling@immanuelbaptist.org


Whenever we gather as a church our security teams provide oversight in the parking lots and areas around our church. If you are looking for a ministry, please consider joining our Security Team on a Sunday morning & evening and Wednesday night. If you are interested please contact Travis Cox at tcox7092@verizon.net. A special thanks to all of you guys who are already serving our church on the security team.

Men’s Group – Having a Vision

Tom SmithMen's Ministry

Greetings Men – Last week, we talked about “PLANNING & PROVIDING”. In order to do either of these things, we need to ask the question “Planning and providing for WHAT?” If we cannot answer this question, then planning and providing is going to be nearly impossible? Back when I was working for a living as an Information Technology Project Manager, one of the first questions I would ask my “customers” was “What is the problem you are trying to solve or the opportunity you are trying to realize?” Once that question was answered, then we could work on a common “vision” that would provide a good solution. Webster’s Dictionary gives the following as one of the definitions of “vision”: mode of seeing or conceiving – unusual discernment or foresight.

Let me give you another illustration from the childhood fairy tale “ALICE IN WONDERLAND”. This was a conversation between Alice, who was trying to figure out which path to follow to get her home and the wise, constantly grinning Cheshire Cat. I kept this quote in a frame on the wall in my office to help remind me that a good outcome requires a good vision!

Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.
Alice: I don’t much care where.
The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.
Alice: …So long as I get somewhere.
The Cheshire Cat: Oh, you’re sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.

If we do not seek “good vision, discernment or foresight” – which can only come from the Lord – we WILL end up somewhere in life – but it is not likely where we want. In fact, it will most likely end up being somewhere we DO NOT want to be.

This week, Dennis Rainey talks about developing and having a vision. And the interesting thing is that it does not matter what stage of life you are in! Visions change throughout the 5 stages we talked about in the beginning of this series – boyhood, adolescence, manhood, mentor and patriarch. But the one constant is that the Lord is the source of all good visions. Don’t miss the next to the last sessions in this series. I will be out of town, but Chris Clark will be filling in for me. Thanks Chris!!

Gordy Slifer is on for snacks this week. Gordy’s “snacks” have always been a hit so you can look forward to whatever he brings! God bless you men… Tom

The Case For Christ

Paul DreillingChurch News

Case for Christ Richmond, VA
Having just celebrated Christ’s resurrection, we are in the 40 day period that Jesus appeared repeatedly to the early believers. I heard someone say this week, “Jesus didn’t raise from the dead and begin preaching again, but he returned to cook breakfast for his friends.” We too were served breakfast last weekend at Immanuel with our Easter “Deluxe Continental Breakfast.” We’d like to give a special thanks to the team that worked so hard to prepare that meal for us. Job well done!

If you haven’t heard yet, there is a Christian movie playing in the theaters entitled, “The Case for Christ” that is based on the book by the same name written by Lee Strobel. Lee was the Legal Editor for the Chicago Tribune and a professing atheist when he set out on a two year journey to prove that the claims of Christianity were false. He got out a legal pad and began writing the pros and cons of what he had found out. He realized that Jesus not only claimed to be the Son of God, but he backed it up by returning from the dead.

One of the most convincing evidences Lee found was the change in the disciples after the resurrection of Christ. He saw how the disciples changed from reluctant, timid followers to courageous servants who were willing to die for what they believed. It wasn’t something that someone told them, or that they heard in Sunday School, or read in a book. No, they had seen the risen Lord with their own eyes. Also, the Apostle Paul encountered the risen Christ which so convinced him that he wrote, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.” (I Cor. 15:17)

I don’t know how long you have been a Christian, but let me challenge you to investigate anew the resurrection of Christ. Maybe read through the events after the resurrection in the Gospels and book of Acts. Ask God to show you that the resurrection of Jesus is at the very core of our Christian beliefs. Without it, as the Apostle Paul says, “our faith is in vain.” And because of Christ’s resurrection we too will be raised with him. Hallelujah!

Paul Dreiling


The King and His KingdomKingdom Power
Matthew 8:1 – 9:34

Scripture Reading: Matthew 11:2-6
Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”

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Sunday Evening Service

Business Meeting/
Loving the Seen and Unseen
1 John 4:20
Pastor Wilburn


New Members Class
If you have been worshipping with us, and you would like to learn more about our church, or if you think you might be interested in becoming a member, we invite you to attend our upcoming new member class, Sunday, April 30th after the morning worship service. Lunch is provided so please reserve a spot by registering here.

Participation in the class does not commit you to church membership, but it is an opportunity for you to find out more about the life and ministry of our church and to give prayerful consideration to whether you want to enter into membership. Childcare can be provided if that would make it possible for you to attend.

Register Here!


Baby Dedication
Sunday, May 14 is Baby Dedication Sunday
If you would like to have your infant/child dedicated on Mother’s Day, please sign up below.

Register Here!


Walk for Life Richmond VAWalk for Life
Saturday, April 29

Registration 9:00 a.m.
Walk Begins 10:00 a.m.
Only a 2 mile walk so bring the whole family! The walk starts at our church and will be held rain or shine. If interested in being part of an IBC team, contact Renita Like: manyjs1r@comcast.net


Coming Events Immanuel Baptist Richmond

April 22 – Friends of Israel Prophecy Conference

April 29 – Pregnancy Resource Center Walk for Life

– Youth Senior Honors Banquet at Maggiano’s

April 30 – Matt & Stephanie Van Gorden Report, Reception & Offering

May 14 – Mother’s Day/Baby Dedication

May 27 – Youth Hiking

June 25 – Churchwide Fellowship

“Who Crucified Jesus?”

Paul DreillingChurch News

Immanuel Baptist ChurchTonight we will meet for our Good Friday service to remember what Jesus did for us over 2000 years ago. You might be asking yourself, if Jesus suffered so much, how can we imagine a day marked by sadness and call it “Good”? However, Good Friday is actually good. This sorrow is godly sorrow. The Apostle Paul in writing to the Corinthians after hearing of their brokenness said, “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” (2 Cor. 7:10) Our Good Friday celebration reminds us of the human sin that caused His death. We see again that salvation comes only through godly sorrow – both the Lord’s and after repentance, ours.

When we would enter a new community on the mission field, we often began by showing the Jesus movie in the local language. Although the movie contained a gospel presentation at the end, we would stop the film in the middle and share what Jesus did for us by dying on the cross. We’d stop just as the soldiers were nailing Jesus to the cross. (https://youtu.be/wp2p9sIOyVM). Obviously, it was the Romans who carried out the act of the crucifixion. But it begs the question, “Who was responsible for crucifying Jesus?”

The answer to this question is many faceted. It was the religious leaders of Israel who pushed the issue in wanting to kill Jesus. They couldn’t continue to allow Him to do signs and wonders because it threatened their position in the religious society that they controlled. And what about the crowd that egged on the leaders by their cries of “Crucify Him?” But ultimately, it was God Himself who put Jesus to death. “This was the greatest act of divine justice ever carried out, done in ‘the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God’ (Acts 2:23) and for the highest purpose. Jesus’ death on the cross secured the salvation of countless millions and provided the only way God could forgive sin without compromising His holiness and perfect righteousness.” (Got Questions)

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”(2 Corinthians 5:21) Each of us who name the name of Jesus are guilty of putting Jesus to death. Interestingly, in the movie “The Passion of the Christ,” the director, Mel Gibson, photographed his own hands driving the nails into Christ’s hands. He did this so that he would always be reminded that his sins along with those of everyone else, drove the nails into Jesus hands.

Paul Dreiling


Preparing for Sunday


Saul’s Conversion
Acts 9:1-19

Scripture Reading: John 20:1-9
20 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3 So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. 4 Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, 7 and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus'[a] head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.

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No Sunday Evening Service


Easter Breakfast
Easter Deluxe Continental Breakfast
Join us this Sunday, April 16th!

9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall

No children’s or adult Sunday School this Sunday


children's ministry
No Children’s Church this Sunday


Upcoming Events

The Friends of Israel
2017 Prophecy Up Close Conference

Saturday, April 22
Immanuel Baptist Church
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Lunch included)
Cost is $10

Click Here to Register


Upcoming Events

If you have been worshipping with us, and you would like to learn more about our church, or if you think you might be interested in becoming a member, we invite you to attend our upcoming new member class, Sunday, April 30th after the morning worship service. Lunch is provided so please reserve a spot by registering here.

Participation in the class does not commit you to church membership, but it is an opportunity for you to find out more about the life and ministry of our church and to give prayerful consideration to whether you want to enter into membership. Childcare can be provided if that would make it possible for you to attend.

Register Here.




Sunday, May 14 is Baby Dedication Sunday
If you would like to have your infant/child dedicated on Mother’s Day, please sign up below.

Register Here.


Walk for Life Richmond VA
Walk for Life
Saturday, April 29
Registration 9:00 a.m.
Walk Begins 10:00 a.m.

Only a 2 mile walk so bring the whole family! The walk starts at our church and will be held rain or shine. If interested in being part of an IBC team, contact Renita Like: manyjs1r@comcast.net


April 14 – Good Friday Service/Communion
April 16 – Easter Sunday
April 22 – Friends of Israel Prophecy Conference
April 29 – Pregnancy Resource Center Walk for Life
– Youth Senior Honors Banquet
April 30 – Matt & Stephanie Van Gorden Report, Reception & Offering
May 14 – Mother’s Day/Baby Dedication
May 27 – Youth Hiking


Church Library

New resources in the church library! Click here to see them!

Men’s Group: Servant Leadership

Tom SmithMen's Ministry

servant leadershipGreetings Men – One of the advantages of growing “more senior” in years is that you have a broader perspective on life. For those of you who remember “The Beatles” (and for those of you who don’t – Google them), you will no doubt know this song. When the Beatles were in their heyday in the late 1960’s, I could remember every word of every song they sung from 1964 through 1968. One of the songs that still sticks in my mind is HELP! It was even a movie made in 1965. But here are the first few lyrics of the song – which in retrospect, I think are pretty sad:

When I was young, oh so much younger than today,
I never needed anybody’s help in any way.
But now these days are gone and I’m not so self-assured,
Now I find I’ve changed my mind, I’ve opened up the doors.

Help me if you can, I’m feeling down,
And I do appreciate you being ’round,
Help me get my feet back on the ground.
Won’t you please, please help me?

The older I became, and the more responsibility I took on, the more I realized I needed “HELP”.

A good leader is one who realizes he/she needs “HELP”.

A good leader is one who says “I KNOW WHAT I DON’T KNOW, BUT I KNOW WHO DOES KNOW, AND I’M NOT AFRAID TO ASK THEM”.

This week, we will be talking about the role of a “servant leader”. What comes to your mind when you hear the term “servant leader”? For me, the best example of a “servant leader” is Jesus when he humbled himself and washed his disciples feet. Can you really imagine the God-Man creator of the universe washing feet? But the point Jesus was making was a huge one about servant-leadership and it was not about “BOSSING” – it was about serving!

One of my favorite leadership authors is John Maxwell – a pastor / business leader / trainer – who said that there are just two types of leaders:

Positional Leaders – like a drill sergeant in the Marines who gives orders and barks commands which you MUST obey… and
Influential Leaders – like Winston Churchill who got people to follow because of the positive influence he held over them and you WANTED to obey.

Here are some points from our video that we will be seeing on Wednesday night. Be thinking about these points, and think in terms of your roles as fathers, husbands, bosses, employers, husbands, church leaders… whatever. We will hear more about these on Wednesday, but I assure you that you will be challenged, encouraged and motivated in the leadership role God has assigned you! Don’t miss one either guys!

  • Leadership is not about the guys that call the shots.
  • Leadership is about serving!
  • Leadership and serving requires both wisdom and grace!
  • Leadership does not mean perfection – but it does mean showing grace, kindness, and humility!
  • As men we need to learn how to love, learn how to lead, how to be wise and gracious and how to treat others with dignity and respect.
  • A leader looks out for those around him.
  • Sometimes a leader mans up and takes charge and sometimes he falls back!
  • Leadership is about “doing the right thing”!
  • We need to be concerned MORE about LEADER DEVELOPMENT than we do LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT!
    • 1. LEADERS ARE INDIVIDUALS WITH ABILITITIES…
    • 2. LEADERSHIP TRIES TO TEACH INDIVIDUALS TO DEVELOP THOSE ABILITIES… IT SELDOM WORKS!
  • Every leader needs to have these four characteristics:
    • 1. BROKENESS – IT MOVES US AWAY FROM SELF RELIANCE
      • A. Brokenness Is Different From Woundedness!
    • 2. UNCOMMON COMMUNION WITH THOSE THEY LEAD
    • 3. SERVANTHOOD AS AN IDENTITY
      • A. A love and care for the people they lead!
    • 4. RADICAL IMMEDIATE OBEDIENCE TO GOD

God bless you men… Tom

How to Eat an Elephant

Tami JonesChurch News

“How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!” This is a saying you have probably heard and may have used when facing a daunting task. But when you share that task with a large caring family who stands beside you with knife and fork in hand, the task becomes much more doable and fun.

This is what we, the Women’s Ministry Team, have experienced the last several weeks at IBC. As we prayed and planned for the Jen Wilkin Women’s Conference, and we saw the numbers grow “above and beyond all we could think or ask”, we also saw our Immanuel family step up to the “plate”, pick up their knife and fork, and dig in to help. We certainly want to take this opportunity to say a Big Heartfelt Thanks to all who helped and prayed for this event.

The volunteers were many and came from every generation. Several homeschool moms and kids came in and scrubbed and set tables for Saturday’s lunch. The youth and their leaders cleaned and polished the sanctuary on Wednesday night. Many hands came in on church workday to help outside with trimming, mulching, planting flowers, and giving the outside a good bath. Nick Pugh was cutting grass every time we were there and Paul Dreiling was up a ladder, inside or out, doing whatever no one else could reach. Frank Mullican and the youth scrubbed and set up tables for lunch in every room possible in the church. Mike Bowles and his security team made us all feel secure coming and going from 450 cars in lots on both sides of Monument Avenue, along with a few going the wrong direction on Thompson Street. A team of men transformed the fellowship hall after registration into our lunch area, freeing up the ladies to attend the Friday evening session. Volunteers from Men’s Ministry served throughout the day on Saturday. They emptied trash cans, hauled 1400 water bottles, and served 511 lunches and made 750 cups of coffee in a new record time of 14 minutes. Then they stayed over to help Frank reset the facility for Sunday morning. Thanks all for going above and beyond the call of duty.

A talented decorating team of ladies transformed the halls and bathrooms. Others helped put name tags together for check in. Office staff members answered phone calls and answered questions and received mail registrations. Sara Bunn, our social media pro, kept everyone up to date and she and Gary Chaulklin made our first online registration a huge success. Candi Bowles and the Bowles team transformed the Mizpah room into a yummy Popcorn Bar. Friday evening the ladies enjoyed a delicious snack and time of connection.

Our excellent sound team was made up of Megan Clark, Kayla Cummings, and Jon Peterson, who ran sound, recorded, video taped, viewed, converted, and ran the PowerPoint. Without them we wouldn’t have seen or heard anything well. Kelly Ober and the registration team got everyone in, and the greeters made everyone feel welcomed and kept us all moving in the right direction. Then Sara Feiler and the music and worship team got everything off to a good start with beautiful worship together.

So now this elephant has been eaten and the “kitchen” is clean. You have certainly all been an example of the blessing of being part of a “family”, of coming alongside and working together, and of work done heartily for the glory of God. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your cheerful attitudes and servant hearts did not go unnoticed. Many ladies commented on the smoothness of the day, all that was done behind the scenes, and the helpful people available at every turn. It would have been impossible without your help and not nearly as much fun. We are so grateful for each of you. May God richly bless you. Now let’s wash our knives and forks and put them away clean in anticipation of our next meal, another opportunity to “feast” together.

The Women’s Ministry Team:
Tami Jones, Kristi Bowles, Amy Brown, Sarah Feiler, Doreen Haase, Sara Lowery, Kelly Ober, and Betsy Smith


Preparing for Sunday
Sunday Evening

To Love & Be Loved – 1 John 4:11
Pastor Wilburn


Church Library

New resources in the church library! Check them out here.


Braille Circulation Library
BRAILLE CIRCULATING LIBRARY is ooking for volunteer assistance 3-4 hours a week for computer data entry.
Moderate computer skills needed. This work will last for a couple of years requiring about 3-4 hours per week, dependent upon the supply of data being processed by an outside contractor. Working in a safe, comfortable place with new equipment and someone there to assist, at all times.

Contact William Jeffries at 804.543.1337 or email braillecirculatinglibrary@gmail.com


Women's Conference Jen Wilkin
Missed the Women’s Conference?
Jen’s sessions are available on the church app and website for the next 2 weeks. Enjoy listening to them for the first time or hearing them again.



New Members Class

If you have been worshipping with us, and you would like to learn more about our church, or if you think you might be interested in becoming a member, we invite you to attend our upcoming new member class, Sunday, April 30th after the morning worship service. Lunch is provided so please reserve a spot by registering here.

Participation in the class does not commit you to church membership, but it is an opportunity for you to find out more about the life and ministry of our church and to give prayerful consideration to whether you want to enter into membership. Childcare can be provided if that would make it possible for you to attend.

REGISTER HERE



Baby Dedication

Sunday, May 14 is Baby Dedication Sunday
If you would like to have your infant/child dedicated on Mother’s Day, sign up here.


Easter Breakfast
Easter Deluxe Continental Breakfast

Once again we will provide our traditional Easter Deluxe Continental Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall beginning at 9:30 am. Since this is for the whole family, we will be suspending our normal Sunday School classes and nursery (both children and adults) so that all can attend. After the breakfast, the usual nursery and Church Time children’s activities will be provided. Please use this opportunity to invite your family and unchurched friends to the breakfast and the victorious service celebrating our Savior’s resurrection that will follow.



April 2 – Baptism

April 14 – Good Friday Service/Communion

April 16 – Easter Sunday

April 22 – Friends of Israel Prophecy Conference

April 29 – Pregnancy Resource Center Walk for Life

April 30 – Matt & Stephanie Van Gorden Report, Reception & Offering

May 14 – Mother’s Day/Baby Dedication