A Father’s Journey

Keith OberChurch Blog

Happy Father's DayThis isn’t about me. Well…it involves me…but it’s not really about me. Keep reading…hopefully it will become clear.

Being a father was definitely not the first thing on my mind when Kelly and I entered into the covenant of marriage over 28 years ago. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t opposed to having kids, but it wasn’t a priority and I certainly wasn’t doing anything to prepare myself to one day be a father. My all-wise, all-knowing, and all-powerful Heavenly Father was well aware of this reality.

About five years into our marriage, we decided it was time to have children. What seemed like perfect timing to us, however, did not align to the perfect timing that only God in his infinite wisdom knows. So we waited patiently (true confession…we weren’t really patient and it wasn’t easy to wait). But, God, in ways only he can do, used the next four years to mold and shape and refine us so we would be ready to care for the life he would bring into this world in our daughter Kathleen.

Like most fathers I know, I was somewhat concerned that this child that had just arrived was delivered without step-by-step instructions for all the care, feeding, training, and wise counsel that would be required to ensure a successful arrival at adulthood. Much of what I have learned over the years about being a father has come through trials and mistakes and is only now clear in hindsight. But, God has been faithful and gracious in providing what I needed, when I needed it, and in ways that assured me that he was ever present.

Whether you are preparing to honor your earthly father this Father’s Day or to be honored by your children, can I encourage you to remember your Heavenly Father, too? When I look back over my journey through fatherhood I can’t miss seeing God’s fingerprints all over me and my family…making provision, providing perfect counsel, exercising mercy, and giving grace in abundance. I hope you will join me in rejoicing and giving thanks for our Heavenly Father, not just on Father’s Day, but each and every day…for he is worthy of all our honor and praise!

Keith Ober

Sunday School Survey

Please help the Christian Education Committee evaluate our present Sunday School ministry with a view of making it better. It is important that we hear from everyone including those not currently active in Sunday School. We want to determine if we are meeting our stated objectives and meeting the needs of those who are attending or may attend in the future. Please follow the link below and complete the survey in its entirety. It can be done anonymously or, if you are willing to be contacted by a member of the committee, there is a place to include your name. Thank you for your help. Please pray with us that we can make a good thing even better.


Wisdom’s Generational Handoff
Proverbs 8:1-36
Pastor Michael
Colossians 1:15-20
Evening Service
No Evening Service

IBC softball
Come out and support the IBC men’s softball team on Monday, June 18 at 7 PM at Henderson Field #1 as they play St. Giles. Rain Line (804) 646-0751

New Church Office Hours: Beginning Monday, July 2, the church office hours will be Monday through Friday 8 AM to 4 PM.

Host Families / August 3-11, 2018
Looking for American host homes for 12 Chinese children, (male and female, ages 8 to 16) from Weifang, Shangdong Province. The children will be attending a summer camp 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM each day in town.
If you can provide a place to sleep, breakfast and dinner during their stay, transportation to and from camp, then contact Kelly Ober, kober@immanuelbaptist.org

vbs 2018
July 30 – August 3
Get out your camping supplies and come with us for a week full of adventure at Camp Moose on the Loose. Using the “trail map” of God’s Word we will discover God’s Forever Forgiveness. Register online today!

Don’t Monkey Around: Go Bananas for Reading
July 8 – August 19 (6 weeks)
Stop by the library to sign up before July 8. Adults, teens, and children are encouraged to take part this summer! Earn your prize from the treasure chest!!

A weekly gathering dedicated to inter-generational worship of the Lord Jesus. We are serious about sharing our lives around knowing, singing, and praying God’s Word.
Memory Verse: Colossians 1:28-29
Prayer for 6/20: Grandparent Prayer
Wednesdays | 6:00 PM | Fellowship Hall

Upcoming Events:
June 17 –No PM Service/Father’s Day
June 24 –Acquaye Missionary Report
July 29 –Membership Class
Froelich Missionary Report, Reception & Offering (PM)
July 30 – Aug 3 –Vacation Bible School