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.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScLd6urMKDI4CyTc3d9WBurV3SBYYdeLVDLuC1Vb9mYDLqI0Q/viewform


PREPARING FOR SUNDAY
Sermon:
Wisdom’s Generational Handoff
Proverbs 8:1-36
Pastor Michael
Scripture:
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
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
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!

SUMMER READING CLUB
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
YOU ARE INVITED | ALL ARE WELCOME
JUNE, JULY, AUGUST
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

“The Gospel Comes with a House Key”

Michael WilburnEvents

The Gospel Comes with a House Key emerges from Mark 10:28-31—Jesus’ call to forsake home and family for the Gospel’s sake. Christians are to use their homes for the good of others. Rosaria Butterfield paints a beautiful picture of radical ordinary hospitality. With stroke after stroke of spiritually rich and practically realistic applications, hospitality becomes “using your Christian home in a daily way that seeks to make strangers neighbors, and neighbors family of God” (page 31). The book is an extraordinary description of an ordinary Christian practice.

What power does this house key hold? What door does it fit? What tumblers will it turn? And what future will it open? Well, applications are as unique as your homes and as personal as its furnishings. You will learn best by reading the book for yourself. And you should. This key will unlock much more because of hospitality’s powerful potential. Here are three takeaways.

It will unlock the soul and what it means to be born in God’s image

Throughout the book, Butterfield will use words like acceptance, dignity, and respect. Every human being is created in God’s likeness. Loving those who are different from us and those who disagree with us is the real-life expression of biblical theology. Be assured that acceptance does not necessitate agreement, but it does include love and grace.

It will unlock the past and what it means to care for family

Perhaps Butterfield’s retelling of her mother’s dying days is the most heart-rending section of the book. Have you cared for a dying parent? She describes it, “Hospitality always requires hands and heads and hearts, and mess and sacrifice and weakness. Always” (page 155). Deathbed hospitality has a struggle and a glory all its own. If you care for an aging parent, especially an unbelieving parent, your heart will be strengthened by Butterfield’s raw and candid retelling of the story.

It will unlock the practice of grace and what it means to be vulnerable

Hospitality is an act of grace. Because hospitality opens your door to neighbors, it makes you vulnerable. Butterfield urges Christians to model the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ—a grace she describes as contagious grace: “The grace that allows the margins to move to the center, the grace that commands you never to fear the future, the grace that reveals that what humbles you cannot hurt you if Jesus is your Lord” (page 30). Christians do not need affluent neighborhoods, manicured yards, or immaculate living rooms to practice hospitality. But you will need grace.

Blessings,

Pastor Michael L. Wilburn


Mark your calendars for November 17 (9:00 am-4:00 pm)  

Men’s and Women’s Ministry will be hosting a one-day joint event featuring Rosaria Butterfield. 

Rosaria will be speaking on her newest book, The Gospel Comes with a House key

17 Best Quotes:

“Radically ordinary hospitality is this: using your Christian home in a daily way that seeks to make strangers neighbors, and neighbors family of God. It brings glory to God, serves others, and lives out the gospel in word and deed.”

“The truly hospitable aren’t embarrassed to keep friendships with people who are different. They don’t buy the world’s bunk about this. They know that there is a difference between acceptance and approval, and they courageously accept and respect people who think differently from them.”

“Too many of us are sidelined by fears. We fear that people will hurt us. We fear that people will negatively influence our children. We fear that we do not even understand the language of this new world order, least of all its people. We long for days gone by. Our sentimentality makes us stupid. We need to snap ourselves out of this self-pitying reverie.”

“Practicing radically ordinary hospitality is your street credibility with your post-Christian neighbors.”

“In post-Christian communities, your words can be only as strong as your relationships. Your best weapon is an open door, a set table, a fresh pot of coffee, and a box of Kleenex.”

“Because Christian conversion always comes in exchange for the life you once loved, not in addition to it, people have much to lose in coming to Christ—and some people have more to lose than others.”

“If I had a dollar for everyone who has told me (both inside and outside the church) that I am wasting my education by staying at home and caring for my children, I would be a rich woman.”

“If men aren’t trained to lead by God’s design, they often destroy by Satan’s command.”

“Radically ordinary Christian hospitality does not happen in La La Land. It’s gritty and messy, and it forces us to deal with diversity and difference of opinion, with difficult people, with our own unrepented sin and hard hearts. It demands forgiveness before any of us is ready to cough it up.”

“Repentance always bears the fruit of giving glory to God. Repentance is not an end point; it is a launching pad. We repent unto holiness.”

“‘I am not weak like you’ will be forever my keywords. I am weak. As I heard my mother’s dying words, I felt that wall of shame wash over me. And then God’s Word had the last word in my heart: in my weakness, Christ is strong (2 Cor. 12:9–10).”

“That the whole neighborhood accused us of loving this sinner was likely the best Christian witness we have ever had. But that doesn’t mean it was pleasant.”

“That edge was ours now, like it or not. And here is the edge: Christians are called to live in the world but not live like the world. Christians are called to dine with sinners but not sin with sinners. But either way, when Christians throw their lot in with Jesus, we lose the rights to protect our own reputation.”

“There is something about grieving in the backdrop of God’s Word. It makes you long for the power of God’s Word—and fear it with a holy fear at the same time.”

“If hospitality becomes a point of contention, something is wrong. Stop and reevaluate. Pray. Map out goals and values. Be a team.”

“Hospitality shares what there is; that’s all. It’s not entertainment. It’s not supposed to be.”

“People who have too much often take themselves too seriously to actually give themselves to others in the way that God’s hospitality commands require.”


IBC softball

Come out and support the IBC men’s softball team on
Monday, June 11 at 7 PM at Henderson Field #1 as
they play Redemption Hill City 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 2-11, 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



Vacation Bible School
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!


SUMMER READING CLUB

Don’t Monkey Around: Go Bananas for Reading
July 8 – August 19 (6 weeks)
More details to come!



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.

YOU ARE INVITED | ALL ARE WELCOME

JUNE, JULY, AUGUST
Wednesdays | 6:00 PM | Fellowship Hall


Upcoming Events:

June 10 – Graduate Sunday
June 17 – No PM Service/Father’s Day
June 24 – Acquaye Missionary Report
July 30 – Aug 3 – Vacation Bible School

Worship as a Family

Mike Srisam-angChurch News

Summer Family Worship at Immanuel Baptist RichmondFamily worship is a wonderful opportunity to honor and glorify our God with our individual family units as well as corporately as a church family. It is an act of obedience to God as laid out in Scripture (Deut 6:4-9; 1 Cor 12:12-27; Heb 10:24-25) and a practical means for parents to model and instruct their children according to God’s word (Prov 1:8; Prov 22:6; Eph 6:4). It implements discipling within the home as well as promotes an intergenerational environment for discipling within the local church. As you can see, there are countless immediate and future benefits of practicing and participating in family worship.

Family worship involves focusing on glorifying God through reading, praying, and singing his word. This is exactly what we will be doing. We will be reading and memorizing God’s word, praying in both large and small groups, and singing a variety of songs together. There will also be a time for snacks and fellowship afterward.

We encourage all to come and join us for family worship this summer. It will be a less formal and more intimate environment that facilitates connecting with one another. This is a great opportunity to invite your family and friends. Our intergenerational family worship service also serves to fulfill the Great Commission by making disciples through personal and corporate evangelism.

Family worship begins on Wednesday, June 6th at 6:00 PM. We will be meeting in the fellowship hall. Join us on Wednesday nights from June through the end of August, with the exception of July 4th. We look forward to spending this special time together as a church family worshipping our great God.


IBC softball
Come out and support the IBC men’s softball team on Monday, June 4 at 8:40 PM at Henderson Field #1 as they play St. Giles Presbyterian. City Rain Line (804) 646-0751



Host Families / August 2-11, 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



Are you graduating?
Immanuel will honor church attenders graduating from high school, college, or graduate school on Sunday, June 10th. Register online – Deadline to register is June 6.


Seeing Christ in the Minor Prophets: Habakkuk & Haggai
Tuesdays, 6 – 7:00 PM
June 5 – July 24
Home of Alyssa Evans – Southside

Philemon: Living in Redemptive Community
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8 PM
August 7 – August 28
Home of Sarah Feiler – East End

Finding I Am
Lysa TerKeurst – The seven I AM statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John.
(Study Guide Cost – $10.00)
Thursdays, 7 – 8:30 PM
June 7 – July 19
Home of Barb Sommers – West End

Further questions can be directed to womensministry@immanuelbaptist.org
or to the leader of each study.



Select Mondays, 7 – 8:30 PM
Mizpah Room 107

Connect and deepen relationships with women in the church and allow visitors to see life filtered through women who love God.

• 6/4 Coffee Shops
• 7/2 Bullet Journaling
• 7/16 Personal Discipline
• 8/6 Emotional Health
• 8/13 Technology
• 8/27 Looking Ahead



SUMMER READING CLUB

Don’t Monkey Around: Go Bananas for Reading
July 8 – August 19 (6 weeks)
More details to come!



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.

YOU ARE INVITED | ALL ARE WELCOME

JUNE, JULY, AUGUST
Wednesdays | 6:00 PM | Fellowship Hall


Upcoming Events:

June 3 – David Brown Missionary Report, PM
June 4 – WM Connect – Summer Lite
June 6 – Family Worship
June 10 – Graduate Sunday
June 17 – No PM Service/Father’s Day
June 24 – Acquaye Missionary Report
July 30 – Aug 3 – Vacation Bible School

Connect This Summer!

Amy & Maggie HainesWomen's Ministry


Connect is the new buzzword. People want to connect with others – need to connect with others.  It can be a challenge, though – time, distance, fear. Insecurities rise up and we may end up as a silo – connecting with no one. We are thrilled to offer Connect – Summer Lite for women.  It was designed with you in mind! Our desire is to connect women at IBC (and in the community)

over interests and talents; however, our foundation is to remain missional. Although this is not a Bible or book study, we will be touching on spiritual truths. We encourage you to plug into one of the summer Bible studies and, if time permits, supplement with Connect.

Connect is a gathering of women who want to use their talents and interests to be missional and relational in their own community. It’s women doing life together filtered through the Christian mind – sharing our motivation as Christians.

We’ll be discussing fun topics like:

  • 6/4      Coffee Shops (Maggie Haines & Kathleen Ober) – Why do millennials love coffee shops? Women connect with women over a good cup of coffee. Discover some new spots to connect.
  • 7/2      Bullet Journaling (Amy Haines) – What is all the rage about bujo? Find out how Bullet Journaling can change your perspective on life. Sample some journals and learn how this new perspective can add depth and roundness to your schedule.
  • 7/16    Personal Discipline (Dawn Waugh) – Dawn shares her transformational journey from chaos to a disciplined life as she expounds on the foundational changes that rocked her world.
  • 8/6      Emotional Health (Maggie Haines) – Tiptoe across the topics covered in the book, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. No need to read the book – Maggie has already done that and is ready to share.  The author focuses on embracing God-given emotions as believers seek to live biblically in today’s world. You won’t want to miss this one!
  • 8/13    Technology (Maggie Haines) – Don’t you just love finding new apps and resources? Come for a time of sharing and gathering new ideas from smartphone apps, computer resources, and great podcasts. Even if you’re not tech-savvy, just come. Life can be busy so use resources to maximize the time you have for the glory of God.
  • 8/27    Looking Ahead (Amy & Maggie Haines) – Women are setting their fall calendars and family activities. Tune in for some devotional help, timesaving ideas, and all-around super thoughts. Women, children, families – we’re making it all work. How to keep God center and life in balance.

We are trusting you will walk away refreshed, energized, and with some strategies to share what you’ve learned with women in your communities. If you are unsure about some of these subjects, just come and learn something new.  Women, girls, teens, and students are all welcome! We want to learn from you.

This is the perfect opportunity to bring a friend or neighbor – pick up a Connect flyer by the church entrances to invite others.  You are going to LOVE connecting with new friends and old acquaintances. We’re counting the days until our first meeting and can’t wait to see you there!

Let us know if you are coming, but feel free to join us last minute.

Amy and Maggie Haines

amyahaines@gmail.com /804.690.8763


we all need help

PREPARING FOR SUNDAY

Sermon:
We All Need Help
(Hebrews 4:12-16)
Pastor Mike Srisam-ang

Scripture:
Psalm 95:6-11

Evening Service
Business Meeting

Naked Faith
Jon Lowery
(Isaiah 20:1-6)


business meeting
Sunday, May 27 @ 6:30 PM


IBC softball
Come out and support the IBC men’s softball team on Monday, June 4 at 8:40 PM at Henderson Field #1 as they play St. Giles Presbyterian. City Rain Line (804) 646-0751



Host Families / August 2-11, 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



Are you graduating?

Immanuel will honor church attenders graduating from high school, college, or graduate school on Sunday, June 10th. Register online Deadline to register is June 6.


Seeing Christ in the Minor Prophets: Habakkuk & Haggai
Tuesdays, 6 – 7:00 PM
June 5 – July 24
Home of Alyssa Evans – Southside

Philemon: Living in Redemptive Community
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8 PM
August 7 – August 28
Home of Sarah Feiler – East End

Finding I Am
Lysa TerKeurst – The seven I AM statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John.
(Study Guide Cost – $10.00)
Thursdays, 7 – 8:30 PM
June 7 – July 19
Home of Barb Sommers – West End

Further questions can be directed to womensministry@immanuelbaptist.org
or to the leader of each study.



Select Mondays, 7 – 8:30 PM
Mizpah Room 107

Connect and deepen relationships with women in the church and allow visitors to see life filtered through women who love God.

• 6/4 Coffee Shops
• 7/2 Bullet Journaling
• 7/16 Personal Discipline
• 8/6 Emotional Health
• 8/13 Technology
• 8/27 Looking Ahead



SUMMER READING CLUB

Don’t Monkey Around: Go Bananas for Reading
July 8 – August 19 (6 weeks)
More details to come!



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.

YOU ARE INVITED | ALL ARE WELCOME

JUNE, JULY, AUGUST
Wednesdays | 6:00 PM | Fellowship Hall


Upcoming Events:

May 27 – Business Meeting
June 3 – David Brown Missionary Report, PM
June 4 – WM Connect – Summer Lite
June 6 – Family Worship

Is Immanuel’s Library a Part of Discipling Ministry?

Martha HancockChurch Blog

On every side, we are inundated with information and many platforms for reading. What is it about books that still attract people? Maybe, it is because physical books can become our friends on the Christian journey where the thoughts from different authors we read give us new takes on old problems such as sin, God’s character, the trials in Christian living to name a few. When we read a well-written book that edifies, or comforts or teaches us something we did not know before, don’t we want to call somebody up or post or recommend that resource to someone else who might need encouragement or building up? In that way, the library does disciple us.

Children are our most important resource, and we take our responsibility to them very seriously as we seek to provide just the right books to build their faith and teach them Biblical truths. When they ask, “why”, they deserve the best answer we can give them. To that end, we have Bibles on their level to help them learn Biblical truths, board books for little ones, missionary tales of adventure and faithfulness, and books for just plain enjoyment. We want to be partners in your child’s training.

Our Immanuel library at long last has a new online catalog accessible from ANYWHERE using any smart device. Put this address: library.ibcrichmond.org where the IP address should go at the top of your screen. Searching for a subject matter, authors, or titles has never been easier, and you can do it in a store, at home or at church. At last count, there are 7,598 items in our catalog which is updated weekly. With your patron barcode and a 4 digit pin which we enter, you may also see what you have checked out.

In short, the library is a ministry that builds up our members, help our teachers of children and adults, edifies new believers, encourage those mature in the faith, and keeps us on the pilgrim way and the straight road. We look forward to seeing you in the library (Thompson street double doors nearest the large parking lot). Mash our new white doorbell, and we’ll come running to welcome you to our treasure trove of good books. One need to pray about is more willing hands to staff the desk and check out our patrons. Please see the librarian for more information.

Martha Hancock, Head Librarian

P. S. We’ve been stocking up in preparation for our upcoming Summer Reading Club: Don’t Monkey Around: Go Bananas for Reading which will run from Sunday, July 8th to Sunday, August 19th (6 weeks). Do save the dates!  Anyone from 2 to Adult is welcome to sign up outside the library.


PREPARING FOR SUNDAY
Sermon:
Wisdom’s Tenacious Process
(Proverbs 4:1-27)
Pastor Michael Wilburn
Scripture:
Colossians 2:6-10
Evening Service
After the Prime Rib Picnic for those having registered:
Niah & Allisha Merrill Concert

IBC softball
Come out and support the IBC men’s softball team on Monday, May 21 at 8:40 PM
at Henderson Field #1 as they play City Church. City Rain Line (804) 646-0751

Are you graduating?
Immanuel will honor church attenders graduating from high school, college, or graduate school on
Sunday, June 10th. Register online Deadline to register is June 6.

WM Connect – Summer Lite
Connect with women who want to use their talents and interests to be missional and relational in their community. Deepen relationships with women in the church and allow visitors to see life filtered through women who love God. There will be a different focus each gathering – Coffee Shops, Bullet Journaling, Personal Discipline, Emotional Health, Technology, and Looking Ahead. Whatever the topic, the mission remains the same – love God and reach others.
Mondays, 7 – 8:30 PM
June 4; July 2, 16; August 6, 13, & 27
Immanuel Baptist Church – Mizpah Room
Finding I Am
Join Lysa TerKeurst on the streets of Israel to explore the seven I AM statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. Through this interactive, in-depth study, you will learn to:
• Trade feelings of emptiness and depletion for a more personal fulfillment from knowing who Jesus is.
• Stop living like a slave to your circumstances by training your heart to embrace the life-giving freedom God wants for you.
• Gain a better understanding of how Jesus’ words 2,000 years ago are so very applicable to the answers we are searching for today. (Study Guide Cost – $10.00)
Thursdays, 7 – 8:30 PM
June 7 – July 19
Home of Barb Sommers – West End
Seeing Christ in the Minor Prophets: Habakkuk & Haggai
Tuesdays, 6 – 7:00 PM
June 5 – July 24
Home of Alyssa Evans – Southside
Philemon: Living in Redemptive Community
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8 PM
August 7 – August 28
Home of Sarah Feiler – East End
Further questions can be directed to
 or to the leader of each study.

SUMMER READING CLUB
Don’t Monkey Around: Go Bananas for Reading
July 8 – August 19 (6 weeks)
More details to come!

Clothes Closet

There are new summer hours for the clothes closet & food pantry. From May through August, the clothes closet & food pantry will only be open on the second and fourth Fridays from 10 AM – 12 Noon. The food pantry is in need of the following: spinach, peas, carrots, beets, beefaroni, spam, soup and pudding. Pop-tops are preferred. They can be left inside the glass doors to the large parking lot.

 


Niah & Allisha Merrill will be joining our worship team this Sunday to help lead music. Below is a link to a new song that we will be singing on Sunday. Please listen and familiarize yourself with this song.

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.
YOU ARE INVITED | ALL ARE WELCOME
JUNE, JULY, AUGUST
Wednesdays | 6:00 PM | Fellowship Hall

Upcoming Events:
May 27 – Business Meeting
June 3 – David Brown Missionary Report, PM
June 4 – WM Connect – Summer Lite
June 6 – Family Worship

A Mother’s Example

Jan SierkChurch Blog

The year was 1925. Little 2-year old Ruthie was running down the sidewalk with a glass peanut butter jar in her hand — when suddenly she fell. On impact, the jar broke and cut deeply into that tiny wrist, nearly severing her right hand — which hung limply by only the top layer of skin. Ruthie’s parents, who were new Christians, as well as many others, prayed fervently for her healing.

Miraculously, the hand was saved, and much glory was ascribed to our God! The doctors sadly told Ruthie’s parents that she would have only a claw for a hand the rest of her life. Well, those believing prayers availed more than anyone imagined, for Ruthie regained full use of her hand – except for her right index finger, which could not bend completely down. Till the end of her life, there remained a deep, wide scar visible on the underside of her right wrist. It was quite beloved to me– for Ruthie (Ruth Esther Hancock) was my mother.

As we approach Mother’s Day, I was thinking of my dear mother and the age-old debate over whether heredity or environment has a greater influence on the behavior and development of a child. As a child, penmanship teachers constantly corrected me as to the way I held my pen. I could form the letters correctly, but my hand position was not according to classic form. It was not until I was a young mother in the early 1980’s that it came up again—when my own children were studying penmanship in school. All of a sudden, it dawned on me that I held my pen exactly the same way my mother did!

At the next family gathering, I learned that all three of my sisters held their pen—you guessed it—exactly like Mom! My mother was amazed—she never officially “taught” us to write, yet we all instinctively imitated her!

So when I began to home-school our youngest Timothy, I asked my husband if HE would show him how to hold his pencil. Timmy did just fine for a while – but one day I caught him gripping his pencil with his middle finger and thumb rather than his index finger and thumb! I had to keep watching him until the correct way was finally ingrained in him as a habit.

To me, this is a humorous example of the profound impact OUR example – in even the simplest things—has on the children around us. Much more than the things that we say, children learn from the things that we do—especially the things we don’t realize we are doing! So whether we are teaching/ caring for our own children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, or other people’s children— let us all continually strive to BE all that God wants us to be—that our words may be backed up by the powerful impact of our everyday lives.

Jan Sierk


PREPARING FOR SUNDAY
Sermon:
Wisdom’s Moral Clarity
(Proverbs 3:13-35)
Pastor Michael Wilburn
Scripture:
Psalm 127:1-5
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No Evening Service

Church-Wide Fellowship Dinner & Concert
Prime Rib Picnic
Sunday, May 20th
5:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall
prime rib, twice-baked potato casserole, multi-grain loaves, Caribbean vegetable medley, and red, white, and blue shortcake.
Tickets are $5 per person with a max of $20 per family
Concert by Niah & Allisha Merrill to follow meal
Purchase your tickets online today!

IBC softball
Come out and support the IBC men’s softball team on
Monday, May 14 at 7 PM at Henderson Field #1 as they play Westhampton Methodist.

Are you graduating?

Immanuel will honor church attenders graduating from high school, college, or graduate school on Sunday, June 10thRegister online or send an email to kober@immanuelbaptist.org Deadline to register is June 6.

EVERGREENS meet this Tuesday, May 15 at 12 PM in the Fellowship Hall. The speaker will be John Corcoran from Good News Jail Ministry and the music will be provided by Wayne Raborn. Chicken strips, sides and dessert will be provided by IBC Homeschoolers. Bring $4/person to cover expenses.

Clothes Closet

There are new summer hours for the clothes closet & food pantry. From May through August, the clothes closet & food pantry will only be open on the second and fourth Fridays from 10 AM – 12 Noon. The food pantry is in need of the following: spinach, peas, carrots, beets, beefaroni, spam, soup and pudding. Pop-tops are preferred. They can be left inside the glass doors to the large parking lot.


Mother’s Day photo ops are available on Thompson Street before SundaySchool and after the morning worship service to take a Mother’s Day picture.


There is a need for Sunday PM security. If you can help one Sunday a month, please contact Travis Cox at 804.562-8837 or tcox7092@verizon.net


Since 1946, God has used Urbana to call nearly 300,000 participants to find their place in God’s global mission. It has grown to become the largest student missions conference in North America. Urbana ’18 will be held December 27-31, 2018 in the America Center, St. Louis, MO.
To find out more information and register go to: https://urbana.org/ 

Upcoming Events:
May 20 – Church-Wide Fellowship
May 27 – Business Meeting
June 3 – David Brown Missionary Report, PM
June 6 – Family Worship

What if the Gospel Reaches to the Whole World in 10 Years?

Paul DreillingChurch Blog

Recently, at meetings in Orlando, Fla., organized by the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, it was announced that the world could be only 10 or 15 years away from seeing the Great Commission fulfilled. In other words, it is possible that every people group on earth will have had the gospel preached to them and some portion of scripture translated into their language. To hear this announcement was astounding.

Following that announcement, Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, made a remarkable observation. He told the gathered assembly that he once believed that when we arrive in heaven there will be long lines of people eager to ask the 12 disciples, Paul, Barnabas, Priscilla, Aquila and a host of other first-century Christians: “What was it like to have been there at the very moment the gospel started to go out to every tribe, people, and nation?”

Anderson mused, “I can’t help but wonder if, perhaps, when we get to heaven, there will be lines waiting for us to arrive so those who preceded us can ask: ‘What was it like to live in that moment of history when the work begun in the first century was finally completed, and all on earth had the opportunity to hear the gospel?’ It is an astounding and moving thought.”

Jesus taught, “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14). It is exciting to imagine that the coming of Christ may come on the very heels of the last person on earth hearing the gospel.

Jerry Root


PREPARING FOR SUNDAY
Sermon:
Wisdom’s Straight Course
(Proverbs 3:1-12)
Pastor Michael Wilburn
Scripture:
Philippians 4:4-7
Evening Service
A Heart for Ministry
(Romans 1:8-15)

Baby Dedication
Sunday, May 13th is Baby Dedication Sunday.
If you would like to have your baby/child dedicated, please sign up online at immanuelbaptist.org
Deadline to register is May 9th.

Church-Wide Fellowship Dinner & Concert
Prime Rib Picnic
Sunday, May 20th
5:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall
prime rib, twice-baked potato casserole, multi-grain loaves, Caribbean vegetable medley, and red, white, and blue shortcake.
Tickets are $5 per person with a max of $20 per family
Concert by Niah & Allisha Merrill to follow meal
Purchase your tickets online today!

IBC softball
Come out and support the IBC men’s softball team on
Monday, May 7 at 7 PM at Henderson Field #1 as they play Westhampton Methodist.

 

Clothes Closet

There are new summer hours for the clothes closet & food pantry. From May through August, the clothes closet & food pantry will only be open on the second and fourth Fridays from 10 AM – 12 Noon. The food pantry is in need of the following: spinach, peas, carrots, beets, beefaroni, spam, and pudding. Pop-tops are preferred. They can be left inside the glass doors to the large parking lot.

 


There is a need for Sunday PM security. If you can help one Sunday a month, please contact Travis Cox at 804.562-8837 or tcox7092@verizon.net

 


Since 1946, God has used Urbana to call nearly 300,000 participants to find their place in God’s global mission. It has grown to become the largest student missions conference in North America. Urbana ’18 will be held December 27-31, 2018 in the America Center, St. Louis, MO.
To find out more information and register go to: https://urbana.org/ 

Upcoming Events:

May 13 – Mother’s Day / Baby Dedication
May 20 – Church-Wide Fellowship
May 27 – Business Meeting
June 3 – David Brown Missionary Report, PM

How to Pray for America?

Paul DreillingEvents

“When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” —Psalms 11:3

I believe our nation is in trouble today, probably more than I’ve seen in my lifetime. We are contending with issues that are causing the very foundation of our country to crumble. Our moral and spiritual roots are eroding, the economy is misleading, family life is disintegrating, and political forces are at unprecedented odds. There seem to be very few leaders who will take a stand for God and for His Word.

It can be tempting to believe that America has reached a point of no return. While these factors cause despair, we are reminded in Scripture that with God, nothing is impossible. No problem is too great for Him. Seasons of distress and uncertainty and hardship call for faithful, fervent prayer by God’s people and remind us of our responsibility to humble ourselves before Almighty God. We cannot expect healing to come to our nation apart from obedience to God through His Holy Word.

God longs for His people to humble themselves and to seek forgiveness and pray for guidance. God’s Word says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12). The Bible commands that we repent of our sins and turn to Almighty God. And because we are confident that we serve a God of mercy and compassion, we know that He stands ready to respond to our cries out of the abundance of His divine wisdom.

It is a crucial time for us to individually and collectively seek God’s divine intervention for the challenges facing us. We need to pray not only for our nation, but we need to pray for our leaders, for all those who govern us, that they will turn to God with humble hearts and follow Him. Our military leaders need our prayers as we have dedicated men and women serving on battlefields and sacrificing their blood to protect our nation and many innocent people around the world. God is faithful to bless those who turn to Him.

Pray that as a nation we would return to God. As we call on God, let us do so by genuine faith, believing that He hears our prayers. God can heal this great land, for which our forefathers fought and died. We need spiritual renewal, we need a revival in America, and we need each and every one to pray. Lord, Hear Our Cry!

—Franklin Graham


PREPARING FOR SUNDAY
Sermon:
Wisdom’s Worth (Proverbs 2:1-22)
Pastor Michael
Scripture:
Colossians 2:1-7
Evening Service
Discipling: Christian in a Culture
Pastor Michael

Baby Dedication
Sunday, May 13th is Baby Dedication Sunday. If you would like to have your baby/child dedicated, please sign up online at immanuelbaptist.org/event-registration.

Church-Wide Fellowship Dinner & Concert
Prime Rib Picnic
Sunday, May 20th
5:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall
Prime rib, twice-baked potato casserole, multi-grain loaves, Caribbean vegetable medley, and red, white, and blue shortcake.
Tickets are $5 per person with a max of $20 per family
Concert by Niah & Allisha Merrill to follow meal
Purchase your tickets online today!

IBC softball
Come out and support the IBC men’s softball team on Monday, April 30 at 8:40 PM at Henderson Field #1 as they play St. Andrews Episcopal Church.

Since 1946, God has used Urbana to call nearly 300,000 participants to find their place in God’s global mission. It has grown to become the largest student missions conference in North America. Urbana ’18 will be held December 27-31, 2018 in the America Center, St. Louis, MO.
To find out more information and register go to: https://urbana.org/

Upcoming Events:

May 6 –Lord’s Supper AM / SOMA Life Groups PM
May 13 –Mother’s Day / Baby Dedication
May 20 –Church-Wide Fellowship

Press On!

Peter and Sara BunnChildren's Ministry

Let’s look at a Wednesday in the life of a Word of Life Olympian or Gopher Buddy: He has worked on a devotional each day this week, has memorized a verse and maybe has even done a service project or has read a missionary biography. Now it’s 6:30 on Wednesday evening and he’s checking in with one of Immanuel’s friendly check-in coaches, excited about a night with friends, learning from a Bible lesson, enjoying small group discussion time, and letting loose in the gym. We truly have a fun time with IBC kids on Wednesdays.

The goal of Word of Life’s children’s program is to help students move forward as spiritual athletes in the great race of the Christian life.

(https://lcm.wol.org/curriculum/olympian)

Just look at all the kids will accomplish this year:

They work on these goals for a prize! Ultimately the best reward is having memorized Scripture. God is faithful in allowing His Spirit to work in our lives through His Word in order to best glorify Him (Psalm 119, Proverbs 2:1-5, Proverbs 6:21-22,  Luke 8:15, John 14:26 …). BUT the kids also have the opportunity to earn pins, patches, medals, trophies, and scholarships. Woo-hoo!

As we encourage the kids toward their Word of Life goals, we remember to have fun and fellowship along the way. We have Inside Out/Backwards Night THIS WEDNESDAY, April 25 and Prayer Pals May 2 (an Olympian favorite!). On May 30 we look forward to celebrating the year of accomplishments with an evening of food and fun.

What a blessing it is to see relationships grow and spiritual disciplines formed in such a fun way! This growth is only possible by God’s grace; the amazing coaches who volunteer to lead small groups, check clubbers in, and teach the Bible lessons; and parents who work with their kids at home throughout the week.  It is a beautiful sight to behold.

We have one more month to see how far you’ll go, Word of Life Clubbers – finish strong!

And may we ALL “press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:14

Peter and Sara Bunn

Learn more about Word of Life Olympians at: https://lcm.wol.org/curriculum/olympian/

Christ is the Answer

Paul DreillingChurch Blog

This week the Immanuel pastors have been in Louisville at T4G, Together for the Gospel Conference. One of the speakers, John MacArthur, has talked about the moral slide that our country is on.  “In less than fifty years’ time, our nation’s political leaders, legislative bodies, and courts have adopted a distinctly anti-Christian attitude and agenda. The country has swept away the Christian worldview and its principles in the name of equal rights, political correctness, tolerance, and strict separation of church and state. Gross immorality–including homosexuality, abortion, pornography, and other evils–has been sanctioned not only by society in general but in effect by the government as well.”

Someone once said that when we point a finger at someone else, three of our fingers are pointing back at us.  Certainly, during these 50 years, Christendom has not been on the sidelines, out of the game nor innocent.  For each individual who claims to be a Christian, our faith in Christ should permeate every aspect of our lives.  It should affect the way we relate to God, others and the world around us. The Apostle Paul put it this way, “To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Eph. 4:22-24)  We have to put off the old and put on the new.

So what is our responsibility as a church as we look around and see our world disintegrating?  In last week’s Mission RVA, we talked about some tangible ideas about ways our church can be about redemptive ministries that are bridges for the gospel.  Let’s take advantage of this momentum and look for opportunities to let the church be the church.  America’s moral decline is a spiritual problem and we need to apply the gospel as the solution.  The church is Christ’s bride, the tangible body of followers of Christ on this side of eternity. We were put here for a purpose – to rescue the perishing. Christ is the answer.

Paul Dreiling