A Key to a Vibrant Church

Paul DreillingChurch Blog

What a joy it is to look around on Sundays and see all the faithful attendees at Immanuel Baptist.   Thank you for your faithfulness.  You have been a great encouragement to the staff and to each other.   It takes so many people to make our church minister effectively and it’s wonderful how many of you “step up to the plate” to volunteer. Hopefully, you have learned that you can’t, out give the Lord.   Thank you so much – it is great to watch.

As we have tried to do through these Churchwide letters, the Book of Hebrews teaches us to “stimulate one another to love and good deeds.”  I want to share one of the most important activities we found as missionaries that could be done to help an “emerging” church to thrive.  It is not necessarily a hard thing but only took time and commitment.  It makes a healthy new church and can revitalize an older church.  Have I got you guessing?  One of the most important things you can do is visiting with each other.

This took many forms on the mission field but it is important for the life of a church to get together to eat, picnic, walk, and etc. outside the walls of the church.  I know we enjoy the fellowship while we are at church, but there is something very special about a meal or time in each other’s homes.   So, maybe the Lord is prompting you to invite someone over. Go ahead, let’s get it on the calendar.   It is a perfect place to practice, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” (I Thes. 5:11)

 

Living in Redemptive Community

Women's MinistryEvents

Philemon is a small book in the New Testament, but it is powerful with gospel truth.  It tells the story of how one man’s useless slave became another man’s useful son.  It shows us what happens when Jesus saves people – their lives are transformed, forever impacting their relationship with God and with others.

When we read this book, we see ourselves in the character of Onesimus.  Before Christ, we were hopeless, fearful, and rebellious.  We were slaves to sin and deserving of punishment.  In Christ, we received forgiveness and acceptance – a new identity and sense of belonging.  We were changed from useless to useful.  For every believer, the grace extended to Onesimus is the same grace that has been extended to us.

When we read this book, we also see ourselves in the character of Philemon – not only are we like Onesimus, but we also have people like Onesimus in our lives.  Paul shows us, in Philemon, what gospel love looks like; it changes how we love others.  When we have been wronged or betrayed, we are free to extend the same forgiveness that we have received through Christ.

The book of Philemon reminds us that when we encounter Jesus, everything changes.  We belong to Him, and we belong to each other.  The story of Onesimus and Philemon is our story — the story of Jesus transforming every facet of our lives, and showing us what it truly means to live in redemptive community.

Ladies of Immanuel, please join us on Tuesday nights during the month of August as we study this book together.  It is our prayer that God will refresh our hearts with a renewed love for Jesus and people, as He continues to write these stories of redemption in our families, neighborhoods, churches, and world.

Details:

  • August 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
  • 6:00 PM
  • Led by Sara Lowery and Sarah Feiler
  • Home of Sarah Feiler (Church Hill)

VBS Memories

Gloria DuffeyEvents

When I was five years old, my family moved from southern Virginia to Richmond. Every June, I looked forward to the end of the school year. While my friends went off to summer camp, I looked forward to spending several weeks with my grandparents on their farm. Sometimes, my parents drove me to their house but many summers, I rode a Greyhound bus to South Boston, VA. Yes – at the age of seven, I sat in the front row seat of the bus with my favorite doll, Mrs. Beasley, and we watched the scenery go by on the two and a half hour trip. Traveling alone was exciting but what I looked forward to the most was attending Vacation Bible School at my grandmother’s church.

During VBS, the small country church was decorated in a special theme. I vividly remember sitting in pews embossed with church members’ names, singing songs and saying pledges with my cousins. After the opening ceremony, we could barely contain our excitement as we walked to our classroom, anticipating the activities of the day. I listened intently as my teacher made the Bible lessons come alive and I learned important lessons that have stayed with me over the years. It was difficult to remain patient, knowing we would make beautiful crafts after each lesson. Our creations included an octopus made of yarn, a jewelry box made of craft sticks and a caterpillar fashioned from colorful pompoms. Afterward, we would go outside to swing, jump rope and play hide and seek. Our fun ended with a refreshing snack of cherry or grape Kool-Aid and those pretty butter cookies with the hole in the center. My grandmother and I headed home for lunch each day after she helped clean up and prepare for us to repeat the fun the next day.

The week of July 30 – August 3, we at Immanuel Baptist Church are looking forward to our week of VBS. What a great way to make memories which will last a lifetime. We will walk through the forest to our camp where we will sing songs, say pledges… and possibly see a moose! Our adventure will then take us to our campsite where our camp leaders will bring to life Peter’s amazing journey as he learns how much God loves him, even when he fails. Each day, a young adult will describe a personal journey to faraway lands where they have shared God’s love with children in Ethiopia and Jamaica. These stories of love will inspire us to bring school supplies for children attending The Charter House here in Richmond. We will end our week of fun with a picnic for our campers and their families as well as our camp leaders on Friday, after our Closing Program.

Come out and join us for Camp Moose on the Loose. We look forward to seeing you there!

An Introduction…

Paul DreillingAnnouncement

When we become Christians God gives each of us a spiritual gift that he wants us to use.  “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (Peter 4:10).    Hopefully, you have found out what your spiritual gift is and are reaping the joys that come with it.  One of these gifts is service.  Those with this gift know that nothing in life is more fulfilling than meeting the needs His Spirit shows us.  And an extra special blessing comes when they find a job in which our gift can be used.  Such is true for a new Immanuel staff member, Scott Morris.

Scott officially joined the Immanuel staff as of July 1st.  He will be working three days a week doing set-up & cleaning along with opening & closing the church on Sundays.  Growing up on a farm in Louisa, he attended Beulah Baptist Church and accepted the Lord when he was 12 years old.  He graduated from Louisa High School in 1990.  For the past 30 years, he has run his own construction company doing home improvements.   In 1995 He moved to Richmond where he met his wife Laura and they were married in 2004.   Scott and Laura joined Immanuel in 2011.  Over the past five years, he has worked at Immanuel doing painting and providing nightly cleaning at Monument Pediatrics, a property the church leases.  He feels blessed to be a part of the Immanuel family that upholds Christian values.   Scott enjoys sports, canoeing, hiking, camping and family time.  Please welcome Scott to the Immanuel staff.

What does Christian hospitality look like?

Immanuel BaptistEvents

THE GOSPEL COMES WITH A HOUSE KEY
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A DAY WITH DR. ROSARIA BUTTERFIELD

Join us November 17, 2018 as we spend the day listening to Dr. Rosaria Butterfield share what Christian hospitality looks like in our current cultural climate. Dr. Butterfield will show us how “radical, ordinary hospitality” can be used to glorify God, serve others, and live out the gospel in word and deed.

Cost: $12
Time: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM (Lunch is on your own)
Location: Immanuel Baptist Church

Register at ibcrichmond.org/events
Further questions can be directed to womensministry@ibcrichmond.org

Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, a former tenured professor of English and women’s studies at Syracuse University, converted to Christ in 1999 in what she describes as a train wreck. Her memoir The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert chronicles that difficult journey. Rosaria is married to Kent, a Reformed Presbyterian pastor in North Carolina, and is a homeschool mother, author, and speaker.

Raised and educated in liberal Catholic settings, Rosaria fell in love with the world of words. In her late twenties, allured by feminist philosophy and LGBT advocacy, she adopted a lesbian identity. Rosaria earned her Ph.D. from Ohio State University, then served in the English department and women studies program at Syracuse University from 1992 to 2002. Her primary academic field was critical theory, specializing in queer theory. Her historical focus was 19th-century literature, informed by Freud, Marx, and Darwin. She advised the LGBT student group, wrote Syracuse University’s policy for same-sex couples, and actively lobbied for LGBT aims alongside her lesbian partner.

In 1997, while Rosaria was researching the Religious Right “and their politics of hatred against people like me,” she wrote an article against the Promise Keepers. A response to that article triggered a meeting with Ken Smith, who became a resource on the Religious Right and their Bible, a confidant, and a friend. In 1999, after repeatedly reading the Bible in large chunks for her research, Rosaria converted to Christianity. Her first book, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, details her conversion and the cataclysmic fallout—in which she lost “everything but the dog,” yet gained eternal life in Christ.

Rosaria’s second book, Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ, addresses questions of sin, identity, and repentance that she often encounters during speaking engagements. She discourages usage of the term “gay Christian,” and she disputes “conversion therapy,” in part because heterosexual sin is no more sanctified than homosexual sin. Her heart’s desire is for people to put the hands of the hurting into the hands of the Savior, who equips us to walk and grow in humility.
Rosaria’s third book, The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in our Post Christian World, blends memoir and theology to warmly invite readers into her home, sharing from her life and experience how “radically ordinary hospitality” can allow strangers to become neighbors, and by God’s power, those neighbors can be part of God’s family.

Rosaria is zealous for hospitality, loves her family, cherishes dogs, and enjoys coffee.

God Knows What’s Best for You

Paul DreillingChurch Blog

This past week Becky and I attended a family reunion.  My sister and two brothers came from various parts of the US and we enjoyed catching up with each other while hiking and biking around Chattanooga.  One of my aunts, who is downsizing, sent a box of pictures and memorabilia for us to go through.  In the box were newspaper articles of a tragedy that struck our family in 1975 resulting in the death of my parents.  I hadn’t read all of these accounts, but a flood of memories rushed over me as I read and we talked over the events of that day.

The Bible reminds us that the momentary troubles of this life pale in comparison to the glory that awaits us in Heaven.  Although it took years for me to understand the “whys” of that day, God used it to get my attention and turn me to Him.  If anyone understood what it meant to grieve and see a loved one suffer, it was God, the Father, as He saw Jesus die on the cross.  I remember how God protected me from bitterness and showed His love through caring spiritual friends.  I heard Joni Eareckson Tada say that accepting the trials of this life, “From a Biblical point of view, is with open arms, receiving whatever God has given us with thanksgiving and embracing it.”

When tragedy strikes, and it will at some point, we need to accept it simply on the fact of who God is, His character- that He is love.  He cares for us and He has a plan that we don’t always understand but we have to trust Him anyway.  Who are we to question the God who dreamed up time and space, spoke the stars and sun into being, and created the mountains, seas, all the animals and each one of us.  He saw my tears years ago and said to me, “I loved you enough to die for you.”  May our prayer be: “Lord, since you know what’s best for me, help me to trust you even when I don’t understand?”

Happy 4th of July!

David MathisChurch Blog

For many, the Fourth of July means parades and picnics, hot dogs and Coca-Cola, ice cream and apple pie, baseball and bombs bursting in air. …..While the Fourth’s flood of Americana is all-too-enticing for many, it can rub many others the wrong way. But before thumbing our noses or diving in deep, it’s good to pause to ask whether there’s anything that makes the day different for an American follower of Jesus. Does being born again affect how we view the Fourth of July?

First, let’s be clear about where the Christian’s deepest identity lies. If we are in Christ, joined to him by faith, all other pledges of allegiance have been relativized, whatever our nation of origin or naturalization. We still have our loyalties — they may even multiply — but none goes this deep. No man can ultimately serve both God and country. In Jesus, we have one final allegiance, and thus in this world we will always be, in some real sense, pilgrims, strangers and aliens, sojourners and exiles…At the end of the day, we are sons of God, not sons of Uncle Sam….The blood of Jesus runs deeper than the blood that flows in defining or defending any nation.

Finally, for now, it continues to be legal to speak the gospel in public in these United States, and even to press for repentance and faith. It’s hard to say it any better than C.S. Lewis:

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or to be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage.

I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that country and to help others to do the same. (Mere Christianity)

Let’s be profoundly grateful for the freedom we have in this country to recruit for the true one, and let’s be unashamed to seize upon our fellow Americans’ desire for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and show them in whom such joy is truly found.

(For the full article, “Born Again on the Fourth of July” by David Mathis https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/born-again-on-the-fourth-of-july

 

Distorted Vision

Becky DreilingChurch Blog

What?  A fast growing cataract?  I have always had great vision!  What is happening?

I recently got my first pair of prescription eyeglasses but had trouble adjusting to them.  A trip back to the eye doctor exposed the cause – an aggressive cataract!

The nurse in me began the research.   Wikipedia says, “A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye which leads to a decrease in vision.”  There can be many causes but since I am in total denial that I might be getting old, I deduce that my cause is probably “prolonged exposure to sunlight.”  After all, I was born and raised in Miami and then lived in Paraguay for many years.  “That’s probably it,” I tell myself.

The treatment involves an incision in the cornea of the eye where the distorted lens is removed and a new lens inserted.  Ouch!  That sounds painful and very similar to sin in my life.  Sin sneaks in and then begins to wreak havoc in me!  Sometimes it festers slowly and almost unnoticed like the typical cataract.  Other times it comes in suddenly and grows quickly like mine did.

Praise God that He has a solution for my sin.  I need to diagnose or identify it and then ask God to forgive me and surgically remove it from me.  It will be painful and hard but He has promised to cleanse me of my sin and restore me to a right relationship with Him.

I am now several days postop.  My vision is so clear and colors are amazingly vivid.  I want that same restored relationship with Jesus.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10

Becky Dreiling


PREPARING FOR SUNDAY
Sermon:
Wisdom’s Learning Spirit
(Proverbs 9:1-18)
Pastor Michael
Scripture:
2 Peter 3:14-18
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Evening Service
– Business Meeting
– Richard Acquaye Missionary Report, Reception & Offering

business meeting

Sunday Evening, June 24, 6:30 PM


Sunday Evening, June 24
Richard Acquaye Report, Reception, & Offering

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 click on 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.

IBC softball
Come out and support the IBC men’s softball team on Monday, June 25 at 8:40 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 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.

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 6/27: Prayer on Locations
YOU ARE INVITED | ALL ARE WELCOME
JUNE, JULY, AUGUST
Wednesdays | 6:00 PM | Fellowship Hall

Upcoming Events:
June 24 –Acquaye Missionary Report
July 29 –Membership Class
Froelich Missionary Report, Reception & Offering (PM)
July 30 – Aug 3 –Vacation Bible School

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