WHY SMALL GROUPS?

Paul DreillingChurch News

May I share a bit of our testimony? My wife, Becky and I, first attended Immanuel in the late 70’s.  As newlyweds and new arrivals to RVA, a coworker of Becky’s heard we were looking for a church and suggested we visit Immanuel.  At the invitation of people we met, we began attending the Builder’s Sunday school class taught by Jim Woolard.  We loved the Bible teaching but most importantly we got to know a group of folks on an personal level.  We not only met on Sundays but regularly we would get together in homes for “Socials.”  This taught us the importance of small groups in our growth as followers of Christ.

From the beginning of time, God stated that it wasn’t good that man should be alone.  Interesting that He said this before the fall when man had perfect intimacy with God. Dr. Gilbert Bilezikian says,

“Community is deeply grounded in the nature of God.  It flows from who God is. Because he is community, he creates community. It is his gift of himself to humans. Therefore, the making of community may not be regarded as an optional decision for Christians. It is a compelling and irrevocable necessity, a binding divine mandate for all believers at all times.”

Jesus knew the importance of ministering in small numbers and he chose 12 disciples to be his main relational community.  He formed this motley crew from various backgrounds into the first “small group.”

One of the great blessings at Immanuel has been the Soma Life small groups.  Soma is a Greek word that means a close group of individuals that share life together.  Some of the Soma groups study books together, others watch a video series, and some discuss sermon application questions.  We all share refreshments together, lively discussion, and pray for each other.   Soma groups will kick-off on September 17th, and if you are not part of one of the groups, please consider joining one.  You can sign-up on August 27th and Sept 3rd at the Welcome Center following the AM service.

Paul Dreiling


childrens book club
Children’s Book Club Party
Wednesday, August 23rd
after Family Worship.

Read the details here!


Soma small groups


Growing Kids Gods Way

 

 

 

 


baptism
Baptism will be held on Sunday, September 17. If you have any questions about baptism or church membership, please contact Kelly at kober@immanuelbaptist.org


children's ministry

Volunteers are needed for the month of September:

•Teachers in the 2’s during church time
•Teachers in the 4’s & 5’s during church time class

Contact Gloria at gduffey@immanuelbaptist.org



Word of Life Kids Clubs start September 13! Contact Peter or Sara Bunn (peterandsarabunn@gmail.com) if you’d like to serve in this Wednesday evening children’s ministry:
Small Group Coaches: (no planning needed)
Bible Coaches: (on a rotation, curriculum provided)
Game Time Coach: (1 hr)
Check-In Coaches: (Listening to memory work, 15-20 minutes, leaving time to join another Wednesday ministry afterwards)



Girls Bible Study

Thursdays, August 17, 24, & 31 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Annex
Rising 7th grade girls and up
Study on the Book of Ruth

Senior Sendoff

Saturday, August 19 from 2 to 7 p.m.
Papi Webel’s Pool 4161 Rockhill Rd, Mech., 23111
Rising 7th graders through Class of 2017. Bring a snack, dessert, or a 2 liter to share. Questions? Beth Webel 804.781.0906

Eternal Life

Paul DreillingChurch News

When the Bible speaks of eternal life, it refers to a gift of God that comes only “through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). This gift is in contrast to the “death” that is the natural result of sin.  However, the Bible inextricably links eternal life with the Person of Jesus Christ. John 17:3 is an important passage in this regard, as Jesus prays, “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” Here, Jesus equates “eternal life” with a knowledge of God and of the Son. There is no knowledge of God without the Son, for it is through the Son that the Father reveals Himself to the elect (John 17:614:9).
This life-giving knowledge of the Father and the Son is a true, personal knowledge, not just an academic awareness. There will be some on Judgment Day who had claimed to be followers of Christ but never really had a relationship with Him. To those false professors, Jesus will say, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” (Matthew 7:23). The apostle Paul made it his goal to know the Lord, and he linked that knowledge to resurrection from the dead: “I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead” (Philippians 3:10–11).

How can you know that you have eternal life? First of all, confess your sin before our holy God. Then accept God’s provision of a Savior on your behalf. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for your sins, and He rose again the third day. Believe this good news; trust the Lord Jesus as your Savior, and you will be saved (Acts 16:31Romans 10:9 –10).

John puts it so simply: “God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:11–12).

(Excerpts from Got Questions mobile app entitled ”What is eternal life”)

YoHoYoHo We are Saved by Grace

Gloria DuffeyChildren's Ministry

Ahoy, matey! This week our crew sailed the seas on a ship. A Pirate ship. They went in search of Amazing Treasure that was ever known to man. However, there were four pirate captains also looking for the Amazing Treasure. Captain NoFear, who is the bravest, strongest, and toughest pirate in all the land. Captain Know-It-All, who is the smartest captain in all the land. Captain NoGerms, who is the cleanest and healthiest captain in all the land. Captain NoWork, who does not like to work. They all looked for the map that would show them the location of the Amazing Treasure. Only to find that the Map they were seeking did not lead to the Amazing Treasure.  Instead another Map that is much stronger and germ free would tell them about the Amazing Treasure and how to get it. That Map is the Bible. The Bible showed them that they could not earn the Amazing Treasure but that it is a gift from God through His Amazing Grace. Through Bible Stories, Songs, Verses, and Crafts our crew also learned that the most Amazing Treasure known to man is a free gift given by God through His Amazing Grace.

Our crew brought items each day for Church Hill Activities & Tutoring (CHAT).  Jonathan Chan, Chief Development Officer of CHAT, attended the last day of our sailing adventure and shared how these items will assist children in Church Hill. Finally, our pirate ship pulled in to dock at the Fellowship Hall port and our sailing adventure came to an end where we enjoyed a picnic for our crew and their parents. What a fabulous trip we had this past week as we discovered the most Amazing Treasure known to man. Thank you to all the teachers, helpers, and parents for making this such a successful week!


The King and His Kingdom

Preparing for Sunday

Sermon:
Kingdom Principles: On Deference (Matthew 18:5-14)
Scripture:
Ezekiel 34:11-16
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Evening Service:

Answered Prayer (1 John 5:15) and The Lord’s Supper


immanuel baptist richmond family worship
Wednesday Evenings
Mizpah Room 107
6:00 p.m.

Operation Christmas Child
Immanuel will be participating in Operation Christmas Child this fall. Take advantage of the tax free sale weekend Aug. 4-6 to purchase supplies for the shoe box. (pens, pencils, sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks)

Women’s Ministry is hosting a movie night at the home of Tami Jones on August 12 at 6:30 PM. We would love for you to come and join us for fun, fellowship, yummy ice cream sundaes, and a movie. We will be watching the movie, Hidden Figures.

Have you moved recently? Changed your email address? Please make sure the church office has your updated information. You may email any changes to kober@immanuelbaptist.org

Reading Club Update!
Congratulations to Andrew and Audrey Evanswho completed their entire reading card, and received their name stars. Kudos to Lily Hesswho completed her first row and received her name star. Keep up the good work as the reading club ends on August 16th. Keep on going- Don’t give up. Mrs. Brunner and Thelma Brown will be available Sunday before and after church to check your rows.

Immanuel Youth

Immanuel Youth

 

Girls Bible StudyThursdays, August 17, 24, & 31 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Annex

Rising 7th grade girls and up

Study on the Book of Ruth

Senior Sendoff

Saturday, August 19 from 2 to 7 p.m.

Papi Webel’s Pool 4161 Rockhill Rd, Mech., 23111

Rising 7th graders through Class of 2017. Bring a snack, dessert, or a 2 liter to share. Questions? Beth Webel 804.781.0906

 

New Speakers

Paul DreillingChurch News

For quite some time now the sound in our sanctuary has been less than optimal. You may have noticed that there were places, especially in the back, that it was very difficult to hear. We obtained the services of Lee Hartman and Sons, a sound engineering company, to provide us with a solution that would meet the criteria of our church. Last week the new speakers were installed by the sound company and this week the speakers were calibrated to the sanctuary.  Special thanks to Al Collins who has worked extensively with Lee Hartman to iron out all the details.

The new center speaker actually contains five speakers in one. Because of the size of our sanctuary simply having speakers up front, like we have had above the doors on the piano and organ sides, requires blasting the front rows to get the sound to the back. The new speaker uses the latest technology found in places like Richmond’s Altria Theatre. Because of the convex shape of the speaker, the sound is directed evenly throughout the room. Amazingly the speaker also has a 160 degree horizontal range, even sending sound into parts of both transepts.

As the men were working, one of them made an interesting comment to me.  He said one of the drawbacks of any sound system is sound that bounces off the walls. But then he said, “Thankfully you have that world map quilt hanging on the back wall and it is the perfect sound absorber.” Thanks to Lois McLean for her handiwork in making the world map quilt which reminds us of our commitment to reach the world with the gospel and deadens the sound in the sanctuary.

 

MUSTARD SEED FAITH

Paul DreillingChurch News

King Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes that “there is no new thing under the sun.”  Of course when he wrote this, he wasn’t referring to the newest invention, the latest iPhone or Detroit’s newest car models.  Certainly these things are new, but from the larger perspective of life, human nature has remained and always will remain the same.  The timeless truths that we find in God’s Word provide a secure foundation for our lives.

This truth hit home last Sunday as Pastor Michael preached on Jesus’ teaching on faith.  As I listened to his message I was struck by the three levels of faith that are so applicable today. The first, was the “faithless generation” that Jesus rebuked for their unbelief. They looked for a sign wanting to be amused, were negative, and overly critical.  Secondly, Jesus referred to his disciples as having “little faith.” He could see fear and anxiety in their eyes, they just couldn’t trust Him entirely.  And thirdly, there was “mustard seed” faith that believes that there’s no task or situation that is impossible with God.

The mustard seed is one of the tiniest seeds found in the Middle East, so the conclusion is that the amount of faith needed to do great things is very small indeed.  Ask God for the faith that can overcome distress, anxiety and doubt. May we be known for our mustard seed faith, for “when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants.”

Paul Dreiling

(If you missed last week’s message I highly recommend that you listen to it at http://smiling-elixir.flywheelsites.com/sermons/  or on the IBC app.)


The King and His Kingdom
Preparing for Sunday

Sermon:
Kingdom Principles: On Taxes
(Matthew 17:24-27)

Scripture:
Exodus 30:11-16

Evening Service:
Business Meeting/
Only By Grace
Psalm 30


immanuel baptist richmond family worship
Wednesday Evenings
Mizpah Room 107
6:00 p.m.


Immanuel Baptist Richmond VBS Pirates

VBS
July 31st – August 4th
9-12 noon

REGISTER HERE!

2017 VBS Offering Collection List

(Church Hill Activities & Tutoring)
Monday: Jump Ropes or Art Pad or Pastels
Tuesday: Hula Hoops or Silly Bands or Acrylic Paints
Wednesday: Balls (basketballs, kickballs, footballs) or Frisbees
Thursday: Sidewalk Chalk or Play Dough
Friday: Bubbles or Paint Brushes



VBS DECORATIONS

Work has begun on VBS decorations! Looking for help between now and July 29 for:
-crafters to paint pirate flags and striped banners
-crafters to build barrels from cardboard
-crafters to paint boxes to look like crates
Contact Jessica Preas: jessicaapreas@gmail.com



“Read For the Stars”
It’s not too late to sign up for the children’s book club. Stop by the library to register and pick up information on how to play and win prizes!

More details



Looking for a particular book? Try out the library’s new online catalog:
library.ibcrichmond.org

BEHOLD THE POWER OF PRAYER

Paul DreillingChurch News

What if you could actually see the prayers you pray? The prayers being prayed for you? In John’s vision of heaven in Revelation 8:5 he saw the prayers of the saints ascending with incense into the presence of God. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake. Behold the power of prayer. You ask God for help, and bam! You lift your concerns to heaven and turbulence happens!

Go ahead. Stand up on behalf of those you love. And yes, stand up on behalf of those you do not. The quickest way to douse the fire of anger is with a bucket of prayer. Rather than rant, rave, or seek revenge… pray. Scripture tells us (Luke 23:34) that while hanging on the cross, Jesus interceded for his enemies. Shouldn’t we do the same? Pray—then wait for the earth to shake.

Max Lucado

NEW – Online Library Catalog and Book Club!

Martha HancockLibrary Highlights

Learn all about it at library.ibcrichmond.org!


July 12-August 16th, A Children’s book club, the first we’ve had in a long time. It will be parent directed which means that parents will initial each completed square for each completed book (either read to or independent reading). There will be a variety of genres to choose from the public as well as the church library at Immanuel.

Gloria Duffey will have suggestions of good authors for the public library for different age-groups. Presented in a bingo format, there will be incremental prizes for each 5 in a row completed as well as a name star to adorn our library bulletin board, windows, and other surfaces. I’d really like to cover the library in stars by August.


NEW ACQUISITIONS!

Down Gilead Lane – From Keys for Kids Ministries (Formerly Children’s Bible Hour)

Review from Goodreads.com

Families who enjoy wholesome entertainment like 7th Heaven will appreciate the quality writing, talented actors, and sound production of the new dramatic audio series Down Gilead Lane. Meet the Morrisons–a lively family of two parents, five kids, and one dog–who learn what it means to live out their faith through oftentimes funny, and sometimes mysterious, circumstances. The first compilation release in the Down Gilead Lane series, Crazy Grace, includes 13 entertaining half-hour episodes, each with a memorable message.

[Seasons 1-7 are available for checkout in the Family Section for Audio books next to the DVD’s]

Recommended for 8-12 alone, and below 8 with family. Like Odyssey’s, they are good for summer travel.

Thanks for Pastor Michael and his family for donating these to our library.

Seasons 8-12 have just arrived and will be available in a couple of weeks.


Now Available!

Torchlighter Set

Click to see more!

No Greater Love

Paul DreillingChurch News

On Saturday, June 17th, at 1:30 am in the morning the USS Fitzgerald, a Navy destroyer, collided with a 30,000 ton container ship, off the coast of Japan. The USS Fitzgerald is part of the US Pacific fleet stationed in Japan. The collision ripped open the right side of the destroyer sending sea water into two berthing areas where the sailors sleep.

As the water began to pour into the ship’s hull, 37 year old Fire Controlman 1st class, Gary Leo Rehm, Jr. “leapt into action.” He called the sailors under his command on his ship “his kids” and often had them in his home when they were in port in Hampton, Virginia.   As the water flooded into the ship, Officer Rehm went under and saved at least 20 sailors. However, when he went back down to get the last six sailors, the ship began to take on too much water, and in order to save the ship the command was given to close the hatch he had been using. He had said before, “If my kids die, I’m going to die” and this came true.  Officer Rehm was one of seven sailors who lost their lives.

“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) It’s easy to think that this type of love and courage is extinct today.  What was lived out aboard the USS Fitzgerald, is alike in kind of what Jesus did for us.  Jesus willingly gave his life, went out and found us drowning in our sin, and rescued us.  What a Savior!


The King and His Kingdom

Preparing for Sunday

Sermon:
A Glimpse of the Kingdom
(Matthew 17:1-13)

Scripture:
Malachi 4:1-6

Evening Service:
Church Family Meeting



Please attend the evening service on Sunday, July 2nd for an update on church staffing and the organization of future leadership. All are welcome.


VBS

July 31st – August 4th
9-12 noon

Pre-Register Today!

VBS would love to have paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls and metallic markers to use for crafts. You can drop them off at Gloria Duffey’s office or give them to Liza Chaulklin.

Blackberry Moments

Paul DreillingChurch News

10 Minutes with Ernie Johnson Jr. on journalism, humility, baseball, fatherhood, and the Christian life.


The King and His Kingdom

Preparing for Sunday

Sermon:
The Postponement of the Kingdom (Matthew 16:24-28)

Scripture:
Psalm 49:1-9

Evening Service:
PromisedLand Quartet Concert
No tickets needed.


VBS
July 31st – August 4th
9-12 noon

We would love to have paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls and metallic markers to use for crafts. You can drop them off at Gloria Duffey’s office or give them to Liza Chaulklin.


car

Car Needed: One of our missionaries, Winnie Minear, is coming to Richmond this summer for a visit on July 19-Aug 8. If you have a car that she could use for local RVA travel, please contact her at 804.915.7345


Please attend the evening service on Sunday, July 2nd for an update on church staffing and the organization of future leadership. All are welcome.


Summer Hours: June – August
9–9:30 AM & 12–12:45 PM Sundays
11–4:00 PM Most Mondays
(Call church office)
7–7:45 PM Wednesdays after Family Worship

What My Father Taught Me

Dick AnthonyChurch News

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed an executive order on June 15, 1966 establishing the third Sunday in June as a day to honor our fathers. Six years later, President Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a National Holiday. Father’s day gives each of us the opportunity to say thanks to our Fathers for their influence in our life. For many of us, our dads are no longer physically with us here on this earth. Please allow me to share with you a letter from me to my Dad sharing what Father’s Day means to me.

Dear Pop,

As Father’s Day 2017 approaches, it give me the opportunity to reflect on the tremendous influence you have had on my life. There are so many things you have taught me through your words and your actions.

First, thank you for teaching me the importance of our Christian faith. You showed me that salvation only comes from trusting in our Lord Jesus Christ to save us. You taught me to be faithful to our Heavenly Father. You taught me to be committed to our local church with our time, our giving and our faithfulness in attendance. You taught me to pass this legacy on to my children and now to our grandchildren. (All 8 of them, with one more to come.)

Secondly, thank you for showing me how to love my wife. I watched as you loved mom for over 54 years. You taught me the importance of hard work and sacrifice. I watched as you constantly put the needs of mom above your own personal needs. I watched you protect and provide for her.

Thirdly, thank you for modeling for me the importance of family. You taught me how to be a son. You taught me about loyalty and love. The teaching did not stop when Pam and I got married 35 years ago. You taught me how to be a loving husband who worked to place Christ in the center of our home.  I learned how to be a Father myself when Sara, Heather and Matthew were born. You were always there for wise counsel. I watched you love your grandkids (my kids) and wondered how could you love them so much. Jackson, Ellie, Ian, Julia, Kylie, Hailey, Addison and Levi have shown me how easy it is.

Pop, thanks for the many lessons you have taught me and for the legacy of a strong Christian Father you have left to me.

Love,

Dick

My relationship with my dad is one I will always cherish, but there is a relationship which is more important–your relationship with your Heavenly Father. Please take the opportunity this weekend to reflect on your relationship with our Heavenly Father. Is your relationship a warm, loving relationship or do you have some fences to mend? May the Lord bless you as your reflect on your relationship.



The PromisedLand Quartet
Sunday, June 25
In the Sanctuary at 6:30 p.m.
No tickets required

Listen to their music here.


Tickets on sale after church Sunday at the Welcome Center and by the Library!
Sunday, June 25th
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”.


Immanuel Baptist Richmond VBS Pirates
VBS
July 31st – August 4th
9-12 noon

VBS would love to have paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls and metallic markers to use for crafts. You can drop them off at Gloria Duffey’s office or give them to Liza Chaulklin.


car
Car Needed: One of our missionaries, Winnie Minear, is coming to Richmond this summer for a visit on July 19-Aug 8. If you have a car that she could use for local RVA travel, please contact her at 804.915.7345


Church Library

Summer Hours: June – August

9–9:30 AM & 12–12:45 PM Sundays
11–4:00 PM Most Mondays
(Call church office)
7–7:45 PM Wednesdays after Family Worship