This morning as I left for work my 3 year old granddaughter came up to me and said, “Papi, can I give you a hug and a kiss?” As she wrapped her arms around me and laid one on me, I thought to myself, “It doesn’t get any better than this.” You know, its loving relationships on this side of heaven that make our lives fulfilling. It was that desire for relationship that drove the resurrected Jesus to ask Peter three times, “Do you love me?” It makes me wonder if there were hugs and kisses as Jesus departed and returned to heaven.
If you missed the first edition of the Family Worship last Wednesday let me tell you about what went on. It was a great time of starting and fostering relationships with our church family and with the Lord. Pastor Michael started by sharing the three “R’s” of the evening – relax, relate and return. The Mizpah Room was packed to overflowing with folks of all ages, families with kids, babies, singles, & couples. Certainly the first two “R’s” were achieved by the casual atmosphere with activities like praying specifically for one of the church families, hearing from the Seidlitz family, singing hymns of the faith, dividing into groups to pray, reading scripture, and enjoying a time of refreshments in the courtyard.
There were play areas on either side of the Mizpah room with toys and Toddlers to play. What I loved about having everyone together, was as we found out in homeschooling our kids, even though the kids may be playing they are soaking up what is going on in the room. I told Pastor Michael after the first Family Worship that he now has a glimpse of what church planting looks like on the mission field.
The Family Worship also reminded me of a game we used to play as kids, “Here’s the church, and here’s the steeple, open the door and see all the people.” It’s the people that make a church and that is why one of our new members said recently, “Immanuel is the best kept secret in RVA.” Come join as we gather for the 12 remaining Wednesday nights of summer at IBC.
Preparing for Sunday
Opposition to the Kingdom
Seidlitz Missionary Report, Reception & Offering
Summer Bible Studies in Women’s Ministry
8 week study – First Principles
5 week study – Respectable Sins
Sunday, June 25th, Fellowship Hall, 5:00 p.m.
Tickets on sale after church Sunday at the Welcome Center and by the Library!
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”.
July 31st – August 4th
VBS would love to have paper towel 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 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
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