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Paul DreillingChurch News

Immanuel Baptist Church Richmond VA

A RESPONSE TO TODAY’S SUPREME COURT RULING
by Pastor Michael Saunders

Dear Immanuel family,

Today our Supreme Court ruled in favor of homosexual marriages. Often we hear in Christian circles not be surprised when sinners sin. We hear talk of “hate the sin, love the sinner.” But how does this ruling play into our mindset? Should I be appalled or surprised? Should I run to FaceBook to tell the world what I think? How am I to still show honor to our President and to my authorities when a law is passed or ruled on like this?

As a youth pastor, I am getting more and more questions like this. The stream, it seems, is becoming a river. Ethics are ruling the day and many of our teens, college students, and a good amount of adults are stammering for the right words to say. Can I say that someone can’t be Bruce and Caitlyn Jenner? Can I say someone can’t be black when they were born white as in the case of Rachael Dolezal? Can I actually say I am for or against keeping the Confederate flag?

Can you imagine answering these questions at 16? I shudder when conceiving what my three kiddos will have to wade through as teens. So, I’m asking for your help. I need every senior citizen, every middle ager, every young parent, every Elder, every Sunday school teacher, and every mature Christian to come to our aid. We know, as you do, that no legal system in the world determines what God can or can’t do. We know that God’s stake is not found in the Supreme Court, but in His people. We need every able man and woman to grab a student, their son, their granddaughter, and teach them how to delicately handle these issues before them. How can they be wise as serpents and harmless as doves? Let’s teach them…by our actions.

If you need a reminder on how to do that, let me encourage you with something I read this week. “If you want to know what it means to follow Jesus in a world with gay marriages…where Christians are denounced for failing to embrace religious diversity, where some Christians even accommodate their faith to postmodernity, where Christians look more like the world than Christ…then Paul is the author you need to read, since his experience is similar to yours.” (from Introducing Paul by Michael Bird)

So let’s be discerning in our speech, loving in our action, cautious with our social media, and driven by the Word. It’s still relevant. The Spirit will guide with the Word as a lamp and a light for our path. History repeats itself. These days have been seen before. Let us walk forward confidently knowing that living out God’s word will do more for America than any law could. While you’re at it, help me out by taking a student along for the ride with you.

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Preparing for Sunday’s Worship
Do Not Despise Prophecies (1 Thessalonians 5:20)

Scripture Reading: (ESV)
1 Corinthians 14:1-5
Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. 2 For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. 3 On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. 4 The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church. 5 Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.


squirrelsJuly 4th Squirrels Tickets – You may pick-up your Squirrels tickets at the Welcome Center after Sunday’s AM service.






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• Aug 3-7 – Vacation Bible School (VBS)
• Sept. 13 – Promotion Sunday
• Sept. 20 – Prophecy Conference with Dr. Tommy Ice
• Oct. 9-12 – Teen Beach Retreat
• Oct. 17-18, 24-25 – Missions Conf. with Dr. Gary Anderson, Baptist Mid-Missions
• Oct. 28 – Fall Festival
• Nov. 6-7 – Women’s Bible Study Conference with Jen Wilken
• Nov. 21 – Labor of Love
• Dec. 20 – Christmas Concert AM
• Dec. 20 – Carols, Cookies, and Cocoa PM
• Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service


Church News

Paul DreillingChurch News

Immanuel Baptist Church Richmond Virginia
Dear Immanuel family,

It is hard to understand the horrible tragedy that happened on Wednesday night at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, SC. Nine people, including the Senior Pastor, were killed during a Bible study in the church. Our prayers go out to the families and friends of those who died. We can’t imagine the sorrow that they must be feeling. You might be asking like many, “What could motivate someone to do something like that?” I heard this morning that the assailant admitted to the crime stating that he wanted to start a race war. This is a realization that there are still those within our country who don’t comprehend the love of God and His “color blindness.” For some, right below the surface, is the ugliness of their prejudices as we saw this week.

What is the church’s role in confronting this kind of evil that keeps showing itself in our country? Certainly we know that in God’s eyes we are all created equal. Martin Luther King wrote, “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” We are in this together and that is why in these critical days of uneasiness, we the body of Christ, need to set our hearts to bridge the gap.

Dr. Tony Evans, reminding us of how anti-culture Jesus was in approaching the Samaritan woman, said, “It was as if Christ said, “I’m not willing to touch your soul until I’m willing to drink from your cup.” Jesus not only was concerned about the women’s soul, but he was wanting to demonstrate to his disciples that the gospel breaks down racial barriers. “Spiritual needs overrode cultural differences” (Dr. Evans). In John’s epistle we read, “Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.”

Lord, remove the unclean spirit in me and help me to love my brothers and sisters in Christ, and show me practical ways to love them no matter what their background.

PSD

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Preparing for Sunday’s Worship
Sermon Title: Don’t Quench the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19)
Scripture Reading: 1 John 4:1-6


On Sunday, we will celebrate Father’s Day. We hope all you Dad’s can join us!
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July 4th Squirrels Tickets – You may pick-up your Squirrels tickets at the Welcome Center after Sunday’s AM service.


libraryLibrary News
Martha Hancock, Library Coordinator, has prepared the “Library Corner” to keep you up-to-date on the new items and happenings in the Church Library.


Immanuel Baptist Church Richmond Virginia Vacation Bible SchoolVBS – August 3-7 – Vacation Bible School registration forms are available in the church office. Please fill one out completely for each child and give it to Gloria Duffey or send it to gduffey@immanuelbaptist.org. The dates for VBS are August 3 – August 7 from 9:00 to 12:00 noon. This year’s theme is Camp Kilimanjaro an Epic Expedition Through Proverbs. If you would like to volunteer for VBS please contact Gloria Duffey at 355-8691 ext. 115. Thanks!

This Week in Church News

Paul DreillingChurch News

Immanuel Baptist Church Richmond VADear Immanuel family,

“Is Jesus is the only way to God?” was the question on a round table discussion to which, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach replied, “And while I agree he (Jesus) is a great light, once we say he is the only light, this is what leads to all kinds of spiritual racism and a division between Jews and Christians.” He accused those who believe that Jesus is the only way to God as having ‘spiritual racism.’ In an age of pluralism and tolerance, for many, it is not politically correct to say that “There is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (I Tim. 2:5)

But is Christianity the only religion or belief system that holds an exclusive claim of truth? “In his book, The Case of Faith, Lee Strobel says the exclusive truth claim of Jesus, ‘is among the biggest obstacle to spiritual seekers today.’ Atheists make their own truth claim: There is no God. By definition, they’re intolerant of the viewpoint of anyone who does believe in God. In other words, people who accuse Christians of arrogance because they make exclusive truth claims are ignoring the fact that every major religion does the same thing.” (Colson, Breakpoint)

In the Upper Room, Jesus explained to his disciples that he must go away and that he was going to prepare a place for them. As he concluded he said, “And you know where I am going.” Thomas, needing some clarification, asked, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” And Jesus replies, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus wanted his disciples to know that He alone was the essence of life, the one who could fill the emptiness, fix our brokenness, and restore our relationship with God. He is The Way, the only way. PSD

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Preparing for Sunday’s Worship
Sermon Title: Give Thanks in All Things (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Scripture Reading: Psalm 30:4-12


William Tyndale is responsible for writing the first English translation of the Bible directly from the Hebrew and Greek text. In 1535, Tyndale was in prison facing martyrdom and requested from the procurer of the prison ” a warmer cap,… a warmer coat,…a piece of cloth to patch my leggings…but above all, permit me to have my Hebrew Bible, Hebrew Grammar, and Hebrew Dictionary, that I may spend my time with that study.”

We thank God for Pastor Michael, who like Tyndale, takes very seriously the preparation and the study of God’s Word. I know he covets your prayers as he prepares each week.


childrens ministry immanuel baptist church richmond vaAn opportunity for service in our 2 year old Church Time class beginning Sunday, July 5th, has just become available. The curriculum is a review of the Sunday School’s lesson for that day. The schedule is one month on and two months off. Please contact Gloria at 355-8691 ext. 115 or gduffey@immanuelbaptist.org or at the Nursery on Sunday mornings.


vera meyersHome with the Lord – Vera Myers, 87, went home to be with her Lord Thursday morning, June 11th. There will be a memorial service at Lakewood Manor at 10 am. on Monday, June 15th. Please pray for the family of this dear sister in the Lord.


world magazineNews from a Christian perspective – World Magazine publishes a weekly magazine that reports the news from a Christian perspective. This is a great way to stay in touch with the world and also a gret source for ‘Current Events’ for those of you who home school. World also has a daily 30 minute news program, “The World and Everything In It” available on podcast. Their website at: http://www.worldmag.com

Immanuel Churchwide News

Paul DreillingChurch News

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Week after week, Naomi and Brenda, our church secretaries, flawlessly type, organize, copy and stuff our church bulletin and prayer reminders. We are so thankful for their hard work, but I’m sure one of their biggest nightmares is making that “Big Blunder” that might go out to the congregation.

The following is dedicated to them and will hopefully make them smile. 🙂

• The sermon this morning: “Jesus Walks on the Water.” The sermon tonight: “Searching for Jesus.”
• Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double doors at the side entrance.
• The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Church Fellowship Hall, Friday at 7 PM. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
• Bertha Belch, a missionary from Africa, will be speaking tonight at Calvary Baptist. Come hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa.
• Applications are now being accepted for 2 year-old nursery workers.
• Barbara remains in the hospital and needs blood donors for more transfusions. She is also having trouble sleeping and requests tapes of Pastor Nelson’s sermons.
• For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
• A new loudspeaker system has been installed in the church. It was given by one of our members in honor of his wife.
• The maintenance of the church graveyard is becoming increasingly costly. It would be a great help if parishioners would do their best to tend their own graves.
• There is a sign-up sheet for anyone wishing to be baptized on the table in the foyer.

We would also like to thank Dave Brunner, Gary Chaulklin and Hank Sierk for their relentless pursuit of excellence in caring for the church’s computers and other IT work. This joke is dedicated to them.

Three Engineers – There are three engineers driving together in a car; an electrical engineer, a chemical engineer and a Microsoft engineer. Suddenly the car just stops by the side of the road, and the three engineers look at each other wondering what could be wrong.
The electrical engineer suggests the electronics of the car be removed down to its parts and then try to trace where a fault might have occurred.
The chemical engineer, not knowing much about cars, suggests that maybe the fuel is becoming emulsified and getting blocked somewhere.
Then, the Microsoft engineer, not knowing much about cars either, comes up with a suggestion, “Why don’t we close all the windows, get out, get back in, open the windows again! Maybe it’ll work!?”

King Solomon reminded us that there is “a time to weep, and a time to laugh.” LOL, its good for you.

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Preparing for Sunday’s Worship
Sermon Title: Pray without Ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 8:22-30
Sunday Evening – Choir Favorites Concert and Communion Service, 6:30 pm

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ANNUAL CHURCH PICNIC – This is the last week to get your tickets for the Church Picnic on Saturday, June 13 from 1:00-7:00 pm at the Vance’s, (12297 Bienvenue Rd. Rockville). The cost is $5 per person with a maximum of $20/family. Pick up your tickets after the morning service at the Welcome Center or in front of the library on Sunday. See ya there!

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The Sakamotos, TEAM missionaries, will be staying at Baker Oaks missionary home June 9-19. They have asked if someone could loan them a car while they are in here. If you know of one, please contact Paul at 355-8691 or pdreiling@immanuelbaptist.org.

Charlie and Marcie Conley, with Pioneers, will be visiting Richmond June 22-28, and will also be staying in the Baker Oaks home. They would love to share about their ministry. Please contact Paul if you are interested.

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Camp Nathanael video – If you missed the Camp Nathanael report last Sunday night, Timothy Michael has prepared a video of pictures that he took during the trip. The video can be viewed at the following link: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6f1t-V4sj8kekNRZ2t6Y2E0X00/edit?usp=docslist_api

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Used Car – One of our missionary families, the Sakamotos, is looking for a used car for their daughter who lives in Richmond. If you know of one between years 2000 – 2005 , preferably a Toyota or Honda, please call Paul at the church office.

Used Furniture – To make one of our missionary homes more “user friendly” we have replaced/removed some of the furniture. We would like to reinvest funds from the sale of this furniture back into the home. If you are interested in any of the items below, please make us an offer. Contact Paul at 355-8691 or pdreiling@immanuelbaptist.org

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Immanuel Churchwide News

Paul DreillingChurch News

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Dear Immanuel family,

Religious freedom has been in the news a lot lately. We hear of Christian business owners exercising their convictions and beliefs in the way they do business. Our government and the courts seem to be supporting those who claim they have been discriminated against by these businesses. Soon our Supreme Court will decide on the definition of marriage and this could have a large bearing on the freedoms of those of us who call ourselves Christians.

The Bible tells us that the first century believers had to disrespect authority when they were hauled before the Jewish leadership. They said, “We must obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29) Later on the Apostle Paul instructed the believers, “To be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.” (Rms 13:1). At about the same time this verse was penned, Emperor Nero was rounding up Christians and putting them to death in the arena. It appears that these are conflicting truths.

How do we deal with the tension between submission to the governing authorities and obedience to God if we were to find ourselves facing persecution like some have today? The secret is that prior to saying, “We must obey God rather than men” we must first have a proven record of obedience to man by following the laws of the land. After that we can rightly stand up against ungodly authorities with conviction. So we follow the laws where we live until they violate the laws of God. Dr. Michael Brown put it this way, “Let us, then, as submitted, authority-loving people determine that, come what may, we will obey God rather than man, remembering that disobedience to unbiblical and unrighteous demands is obedience to our King.”

PSD

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Preparing for Sunday’s Worship
Sermon Title: Rejoice Always (1 Thessalonians 5:16) – Pastor Michael
Scripture Reading: 1 Chronicles 16:8-14
Sunday Evening – Camp Nathanael Report

planeAviation Youth Day – Are you interested in learning more about being a pilot of small airplanes? There will be an Aviation Youth Day at the New Kent Airport, Quinton, VA (Exit 205 of I-64) on Sat, May 30th from 9-12. Youth 10 and older are invited to a free lunch with tours of different kinds of planes and talks by missionary pilots. Liberty University’s School of Aeronautics is sending a plane and JAARS Mission may be involved as well. Immanuel’s own Bill Jeffries will be there to share his flying experiences. If you need more information please call Tom Smoak, Sr. at 804-497-0852.

church picnicANNUAL CHURCH PICNIC – Mark your calendar and plan to be with us as we make memories and enjoy one another’s fellowship at our Church Picnic on Saturday, June 13 from 1:00-7:00 pm at the Vance’s, (12297 Bienvenue Rd. Rockville). There is something for everyone, whether you are a player or a spectator. Swimming, kayaking on the lake, tennis, volleyball and organized children’s, JV/Varsity and adult games all for your enjoyment from 1-5 pm. Follow this with a delicious barbecue dinner with all the fixings and top it off with a joyous time of singing and you have the recipe for a GREAT church family activity. The cost is a mere $5 per person with a maximum of $20/family. Pick up your tickets after the morning service at the Welcome Center or in front of the library on Sundays, May 24, 31 and June 7. Make sure you have one of the church bulletin inserts for directions and “what to bring” instructions. See ya there!

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If you like cheering kids on as they participate in sports or just hanging out with them, then Cary Elementary School is the place for you on Monday, June 8th, from 10:00am to 2:00pm during their Field Day activities. What a great way to share Jesus with our neighbors by caring for their children. Please contact Gloria Duffey at either gduffey@immanuelbaptist.org or 355-8691 ext. 115 by Wednesday, June 3rd to help build that bridge to the gospel. Thanks!

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Visitors to our Clothes Closet continue to increase and the Food Pantry could use donations of food. Popular items are canned pastas, canned meats (tuna, sardines, Spam, Vienna sausages), ramen noodles or other soups, individual servings of cereal, cookies, and chips, along with small jars of peanut butter and jelly, however, they appreciate any food item. We do ask that you not donate large sized containers of food as they are not practical for our visitors to store. The Clothes Closet is always in need of toiletries. Currently we have a need for men’s deodorant, toothpaste (not toothbrushes), bars of soap, white crew socks and men’s underwear in all sizes. We also accept bath towels and backpacks, new or used but in good condition. Additionally, spring/summer clothing is needed, especially shorts, t-shirts, tennis shoes and sandals. Because of storage constraints we ask that you not donate any more brown grocery bags for the time being.

upcoming events

Sunday, June 7 – Choir Favorites Concert and Communion Service, 6:30 pm
Saturday, June 13 – Churchwide Picnic at Vance’s

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carUsed Car – One of our missionary families, the Sakamotos, is looking for a used car for their daughter who lives in Richmond. If you know of one between years 2000 – 2005 , preferably a Toyota or Honda, please call Paul at the church office.

RIB NIGHT @ BUZ AND NED’S!!!

Tom SmithMen's Ministry

buz-and-neds-storeGreetings Men – First let me say thanks to all of you who came out last Wednesday evening to help the boys with toolboxes! This was a great time of fun and a time to get to know these young men. A good number of the boys said they really enjoyed this and had never “built” anything before. Thanks again men!

Well it is finally here! The night that at least 37 of you guys have asked about – RIB NIGHT @ BUZ AND NED’S! So you can plan your day tomorrow and not fill up on salad :), I have included a link to the Buz & Ned’s Menu! And in keeping with rule #2 of Men’s Group (No Vegetables), Cajun Fried Pickles, Kick ‘N Fried Okra, French Fries, Cole Slaw and Onion Rings are NOT considered vegetables, when accompanied by an appropriate amount of BBQ Pork! I am planning on arriving around 6:30, and hope to see you all there! The address is listed below. God bless you men… Tom

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8205 W. BROAD ST. RICHMOND, VA 23294

Immanuel News

Paul DreillingChurch News

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Dear Immanuel family,
Karl Barth was a Swiss Reformed theologian who is often regarded as the greatest Protestant theologian of the twentieth century. Rev. Barth was at Rockefeller Chapel on the campus of the University of Chicago during his lecture tour of the U.S. in 1962. After his lecture, during the Q & A time, a student asked Barth if he could summarize his whole life’s work in theology in a sentence. Barth allegedly said something like, “Yes, I can. In the words of a song I learned at my mother’s knee: ‘Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”
In those simple words we can see to the very core of the Christian faith. When God reveals to us that he loved each of us enough to die in our place, everything changes. The Apostle Paul stated it this way, “For Christ’s love compels us” (2 Cor. 5;14 NIV). We must rely on Christ’s love for us, since our love for Christ will fail and fall short. His love for us is the best motive behind what we do, and “this is what Christ designed, that those who live, who are made alive unto God by means of his death, should live to him … and they should not live to themselves.” (Matthew Henry Commentary – MHC)
So when we gather to worship our Lord and Savior let’s enter with hearts that are overflowing with gratitude for our Father and His Son’s love for us. We can stand in awe and be overwhelmed by how much He deserves our praise. Songwriter Stuart Townend expresses this in the song, “How Deep the Fathers Love for Us.” http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=J0EMBCNU. Truly “His wounds have paid my ransom.”

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Preparing for Sunday’s Worship
Sermon Title: The Good Soldier – Mr. Gary Thomson
Scripture Reading: II Timothy 2:1-4
Sunday Evening – Wayne Raborn

2000px-Sciences_humaines.svgGRADUATES – If you or someone in your immediate family will be graduating from high school, college, etc., please put their name, school, and degree earned (if applicable) on an offering envelope and place it in the offering plate or call the church office. Please do this by May 31. A checklist will be posted on the bulletin boards and tables for corrections on June 7, and the graduates will be recognized the following Sunday morning, June 14.

ANNUAL CHURCH PICNIC – Mark your calendar and plan to be with us as we make memories and enjoy one another’s fellowship at our Church Picnic on Saturday, June 13 from 1:00-7:00 pm at the Vance’s, (12297 Bienvenue Rd. Rockville). There is something for everyone, whether you are a player or a spectator. Swimming, kayaking on the lake, tennis, volleyball and organized children’s, JV/Varsity and adult games all for your enjoyment from 1-5 pm. Follow this with a delicious barbecue dinner with all the fixings and top it off with a joyous time of singing and you have the recipe for a GREAT church family activity. The cost is a mere $5 per person with a maximum of $20/family. Pick up your tickets after the morning service at the Welcome Center or in front of the library on Sundays, May 24, 31 and June 7. Make sure you have one of the church bulletin inserts for directions and “what to bring” instructions. See ya there!

Kayaks on the shore of Maligne Lake, mountains in the distance, in Jasper National Park in Alberta

Kayaks on the shore of Maligne Lake, mountains in the distance, in Jasper National Park in Alberta

Kayaks needed for Church Picnic: Last year at the Church Picnic, kayaking on the lake was a huge success! Cindy Modzelewski will provide her three kayaks again this year, but would love to have the use of several more to allow more of our people to enjoy time on the lake. If you own or have access to one or more kayaks and would be willing to allow us to borrow them for use at the church picnic, please contact Jim Bennett at 355-8691 so we can work out the details.
Immanuel Baptist Church Richmond Virginia Vacation Bible School

VBS – August 3-7 – Vacation Bible School registration forms are available in the church office. Please fill one out completely for each child and give it to Gloria Duffey or send it to gduffey@immanuelbaptist.org. The dates for VBS are August 3 – August 7 from 9:00 to 12:00 noon. This year’s theme is Camp Kilimanjaro an Epic Expedition Through Proverbs. If you would like to volunteer for VBS please contact Gloria Duffey at 355-8691 ext. 115. Thanks!

For Your Information – for over a year and a half IBC’s Children’s Ministry has been reaching out to Cary Elementary School just behind Carytown. Pray for continued open doors with administration who has been very receptive to our involvement. Snacks were delivered Wednesday morning for their students who are taking the SOL tests. Cary has 50 students taking SOLs over a 12 day period. Through the Easter offering we, members of Immanuel, were able to supply an apple juice box and a Cheez-It snack bag for 600 students to have during their testing days. Thanks for your support in sharing God’s Love with our neighboring elementary school and building this bridge to the gospel.

unnamed (2)Aviation Youth Day – Are you interested in learning more about being a pilot of small airplanes? There will be an Aviation Youth Day at the New Kent Airport, Quinton, VA (Exit 205 of I-64) on Sat, May 30th from 9-12. Youth 10 and older are invited to a free lunch with tours of different kinds of planes and talks by missionary pilots. Liberty University’s School of Aeronautics is sending a plane and JAARS Mission may be involved as well. Immanuel’s own Bill Jeffries will be there to share his flying experiences. If you need more information please call Tom Smoak, Sr. at 804-497-0852.

Guys Night Out

Tom SmithMen's Ministry

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Greetings Men – I’m so grateful to the Lord for the time we had together this semester and the three video series we experienced. Many of you have told me that you enjoyed these series more than any we have done in the past! Please pray with me as I am already looking for what the Lord would have us do in the fall, and I am looking forward to our times together starting in September!

While every other Wednesday evening we come and are fed both physically and spiritually, this Wednesday we have an opportunity to give back. As you heard Dave Breedlove mention last week, we are getting together with the Word of Life boys to “build” a “toolbox”. The “toolboxes” consist of 6 pieces of precut wood in a packaged kit that is assembled with a hammer and 10 nails. (NOTE: The age recommendation on the toolkit is 8 years old and older. We ALL pass the test!) The toolbox kits and the hammers have been provided. All we have to do is show up and help a young boy with the assembly. But more importantly, we are building a relationship with a young man that could be a positive influence for years.

Yesterday at church I was reminded of what a special privilege it was to have worked with young men over the years through youth group and Sunday school. I spoke with two of them who are now finished college, starting their first major job and even getting married! How great to still be considered a part of their lives. This is what we want to help do with our activity Wednesday night.

We will meet in the gym / Fellowship Hall around 7:00. I will have the toolkits and hammers there and Dave Breedlove will kick things off. I hope to see you there… otherwise Bob Terrell and I are going to have to assemble 20 toolkits all by ourselves. Think about that :)!

God bless you men… Tom

A Promise Kept

Paul DreillingChurch News

Dear Immanuel Family,

The Apostle John writes, “Little children, let us not love in word or talk, but in deed and in truth.” (I John 3:18). In 1990, the then President of Columbia Bible College, Dr. Robertson McQuilkin, resigned when his wife, Muriel, needed him at home because of her worsening condition due to Alzheimer’s. In his resignation speech he said, “…recently it has become apparent that Muriel is contented most of the time she is with me and almost none of the time I am away from her. It is not just “discontent.” She is filled with fear—even terror—that she has lost me and always goes in search of me when I leave home. So it is clear to me that she needs me now, full-time…

In an article in Family Life, Dave Boehi says, “So Robertson became a homemaker and a care-giver, and he was proud of it. ‘The touchstone for me,’ he says, ‘has always been, with whatever God has put in me or will ever put in me, how can that count the maximum for what He is up to in the world? People think it must be so difficult, but actually even on the emotional side I didn’t look back with any regrets at all. I enjoyed the new life. All I had to know was God’s assignment for me now.”

“One special memory is of Valentine’s Day in 1995. He was riding an exercise bicycle at the foot of her bed and thinking of past Valentine’s days, including the one in 1948 when he asked for her hand in marriage. Muriel woke up, smiled, and suddenly spoke for the first time in months: “Love…love…love.” Robertson rushed over to give his wife a hug. ‘Honey, you really do love me, don’t you?’ he said. In response came the words, ‘I’m nice’—her way of saying, “Yes.” Those were the last words Muriel ever said aloud. Robertson continued to love his wife this way all the way till the end of her life. By the time their 50th anniversary passed in 1999, she had lost all ability to function on her own, and spent each day lying in bed.”

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Muriel’s last day on this earth was September 19, 2003. In a letter to friends, Dr. McQuilkin wrote, “For 55 years Muriel was flesh of my flesh, bone of my bone. So it’s like a ripping of my flesh and deeper—my very bones,” Robertson says. “But there is also profound gratitude. For ten years I’ve delighted in recalling happy memories. I still do. No regrets. I’m grateful.”

What an touching example of loving “in deed and in truth.” None of us know if God would ask us to do something like this, but even if He did and we accepted it would not be enough to pay the debt that we owe our Savior. It is the least that we could do to show our love for a special someone and for our Lord that did so much for us.

PSD

Preparing for Sunday’s Worship
Sermon Title & Text: Suppress Evil and Seek Good (1 Thessalonians 5:15)
Scripture Reading: Genesis 2:8-17

Sunday Evening – Soma Life Groups and PM service (Pastor Saunders preaching).

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPDATES:

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· GRADUATES – If you or someone in your immediate family will be graduating from high school, college, etc., please put your name, school, and degree earned (if applicable) on an offering envelope and place it in the offering plate or call the church office. Please do this by May 31. A checklist will be posted on the bulletin boards and tables for corrections on June 7, and the graduates will be recognized the following Sunday morning, June 14.

· Kayaks needed for Church Picnic: Last year at the Church Picnic, kayaking on the lake was a huge success! Cindy Modzelewski will provide her three kayaks again this year, but would love to have the use of several more to allow more of our people to enjoy time on the lake. If you own or have access to one or more kayaks and would be willing to allow us to borrow them for use at the church picnic, please contact Jim Bennett at 355-8691 so we can work out the details.

Clothes Closet and Food Pantry Ministry – Visitors to our Clothes Closet continue to increase and the Food Pantry could use donations of food. Popular items are canned pastas, canned meats like tuna, and peanut butter, however, they appreciate any food item. We do ask that you not donate large sized containers of food as they are not practical for our visitors to store. The Clothes Closet is always in need of toiletries. Currently we have a need for men’s deodorant, toothpaste (not toothbrushes), bars of soap, white crew socks and men’s underwear in all sizes. We also accept bath towels and backpacks, new or used but in good condition. (Because of storage constraints we ask that you not donate any more brown grocery bags for the time being).

Immanuel Baptist Church Richmond Virginia Vacation Bible School

VBS – August 3-7 – Attached you will find a Vacation Bible School registration form. Please fill it out completely for each child, print it out and give it to Gloria Duffey or send it to gduffey@immanuelbaptist.org. The dates for VBS are August 3 – August 7 from 9:00 to 12:00 noon. This year’s theme is Camp Kilimanjaro an Epic Expedition Through Proverbs. If you would like to volunteer for VBS please contact Gloria Duffey at 355-8691 ext. 115. Thanks!
to God be the glory

Men’s Group-Apr 15-Why In The World?: Classless

Tom SmithMen's Ministry

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Greetings Men – Well it has started already. No, I’m not talking about the pollen that is covering everything and making people sneeze and wheeze and gag. I am talking about the 2016 presidential contests… although this too has been known to make people sneeze and wheeze and gag! One candidate who recently announced – and I am not going to say who she is – proclaimed that she would be the “champion of the middle class”. Out of curiosity, I decided to do a little research. First, who or what is this ubiquitous “middle class”, and second why do only they need a “champion”? I was shocked to learn that of the five or so broadly defined “classes” – mostly based on economics – I have been in all of them at some point in my life! From the time I started working for 50 cents an hour until I finally retired, I spanned the spectrum of all the “classes”… and I didn’t even know it. And didn’t know whether I had or needed a “champion”. My Dad just said “Son, go to work!”. It also turns out that pretty much every political office holder over the past 40 years or so has claimed the title of “champion of the middle class”. So I am sure that at some point in time I indeed had a “champion”. Thanks… I think??

As I thought about my “class” before Jesus, I realized that there are only two, very simple “classes” – forgiven and unforgiven. He made the wonderful, amazing gift of forgiveness available to everyone, regardless of “class”, for free, if we simply accept what He did for us on the cross. And He did this while we were still in the unforgiven state as sinners. Roman’s 5:8 clearly states this: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” When Jesus came to this world, he did not come to address social, economic or cultural “classes”. He came to “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). He is the only “champion” that you and I ever really needed!

This week, Andy describes how this significant truth plays out in everyday life. Don’t miss this exciting 3rd part in our 4 part series “WHY IN THE WORLD”.

Two other reminders:
· We will be “passing the hat” to help defray the costs for the Mothers of Preschoolers MOPS & POPS speaker, Mike Young. I appreciate this men.
· This Saturday, April 18, is the free tour of the Richmond Police Training Academy that Bob Childress has arranged for us.

Larry Hunsucker and Bob Childress are on for snacks this week. These two guys are both “snack masters” so I am looking forward to it!
God bless you men… Tom