Dear Immanuel family,
Recently someone laid a letter on my desk written by missionary Mary Baker in 1962. She was returning for her fourth term to the Belgium Congo after her furlough in the US. Explaining what it was like to be back in Africa, she said “Perhaps there never was in my heart a keener forward-look to a term of service than I feel in my heart just now. “Urgency” is the compelling force; the present world situation…internal upheavals in Congo itself – all these things cry loudly “Now or never!” in the task of making Christ known.”
Even though it’s been 50 years since she wrote this, we too should have this same sense of urgency. Mary was so committed to seeing the Gospel go out among her African friends and continued to serve even in the midst of personal threats. In 1964, Mary and a number of others would be taken hostage by the Congolese rebels. Angry over recent defeats, the rebels took revenge by killing the hostages including Mary. In the last letter she wrote to her coworkers in Africa, Mary told them, “With me it was settled long ago, ‘by life or by death’ and there it rests!”
We do live in perilous times and as Isaiah put it “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.” (5:20). Our world is changing so quickly. May the Lord give us a sense of urgency about getting the gospel out to those around us. May we have the resolve and commitment that Mary Baker had to do whatever the Lord asks us.
Preparing for Sunday’s Worship – March 8, 2015
- Sermon title and text: The Vision of a Plumb Line (Amos 7:1-17)
- Sunday’s Scripture Reading – 2 Peter 3:8-13
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPDATES:
Winter Bible Conference – Sunday, March 15th – Dr. Jim Schuppe, will be with us again this year for a conference entitled, “Hearers and Doers” from James 1. Dr. Schuppe will bring three messages during the Sunday school hour, AM service and PM service. Dr. Schuppe is a former Pastor, Academic Dean at Washington Bible College, and professor at Liberty University. You will love how he handles the Word of God in a precise, practical and humorous manner.
Palm Sunday Evening- March 29th – In preparation for Passion Week, on Palm SundayEvening March 29, at 6:30 pm, we will once again be blessed by the ministry of Mr. Marquis Laughlin as he presents the Book of Exodus. Marquis is the founder of Acts of The Word, a non-profit, non-denominational ministry devoted to transforming people’s lives through the words of the Bible. He is a performance artist, theologian, and missionary to the church here in America.
A Service of Communion and Remembrance – Join us on Good Friday as we reflect on the Last Supper and The Cross. Presented by Immanuel’s choir and instrumentalists, and guest soloist, Laura Ann Singh, Friday, April 3, 2015, 7:00 PM.
CEF Good News Across America – Summer Missionaries – GNAA is looking for Summer Missionaries who would love to minister to children or help with logistics in Indianapolis for two weeks (July 13 – 25, 2015) this summer. For more information and questions please call Amy Haines at 804-690-8763.
Monument Avenue 10K- Tailgate Party – Saturday, March 28nd – Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Monument Ave 10K Tailgate Party! It will be March 28 from about 9am-1pm. Come cheer on the runners/walkers and enjoy some good food and fun games! More details will follow in the coming weeks!