Women’s Ministry Bible Study Jan 2014

Tami JonesWomen's Ministry

SermonOnTheMountWhat does it mean to be a citizen of the kingdom of Heaven? Matthew’s gospel opens with three chapters containing Jesus’ longest recorded message – a sermon given to His disciples early in His ministry to articulate what the life of a Christ-follower would look like. It was a message intended to turn upside down every expectation His closest followers might have. Both practical and profound, the sermon asks of us the same questions it posed to its original hearers: How should a disciple relate to sin? To others? To the Law? How does a disciple think, speak, and act? What is the nature of true righteousness?

Come join us as we delve into God’s Word and study one of Jesus’s most famous messages to His disciples and to us.

Friday Morning Study begins January 23 at 9:30 am in the Mizpah room. This group meets every other Friday morning.

Wednesday Night Bible study begins January 28 with a Kick Off Soup Dinner and will then meet weekly from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

Registration will take place the first session of Bible study. Cost is $12.00

News – December 19th

Paul DreillingChurch News

Dear Immanuel family,

Yesterday I was invited over to my son’s house for dinner.  My granddaughter climbed up in my lap, looked up at me with those big blue eyes and then put her head down on my chest.  Although she can’t talk yet she was “communicating.”  It was one of those moments that happen on this side of heaven when we say, “It doesn’t get any better than this!”  It reminded me that some of the best gifts this Christmas will not be under the Christmas tree.

Certainly the greatest gift came that first Christmas.  Augustus’ decree sent everyone bustling back to their home towns for a census. The sleepy quaint town of Bethlehem was thriving with visitors who filled the streets and hotels to the max.  My mind can imagine the sounds and smells of food venders, people traveling on horseback or in ox carts, and even some like Mary and Joseph on donkeys.   To think that the creator of the universe stepped into time in such a lowly fashion is just beyond comprehension; an event largely unnoticed in Bethlehem except by a few shepherds and three wise men.

As Mary looked at those tiny hands, little did she know they would touch a leper’s open wound, wipe a widow’s tear, and be used to hold her son on Calvary’s cross.What a gift our Lord gave us.   We don’t have to wait for this gift.   “For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:17). The world received the greatest Gift ever: Jesus Christ.

Mary was given a gift – Jesus.
The shepherds were told where to find the gift – Jesus.
The wise men came bringing gifts – to Jesus.
Will you receive the Gift – of Jesus?

If you haven’t opened this gift yet, please do it now.   If you are interested see the attached “Romans Road.”


Preparing for Sunday Worship – Sunday’s Scripture Reading – Isaiah 42:1-9.  Message Title: Paul to Agrippa, Bernice and Festus – Acts 26:2-23.

Cookies for Inmates – Good News Jail & Prison Ministry will be distributing cookies to inmates at the Chesterfield County Jail for Christmas.  They can be any type of cookie; ones made from scratch, a mix or ones from the dairy case.  The cookies will need to be brought to the church by Sunday, December 21st. You may leave them in the Fellowship Hall kitchen or Naomi Corcoran’s office and be sure they are marked for Good News Jail Ministry.  If you have any questions, contact Chaplain John Corcoran .

Children’s Concert, Cookies, and Cocoa – Please remember that on Sundayevening, December 21st, the Children’s concert (voices and instruments), in the Fellowship Hall, will begin at 6:00 pm instead of the normal 6:30 pm.   The children participating in the program need to arrive at 5:00 pm.   Please come and enjoy a casual evening of singing and refreshments as we celebrate the Lord’s birth.

Clothes Closet Ministry – As you make room for your new Christmas gifts, please remember the Clothes Closet for any items you either don’t need or no longer want.  With this ongoing cold winter we are in need of warm clothing, coats, gloves, and leather shoes, especially in men’s sizes.  We are constantly in need of toiletries.  Presently, we are low on deodorant, disposable razors and toothpaste.  We are also looking for warm blankets.  Any help you could provide would be so appreciated by our Clothes Closet visitors!

News – December 12

Paul DreillingChurch News

Dear Immanuel Family,

What a joyous time is Christmas!  Over 2000 years ago, God dispatched the Son of the Trinity to earth to take on human form.  To do this, God chose a carpenter, Joseph and his wife, Mary, to be the parents of the Son of God.  The angel Gabriel approached Mary by saying, “Greetings, O favored one….” This greeting comes from the Greek word meaning “much grace.”  Mary was a righteous women favored by God, but she was a sinful person just like us in need of God’s grace.

Although she was not the Mother of God as some say, she was Jesus’ mother and the vessel by which “the Word became flesh.”  I love what Ephesians says – “He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things” (4:10) proving the pre-existence of Jesus.  The Lord God Almighty has no mother, since He has no beginning and no end (Genesis 1:1;Revelation 4:8).

On one occasion, Jesus was speaking and a woman in the crowd proclaimed,“Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!” What a perfect segue for Jesus to declare that Mary was worthy of praise and adoration.  How did Jesus respond?  He said, ““Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”  Jesus Christ is the only human to ever deserve our worship.  The Bible says, “For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily” and that is worth celebrating this Christmas.


Sunday, December 14th – This Sunday during the 10:45 am service, the Immanuel Baptist adult choir will present its annual Christmas Concert “The Work of Christmas.” We are sure you will be blessed by this special presentation that includes 36 voices, a 10 piece orchestra, narration and congregational singing.

  • The Missionary Praise and Prayer lists will be available on tables around the sanctuary.
  • Pastor Wilburn will be back with us Sunday evening with a message “Come and Hear the Soul’s Testimony of God” from Psalm 66:16-20.

Cookies for Inmates – Good News Jail & Prison Ministry will be distributing cookies to inmates at the Chesterfield County Jail for Christmas.  They can be any type of cookie; ones made from scratch, a mix or ones from the dairy case.  The cookies will need to be brought to the church by Sunday, December 21st. You may leave them in the Fellowship Hall kitchen or Naomi Corcoran’s office and be sure they are marked for Good News Jail Ministry.  If you have any questions, contact Chaplain John Corcoran.

Upcoming Events:

Dec 17 – Churchwide Caroling in the neighborhood

Dec 21 – PM Children’s concert, Cookies and Cocoa

Dec 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight service – Prelude 6:30

Immanuel Mobile App

Paul DreillingChurch News

Dear Immanuelites,

Immanuel-Baptist-Churchc-Richmond-VA-AppIf you were in church yesterday, you heard about the new app that we have just created. In case you weren’t, it is free and available for you to download right now! It will work with almost any smart phone and tablet and there is a link below to help you get connected. You will need to know the password to your account so make sure to have that handy before you try to download it.

It is our desire that this app will allow you to stay plugged in with Immanuel. You will have sermons, newsletters, Facebook, Twitter, and more right at your fingertips. We also want to stay connected with you! The app allows us to send you direct notifications and these will be crucial when there is a service cancellation due to weather or to send you a reminder of big event.

Don’t have a smart phone or tablet? No worries! There is a web page you can visit that allows you to see all of the media we have on our app. See the link for this web page below.

Last, but not least, we hope you would be willing to share the app. Is there a co-worker, neighbor, classmate that you know that is interested in God but won’t go to a church? Maybe this app would allow them to hear the preaching of the Word for the first time.

As time goes on, we’ll continue to try to improve this app. We’re thankful for it, yet we understand this is just a tool. So may God use the resources within this app to encourage you and build you up that we, His people, might see our Father glorified as you grow in your walk with Him.

In Christ Alone,

The Immanuel Staff


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Reaching Out

Geoffrey ChanChinese Ministry

In the early 1980’s, Operation Mobilization sponsored a special mission conference in Richmond focusing on then the inaccessible China.  In one of the evening sessions, the conference fervently prayed that the Lord will open the door to China once again. That door has certainly been opened.  In 2001, I had the privilege of visiting one of our own missionary in China.

Recently, Dr. Pat Cate, one of our own missionary, reminded us that the world is now at our door step.  The world, including China, has poured into cities all across the United States.  Here in Richmond, there are a substantial number of Chinese students and scholars at VCU.  We can now all be missionaries to the most populous country in the world without stepping onto an airplane.

Many of these students and scholars will return to China when they finish their studies.  What is interesting is that some of these students/students can one day be missionaries to their own people themselves.  Here is a fascinating example how the Lord used a small act of kindness and turned it into a huge evangelistic opportunity.

The following was taken from the September 29, 2014 FB posting of China Outreach Ministries.

In 2010, we reached out to a visiting scholar… as we did towards many visiting scholars from China. We provided an airport pick-up, temporary housing, used furniture, and trips to interesting places. He also enjoyed our weekly friendship dinners and Bible studies. Several months later [this visiting scholar] returned to China without accepting Jesus. However, he was deeply impressed by what we did for him. Eventually [the visiting scholar] became the department head of a famous university in China. A brother from our outreach team went to China to visit and was invited by [the scholar] to give a seminar on ‘Science and Faith’ that turned out to be an ‘official’ evangelism meeting with thousands of college students. Can you imagine? This happened behind the communist iron curtain? We made a hole in it!

WOW! Reaching out to an international visitor in the local college campus turns into reaching out to thousands of college students in a foreign land.  We can never underestimate how the Lord will use each one of us.  May we all be His instruments in building His kingdom.