Is Immanuel’s Library a Part of Discipling Ministry?

Martha HancockChurch Blog

On every side, we are inundated with information and many platforms for reading. What is it about books that still attract people? Maybe, it is because physical books can become our friends on the Christian journey where the thoughts from different authors we read give us new takes on old problems such as sin, God’s character, the trials in Christian living to name a few. When we read a well-written book that edifies, or comforts or teaches us something we did not know before, don’t we want to call somebody up or post or recommend that resource to someone else who might need encouragement or building up? In that way, the library does disciple us.

Children are our most important resource, and we take our responsibility to them very seriously as we seek to provide just the right books to build their faith and teach them Biblical truths. When they ask, “why”, they deserve the best answer we can give them. To that end, we have Bibles on their level to help them learn Biblical truths, board books for little ones, missionary tales of adventure and faithfulness, and books for just plain enjoyment. We want to be partners in your child’s training.

Our Immanuel library at long last has a new online catalog accessible from ANYWHERE using any smart device. Put this address: where the IP address should go at the top of your screen. Searching for a subject matter, authors, or titles has never been easier, and you can do it in a store, at home or at church. At last count, there are 7,598 items in our catalog which is updated weekly. With your patron barcode and a 4 digit pin which we enter, you may also see what you have checked out.

In short, the library is a ministry that builds up our members, help our teachers of children and adults, edifies new believers, encourage those mature in the faith, and keeps us on the pilgrim way and the straight road. We look forward to seeing you in the library (Thompson street double doors nearest the large parking lot). Mash our new white doorbell, and we’ll come running to welcome you to our treasure trove of good books. One need to pray about is more willing hands to staff the desk and check out our patrons. Please see the librarian for more information.

Martha Hancock, Head Librarian

P. S. We’ve been stocking up in preparation for our upcoming Summer Reading Club: Don’t Monkey Around: Go Bananas for Reading which will run from Sunday, July 8th to Sunday, August 19th (6 weeks). Do save the dates!  Anyone from 2 to Adult is welcome to sign up outside the library.

Wisdom’s Tenacious Process
(Proverbs 4:1-27)
Pastor Michael Wilburn
Colossians 2:6-10
Evening Service
After the Prime Rib Picnic for those having registered:
Niah & Allisha Merrill Concert

IBC softball
Come out and support the IBC men’s softball team on Monday, May 21 at 8:40 PM
at Henderson Field #1 as they play City Church. City Rain Line (804) 646-0751

Are you graduating?
Immanuel will honor church attenders graduating from high school, college, or graduate school on
Sunday, June 10th. Register online Deadline to register is June 6.

WM Connect – Summer Lite
Connect with women who want to use their talents and interests to be missional and relational in their community. Deepen relationships with women in the church and allow visitors to see life filtered through women who love God. There will be a different focus each gathering – Coffee Shops, Bullet Journaling, Personal Discipline, Emotional Health, Technology, and Looking Ahead. Whatever the topic, the mission remains the same – love God and reach others.
Mondays, 7 – 8:30 PM
June 4; July 2, 16; August 6, 13, & 27
Immanuel Baptist Church – Mizpah Room
Finding I Am
Join Lysa TerKeurst on the streets of Israel to explore the seven I AM statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. Through this interactive, in-depth study, you will learn to:
• Trade feelings of emptiness and depletion for a more personal fulfillment from knowing who Jesus is.
• Stop living like a slave to your circumstances by training your heart to embrace the life-giving freedom God wants for you.
• Gain a better understanding of how Jesus’ words 2,000 years ago are so very applicable to the answers we are searching for today. (Study Guide Cost – $10.00)
Thursdays, 7 – 8:30 PM
June 7 – July 19
Home of Barb Sommers – West End
Seeing Christ in the Minor Prophets: Habakkuk & Haggai
Tuesdays, 6 – 7:00 PM
June 5 – July 24
Home of Alyssa Evans – Southside
Philemon: Living in Redemptive Community
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8 PM
August 7 – August 28
Home of Sarah Feiler – East End
Further questions can be directed to
 or to the leader of each study.

Don’t Monkey Around: Go Bananas for Reading
July 8 – August 19 (6 weeks)
More details to come!

Clothes Closet

There are new summer hours for the clothes closet & food pantry. From May through August, the clothes closet & food pantry will only be open on the second and fourth Fridays from 10 AM – 12 Noon. The food pantry is in need of the following: spinach, peas, carrots, beets, beefaroni, spam, soup and pudding. Pop-tops are preferred. They can be left inside the glass doors to the large parking lot.


Niah & Allisha Merrill will be joining our worship team this Sunday to help lead music. Below is a link to a new song that we will be singing on Sunday. Please listen and familiarize yourself with this song.

A weekly gathering dedicated to inter-generational worship of the Lord Jesus.
We are serious about sharing our lives around knowing, singing, and praying God’s Word.
Wednesdays | 6:00 PM | Fellowship Hall

Upcoming Events:
May 27 – Business Meeting
June 3 – David Brown Missionary Report, PM
June 4 – WM Connect – Summer Lite
June 6 – Family Worship