This month we would like to share an article from Marc Jantomaso, pastor of River Rock. We are grateful to God for the blessings He continues to pour out upon the brethren of this growing church plant in Wyndhurst.
"There is such a growing love for the Word of God in our family and our church family. We are memorizing Scripture together in the home and at church. This year we are focusing on verses that describe the incomparable and indispensable value of God's Word. What a joy it is, as a father, to hear little Nehemiah quote Deuteronomy 8:3 as he takes a bath or plays with blocks. What a blessing it is as a pastor to see and hear grandparents quote their scripture memory to elementary age kids in the church. Last week at our morning Bible study for men and young men I asked a father and his 14 year old son to share the Scriptures they have been memorizing together as a family. They spent the next few minutes quoting in unison the first 14 verses of the book of Titus. This is the same family that a year ago was spending their free time watching Nascar on television. Now they are spending their free time reading through the entire Bible in a year and memorizing the Book of Titus in the same period of time. There is such a hunger and love for God's Truth.
On September 24, 2005, the eye of Hurricane Rita barreled up the border between Texas and Louisiana leaving unparalleled destruction as far as 100 miles inland. With the passing of time and the shifting of media attention, the need for volunteers and servants appears to the outside world to have lessened here in Southeast Texas. However, for the elderly, disabled, and those experiencing financial hardship the long-term effects of the storm prove to be a heavy burden. While there are other areas that were hit harder by hurricanes they have also been hit harder with volunteer efforts.
Blue Ridge Women's Center is in need of a few volunteers to help with lawn maintenance for the season. We are looking for individuals to mow once a month each. It involves approximately 2-2 1/2 hours of time. Please contact us at 540-362-3007 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to serve in this way.
IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY:
IN FRANKLIN COUNTY:
Beaverdam now has a Church Communication Network by Satellite! Beaverdam is partnering with Church Communication Network (www.ccnonline.net) to be better equipped to engage the culture around us by providing information and encouragement concerning how to live in our fast changing and complicated world. Association churches are encouraged to participate in this valuable opportunity. Most broadcasts are free, though you are encouraged to contact Beaverdam to register. There will be over 40 live telecasts of famous speakers like Lee Strobel, Henry Cloud, Anne Graham Lotz, and Elisa Morgan. "Create Romance in Your Marriage" will be broadcast on June 27. Stay abreast of the latest by visiting Beaverdam's Website at www.beaverdambaptistchurch.org.
A group of folks from Thaxton spent time this spring on mission with Samaritan's Purse to the Gulf Coast. They are continuing in some of the post hurricane recovery effort. Please remember volunteers that respond to this great need and the families they minister to.
Timber Ridge has called Sam Gifford as Youth Pastor effective May 21, 2006. Reared in northeastern Virginia, Sam graduated from Liberty University with a youth ministries degree. He and his wife Leanne make their home in Lynchburg.
Mrs. Lois Stevens, WMU Director
1118 Roundtree Dr., Bedford 24523
Women on Mission: Palestine is leading devotionals at Oakwood Manor in June. Beaverdam will host the June birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Radford will host it in July.
Lana Blankenship and Nancy Lawhorn from Shady Grove and Rebekah Overstreet from Bedford Baptist would like to know if any ladies are interested in beginning quilting classes. From interest expressed from the WMU quilt, these ladies are willing to start classes. If anyone is interested, please e-mail Lana at email@example.com or call 947-2324 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. or e-mail Rebekah at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please respond by June 12.
SBA Mission Friends Summer Project
Last year, when thousands of children were orphaned in the wake of South Asia's disastrous tsunami, Virginia Baptists partnered with The Precious Children's Home in India by providing initial funds to help build a "children's village" which will house about 330 children.
(For children who
Monday, July 24-Friday, July 28
Fee if registered by July 10: $25
Musical Program Friday, 7 p.m.
Call the association office if you are willing to lead a class or if you are willing to accompany the children as they rotate through the various music opportunities that week.
We have several free foldable walkers for someone who is in need of one. Two of them have wheels. There is also an adjustable assist rack and bar assembly for a standard bed. This is designed for someone able to pull herself up using the hanging chain and bar. Call the office right away, because we will not be holding on to these for long.
July 8 Ed Greer (Retired)
July 11 Bryon LePere (Big Island)
July 23 Harry Leland (Shady Grove)
July 31 Esther Woodford (SBA)
July 1 Ken & Evelyn Butterworth (45 yrs) (Diamond Hill)
July 18 Eldridge & Jennie Cullum (25 yrs) (Thaxton)
July 19 Bryon & Annie LePere (Big Island)
July 29 Tim & Rebecca Mathia (Mentow)
July 31 Jackie & Glynda Carver (Palestine)
July 31 Marc & Cari Jamtomaso (River Rock)
July 14 Mike Grooms (Pastor/Rainbow Forest/10 years)
July 17 Mark Flores (Pastor/Mount Hermon/1 year)
Charis Napier is the proud big sister of Emmalee Gale who was born May 22. She weighed 7 pounds 6 ounces and was 20 inches long. Parents are James and Angie Napier (Timber Ridge).
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