VBS -June 23-27 Much of our attention in June will be devoted to the promotion and preparation of Vacation Bible School. This summer activity has been a part of our church and Southern Baptist life since anyone can remember. Our thoughts and prayers will be in support of VBS this whole month. Let’s help our wonderful VBS director, Mandy Crabill, and her excellent teachers and helpers as they skillfully and earnestly prepare for this event. We will have the additional aid of four Associational Summer Missionaries again this year. The theme is Jungle and the title is, ROAR. I can’t wait to see how they transform the sanctuary to fit this theme.
VBS Sunday – June 30 Once again, we will devote the Sunday worship service on the 30th to hearing from and about the children that participated in VBS. The families of the children are invited to attend the service and stay for a meal we will provide after church in the Family Life Center. Please be praying for the VBS leadership; pray also for the children and their families and that the Holy Spirit will convict hearts to come to faith in Jesus.
Church Safety Team Several months ago, several men and I attended a Church Safety workshop. The scope of this workshop was much broader than just safety for the congregation on Sunday morning. Over half of the time was spent presenting ways to protect our children and youth from harm – physical, emotional and sexual. We have a responsibility to protect those who are innocent and helpless. A Church Safety Team is being assembled to put into place policies, strategies, and guidelines to keep everyone safe who attends our church or any of our activities. If you would like to serve on this team, please let me or the church office know.
Turkey Mission Trip – May 14-23 Thank you for your support and prayers as I went to Turkey to minister to Iranian refugees who are temporarily housed in Turkey. Their time in Turkey could extend to six years or longer before they are sent to another country. They have left Iran because of the severe persecution they have experienced by the Iranian Religious Police for being Christians. I asked you previously to pray for the pastors and churches to be encouraged. I can say that prayer was answered. I also asked for you to pray for the churches to be revived. I believe that happened also. I counseled with pastors and people all day every day I was there, in addition to preaching. It was a humbling and thrilling experience.