July

Dear Friends and Fellow Believers,

WOW! The summer is at full steam! VBS is behind us, members are heading out on vacations, temps are north of 90 multiple times per week, and the longest day of the year has already been lived. Don’t blink!

Speaking of VBS, God did a great work! This year we moved our VBS to the week after school let out. This was a lot earlier than we have done it in a long, long time. We promoted the experience by door hangers (thanks to all who helped), personal invites, post cards from previous events, and for the first time, we used social media advertising.

 

We had a number of parents who told us they saw our ad on Facebook. The result was we had a total of 57 children register and attend for at least one night. Our high attendance was 49 on Thursday evening when the Gospel was shared. Many parents also heard that presentation. To God be the glory for the seeds that were planted in the hearts of families! Also, we had an average of 53 volunteers who were available to be used to love and lead those children. Thank you to all who assisted!

In June, we also had the great privilege to witness the Baptism of three of our young people. Grace and Ben Bullard, and Audrey Brewer all made their public profession of Jesus. What a great time it is when young people with so much life ahead of them stand and say it is all for Jesus. I pray that you will all walk with Jesus and know the power of His love and forgiveness for your entire lives!

As most of you know, Cindy and I will be taking some time off in July to go with my family to Newfoundland, Canada. My mom was born and raised there, and I was born there and came to Norfolk at the age of two. I am excited to return with my brother and sister for the first time since we were all teenagers. One of the reason I am so excited about this trip is the opportunity to show Cindy where I was born. In 2014 we went to the youth camp at Saranac Lake, NY where I gave my life to Christ. After this trip I can say that I have shared the most important places in my life with the most important person in my life.

As most of you know our Awana Commander stepped down at the end of the Spring term. We have a number of openings for leaders and assistants in Awana. We need the following positions filled: Commander and Co-Commander/Secretary, T&T Girls Director, 2 leaders and 1-2 helpers, Trek Director and leader, and a Cubbies helper. I know many of you are very dedicated to Awana. We cannot do this ministry without solid, committed leadership. If you are interested in any of these positions, please let us know as soon as possible. If we do not have all of these positions filled with trained church members by August 16th, we will not be able to have Awana this fall.

I also want to invite you to join us on Wednesday night in the Summer! We are here! In July and August, we will be enjoying some of the best preachers in Baptist life. As with last year, I purchased the sermons from the SBC Pastor’s Conference and Annual Meeting. The theme for the Pastor’s Conference was based on the B-Attitudes in Matthew 5. There were some tremendous messages and preachers who declared Kingdom Character in a very special way. Also on Wednesday evenings, we are engaging the children in Team Kid, a missions focused children’s education program that helps them to understand God’s work in the world to spread the Gospel in a culturally relevant way. Join us this Wednesday!

I want to encourage you all to continue in your spiritual disciplines over the summer. Spend time in the Word and prayer, be ready to share an encouraging word, invite people to be your guest at church. When you are at the beach or pool, the amusement/water park, camping, or where ever else you may choose to go, share your faith with someone. I have engaged many people on the beach during the summer, and most are very willing to talk and share. Step out and see what God will do!

Have a great Summer,

Michael C. Smith

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