June 2018 ~Newsletter
Dear Friends and Fellow Believers,
Summer is here! Can you believe it, the temps are coming up, we have had our first named storm and the tourists are not far away! We have quite a summer on tap for Restoration Church! We are a few weeks into our study of Your Church Experiencing God Together, and we are hearing some great comments about the study and what we are learning about God’s Great Salvation and His desire for the Church. The Student Ministry has had the first volleyball at Buckroe Beach, Cindy and I are looking forward to being out there very soon!
Saturday, July 21st will be our second outreach to Buckroe Pointe, when we will sponsor a Summer Carnival with a party trailer and games for the residents. There will be two bounce house activities, a popcorn machine, cotton candy and snow cones. I hope that many of you will participate by helping to man these activities. There will be a sign up in the foyer starting
June 17th. It will be a great day to impact lives by forming new relationships in the community.
August brings two vital events in the life of the church. On the 13th through the 17th, we will have our Vacation Bible School.
We will learn from the Book of Daniel. How relevant in a world that pressures everyone to compromise their values and beliefs for cultural correctness. VBS is often the number one outreach in terms of member participation. Jenn and the Children’s Ministry is in need of help. Please pray and be obedient to the Lord’s leading as this opportunity approaches. There are sign ups posted in the hallway outside the church office, sign up as soon as possible!
The weekend following VBS, on August 25th, there will be a great opportunity for Restoration Church. We will be partnering with The Bridge Church, in Virginia Beach, for a one-day Disciple Making Conference. Chris Swain of Replicate Ministry (replicate.org) will be facilitating an information and training opportunity for churches interested in launching biblical discipleship movements in their churches. This is one of the principle aspects of church life that I am studying in my DMin, and something I strongly believe is needed in a high percentage of churches today. Please save this date and plan to attend.
How exciting is it to know that God is moving in your church? I hope you sense the same thing that I do. If you are excited about what is going on, invite someone new to be your guest this coming Sunday! We should be challenged when we read Romans 10:14 “… And how are they to believe in him of whom they have not heard?…” If you are not confident in sharing the
Gospel, be confident in the experience that friend, neighbor, acquaintance will have when they are your guest at your church!
I hope you all have a wonderful and safe summer of 2018! I look forward to sharing some great moments with all of you! Be blessed as you experience the presence of a living God, and the fellowship of your brothers and sisters in the Lord!
In the bond of Peace,
Michael C. Smith