August 2018 ~ Newsletter

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August 2018

Dear Friends and Fellow Believers,

WOW! Can you believe it is August! Cindy and I have been here a full six months! What a blessing you have been to us. God has blessed us with the privilege of being your lead ministry family, and we are so excited about what we can see God doing in the coming months and years.

This month has a lot to come. As you all know the Summer Carnival with Buckroe Pointe Townhome Apartments had to be rescheduled and is happening the first Saturday. I am still excited about the opportunity to be out showing God’s love to the community.

Vacation Bible School comes up on the 13th, and again it is all hands on deck. I am praying that our relationship with our community will mean some new children to hear the Gospel and connect with God’s family. I hope you have all prepared for VBS by attending one of Jenn’s training sessions. There are still some items that we are trying to collect or borrow, check out the back wall of the worship center for more opportunities to share in this great opportunity.

On August 25th, we will share in a great experience for personal and corporate spiritual growth in our church family. The Discipleship Blueprint Workshop with Bridge Church in Virginia Beach will be a banner day for all who participate. God has called us all to be disciples, and to make disciples. This workshop will help us all discover exactly what that is, and give us the tools to begin to more biblically obey this Great Commission from our Savior and our God. I hope you will all make every effort to attend
and to encourage others to do the same!

Sunday, August 5th will also be a day to remember for all of us who call Restoration Church home. Since we will have finished Your Church Experiencing God Together on the last Sunday in July, we are going to join in making a covenant with the Lord and with each other that reinforces the principles we have learned in this foundational and transformational study. Please be praying about your willingness to completely obey the Lord as the head of the church, seek His presence in every gathering of the church,
and that you will commit to encouraging and assisting in helping your brothers and sisters in Christ to grow in their relationship with Him.

This is going to be a tremendous month: two great outreach events, a focus on spiritual growth, and making a covenant together for God’s Glory to be a primary priority for our body. We cannot do all of this, or any of this without the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Please be intentional in your intercession for the church this month. It is my prayer that we will have many testimonies of God’s power and movement during this final month of our summer. I hope you will join us in every possible way to witness to God’s great salvation and His power!

May God richly bless you as you serve for His glory!

Michael C. Smith