Pastor Bill’s Babbling Brook
Weekly Edition of Church News & Notes: 9.23.2022
Sleeping and Worship?
I am reading a book called “Liturgy of the Ordinary” by Tish Harrison Warren. The author takes regular activities like making the bed or sitting in traffic and gives them spiritual applications and disciplines. When Warren got to sleeping, she applied it to worship which is ironic, since probably all of us have dozed off during the sermon at least once. Of course, the author went on to say that just like sleep recharges our physical bodies, worship should do the same for our spiritual well being. If we don’t get our needed amount of rest, we easily can become cranky and irritable. Many have told me over the years that coming to church just makes their week go better. But of course, there are good sleep and restless nights. Please join me in praying that our services will be nourishment for our spirits. May from the moment people step onto our grounds, there be a sense of peace and relaxation. Don’t miss your needed Sabbath rest for this week.
A Tremendous Turnout for Grocery Giveaway
With inflation affecting many of the most vulnerable in our society, the food bank saw an increase in the need for groceries. We are so thankful for your generous giving to the pantry. Anytime we have specific items needed, our church comes through. I am very grateful for Debbie Riley, Anne Shaw, Barbara Ballard and Miriam Self for organizing and distributing our groceries. These ladies are being the hands of God to those who might not be doing so well. They also are inviting them to join us for worship. I look forward to seeing how God uses the food pantry to increase His kingdom.
Sermon Series: “Winning the Lost: The Sequel” Concludes On Sunday
Heaven or Hell! Those are the only two options for eternity. As we finish off our series on winning the lost, we will look at a parable which I believe Jesus told to just remind us of this truth. Preachers don’t preach about Hell much these days. When I was growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, it was a regular topic. I guess it probably makes all of us a little uncomfortable. But the reality that a place of eternal torment will be the destination of those who don’t know God, motivates me all the more to reach out. Come on Sunday to hear an old fashioned message about our eternal destination. Though difficult to hear, it may spur us on to do more for those who aren’t where they should be with the Lord.
Martin Minute: Are You an Influencer?
As I was watching one of my favorite shows (Shark Tank), an entrepreneur said he was an influencer. You’ve probably heard people say this as well. They are all over social media. For example, there are Amazon influencers. They show you all the amazing things they have bought from Amazon in hopes that you will buy them too! I think they get a benefit when you do. But, it made me think about what kind of influencer I am. Lord, help me to be the daughter you designed me to be so that others want the amazing life only you can offer.
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Grass Cutting Ministry
There is a sign up sheet in the foyer of the church
if you are willing and able to help maintain the church property
Interested In Being Part of Our Drama Team
See Michelle Pilgrim
Performing Skits for Worship
Volunteers needed for the following ministries:
Nursery Attendants during the service
ZOOM Meetings to Keep us Connected
Contact Pastor Bill and enjoy the fellowship
Resident Recovery and Discipleship Program Root & Grounded Campaign
Our friends are attempting to buy a couple more buildings in their neighborhood where they could minister to more people with drug addictions. Right now they have individuals that will match our gift so that it will double the effect. Please consider giving at reconciliation-min.org.
Debbie Riley, who runs our Food Pantry Ministry,
would like to thank everyone who brings in items or who financially support our program.
Countless families receive groceries that will help them.
Thursday, August 25 9:00AM-12:00 Noon
Now accepting non perishable items
If you know of anyone needing assistance from the
pantry, please let us know
Morning Worship at 11 AM at Church and on Facebook Live
Sunday Evening Drive In Service at 4:00 PM
Wednesday Youth & Teens at 6:30 PM
Wednesday Men's Bible Study at 6:30 PM
“No More Excuses”
by Dr. Tony Evans
Be The Man That God Made You To Be
Wednesday Ladies Bible Study at the Church or on Zoom at 6:30 PM
by Priscilla Shirer
Adult Bible Study
Encouraged By People’s Giving
Throughout the pandemic, people have been giving to the Lord and the church. We can’t tell you how much this means to us. There are five ways one can give. We have resumed Sunday morning worship services at 11 am at the church so you may bring your offerings with you. Many like to use the church’s secure website (wcfn316.com) to give their tithes and offerings. A few might like to text their gift to 803-219-4288. While others will mail it to the church at 350 Wattling Rd, West Columbia SC 29170. If you would like me to pick it up or if you would like to drop it off at the church, please just call me to set up a time. Again thank you for your faithfulness.
From Pastor Bill
Fall has arrived, I think! The weather has cooled off and everyone seems to be in a better mood. Yes, we have to put up with those annoying Pumpkin Spice flavors on everything from coffee to milkshakes (can you tell I am not a big fan), but it really is a wonderful time of the year. At the church, we are packed full of exciting events coming up from the 2nd annual Marketplace to the huge Homecoming service celebrating 78 years of our church's existence. It's going to be a great finish to our year. Hope you can be a part of the fun. As far as prayer requests, Roxan Weed had a successful heart procedure on Friday. She should be coming home on Monday. Charles Moore remains in the Lexington Medical Center. They are continuing to run some tests on Lisa Lewis. Please remember Dot Livingston, Marie Mahaffey, Debbie Riley's family, Terri Rabon's mother and all of our shut-ins. Thanks again for being part of our church family.