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Pastor Bill’s Babbling Brook
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Weekly Edition of Church News & Notes: 6.7.2024

New Church Year Theme: “Gifts From God: For God”
For the first few Sundays of June, the sermons will address what it means to use our gifts that are from God for His glory. This past week, 1 Peter 4:10-11 (which are our theme verses for the year) made it clear that God has gifted everyone. Our congregation did an excellent job of listing the various talents and abilities that one might have been given. This passage of Scripture also emphasizes that we are to use our gifts to serve other people while bringing glory to God. To help bring this point home, each person was given a gift box which they were encouraged to write on it the different gifts that they possessed. Please join us as we continue to address our new theme for 2024-2025. If you are away or unable to attend in person, watch us on Facebook Live.

Vacation Bible School Promises To Be Life Changing
Beginning on Monday night, we will welcome children from all over our community. They will have a ball playing games, making crafts, singing songs, eating delicious meals and hearing about God. Often kids will invite Jesus into their hearts and be changed forever at VBS. This year’s theme is Camp Firelight. It is surprising how many campfire stories are in the Bible and the biblical truths revealed in them are powerful. Join us in praying for our Vacation Bible School which begins at 6 and concludes at 8 each night. The ages are from preschool to 5th grade. If you would like to help, see Pastor Regina.

Family Camp With Dr. Dwight Gunter
Sunday, June 23- Saturday, June 29
Inspirational Worship, powerful sermons and meaningful conversations with dear friends is why so many of us love going to Family Camp in Batesburg. This year, we welcome home Dr. Dwight Gunter who grew up in South Carolina. Pastor Gunter was raised up on the campgrounds as his dad was the district superintendent. He went on to pastor churches in Spartanburg and in Midland Valley. Dr. Gunter presently leads Trevecca’s college church. The service on Sunday starts at 6 and the weeknight services begin at 7. On Saturday, there is a final gathering at 10:30. The group Mitchel House Music will lead us in worship at each service. The weekday morning service that starts at 10:30 will feature pastors from our district. For more information, check out the district’s website at southcarolinanazarene.com.

Financial Assistance Needed For Teen and Children’s Camp
Summer church camps play a pivotal role in the spiritual development of our kids. During this week, they will encounter God in a powerful way. They will also make friends with kids from all over South Carolina who will inspire their walk with Jesus. But many of our families cannot afford the $200 cost for the camp. Would you consider being one of our sponsors? You can place your sponsorship in the offering and just earmark it for camp. Thank you for always being so generous.


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Wednesday Nights are Growing
Wednesday nights are full of excitement at WCFN.
Our children’s bible groups are growing each week.
We couldn’t be happier!
But, we could use a few helpers that love children.
If you would like to be a part of influencing a child’s life, please talk to Regina.
It’s a wonderful experience and, of course, our kids are the best!​​​​​​​

Food Pantry Drive
Our monthly food pantry has grown to provide nourishment for
around 30-35 families. While we are grateful for everyone who is
bringing in goods, we realize there might be some who would like
to sponsor a family each month. The estimated cost
of the couple of bags of groceries is $30. We’d love to get 30 donors! Please let
Anne Shaw know if this might be your way of assisting this
important program and pick up a magnet in the foyer.​​​​​​​
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SC Nazarene District Stats For 2022-2023
                                                     Worship                   Sunday School & Bible Studies
                                        1. Midland Valley (833)                 1. Midland Valley (724)
                                        2. Disciples Church (246)             2. Disciples Church (245)
                                        3. Columbia First (180)                 3. Cherrydale Hispanic (202)
                                        4. Sumter First (157)                     4. Columbia First (201)
                                        5. Cherrydale Hispanic (140)        5. Greenville First (196)
                                        6. Greenville First (130)                6. Sumter Wise Drive (152)
                                        7. Sumter Wise Drive (130)          7. Rock Hill Emmanuel (130)
                                        8. Manning New Start (122)         8. Sumter First (93)
                                        9. West Columbia First (108)       9. Charleston Calvary (91)
                                       10. Rock Hill Grace (102)             10. Greenwood Community (86)

                                                Conversions                                    Baptisms
                                       1. Disciples Church (69)                1. Disciples Church (50)
                                       2. Reconciliation Church (50)        2. Midland Valley (27)
                                       3. Sumter Wise Drive (25)             3. Cherrydale Hispanic(18)
                                       4. Cherrydale Hispanic (25)          4. Rock HIll Emmanuel (12)
                                       5. Manning New Start (23)            5. LLuvia De Vida (11)
                                       6. Sumter Calvary (20)                  6. Reconciliation Ch. (11)

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Worship Opportunities this week:
Sunday Life Groups at 10 & Worship at 11
Sunday Afternoon Parking Lot Praise Service at 4 PM
Choir Practice at 5
Wednesday Youth & Teens at 6:30 PM
Wednesday Men's Bible Study at 6:30 PM
Wednesday Ladies Bible Study at the Church or on Zoom at 6:30​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ PM
Adult Bible Study at 6:30 PM

Encouraged By People’s Giving​​​​​​​
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.
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Letter From Pastor Bill

Hello Friends,

Hope this email finds you well. Summer is upon us and for the church that means it is Vacation Bible School time. This coming week will be filled with fun and laughter as the family of God gathers to touch kids' hearts. A big thank you to Pastor Regina and all of her helpers who have organized this great gathering. As far as prayer concerns, Mrs. Reba Watkins is in the Lexington Hospital with heart issues. May God touch. Please continue to remember Hope Addison, Brenda Yon, Terry Hook, Jackson and John Lowrimore, Bobby and Marie Mahaffey, Tina Joye, Joyce Wise and her family, Joann Holman's daughter Heidi, Ray Brazier, Jean and Furman Jeffords, Sandy Harmon and all of our shut-ins. Thank you for being part of our church family.

God Bless,

Pastor Bill
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