Pastor Bill’s Babbling Brook
Weekly Edition of Church News & Notes: 5.22.20
Memorial Roll Sunday
Many wonderful people have gone on to be with the Lord from our congregation in the last year. On Sunday, we will remember these special friends by placing their names on the Memorial Roll. In memory of them, our church makes a donation to the Missionary Medical Fund.
It’s impossible to sum up the life of Donna Sulser in one word or even one letter. But since I am forced to try, let’s use the letter “G” which Donna loved to be known as. I think it originally stood for “Grandma” and she certainly was a wonderful one to her ten in her family and countless others that she “adopted”. Donna had a huge heart especially for those who didn’t have it all together. But for others of us, the “G” had to stand for “Generosity”. For Donna gave of her time, her talent and her treasure. She was known to travel hours to watch a ballgame of a friend’s child or to talk to someone in need. Everyone enjoyed at least one, if not hundreds, of meals where she would refuse to allow us to pay. Some, especially at the church, would have thought the “G” stood for Gardner. Donna loved working in the yard. For years she spent countless hours making our lawn beautiful. And she was always forgiving when we mowed down her flowers. But most importantly, the “G” stood for “Godly”. Now, if she were watching this from glory, she would want me to immediately write that she wasn’t perfect. This was true. But Donna’s main desire was to serve her wonderful Lord and introduce as many people as possible to her amazing Savior. In my book, that is the definition of godly. I guess there is one more “G” for which it could stand which is “Goingtomissher”. We miss her singing, we miss her greeting, we miss her spirit, most importantly we miss her love. Thankfully the “G” also stands for “Gettoseeheragain”. We all look forward to that day.
James always had something to say. It was one of the characteristics that we loved. Whether it was politics, theology, sports, weather or any other topic, James had an opinion. When he would grab you by the arm, you knew that there was more to be discussed about a certain subject. James had the unique ability to find a soft spot in our hearts. I believe it was because we knew he loved us. We knew he was talking to the Lord on our behalf. James studied the Bible and knew it well. He was always faithful to attend our Southern Gospel Singings. James was a good guy and we know we will talk with him again when Jesus returns.
“A Hard Worker with Good Intentions”
On several occasions when the church needed help with something, we could always count on Chris. He was generous with his time and had the energy to keep going until the job was done. Chris was also very dedicated to caring for Carol and Barbara Johnson. While Mr. Johnson was in the hospital, Chris was sure Mrs. Johnson made all of her appointments. He was also very faithful in visiting the hospital. You could sense his love for his family. We certainly miss Chris.
This precious lady would often tell of what the Lord had done in her life. It was a story of God’s amazing grace and transformation. Ferris loved her family and was an incredible grandmother. She never gave up and we look forward to seeing her again someday.
Mr. Johnson had tremendous fortitude no matter the situation. As a child, he was hit by a train, but miraculously he survived. After a stroke following a delicate heart surgery, the prognosis wasn’t good for him. Once again, God brought him off the ventilator. It was during this recovery that Mr. Johnson accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. We have an awesome God who never gives up just like Mr. Johnson.
Youth and Teens
A note from Victor
Are you a youth or parent of a youth? We want to connect with you! As we are praying, planning, and preparing, we would like to gather contact information for each teen and send a little gift to each. Would you please send us your or your teen’s name, phone number, birthday, and address, and most importantly, favorite kind of ice cream? All info can be sent to Victor at firstname.lastname@example.org. The sooner the better so we can get to know you/your teen! We look forward to one day meeting you all in person (if we haven’t already) and we are praying for you! In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to us – you can reach Victor at the email listed above or text/call (737) 230-3377, and Amber at email@example.com or text/call (737) 239-3955. We are also on Facebook, so please send us a friend request!
Morning Worship at 11 AM on Facebook Live
Praise Service at 6 PM in the Church Parking Lot
Wednesday Devotions at 7 PM on Facebook Live
Encouraged By People’s Giving
Ever since we canceled services a couple of weeks ago, people have been giving to the Lord and the church. We can’t tell you how much this means to us. There are four ways one can give. 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
Hope everyone is doing well today and enjoying some sunshine after the recent rainstorms. As most of you know by now, Kristi's mother, Carolee Loar, passed away Thursday night. Pastor Bill and family will be in Maryland for a few more days. Our prayers are with Harmon's during this time.
Pastor Bill had planned to honor some of the others from our church family that we have lost during this past year, but will reschedule those memorials for a later date.
We are excited about our speaker for Sunday morning. Please join us on facebook as our very own, Victor Skaggs, will bring a special message. Victor is our new Youth Pastor and is doing a wonderful job even through these hard times. We know that the Lord will use him to deliver just what we need to hear. We will not have our PM Drive In Service on Sunday night.
As far as prayer request go, please continue to remember the Harmon family, and Linda Hagins in the recent loss of her daughter. We pray for Rod Dinkins and his family and we lift up Cory Bagby and Hunter Riley who have been diagnosed with Coronavirus. We pray for a quick and complete recovery.
Stay safe and we look forward to meeting together soon!