Pastor Bill’s Babbling Brook
Weekly Edition of Church News & Notes: 2.16.2024

A Recap Of The Revival
What a week! There is no doubt that the 24 hours of prayer made a significant difference in our revival. Each service was filled with the Lord’s presence. Rev. Lindsey Murphy challenged us to accept our identity in Christ and spend ten minutes listening for the Lord’s direction. On Tuesday, when the invitation was given to “change our posture toward God”, the altars were filled. For many of us, the healing portion of the service was the highlight as people stood in the gap for their loved ones and friends. Over 90 individuals came out on Wednesday, as our children led us in a song and Lili Lowrimore played a special. At the conclusion of the revival, Pastor Lindsey had a powerful prayer for all of our parents. The attendance for these services eclipse many of the recent revivals. Throughout the week, several of our young ladies got to spend time with Rev. Murphy. But we don’t want the revival to end on Wednesday. It is our prayer that this revival will continue as we see the lost saved, the believers entirely sanctified, the saints revitalized and the sick healed.

The Fundamentals of Our Faith For Lent
“Step and Slide”, “pick and roll”, and “Box out” are all terms that basketball players understand. They are the fundamentals of the game. If a team doesn’t execute these basic principles there is a good chance they will struggle to win in the tournament. The same is true for our Christian walk. If we don’t have a firm understanding of our faith, then it is difficult to be a successful follower of Jesus. For the season of Lent, each Sunday we will look at a different aspect of our faith. This week we will tackle the character of God. There are many misconceptions of who God is and what He is like. I hope you can join us each week. It may solve some issues you are having with your journey with Jesus.

God Continues To Provide For Our Grocery Giveaway
Each month, Mrs. Anne Shaw and her helpers go to the local store to buy the items we need to feed families in need. The bill is in the hundreds of dollars which our faithful giving provides. But this month, God wanted to bless us in a special way. As Mrs. Anne was getting ready to pay for the groceries, a man behind her insisted on making the purchase. He wanted to be a part of what God was doing. We are so grateful for how God is working within our Food Pantry Ministry. This Thursday from 9-12, we will once again be supplying our community with needed items. But those coming receive more than just nutrition, Anne Shaw and her volunteers extend the hand of fellowship while also praying for any needs they might have. Thank you for your support for this important ministry. Please see Anne if you would like to help.

Sprucing Up the Grounds
As we get closer to Spring, our church would like to make some improvements to our facilities. If you would be willing to paint, garden, clean up or fix some things, please let the Pastor or Regina know.

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.​​​​​​​

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)


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.

Letter From Pastor Bill

Hello Friends,

What a wonderful revival we had! Many have said how much they enjoyed each service. I have no doubt that the prayers that were lifted made a difference. Thank you for your support. It is our hope that this revival spirit will continue throughout the Lenten season. As far as prayer requests, please remember Hope Addison, Tina Joye, Jackson Lowrimore, Bobby and Marie Mahaffey, Paul and Hope Hall, Becky Drafts, Nicole Bayne's cousin, and all of our shut-ins.

God Bless,

Pastor Bill