Pastor Bill’s Babbling Brook
Weekly Edition of Church News & Notes: 12.4.20
Peace in the Middle of the Pandemic
God sent Jesus to earth so that we could experience peace like never before. Peace is not the absence of conflict but the disposition that all is well no matter the circumstance. Twenty-twenty has been a year that has tried our peace. From the constant fear of contracting an airborne disease to the restrictions that protect others and ourselves, the feeling that all is well can sometimes be difficult to find. But thanks be to God, He sends His Holy Spirit to calm our fears. It is Jesus’ spirit that assures us of His Presence and gives us confidence to face whatever each day might hold for us. On Sunday, we will celebrate the peace that comes from knowing Christ. It is one of the most precious gifts God has given us through Jesus. I hope you will join us either in person or on Facebook Live. We will also continue our sermon series about “Restoration” along with discovering how far Kristi and I have come on her grandma’s cedar chest. The candle of peace will be lit.
It is appropriate during this Christmas season that we would ask for volunteer shepherds. Just like when Jesus was born, they play an important role in our church. Our shepherds regularly pray for a group of people. They often will connect with them to see how everything is going. It is not uncommon for our shepherds to send special birthday wishes to their group. But most importantly, they care for the people in our church. As you pray, the Lord may lay it on your heart to join this vital ministry. It is our hope that every person in our congregation has a shepherd so we need at least twelve to fifteen individuals to volunteer. Please let me know if you are interested.
Van Driver Needed
Woody Hagins has faithfully picked up on the church van those who needed a ride for Wednesday night service. I have been taking them home. But next week, Woody will have knee surgery that will keep him from this essential ministry. If you are available by 5:30 on Wednesday nights and are comfortable picking up a couple of teens, please let me know. Right now there are only two individuals needing a ride. I would hate for anyone not to be able to attend church because of transportation issues. If this ministry is definitely not for you, please join me in praying that someone will respond.
A Word from Pastor Victor
I hope you all have had a great and safe week! We had a great time last week talking and learning about identity. No matter what others say or think of you, what the world says, or how lowly you think of yourself; You matter and God loves you! Our identity is not in this world, but in Jesus Christ. 1 John 3:1 says, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are…”. Our identity is in our Father! Thank you Jesus! If you are a teen or know of one who may be interested, come join us this Wednesday as we continue to seek God together!
Advent Theme: Restoration
Sunday, Nov. 29- Sunday, Dec. 20
Celebrate Jesus’ Gifts
of Hope, Peace, Joy & Love
Beautification Committee Gets Us in the Christmas Spirit
Angie Wlliams and her helpers do an amazing job decorating our church for the different seasons of the year. Please thank her for her leadership in this area and let her know if you would like to be a part of the fun.
Winter Devotional Books Are In!
Having personal private time with God is essential for the Christian walk. To assist in this activity, our church makes available the devotional book called “Reflecting God”. Those attending church in person can pick them up at the sanitization stations. Others can pick them up at the church office.
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.
Teen & Children’s Camp
Morning Worship at 11 AM at Church and on Facebook Live
Sunday Evening Drive In Service This Week at 5:30 PM
Wednesday Youth at 6:30 PM
Wednesday Ladies Bible Study at the Church or on Zoom at 6:30 PM
Wednesday Night Devotionals With Pastor Bill on Facebook Live at 7:00 PM
“The Last Words Of Paul”
A Study of the Book of Philippians
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
It is another week closer to Christmas! My son reminds us daily of the countdown. I have to admit sometimes I wish I had more of his enthusiasm for the season. Hopefully our Advent services will rekindle our passion for what God would like to do in us this holiday. On Sunday, we will celebrate the peace Jesus brought to this earth. With all of the stresses of life, I am so thankful for God's peace. As far as prayer requests, please remember Charlotte Sanders who is in the hospital battling an infection. Roxan Weed is also at Lexington because of a buildup of fluid in her lungs. She is expected to come home soon. Bobby Moyer had a heart attack and would appreciate our prayers. Ray Wright continues his daily infusion treatments for his infection in his wrist. Woody Hagins will have knee surgery this week. Marvin Black continues to recover from a fall he had last week. Thank you again for being part of our church family. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you. (803-530-1565)