Pastor Bill’s Babbling Brook
Weekly Edition of Church News & Notes: 4.16.2021
“A True Churchman”
Last Friday, our church lost one of its most vocal supporters when Mr. Joe Moore went to be with the Lord. This World War II veteran loved West Columbia First and had been an essential part of our congregation since the 60’s. Brother Joe at one time was our treasurer and he organized an annual Father’s Day breakfast that attracted men from throughout the community. He was probably best known as a greeter. His warm personality and friendly smile made guests especially welcomed. Brother Joe was also passionate about visiting shut-ins and those in the nursing homes. He often would take vegetables from his garden and deliver it to the elderly. For many years, Brother Joe would open the Adult Bible Fellowship class up with a poem or a scripture reading while also recognizing those who had birthdays and anniversaries. When he was a resident of a nursing home facility, he tried his best to make others feel better. Brother Joe always talked about how much he wanted to return to church. Probably, we will miss this godly man the most because of his prayers. Every morning, he was lifting us up to the Lord. Mr. Joe Moore left us a wonderful legacy of what a true churchman is all about. May many follow in his footsteps.
Steak Supper Scheduled for Saturday, May 1
We are only two weeks away from our steak supper. Now is the time to get your tickets from Jeff Williams and sell them to your friends, family and co-workers. Many in our community look forward to this event. Tickets are available to be purchased online at our website wcfn316.com. Thanks for your support.
Baby Day, May 2
God has blessed our church with many babies in recent years. On Sunday, May 2 we will recognize all kids under the age of 3 and pray a special prayer of blessing upon them. We hope everyone will join on this special day.
A Transition For The Skaggs
Pastor Victor and Amber chose that this past Sunday would be his last day as our youth pastor. We appreciate their efforts with our teens over the last thirteen months. Pastor Amber was especially helpful in discipling a couple of our young ladies. But as more people began to return to church, it became evident the Skaggs and I had a difference in philosophies of ministry. One area of disagreement was about wearing masks on Wednesday nights so that more kids might feel comfortable attending. The Skaggs did not believe they could comply. It was becoming evident that we were going to part ways at some point. We wish this couple well as they seek to minister elsewhere. Please call or text me if you have any questions about this decision.
Volunteers needed for the following ministries:
Nursery Attendants during the service
Flower Bed Attendant
Spring 2021 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 Men's Bible Study at 6:30 PM
“Everyday Christian Living
Like Christ Seven Days a Week”
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
“Emotions of the Cross”
A Look at What Jesus Might Have Felt
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
I hope this email finds you well. It has been a busy week around the church. On Monday, we had the memorial service for Mr. Joe Moore. Even though he wasn't as active in recent years, he will be missed by many. Brother Joe was such an encouragement to me and others. Join me in praying for Mrs. Moore and the family. On Wednesday, we had 10 teens and four parents along with two other volunteers participate in our youth meeting. We are excited about the future and we are looking forward to a fun filled summer. Then on Saturday, our church will host the memorial service for Mr. Don Roy who is Dana Sulser's step-father. The Roys would visit our church on special occasions and Mr. Don loved Jesus and allowed God's light to flow through him. Thank you to everyone who made food and served meals during this time of loss. As far as prayer concerns, Mrs. Alice Asbill had to have emergency appendicitis surgery on Friday. Please continue to lift up Nancy Hall, Roxan Weed, Miriam Self, Karen Lawson, Bill Riley's brother and Mike Williams. This Sunday is the third Sunday of Easter. I hope you can join us either on line or in person.