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Midweek Update

May 25, 2022

 

A Message from Jeff...

 

 

    My Men’s Leadership Study will not meet this Saturday, May 28 due to the holiday weekend travel schedules.    


     I’ve missed worshipping with you while out of town on vacation and I’m looking forward to seeing you this Sunday as my message focuses on “Children:  Gifts from God.”


       There are times when it is helpful to worship online when unable to attend “in person” worship.  The following article by Bob Russell reminds us that there are special values that come from being present for worship if able.

 

Six Reasons Why You Need to Attend Church in Person

Written on May 15, 2022 by admin in Uncategorized

Since the Covid lockdown, many churchgoers no longer attend worship services regularly, alleging it is easier and less time-consuming to stay home and watch an online service. When confronted, some suggest they have grown beyond the need for in-person worship at a local congregation, claiming they get as much fulfillment when viewing a service online. Others rationalize that they may even watch two or three different sermons on a Sunday morning.

Hebrews 10:24, 25 command, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Admittedly, some contemporary worship services are designed in such a way that it is easier to be a spectator rather than participate in the worship.  Regardless of the worship style, here are six reasons why Christ-followers should attend worship in person:

  1. It edifies you. You may complain that the music is not your favorite or the sermon leaves you bored, but the Word of God is read, communion is served, Christ is exalted…and the offering is collected! Occasionally, you may leave the dinner table disappointed that the meal was not tasty, but somehow your digestive system still assimilates the food, nourishing your body. The same is true when you regularly attend worship and are fed the Word of God in person.
  2. It provides an opportunity to serve others. When you attend church, you learn about the needs of Christian brothers and sisters and are motivated to minister to them and pray for them. It is not all about you.
  3. It quietly testifies to the lost. When your neighbors see you drive out the driveway headed for church, they know where you are going. When the golfer drives by the church building on Sunday morning and sees the cars in the parking lot, he is reminded of where he should be. Church attendance slowly and quietly testifies to the world which side you are on.
  4. It provides a natural evangelistic opportunity. When you attend worship regularly, you have a natural venue to invite lost people to join you and learn about Christ. It is amazing how much more edifying a church service becomes when someone who does not know the Lord, sits by your side.
  5. It encourages other believers. A young college student was struggling with doubt. He was so troubled he decided to go to a local church on Sunday morning to see if he could rediscover the faith that had previously served as the foundation for his life. That morning, in an old traditional church service, his faith was renewed, and he left that day recommitted to Christ. The student later testified that his inspiration did not come from the singing or the preaching. But during the pastoral prayer, he opened his eyes and glanced around. Two rows behind him and across the aisle was a much-respected science professor with his head bowed in intense prayer. The young man thought to himself, “If that teacher with all his brilliance can believe, so can I.”  Maybe the college professor left disappointed that he did not get much out of the service that day. Yet the fact that he took the time to meet with other believers was a source of encouragement to a young student…whether or not the professor realized it. Just attending church spurs others on toward love and good deeds.

6. One final reason we need to attend church regularly: God commands it. Enough said!

 

Love,

 

Jeff

    

 

Upcoming Messages:

 

May 29    Children:  Gifts from God   (Family Sunday)      Jeff Stone speaking

 

 

                                         “Questions About Heaven”    Message Series

 

June   5     What will Heaven be Like?

June 12     Who will be in Heaven?

June 19     Why does Heaven Matter?

                   (Fathers’ Day)

 

 

Announcements & Upcoming Events


Pictorial Directory

The pictorial directories have arrived. If you had your photo taken or you submitted your photo, please pick up your directory at the Welcome Center or you can stop by the office during the week. 

 

Thank You

Thank you for participating in the Jr./Sr. High Bake Sale last week. We were able to raise $1,302 to help the Ukraine relief through Team Expansion. We are also thankful that the BCC Missions Team is contributing $1,000 bringing the total donation to $2,302. 


"Christmas in July"

Be sure to mark your calendars for July 9. The Children's Ministry is hosting this FREE family event - there will be a time of music, teaching, and break-out craft sessions followed by lunch being served and a special treat. Please begin inviting others to join your family in the day's events. Pre-Registration will begin June 5 and run through July 1, pick up registration forms at the Gathering Area or you can contact Alisha to sign up. 

 

We are still in need of volunteers for the event. If you are able to help in any way, please contact Alisha or pick up a volunteer form at the Gathering Area.

 

Congratulations
Lillian Mae Glaub was welcomed by her parents Greg & Ashley along with her siblings, Addison & Lucas on May 24, 2022. We will celebrate with them by having the diaper shower bassinet placed in the hallway for the month of June. Please place your gift of diapers and cards of encouragement in the bassinet. 

 

 

Prayer Requests

 

Kelsee Lainhart

Mary Anne Matz

Virginia Abplanalp

Jackie Richards

Brandy Chatnum

Derwood & Jean Snyder

Ron & Janet Stutler

Students graduating

Brian Kirschner

Cassie Bushorn