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From the Pastor’s Heart


benediction (Latin: bene, well + dicere, to speak) is a short invocation for divine help,
blessing and guidance, usually at the end of worship service. Many Baptist worship
services conclude with a final prayer. But the benediction is something more than a
prayer. The word benediction means to say good thoughts, to pronounce truth, based on the
Principles of God.

With the exception of each first Sunday, when we join hands and sing “Bless be the tie that
binds,” I have given a benediction. I got that from Dr. James Flamming, long time pastor
of the First Baptist Church of Richmond. While I first thought it was theatrical, I realized
that pronouncing a blessing upon each person was in keeping with the spirit of our departure
from worship.

As my family and I are departing this church, it is appropriate to conclude with a benediction:

"The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face
shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up
his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace."
(Numbers 6:24-26.)

Pastor John

From the Special Events Committee

There will be a farewell reception for Pastor John and Kristye, Leah and Eve
on Saturday, May 7 from 2 to 4 pm. Please save the date.

Notes from your Director of Christian Ministries

Kid’s Own Worship and Faith Discovery Centers for May

Parents and Guardians – You are invited visit your child’s classroom during Kid’s Own Worship or Faith
Discovery Centers at any time – our wonderful teachers would love for you to come and experience the
joy of learning about Jesus with your child. You might even find that God is calling you to serve in our
Children’s Ministry

Week Bible Memory Verse Bible Point

Story/Scripture (all are NIrV unless otherwise noted)
May 1 Peter Explains And that's not all. We are full of joy even when we suffer. We Jesus Brings Joy
Belief in Jesus know that our suffering gives us the strength to go on. The
1 Peter 1:3-9 strength to go on produces character. Character produces hope.
Romans 5:3-4
May 8 Jesus Returns to “So you must go and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them Go Tell Others
Heaven in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. About Jesus
Matt 28:16-20; Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And
Acts 1:1-11 you can be sure that I am always with you, to the very end."
Matthew 28:19-20
May 15 Christians Care for Let us consider how we can stir up one another to love. Let us Encourage One
One Another help one another to do good works. Let us not give up meeting Another
Psalm 23; together. Some are in the habit of doing this. Instead, let us
Acts 2:42-47 cheer each other up with words of hope. Let us do it all the
more as you see the day coming when Christ will return.
Hebrews 10:24-25
May 22 Stephen Forgives But make sure in your hearts that Christ is Lord. Always be Stand Up for
His Accusers as ready to give an answer to anyone who asks you about the Jesus
They Stone Him hope you have. Be ready to give the reason for it. But do it
Acts 6:8-7:60 gently and with respect. 1 Peter 3:15
May 29 Paul Teaches in Don't you know who made everything? Haven't you heard We Can Know
Athens about him? The Lord is the God who lives forever. He created God
Acts 17:16-31 everything on earth. He won't become worn out or get tired. No
one will ever know how great his understanding is. Isaiah 40:28

Bible Studies
Study of the Gospel of Matthew Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm.
You are welcome to join in at any time – Each week we view a video dramatization of the NIV translation of a chapter of
Matthew and then discuss the scripture presented. For information, contact Carol Seeley or Brian Barnes.

Men’s Bible Study Sunday evenings at 6:00 pm.

Gather with other men to study and discuss scripture together. For information, contact Frank Halbauer.


You will sometimes hear me say to the
Youth “we serve an awesome and mighty “Feelings.” That is a title of a very popular
God”. Never has that statement been proven song. It is also something we all have. Hopefully,
more than in the last month and even as we there will be more happy feelings than sad ones.
But, be assured, hurt is a part of life. That brings me
continue to look forward to what God has in to this point: Christ Jesus “has made us
store for this ministry. (Christians) Kings and Priests unto God and His
The Barbeque Luncheon was a Father (Rev. 1:6). We are members of the royal
tremendous success because of your priesthood of God. As mutual believers we need to
have love and respect for each other.
faithfulness to follow God’s leading and your
love and generosity for the Youth Ministry We do not honor God if we fail to exercise
and the Youth themselves. We were taken our authority as priest of the kingdom. Nor if we fail
to exercise our authority to proclaim His good news
aback by the total amount of money that was
to a lost soul, to labor in His church, to not be
raised … over $900.00! We cannot thank you ashamed of our faith. We are always on call to
enough for your gift of time by being there demonstrate our character when expressing our
for the luncheon and for your monetary gifts thoughts and opinions.
that will allow the Youth to go to camp this
So, it’s important to conduct ourselves in a
summer. We hope that you can “visit” the Christ-like manner. God’s Holy Word should guide
thank you card the Youth created on the wall our principles as we strive to live in and honor
across from the choir room. Thank You! Christ Jesus. God gives unto us “gifts”, some as
evangelists, some as pastors and some as teachers.
As we continue our monthly mission (Eph. 4:11) Those fields of service are time
projects we will be conducting a community consuming and cannot be taken lightly. Anything
food drive on April 23rd that will benefit the that is allowed to interfere in fulfilling a ministry is
food pantries of Calvin Presbyterian and not of God and will eventually fail. We must be
unified in seeking after God’s will and not our own
Lighthouse Community churches. I want to understanding and desires.
draw your attention to Lighthouse
Community Church in particular; they are We have mourned for our church and will no
helping folks in their community so much doubt mourn again. But, we should be mourning for
not praying and seeking God’s will and not for
that as I write this article they have no food earthly concerns. We don’t need to take time and
on their shelves. We pray that God will bless think in terms of a “blame game” or “guild trips.”
this gathering of food in a great way and that What we do need is time on our knees. God is not
it can be used to affect and change the lives going to let His church fail. The church will always
thrive when we have respect and love for the Lord
of those who are in need. and for each other.
As always, we invite anyone to join us
in our monthly mission projects! May your With prayers and supplication to God for His
days be blessed! help, we can then see things function correctly.
Life’s purpose is to worship and honor Him. “To
Your Humble Servant In Christ, Him be glory and dominion forever and forever.”
Brian Barnes (1 Peter 4:11) My prayer is that you will allow God’s
Agape love to reign in your life.
Mark Your Calendar for the following events
from the Rec Committee: Now, that’s a HAPPY feeling.

June 11 Family day at the beach Azalea Style

July 2 Independence Day Celebration 11-4 pm Mike Campbell, Deacon
July 22 Movie on the lawn TBA
October 30 Fall Festival 5-6 PM

 Non-perishable food items for the food pantry
 Transportation for Doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping
and other needs are being met
 Baskets of Love are being distributed
ON MISSION FOR CHRIST: “unhindered”  Busy hands are crocheting/knitting prayer shawls
 Sponsoring a child through the Door of Hope in S. Africa
 Collecting funds for Operation Smile
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of  Donating through a Diaper Bag Ministry to assist work in
witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin Appalachia
that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the  Our Youth are sponsoring a child in Africa
race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the
author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before ONGOING MISSIONS AND MINISTRIES:
him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at CAMPBELL’S PRODUCT LABELS
the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV) BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

Jesus said, “When you have ministered to the least of
APRIL and MAY these, you have ministered unto me.” (Paraphrased
Gifts to the Easter Offering for From the GEMS
Association and Virginia Missions
will be received during April and Next Ladies Night Out: September 24!
May. Our church-wide goal is $4500.00 – with
60% of the total gifts forwarded to the VBMB All ladies of the church are invited to the next GEMS
for the Alma Hunt Offering for Virginia Missions meeting on May 20 at 6:30 pm. This will be a hands
and 40% forwarded to NABA to fund MISSION on project, and anyone who can cut, stuff, sew or tie
IMPACT 2011. a knot is needed. Those of you who have a portable
sewing machine, please bring it with you.
MISSION IMPACT 2011 Emphasis:
We are still collecting the following items, please
(based on Acts 1:8)
leave them in the Mission Boxes.
 Transforming Churches, Transformational
Leadership Conferences (Jerusalem) Men’s gloves
 Transforming Hampton Roads; Transformational Sweat pants of all sizes for men and women from
Leadership Conferences (Judea) children’s through adult sizes
 Partnering Domestically, Cross Cultural Ministries Sample size toothpaste,
(Samaria) Wash cloths, hand towels
 Partnering Internationally, Child Head-of- Flat sheets – full size or larger
Household Ministry (Ends of the Earth) Large Zip Lock bags
Easter Offering Mission gifts to date total $3500.00 Empty shoe boxes
Empty and clean bottles that Mrs. Buttersworth
syrup and bear bottles that honey comes in.
To all you good cooks in Azalea, share your good VBS AUGUST 2011
cooking with others! Send your favorite recipes to be
included in the VIRGINIA BAPTIST COOKBOOK. Mark your calendar and plan to join
You can send as many as you like. Contact Audrey us on Sunday, May 22, at 3:00. This
for more information. is when the workers will have an
opportunity to experience VBS the way our children
MAY -- LADIES TEA do. We will be learning the VBS theme song, making
and sampling several snacks, making crafts, playing
We will host the annual outreach tea. games and hearing Bible stories.
Date: Sunday May 22 If you are planning to help in VBS this year, please
Time: 2:30 to 4:30 give your t-shirt size to Lynne G. by May 8.

Look for your invitations There will be a final VBS meeting on Sunday, July
one for you and one for a relative or friend. 10. This will be following the 11:00 worship service,
with lunch provided. We will be concentrating on the
Join the fellowship, VBS scenery and decorations at that time. Please call
laughter, goodies and special teas. the church office or let me know if you plan to attend.