Emerald Isle Baptist Church
News from the Pews
A WORD FROM DORLA
Are you doing ANOTHER Bible study?” my friend asked one day. “Haven’t you learned it all by now?” I had to laugh because I HAD been in Sunday school since infancy! I kind of knew where her incredulity was coming from, however. I remember hearing a favorite uncle talking about his Bible lesson when I was a teenager. I was shocked that this man, in his 60’s, was learning something new about a book he had studied all his life. Hadn’t he already heard every Bible story there was to hear? Didn’t he already know about Noah, Daniel, Moses, and all the other heroes of God’s Word? What NEW thing could he possibly glean from reading them again? Like my friend, I simply couldn’t understand that studying the Bible is not like studying a piece of literature or a manual in order to take a test on the material one day. It was not until my 40’s that I discovered that there is SO MUCH MORE to the Holy Writ than stories and poetry. I began attending a local community Bible study because all my friends were going. I didn’t really expect to experience any real revelations; after all, I was a preacher’s kid. I was even a little cocky as I sat down in that first session, thinking I’d be able to answer all the questions without hesitation. Immediately, I realized I was in for something shocking and wonderful: God’s word is so much more than tales of floods, famines, and reluctant lions. I realized very soon that every aspect of life is addressed in that holy book for every phase of my existence. Thus began a desire to know and understand as much as possible about my heavenly Father’s message for me and for the world. Today, I can hardly get through one study before I am thirsting for the next. When I take a break for a few weeks for vacation or well, just life, I miss the quest for inspiration and wisdom. Like my uncle, Bible study, for me, is a lifelong pursuit which I hope will never end. It has been my pleasure and joy to facilitate the morning women’s study group for several years, and still “I haven’t learned it all by now!” Won’t you join a study today? This month? This year? EIBC has so many to offer for all age groups and schedules. What have you got to lose?
It’s PASTA NIGHT at EIBC!
Join us for good food and fellowship around the table on Wednesday, May 8, at 6 PM. On the menu: meat lasagna and vegetable lasagna, garden salad, & garlic bread.
Cost: Donations Only
Children will participate in a Mother’s Day activity after their meal.
Baptist Children’s Home May Food Round-Up
*Sunscreen 30 SPF or more *Fruit Juice
*Peanut Butter *Deodorant
*Macaroni and Cheese *Canned Fruits and Vegetables
*Paper Products (toilet paper, napkins, paper towels) *Cereal
Collection Bins are in the fellowship hall throughout the month of May
Important Upcoming Dates:
May 8- Fellowship Dinner 6 PM
May 12-Baby Dedication Service 10 AM
May 9-Hand Made’ns 1 PM
May 16- Chrismon Class 10 AM
May 18- Men’s Breakfast 8:30 AM; Women’s Ministry Meeting 10 AM
May 20- Meal Ministry at the Food Bank 6:30 AM
May 26- Baptism Service 10 AM
“ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Each year, we celebrate our high school and college graduates in a special service. If you would like to participate in the June 2 Graduate Service, please contact Freddie or Dorla at the church office: 252-354-8795, before May 26.
Join us on Sunday, May 26, as we celebrate baptism. If you would like to be baptized on this day, please contact Freddie.
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19
“Neighbors with Needles” has been renamed! This sewing ministry is busy cutting fabric and patterns, and sewing dresses to put into the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes in December. Last year they sewed and donated over 400 dresses! They meet every second Thursday of each month at 1 PM in the fellowship hall. Please see Della Abrams if you would like to join this ministry: 252-567-8919.
Memorial Day Closures
All EIBC staff will be out of the office on Monday, May 27, in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday. In addition, the Meal Ministry at the Food Bank will NOT be held on this fourth Monday, but on Monday, May 20, instead. The office will reopen on Tuesday, May 28 at 9 AM.
Monday, July 8-Thursday, July 11
*Family kick-off cookout Sun., July 7
*Contact Stella to volunteer
*Share the dates with family and friends!
Bible Studies for All!
We have many opportunities for Bible study at EIBC. Join one today!
Sunday: Youth dinner & class 5:30 PM
Monday: Women 5:30, Men 7:30
Tuesday: Women 8:30 AM, Young Women 7 PM
Wednesday: Congregational 6 PM