Emerald Isle Baptist Church Volume 1, Edition 9
News from the Pews
A NOTE FROM PASTOR FREDDIE
We live in a community, but what is community really? Community: a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. Good, but missing something. Community: a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interest, and goals. Better, yet still missing something.
Let’s try a biblical phrase and see if that resonates. “God has combined the members of the body (body meaning the entire group of people) so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices.” NOW, THAT IS COMMUNITY!
In the aftermath of hurricane Florence, I have watched this definition of community play out over and over as people have come together to assist anyone in need. “Are you all ok?” and “How can I help?” have become the two most common phrases uttered as I listen to people talk. I see community as I have never seen it on such a large scale. Differences no longer dominate the conversation. Suffering together and rejoicing together are the order of the day. Is God at work in our lives, in our community, large or small? I am so thankful for each and every one of you. Furthermore, I thank my God for what I see in you and in your love for one another. You are the instrument of God to bring help and hope for such a time as this. Without any reservation, I believe that God will receive the glory from every tear you shed and every joy you celebrate as the community of faith.
“If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices.” 1 Cor. 12:26
COMMUNITY TRUNK OR TREAT PLANNED
Join us for a family Trunk or Treat at EIBC Saturday, October 27 from 5-7:30. There will be hotdogs, games, and lots of candy for the kids of EI. I will need people to decorate their cars and need individually wrapped candy donations (no hard candy please!) If you are willing to help call Stella at the church or email me at HYPERLINK "mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org" email@example.com.
WOMEN ON MISSION
Women’s ministry will meet Saturday, October 20 at 10:00 am. We will collect the items we had scheduled to bring for September and October, school supplies and soap. Our guest speaker will be from Operation Christmas Child. All women are welcome!
*$1200 in gift cards given out
*3 pick-up loads of supplies delivered to Baptist Men Disaster Relief
*Cleaning supplies taken to White Oak Elementary
*15 volunteers worked the “center” organizing and giving out supplies and connecting people with resources!
SPAGHETTI LUNCH FUNDRAISER FOR YOUTH
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4
AFTER CHURCH, 11:30-1:30
$5/ PLATE INCLUDES SALAD AND GARLIC BREAD
*TICKETS SOLD IN ADVANCE AND AT THE DOOR.
*Youth are meeting Sunday evenings at the church from 6:30-8 pm.
*Youth to Winterfest – Dec.30-31 at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Contact Raegan Ries for details!
*Yard sale fundraiser postponed, but save your stuff. New date to come!
October 10 – Menu: Chicken pastry, sweet potatoes, garden peas, salad and rolls. Sign up at church or call the office by Sunday, October 7 at noon. There is no cost for the meal but donations are appreciated.
Notes from Wanda
One of my favorite phrases states, “Music washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” I have found this to be my experience throughout life especially through the listening and singing of hymns and other songs of my faith. Through music we can offer our thanks to God, commune with him, share our testimony, find a source of encouragement and strength and we certainly are provided the opportunity to serve God through the gift of music. I thank you for your congregational singing in the worship services and it is my hope that you carry the message of the songs with you throughout your journey in times of joy or sorrow.
Our choir is a great group of people who come together each week for one hour on Wednesday evenings to learn songs of our faith, fellowship together, encourage one another and share God’s message in worship. There are seats and extra music always available to anyone who would like to come have fun and serve through singing. I invite you to come and give it a try! We will begin practicing Christmas music on Wednesday evening, October 4 at 7pm. This would be a great time to join us and help share with tunes in our hearts and words on our lips the message of God’s grace and love for all. I look forward to hearing from you!
Stressed? Need to talk??
The Coastal Carolina Center for Women’s Ministry
is available to provide a supportive, listening ear.
Call 252-764-0722 to schedule an appointment. www.coastalcarolinacwm.org