All families are invited to attend our Wednesday Night Dinner Program beginning on Wednesday, September 18. Dinner will be served at 5:30 pm. Children and youth will be baking cookies that evening in the kitchen to support the NASCAR Raceway Ministry. Prayer Walk to follow for children and adults. Call ahead to make dinner reservations. The cost for dinner is $4.50 for adults and $2.50 for children.
At Athens VBS, many volunteers from CABC shared the love of Christ with approximately fifty children and youth from our church and community. It was a fun week learning about “Paul’s Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth.” Families were able to travel together to worship, make an art craft, play arena games, explore the Marketplace, and visit Paul in his tent-making house. They also ate snacks together and learned new songs. A few new faces joined our VBS program from the community and families from our church attended.
Each year we are very thankful to receive VBS materials and resources from other churches doing the same VBS program. This year Richmond’s First Baptist Church shared their VBS resources with us. I would like to thank Candi Brown, Minister to Children at FBC, for making it all happen. I would also like to thank Steve Brown for picking up the VBS materials and for working on the columns. He worked really hard to make them look nice and pretty for us up on the stage. After VBS, he also returned all of the items to FBC with his truck. Thank you, Steve! I would also like to thank our decorating team for spending several hours decorating the gym and hallways. The decorating team consisted of Joy Minozzi, Adam Raskin, Luke Minozzi, Caitlyn Smith, and Steve Brown.
It takes many volunteers to make our VBS program successful. I would like to personally thank each volunteer who served including: Nursery: Allison Lushao and Diane Fulwider; Preschool (Rome): Nancy King and Joy Minozzi; Antioch: Rosa Coleman and Millie Collins; Berea: Maristela Araujo and Pete Collins; Colossae: Judy Bendle and Brenda & Ronald Gilliam; Corinth: Jeff Minozzi and Tara Croom; Ephesus: Steve Brown and Sandra Beale; Galatia: Lynne Lilley and Sandy Beale; Iconium: Caitlyn Smith; Lystra: Adam Raskin and Margaret Robinson; Paul: Allen King and Dionysus: Wayne Conner; Sound: Howard Germany; Music: Joy Minozzi; Crafts: Peggy Coddington and Lee Germany; Arena Games: Scott and Cora Hackenburg; Snack Leaders: Sheliah Dowdy, Linda Pickering, and Virginia Baker; Security and Bell Ringer: Woody Johnson; Registration: Betty Johnson and Howard Germany; and Missions: Nancy King and Maristela Araujo. I would also like to thank Caitlyn Smith for inviting our VBS participants to Sandston Pool on August 16. We had 16 VBS participants attend. Everyone had a great time swimming in the pool together.
This year we raised money in our VBS program for a mission project called “More Than Nets.” This mission project is made up of Virginia and Ghana Baptists who are working together to reduce malaria and plant churches in Yendi, Ghana. Together, we were able to raise $101.08 to support this mission project in Africa. Thank you to everyone who donated money to support this cause.
September begins a new church year and with this new year we begin living into our new structure in earnest. The Church Council has had several meetings. They are preparing for the first Semi-Annual Business meeting. By the way the date has been changed to October 13th due to Allen and me being away on the 6th. The meeting will take place during the Sunday School hour. We will begin promptly at 9:30 AM. All members and regular attenders are encouraged to attend. Both groups are allowed to speak and vote.
The Ministry Leaders will meet on Wednesday, August 28 to work on a coordinated calendar for the new church year. The Theme for the year will be: “Love In Action.” Hopefully we will be planning events that help us show God’s love in concrete ways.
The Deacon’s will meet on Wednesday, September 4th at 6:30. They will elect officers and choose new Deacon Team Leaders. September 8th the Deacons will be recruiting team members to assist them with their work. Please find them and volunteer to help.
The new Sunday School year is also beginning. I hope that many of you will make a renewed commitment to study God’s word with a small group of people each Sunday. There are plenty of options for the adults. I hope you will find your place. We are also doing some regrouping of our children and youth classes, so I hope our children and youth will make an effort to attend and give the new classes a try.
Please periodically check the Homebound bulletin board in back hallway near the Sunday School office. It’s constantly changing because of deaths, new ones being added. Also, please mark any contacts you make with these special members of ours, i.e. cards, calls, visits. Thank you for your participation in adopting these folks and making them feel special, like they are not forgotten even though they can no longer attend.
Athens: Paul’s Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth
This summer we will be traveling to Athens at Carlisle Avenue Baptist Church to be a part of Paul’s dangerous journey to share the truth. You are invited to come and be a part of this exciting experience. Athens VBS is scheduled for August 11-15 from 6-8 pm. It is for children (3 years old – potty trained) through adults. We will have a nursery available for our VBS workers. Would you like to serve as a VBS volunteer? We can use your help! Please let Claire know if you can serve.
There is still time to register for Vacation Bible School. To register, please visit our church website at www.cabc.org and download a VBS registration form and family letter. Fill out the form with a pen and drop it off in Claire’s mailbox.
I would like to give a word of thanks to those of you who helped distribute flyers around our church neighborhood on July 31 and August 1. Thank you for spreading the word about our VBS program to our community. What a great way to spread the love of Christ! Our VBS Decorating Team will meet at the church on Saturday, August 10 at 3 pm to decorate the gym. I would like to remind all family group leaders that you will need to decorate your own classrooms. The prayer room will be set up with a few leftover items that you can use to decorate your classrooms.
This year we are adding an additional component to our VBS Program, a fun evening at the Sandston Pool. VBS participants are invited to a pool party on Friday, August 16 from 6-8 pm. Families will need to bring $4.00 to go swimming. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Other events happening this month are Picnic at the Park at Osborne Landing at 6 pm on Wednesday, August 21. Out- door Movie Night will be on Friday, August 23 at 8:30 pm. We will watch Charlotte’s Webb. It is a great child friendly movie. Refreshments including lemonade and pop-corn will be served. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the show! Please make plans to attend these events!