Winn’s Messenger Published for Members and Friends of Winn’s Baptist Church 12320 Winn’s Church Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059 Phone: (804) 798.5512 ● Fax: (804) 752.2401 ● Web: www.winnsbc.org
Please join us this Christmas season as we present the musical, “The Night Before Christmas”, a celebration of the Christmas Story. Created by Joel Lindsey, Twila LaBar & J. Daniel Smith Arranged & Orchestrated by J. Daniel Smith
Presented by Set Apart Student Worship Team, Winn’s Sanctuary Choir & Musicians Saturday, December 17th, 2011, 3 & 7pm Sunday, December 18th, 2011 at 6pm FREE tickets will be available at the Welcome Center beginning Sunday, November 27th
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm
A Word From Our Senior Pastor A Promise Kept Dear Church Family and Friends, Many times in life we are disappointed by people who don’t keep their word. Whether we were intentionally misled, or someone just failed for whatever reason to follow through; it is always a let down. Fortunately, God always keeps His word! When we celebrate Christmas, we are celebrating a promise kept. We recall fondly where the promise is eloquently made to the children of God, such as Isaiah 9:6, “Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given….” But as those who have been listening to my messages for any length of time know, the first promise was made to the Devil himself! (Gen. 3:15) The Serpent had just done his part to usher sin, heartache, death and destruction into God’s beautiful creation, especially affecting the crown of his creation, mankind. God made the promise as a declaration of war against the enemy; and a proclamation of victory in that war. While we tend to think of the receiving of that promise as being similar to a cuddly little newborn baby being placed in our arms, it is actually much more like having three Navy Seals step up beside us while being confronted by a gang of thugs! Because God kept His promise, those of us who place our faith in Christ Jesus, can have victory over sin in this life, and live totally free from the effects of sin in the life yet to come. God promised to conquer our biggest enemy, and to deliver us from the sadistic intentions he has for us. It’s a promise that seems too good to be true; but He delivered! So enjoy all of the trappings that we have added to the celebration of Christmas, but always keep in mind that we are celebrating a promise kept! Rejoicing in the Victory, Pastor Jeff
A Word From Our Senior Associate Pastor
The Ron Dicanni painting you see is entitled "Simeon's Moment". It depicts an old man holding the baby Jesus with tears streaming down his face. It reminds me of the joy I felt recently when I was able to hold my newborn grandson, Baylor, in my arms and praise God for him. As special as that was, Simeon experienced something much greater. Here is his story directly from God's Word:
“And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: "Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel." (Luke 2:25-32, NKJV) There is a framed print of “Simeon’s Moment” hanging on our living room wall. Every time I look at it I think of the emotions Simeon must have felt at this moment. After having the Holy Spirit reveal to you that before you died you would see the promised Messiah, then to get to hold him in your arms! Babies are special enough, especially when they are your own, but just imagine holding the baby Jesus in your arms. Wow!!! As we begin the Christmas season my prayer for you is that you experience the same level of joy that Simeon experienced when you celebrate Jesus’ birth. May God richly bless you this Christmas! Praising God for Jesus’ birth with you, Pastor Jeff Chadwick
They’re Gone Again!! You just can’t hold those Senior’s back. On October 8, 2011, we went to the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton. Oct. 24-27, 2011, we took to the road again to the Celebrators conference in Sevierville, Tennessee. Talk about a hum-dinger of a time - - you missed it. Pastor David Jeremiah presented the sermon each evening, except one evening, during which the featured speaker was President George W. Bush. Also, there was singing by “The Hoppers”. Larnelle Harris, Charles Billingsley, and the Thomas Road Baptist Church choir and orchestra, and good, clean, Christian comedy by Ken Davis Some thoughts that stuck out in the minds of some of us were: from Pastor Jeremiah: That you can be busy doing everything right, but have lost your first love - - Jesus Christ. If you’re thinking about anything else when you’re in church, you’re not worshiping. From Charles Billingsley: For God so loved the world (drug addicts, paupers, thieves, homosexuals, murderers - - even me) From President Bush: This was a very moving program, patriotic, not political. He didn’t think it was good or right for him to go around criticizing the present administration. He was very respectful of his parents, George H.W. and Barbara Bush and his wife, Laura... He said that he quickly learned, as president, (or anything else) that you have to know what you don’t know - - so if you don’t know something, don’t hesitate to ask for advice. He believed that the institution of the Presidency should be left as strong or stronger when he left it as it was when he took office and he spent 8 years trying to do just that. The office of the President is greater than any man holding the office. When Putin first walked into the Oval Office, his first words upon seeing the rug Laura Bush had designed were “My God!” President Bush smiled and answered, “That’s a powerful rug. We have a conversion.” Putin was admiring the rug and exclaimed that it was beautiful.
Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, VA This is a living history museum featuring exhibits exploring the origins and history of the American people by exhibiting historic farms actually brought here from the countries of their origin, representing immigrants from those countries. We also went to the Cyrus McCormick farm, where the first reaper was made. This was a leisurely look into the past.
You are invited to the Family Christmas Breakfast In celebration of Jesus’ Birthday. Sponsored by the Preschool and Children’s Sunday School & Children’s Church Departments Of Winn’s Baptist church
Saturday, December 10th, 9:00-11:30 A.M. Come anytime during these hours to: *Enjoy a delicious breakfast in the Fellowship Hall while being serenaded by the puppets *Get your children or family’s Christmas picture taken *Create a memory while making Christmas crafts from 9:30 – 11:15 (you choose which ones you would like to do from a variety of age-appropriate crafts)
Everything is free of charge, but to help us plan, please sign up on the sign-up sheets located at the welcome desks or by e-mailing “firstname.lastname@example.org” on or before Wed., Dec. 7th.
Pre School News A Baby Dedication was held on October 30 during our 6:00 P.M. service. Jamie and Camille Walker dedicated their son, Logan Mathias Walker. During this service Jamie and Camille made a commitment to teach Logan about the Lord and we, as a church, made a commitment to them that we will help in this endeavor by loving and teaching Logan about Jesus and His love for him.
Congratulations Jeff & Cheryl on the birth of their grandson; Baylor Monroe Chadwick born 11/3.
8th Annual Ashland Harvest Run 10k/5k Run/Walk October 22nd, 2011
Thanks to all of you who participated and those who came out to cheer us on. Our church won the $100 prize for the â€œChurch With The Most Participantsâ€?. The money was used to help Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Mission Project.
Winn’s Online Community Featuring:
Pictorial directory of Winn’s community Contact information for community members A classified section to post notices about: - Services you offer - Items for sale - Needs you have - Free stuff you have to give away
We need your participation! Just follow the instructions below. Go to winnsbc.org Scroll down to Member Log In Click Register Fill out the information **Screen name must be last name, first i.e. Smith, Bob** (you may register as an individual or family) Click Register (you will receive an email) Follow instructions on email prompt Once Approved Go to winnsbc.org Scroll down to Member Log In Log in Go to Member Menu Click User Profile Go to Edit (you will find that above your name) Update Image Upload an image of yourself or your family Image also has to be approved. Email questions to email@example.com
Hey Church Family! I am so excited to announce to you that we will be launching a new ministry at Winn’s beginning January 22th 2012 – a collegian ministry called “College Life”. This new ministry will be key to reaching out to our community as well as providing a strong transition for our Youth as they embark on what all college-life has to offer. This College ministry is a product of Pastor Jeff Brauer’s strong vision to fill the gap and reverse the exodus that many churches are experiencing in the 18 to 35 age bracket. By providing a full, seamless, frame work for our youth, college-age, and young single adults as they transition between stages of life. This endeavor will fill in the gap where most churches drop the ball. It is our desire to have a strong and vibrant Young Adults department. This will be achieved in two parts: First, beginning Sunday January 22nd 2012 we will launch a new Sunday school class – “College-Life”, that will be exclusively for our College-age students (17 ½ to 22). We will start with Sunday school and build up our numbers, and then expand to in-home Bible studies/small groups. The College-Life Team is already assembled and is in the process of planning retreats, outreach activities, and of course activities designed for team building like white water rafting, camping, rappelling, skiing, etc. This group will be full of opportunities! Second, as we get the College-Life ministry well established we are developing plans for a Young Singles Ministry, primarily for ages 22 to 29. We have an awesome Sunday school class in place already for 25+ called Cornerstone, led by John Madison, he is an awesome teacher and we will be coordinating with his class concerning transitions from Young Singles into Cornerstone. We have been researching the needs of such a ministry and see that the need is great, but we strongly believe that Winn’s is up to the challenge! These new ministries will add to the vibrancy and outreach of Winn’s Baptist! To God be the Glory! Serving Together with you joyfully, Pastor Doug Arnold
It is hard to believe that the first half of the AWANA year is almost over. We have a lot planned during the first three months of 2012, Bible quiz, a grand prix, and the AWANA Games. Last month Pastor Mindi and his wife Pretty visited our AWANA club and shared with them about the mission field they serve in India. What an awesome experience it was for our clubbers. I was listening to an oldies radio station recently when the DJ said, “This music is so great, it’ll last forever.” Ha! Okay, so they still play the music my parents listened to when I was growing up - Buddy Holly & The Crickets, Ike & Tina, The Everly Brothers – but in the scope of “forever” that’s nothing. I don’t know any of the hits from ancient Babylon or even the 1400’s. Do you? I know some Christmas carols from the 1800’s, but in the realm of history that’s pretty recent. So what does this have to do with AWANA? Well, a lot! Our music will change with the times - as will our technology and our methods of teaching - but the character of God and the message of Jesus are timeless, because our God transcends time. (That sounds so Star Trek.) In AWANA, we share the truth of Jesus and how the Bible applies to real life using the music, technology, and even humor that makes sense to kids today. Our methods may be different from your experience as a child, and will be different than how our kids will teach their kids later in life. Nevertheless, isn’t that the point – to share the Truth in a relevant way, so that children can learn to follow Jesus into adulthood. Moms and Dads, the holidays are a tailor-made time to teach children about the truth of Christ, whether you do that with formal family dinners, the Charlie Brown Christmas Special, or with a house lit up like the Griswold’s. I encourage you to take the opportunity to teach timeless truths. The AWANA leaders will come along side of your child showing them the love of God and help them understand the true Christmas Story. At my house, we’ll listen to a lot of Christmas music – everything from Bing Crosby classics, to Burl Ives, many Christian artists, and even to those good classic carols. Lord willing we’ll have a fun time and make good memories as we pass along the timeless message of Truth. My prayer is that each leader and clubber seek guidance from the Lord in their spiritual walk. I would like to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Commander Jerry
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Merry Christmas During the week of December 26th – 30th 2011 the Church office will be closed. Please feel free to call anyone on staff on their home or cell phone. The main church voice mail will be checked daily for any messages.