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
2nd Annual Shoebox Party When: Sunday, November 11th Where: Fellowship Hall Time: 12:15 pm We will be providing Chick-Fil-A for lunch. Please sign up at the Welcome Center by Wednesday, November 7th if you plan to attend.
Reflections: Awana is well into its twelfth year at Winn’s. It seems like only yesterday that we met in the basement with about 40 kids and leaders with no experience, little training, a tiny budget and no game circle (only a weird rectangle with hardly any room outside it for kids to stand). God has continued to meet our needs and build a great program with many experienced leaders and a facility that is more than adequate. Literally hundreds of kids have memorized verses, heard Gospel messages, and played fun and noisy games while making new friends and receiving loving attention from dozens of Awana workers. We can be sure that what the children have experienced here in Awana, together with family, church, Sunday school and even Good News Clubs at their elementary schools has had a significant impact on their spiritual life and decisions. As we move forward, pray that there will always be a safe, vibrant children’s ministry here at Winn’s that shares the Good News of Jesus and sets the good example for each child that God places in our care. Jesus said it best in Matthew 19:14, Mark 10:14 and Luke 18:16 “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
Big Thanks to our directors and secretaries for getting everyone registered and accounted for, for ordering all the uniforms, handbooks and awards and helping overcome the usual first two hectic nights. “ATTA BOY”!
Welcome Back all returning leaders and a Special Welcome to our new workers. May this be a great year for each of you!
New This Year: All Sparks and T&T children are to be dropped off and picked up in the fellowship hall. Each child must be picked up by an adult. The Awana Store will be open twice this year rather than each night. This will allow clubbers to accumulate “Awana Bucks” to buy presents for their family at the Christmas Store in December. The theme for the Spring Store has not been decided yet.
Prayer Request: We need adults (especially ladies) to ride the bus on either pick up or return trips. This would only be once or twice each month. See Ashley Cauthorn if you can help.
Nov. 14 Nov. 21
Stock the Pantry Night – bring canned goods for Polly’s Pantry and receive Awana Bucks. NO AWANA (Thanksgiving)
Dear Family and Friends, A portion of scripture that has always been meaningful to me is 1 st Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Praying without ceasing is something we should all be working towards. I think of it as a constant awareness of God’s presence in which we are so in tune with Him that we interact with Him throughout the day, and not just during our “prayer time”. Sometimes we do this a little better during periods of difficulty and heartache than we do when things are going pretty good. It is during those times of trial when we feel least like doing the other two; rejoicing and giving thanks. As we move into the season of the year where we are encouraged to rejoice and give thanks, I know that many of our people are dealing with adversity in many forms. We all prefer sunny days and smooth sailing, but way more often than we would like, that’s just not the case. So much of life is filled with heartache, disappointment, and discouragement. So do we just pray more and hope for a better season that would be more conducive to rejoicing and giving thanks? Certainly not! I believe that rejoicing and giving thanks are just as important components to getting through tough times as is prayer! It’s axiomatic, that when we feel least inclined to, we need to the most. The disciplines of rejoicing and giving thanks help us to maintain, or regain, a proper perspective. We remind ourselves of all that we are blessed with in spite of whatever is going wrong. In extreme cases, we can rejoice and give thanks that this life is a temporary trial, and we will live permanently with our Savior forever in heaven! So whatever has come your way during this season of your life, let this season of the year remind you to “…in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you’. Gratefully yours, Pastor Jeff
My Fellow Servants, God our Father ordained the church to function in a certain way and to work under submission to Him. Because God is our head, we need to have a huge vision for church and act in faith that He will use us to proclaim the glorious gospel! As we labor beside each other in the church setting, let’s remember that we are part of the bride of Christ. We are under His leadership and all glory and honor and praise is to be unto Him. We need to have a focused vision for where we are going as a community of believers. It’s not enough to have all of our Sunday school classes and services filled. We are to be pressing forward with our eyes fixed ahead- we are to be about our Father’s work until Christ comes back for His bride. What is the great commandment that Jesus gave to His followers before His ascension? Matthew 28:18-20 (NKJV) 18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. A lot of times we find ourselves focusing on the “Lo, I am with you always,” and disregarding the “Go therefore.” So what must we do? Now is not the time for God’s people to rest. We have our marching orders and the time is at hand. To keep our eyes fixed ahead is to be focused on furthering the Kingdom of God. Jesus has prepared a place for us in eternity. This is where we’ll find our rest. Until then let us labor beside each other and remember the words that Paul wrote to the Thessalonians. He urged them, “…aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you.” (1 Thessalonians 4:11 NKJV) I pray that Christ will take up His bride soon. I want Him to find us doing what we were commanded to do. Laboring beside you, Caleb
Good Morning Church! We are into the cool part of the year now and I am loving it. During the summer I run the A/C to stay cool and it feels great, but in the fall there is nothing quite like getting warmed up in front of a fire or heater. I like that the cooler weather allows me to do more strenuous work without getting too hot. That will make the raking a lot more bearable. Just imagine if we had to rake leaves in 95 degree weather. That would not be enjoyable at all. I look at the seasons changing as evidence of God’s creativity and goodness to us. He didn’t have to make seasons, but He chose to do so to place variety in our lives. God is so good to us and He always will be! Youth Group is going very well. We have been digging deep into God’s Word and focusing on the importance of having a personal, living faith. It has ignited a hunger in our young people that will develop into a mighty work of God. I am asking God to reveal Himself to our young people in a personal and powerful way; in a way that will affect the rest of their lives. In the Youth Ministry we are preaching to the heart not just the mind. We are getting across eternal TRUTH that changes hearts. Pray for us as we minister to the next generation in the Church. That they would have a strong unshakable faith that God will use to lead this world to Christ. It is so important that we realize that God loves us personally. Not because He needs us, but because He created us to show His glory in our lives. (Ephesians 2:4 NKJV) But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, (Ephesians 2:5 NKJV) even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), (Ephesians 2:6 NKJV) and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, (Ephesians 2:7 NKJV) that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. God has great things in store for His church, things that will continue throughout all eternity. I am so excited to know that and I wanted to brighten your day by sharing it with you. Grace & Peace, Pastor Doug
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I would like to thank all of you for the candy donated for the Fall Festival and for volunteering your time to make the Fall Festival a Huge Success. - Mrs. Dana