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Pastor Mark Rockwood
BBC Newsletter #5
|“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give toy peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all” 2 Thessalonians 3:16|
“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give toy peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all” 2 Thessalonians 3:16
Dear friends, I pray that this newsletter finds you and your families doing well. It is an amazing thing how quickly time passes. In many respects it seems like we were just preparing for the closing of our children’s and youth ministries, then on March 15th, COVID 19 happened. All the plans that were made for the spring and summer went out the window as we all tried to navigate this new and unusual season. The first few weeks seemed to drag on as no one knew what to do. Now it’s the beginning of September, and many plans are being made for the kick-off of the fall ministries; Lord willing.
“A man’s heart plans his ways, but the LORD directs his steps” – Proverbs 16:9 This year, the teen ministries will be using the AWANA Club curriculum Trek, and they will be meeting on Wednesday evenings as well. This was not an arbitrary decision, but one made with prayer and in consideration of the number of the parents who bring their children to AWANA who desire to see their children continue in this program; along with the fact the DETOUR had dropped to two teens who regularly attended. We ask for your prayers as we have 10 teens confirmed to attend, and the possibility of more going by the responses of our AWANA parents. If you have any teens or know of families with teens, please feel free to invite them to join! With that being said, I want to thank all those who worked in DETOUR over the years; especially Tammy Knowles, Scott Samson, and Mark & Jen Watson.
Please know that we are trying to stay informed with the latest updates that come from the Governor’s Office and the Maine CDC. We want to be as compliant as possible, and still be obedient to the Lord and His worship. This is extremely important as we try to figure out what our Annual Thanksgiving Dinner will look like this year. I have already been in contact with the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Food Bank as many or their clients depend upon this ministry every year. This ministry has become a tradition for many, and some have told us that they look forward to it every year; not only for the wonderful meal, but to catch up with the friends that they have made over the years. In all likelihood, we will be preparing to-go meals (a.k.a. take-out), therefore, we may need people to deliver meals.
I also want to take a moment and thank you all for your faithfulness in your financial stewardship. Yes, there are some areas that we have not had to spend much money on, but we have had to spend more on other things like cleaning supplies. Our missionaries are still counting on us, and last Sunday we had the privilege of both Dustin & Hannah Leatherman, and Eddie & Rachel Andersen being with us to give updates. What a blessing to hear how God is still at work reaching people in the midst of the pandemic. If you think of it, God’s grace has always been working through the pandemic of sin.
“But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more” – Romans 5:20b Blessings, Pastor Mark
Prayer Corner -Ed Watson, “instability fractures” of sacrum, caused by bone loss from radiation treatments. Pray the prescribed treatment will be effective and for long term healing
Becky Delano will have shoulder surgery Sept. 23rd.
Beginner & Jr. Church teachers and helpers needed
Awana Trek leaders needed
Awana Parent meeting 9/16 @ 6:00 p.m.
Wisdom in planning our Thanksgiving Dinner Outreach
We will have communion on Sunday, September 13th. That will also be the start date for Prayer Meeting, which will now be held on Sundays, at 4:00 p.m. We will meet in Fellowship Hall and will use the same procedure, (record names and test temps) upon arrival, as we do on Sunday mornings. If you have any prayer requests please feel free to pass them along to the office, to be included in the prayer lists for each week. If you would be available to help clean between morning service and prayer meeting, please contact June Bartlett (721-0625).
Berean Happenings – We have many shut-ins and others in our body who are waiting until restrictions and mandates indicate that it is safe to return to “normal” gatherings. With that in mind, if you would like to contact others from our body who have not yet returned to in person fellowship, either by mail or phone, please feel free to contact the office. We have a list of individuals and their contact information. Let’s be a blessing to one another.
Steve Delano enjoys doing certain crafts with yarn. If you happen to have any extra, on hand, that you would be willing to share, please contact Steve directly.
The start-up of our regular Bible studies will begin soon. The men’s group will be doing “Hand Me Another Brick” a study in Nehemiah by Chuck Swindoll and the women will be doing “Matchless the Life and Love of Jesus” by Angie Smith. Please call the office to reserve your spot to either study, to assist us in planning how and where to host these studies
Operation Christmas Child collection deadline will be Sunday, November 15th. Due to complications caused by Covid-19, we are asking everyone to pack their own shoeboxes (as in the past). We will be collecting the packed boxes and bringing them to our local collection center. Empty boxes and labels/envelopes will be available beginning October 4th. The cost for shipping, per box is $9.00, please include this amount, if able, by placing a check in the provided envelope in your box.
These are uncertain days, but we serve an Omniscient God! Therefore, we can have peace in the midst of the storms of life. God offers us His peace through the finished work of His Son, Jesus Christ, on the Cross of Calvary.
May God’s grace and peace abound upon you and your family!
Pastor Mark Rockwood, Sr.
Tithing: with the face to face services cancelled, you can still tithe through on- line giving (go to the “Give” page or download the”GivePlus” app), Mail your Check (PO Box 641, Brunswick, ME 04011) or call for more information. We, as a church, still have a budget to meet.