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Pastor Bill’s Babbling Brook
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Weekly Edition of Church News & Notes: 5.14.2021

Finishing Strong
May is the last month of our church year. This year’s theme has been the word “Worship”. And even though we began it twelve months ago with many not feeling comfortable being in a big crowd, I believe we have worshipped the Lord whether it was in our home or at church. The main thing is that we praised the Almighty, not just on Sunday but throughout the week. Now I am thrilled how we are ending the 2020-2021 year. The momentum and the people are returning. There is a sweet spirit among our folks. Often people spend a good amount of time after services just fellowshiping. On Mother’s Day, we honored 38 moms and had an attendance of 101. On Wednesday, both Kristi Harmon’s Ladies Bible Study and Curtis Martin’s Men’s Bible Study had a roomful of eager participants. There is also a wonderful spirit of cooperation whether it is helping around the church, welcoming new guests or volunteering for outreach ministries like serving a funeral meal or assisting with our steak supper. Our offerings have remained strong throughout the pandemic for which we are grateful. I am confident that we will continue to get stronger as we enter possibly the greatest year of our existence. Please join me in praying for God to continue to work among us.

Membership Day & Annual Meeting: Sunday, May 23
Everyone who attends West Columbia First is a part of our church family but for those who have a personal relationship with Jesus, we would love for you to become a member. Each year, the membership elects the church board which makes decisions on the direction of our congregation. The main requirement to become a member is to love Jesus. On Sunday, May 23 we will receive members during the Morning Worship Service, then in the evening we will have our annual meeting at 6 PM where we celebrate all that God has done over the past year, and we will elect our new church board. Please see Pastor Bill if you would like to become a member.

Memorial Roll Sunday: May 30​​​​​​​
This has been a difficult year for our church. Several of our saints have gone to be with the Lord. Our church remembers them by making a donation to the Missionary Medical Fund in their memory. The Nazarene church places their names on the Memorial Roll and we will give a certificate to the family on their behalf. Here is a list of those we will remember: Artie Cordell, Mary Cupstid, Gail Jennings, Joe Moore, Bill Sulser and William Ward.

New Church Year: New Young Adult Life Group
Beginning in June, Curtis and Regina Martin will begin a new life group Sunday School class for all young adults. This couple has been married for over 40 years, and they have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with young adults from parenting to finding a career. They will meet in the classroom behind the sanctuary on Sundays at 10. We want to give a special invitation to all parents of young children as well as singles. Let me know if you have any questions about this new life group.


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Volunteers needed for the following ministries:
Nursery Attendants during the service
Grass Cutting
Flower Bed Attendant​​​​​​​

Spring 2021 Devotional Books Are In!
Having personal private time with God is essential for the Christian walk. To assist in this activity, our church makes available the devotional book called “Reflecting God”. Those attending church in person can pick them up at the sanitization stations. Others can pick them up at the church office.

Zack and Lindsey Sulser (and Little Will)
are expecting a baby girl to arrive any day now.
They are registered at Amazon and Target
and welcome gifts of Pampers and Huggies of various sizes.
Please help the Sulser’s prepare for this new addition.

ZOOM Meetings to Keep us Connected
Contact Pastor Bill and enjoy the fellowship​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Reconciliation Ministries
Resident Recovery and Discipleship Program Root & Grounded Campaign
Our friends are attempting to buy a couple more buildings in their neighborhood where they could minister to more people with drug addictions. Right now they have individuals that will match our gift so that it will double the effect. Please consider giving at reconciliation-min.org.


Debbie Riley, who runs our Food Pantry Ministry, would like to thank everyone who brings in items or who financially support our program. Countless families receive groceries that will help them.​​​​​​​
Grocery Give Away
This Thursday from 9-12
Needed a variety of canned food items

Postponed Events:​​​​​​​
Family Camp
Teen & Children’s Camp​​​​​​​

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Service Schedule​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Morning Worship at 11 AM at Church and on Facebook Live
Sunday Evening Drive In Service This Week at 5:30 PM
Wednesday Youth at 6:30 PM
Wednesday Men's Bible Study at 6:30 PM
“Everyday Christian Living
Like Christ Seven Days a Week”
Wednesday Ladies Bible Study at the Church or on Zoom at 6:30​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ PM
Priscilla Shirer's
"Gideon"

Encouraged By People’s Giving​​​​​​​
Throughout the pandemic, people have been giving to the Lord and the church. We can’t tell you how much this means to us. There are five ways one can give. We have resumed Sunday morning worship services at 11 am at the church so you may bring your offerings with you. Many like to use the church’s secure website (wcfn316.com) to give their tithes and offerings. A few might like to text their gift to 803-219-4288. While others will mail it to the church at 350 Wattling Rd, West Columbia SC 29170. If you would like me to pick it up or if you would like to drop it off at the church, please just call me to set up a time. Again thank you for your faithfulness.
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Letter From Pastor Bill

Hello Friends,

Hope all is well! The Harmons are really excited because our oldest daughter Rachel will arrive on Sunday from England. We have missed her so much and although she and her husband will be moving to Guam in July, it is going to be so nice having her home. Because I will be picking Rachel up on Sunday afternoon in Myrtle Beach, Dennis Caldwell will speak at our drive-in praise service. Dennis is our local licensed minister and Kristi and Jeff will lead the singing as usual. I hope you can join us for Ascension Day on Sunday. Mother's Day service was such an encouraging worship experience. I look forward to seeing what God has for us this week. As far as prayer requests, Alice Asbill's son-in-law Mike is in the hospital with heart issues. May God touch. Pastor Bill Watts is home from the hospital. Thank you for your prayers. Hope to see you soon.

God Bless,

Pastor Bill   


    
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