Pastor Bill’s Babbling Brook
Weekly Edition of Church News & Notes: 6.14.2024

Father’s Day Celebration: Sunday at 11 AM
Dads play such a crucial role in our world. We are fortunate to have some of the best fathers in the world. They love their kids and show them what a difference God can make in their lives. On Sunday, we will honor all of our fathers with a gift and a special prayer. This year, we will also remember the dads who are no longer with us. Please join your father for worship. It is the best present you could give him.

Vacation Bible School: A Wonderful Success
Our kids learned this week that God is with them no matter what they are going through. They also had a ball playing games, making crafts, singing songs and eating delicious meals. The children will perform a couple of their songs on Sunday. We are so grateful for the many volunteers that made this week such a wonderful success. Thanks to everyone who prayed for this outreach event.

Family Camp With Dr. Dwight Gunter
Sunday, June 23- Saturday, June 29
Inspirational Worship, powerful sermons, and meaningful conversations with dear friends are why so many of us love going to Family Camp in Batesburg. This year, we welcome home Dr. Dwight Gunter who grew up in South Carolina. Pastor Gunter grew up on the campgrounds as his dad was the district superintendent. He went on to pastor churches in Spartanburg and in Midland Valley. Dr. Gunter presently leads Trevecca’s college church. The service on Sunday starts at 6 and the weeknight services begin at 7. On Saturday, there is a final gathering at 10:30. The group Mitchel House Music will lead us in worship at each service. The weekday morning service that starts at 10:30 will feature pastors from our district. For more information, check out the district’s website at southcarolinanazarene.com.

Financial Assistance Needed For Teen and Children’s Camp
We expect at least 10 of our kids to attend summer church camp. At least five of them come from families that cannot afford the $200 cost for camp. Last week, one couple sponsored one of our kids. If you would like to help us, please place your sponsorship in the offering and just earmark it for camp. Thank you for always being so generous.

Teens Trip To Carowinds: Tuesday, July 2
Our youth will enjoy a day riding scary roller coasters and sliding down water slides at one of the best amusement parks. The cost is $40 for a ticket to get into the park. This doesn’t include food. We will leave at 8:30 AM and return later that evening. Please let Pastor Bill know if you are interested in joining us


Wednesday Nights are Growing
Wednesday nights are full of excitement at WCFN.
Our children’s bible groups are growing each week.
We couldn’t be happier!
But, we could use a few helpers that love children.
If you would like to be a part of influencing a child’s life, please talk to Regina.
It’s a wonderful experience and, of course, our kids are the best!​​​​​​​

Food Pantry Drive
Our monthly food pantry has grown to provide nourishment for
around 30-35 families. While we are grateful for everyone who is
bringing in goods, we realize there might be some who would like
to sponsor a family each month. The estimated cost
of the couple of bags of groceries is $30. We’d love to get 30 donors! Please let
Anne Shaw know if this might be your way of assisting this
important program and pick up a magnet in the foyer.​​​​​​​

SC Nazarene District Stats For 2022-2023
                                                     Worship                   Sunday School & Bible Studies
                                        1. Midland Valley (833)                 1. Midland Valley (724)
                                        2. Disciples Church (246)             2. Disciples Church (245)
                                        3. Columbia First (180)                 3. Cherrydale Hispanic (202)
                                        4. Sumter First (157)                     4. Columbia First (201)
                                        5. Cherrydale Hispanic (140)        5. Greenville First (196)
                                        6. Greenville First (130)                6. Sumter Wise Drive (152)
                                        7. Sumter Wise Drive (130)          7. Rock Hill Emmanuel (130)
                                        8. Manning New Start (122)         8. Sumter First (93)
                                        9. West Columbia First (108)       9. Charleston Calvary (91)
                                       10. Rock Hill Grace (102)             10. Greenwood Community (86)

                                                Conversions                                    Baptisms
                                       1. Disciples Church (69)                1. Disciples Church (50)
                                       2. Reconciliation Church (50)        2. Midland Valley (27)
                                       3. Sumter Wise Drive (25)             3. Cherrydale Hispanic(18)
                                       4. Cherrydale Hispanic (25)          4. Rock HIll Emmanuel (12)
                                       5. Manning New Start (23)            5. LLuvia De Vida (11)
                                       6. Sumter Calvary (20)                  6. Reconciliation Ch. (11)


Worship Opportunities this week:
Sunday Life Groups at 10 & Worship at 11
Sunday Afternoon Parking Lot Praise Service at 4 PM
Choir Practice at 5
Wednesday Youth & Teens at 6:30 PM
Wednesday Men's Bible Study at 6:30 PM
Wednesday Ladies Bible Study at the Church or on Zoom at 6:30​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ PM
Adult Bible Study at 6:30 PM

Encouraged By People’s Giving​​​​​​​
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.

Letter From Pastor Bill

Hello Friends,

Vacation Bible School was so much fun. The kids were great and lives were changed. Thank you for your support and prayers. On Sunday, we will recognize our fathers while also remembering those dads who have passed away over the last year or so. Our hope is that this will be a meaningful service for everyone. As far as prayer requests, Miranda Birchmore fell on Thursday and had to have surgery on Friday. May God touch. Reba Watkins was able to come home from the hospital on Tuesday. Jean Jeffords' husband passed away and his funeral will be on Tuesday at 1 PM at the church. May God comfort Jean, Furman, Tonya and the family. Please continue to remember Hope Addison, Brenda Yon, Bobby and Marie Mahaffey, Jackson and John Lowrimore, Tina Joye, Joann Holman's daughter, Linda Dent, Sandy Harmon and all of our shut-ins. Thanks for being part of our church family. Hope to see you Sunday.

God Bless,

Pastor Bill