HELPING HANDS PANTRY NEWS
There will be a need soon for very large plastic bins to store out-of-season clothes. Ask Leana for more information. Thank you!
NEW ADDRESS INFORMATION
Gary Crabtree has moved has a new address. The information is available from the church office to update your directory.
VISITING FOR THE MASTER
VISITATION PROGRAM Team #2 (leaders: Cary & Brenda Miller) will meet on Wednesday, May 24th, at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.
WORLD BIBLE SCHOOL WORKDAY
This will be on Thursday, May 25th, it starts at 9 AM and will last until the work is finished. This is a good time for fellowship and fun, training is free!!! Come and enjoy this good work our congregation is doing.
MAY FELLOWSHIP MEAL
Next Sunday, May 28th, we will have our Fellowship Meal. Hosts & hostess will be: Myron & Janet Fietz, Maria Ramirez & her helpers and James & Vicky Williams. We will enjoy this get-together after our morning worship assembly, then we will be dismissed for the day.
THE HEART OF TEXAS BIBLE CAMP
The sessions are fast approaching! The dates for the two are:
Session One (4th — 7th grade) will be June 4th—9th,
Session Two (8th—12th grade) will be June 11th—16th.
Applications can still be processed, if you need one or have one filled out, talk to Joe.
We also need volunteers to drive our campers to the camp in Brady and to also pick them up. Please, let Joe know as soon as possible if you are able and willing to help, maybe be a back-up driver.
Dinner Together on the second Thursday of the month will be on June 8th at the Hoover Valley Café. The sign-up sheet is on the table in the back of the auditorium. Please have it signed by Sunday, June 4th, so Bill Flanary can let them know the number
“I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.” 1 Corinthians 9:23 (ESV)
As part of our efforts in support of the spreading of the Gospel in Nigeria, we also help our Nigerian brother Mike Udam to reach the lost and build up believers. What follows is the 2nd p art of his first quarter report for 2017. Please keep Mike, his family and all of the church in Nigeria in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D
I am delighted to forward to you the quarterly report of my work in the vineyard of the Lord. Sincerely yours Mike Udam
INTERNAL CONGREGATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: During the period under review, the congregation where I serve has grown both qualitatively and quantitatively. Five souls were added to the church and one person who backslided since 1989 returned to the fold amidst great joy.
On the 4th of March 2017, the church organized a youth seminar which drew participants around Ogoja and beyond. Over 100 young people participated and the theme was centered on FILLING YOUR BLANK SPACE. We had great speakers who exposed the youths on how to fill the gaps the existed in their lives, so as to live for Christ alone. No baptism was recorded that day but the next day being a Sunday, we had two baptisms arising from that seminar.
Numerically we have from 27 in July 2013, to an average of 200 each worship day. Our giving has increased. As at today, the church has taken up the responsibility of supporting a preacher to serve a neighboring congregation. My members could not believe that in their own very lifetime, they could grow to even stand well to support another congregation.
We are currently fixing tiles on our floor. We have scheduled a women gospel meeting for 27th May. We are also preaching from several standpoints. I lead a team of brethren to preach door to door most Saturdays that I am available (my most speaking appointments are during the weekends.)
We are working very closely with the WBS Lagos team to coordinate WBS enrollment here in Ogoja. So far our WBS team is involved in monthly evangelism which is yielding great results.
PERSONAL CHALLENGES: I am willing to work and I am doing the work to the best I know I can. Apart from praying God for good health and a functional car to move about for his mission, the challenge I have is fueling the car based on my numerous speaking schedules. At this point I want to thank Doug Wheeler who has most often supported me with resources to cushion my traveling expenses.
God bless you all. Keep me in your prayers and may the Lord bless and keep you safe as you work in his vineyard. Amen