DRBCers and Friends,
I hope you all enjoyed winter yesterday! I praise the Lord for the beauty of the snow, and, being from Mississippi where you don't get used to driving in it, I praise the Lord for the safety of its absence! Our family enjoyed it, for sure.
Thanks to Jimmy D'Anella, Phil and Tami Walker, and John Sullivan for taking DRBC youth up to the Winter Wakening Ski Weekend. Praise the Lord for the safety He provided! No emergency room trips=a good ski trip, at least on one very important level!
And thanks to Michael and Marcy Klos for helping us get some tables and chairs that came available due to a private school closing. The Lord is providing resources for the present and the future! Thank you, Kerry Johnson, for helping me put one of the little tables together.
Also, thanks to Leslie Ann Anderson and Hope Waldrop, as they met together this past week and worked on organizing the sound system cables. It looks a lot better! Thanks.
Thanks to Jay Taylor for work at the building, and thanks to . . . there is no way I can mention everyone who needs to be thanked. Several of you have helped by cleaning the building and various other areas of service. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
And most of all . . . Thank you, Lord, for sending such wonderful brothers and sisters to DRBC!
I am excited to see the Lord gathering us each week to celebrate Him and the Truth of His Word! What an encouragement to worship the Lord with His people who want to know Him more and to hear from Him through the Bible. May the Lord work in us so that we are "doers of the Word and not hearers only" (James 1:22). I rejoice that I see that happening in our congregation!
Tomorrow is a big day. First, we have a great outreach opportunity that Zach Wilson has worked to set up for us. We have the opportunity to distribute some gospel DVDs on/adjacent to the DSU campus called "The Biggest Question." These DVDs contain a clear gospel presentation. We need to distribute them, and also to take some video/photos of our distribution to send into Wretched Radio, the group that has provided the DVDs. If you can help us with this, be at the DRBC building tomorrow (Wednesday, Feb 25) morning at 10:30 am. We will organize to give them out at that time. It shouldn't take more than an hour or two. May the Lord be glorified as we give out these gospel DVDs!
Also tomorrow, Feb 25, we will have a church wide potluck fellowship dinner at the DRBC building starting at 6:30 pm. I look forward to gathering with my church family (and enjoying some good food, too)!
On February 27, Marcy Klos will host a Ladies Fellowship at her home beginning at 7 pm. Info cards are available on the front table at the building.
February 28 is the Hope Pregnancy Care Center Banquet at the Dixie Center. There is info on the table by the door at the building. Contact Cindy Voorhis for more info.
Sunday evening, March 1, DRBC will host the Connect 180 Youth Fellowship at 6:30 pm. This is an interchurch activity involving DRBC, First Southern Baptist Church St. George, The Narrows Church, and First Southern Baptist Church of Hurricane. Pray that this event will point young people to the grace and purity of the gospel. If you would like to contribute some snacks for this meeting, bring them on Sunday morning, or you can bring them by on Sunday evening around 6:15 pm.
Jimmy and Julie D'Anella are organizing a team from DRBC to walk in the Relay for Life event April 24-25 at DSU's Hansen Stadium. This event raises support for the fight against cancer. Also, we have the opportunity to lead in the luminaria ceremony, giving us an opportunity to choose songs, singers, prayers, and pray-ers that are gospel-focused. Contact Jimmy and Julie for more info.
In the coming weeks, we will have some meetings during the hour before our Sunday worship service. On March 15, we will offer the Membership class at 9:15 AM, with plans to go over the DRBC Statement of Faith. If you are interested in becoming a member of DRBC, please plan to attend this session. As always, everyone is welcome, including current members!
On March 22, we will have another meeting for parents/youth/children. This meeting will have 3 purposes: (1) To provide instruction for family worship; (2) To discuss plans for a Baby/Child Dedication Sunday (very exciting!). A Baby/Child Dedication involves a commitment on the part of the parents to bring up the child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord AND a commitment on the part of the congregation to make sure that DRBC is a resource for Christian parenting; and (3) To discuss further plans for DRBC ministry/activity to supplement the parents efforts to instruct their children.
On April 5, we will celebrate both Resurrection Sunday and the DRBC 2nd Anniversary! The actual anniversary date is March 31, but we actually constituted as a church on Resurrection Day, 2013, so close enough. Since we started on a Resurrection Sunday, it is awesome when the calendar lines up so that it is appropriate to celebrate our anniversary on the same. Stay tuned for more info on details of our celebration. Praise the Lord!
On April 12 at 9:15 am, we have scheduled the 2nd session of the Membership class to cover our Constitution/By-laws. Everyone interested in becoming a member should mark this date. Of course, everyone is welcome to attend, even if you are already a member! It helps me to remind myself of how we have agreed to make decisions together.
If you aren't in one of our small groups . . . get in one! Contact David and Aurora Bernstein for information regarding the groups, or you can contact the leaders of the other groups directly: Michael Klos and Joe Howson; and Rodger Tracy and Jay Taylor.
I have been greatly blessed by participating in the men's group that meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 am at the building. It's true that I've not been particularly "blessed" by the alarm going off so early on Tuesday mornings, but I've always been edified and challenged by being at the meeting! Hope also informs me that the Ladies's group meetings have been very helpful as well. This group meets at 10:30 am on Tuesdays at the building. Plug in and be challenged and blessed! Thank you David and Aurora for your leadership in these respective groups!
If you are interested in ministry at the Dixie Area Detention Center, you need to fill out the background check form (available at DRBC) and contact me. We have opportunities on Thursdays and Sundays for this ministry.
Let's remember to pray for one another! Let's serve one another in our worship meetings by keeping our children under supervision, being mindful of sometimes limited seating, and making sure everyone is greeted and welcomed in the name of Christ. I thank my Lord for a church family that loves the Lord, His Word, His Work, and His Church!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Michael W. Waldrop