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Church service schedules, VBS plans
Happy birthday to all the June birthdays! Somehow, I deleted this for last week.
Summer is here with hot days and occasional thunderstorms. If you are traveling, whether for pleasure or work, please be careful! It seems every day there are reports of accidents which seem to be caused by a distracted driver. The roads are busier even on the countryside roads, so drive safe.
Providence Baptist will start this Sunday having regular pre-COVID-19 services. Sunday school will be at 10 a.m. and worship service at 11 a.m. We will still transmit the service to the parking lot for those that are unable to come inside. Discipleship Training will be at 5 p.m. with worship at 6 p.m. Wednesday night prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Sunday school and Discipleship Training have classes for all ages. I am so glad to be able to make this announcement.
Concord Baptist continues to have Sunday school at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. with Wednesday night Bible study at 6:30 p.m.
Sardis Baptist and Union Baptist have Sunday school at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. Currently, there are no Sunday night services for these churches.
If someone from the church located on Coosa County Road 459 near the intersection of Coosa County Road 6 will contact me, I’ll be glad to post your service times and events.
Another sure sign of summer is VBS, Vacation Bible School! After not having it last year, most churches are planning it for this summer. Providence and Sardis will work together again this year for preschool to adults. It will be held at Providence July 25–29. So, mark your calendar and make plans to attend. More information will follow.
I have fond memories of attending VBS. At that time I attended Sardis, but they would join Providence for a two-week school in the mornings. One week would be at Sardis, and then the next week would continue at Providence. It was such a good time for all. Also, I would go stay with my grandparents in Elmore County and attend their VBS, also. My grandma taught the preschoolers, and I remember helping her get everything ready.
Does anyone remember flannel boards? Grandma used those to teach, and she would let me help cut out the items for the lesson. She had a box full of people, animals, plants, etc. from previous lessons, also.
For those that don’t know, this was a board that would have a piece of flannel material over it. There would usually be a scene hand drawn on it to fit the story. She had one that was an outdoor scene and another that was more of a building or town scene. The pieces were paper with backing on them that would make them stick to the flannel. As the story was told, the people, animals, etc. would be added and moved around. I loved to play with those and create my own stories.
This week’s scripture is Romans 8:28a, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God.” This scripture is often used to imply that everything that happens to us is good. Never is a tragedy or death good, or many other circumstances. But if we love God, He takes those circumstances in our lives and uses them for our good. It doesn’t say He lets bad things happen to us so He can use them for our good.
“Our good” is not worldly success or comfort; it’s God’s purpose. He takes those bad things and turns them into something that will further His purpose in our lives. Often, we don’t see God working in our lives, but He’s there with us. So, thank God for working in our lives, even if we don’t see the results. Have faith; God is always with us.
Please continue to be in prayer for the sick in our community and to those that have lost loved ones. There are others in our community that have recently lost a loved one that we need to keep in our prayers. God knows their names and needs. Until next week, take care and be joyful!