There are a few memories I have of church as a young child.
One was that the pews were very hard. Another was that, being Southern Baptist in my earliest years, the communion elements passed right by me, and I couldn’t figure out why (had I done something wrong?).
But, one of the most fun things I can remember was Vacation Bible School. By way of full disclosure, I don’t remember any of the content of VBS. What I do remember was how good the strawberry Kool Aid was. Mrs. Henson made it.
Even at that young age, I can remember feeling that this was a special, fun time. And, that grownups I didn’t know too well, like Mrs. Henson, were making it all possible.
Fast-forwarding a few decades to our VBS at Manchester, there’s little resemblance to what I enjoyed in Poplar Bluff. Just take a look at our VBS page on our website. Wow! If we’d had such an opportunity back then, the entire kid population of southeast Missouri would have shown up.
Yet, the impact would be the same. VBS is a gift we’re giving kids because Jesus is important to us. And, adults and youth are giving their time to making it possible for the children.
For all you who are volunteering to make VBS 2019 possible—THANK YOU! You’ll be making a difference in ways you can’t imagine. By the way, volunteers are still needed and warmly welcomed!
The last week of June will be filled with lots of happy (and exhausted) faces around here. Please remember the children and volunteers during this important, and truly memorable/life-changing, time.
* * *
Throwing Out the First Pitch!
Wed., June 19, 6:15 p.m.
Do you know how difficult it is to preach when you’ve been surprised in the service by the announcement that you’ll be throwing out the first pitch in the Cardinals’ game against the Marlins on June 19th?
That’s what happened to me at the beginning of the 11 a.m. service on May 19. I was overwhelmed and speechless, and so very appreciative of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Plus, having a block of 500 tickets for our folks, under Big Mac Land, for only $10 each makes it such a truly amazing and memorable night!
THANK YOU for such a wonderful gift. I hope you can make it to the festivities! I hear people are speculating as to how many bounces it will take for my pitch to make it to home plate…
Editor’s Note: Tickets are first come, first served and available at Saturday worship, in Fellowship Hall on Sundays, or at the church office thru June 16. Invite family, friends, and neighbors to help us celebrate Pastor Greg’s retirement!
* * *
Sermon Sunday (June 2nd)
Their God Is My God
I’ll be exploring the relationship of Christianity to other religions. The text is John 10:7-16. Also, you might put Richard Rohr’s latest book, The Universal Christ, on your reading list; his thoughts expand on what I’ll be talking about.