Shipwrecked! VBS2018

Shipwrecked!  VBS2018 has truly been a blessing.  Thank you to all of the Shipwrecked Crew (not all pictured) for the all that you have done to make VBS2018 successful.


Youth Group News – July

Thanks to the many youth who have already been helping with VBS set-up this week! Here is our schedule for upcoming Sunday evening activities:

Sunday, July 15 – The first night of VBS (FREE Dinner at 5:20PM and VBS begins at 6:00PM). We are grateful that so many of you have signed up to be workers in VBS.

Sunday, July 22 – Celebrate the end of VBS with food and outdoor water games – 6:00PM – 7:30PM. Wear clothes that can get wet!

Sunday, July 29 – Youth and families trip to see the Durham Bulls – meet at the church at 3:45PM. Tickets will be provided, but you will need to bring money for snacks.  Please let Pastor Bill know if you are planning to attend the game so we will make sure we have enough tickets for everyone who wants to attend.

Sunday, August 5 – Pool Party and cookout – 3:00PM – 6:30PM.  Contact the church office for details!

Shipwrecked VBS Training Session

Final Shipwrecked VBS Training Session* at 1:00 pm, Saturday, July 14, 2018:

All volunteers who will be working at Bible School are encouraged to attend this training session that will begin with an overview of a “day” at VBS.  We will discuss the VBS schedule as well as other topics that pertain to all volunteers, and the large group meeting will conclude with a time of prayer. Afterwards, volunteers will meet with other members on their team (Kitchen, Security, Registration, etc.) as needed, while Crew Leaders will receive their Crew bags, supplies, rosters, and information booklets. If you have not attended a training session for Shipwrecked VBS, PLEASE make every effort to attend this one!

*Make-up Training Session (for Crew Leaders only) who cannot attend the July 14 training is Sunday, July 15 at 2:30 pm in the Family Life Center.

Loved and Valued

Leigh and I had a wonderful time on vacation with our family last week. It was such a treat to spend time with both our children and their spouses as well as with Clara, our precious granddaughter. Have I mentioned before that we have a granddaughter??? Anyway, at this stage of our lives, we feel blessed to know that our children have grown up to be young adults who demonstrate a commitment to faith and to serving others in the world around them. It is wonderful to see how they are using their gifts and talents to bless others.

Of course, those of you who are grandparents don’t need me to tell you how wonderful it is to have a grandchild. As she is about to be one and a half years old, Clara is full of energy, curiosity, and a developing personality. I loved being with her, watching her, and being able to make sure she knows that I love her, but one of the best things about watching Clara grow up is seeing that Matt and Lauren are terrific parents and that Clara should have no doubt that she is truly loved by her parents and family.

In our world, too many children grow up without the love and care they desperately need. As we prepare for Vacation Bible School next week, many of the kids who join us will come from families where they experience a genuine sense of love from family. However, we will also likely have children present who are really looking for someone or some people who will let them know that they are loved and precious. Regardless of the kinds of families or homes that the children have, it is absolutely vital that all the children discover clearly that church in general, and this church in particular, is a place where children are loved and valued.

Join me in praying for all the kids who will attend VBS next week. Pray also for all the workers that we might love the children as God loves them. This church always does an amazing job with VBS, and I look forward to seeing the ways that God will work in us and through us as we teach the children about God’s rescuing love and show them that they are loved by the people of HVBC.


VBS Week Prayer Requests

Pray for the health and safety of all volunteers and families.

Pray that God’s love will be shown through our words and actions.

Pray especially for Crew Leaders this week—that they would be effective in building relationships with the children; pray for wisdom, kindness, compassion, and laughter.

Continue to pray that God will prepare the hearts of our VBS participants and their families for the mes-sage of God’s grace and love, and that as a result, lives will be changed and Christ will be glorified!

Specific Daily Prayer Requests:

Sunday, July 15—When you’re lonely…Jesus rescues!
-Pray that we will help children understand that Jesus rescues us by being our forever friend who loves and pursues us and that they will discover they are never alone because Jesus knows our hearts, under-stands our hurts, and is always holding us close.

Monday, July 16— When you worry…Jesus rescues!
-One study found that kids today are more worried than people who were hospitalized for anxiety in the 1950’s. Pray that we might teach children to cast their anxieties on Jesus and learn to replace worry with wonder as they watch Him care for their every need.

Tuesday, July 17— When you struggle…Jesus rescues!
-Pray that we will help kids realize that though they may face many struggles in their lives, they do not face them alone. Pray that we might help children realize that Jesus knows what it’s like to struggle and that we can rest in the promise of His constant care.

Wednesday, July 18— When you do wrong…Jesus rescues!
– Pray that we will effectively communicate Jesus’ love and forgiveness in order to help children under-stand their need for Jesus. Pray that we might guide children to discover that there is nothing they can do to make God love them less and nothing they can do that is beyond God’s forgiveness.

Thursday, July 19— When you’re powerless…Jesus rescues!
-Children (and adults) understand what it’s like to feel powerless in life’s storms. Pray that children and workers will be reminded that in our weakness, God’s strength can do powerful things and that because of Jesus, we can not only comfort others, but also uphold people in prayers to a mighty God.

Friday July 20
-Pray for the success of our closing production and Kid’s Mission Projects.


It was a true pleasure to spend last week with the youth at Passport Missions Camp.  Despite the heat and long days, our young people impressed me greatly with their good attitudes and willingness to work hard at their mission sites.  I saw God at work in a variety of ways and was pleased to see our young people reflecting on their faith.  A couple of them have made significant commitments during camp and after our return, and I was so blessed and inspired by the testimonies shared by Hope and Emma during worship on Sunday.  We owe much gratitude to Frances Smith and Lucy Woodell for their willingness to be chaperones and for the wonderful ways they interacted with and supported our kids.  Thanks also to all of you who prayed for us during the week, who served as Camp Buddies, and who have shown an ongoing commitment to and support for these young people.

Now that we are back home, however, I want to ask for your continuing prayers as well as your participation in the vital ministry to our youth as well as to our children.  During my sermon on Sunday, I focused on the message of Paul in 1 Corinthians 1 and the various resources God makes available to the church.  In 1 Corinthians 1:7, Paul assures his readers that “you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.”  Even though the Corinthian church was struggling with divisions and difficulties, Paul believed that God had provided them with every gift and resource necessary to fulfill their calling.

I am convinced that this statement is true of our congregation as well, but I also believe that living into our calling as a church requires that ALL of us willingly offer the gifts and talents God has given us.  We had a lengthy conversation in Church Council this week about the challenges we are facing, and one of the things that was emphasized was our need for more workers in our youth and children’s areas.  We need more volunteers with children in Extended Session, with youth and children in Sunday School, with our youth on Sunday evenings, and with AWANA this fall.  It is wonderful to talk about being a church that will welcome and grow with young families, but such growth can only occur if we are willing to step forward and invest our time and talents in these important areas of ministry.

As we continue to pray for our church – and I hope you are using the 100 Days of Prayer Devotional Guide – I ask that you pray that God will raise up the leaders we need and pray specifically about whether you might get involved in our youth and children’s ministries.  If you want to know more about opportunities and possibilities for service, please contact Amy or me to ask questions or to share your thoughts and ideas.


Yates Baptist Association Quarterly Gathering

The Yates Baptist Association Quarterly Associational Gathering and Worship Service will be held on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Faith Baptist Church
3321 Cheek Road
Durham, NC 27704
Everyone is welcome to attend.

Families Moving Forward

Monday & Tuesday, June 18 & 19
Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Volunteers to serve and clean up – 5:15 – 6:30 pm
  • Childcare volunteers from 6:15 – 7:30 pm
  • Salads to accompany a sandwich tray on Tuesday evening
  • Donations to help with the cost of the sandwich tray

Please let Anne Pokorny know how you can help!

Library Volunteers Needed

The library committee is in the process of setting up a new cataloging system, and volunteers are needed to help scan in the current library books.  If you have questions or if you are willing to participate in this ministry opportunity, please contact Cathy Younts, Kathy Willis, or the church office.