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             Nanjemoy Baptist
        3030 Baptist Church Road, Nanjemoy 20662 / 301-246-4926 / nanjemoybc@hotmail.com
                                          Pastor Brian Corrick
                              ~ February 2011 Newsletter ~

                               Thoughts from Pastor Brian

         s I am writing this I am reflecting on the    the CAP Jaycees while serving a 22 year
         events of my day. Today was a day that        sentence at the Hagerstown state prison.
         I will never forget. I had to opportunity
to sit down and eat with a man named Vincent           Wise was released from prison last year with
“Wise” Walker. He goes by the name “Wise.”             only $200 and told to report in 24 hours to his
We met only one week ago, but I feel like we are       parole officer in Charles County. Because he
becoming friends. Let me tell you a little bit         had no family to pick him up from prison he
about Wise.                                            used all of his money to make sure he reached
                                                       Charles County and to find a place to stay for the
                                                       night. Because of his prison record and the state
                                                       of the economy Wise has not been able to find a
He grew up in the foster care system in New            steady job. He is now living in a rented tent in
York. He tells me that he basically bounced            the woods beside the Walmart in La Plata.
from home to home as a child. As a young man
he began getting into trouble. He needed a fresh
start so he moved his young family to Maryland
and began looking for work. Unfortunately his          Did you know that there are people living in
life took an unexpected turn for the worse. Wise       tents in the woods at Walmart? I didn’t know it
is 55 years old now. He has spent 28 years in          until it was brought up at a planning meeting for
prison. Wise made good use of his time in              our Youth Group recently. The more time I
prison. He became a facilitator for a program to       spend with Wise the more I think of two
help inmates make better choices in their lives        passages in the Bible.
called the Alternatives to Violence Program. He
also became the state director and president of
The first is James 2:14-17, “What good is it, my      pray about and seek a place in the world to make
brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have       a real difference. Who knew that place could
faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save           possibly be in our own back yard? God has
them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without        given us an opportunity to help a person in
clothes and daily food. If one of you says to         serious need. Already some of the men in our
them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,”          church have quietly taken time to go and help
but does nothing about their physical needs, what     Wise with his most pressing physical need; heat.
good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it   Wise told me today that the cold has been much
is not accompanied by action, is dead.”               easier to endure now that our church has helped
                                                      him with a heating system for his tent.

The second passage is Matthew 25:34-40, “Then
the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come,       Helping Wise is a way for us to connect with
you who are blessed by my Father; take your           missions. Not because we need something to do,
inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since       but because by helping Wise we can bring glory
the creation of the world. For I was hungry and       to God. After we ate lunch today I drove Wise
you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and       back to the Walmart parking lot. I explained to
you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger      him that our motivation was not to have a charity
and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you       “project.” Our only motivation is that Jesus
clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I     loves him and Jesus is using us to show that
was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then        love. Wise said to me, “I have been waiting a
the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did        long time for Him to show up, and I’m so glad
we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and        He’s finally here.” We prayed together and then
give you something to drink? When did we see          Wise got out of my truck and walked back into
you a stranger and invite you in, or needing          the woods where his home is and I drove home
clothes and clothe you? When did we see you           to my warm house and family.
sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King
will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for
one of the least of these brothers and sisters of

                                                              an we do more? ... yes! Should we do
mine, you did for me.”
                                                              more? ... yes! Will we do more? ... we
                                                              must! We are the Body of Christ and
                                                      Jesus loves Wise. How else will he know unless
One of our goals this year is to connect with         we show him?
Missions. I said a few weeks ago that we should
                   Local Outreach and Ministry Opportunities
                          What Does the Bible Say About Serving Others?
Many people are curious about what the Bible has to say about service. God expects those who love
Him to provide service to others. By providing service to others, we become God's hands reaching
  out to others. God has a special place in His heart for the most vulnerable members of society
                    and charges His followers with providing service to them.

Function                                               4:1-26). The Bible instructs us to follow Jesus'
The purpose of service is so God can reach others      example (see I Cor. 1:11).
through our hands. In II Cor. 9:12-13, the Bible
says that the service we provide not only meets        Misconceptions
                                                       Some people mistakenly believe that the Bible
needs but expresses thanks to God and leads            does not require those who follow God to
others to praise God. The Bible also says that         provide service to others. Their reasoning is
service builds up the "body of Christ." (see Eph.      that they are "saved" by grace alone, so they
4:12.) In I Cor. 12, the Bible explains that there     are therefore under no obligation to provide
are different kinds of service (v. 4) and then         service for others. While it is true that people
identifies many ways to provide service to others.     are "saved" by grace alone (Ephesians 2:8), the
                                                       Bible is clear that "faith without deeds is dead."
                                                       See James 2:26, where the Bible says that God
                                                       expects his followers to provide service to
   The Bible emphasizes the importance of
   providing service to others. When asked how
   to inherit eternal life, Jesus indicated that the
   two key points were loving God and loving
                                                       The Bible contains roughly 30 references to
   your neighbor as yourself. (See Luke 10:27.)
                                                       God's concern for the widow and the orphan
   The parable of "The Good Samaritan" is a good
                                                       (or fatherless) as well as multiple references to
   example of how the person who loves his
                                                       His concern for the alien (see Zechariah 7:10).
   neighbor is the one who provides service to
                                                       Widows, orphans, and aliens were the most
   him (see Luke 10:25-37). Everyone is your
                                                       vulnerable members of society and God
   neighbor and you love your neighbor by
                                                       expects His people to provide them with
   providing him service when he is in need.
                                                       service (see Deuteronomy 24:19 for an
                                                       example). God will pass judgment on those
                                                       who fail to provide service for the most
   According to the Bible, Jesus spent most of his
                                                       vulnerable members of society, as shown in
   ministry providing service to others. He
                                                       Mal. 3:5. Pray earnestly and ask God how
   performed numerous miracles, such as healing
                                                       you can better serve Him.
   the blind, which met physical needs, but he
   also provided service in meeting emotional
                                                       **Read    more: What Does the Bible Say About Service? |
   needs. Jesus' interaction with the woman at the     eHow.com       http://www.ehow.com/about_4572105_what-does-
   well is a wonderful example of this (see John       bible-say-service.html#ixzz1B1gNzUs5
                                       Member Interview
                            A few moments with ... Betty Mae Willett             
Where were you raised and where did you attend high school?
I was born in Nanjemoy although that area was called Maryland Point at the time. I was raised in
Nanjemoy and graduated from LaPlata High School. Harold and I continued to live in Nanjemoy after we
married, so I can say I’ve been here all of my life.

What age did you receive Christ?
I was 11, and it was the very last service of our annual two-week revival. I knew I had already given my
heart to Jesus, but I was shy about “going forward.” I was baptized in the river at Liverpool Point.

How long have you been serving the Church?
I was a substitute Sunday School teacher when I was 16 and later I taught “Beginners” in VBS when I was
17. At 19, I started teaching Junior girls (9 to 12 years old). I’ve also taught Youth for more than 20
years, and then taught Preschoolers until 2009. That is a total of 56 years.

I started playing the piano for BTU (Baptist Training Union) when I was about 12. I have been Church
Music Director since July 1971.

What do you see God doing in Nanjemoy Baptist Church?
I believe God will bless us if we put Him first in all that we do. God has given our pastor a vision…a vision
based on the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). I can see God having our building overflowing
with people as the people leave the building and connect with the community.

How do you hope to be a part of it? I want to do whatever I can to serve Jesus.

How did you meet Harold and how long have you been married?
Our school was small enough that we all knew each other. However, it was here in Church that we
became friends. We were always together for choir practice and choir functions. We had our first date
on November 28, 1953, and we were married June 16, 1956 … almost 55 years!!

Please share one of your favorite verses &/or hymns and how it speaks to you ...
One of my favorite verses is Philippians 4:6-7. I learned it from the KJV, but I especially like the wording
from the New Living Translation: “6/ Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell
God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7/ Then you will experience God’s peace, which
exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ
Jesus.” Other verses that are important to me now are 2 Corinthians 12:9a – “My grace is sufficient for
you.” And it is comforting to know that “The Lord is My Shepherd; I shall not want ….” in Psalm 23:1. I
have many favorite hymns. One is ‘How Great Thou Art’ especially the third verse:
   And when I think that God, His Son not sparing, Sent Him to die, I scare can take it in,
   That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing, He bled and died to take away my sin.
I also love the hymn ‘Because He Lives’. How wonderful to know that because He lives I can face
tomorrow. And another is ‘A Child of the King’. I have the assurance that I am a joint-heir with Christ and
a child of the King.

Hobbies? Yes, I love to read, cook and play the piano. But mostly, I like spending time with my family.

Favorite vacation spot?
No one word answer here either. I love the Outer Banks, but I also love the mountains in North Carolina
and Tennessee. We have wonderful memories of a vacation with friends on St. Simons Island, Georgia.
And our 50th anniversary trip to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island could definitely make those a
favorite spot.

Parting shot:
It is exciting to be a part of Nanjemoy Baptist Church. I pray that we will continue to grow and that all
that we do will glorify God.

                                         Quiet Thoughts

                                       God Looks for Clay
                                             ~Henry Blackaby

             "O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?" says the LORD.
         "Look, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.”
                                              Jeremiah 18:6

         od knows how to bring salvation to              working with our strengths (2 Cor. 12:9–10).
         your family, your friends, your                 He can mold us into whatever kind of
         community,         and   your     world.        instrument He requires.          When God’s
 Accordingly, He looks for those who will allow          assignment demands humility, he finds a
 Him to shape them into the instruments He               servant willing to be humbled. When His work
 requires to do His divine work. Clay has no             requires zeal, He looks for someone He can fill
 plans of its own, no aspirations for service, nor       with His Spirit. God uses holy vessels, so He
 reluctance to perform its given task. It is just        finds those who will allow Him to remove their
 clay; moldable, pliable and totally submissive          impurities. It is not a noble task, being clay.
 to the will of its master.                              There is no to it, nothing boast-worthy, except
                                                         that it is exactly what almighty God is looking
 At times we excitedly announce to God: “I’ve            for. Compliant, moldable, yielded clay.
 discovered my strengths and gifts, and now I
 know how I can best serve You!” At other                If your tendency is to tell the Father what you
 times we inform Him, “I am aware of what my             can and cannot do for Him, submit to His
 weaknesses are, so I know which tasks I’m not           agenda and allow Him to shape you into the
 capable of doing for You.” Yet this is not              person He wants you to be. Like clay.
 characteristic of clay. God is not limited to
                               Children & Youth Update

Nursery and (kid & adult) Sunday School – Kelly Walter, S. S. Director
There’s definitely a place for everyone to come together and study the Scriptures … come on out and join
us every Sunday morning to see what God has in store for YOU!
9:45am -- Children & Adult Bible Study Classes
11:00am -- Children’s Church (ages 4 thru grade 3)
  If you’d like to get on the nursery or toddler class schedule rotation …. or become a substitute
  teacher for any of the child or adult Sunday morning classes, please let Kelly know.

Acteens – Mandy Davis Diley, Coordinator
* Please note that Acteens now meets on Sundays from 6-7pm.
* This group is for girls in grades 6-12.
Saturday, February 26 – Bowling outing @ Indian Head base; 10:00am – 12:00pm. Leaving the church
at 9:15am

Youth Group – Troy Richardson, Youth Director
O U R Y O U T H A R E G E T T I N G B U S Y!!!

What we’ve done … In January, a 2-week Spiritual Gifts workshop was held on Wednesday evenings for
kids in grades 6 & up …. we helped our youth discover what their special God-given spiritual gift is,
helped them understand the meaning of their gift and discussed ways they can use that gift to glorify God
and further His kingdom! Now that we have identified what the spiritual gift of each youth member is,
the youth leaders can help guide our youth in putting their gifts to work for God’s glory. We plan to
retake the survey next year to evaluate the past year and to discuss how we have progressed in using our
spiritual gift now that we are aware of what that gift is.

What we’re gonna do … The youth leaders have recently gotten together and have planned at least one
youth night activity per month through the end of June. Below you can find a schedule of the upcoming
fellowship and service events that are currently on the calendar ... with more to come!
 YOUTH NIGHTS … are coming to NBC!! 
These nights will be for special events & energized fellowship for all young people in grades 6 & up. So mark your
calendars now to save the dates! Invite your friends –-- don’t miss all the fun that’s coming up!
 Sunday, February 27                                        Fri., May 20, 5pm - Sat. May 21, 12noon
Bowling & Pizza Party – Indian Head Base                    overnite YOUTH NIGHT ~ at Youth Camp
2pm meet-up at Church/return at 5:30pm                      dinner ~ music/message/camping ~ breakfast
 Friday, March 25
                                                             July 5-8 (Tuesday thru Friday)
YOUTH NIGHT & Bonfire at the Church
                                                                 ~will parallel with VBS~
6-8:30pm ~ food & games & message
                          th                                Four Evenings to H.O.B.A …
 Tuesday, April 5                                          Hang-out with “The Boys from Alabama”
   ** TENTATIVE **                                          *special youth events & activities
Chick-fil-A fundraiser – LaPlata
                                th                          Hands Across Nanjemoy
  Saturday, April 16
                                                             Community Outreach/Service Opportunity 
YOUTH NIGHT at the Church ~ 5pm
                                                            * it promises to be a rich and rewarding week ...
food & games & message
                                                             full details to follow!

                                      Sunday, February 20th ~ 5pm
                                      … at the Ironside’s Rescue Squad
                                We hope you’re planning to attend the Winter social!!
                                Don’t forget that our Church Chef’s are taking a well-
                                deserved break which makes this event a POT LUCK
                                dinner!      Please start thinking now about which
                                favorite recipe you’ll want to make and share with the
                                Church family!!            We need everything:                  meats, side
dishes, salads and desserts … or surprise us! Drinks will be provided. You
definitely won’t want to miss out on the entertainment which promises to
be an enjoyable highlight! Please be sure to invite your family, neighbors
and friends for an evening of fun and warm fellowship … see y’all there!!
 Interested in … getting closer to your spouse? having a marriage revitalization? seeing
what awesome plans God has for your marriage? Well here’s the perfect chance for to do all
  three!!! There’s a substantial savings available for couples interested in attending this
  heart-changing & couple-bonding event … and for every five couples that sign-up, one
             free registration will be gifted from the FamilyLife organization.
                 Using the church’s group name will ensure the discount.
  It’s not too late to sign up; this truly will be a weekend you’ll both remember!
                           Dates for upcoming conferences in our area:
           February 11-13, 2011 -- Gaylord Resort at the National Harbor
                 March 11-13, 2011 -- Reston Hyatt in Reston, VA
             March 18-20, 2011 -- Baltimore Hyatt at the Inner Harbor
                                 SEE HEATHER McKEOWN 
                        more details & online registration also available at:
            www.weekendtoremember.com ~or~ www.FamilyLife.com/weekend
                                     or call 1-800-FL-TODAY

~ celebrations for February ~

              2 – Cole Davis
            5 – Timothy Dais
           10 – Marty Dudley
  13 – Juanita Adams and Joan Wright
            15 – Derek Gilroy
            17 – Gerry Mahan
          18 – Carolina Walter
           19 – Melissa Gilroy
                                                             “… let us not love in
             23 – Sue Gilroy                                 word or in tongue, but
 25 – Robin Hamor and Melvin Davis, Jr.
            27 – Cyndy Deane                                 in deed and in truth.”
28 – Kelly Walter and Mickayla Harmuth
                                                                   I John 3:18 (nkjv)
                                          Your Newsletter contributions are always welcome …
                                          from committee announcements and Biblical insights
                                          to fun thoughts, community events or historical facts,
                                          etc. Please share with us!

                                          Contact Britt Richardson by the 25th of the
                                          month prior via email troybritt@aol.com or
                                          call on 301-934-8810.

                                                Our Newsletter will always be available online
                                               under the “newsletter” tab on the NBC website.
                                                   go to http://www.nanjemoybaptist.com

               KIDDIE CORNER                                                 
                         God's Love is Like No Other

                        B O L D V E T A L E B F A R R
                        C T R U T H E D E I O I M L H
                        C Y O E A V C E C C T H E E R
                        S O F V E C B H G E C M R A P
                        S A U I E R R V S A A R C A V
                        C O L B G I T E Y V R O Y A R
                        I E T E S L E M O R C U L P I
                        B N E T S E V O L R U L O E J
                        H E V E R L A S T I N G B C E
                        E S A C R I F I C E A I R F C

                                   Word List

                       CHRIST         LOVE               SACRIFICE
                       TRUTH          BOLD                MERCY
                      COURAGE      EVERLASTING            BELIEVE

A quick look ahead:                     Feb 26           Acteen bowling
                                        Feb 27           Nursing Home Ministry
Feb 20     Winter Wake-Up Social
Feb 27         Youth Group bowling party
March 1        Church Council              April 24      Easter Sunday Musical
March 11 &12   The Revolve Tour            May 1         Fish Fry
March 13       DST begins                  May 8         Mother’s Day
March 23       Business Meeting            May 20 & 21   Youth Night/camping
March 25       Youth Night/bonfire         June 7        Church Council
April 16       Youth Night                 June 19       Father’s Day
                                           June 22       Business Meeting
                                           July 5-8      Vacation Bible School
                                           July 5-8      Hands Across Nanjemoy
                                           July 10       Summer Cookout & VBS Family Night
                                                          (combined event)

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