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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
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
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.
God Looks for Clay
"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.”
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
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 email@example.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
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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