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									Graceland Baptist Newsletter
Pastor’s Ponderings

May - June 2009 Page 1

It is that time of year when hearts are filled with excitement and apprehension, accomplishment and regret, wonder and concern, even hope and fear. What time of year you ask -- graduation! That’s right, caps are flying, hearts are racing, and joyous voices are shouting the graduate's name. Three decades have passed since my own high school graduation and I still remember those feelings. Yet with thirty years gone by, new feelings are emerging -- joy at my children’s accomplishments mixed with the dread of family change as those grown infants once cradled now leave the nest. Fear is also heightened as my one remaining son, Luke, promises, since his brother and sister are out of the house, he will need someone new to blame AND he has chosen me. The sad shame is: my wife will probably believe him. Whether parent or graduate, the questions are the same: What will be next? What will life be like in the future? Will success of our dreams be attained? How will relationships with friends and family be affected? Many more questions could be herein interjected but the focus of this short ponderings is to suggest that we turn our FEAR into faith. For both parent and child, let me suggest: F = focus on the goal. Young students or workers should focus on what they desire to accomplish in life and work toward completing that vision. Likewise, parents should reign vision family and set goals to focus on in the future. There will be future joys to celebrate such as job successes or grandchildren to cradle. E = equip for success. Graduates can invest their energies and intellect in obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to fulfill their dreams. Parents can plan and schedule meaningful moments for family, attend college events, or even continue to plan those family vacations to be enjoyed by all. Equipping for success means: knowing your vision goals and preparing the plan for accomplishment. The third suggestion for turning FEAR into faith would be: A = appreciate the ride. Whether good times or bad, successes or failures -- learn to enjoy life! Appreciate every moment! Bask in the sunshine of life and grow through the storms while you remember Jesus is on board with us. Finally, R = remember relationships. Cherish always the family you have or those who have been family to you. Talk often, embrace regularly, and remember the support network that surrounds you every day. Another part of that support network is good friends. It is said that we only have one to two really good friends in our lives. Cultivating flourishing friendships is a necessity for survival. In conclusion, never forget the best friend you could ever have: JESUS! He will always be there in every circumstance in life with His promise: “For I know the plans I have for you, ‘declares the Lord,’ plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

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Sunrise Easter Service

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Peter, portrayed by Pastor Ron Wyatt, rushed to tell parishioners that Jesus had risen. New Spanish-Language Service God’s love is infectious and needs to be shared. God loves each of us more than we can imagine. Yet, if we keep it to ourselves, then we are robbing others of its grace, power, and beauty. God’s love was not intended to be immobilized. For too long, our neighbors have been overlooked. Graceland is ensuring that we no longer overlook the need for Hispanic worship in Powhatan. God calls us to be faithful, and God’s power is evident when we are faithful. God has opened so many doors for this worship service. He has called Graceland to be the host, and the congregation has responded. He has sent a pastor for the Hispanic community. The Rev. Louis Orsatti will help us plant this church and will help us reach out to our neighbors. In the community outreach, we have seen God connect us with many informed, trustworthy individuals who can help us reach this community. Finally, we have seen many people within our congregation step out on faith and state that they want to be a part of this worship service. We have men and

women who are committed to helping us reach our Hispanic neighbors, and we thank all of you for that. The Spanish worship services will be in English and in Spanish so please come out and join us if you are at all interested. The more folks come and meet our neighbors, the more it will help the Hispanic population know that God truly does love them. Again, we do not do this based on our power but do this solely by trusting in God’s power. If you want to follow God’s leading, this is one opportunity for you. Our next two worship services are June 20, 2009, and July 25, 2009. Both services start at 7:00 PM, and we would love to see you there. In God’s Love, Christine, Greg, and Matt

Young At Heart
On Wednesday, April 8, 2009, we went to Fredericksburg and enjoyed a dinner theatre experience at Riverside Center Dinner Theater. The play, "Nunsense II," was funny and humorous -- we could relate to it. We also enjoyed a delicious meal May 20th meeting was Bingo night. Attendance was very good and a lot of prizes were won. Refreshments were delicious and enjoyed by all. Our June meeting will be a cookout. We will not meet for July or August. A trip is planned for September. We invite all "Young at Heart" ladies and gentlemen to come and have fun and fellowship.

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Baptist Men’s Group
►May 9, 2009 -- Saturday, 8:00 a.m. -- Men's Breakfast

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We had a very good meeting on April 11th with 30 men present. It was really good to see so many new faces! A special thanks to Max Byers for handling many of these projects while I was on vacation: Repaired the hardware on the shed housing the lawn mower. We secured the lawn mower with a cable. Removed leaves from the ditch in front of the church. We accomplished some chores around the church that needed to be done. Some of our activities: cut, split, and stacked wood, cut grass, helped with gardens, cleaned leaves from ditch in front of church and took care of several small jobs at church, took several members to doctor appointments, trimmed trees, and cleaned gutters. On May 9th, we entertained the ladies of the church with a Mother's Day breakfast. We had approximately 85 people present. Each lady received a rose and we had enough to share at the morning services from the men's group. Everyone joined in all the fun and fellowship. Next meeting will be June 13th at 8:00 a.m. -- the ladies will do the cooking in honor of Father's Day.
Earl Lodge

WOM News
We invite all women of the church to come and meet with us. We meet on the second Tuesday night of each month at 7:00 p.m. Hope you can make our June 9th meeting. During the month of May, we collected yarn for a someone that crochets lap robes for “seniors”. We also presented all graduating high school seniors with a new Bible.

GROW
Spring is here and there are many signs of life all around us. You can see also see evidences of life and new growth at Graceland, as many new members and visitors are now worshiping with us. The past few months have been incredible, as many have given their life to Christ and many have rededicated themselves to serve Him! AMEN! Please continue to INVITE your friends, neighbors, family members and others that you may know to come and worship with us.

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May - June 2009 Page 4

EVENTS ON THE HORIZION
June 3: 7:00 p.m. Business Meeting June 9: 7:00 p.m. WOM Meeting June 13: 8:00 a.m. Men’s Breakfast. All men and their spouses/friend are invited June 14: 4:15 p.m. Meeting with Children’s Worship leaders June 20: 8:00 to 2:00 Mission House Yard Sale June 20: 7:00 pm Hispanic Service We extend our heartfelt sympathy to two of Graceland’s family members in their recent loss. Kevin and Sherry Elwell, for the loss of their daughter Mariah. The family of Marie Grubbs, for the loss of our faithful member Marie. June 21: FATHER'S DAY June 27: 7:00 p.m. “4 The Lord Concert” A love offering will be taken. Please let all your friends know and invite them to come with you. This group placed third last fall in National competition. June 28: 11:00a.m. Start of Children’s Worship Service July 5-10: Passport for our “Youth” in Charlotte, NC God’s Law for us to live by: 8. But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. 9 .Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds. 12. Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13. Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you must do. Colossians 3: 8, 9, 12, 13 July 12-18: Norfolk Mission Trip July 21–24: Camp Piankatank for the RA’s August 3-7: Vacation Bible School If you can help one day or more, please call Lisa Seal.

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CARE TEAM News
The Care Team is still on board and doing their best to minister to the sick and shut-ins. In March, we delivered 7 meals, sent 49 cards, made 27 calls, and 5 visits. We encouraged the team to send Easter Cards to the shut-ins and make a goody bag or fix an Easter basket for someone really needing a boost. April is proving to be one of our busiest months, but we are ready to handle it! Thank you, team, for always being there for us. The Bible reminds us that "We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works" (Ephesians 2:10 NIV). God deliberately shaped and formed us to serve Him in a way that makes our ministry unique. We are so grateful for the members of the Care Team who have been "custom designed" by God to serve in a special way. We are even MORE grateful for the willing and cheerful way they serve. For April, the Care Team members sent 100 cards, made 37 visits, 28 calls and delivered 15 meals. Another busy month! Thank you, Nelda and Pat, Co-Chairmen

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Youth News:
Since we can now count the weeks left of school on one hand, we are getting excited about the summer vacation. Many of us get bored at home during the long, hot days of the summer. We also miss our friends and wonder when we can see them again. Well, this summer will be different. This summer will have less boring days because we can come together each week. That’s right, plan on being at the church every Thursday from 11:00 a.m. -- 3:00 p.m. for a time of fun, fellowship, games, and movies. Each Thursday, we will do a different activity -swimming, paintball, movies, board games, video games, laser tag, putt putt, go karts, etc. Some Thursdays, we will stay at the church and other Thursdays we’ll take a trip, but each Thursday will be a time of fun and fellowship. If you need a ride, let me know and you may earn yourself a nice ride on the bus!!! Remember to bring a friend. Also, several of the adults need help with work around their homes and have requested help from the youth to complete these needs. The youth are raising money for their Passport camp. If you are a youth and want to make a little money to put toward your trip, let me know so that I can introduce you to a family in need. If you are an adult and still need some help, let me know so that I can send you a youth or two. Let’s have a great summer together, Matt Let the wise listen and add to their learning and let the discerning get guidance. Proverbs 1:5

God’s gift to us. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might, He increases strength. No matter what our problems are, remember: the power behind the problem is much stronger than the power in front of the problem.

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2009 High School Graduates Congratulations to all. May all your dreams come true!

Jacob Lambert Aldridge
Parents: Steve & Jennifer Aldridge

Rachael Nicole Wyatt
Parents: Ronald and Terri Wyatt

Jonni Kathleen Seal
Parents: Paul and Lisa Seal

William Ryan Dingus
Parents: Byron and Beth Dingus

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Jessica Leigh Glidewell
Parents: Gerald and Donna Glidewell

Nicole Justine Cavazos
Parents: Maurice and Sandy Cavazos

2009 College Graduate

Melisa A. Dorton
Parents: Mike and Christine Dorton

Photos of High School and College Graduates unavailable: Jessica Allyn Blanton
Parents: Louis and Stephanie Blanton

Neal Boulifant Jessica Shamoon Chris Spain Kenneth John Dowdle
Parents: Doug and April Dowdle

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Children’s Worship
Graceland’s worship is expanding two-fold this summer. Not only are we starting a Hispanic service, but also we are starting a worship service devoted to children. The Children’s Worship will begin on June 28, 2009, during the 11:00 a.m. service. This service is worship and is a mixture of Vacation Bible School and Sunday School. The service uses all of the child’s senses and is interactive. The service, 50% of which is video based, will be facilitated by the existing Junior Church teams. The worship experience will be more encompassing than the Junior Church program and will consist of worship songs, offering, Bible lessons, skits, arts and crafts, dramatic plays, and videos, all of which focus on a biblical theme of the day. The Children’s Worship will last the duration of the 11:00 a.m. service. If you are interested in joining the Children’s Worship Team and helping facilitate the Children’s Worship, please let Matt know as soon as possible. There will be a meeting of all Children’s Worship leaders on June 14, 2009, at 4:15 p.m. Matt

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Education
As things slow down during the summer months, now is a great time to consider how God uses us. We recognize that with two services, we do not always know who others are in the church. As such, we have started wearing name tags so that we can get to know each other’s names more easily. Perhaps there are more ways that we can be used by God or more ways we can allow God to have more influence in our lives. Sunday School is integral to the growth, education, and development of a church body. Many of us belong to a Sunday

School class but could use more time with others in God’s word. Others of us do not belong to an existing Sunday School class and do not know where to start. Small groups are a growing opportunity for people to gather and discuss the presence of God in the member’s lives on a regular basis. Sunday School is a type of small group. Small groups are designed to be smaller, intimate settings where people can gather on a routine basis and form meaningful relationships with each other. We have discussed having a small group meet at Graceland on a certain morning of the week so that those who are retired can come. We could have small groups that develop around a certain aspect—physical location (in a neighborhood), for parents of teenagers, for new parents, for families who take care of their elderly parents, for widows/widowers, for single adults, etc. Small groups can help us have close personal relationships with each other so that we grow closer to God. Take some time this week and consider if your relationship with God is what you want it to be. If so, can you lead others to a fulfilling relationship? If not, is there a group that you would feel comfortable joining to help develop that relationship? Please talk with a staff member about your thoughts. Matt

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