My first out of town trip with the youth was one that will forever be a learning experience for me. I had planned to take the youth to the beach for the day to enjoy some surf, sun, and relaxation. Our trip down to the beach went just as planned. We arrived into town with no problems. But that soon all changed. We stopped at a McDonalds to get some lunch. As the youth began to pile back into the van, I realized that the van didn’t want to crank. Not wanting to panic, I informed the other chaperones of the situation in my normal dramatic ways. After about an hour of sitting in a hot van, it finally cranked. However, as soon as the van started back up, it began raining—but not just a little rain. It looked like a monsoon had hit the beach. Not knowing exactly what to do, we continued on our journey to the beach hoping that somehow it wouldn’t be raining half a mile down the road. But of course it was! So here I was with two vanloads full of youth who have been stuck at a McDonalds for an hour and now it’s pouring rain at the beach. As we arrived at the Garden City Chapel where my brother worked, my brother informed me that this is the first day it had rained at the beach all summer. Of course that would be the day I decided to bring the youth to the beach! I later found the humor in this trip. But since it wasn’t lightning, the kids grabbed their surfboards, towels, beach balls, and ran to the beach with the biggest smiles on their faces. Although it continued to rain for the next hour, the youth never let a broken down van or heavy rain stop them from having a good time.
As I reflect back on this trip, I see how the Lord has taught me so much from that day I spent at the beach. Although this job is one with rain showers, and broken down vans, it’s the youth and children who make this job what it is. It’s their unbroken spirit that makes this job so rewarding. It’s their random hugs, grateful smiles, and loving hearts that I find so much encouragement from. The Lord showed me that it’s ok if not everything goes as planned; it’s ok if plans fall apart at the last minute. The important thing is not those details. The children and the youth are what is important. So the next time you are sitting in church, I encourage you to look around at the smiles and laughs that the children and youth express. I know that life can sometimes seem so overwhelming with our rainfalls but find time to look around at the smiling faces of our future here at Immanuel. And remember that although life is full of stressful times, it’s the little things in life that are important.
In Christ’s Love, Emily Gamble
Mrs. Gertrude Causey m.o. Charles Phillip Marshall and Beth Marshall
Mrs. Odessa Blackmon m.o. Ted, Tammy, and Jimmy Blackmon
Miss Dora Childers h.o. Mr. and Mrs. Billy Martin
Mr. and Mrs. Parks Newsome m.o. Mr. Earl Cutler
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Collins h.o. Ruth and Wallace Arrington’s 60th Wedding Anniversary
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPER MENUS
Wednesday, September 15:
Wednesday, September 22:
Cost: $5.00 per adult and youth, $2.00 per child.
VOTER REGISTRATION SUNDAY
Should the local church be involved in voter registration? The Devil will be involved and do all he can to elect individuals who will destroy our society. If Christians will register and vote, we can have a positive impact.
Is it legal for the church to do this? Yes! We are not endorsing a political candidate, but rather encouraging people to register and vote.
Young people: If you are 18 years old, you may register to vote. It is your right and privilege to do so.
For your convenience, a voter registration table will be set up in the Welcome Center on Sunday, September 19.
Sunday, September 12
Tuesday, September 14
Wednesday, September 15
Wednesday, September 15, 22
Thursday, September 16, 23
Friday, September 17
Sunday, September 19
Christian sympathy is extended to Edwin and Lynn Fountain and their daughters,
Ashlyn and Alyssa, and to Josh Fountain upon the death of Edwin and Josh’s
mother, Mrs. Judy Fountain.
AM Service (Babies): Betty Stoupenos, Ruth Southerland
AM Service (Toddlers: Herby and Lisa Russ
PM Service: Jan DeTemple and Sarah Dillenbeck
The following will be serving on Sunday, September 19:
AM Service (Babies): Christine Cash, Cecelia Burbage
AM Service (Toddlers): Brenda and Michelle Wilkes
PM Service: Kathy Ward and Ali Stubbs
Dawn Smith Jordan, former Miss South Carolina and first runner up in the
Miss America pageant, will be guest speaker at South Florence Baptist Church
on Saturday, September 25, 2004, for the Joy Explosion for Ladies sponsored
by the Associational WMU. Seating is limited, so please make your
reservations now. The cost for the event will be $5.00 per person
which includes lunch. For more information call the Associational
Office at 662-5921.
09 - Virginia Allen
10 - Bobbie Jean May
12 - Brian VanMarel
13 - Lee McLellan
15 - Richard Binkley
16 - Sankey Moody
19 - Joseph Hatchell
20 - Julie S. Danner
21 - Rosey Rogers, Lori Clark
23 - Neil Graham, Sr.
24 - Dottie Lane, Willie Hugh Edgerton, Roberta Thornton
25 - Lindsey Thompson, Angela Pierce
26 – Odessa Blackmon, Chris Dew
27 – Ilene Richards
“Take my life, lead me, Lord,