God continues to lavishly bless Unity Baptist. We should all be excited in anticipation as to where His plan will lead us.
Deacon sponsored projects and statuses, year-to-date:
• Install water filtration system – COMPLETED
• Update and repaint Highway 51 church sign – COMPLETED
• Build, install, and paint new church sign at driveway entrance – COMPLETED
• Replant and mulch flower beds, change grading for improved water drainage – COMPLETED
• Purchase AED (automated external defibrillator) – COMPLETED
• Refresh supplies for the “jump” or “go” medical bag – PLANNING
• Power wash outside of building – PLANNING
Information about projects and volunteer involvement will be communicated as needed.
Mercy Day occurred on Sunday, April 22. The number of people visiting and the number of items distributed increased. Another Mercy Day is planned for Sunday, October 14 (rain date is November 4); please submit alternate location suggestions to the Elders and Deacons. The “pool table” room has marked collection bins for clothing and smaller items. For larger items, such as furniture, please arrange with John Baertels to store those items in the church’s off-site storage.
Louis spent the last two weeks of June doing pastor training in Indonesia. Many local Indonesian pastors, especially in less-developed areas of the country, often have had little or no formal ministry training. This ministry provides opportunities for them to get 40 hours of seminary training taught by doctorate-level instructors. This year, Louis was involved in training pastors in the village of Waipia on the island of Maluku, and also in the town of Tobelo, on the island of North Maluku. He also had the opportunity to preach at a small, recently-planted Baptist church in the city of Ambon.
Ronny Serworwora, our primary contact in Indonesia, visited in May. While here, Ronny shared the Word one Sunday morning and then met with the Deacons and Elders to provide an update on the Indonesia mission fields and ministries in which Unity participates and supports. During the worship service, Ronny presented to the body a quilt hand-made by his family and others in Indonesia. The quilt has been hung in the Sunday school room. A plaque will be installed to share details concerning the quilt for years to come.
Unity further supported this ministry by giving an additional $900 to support pastors traveling from remote locations. The money was available in the budget after Louis’ trip expenses were covered. Last year, the proceeds from selling the pews was donated to cover these same expenses. As God leads Louis to go to make disciples by teaching, it seems like a smart move to make sure willing men can attend.
The summer Women’s Bible study of Galatians is underway with 28 participants; six of the women attend other churches. Praise God for this unplanned outreach opportunity!
Sunday school is going well. The class will be completing the “Building a Christian Conscience” study soon. Next on the agenda is the 40-minute inductive Bible study “Being a Disciple, Counting the Real Cost”. This study will go for six weeks or so, depending on class participation and progress, with the intention of not having homework. The Elders heard your concerns, and responded with Oscar Hoyle’s help, to provide Sunday school lessons that are life-application focused. Please make Sunday school a priority, and be proactive in sharing your lesson/study ideas with Oscar and the Elders.
Remember that we, the body of Christ, are ambassadors for Christ. Working as one entity, we have a responsibility to be engaged in Kingdom work. Each of us should be involved in a ministry or mission opportunity. A church body that works together for God’s glory is a healthy body! Help and encourage others to be involved in Christ’s redeeming and sustaining work. Trust us, you will be blessed!
Heads up everyone, we’ll be moving into 1 & 2 Peter after completing Genesis.