Welcome to church… and happy Father’s Day! I pray today’s service strengthens your faith; recalls a pleasant memory of a father, grandfather, uncle, teacher, or coach; and deepens your gratitude for the only perfect Father, our great God and Lord of all.
Psalm 78 tells us that God commanded fathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children not yet born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their hope in God and would not forget His works but keep His commandments (Psalm 78:5-7). This is one reason we host Child Dedication services like the one we’ll enjoy today. Yes, we dedicate our children to the Lord, but we also dedicate ourselves to raising our kids in the faith.
The primary context for your child learning about God isn’t our weekend children’s ministry. It’s in your home, in your car, at your child’s bedside, and at the breakfast table. It happens in those planned moments when you pull out a Bible storybook, and it happens in those unplanned moments when you provide correction and comfort.
Thankfully God doesn’t leave us alone in this task. Psalm 78 reminds us that God calls us to raise our children with the help of other believers, the entire church. We need one another’s encouragement, accountability, and perspective.
Please join me in celebrating with and praying for these families today.
Matt Friend • Senior Pastor
OUTDOOR BAPTISM LOCATION
June 23 | 2:30 PM
From Parkway Rd. (Bible Center Dr. intersection) Drive 6.1 miles southbound on SR-119 • Turn left onto Little Coal River Rd. • Turn Left onto the Public Stream Access • Park on graveled area and walk out to the Coal River (cement boat ramp)
If you’d like to be baptized, contact Jane.
Dads, be sure to stop by a table at any entrance for a Chick-fil-A card to receive a free drink, ice cream cone, or milkshake.
Live Your Best F.I.T.
Thursday, June 27 • 7:00-8:30 PM • Rm. 3106 • This wellness workshop will offer a structured plan that eliminates guesswork, is simple to follow, and provides a trusted support team to help you regain your better health and helps you live your best fit. Led by Bruce Hinckson and Brock Meadows of Orangetheory Fitness.
Union Mission Crossroads Dinner
Thursday, June 27 • 4 PM • Sign up online to volunteer, bring supplies, or make a monetary donation. Volunteers must register and should arrive at 3:30 PM.
Vacation Bible School Volunteer Opportunity
Help with registration, crafts, or in a classroom. Middle School students through adults are welcome. Sign up online or on the app. Or contact:
- Jess Backus to serve in Early Childhood;
- Pastor Steve to serve in K-5th grades; and
- Emily King to serve in Special Needs.
Cribs (Middle & High School)
Wednesdays in June & July • 6:00-7:30 PM • Stay connected and hang out with friends. Meets at different host homes each week. Check the online schedule.
Kings Island Trip (High School)
July 9, 6:30 AM- July 10, 1:00 AM • If you’re looking for more excitement in your summer, then come with us! Cost: $35 plus food money for the entire day. Sign up now!
Save the Date: Power Up! Vacation Bible School (3 years old-5th Grade)
July 14-18 • 6-8 PM • Kids, raise your game by realizing that God’s power has given us everything we need to lead a godly life (2 Peter 1:3a)! Fun music, engaging lessons, crafts, and more! Register today. Evening snacks provided.