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FBC Winona News & Updates 8-7-17

August 7, 2017

When I walk through deep waters
I know that You will be with me
When I’m standing in the fire
I will not be overcome
Through the valley of the shadow
I will not fear

Church Family,

When we sang this song in worship yesterday, I could feel several things . . . a peace from God, the cries of His children, and an awareness of God’s work in so many situations that I’m aware of (and I’m sure, many more that I am not aware). It was a sweet time of worship, and if you missed out, I hope you’ll be here this Wednesday for WOW and this Sunday for worship.

It was a very productive day overall. We had a very productive Minister of Students Search Committee meeting and we feel we are getting very close to presenting a great candidate to you to be our next Minister of Students.

Following that, we had a great meeting of our children’s leadership where we discussed a number of things and made a number of plans. Here are some highlights . . .

Back to School Bash will be on WEDNESDAY, August 30th, the first Wednesday of the school year, at 6:30 pm. EVERYONE will meet together in fellowship hall for a time of hot dogs and games, and we’ll give a brief overview of the fall ministries and activities. It’s for all ages.

On the last Wednesday of each month, we will be starting our Wednesday night services all together with a brief service of worship and then dismiss to our classes. We want to keep some of the elements of WOW together without disturbing the regular Wednesday night ministries too much. This will begin in September.

We will also be looking for ways to integrate our children more regularly into our worship services as well as looking at re-instituting Children’s Church. Bro. Danny Thompson has felt the burden to give leadership to this ministry.

Our Pumpkin Patch this year will look a little different. We will be having a TRUNK OR TREAT and will be looking to have it at the school this year, on Saturday, October 28th. We still have a couple of details to work out. Basically, an individual, class or group will have a car with an open trunk, hatch or tailgate and have some sort of game kids can play, similar to our regular Pumpkin Patch. You are encouraged to decorate your car or create a scene for a particular theme but you don’t have to. We will have a planning meeting soon.

As for this week, we have our Blood Drive this Wednesday from 4-8pm. We have the following time slots available:
4:30 pm
5:00 pm
5:15 pm
5:30 pm
5:45 pm
6:30 pm
6:45 pm
7:00 pm (2 slots)
7:15 pm
7:30 pm (2 slots)
7:45 pm

If you want to fill one of these slots, let me know asap.

This Sunday, RA leadership will meet Sunday morning after worship, as well as Personnel Committee. Stewardship will meet at 5pm and SOS is taking a break for a couple of weeks.

I will be having gallbladder surgery this Friday at noon at Mother Frances. Bro. Bryan will be preaching Sunday and teaching WOW next Wednesday. I have all of the office work covered as well. I’m going to take a few days to recover and will be back in the office as soon as I feel up to it. Feel free to reach out to me if you need me.

Have a blessed week!

Bro. Tony

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