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There is room in the first four pews on Sunday morning for you if you would like more space between yourself and others. We can also open up the two doors by the organ on one side and the piano on the other for you to come to worship and not take the hallway. Let me know Sunday morning if you’d like the doors open. We will get through this together, as it is a blessing to worship corporately.

Check out what’s happening on our facebook and YouTube pages and our website which has the sermon recorded weekly.

There is an apologetics conference coming up October 1-2 at Knox Reformed Presbyterian Church located at 4883 Southard Lane, Mechanicsville, VA 23116

One of the speakers is an apologist that Tom Jamara has been listening to for a while, Eli Ayala (his YouTube channel is “Revealed Apologetics”). Anthony Rogers has a channel and hosts debates with Muslims.

This might be really good, since the LDS are building a huge “church” on Staples Mill Rd, we will see more opportunities to witness to them, but you have to know how to internally critique their worldview. Same with JW and Islam.

Tom and Ginger will be attending.

Tickets are available at the following link which you can copy and paste into your browser:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/apologetics-conference-tickets-162441664391?aff=eemailordconf&utm_campaign=order_confirm&utm_medium=email&ref=eemailordconf&utm_source=eventbrite&utm_term=viewevent

AFGHANISTAN REFUGEE NEEDS

From Caroline Grube: We were told that the response has been overwhelming. They are very grateful for the outpouring of love and concern. BUT we need to stop donations except very specific items. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BOUGHT OR ORDERED OR CHOSEN SPECIFIC DONATIONS (scarves, small men’s pants, boy’s pants and size 7-9 men’s shoes), please drop off at my home in Bishop’s Park…7803 Longtail Lane, Mechanicsville. Leave on my porch. You have been so generous with monetary donations and we are using those funds to purchase priority items. Please CEASE MONETARY DONATIONS.
I will use any funds already given to me but I need to evaluate what is next.
I am blessed to serve as your hands in meeting this need. Churches and volunteers are doing what governmental agencies could not do. The Lord is in the midst of this!!

A Note From The Pastor

Friends,

Pat Phelps’ viewing will be held on Tuesday, August 31 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Woody’s Funeral Home, located at 9271 Shady Grove Rd, Mechanicsville, VA 23116. The funeral will be held on Wednesday, September 1, at 1:00 p.m. at Woody’s with interment at 3:00 p.m. at Washington Memorial, 6217 Memorial Dr, Sandston, VA 23150. There will be a reception on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. here at the church. Friends who can, are asked to contribute finger-food items (small sandwiches, salads, fruit, veggies, cheese plates, finger desserts, etc.) You can drop off food between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. by coming to the Pastor’s side door at the church. Let’s bless this dear and long-time church family. If you have any questions about Pat’s reception, please contact Shirley Hare.

A memorial service for Mike White will be on Thursday, September 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the church.

Caroline Grube shared yesterday about the Afghan refugees at Ft. Lee. On the spot, $1,346 was donated to this relief effort. If you would like to donate to this cause, donations can be sent to 7803 Longtail Lane, Mechanicsville, VA 23111. Caroline’s phone number is (703) 283-8215.

The March For Life in Richmond takes place at the Capitol Building on Friday, September 17th at Noon. Tom Jamara is going. To get started, you’ll want to sign up individually go to https://p2a.co/CKul51Q

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Pastor’s Email

Friends,

We had a great picnic this past Saturday. Thanks to all who made it happen! The highlight was two young men who got baptized: Logan & Zack Woodson. Pray for them as they are beginning their walk with Christ.

We met Jason Wells & Mechanics of Faith Sunday. Here is an article about his ministry.

Pastor Ed
pastoredvinson@gmail.com

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Pastor’s Email

Friends,

I want to honestly share my heart with you in this email. I am extremely concerned about what is going on in America. I’ve never lived through a crazier time when everything we’ve known in this country is going downhill. Never before has an event impacted the whole world before in my life time like COVID. Not even WW1 or WW2 did. They didn’t impact every country. Here are a few things I read about recently that concern me.

• Green Zone relocation camps for people determined to be at high risk for the coronavirus.
• Mandatory masking in schools for children two-years old and up in Virginia.
• Vaccine passports in places like New York City and probably coming in other cities and businesses and involving interstate travel.
• Mandatory vaccinations for some State and Federal workers and many businesses are demanding them. Future mandated vaccines for every person?
• Known treatments that work well against coronavirus disallowed.
• Big Tech and the main-stream media censoring any objections to the government narrative.
• Discriminating against the unvaccinated who have good reasons to not want to be vaccinated.
• What new variant or disease is coming that vaccines won’t be effective in preventing disease and death?

My biggest concern is the gradual loss of freedoms that is rapidly progressing. What can we do? Pray. Pray hard. Say no. If we just roll over and accept the continuing loss of freedoms, I fear we will reach a point when it’s too late. It seems people right now, including Christians, are as C.S. Lewis said, “men without chests.”

The Lord told me in 1991, “prepare My people for hard times ahead.” I think I am getting a glimpse of those times coming.

On a different note, if you are coming to the picnic at Camp Hanover Saturday at noon, and haven’t been baptized before, let me know. I plan to baptize in the swimming pool.

We’ve seen what’s happening in Afghanistan. Refugees will be coming to America soon. Caroline Grube has a list of items that would be helpful. Please feel free to drop any of these items off at the Church Office. If you have any questions, please contact Caroline at caroline.grube@gmail.com.

Please, remember that these families will be at Ft. Lee for only a few days and living out of suitcases until they arrive at their new communities in various states. All their meals are provided, so no need for food other than light snacks for traveling.

• Twin- and Full-size blankets – preferably dark blue or gray.
• Small plug-in hot water heaters/kettles-for baby formula.
• Healthy snacks-i.e., trail mix, dried fruit, goldfish, etc.
• Small Ziplock bags for snacks.
• Travel size hand sanitizers
• Wet wipes pack
• Diapers (various sizes)
• Plastic bottles and nipples
• Travel sippy cups-including some with two handles
• Coloring books for children – be culturally sensitive as many of these
families are practicing Muslims
• Box of crayons or washable markers
• Travel size toothpaste & toothbrushes
• Comb pack – including for teenaged girls
• Simple puzzles – children and scenic
• Lip balm/chap stick

Pastor Ed
pastoredvinson@gmail.com

A Note From The Pastor

Friends,

We’ve seen a surge in Covid cases recently, which should remind us to be safe in crowds. Don’t come to church if you’re sick. Watch the service online. You’re welcome to wear a mask if you are more comfortable doing so. If you prefer a little space between yourself and the next person, there’s room in the first four pews.

My thinking is, we are all adults and can decide for ourselves what we will do. What’s most important is that we love and accept each other, even if we have differences and not allow Satan to cause disunity.

I do believe it’s crucial that we gather together and worship as one Body (Hebrews 11:25.) Let’s continue to pray that Covid will be defeated, also knowing that we have lived with respiratory illnesses for Millenia and might with this one, too.

Pastor Ed
pastoredvinson@gmail.com

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Friends,

I was going to share this yesterday in my sermon, but at the last minute decided to share it through my email. I don’t know the source.

Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah’s Ark…

1. Don’t miss the boat.
2. Remember that we are all in the same boat.
3. Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.
4. Stay fit. When you’re 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
5. Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
6. Build your future on high ground.
7. For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.
8. Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with cheetahs.
9. When you’re stressed, float a while.
10. Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
11. No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting.

Please keep Nicole Langston (Asst. Director of the Day School) and her family in your prayers. Nicole’s father was called home over the weekend.

Please also keep Laura Seal, Phyllis Young’s niece, in prayer as she’s having surgery this morning.

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Friends,

Cathy and I will be at Yearly Meeting Thursday through next Tuesday. It will be good to see my dad & Cathy’s Mom and Sister, plus the Pastors of Eastern Region. George Sutton & Pastor Dave Householder are also going up to Canton as Delegates. Pray for safety in travel and that we will be strengthened in the Lord.

Pastor Ed

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Continue to pray for revival.  America has experienced them before and we sure do need one now.  Greg Laurie lists a few lessons from previous revivals.

  1. Come to church with a sense of expectancy.
  2. Worship was passionate & heartfelt.
  3. There was a hunger for the Word of God.
  4. They believed Jesus was coming back.
  5. They invited people to Church & to know Christ.

Here’s another one that I know is crucial:

  1. It was bathed in prayer.

Richard Meadors is asking if anyone has a large car trailer so he can tow the 2013 Church van to his shop to fix the damage that the vandals did to it.  Otherwise, he will have to have it towed.  Contact Richard if you have a trailer at (804) 496-9821.

Congratulations to Eric & Emily McKinley on the birth of their daughter, Brianna Grace.  We rejoice with them for this addition to their family!

 

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Friends,

If you want to talk about unhealthy thought patterns you may be having (from Sunday’s sermon,) I’m here.

Wakefield Jr. Campers will be eating lots of yummy food as usual this year. In order to keep costs down for the camper’s families, we are inviting you to help out by buying some things. There’s a detailed list on the bulletin board that you can look at and sign up. You can then bring the items to the church any time before June 18th or take them to camp with you when you drop your children off on the 20th. If you have any questions contact Jodi. Thank you for serving!

We can use help in both the infant and toddler nurseries.  Would you be willing to take one week in an eight-week span?  If so, you can sign up on the sheet outside the Nursery.

Pastor Ed

pastoredvinson@gmail.com

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Friends,

You are probably hearing and reading more about UFO’s recently, especially the 60 Minutes Special.  UFO’s or UAP (unidentified aerial phenomenon) have existed in popular culture (movies & books) for decades, but the Government has been strangely silent or purposely keeping the issue quiet.  Not now.  Why now?  What’s their agenda now?

We’ll find out soon.  Next month, the Department of Defense & Pentagon are required to give a report on UFO’s.  A former Assistant Secretary of Defense leaked radar of UFO’s to the New York Times in 2017.  This proof forced their hand.

Most Americans believe in UFO’s, they just don’t know what they are.  Lots of famous and important people have testified to seeing “something.”  People like former President Jimmy Carter, Astronauts, Navy pilots, Harvard astrophysicist Ari Loeb and Paul Hellyer, the former Defense Minister of Canada.  There’s Roswell in New Mexico, The Rendlesham Forest incident in England and the Phoenix Lights occurrence.  The evidence is overflowing for “something.”  But what is it?

The first word is the most important word in UFO sightings.  “Unidentified.”  That doesn’t necessarily mean aliens.  It could be a natural phenomenon or man-made objects like hot air balloons or missiles or drones.  Most sightings are this.  Could it be a spaceship from a distant galaxy?  In my opinion, unlikely.  Could it be advanced technology by our Government?  A government psyops?

My theory & personal belief is that it is demonic.  Ephesians 2:2 – “in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air…”  Ephesians 6:12 – “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”  In Ezekiel 1, Ezekiel has a vision that looks like a UFO!

Someday, if there is an alien “disclosure,” be very suspicious & cautious.  Don’t be gullible.  Don’t fall for deception.  I believe it is fallen angels.  Feel free to dialogue with me on this.

Pastor Ed

Upcoming Sermons

The following are our upcoming sermons from Senior Pastor, Ed Vinson, Associate Pastor, Charles Smith or other guest speakers.

September 19, 2021 - The Story of Joseph The Dreamer Part 2 by Ed Vinson

Pastor Ed concludes the two part series on Joseph The Dreamer by discussing the character qualities needed to implement & manage the dream, the most important being forgiving the one who hurt you.

September 26, 2021 - Remembering Rahab by Ed Vinson

Pastor Ed tells the story of "Rahab the Harlot" who helped the Jewish spies. God chooses unlikely people to do His will and how they act on what they believe.

October 3, 2021 - Servants & Soldiers For God by Ed Vinson

Pastor Ed discusses both aspects of the Christian life as Servants who obey whatever Jesus tells them to do & Soldiers who engage in spiritual warfare.