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Cathy & I will be in Canton, Ohio this week visiting family. I hope you also have a very blessed Thanksgiving with family & friends, remembering how much we have to be thankful to the Lord.

give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

~1 Thessalonians 5:18

Tonight, you are invited to Shalom Baptist Church at 7 p.m. for a community Thanksgiving service. Five local churches worship together. Please bring a can of corn or peas for MCEF’s pantry.

A Note From The Pastor

Friends,

Susan Haynes will be sharing this Sunday, “A Personal and Passionate Perspective of the Cross.” She is a passionate communicator and has a powerful testimony. You won’t want to miss this Sunday.

With the holidays approaching, please remember our shut-ins. A card or note would lift their spirits.

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Friends,

I will meet with anyone who wants to talk and pray about life, current events and Scripture on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Seekers Classroom.

Also, if you haven’t done so already, please forward your updated contact information, as well as a recent photo, to the church office for inclusion in the Pictorial Directory.

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Beginning Wednesday, October 20th @ 6:30, I will be available in the Seekers classroom. We can discuss what you would like to do with that hour or so.

Erna Chambers used to come regularly before Covid, but is now shut in. Her family says she would appreciate cards and letters. You can write her at:

Erna Chambers
6767 Crump Drive
Mechanicsville, VA 23111

Cathy and I will be leaving on Wednesday for a few days of vacation. We look forward to worshipping with you again on October 24th.

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Come out this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and enjoy a concert by Southern Gospel quartet, The Rivertown Boys. We will take a love offering for them and their CD’s will be available for purchase.

I have scheduled our church to pray outside the Planned Parenthood facility on N. Hamilton Road in Richmond on Saturday, October 30 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. We will be working with 40 Days For Life, which is a community-based campaign that draws attention to the evil of abortion through the use of prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil and community outreach.

40 Days For Life takes a determined, peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion. It puts into action a desire to cooperate with God in the carrying out of His plan for the end of abortion in America. The 40-day campaign tracks Biblical history, where God used 40-day periods to transform individuals and communities. For more information, go to www.40daysforlife.com.

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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!!

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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

Upcoming Sermons

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

November 28, 2021 - Dealing With Difficult People by Ed Vinson

We see how David dealt respectfully & how he forgave his enemy, Saul, rather than enacting revenge on him.

December 5, 2021 - The Gospel in Miniature by Ed Vinson

Pastor Ed will preach on the fact that Christ came to save by using John 3:16 and explaining the passage word by word.

December 12, 2021 - Three Reactions To Christmas by Ed Vinson

Pastor Ed shows how Herod; the Religious Leaders and the Wise Men reacted to news of King Jesus' birth. People today react in those same ways.