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July 2019

From the Pastor

            As I write this month’s newsletter article, our 2019 VBS Adventure—ROAR!—is underway and the campus is packed with children, parents, church staff and volunteers.  Under the leadership of Brittanie and Nathan Coleman, this annual project has grown into one of our signature community events.

It is a huge undertaking that fully utilizes our church facilities: the sanctuary, pavilion, education building, and even the front lawn.  There are hands-on Bible studies, crafts, videos, singing, dancing and outdoor activities…all designed to teach-about and praise our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Plus daily visits from a big-game hunter named the Rev. Dr. Justin Von Biberstein, Esq., who bears an uncanny resemblance to Nathan.

And that is only one of the ministries of this church that has impacted the lives of its members and others in the Burgaw community this week.  We also provided overnight housing for a homeless person; steered someone to a counselor who could help them with a family issue; kept a person’s utilities from being cut off; and brought encouragement to a seminary student in our presbytery who is struggling to pass his ordination exams.  As the VBS kids learned on the first day of their adventure:  Even when life isn’t fair—God is Good!

Here is a sample of what’s in store at Burgaw Presbyterian during the month of July:

Since it is the first Sunday in a new calendar quarter, our Lord’s Day worship service on July the 7th will include the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.  The scripture lesson that day will be 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, which is our earliest written reference to the meal that Christians have come to call by names like Communion and the Eucharist.

On Sunday, July 14, the Rev. Dr. Eric Blahut will lead us in worship and explore The Parable of the Sower from Matthew’s Gospel.  Eric is a retired Reformed Church in America pastor who served congregations in the Albany, NY, area for four decades.  He and his wife now live up the road from us in Sneads Ferry.

On Sunday, July 21, we will listen-in as a lawyer tries to test Jesus by asking him to define the word “neighbor” as used in the Law of Moses.  It was the occasion on which Jesus gave us The Parable of the Good Samaritan.  In preparation for hearing this message, ask yourself:  who is the person in the ditch that everyone is passing by?

And then, on Sunday, July 28, we will hear the story of the Naaman, commander of the army of the King of Aram, who was cured of leprosy by following the advice of the Prophet Elisha.  This story, remember, is the one that nearly cost Jesus of Nazareth his life when he re-told it in the synagogue of his hometown.

What a wonderful month to worship and serve the Lord at Burgaw Presbyterian.  Come see us!

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Will


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