May 12, 2021

Dear Church Family,
We have midweek news to share about congregational singing, a new mission opportunity, a Pentecost video you can participate in, and today’s Bible study link.
Worship
If you plan to attend worship in person this Sunday morning, please make reservations for The Well or The Sanctuary Service here by Friday at noon. If you missed last weekend, you can find last Sunday’s Well service here, last Sunday’s Sanctuary service here, and last Sunday’s sermon entitled “Doing Justice” here.
Bible Study
On Wednesdays, Pastor Noel Schoonmaker continues to teach a verse-by-verse video Bible study called “Galatians in Slow Motion.” You can find today’s lesson on Galatians 3:19-24 here.
Congregational Singing
Since vaccines are now widely available and the local number of new COVID-19 cases continues to trend downward, we plan to resume congregational singing at our in-person worship services on Sunday, June 6. Please note this is the same day that our adult and student Sunday School classes will re-gather for in-person Sunday School at church. We look forward to praising God together in congregational song!
COVID-19 Vaccination Event this Thursday, May 13 in Spence Hall
Second Baptist Church will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccination event on Thursday, May 13 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in Spence Hall. The event will be operated by the Virginia Department of Health and the Pfizer vaccine will be administered. Vaccinations are free, and the event is open to all eligible individuals 16 years or older. There will be a follow-up event for second vaccine doses on June 3. Walk-ins are welcome at this event, or you can make an appointment here. We welcome you to take advantage of this opportunity, and to share this opportunity with church members, friends, and neighbors. If you have questions about the event or the vaccine, you can contact the Department of Health by emailing RHHDvax@vdh.virginia.gov or by calling (804) 205-3501.
Mission Opportunity
Joshua and Jessica Hearne are CBF Field Personnel serving in Danville, Virginia. Among their many areas of mission is a Tool Library. Friends and neighbors connected with the Hearnes can borrow tools to maintain their own homes or to do side work. The tools are used and maintained well, and the Hearnes are seeking hand tools, landscaping equipment, lawnmowers, pressure washers, trimmers, and ladders that are in good working order. If you have any such equipment that you might be willing to donate to this ministry, you can unload the tools at church by Grace Garden (located next to Spence Hall). For assistance in unloading, please contact Tom Mitchell at tmitchell@secondbaptistrva.org or Ben Brown at bbrown@secondbaptistrva.org. Last call for donations will be May 31, 2021. Tom and Ben will coordinate the relocation of the equipment to Danville in early June.
Pentecost Video
Honoring Pentecost in your household helps focus on the gift and work of the Holy Spirit, which fills us at all times and in all places. The Holy Spirit is the real presence of Jesus, as he told his disciples: “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever, the Spirit of Truth (John 14:16-17).” The symbols of Pentecost, based on the description in Acts 2, are wind and fire. So, we encourage you to grab some red, orange, or yellow ribbon (or use the ribbon wand from your Eastertide box) to make a homemade firestick. Then take your ribbons outside and watch the wind bring them to life. Remember that like wind, we cannot see the Holy Spirit, but we constantly experience its effects. We invite you to record yourself, your family, your parents, even your dog! Using landscape (horizontal mode), record a short video clip of yourself with your homemade or Eastertide-Box firestick and send it to Rev. Katie Vance by Wednesday, May 19 (kvance@secondbaptistrva.org or 804.955.5294) to be included in a church wide Pentecost video offering!
Emerge Women’s Bible Study
Join our Emerge Bible study to kick off your summer! We will be studying the Book of Haggai with Jennifer Rothschild. This 3-week video-driven study will meet on Wednesdays, June 2, 9, and 16, at 1:00 p.m. in Spence Hall. The study will focus on how the landscapes of our lives can sometimes feel wrecked, just like the Jewish people returning to Jerusalem after exile. We also get distracted and discouraged, but we can take courage. God’s presence and promises give us courage to press on and trust God with our story. To register, please email Patty at info@secondbaptistrva.org or call her at 740-7101, ext. 1145 and leave a message that you would like to participate. We are looking forward to studying God’s Word together!
Graduate Information Needed
  • College Graduates: Parents, if you have a son or daughter graduating from college, please email their full name and school to Patty at info@secondbaptistrva.org by 5:00 p.m. today.
  • High School Graduates: Emails and letters with requested information have been sent. Please submit information to Ben Brown by 5:00 p.m. today.
  • The list of graduates will be in the bulletin on Sunday, May 23.
Scripture
As we walk with God this week, let us reflect on Psalm 67:1-2: “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations.”
In Christ,
Your Ministerial Staff

May 5, 2021

Dear Church Family,

 

May has arrived, and we have some midweek updates for you.

 

Sunday Morning Worship

If you plan to attend worship in person this Sunday morning, please make reservations for The Well or The Sanctuary Service here by Friday at noon. If you missed last weekend, you can find last Sunday’s Well service here, last Sunday’s Sanctuary service here, and last Sunday’s sermon entitled “Telling the Next Generation” here.

 

Bible Study

On Wednesdays, Pastor Noel Schoonmaker continues to teach a verse-by-verse video Bible study called “Galatians in Slow Motion.” You can find today’s lesson on Galatians 3:15-18 here.

 

Legacy Fellowship

Last Sunday, a new initiative called “Legacy Fellowship” was launched in order to encourage church members to include Second Baptist Church in your estate plans. For more information, please click here.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Event on May 13 in Spence Hall

Second Baptist Church will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccination event on Thursday, May 13 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in Spence Hall. The event will be operated by the Virginia Department of Health and the Pfizer vaccine will be administered. Vaccinations are free, and the event is open to eligible individuals 16 years or older. There will be a follow-up event for second vaccine doses in June on a date to be determined. To receive the vaccine, you must make an appointment here. Walk-ins are not permitted. We welcome you to take advantage of this opportunity, and to share this opportunity with church members, friends, and neighbors. If you have questions about the event or the vaccine, you can contact the Department of Health by emailing RHHDvax@vdh.virginia.gov or by calling (804) 205-3501.

 

Emerge Women’s Bible Study

Join our Emerge Bible study to kick off your summer! We will be studying the Book of Haggai with Jennifer Rothschild. This 3-week video driven study will meet on Wednesdays, June 2, 9, and 16, at 1:00 p.m. in Spence Hall. The study will focus on how the landscapes of our lives can sometimes feel wrecked, just like the Jewish people returning to Jerusalem after exile. We also get distracted and discouraged, but we can take courage. God’s presence and promises give us courage to press on and trust God with our story. To register, please email Patty at info@secondbaptistrva.org or call her at 740-7101, ext. 1145 and leave a message that you would like to participate. We are looking forward to studying God’s Word together!

 

Second Cousins Event

Join the Second Cousins and friends as we celebrate spring at Meadow Farm Park, located at 3400 Mountain Road in Glen Allen near the intersection of Staples Mill and Mountain Road. We will meet on Thursday, May 6 at 11:30 a.m. at the outdoor pavilion with the picnic tables. Follow the bright balloons to the pavilion. Bring your own picnic lunch and drink and a lawn chair if you would like. There are plenty of picnic tables to eat lunch on and socialize. We can’t wait to see you and have lunch together. We will gather rain or shine. The pavilion is on the right, the parking is on the left. For further information, contact Kathi Traficanti at ktraficanti@secondbaptistrva.org.

 

Graduate Information Needed  

  • College Graduates: Parents, if you have a son or daughter graduating from college, please email their full name and school to Patty at info@secondbaptistrva.org no later than Wednesday, May 12.
  • High School Graduates: Emails and letters with requested information have been sent. Please submit information to Ben Brown by Wednesday, May 12.
  • The list of graduates will be in the bulletin on Sunday, May 23.

 

Scripture

As we walk with God this week, let us reflect on Psalm 37:4: “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

 

In Christ,

 

Your Ministerial Staff