News from the Pastor

May 22, 2022

Come to Vacation Bible School

I grew up in an era where church activities dominated the general social scene much more than they do today. One of our favorite activities as children was to invite people to Vacation Bible School. The church in which I grew up would print flyers announcing the date of VBS, then teenagers would drive us little kids around, and we would hop out of cars to distribute invitations to our VBS in surrounding neighborhoods. I even remember (and shudder to think of it now) riding on the hood of teenagers’ old cars, hanging on to the hood ornament with one hand as I held to my flyers with the other, flyers bearing the message, “Come to Vacation Bible School!” I never did tell my parents about doing that.

Of course, now we can spread news of Vineville Baptist’s VBS through all manner of social media. But I still maintain that the personal touch is the most effective. So I encourage you not only to register for our VBS at Vineville by June 1, but to use this week to invite families who are not connected with our congregation to register for the Bible school. Remember, this is a “Family VBS,” so the entire family is invited to participate. It is also our first attempt in recent history at an “evening VBS.” The hours are 6-8 p.m., Sunday through Wednesday, June 12 – June 15. There is also the possibility of enjoying a supper at the church from 5:15 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. each evening. The cost is $3 per child and $5 for youth and adults, with a family maximum ceiling of $15 per meal. Don’t forget: the deadline to sign up is Wednesday, June 1.

Speaking of Wednesdays, we will conclude our Bible study in 2 Samuel over the next couple of weeks. We will have Bible study this Wednesday, May 25, then conclude our study on Wednesday, June 1. Those of you reading ahead of the study need to know that in order to meet this deadline I will cover a couple of chapters a night, beginning this Wednesday. There will be no Wednesday night activities on Wednesday, June 8, or on Wednesday, June 15, the concluding night of Bible School. We will begin our summer series of intergenerational events with a “breakfast for supper” meal on Wednesday, June 22. That night we will also see how creative you can be with Legos.

I have mentioned in a recent column how much we are indebted to John Kelly and Chuck Whitehead for their tireless volunteer ministry to our youth. But in truth, our congregation is filled with unsung heroes. Last Saturday I came up to the church to check on the facility, and there were Mike Sharpe and Gene Welch working on repairing our air conditioning system. The fact that the church was cool the next day was a tribute to their industrious and sacrificial service. We are indebted to them, too.

Speaking of our youth, to celebrate the end of the school year, we are having an outing this afternoon at Sky Zone, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. All of the youth are invited and are welcome to bring a friend. Your admission fee is covered, so all you will need to bring is money for snacks. Please let John or Chuck or our summer intern, Annabelle Whitehead, know that you are planning to come.

As I mentioned from the pulpit a couple of Sundays ago, the Mentors Project recognized Vineville Baptist as its Humanitarian Church of the Year. The plaque they awarded us is displayed in the anteroom on the organ side. This was the Mentors Project’s expression of appreciation for all of the food that our congregation provided their families during the pandemic when many of their young people’s families were in peril of going hungry. Thank you to everyone who had a hand in meeting this need.

Don’t forget that next Sunday we will celebrate communion during the Memorial Day weekend. My homily will feature a little town whose losses on D-Day inspired the movie Saving Private Ryan, and whose sacrifice in behalf of freedom reminds us of our indebtedness to the courage of others.

A word from your pastor,
Dr. Richard Kremer