News from the Pastor

September 26, 2021

Angela Needs a Break

Angela Blizzard, our Minister of Music and Youth, has requested that she be allowed to take several weeks of sabbatical from church duties, effective immediately. This sabbatical has been approved by the church’s Personnel and Finance Committees. She is stepping back from all church responsibilities until at least Monday, October 25.

The reasons for this sabbatical are several. As many of you know, Angela has been struggling with heart arrhythmia for much of this year, and trying to find the proper medication and its proper dosage has been difficult. Moreover, the strain of ministry during this pandemic has drained her physically and emotionally. She had the courage to admit to herself and to us that she needed to take an extended rest and try to recover her physical, emotional, and spiritual equilibrium. I know that you join me in encouraging her in this enterprise. We pray that this time away from church duties will restore her physical strength and ministerial joy.

Meanwhile, several volunteer youth leaders have pledged to keep the youth program going, with Melissa and me assisting as we can. We are hoping to hire a trained music minister to lead our adult choir rehearsals and music worship on Sundays. However, we are most grateful to Mary Kay Smith for leading us in musical worship today, and grateful to Mary Catherine O’Neal for stepping in last Sunday to direct our choir and lead our congregation in song. Please bear with us as we seek to address the ministry needs of the church as quickly as possible. John Fry, Sr. has stepped forward to lead the Vineville Brass during this interim period, and we are indebted to him. There may be other needs that will require willing volunteers, so be prepared to serve if asked.

Remember that in addition to our youth and children’s activities on Wednesday night, and my Bible study on II Samuel, Barbara Jones is leading a Bible study on “Sacred Parenting.” This study begins at 6:15 p.m. in room M-204.

Len Hindsman is still looking for volunteers to help him host visitors who tour our church facility on Saturday, October 9, as part of Macon’s “Architectural Ramble,” which is sponsored by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. The hours of the Saturday Ramble are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Len is planning to be present at the church throughout the tour, but we are looking for volunteers willing to serve as co-hosts on that day. We plan to break the day into two-hour shifts, and we desire to have four folks helping Len during each shift.

The Fall Bazaar, scheduled for Friday night, October 1, and Saturday, October 2, looms close on the horizon. Harold McAbee has put out the call for volunteers who could serve on one or both of those days. Every volunteer’s help is welcome. Harold is also looking for homemade baked goods, which are extremely popular during the Bazaar. If you can provide baked goodies for the Bazaar, let Harold know that, too. We will also need volunteers in helping set up the gym for the Bazaar next Wednesday night, September 29.

Don’t forget that tickets are already on sale for the spaghetti dinner that will be served on the Friday night of the Bazaar, October 1. The tickets are $7 per plate for adults, $4 for children 10 years old and under. You can access this meal either in-person or by take-out. However, the meal is only available to those who buy tickets in advance – no walk-up purchases! By the way, the hours for the Fall Bazaar are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. There will be a Saturday café with breakfast and lunch items available.

The Red Cross Blood Drive has changed its Vineville Baptist date and time. Now the Red Cross will be here from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 21. You can go online to register. If you have any questions, contact Jennifer Kelly.

Incidentally, the First Sunday Fellowship, scheduled for Sunday, October 3, at 9:15 a.m., has been postponed. Given the threat of the pandemic, such a large gathering in the guest reception room didn’t seem wise at present.

A word from your pastor,
Dr. Richard Kremer