On Tuesday evening we had our monthly leadership meeting for Faith Bible Church. Bob sits on the team along with Dr. Roy Sprague, Minister at Large with N.I.C.E. and Chris VanLiew of Edgewood Bible Church. The other men are all involved in Faith Bible. The goal is to someday establish Elders from among the congregation. Pastor Tim Atkins leads us in a time in God's Word, prayer and discussion concerning aspects of ministry life, vision, goals, etc. of FBC. We always start with a delicious meal often created by Brenda Atikins and dessert provided by Elvia Sprague. Once the meeting begins the ladies head out for their Bible study at one of the women's house close by while the kids head up stairs to their rooms. We appreciate the ministry of the Atkins and ask for prayer as they continue to move forward in this church plant to reach the people of South Hill and Graham.
On another front, we were at the DuPont Bible Study Wednesday night for the second week in a row. A bit unusual for us but the calendar seems a bit more cooperative these days at the midweek point. Pastor Tim Atkins is leading us through the Gospel of John, but we always start with a couple songs; Brenda Atkins playing at the keyboard. There is a group of about a dozen or so that attend; although one of the faithful couples had their last night as they are getting more involved in the church they are attending in Olympia.
The goal is to turn the Bible study over to our new Church Planter, Mark and Tracy Wilson, once they move up from California in the late Fall. Mark will be working with Pastor Tim in a Church Residency Program for a year or so learning many aspects of Church Planting and giving help to Faith Bible Church. We are praying for a number of churches to help financially with the church plant and/or give assistance in a number of areas in the months ahead.