July 2017 Shepherd's Letter
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Our Good Shepherd provides for His flock out of His all-sufficient grace, and our cup overflows. We pray that these summer months in the Psalms will encourage and refresh your soul, and that you will find refuge and rest in Christ. Whether you have been able to slow down and take time away with family, or things continue at DC’s frenetic pace, may you know the truth of our Lord’s abundant grace.
Looking back at July, we rejoice in the wedding of Karl and Bethany, and we are glad to welcome Abi, Matthew, and Brenda into our church membership. We are also thankful for those who went out and gleaned corn with the Northern Neck Food Bank to provide fresh produce to those in need.
As we move into August, please note that there will be no Great Commission Prayer Gathering this month. Sometimes schedule alignment can be challenging, so we are shifting gears. Starting in September, on the first Sunday of each month, we will devote the Sunday school hour to prayer. Prayer matters, and we need to spend time praying together as a church family. We’ll talk about this more in the weeks to come.
In review of our June Financial Report, expenses exceeded our income by $3,067. While a deficit continued last month, this was positive movement toward closing our deficit gap. The books for July have yet to close, but we are encouraged by the provision we have seen. Please continue to pray with us as we seek the Lord’s wisdom to steward His provision, and continue to consider with us how we might give generously and sustainably for the sake of the gospel.
Please keep our youth missions team in your prayers. This summer (August 13-18) we will be serving locally here in Northern Virginia. Ministry opportunities will include working with a homeless shelter, a community kitchen, gleaning for a food bank, projects at multiple work sites, and neighborhood children's ministry. Pray that God would give us an open door for the Gospel, and that He would be glorified in our work! In addition, here are a few practical ways to help:
- We will be working alongside Occoquan's Good News Community Kitchen to assemble meal kits for local families in need. We would like to help provide groceries for these meal kits, and we have been asked to help by providing 50 boxes of flavored oatmeal packs. Could you help? Food donations will be accepted up through Sunday, August 13. Please put donations in the Conference Room. Thank you for your help in loving our community with the love of Christ!
- Do you or someone you know need help with yardwork or light home maintenance? We can add a few more ministry work sites. Examples of who we’re looking to help: Families with husbands/fathers who are deployed, or individuals who have difficulty caring for their property due to age, illness, or disability. Please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you, a neighbor, or a local friend or relative has an opportunity for us to serve, and I’ll connect with you to see if we’re able to help.
Last, we will be holding a Baptism Celebration on Sunday, August 27. Mark it down on your calendar! We look forward to hearing confessions of faith, witnessing baptisms, and rejoicing in the work of the Gospel. If you have trusted in Christ alone for your salvation, but have not yet been baptized, we invite you to follow Jesus in taking this step of obedience. If you want to be baptized, or would like to learn more, please let me know (email@example.com).
Grace and peace to you,
on behalf of the elders
6 – Communion Sunday
11 – Game Night Fellowship
13-18 – Youth Mission Week
27 – Baptism Celebration & Discover OBC: Part 2
29 – Family Discipleship Night: NextGen Kids Kick-Off
2 – Men’s Breakfast
3 – Communion Sunday & Great Commission Prayer
5 – NextGen Kids Begins
9 – Women’s Breakfast & Bible Study
16 – Family BBQ Cookout
17-25 – Iceland Missions Trip
24 – Discover OBC: Part 1
27 – SYATP: See-You-At-The-Pole