May 2016 Newsletter - Garden City Baptist Church


May 2016 Newsletter - Garden City Baptist Church
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May will be noted for three events
that garner our attention.
One, our Spring Revival Bible
Conference will be May 1-4, 7 p.m. except
Wednesday when services will be held at
6:30 p.m.
Our speakers, (see article in The
Link), will preach and teach the Bible.
They will inspire us to Worship, Witness,
Study the Bible, and Serve Others in a
more blessed WAY.
Two, Mother’s Day is May 8.
God bless “moms”. Carl Sandburg once
related the story about a mother who
brought her baby boy to General Robert E.
Lee for a blessing. The Southern
gentleman tenderly cradled the lad in his
arms then looked at the mother and said,
“Ma’am, please teach him about God and
that he must deny himself.”
Mother’s Day helps us with our
ever-growing “me-ism” by reminding us of
the sacrifice, love, provision, guidance, and
direction of our blessed mothers. May we
express Thanks!
Three, Memorial Day is a
celebration of all that is best about
America. It is a time of thanks,
remembrance, and recommitment to
principles that made us a great and good
Over the roar of the bikes, May
we be heard humming “God Bless
America” and “O Beautiful for Spacious
Have a Wonderful May!
Church Conference Summary: 4/17/16
Nominating Committee Recommendations: All approved.
Paula Koscelnick to replace Shirley Oesterle on Mission Committee
Recreation Committee name change to: InReach/OutReach Committee.
In/Reach/OutReach Committee: Jordan Gandy, Chairperson; Members, Ken Broz,
Tracy Devlin, Jennifer Pierce and Barbara Hutto.
Sunday School Director for 2016-17 – Tim Hutto
WMU Director for 2016-17 – Pat Hample
Deacons Recommendation: Approved
Chairperson of Nominating Committee: Wanda Cooper
Members for 2 year term: Jemmy Lea McSwain and Cliff Marcum
Annie Armstrong Easter Offering: Goal-$3,000; Income-$3,208.50
VBS date: Last week in July; VBS time: Morning
Church Events
May 1 – Church-wide
May 1 - 4 – Revival
May 8 – Mother’s Day
May 9 – Joy Fellowship
May 13 – Women’s Ministry
Banquet “Cupful of Joy”
May 15 – Widow’s Luncheon
May 15 – Church Conference
May 17 – Circle of Friends
May 20 – Ladies Luncheon
May 21 – Heart to Heart
Covered Dish Dinner
May 23 – Women’s Ministry
Consignment Shopping
May 26 – Patriots at the
Beach Military Weekend
May 29 – The Lord’s Supper
May 30 – Memorial Day
News from the AP…
Own a Fitbit, Apple Watch, or some other step counting device?
Then join us for the Walking Challenge during the month of June!
More details to come on this month-long contest which will
promote health and fitness in our congregation.
Joy Fellowship
At our April meeting, we were entertained with oldies but goodies
hymns by the GCBC men's singing group. It was great to be able to
sing along with them to these old hymns. Our last meeting before
summer break will be on May 9 at noon in the Fellowship Hall.
Bring a side dish, a friend and come fellowship with us.
Speaking of fitness, spots in our Sports Camp (June 28-July 1) for
kids 5k-6th grade are going fast! Don’t forget to register your child
for our free Basketball Camp (50 spots) or Cheerleading/
Interpretative Movement Camp (25 spots). Register by June 26 on
our website at or by contacting the church office. Also, be sure to
RSVP to the event on Facebook in order to receive updates on
Sports Camp. Please be in prayer that this event would be a success
and would have an impact on our community.
Sunday School Report
Our Sunday School continues to grow. Here is some information I
shared in the April church conference.
Sunday School membership this church year (since Sept. 2015) has
increased from 291 to 322 an increase of over 10%. This church
year our Sunday School attendance has averaged 182 without the
flood Sunday compared to 169 during the last church year. This is
an increase of 7%.
The new Sunday School class is going well. 15 people have
attended. We have averaged 8 per Sunday and those missing are
contacted. Class participation has been outstanding.
God continues to bless Garden City.
Varina’s Notes
JOYFUL PRAISE KIDS (Kindergarten – 5th grade)
Will sing during the 11 o’clock service on Sunday, May 15.
Will have our End of the Year Recognition and Pizza Party
on Wednesday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m.
Rehearsal is every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. in the Choir
JOYFUL SOUNDS (Open to all who are interested in visiting our
homebound members and nursing homes)
Will meet on Wednesday, May 4 at 12:30 p.m. We will
rehearse and visit one of our members.
South Strand Helping Hand
& South Strand Mobile Meals
South Strand Helping Hand distributes food and some
clothing and can provide assistance with utility bills
(electric and water, transportation and some prescriptions).
In addition to the daily basic needs, we also host special
events through the year such as Thanksgiving meals and our
Angel Tree program with area churches for Christmas gifts
for children.
The services we provide cannot be done without our
partnerships with individuals, civic organizations,
corporations and local businesses, and most of all, our area
churches. Thank you to all who make this organization what
it is, through your financial support and volunteerism.
South Strand Mobile Meals May 16-20 Van 1. To volunteer,
contact Esther Holland or Phyllis Melton
CHANCEL CHOIR (High School – Adults)
Preparing for Revival Week and Sunday services. Please
continue to pray for us as we lead worship.
If you are interested in joining Chancel Choir, our
rehearsals are on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Youth Summer Camp
Please check Messenger for rehearsal schedule.
Please be tuned and ready to rehearse each Sunday morning
at 9:15 a.m.
Will not meet this month.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Women’s Ministry
Consignment, Shopping and Lunch – May 23 Many have asked for a day of consignment shopping. On May
23 at 9:30 AM, the bus will depart the church parking lot for
shopping in the consignment shops from here to Pawley's Island.
We will also stop at the Artisan's Gallery in Pawley's Island.
Watch the bulletin for our lunch stop information. Cost $2. To
sign up contact Barbara Rocke (540-548-8641).
"When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade"
Retreat – June 10-11 - Ladies mark your calendars for
June 10 and 11 for a time of encouragement and laughter. Our
retreat will begin on Friday evening at 6:00 PM with dinner.
This weekend will include Bible study, music, movies and
games. Cost: $20 which includes dinner, breakfast, lunch and
your lemon packet. Watch the Sunday bulletin for information
on registration.
Missions Project - Patriots at the Beach - Active
Military Weekend Getaway – May 26 - We have been
asked to support this weekend getaway for the military guests
and their families by providing deserts for the weekend. This
event will give military families memories to last for a lifetime.
The weekend is scheduled for May 27-30 and will host
approximately 500 active duty military men and women and
their families. Drop off dates for contributions to this welldeserved weekend will be May 26 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. If
you are not a baker, but would like to be a part of this, contact
Barbara Rocke (540-548-8641) or Sue Gelman (843-957-6374)
to make monetary donations, we will do the shopping for you.
Circle of Friends
Circle of Friends was great! A big Thanks to Debbie and Rachel
from Lifeway, who came and showed us how to do Bible
Journaling! We had about 19 ladies in attendance and I think
everyone had a good time. Lifeway even brought a Journal Bible
to give as a door prize and the winner was Tereasa Hager, who
came to church Sunday and decided to join us for this fun
evening. Look for up come events in the Link and Bulletins!
Gospel Body is still going good. We continue to meet Monday,
Wednesday and Friday at 10:00am. We continue to do a walking
DVD that last from 30-45 minutes. Just bring a bottle of water
and dress comfortable. No laying down on the floor at all!
APPALACHIAN UPDATE – From Eric & Sissy Rutherford
on mission in Lynch, Kentucky
If you have been on a mission trip here you met Pete, the Project Manager
for Meridzo. He recently accepted a position with SWAP, another
ministry in the area. We’ll miss his family, but we wish them the best
where God has called them. That said, he left some big shoes to fill
directing the projects that visiting teams do in our area. As we pray for
the person God will send to replace him, we’ve all had opportunities to
share the load. It has been a blessing working face-to-face with the teams
helping here.
This past week 40 high school students from Danville, KY were here.
They helped in countless ways. One that will affect the coffee shop is that
they cleaned and tuned up the 10 mountain bikes we will rent as to
support the efforts to develop adventure tourism as an alternate source of
revenue where the coal mining industry is drastically declining. Looney
Creek Bike Rentals (The coffee shop sits astride Looney Creek and next
to the newly developed Looney Creek Trail) officially opens May 1 st.
The group also helped with carpentry, painting, clean-up, widows and
nursing home visitation, weeding, mowing and mulching, moving chairs
and tables that the ministry’s Community Christian Center donated to the
local day care, and serving free hot dogs to the community at the little
league park.
Tuesday we hosted them at the shop and shared testimony with them. It
was cool because years ago some of their members cleaned coal dust out
of our floor before we even knew the shop existed. They also shoveled
mud out of our lot for two days last year following the mine blowout and
In another major leap forward for the community, the Black Mountain
Exchange, a convenience store under our purview operated by the
ministry that just opened in February is finally selling gas and diesel. In
addition to providing jobs, building relationships and witnessing as we do
at the coffee shop, the ministry has deliberately priced our fuels fivetwelve cents less per gallon than stations in nearby Cumberland to help
make it more affordable.
Last night Sissy spent hours in the E.R. with one of our Tri-City Trolley
regulars who doesn’t have a car. She showed up on our doorstep with a
badly infected hand after she was “stung by a wasper” as they say here.
Meridzo’s mission statement is very simple: “Helping others and sharing
Jesus” and hers was just another example of the opportunities we are
given to serve here thanks to your support.e here thanks to your
Widow’s Ministry
Widow's Ministry, We will be celebrating Joan Brewer's
birthday on Sunday, May 15th at Driftwood's on Hwy. 707.
Please meet down front after the service to carpool. Please come
and enjoy good food and wonderful fellowship. If you have any
questions or suggestions please contact Pat Hample 843-7480163 or 704-460-4056. And as always we give God all the glory
and praise for all he is doing through this ministry.
We had 14 ladies in attendance last month with lots of good
food, and a lot of information from the annual meeting. Please
plan to come on Saturday, May 14th, at noon in the fellowship
hall. Bring your favorite finger food and your calendar, we will
be planning several activities for future months. We may have a
special guest speaker, check bulletin for future details. If you
have any questions or suggestions please contact Pat Hample.
RA & GA Derby 2016
The RA’s & GA’s went head to head in their
annual pinewood car derby on Saturday, April 23.
The GA’s won the derby with the girls winning 1st,
2nd, and 3rd place respectively. Katelyn Nix came
in 1st place with her car number 21 setting the
fastest time of the day at 3.6022 seconds. Kayla
Thompson came in 2nd place with her car number
7 finishing not far behind with a time of 3.664
seconds. Layla Pierce came in 3rd place with her
car number 29 finishing with a time of 3.71
seconds. A great time was had by all who attended
and the competitors celebrated with a hot dog
lunch. Thanks to the following volunteers who
helped make this derby a success: John Platts, Tom
Barnes, Danny Miller, Connie Miller, Jim Pigate,
Ron Kirk, Jewel Weaver, Kathy Graham and
Jennifer Pierce.
Ladies Luncheon – May 20 at Sea Captain’s House in Myrtle
Beach - Meet at the church to carpool. We will leave at 11:15. Sign up by Sunday, May
15. Sign-up sheet is available in the foyer or side hall.
New Members
AYNES, Chris
This month is the last bulk mailing of The Link. Starting with the June Edition (Volume 29,
Number 6), The Link will be available either digitally (as an attachment sent to your email),
or if you are unable to receive digitally, a printed copy will be available for you to pick up at
the church. For those who are unable to pick up their newsletter at church, it will still be
mailed to them. Please contact the office to indicate if you would be able to receive your
newsletter digitally or if you would be able to pick it up at church. Also, please make sure to
give us your current email address if we do not already have it on record to ensure you
receive The Link.
Solid Ground Student Ministry
What is the cost of following Jesus? What
does it mean to take up your cross? Does
following Jesus really mean giving up
everything? Questions like these have been
topics we have been discussing this past
month on Wednesday Nights. Luke 9:23 says,
“Then He said to them all, “If anyone wants
to come with Me, he must deny himself, take
up his cross daily, and follow Me.”
From this passage we have learned that
following Jesus means following Him:
1. Anywhere
Following Jesus means following Him
without exceptions. Wherever He leads, you
2. At Any Time
Following Jesus means following Him at any
time- whether that be during an easy time, or
a difficult one. We must take up our cross
3. At Any Cost
Following Jesus means having a willingness
to follow no matter what. As Paul said in
Philippians 3:8, we must, “consider
everything to be a loss in view of the
surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my
Lord. Because of Him I have suffered the loss
of all things and consider them filth, so that I
may gain Christ.” Whatever we leave behind
in no way compares to the gain of knowing
Christ as our Savior and Lord.
As you know, we have been working on our
plans for this summer and fall. On July 13-17
we will have Youth Week where our students
will meet every day in the evening at various
locations for fun, food, fellowship, and Bible
Study. We expect this to be an event that will
help our students grow in Christ as well as get
to know one another better.
Please pray for the students this month as they
are taking exams. It’s hard to believe the
school year will be over in a little more than a
month! We are looking forward to summer
and we hope you have a blessed May!
Happy Memorial Day
We Will Never Forget
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NOTICE: Revision to the By-laws
The following revision to the By-laws will be voted on at the next Church Conference, May 15, 2016.
Proposed revision to section B. 21 of ARTICLE XIII - Committees
Reach (Community and Church)
a. Shall be composed of not less than six (6) members.
b. Shall plan, coordinate and conduct events and social and recreational activities for church members
in agreement with the church budget and Church Council.
c. Shall plan, coordinate and conduct events for the community in agreement with the church budget
and Church Council.
d. Shall evaluate the outcome of all events and activities.
e. Chairperson shall serve on the Church Council.
f. Consult Christian Education Policy Manual.
Upcoming Events
Revival – May 1-4 - Four Days of Revival in May. Mark your calendars for five great
experiences. Invite family, friends and neighbors.
May 1, Sunday 11 am
May 1, Sunday 7 pm
May 2, Monday 7 pm
May 3, Tuesday 7 pm
May 4, Wednesday
6:30 pm
Rev. Bill Bufton
Rev. Bill Bufton
Dr. Robert Shaw,
Pastor Garden City
Rev. Lebron Crisp,
Senior Pastor Living
Water Baptist Church
Rev. David Neace,
Baptist Collegiate
Ministry Director, WBA
Chancel Choir
Keith Plott
Chancel Choir
Rev. Josh Walls,
Music Pastor Living Water Baptist
Rev. Jeff Sifford, Associate Pastor of
Worship FBC Darlington
Sports Camp – June 28 – July 1 - Join us our FREE sports camp, June 28th - July 1st, 9
-11 a.m. Camp is for 5k-6th grade Sports available: Basketball (50 spots available),
Cheerleading/ Interpretative Movement (25 spots available). Basketball camp will be held at
Seaside Elementary School Gym. Cheerleading/ Interpretative Movement camp will be held at
the church. Register by June 26th at or by contacting the church office
1 – Karen Siracusa Giusti
1 – Eric Rutherford
2 – Del Champion
2 – Vern Rocke
2 – Pat Carella
2 – Linda Platts
2 – Susan Peavey
3 – Austin Carroll
3 – Joan Brewer
4 – Arthur Langlo, Sr.
5 – Julie Todd
5 – James Misenheimer
7 – Mary King
7 – Mary Ramsey
7 – Dorothy Butler
8 – Anne Prosser
9 – Gayle Reedy
10 – Mason Riker
10 – Melvin Hartis
10 – Chris Aynes
10 – Emilee Jordan
14 – Bob Gray
14 – Tim Alexander
14 – Robert Pastomerlo
14 – Christopher Owens, Sr.
17 – Travis Dobbe
17 – Ann Melton
18 – Rebecca Bradley
18 – Betty Jordan
20 – Thomas Bastian
20 – Lewis Simmons
21 – Warren Heins
22 – Linda Roof
24 – Edward Scott
24 – Bill Bufton
25 – Barry Gelman
25 – Cecil Lowe
26 – Gerry Mundy