February 2015 - Berea Christian Church
Volume 20, Issue 2
Berea Christian Church
4109 Driver Lane
Suffolk, VA 23435
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The Pastor’s Corner
“God’s Blessings Are Upon His People”
Psalm 3:8 says of God, “Your blessing is upon Your people.” What observations
might we glean from this short biblical declaration? Several, in fact:
-He indeed has a people, and we need not ascend into heaven and examine the
decrees of God to discover who they are. The Bible is our book of life, and therein
the heirs of glory are written – if not by name, yet by character. “We are the
Berea Church Staff
Interim Pastor: Robert L. Stovall
circumcision,” says the Apostle, “who worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in
Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.” By the Scriptures let us judge
ourselves, and be anxious to ascertain whether we be among His people, for they
are the most important and enviable people on earth! They are commonly undistin-
Moderator: Nellie Carbaugh
guished by any tokens of earthly greatness, but they nevertheless enjoy incompara-
Music Director: Robert Cutchins
-Upon their mercies. This takes the curse out of them, and contributes a sweetness
ble benefits; for the blessing of God rest upon them.
to them that is never enjoyed in the comforts of others: “I will bless your bread and
your water” (Exodus 23:25).
-Upon their trials. As much blessing is upon their daily rod as their daily bread.
Without this our afflictions will do us no good, but with this divine favor they will
contribute to our salvation, and yield “the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those
that are exercised therewith” (Hebrews 12:11).
Tuesday & Friday
See “God’s Blessings Are Upon His People”, Page 3
Those In Need of Our Prayers…
Berea Members: Frances Bunch (leg bone stress fracture), Lucille Copeland (health concerns), Wilma Jack (vision problems), Dorothy Jones (health concerns), Debbie Lauver
(cancer treatment), Dennis Martin (Melanoma), Phyllis Matthews (health concerns),
Art Mayo (Parkinson’s Disease), Kitty Outlaw (surgery on broken wrist), Susan Outlaw (health concerns),
June Patterson (health concerns), Chris & Laura Richister (family issues), Gene Richardson (breathing
challenges/health concerns), John Robert Taylor (health concerns), Debbie Jones Tillman (recovering from
knee surgery), and Barbara Winslow (back & leg problems).
Others By Request-: Travis Bailey (kidney stones; June Outlaw Bailey’s son), Charles Barrow (cancer,
Wilma Jack’s cousin), Jennifer Coleman (back issues; Gary & Cathy Huband’s daughter), Rob Cutchins
(shoulder problems), Shirley Duke (congestive heart failure), Grayson Dutton (3 years old, cancer reoccurrence; Friend of the Butlers), Claire Fields (recovering from carotid artery surgery-Diane Nelms sister), Bob
Gillies (recovering from a stroke), Paige Harrell (Parkinson’s Disease), Roger Harrison (pancreatic tumorfriend of Dickie Bunch), Stan Hind (prostate cancer; Joleen Flota’s father), Randy Howell (health concerns,
son of Dorothy Jones), Amy Jeanette (health concerns; Cathy Huband’s sister), The Fmaily of Judge William Jones (passed Jan.25th), Dick Lauver (health concerns), Jackie Newman (health concerns), Jessie
Robertson-Hardy (degenerative disc disease), Margaret Rupert (health concerns; Shirley Lauver’s sister),
Helen Seldon (health concerns), Linda Smith (MS; medical testing, sister of Dorothy Jones), Susie Wagnor
(double mastectomy, Joleen Flota’s friend), Leah Whedbee (health concerns), and Ed White (prostate cancerfriend of Nellie Carbaugh).
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Lynda W. Odom
Susie Van Faussien
Lois M Nelms
Bob & Danese Gillies
Arlene & Rob Potts
Chad & Kelly Outlaw
Ernest & Barbara Whitley
Every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Led by Pastor Rob Stovall. This is
Will meet Thursday, February 12 at 11 a.m. in the
Social Hall. Invite a friend or neighbor.
a great time to study and answer any questions you may
have about faith, the Bible, our relationship with Jesus and
with our fellow man. Please call the church office or Pastor
Rob if you have any questions.
"Unwrapping God's Gift"
(continued from page 1)
-Upon their labors. “ You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands, and you shall be happy, and it shall be well
with you” (Psalm 128:2). Without this, in vain we arise early, and sit up late; it does not matter what we sow, if He
does not provide the increase. Gain will be futile, if we deposit it “into a bag with holes” (Haggai 1:6).
-Upon their families. The house of Obed Edom was blessed for the sake of the ark (1 Chronicles 13:14); the generation of the righteous shall be blessed (Psalm 112:2).
-Upon their souls. God’s people are blessed with light and liberty, strength and peace, and joy inexpressible and
full of glory! Indeed, they are blessed with “all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians
O Christian, is this your experience? Does this describe the daily portion of your inheritance in Christ? Rejoice,
then, and be grateful; nothing can equal the blessing of God.
Grace and peace:
Monday, February 9th
At 7 p.m.
Committee chairpersons and Council Officers are
requested to attend.
Driver Ruritan Club Meeting
12:15 p.m. Christian Ed. Meeting
12:30 p.m. Board of Deacon’s Meeting
February 10 6:30 p.m.
King’s Daughter’s Meeting
February 12 11:00 a.m. Women’s Fellowship Meeting
6:30 p.m. Suffolk Exchange Club Meeting
6:00 p.m. Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
12:15 p.m. Missions Committee Meeting
Bible Study Every Wednesday at 7p.m.
Choir Practice Every Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Church Meetings and
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to place flowers on the Altar
throughout the upcoming year. Please contact Barbara
Winslow or Frances Bunch if you would like to donate
Sunday. If you wish for the flowers to be
placed in honor or in memory of someone special,
please notify the church secretary by phone or e-mail no
later than the Thursday before the Sunday you have
chosen. Please see Frances Bunch or Barbara Winslow
Berea Women’s Fellowship
12th at 11 a.m.
Saturday, February 7th at 8 a.m.
Open to all men of our community. Invite a friend or
neighbor. Anyone interested in helping to cook should be at
the church at 7 a.m. Please contact Pastor Rob Stovall if you
have any questions.
The Board of Christian Education will meet Sunday,
Will meet Sunday, February 8th at 12:30 p.m. Please plan
Joleen Flota who
was named Berkley/Campostella
Teach of the Year.
Pastor Rob Stovalls’s birthday
Berea Christian Church
4109 Driver Lane
Suffolk, Virginia 23435