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The Bay-A Community Church
September 2022 Newsletter
Ollin Collins, Pastor
John Webster, Minister of Music
Jacob Farley, Modern Worship Leader
Michelle Tucker, Director of Children’s/Student Ministries
Address: 20 Runaway Bay Drive, Runaway Bay, TX 76426
Church phone: 940-575-2512
Fax number: 940-488-9934
Email: rbaychurch@gmail.com
Website: thebaytx.com
Facebook: The Bay Community Church
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Calendar of Events
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November 2022
Each Sunday-American Heritage Girls from 4:30-6:00
November 5-9:00-10:30-Ladies Prayer Breakfast-Let’s get ready for the
                                    hectic holidays
November 6-Put up Christ Lights-Chili dinner. Bring your favorite chili!
                  Time change-fall back
November 6-Return Operation Christmas Child boxes
November 7-Pack OCC boxes with donations. 1:00pm
November 8-Complete filling Operation Christmas Child boxes
November 20-After 2nd service-New members class. Lunch and nursery
provided. Please contact church office to let them know you coming.
November 23-No children/youth, Bible Study
November 24-Thanksgiving

 

December 2022
December 16-Sounds of Christmas(6:30-8pm) and Live Nativity 8:00-9:00pm
December 18-Children’s Christmas Presentation
December 25-Worship service at 10:00am

Calendar of Events
October 2022
Each Sunday-American Heritage Girls from 4:30-6:00
October 1-Children’s trip to Alvord Alpaca Farm. Leave at 4:00pm $15
October 2-10:25-Fall Festival Worker Meeting between services
October 4-Ladies Bible Study-contact Shannon Jefferies 6:30-8:00
October 5, 12, 19, 26- 6:30-8:00 Children, Youth
October 5, 26 @7:00 Bible Study-Contact Fran Boyd
October 6-10:00-Assemble Operation Christmas Child Boxes. Need help
from men, women and children. Many hands make light work
October 7-10:00 Homeschool Day
October 9-Operation Christmas Child boxes distributed
October 12 & 19-7:00 Altar Counselor Classes
October 30-Fall Fest 6:00pm-8:00pm Helpers needed to have fun and
create a fun atmosphere for the children and adults of Runaway Bay
November 2022
Each Sunday-American Heritage Girls from 4:30-6:00
November 6-Return Operation Christmas Child boxes
November 8-Complete filling Operation Christmas Child boxes
November 23-No children/youth
November 24-Thanksgiving
December 2022
December 16-Sounds of Christmas(6:30-8pm) and Live Nativity 8:00-
9:00pm
December 18-Children’s Christmas Presentation
December 25-Regular worship services
Operation Christmas Child
For the month of October, write a card or letter to place in your
boxes.
From Franklin Graham of Samaritan’s Purse-War Won’t Stop Christmas in
Ukraine

Through our Operation Christmas Child project, Samaritan’s Purse has
been working in Ukraine since 1996 and has delivered 11.6 million shoebox
gifts. We thank God that these have had an opportunity to hear and
respond to Gospel of Jesus Christ.
You might think it would be impossible to continue this ministry in a war
zone, but our dedicated church partners have been unstoppable reaching
another 400,000 children through shoebox outreach events since the
fighting began. This year, it’s more important than ever to reach children
who have been traumatized by all the bloodshed, blasts, and sirens. They
need to know that God loves them and has not forgotten them.
Not only are churches working faithfully to hand out shoebox gifts, but
they are also holding The Greatest Journey classes. This is the 12-lesson
discipleship program that we offer to children who receive shoebox gifts.
We thank God that the year before fighting began, more than 125,000
children graduated from the Greatest Journey receiving a Bible in their own
language from Samaritan’s Purse. Most importantly, we praise God for
each one who prayed to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Now is the time to start packing shoebox gifts and praying for the
children who receive them.
In addition to Ukraine, we are planning to send Operation Christmas
Child shoebox gifts to more than 100 countries around the world. Each and
every gift is a powerful demonstration of God’s love.

Calendar of Events
August 2022
August 28-AHG First meeting 4:30-6:00pm
September 2022
September 5-Labor Day
September 11-2 Services, 1 church 9:00 Traditional, 10:00 Modern
September 11,18, 25-American Heritage Girls (AHG) 4:30-6:00
September 7, 14, 21, 28 Children’s B.L.A.S.T and Youth @6:30-8:00 &
Adult Bible Study
October 2022
October 1-Children’s trip to Alvord Alpaca Farm. Lv at 4:00pm $15
October 5, 12, 19, 26- 6:30-8:00 Children, Youth and Bible Study
October 30-Fall Fest 6:00pm-8:00pm Helpers needed to have fun and
create a fun atmosphere for the children and adults of Runaway Bay
November 2022
November 23-No children/youth
November 24-Thanksgiving
December 2022
December 16-Sounds of Christmas and Live Nativity 6:00pm
Operation Christmas Child
For the month of September, purchase games.

 

From Burkina Faso
I remember walking every day to school when I was young. Most of the time I went without any
lunch because my parents couldn’t afford to feed all of us a lunch. I was one of seven children,
and we lived in a very poor area of Burkina Faso.
It was hard to even earn enough money for food, and nobody had money for gifts at Christmas.
My parents did not buy things like toys or even many books to read.
When I received my first gift, it was in an Operation Christmas Child shoebox, and it was a real
blessing for me. We also listened to a presentation of the Gospel, and I received a copy of the
Greatest Gift booklet. Though I had already accepted Christ a couple years earlier and grown up
in church, I was excited to read that book over and over to learn more about Him.
I couldn’t wait to see what was inside my shoebox, but I also looked forward to what God was
going to do in my life.
When I received my first gift, it was in an Operation Christmas Child shoebox,
and it was a real blessing for me.
We did not open our boxes at the event. We wanted to share the experience with our family.
When I got home I opened the box up and saw all those wonderful gifts. There were toys and
books, and what I especially enjoyed was my yo-yo. It was a special yo-yo, because at night it
would just light up my dark neighborhood.
I wasn’t just excited about having new toys and new things, though. I was also excited because I
was surprised to receive a gift from people I didn’t know and might never meet. Honestly, I had
never received a gift in my life, and I never expected it.
So, when Operation Christmas Child told me that people from the other side of the world cared
about me, it helped me to experience even more thankfulness for God’s faithfulness toward me.
Who would ever think that God would use a simple light-up yo-yo in a shoebox to remind me of
His love? I think back to that Saturday morning and to all the ways God has continued to be
faithful to me since then. God has even used me to share His love with others in my country.
A few years after receiving that shoebox I began another journey I didn’t expect. When I was 12
years old I started a children’s ministry in my neighborhood to teach others about Jesus Christ.
Since then I’ve been able to share the love of God throughout my neighborhood and in many
villages in Burkina Faso.
More recently, I’ve been involved in evangelism and discipleship as part of Operation Christmas
Child. As I’ve taught The Greatest Journey discipleship program throughout my country, I have
seen God change the hearts of many children. I’ve seen nine churches started as a result of
Gospel seeds planted through The Greatest Journey project.
“Through one of these simple gifts God opened more of my heart to Him and to
telling others about Him.”
Today I live in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where I attend Bible college and am learning to be an even
better teacher of God’s Word.
I am so grateful to the many, many people who pack Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes,
because through one of these simple gifts God opened more of my heart to Him and to telling
others about Him.
And thank you for praying for God to work through Operation Christmas Child and for praying
for kids to become disciples and disciple makers like He made me.

 

 

The Bay-A Community Church

April 2022 Newsletter

Ollin Collins, Pastor

John Webster, Music Minister, Director of Youth Ministries

Michelle Tucker, Director of Children’s Ministries

Address: 20 Runaway Bay Drive, Runaway Bay, TX 76426

Church phone: 940-575-2512

Fax number: 940-488-9934 Email: rbaychurch@gmail.com

Website: thebaytx.com

Facebook: The Bay Community Church

Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/rbaytx/live

 

Calendar  of Events

 

June 29 -Children/youth at 6:30pm. Women’s Bible Study During children’s
activities. Children go to RAB pool after lesson
June 30-Womens Bible Study, 6:30pm on book Nothing to Prove by Jennie
Allen
July 2022
July 2-Youth Hot Dog sales at 4th Fest.7:00-? Bring a lawn chair, have a hot
dog and enjoy the annual fireworks show. Car Show and Golf Cart Parade
July 6, 13, 20- Children/youth at 6:30. Women’s Bible Study During
children’s activities.
July 7, 14, 21,28-Women’s Bible Study 6:30
July 11-9:00-5:00-Children’s Department trip to Frank Buck Zoo/pool.
$15.00 Lunch included
July 27-Children/youth at 6:30. Women’s Bible Study During children’s
activities. Children go to RAB pool after lesson
August 2022
August 3, 24, 31- Children/youth at 6:30. Women’s Bible Study During
children’s activities.
August 10, 17-No Children or Youth on these nights
August 21-American Heritage Girls (AHG) Open House 4:30-6:00pm
August 28-AHG First meeting 4:30-6:00pm
Youth News
Youth on Target-Psalm 127:4
Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:00pm at the church
Children’s News
A weekly program for children ages 3 to 5th Grade.
 Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:00pm
Operation Christmas Child
During the month of July, shop for Toys. From Ivory Coast
The island of Vridi Ako is a largely forgotten place, even though it is located just a short distance from
Ivory Coast largest city, Abidjan.
Accessible only via a 30-minute ride aboard a makeshift wooden ferryboat, Vridi Ako is
home to a wide variety of ethnic groups. The one common denominator on the island is desperate
poverty. The island has been known as a hangout for criminals, where alcohol and drugs often
destroy young people’s lives. Occult practices and idol worship drag others down.
The situation prompted one local Operation Christmas Child representative to wonder: What chance
do children have in such a place? How will they find any guidance toward truth?
A neighboring church had tried three times to plant a new congregation on the island but with no
success. However, Flore Sebeyo, a local woman, still believed something could be done. After
attending a presentation by Operation Christmas Child leadership in the area, she worked together
with her pastor to mobilize a concerted prayer effort for the forgotten island.
“God gave us faith to believe that through sharing gifts with children we could find a breakthrough,”
Flore said.
Flore contacted the village chiefs on the island and obtained permission to hold an Operation
Christmas Child outreach event. A total of 150 children attended and joyfully received gift-filled
shoeboxes packed full of toys, school supplies, and personal care items that were just for them.
Touched by these tangible expressions of God’s love, the children also heard an engaging
presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“The following Saturday, we started The Greatest Journey class with 64 children,” said Flore,
describing Samaritan’s Purse follow-up discipleship program for shoebox recipients. “By God’s grace,
43 of these children graduated and received certificates.”
Now one year later, the team has a shelter on the island where 27 adults and 91 children are coming
to church regularly!
“Operation Christmas Child has been such a wonderful blessing, giving us the opportunity to reach
children with the Gospel,” Flore said. “Our vision is to set up a center to teach children to read and
write, because so many of them here don’t go to school because their parents can’t afford to send
them to the mainland for school.”
As a result of Operation Christmas Child’s work there, Vridi Ako is already a safer place for children
and a location where the Word of God is freely proclaimed. We praise God for this transformation and
look forward to more good reports in the future!
Recipe of the Month
Marinated Vegetable Salad
(Really Good)
Drain well and mix:
1 can French style green beans
1 can corn
1 can small English peas
1 jar pimentos
Chop and add: 1 cup diced celery, 1 cup diced onion, 1
cup diced green pepper
In a saucepan, heat to a boil to dissolve sugar then pour
over vegetables: 1 cup sugar, ¾ cup vinegar, ½ cup salad
oil, 1 Tablespoon water.
Refrigerate at least 6 hours and serve.