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The Bay-A Community Church

September  2020 Newsletter

Ollin Collins, Pastor

John Webster, Music Minister

John Webster, Interim Director of Youth Ministries

Michelle Tucker, Director of Children’s Ministries

Valerie Rivera, Director of Youth Ministries

 

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

Church phone:  940-575-2512

Email: rbaychurch@gmail.com

Website: thebaytx.com

Facebook:  The Bay Community Church

Fax number: 940-488-9934

 

Pastor Collin’s sermons are on https://youtube.com.  Go to YouTube on your internet and then type in thebaychurchtx.

 

Online giving is available through EasyTithe.

 

To view our Sunday morning worship on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/RBayTX/Live

 

Calendar of Events

 

August

August 26-BLAST (Bible Learning and Spiritual Training) begins

September

September 2-Youth Begins at church

 

Youth News

Youth on Target-Psalm 127:4

September 2-Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:00pm via Zoom until further notice

 

Children’s News

Happy Campers

A weekly program for children ages 3 to 5th Grade.

  • Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:00pm via Zoom until September 2

Don’t forget to bring can goods and non perishable

Items for Food Pantry.  Boxes in foyer.

 

 

Operation Christmas Child

During the month of September, purchase Games for your boxes.

 

Evgeniy-and-The Soap

To the person that packed my shoebox, I say, “Thank you! You gave me something small, but it was so significant!”

My mother abandoned me at birth so I grew up in an orphanage until I was adopted in 2004 at age 14. At the orphanage, located in part of the former Soviet Union, we didn’t have a lot of things—including showers or bathtubs. Instead, they put us on a school bus once a month and drove us to the public bath house in a small city of 10,000 people. The 120 kids in the orphanage were divided by age group for the event. In my group of 30 kids, we shared one bar of soap.

At age 12, I received my shoebox wrapped in blue Christmas paper. There was a slinky and some small plastic rubber balls in it, and a nice white washcloth, too. Looking at the washcloth, I thought: What is this? I had no idea how to use it. But, best of all, there was a bar of scented soap. It smelled wonderful! That was so special because the soap we had in the orphanage was odorless.

“Best of all, there was a bar of scented soap.”

At the orphanage, we had to hide everything that was precious to us because it could get stolen by older kids. So I gave an older friend my bar of soap and asked her to keep it for me. I never took it to the public bath because it probably wouldn’t have survived.

She hid the soap until about a year after I received my shoebox. At that time, showers were built in the orphanage—our first two for 120 kids. It was, however, about another six months before the showers actually began working properly. One Sunday after they finally started functioning, I asked my friend for the bar of soap.

 

Another friend and I went and begged the security guard to open the showers up for us so we could use them. He was kind. He opened the locked showers because I told him I had this soap. That was the first time I used it. Then I put it back in the white box, closed it, and gave it to my older friend again for safe keeping. I only used it a couple more times before I left the orphanage.

“It was precious. I’d never had my own bar of soap.”

That bar of soap was a present that I’d never had before. It was precious. It was my own. I specifically remember that I didn’t want anyone else to use it. I’d never had my own bar of soap.

I became a Christian about a year and a half to two years after my brothers and I were adopted. When we learned English and were able to communicate with our parents, they shared the Gospel with us. Growing up within the Orthodox church, we knew of Jesus as God. But, we were not taught about having a personal relationship with Him. My parents told us we could have a relationship with Jesus. We could talk with him in prayer. My brother accepted Christ right after that and I later followed.

Today, I work for a pharmaceutical company in Texas that makes eye care products. I am also a photographer in my spare time. Looking back, I realize that my shoebox gave me a sense of hope. It showed me that someone really cared enough to pack this gift and send it to me.

“My shoebox gave me a sense of hope.”

To the person that packed my shoebox, I say, “Thank you! You gave me something small, but it was so significant!”

Now as I pack shoeboxes, every one contains a bar of scented soap just like the one I received and a washcloth. I want the child to experience what I experienced. I want them to know that there’s someone who cares for them. Most of all, I want them to know God loves them.

The Bay-A Community Church

AUGUST  2020 Newsletter

Ollin Collins, Pastor

John Webster, Music Minister

Michelle Tucker, Director of Children’s Ministries

Valerie Rivera, Director of Youth Ministries

 

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

Church phone:  940-575-2512

Email: rbaychurch@gmail.com

Website: thebaytx.com

Facebook:  The Bay Community Church

Fax number: 940-488-9934

 

Pastor Collin’s sermons are on www.facebook.com/rbaytx   or  https://youtube.com .  Go to YouTube on your internet and then type in thebaychurchtx.

 

Online giving is available through EasyTithe.

 

To view our Sunday morning worship on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/RBayTX

 

Calendar of Events

July

July 29-6:30 Happy Campers and Youth on Target. 

 

August

August 5- Happy Campers and Youth on Target. Via Zoom

August 12-BLAST (Bible Learning and Spiritual Training) begins

 

Youth News

Youth on Target-Psalm 127:4

Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:00pm via Zoom until further notice

 

Children’s News

Happy Campers

A weekly program for children ages 3 to 5th Grade.

  • Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:00pm via Zoom until further notice

Don’t forget to bring can goods and non perishable

Items for Food Pantry.  Boxes in foyer.

 

 

Operation Christmas Child

During the month of August, purchase SCHOOL SUPPLIES items for your boxes.

A new Operation Christmas Child initiative is bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to isolated island nations.

 

Some communities in the Marshall Islands are so isolated that the only way to reach them is by boat.  On Lib Island, boats can’t even anchor safely due to a dramatic 300-foot drop-off.

 

Lib runs on solar power, which means no refrigeration and cooking must be done over a fire.  The island has little commerce, as most residents’ fish or farm coconuts for their oil.  Children are not required to attend school, and most stop their education after grade 8 because there is not high school on lib.

 

Yet Samaritan’s Purse made this remote place a priority in 2019.  Lib was one of the initial stops for Operation Christmas Child in the Marshall Islands-a country comprised of more than 1,000 small islands and 29 atolls, or ring-shaped reefs surrounding a lagoon.  The Marshall Islands were among the first of the Pacific Islands to receive shoebox gifts as part of an initiative launched by Samaritan’s Purse to distribute boxes to 1,000 Pacific Islands in the next five years.

 

Our OCC team partnered with missionaries Katie and Scott Suderno who have lived in the Marshall Islands for four years. They delivered gifts to boys and girls on several islands including Lib, by using their Bowman Sailing yacht.

 

Katie shared that after the distribution on Lib, many children stayed and played for hours with the fun gifts they found inside their shoeboxes.  The children don’t often receive gifts and were thrilled to discover toys like a jump rope, Slinky, and yo-yo.

 

The children were also excited to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ during the outreach event and dread The Greatest Gift Gospel Booklet they received in their shoebox.  For some, this Gospel booklet was their first time to read Scripture in their own language.  Katie is grateful for how OCC opened doors for Gospel ministry.  More than 1,000 children on the Marshall Islands have prayed to received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior during outreach events.

 

From the Kitchen of

 

The newsletter is in need of recipes from our church family.  If you have one to share, please email it to dstjohn6776@msn.com.  Thank you