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The Bay-A Community Church

January 2024 Newsletter

Ollin Collins, Pastor

John Webster, Minister of Music

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

Website:  thebaytx.com

Facebook:  The Bay Community Church

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

 

To sign up to Ministry One: 

Go to church Website, THEBAYTX.com   At the top there are two icons on the left-Click on either Apple or Google

This will take you to Easy Tithe, Events, Calendar, Prayer/info, check-in & messages.

 

Calendar of Events

January 2-Church office reopens 9:00

January 3 No Children or Youth

January 8- Bridgeport School Resumes

January 10- Wednesday night Children and Youth resumes

 

Wednesday Meals

January 10-Michelle Tucker

January 17-Brenda Crawford

January 24 & January 31

Operation Christmas Child

 

For the month of January buy Hats, Gloves, and Scarves.

CHILDREN IN A SLUM COMMUNITY COME TO FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST THROUGH OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD AND THE GREATEST JOURNEY.

The boys and girls knew to quickly pick up their chairs and scoot to the side, clearing the narrow alleyway anytime a bicycle or motorbike needed to squeeze through. These interruptions to the discipleship class happened often enough that they had become normal, and the children and their teachers carried on with worship and Bible teaching once the traffic had cleared.

The tiny thoroughfare in the middle of the slum was the only space that members of Grace Baptist Church could find to hold The Greatest Journey lessons. But they were undeterred. Every Saturday morning, they arrived to find the boys and girls waiting for them and eager to hear the Bible story they’d come to share.

God is using Operation Christmas Child and The Greatest Journey, our follow-up discipleship program for shoebox gift recipients, to introduce children in this slum in Illoilo, Philippines, to the Gospel. Most of their families aren’t Christians, and they had never before had an opportunity to learn about God’s love for them.

New Life in Christ

Anne, a member of Grace Baptist, had never worked with children and doubted that she could serve effectively. She even wondered why God had called her to teach The Greatest Journey.

But she knew God wanted her to teach, and she wanted to obey. As the weeks went on, she came to treasure her time leading the boys and girls and watching them become disciples of Jesus Christ.

“We’re teaching the kids not only The Greatest Journey lesson, but how to develop daily habits. We teach them how to pray and how to read their Bible,” she said. “I believe that if you touch their heart, they can serve the Lord our God.”

God used Anne and the other teachers to reach children like Glenn, who, at first, seemed to want nothing to do with the Bible lessons. His teachers weren’t sure if he was enjoying The Greatest Journey, because he stayed in the back of the group. He didn’t interact with other children or join the singing.

 

A NARROW ALLEYWAY SERVES AS ENTRANCE TO THE SLUM.

As the weeks went on, they realized it wasn’t disinterest that kept him at the back of their makeshift classroom. “He’s so shy, and he is very quiet,” Anne said. “But I encouraged him. The Greatest Journey has helped the kids develop their self-confidence.” Anne faithfully prayed for him, taught him God’s Word, and made him feel welcomed in the classes. She recognizes the importance of investing in the lives of children.

“They will be the future pastors and teachers. We want to teach the kids so that they will spread the goodness and love of God.”

Glenn is among a number of children in the slum who have repented of their sins and trusted in Jesus Christ for eternal salvation. He learned for the first time during The Greatest Journey that God loves him and sent His Son to die on a cross for his sins. Now, Glenn is sharing his faith with family and friends. “God is always with me. He doesn’t leave me,” he said. “I feel lighter now, and I don’t worry as much.”

God is also using Anne and the other teachers to share His love with adults in the community. A number of mothers, including Glenn’s, attended The Greatest Journey lessons with their children.

“We want to touch the lives of families so that they will also glorify God,” Anne said.

Ongoing Discipleship

Anne and other church members had wanted to reach Glenn’s neglected community for a while but they weren’t sure where to start. This slum is well-acquainted with hardship, as many people can’t find jobs and those who do still don’t earn enough to make ends meet. Their small homes are pieced together with wood and bamboo scraps and precariously crammed together. Alcohol and illegal drug use is common.

The church members were concerned about the physical needs of the children as well as their spiritual needs. “Some children go to school without food. These kids are hungry,” said Charmaine, one of The Greatest Journey teachers. Her husband is also pastor of Grace.

 

Operation Christmas Child and The Greatest Journey created the pathway the church needed to begin Gospel outreach among children and parents who desperately needed the eternal hope of Christ. “This has opened doors for us to talk about Jesus. We want them to have a personal relationship with Him,” Charmaine said. Much to their delight, and even surprise, boys and girls in the slum never tired of learning about God during The Greatest Journey. “Even if it was hot, even if it was crowded, they were so enthusiastic,” Charmaine said.

They enjoyed the time so much that Charmaine and Anne wanted the regular gatherings to continue once the lessons were finished. They started a weekly worship and Bible study for the children in Charmaine’s home. Even children who didn’t participate in The Greatest Journey have become interested in the weekly gathering at her home. “This has been one of my greatest joys,” Charmaine said.

 

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The Bay-A Community Church

December 2023 Newsletter

Ollin Collins, Pastor

John Webster, Minister of Music

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

Website: thebaytx.com

Facebook: The Bay Community Church Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/rbaytx/live

 

To sign up to Ministry One:

Go to church Website, THEBAYTX.com At the top there are two icons on the left-Click on either Apple or Google

This will take you to Easy Tithe, Events, Calendar, Prayer/info, check-in & messages.

 

Calendar of Events

December

December 14-Ladies Fellowship 10:30 Movie and snacks. Please bring a snack to share.

December 17-Return food sacks for Food Bank

Return Birthday Gift for Jesus

Children and Youth 1 Act Christmas Play

December 22-Children’s Christmas Party

December 24-Christmas Eve Service 10:00am

December 27 and January 3 No Children or Youth

 

Wednesday Meals

December

December 13-Christmas Party

Dec 20 & 27-No Wednesday activities

 

Ideas for meals per Grades 1-5 students: Ham, cornbread, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, steak, croissant sandwiches kolaches, pigs in a blanket, ½ like meatloaf, nachos, tacos, steak fingers, breakfast burritos, Philly cheese steak sandwiches, chili cheese fries, sweet potato fries, salad and tomatoes, milk, biscuits and gravy, mac n cheese, “white” pasta, pineapple, Chinese food, Mexican wedding cookies, chicken strips, PB & J.

 

Operation Christmas Child

For the month of December, Pray for the children receiving the Operation Christmas Child boxes

To sign up to Ministry One: 

Go to church Website, THEBAYTX.com   At the top there are two icons on the left-Click on either Apple or Google

This will take you to Easy Tithe, Events, Calendar, Prayer/info, check-in & messages.

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Calendar of Events

 

October

October 8-Attic Cleanout and Lunch.  We have had a busy year and many things find a way to the attic.  Time to clean out and rearrange.  Help needed!

October 12-Ladies Ministry event-Film “Be Still” 10:30am Refreshments provided

October 14-Youth Hayride and Hot Dog Roast.  Meet at church at 4:30.  Invite your friends

October 15-Pass out Operation Christmas Child boxes.  We hope you will participate in this important ministry.

October 22-Fall Fest Meeting after worship

October 29-Fall Fest from 3-5pm

 

 

November

November 5-Put up Christ Lights.  Chili luncheon-Bring your favorite!

November 5-Turn in Operation Christmas Child boxes

November 9-Operation Christmas Child packing party. 10:30am then lunch

November 12-James and Michelle Tucker marriage renewal after worship.  Please stay and wish them well

November 16-Ladies Ministry trip to Haltom City to Journey Dome. Leave church at 11:45 for 1:00pm presentation, Braums Ice Cream then home! $15.00 per person plus ice cream.

November 22-no Children, Youth or Staff

November 23-Thanksgiving

 

December

December 22-Children’s Christmas Party

December 27 and January 3 No Children or Youth

 

 

 

Wednesday Meals

October 11-Brenda Crawford

October 18-Mary Ann Schimpf

October 25-Darla St John

 

November 1-Debbie Taylor

November 8-Carolyn Dent

November 22-Happy Thanksgiving, no Wed activity

November 29-Fran Boyd

 

Dec 6-Tommie Collins

December 13-Christmas Party

Dec 20 & 27-No Wednesday activities

 

Ideas for meals per Grades 1-5 students:  Ham, cornbread, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, steak, croissant sandwiches kolaches, pigs in a blanket, ½ like meatloaf, nachos, acos, steak fingers, breakfast burritos, Philly cheese steak sandwiches, chili cheese fries, sweet potato fries, salad and tomatoes, milk, biscuits and gravy, mac n cheese, “white” pasta, pineapple, Chinese food, Mexican wedding cookies, chicken strips, PB & J.

 

Operation Christmas Child

For the month of October, Write a letter or short note for your box, might even enclose a photo of your family

 

It’s time to shop those sales for good quality items and a fraction of the cost.

 

Answered Prayers---"Dervins’ father repairs bicycles to scrap together a living for his family in Colombia.  Dervins likes to help his father with these repairs after school.  When he received a shoebox gift, he knew something special was inside, as the box was quite heavy.  Among the toys and school supplies in the box was a set of tools, perfect for him and his father to use in repairing bicycles.”

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