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The Bay-A Community Church

April 2022 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

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

April 2022

April 27-Ladies Bible Study, ”Remarkable Women of the Bible”, Sanctuary 6:45-7:45

April 24-27-North Texas Go Tell Crusade with Rick Gage. No Wednesday Activities

April 30-Ladies Luncheon/Style Show 1:00pm. $15. Information to follow

 

May 2022

May 8-Mothers Day

May 4,11,18,24,31-Ladies Bible Study, ”Remarkable Women of the Bible”, Sanctuary 6:45-7:45

May 19-20-Fredericksburg Trip-Sign Up in Foyer

May 25-Youth Dept-Laser Tag and luau 6:00-8:00pm

May 28-VBS Kick Off Event

 

June 2022

June 6-8-Vacation Bible School

June 10-14-Youth Camp.  Contact Valerie Rivera

June 15-No Children or Youth tonight

 

July 2022

 

August 2022

August 10, 17-No Children or Youth on these nights

 

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 April, shop for Hygiene Items.

 

Dana-and-The Hygiene Items

Growing up in Romania, my parents worked in a steel plant. My dad was a mechanic and my mom was a crane operator. Even though they both worked full-time jobs, the value of money wasn’t strong enough after the fall of communism to buy very much. We had our lights on and food on the table, but we didn’t have much beyond the very basic needs.  I wore shoes that were too large so that I could wear them longer. My clothes were either hand-me-downs or bought at secondhand stores. We had a few toys, but they were poor quality.

I accepted Christ when I was 12 years old, the same year I received my shoebox gift. That year, before Christmas, my parents told me and my brothers that they didn’t have money to buy us Christmas presents. Christmas was about the only time we received anything.

One Saturday evening around this time, my siblings and I were at church for a youth gathering. We were surprised to receive the shoebox gifts after the service. I remember going home and sitting in my brother’s room on the floor, where we all laid out everything we’d received in our shoeboxes. I was completely overwhelmed with joy.

 

My favorite gifts were feminine hygiene items, a toothbrush, and soap. As a young girl, to have nice smelling soap and a nice toothbrush meant a lot to me. I treasured the feminine hygiene items because this was the first time I had ever received them. They were considered a luxury in my country and weren’t something my parents could afford.

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Before I received my shoebox, I was having a hard time as a new Christian. I was trying to understand why our family was struggling and why God would allow it. Through my shoebox gift, God showed me that He is my Provider. He provided the things I needed in my shoebox. Even though our family was struggling and I was discouraged, God still took care of us. I learned that God’s provision is always on time, and He will take care of His children.

 

My parents always taught us the things of the Lord and about His plan for our lives. They taught us that He is all we need and He is our salvation. My shoebox gift helped me go from knowing that in my head to understanding that in a personal way.

 

When you only have a little, a shoebox is a lot. I felt loved when I realized that someone selflessly gave it to me. God’s love was wonderfully demonstrated because it was a heartfelt gift—nothing was asked in return.

Now, I pack shoeboxes every year with my husband and son. Operation Christmas Child is about so much more than a humanitarian project—it’s about sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.

 

Recipe of the Month-

From the Kitchen of  Mary St John

Mexican Spaghetti

1 TB Olive Oil

1Lb Ground Beef

1 pkg Taco Seasoning Mix

1 can Rotel

1 Tbs Tomato Paste

8 oz spaghetti

½ cup Cheddar Cheese

½ cup Mozzarella

1 Roma Tomato, diced

 

  • Cook ground beef in olive oil

  • Once cooked, add taco seasoning mix.  Stir and drain excess fat

  • Stir in Rotel, tomato paste, spaghetti and add 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil, cover , reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked. 

  • Remove from heat and top with cheeses

  • Cover until melted

  • Garnish with Cilantro and diced tomatoes

  • Serve immediately

 

 

Calendar of Events

April 2022

April 2-Bay Trade Days-7:00am-4:00pm. Rent a booth for $40 and move your treasures to another home. Fundraiser for Children/Youth ministries

April 3-Mulch Sunday-Dress casually and after services help get the playground ready for children

April 16-Annual Easter Egg Hunt-10.00

April 17-Easter Sunday

April 24-27-North Texas Go Tell Crusade with Rick Gage

April 30-Ladies Luncheon/Style Show 1:00pm. $20. Information to follow

May 2022

May 19-20-Fredericksburg Trip-Sign Up in Foyer

June 2022

June 6-8-Vacation Bible School

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 April, Stuffed Animals “When I lifted the lid on my purple plastic shoebox, the first thing I saw was a stuffed dog. I was filled with exuberant joy! I just remember hugging it.” Yuliya, Central Asia

 

The Lord Loves Even His Enemies

IN THE FACE OF PERSECUTION, BELIEVERS IN CENTRAL ASIA CHOOSE TO DISTRIBUTE GIFT-FILLED OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES IN THEIR COMMUNITY.In a small town on the plains of Central Asia, most people are hostile to the small group of Christians living among them. Though these courageous believers are continually harassed, they faithfully persevere. Two Christian women named Aigul* and Dinara* were meeting regularly to pray for their town. Persecution flared up when Aigul’s mother died.

“Local leaders did not want to give us a burial site in the cemetery,” she said. “They treated us like something filthy or abominable. That group came and threatened me. They wanted to stone me.”

But the presence of Christ in Aigul showed clearly in her response:“I forgave them all,” she said. “I love them. They just do not know Jesus.”

Despite Aigul’s loving and peaceful attitude, the community remained hostile. This stirred up fear in the local Christians who soon stopped coming to church. Aigul and Dinara in desperation contacted a pastor in a nearby area and asked him to come and help their village. This pastor, in turn, rallied other pastors to pray and fast for this hurting community.

God heard their pleas and responded in a way that they’d been requesting for years. Aigul had heard of Operation Christmas Child four years earlier and often prayed, “Lord, we have so many needy children here. There are poor and disabled children who never leave their homes and do not have toys.” She knocked faithfully on heaven’s door and waited for an answer that would bless her village.

“I was so excited,” said Aigul, “when Dinara called me to say that we are going to have some shoebox gifts to distribute!

One of the pastors who had been praying for this town, a man named Ruslan,* felt that God wanted him to be part of bringing gift-filled shoeboxes and the message of the Gospel to this place. When he contacted Aigul, they began praying together and planning some Operation Christmas Child outreach events for her area. After about a month, he organized an expedition that included three off-road vehicles packed full with eight people and 1,000 shoebox gifts. The entourage traveled 10 hours to Aigul’s community.

When they arrived, Ruslan said to an official, “We are [part of] the Church and have come to share the love of God with children.” He also mentioned that they were Aigul’s friends who wanted to support the local congregation.

To their surprise, the official warmly welcomed them and gave them permission to hold outreach events at various locations throughout the region.

Ruslan had memorized a presentation of the Gospel in the local language and freely shared it with the children and their parents who listened in. Most paid close attention to the Word of God in part because Ruslan illustrated his message with colorful posters supplied by Samaritan’s Purse.

When it came time to surprise the children with shoebox gifts, they were delighted. The boys and girls had never received such gifts before!

“Over the course of a single day, the team visited several schools throughout the region, with the message of the Gospel tangibly expressed through shoebox gifts. At each of these outreach events when Ruslan mentioned that Jesus is the Son of God, he met no opposition!

Ruslan said, “The Lord loves even His enemies and He is able to win them with His amazing love that reaches out to the ends of the earth!”

Please pray that these Gospel seeds sown in faith will yield a bountiful harvest. Name changed for security.

Recipe of the Month-From the Kitchen of Darla St John

 

Pimento Cheese Spread

(So good it will make Mrs. Price cry!)

 

2 Lb Velveta-Grated

¼ lb Colby cheese, grated

¼ lb Sharp Cheddar, grated

2/3 cup Mayonnaise

3-4 oz jars pimentos, with juice

 

After all the cheese are grated, add remaining ingredients. Mix well and enjoy!

 

Have a favorite recipe you would like to share? Please contact Darla St John or drop a copy by the church office. Thanks!

 

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The Bay-A Community Church

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

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

  • Boxes are available in the foyer to accept your canned good donation for local food banks.

  • If you are out shopping and see items on sale that would support our Operation Christmas Child boxes, feel free to purchase!We will store them for you!See Carol Orr

 

 

January, 2022 January Jubilee

January 30-Guest Speaker, Don Piper.  Author of 90 Minutes in Heaven.

 

February 2022

February 2-90 Minutes in Heaven Questions and Answers with Don Piper

February 6-Home School Day @10:00am

February 14-Home School Valentine Party 10:00am

February 19-Battlefield Nerf Gun Parties in Denton. 1:00-5:30  Lunch at the church. $10.00 per player (regardless of age)

February 20-Take down Christ Lights.  Chili lunch to follow worship.  Bring your favorite chili, ladders and dress casual.

 

March 2022

 

April 2022

April 30-Ladies Luncheon/Style Show 1:00pm. $20. Information to follow

 

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 February, purchase Accessories for the boxes.  Purchase hair ribbons and headbands, necklaces, etc.  This year we are accepting men’s neckties-please make sure they are clean and in good condition.

 

 From Romania: Livia received her shoebox in a Romanian orphanage when she was 12.

All my life I really wanted hairclips but growing up in an orphanage where we had very little I could never get them. But I really, really wanted hairclips.

Then Operation Christmas Child came and there it was—a big packet of hairclips sitting at the very top of my shoebox! I couldn’t believe my eyes. I thought, How can someone give me something that I’ve wanted for so many years? Someone far away decided to pack it up, never knowing that it would be somebody’s dream come true.

I took the packet out. I tore it open and tried to put every single one of them in my hair. And I did! There was a woman named Connie who was with me, an American missionary who was helping pass out the shoeboxes. She was trying to tell me to slow down. I said, “No, no. I want all my hairclips in.” “Just put one to the right and one to the left, and you’ll look much better,” she said.“No, I want all the hairclips in,” I insisted. So I put them all in and had them on the whole day.

 

I really wanted something to keep my hair off my face. I wanted to feel the wind touch my neck. When I got those hairclips I was so excited to finally be free of all the stuff that covers your face or neck or ears. Receiving those hairclips meant a lot.

 

Before we even got the shoebox gifts they shared the Gospel with us. That was something brand new to me. When I got the hairclips I just couldn’t believe how God could make something like that possible. It made me realize that there is a God who loves me. He loves me because he wanted me to have the hairclips. As they went on about the Gospel, I was mesmerized by the words of love. How could anyone possibly love me? After 10 years of living in the orphanage, all of a sudden people were telling me that I’m loved.

I thought,”There’s no way. How am I supposed to take this?” I was really shocked to hear the news of not only God loving us but also people from all over the world. Love was a brand new word in my vocabulary.

 

The same year I received the shoebox I accepted Christ into my heart. The shoebox is almost nothing compared to knowing Jesus. There was so much joy. I wished I could tell everybody in the world that I accepted Christ.

 

It’s a different feeling because the things in the shoebox gift get lost or broken or used up, but our Savior never does. He’s always there for us. That’s what I love about it. To have a God who loves us unconditionally every day to make up for the years of my life living in an orphanage, that’s the greatest gift of all right there.

 

Recipe of the Month-

From the Kitchen of Phyliss Andrew

 

Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

1 Rotisserie Chicken-Lemon Pepper-remove skin (sometimes I use only white meat that is left on chicken)

32 oz chicken broth

1 pkg dry onion soup mixed with 1 cup water

1 cup carrots

1 cup chopped celery

2-3 cups noodles (depending on size of noodles)

Extra water to add with noodles (depending on amount of noodles)

 

Place chicken in crockpot

Add 32 oz chicken broth  and 1 pkg dry onion soup mixed with 1 cup water

Cook on low 3-4 hours

Remove chicken from broth and remove any remaining meat

Using a slotted spoon remove any bones from broth

Place meat back in broth

Add 1 cup chopped carrots and 1 cup chopped celery

Cook on low 3-4 hours

Add 2-3 cups noodles and extra water

Cook until noodles are done (approx 20 min-depending on size of noodles)

Enjoy!