From the Pastor
From the Pastor…
As we have just concluded another season of Thanksgiving, I have reflected on the many things for which I am thankful. Among those is the loving and caring community that is Roberdel Baptist Church. We are a family here. Families don’t always agree on everything, and families sometimes have conflict, the same is true with church families. But in the end, family members that truly care are always there for each other, willing to forgive, encouraging and lifting each other in prayer. I am thankful to call you all family and I hope that you feel the same way about your brothers and sisters here at RBC.
Speaking of family, someone who has been a part of our church family for the past 10 years is our bookkeeper and secretary, Jackie Crews. Jackie chose to step down from her position, effective November 30th. I appreciate Jackie’s willingness to serve the Lord in this position – even when she was battling her own health issues. I encourage you to offer Jackie a word of thanks and good wishes for the future as she moves on to the next chapter of her service for the Lord.
Thankfully, our personnel committee has worked quickly to find a new person to fill the role of bookkeeper and secretary. Her name is Kristin Jones, and she has already been training with Jackie in preparation for beginning her new position here on Monday, December 3rd. Please note the change in office hours beginning that day. The office will be open from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm, Monday – Friday, except for observed holidays. Kristin is an active member at Southwood Pentecostal Holiness Church and has extensive experience in bookkeeping and customer service. She and her husband, Jay, have one daughter who is in kindergarten, and they live in Rockingham. Drop in some time to welcome Kristin to the RBC family!
December is always a busy month at Roberdel. As we have our class and organization parties, church-wide pageants and musical presentations, and our family gatherings, may we be careful to keep the main thing the main thing! The main thing about Christmas is the advent of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. It is easy to get so wrapped up in the worldly trappings of the Christmas season – and even to get so busy doing church-related stuff – that we forget just why we are celebrating. I encourage you to make the activities of the church an integral part of your schedule this Christmas season. But don’t forget just why we are making such a big deal of this Holiday (Holy Day). It is all about Jesus!
One tradition that I pray you will make a priority this Christmas is our Candlelight Christmas Eve Communion Service. We will gather in the sanctuary at 6 pm for a brief, but meaningful, time of worship. Bring your family and guests. Come as you are. Sing some carols. Worship the newborn King. You will be glad you did! Merry Christmas!
In Christian Love, Billy Dennis