Missions and Evangelism
Summer is on its way and that means International J-1 Visa students are finalizing their travel plans and packing for their all American experience in Williamsburg. Planning our summer partnership with the Pineapple Inn has begun, with the following dates – Wednesday June 19; Wednesday August 21- and food plans for our summer picnics. The students are looking forward to having Summer Families. Summer Families involve WHBC families intentionally building relationships with the international students. If your family feels called to spend time with international students, please contact Terri Bolt (firstname.lastname@example.org)or the church office (email@example.com).
Amy Lee or Angie Tyler will be working at the Front Desk of the Pineapple Inn. Angie is an Associate at the Pineapple Inn. They will be assisting us in connecting with the international students as they arrive. Be on the lookout for more details and perfect potluck signup sheets in the coming weeks. The first picnic will be 7pm, Wednesday, June 19 at the poolside of the Pineapple Inn – we’re having hamburgers and hot dogs.
J-1 International Student Summer Kick-Off
The J-1 Students have started arriving in Williamsburg. We have been busy working with the Pineapple Inn planning our summer involvement with these visitors to our community. Here is how you and your family can become involved!
1. Participate in picnics at the Pineapple Inn.
– The first picnic is Wednesday, June 19th at 7pm.
2. Be a Summer Family
– Develop formal or informal relationships with these visiting international students.
To sign up for either or both, email Terri Bolt, firstname.lastname@example.org, who can also help answer any questions or, church office, email@example.com.
Let us know if you are interested or, interested but have questions!
The International Student Outreach Program need volunteers to help with the Welcome Fair. Wednesday, June 26th — 11:00 – 2:00 at the Pineapple Inn
This event is for ALL international students working in the Williamsburg area.
Games – Food – Fun
You would be assisting at variety of ways. If interested call or email- Susan Gaske, firstname.lastname@example.org • C 703-283-4556 or Jeffrey Buffkin, email@example.com • C 757-849- 3220
SUPPORTING STANDING ROCK MINISTRY EFFORT
This year’s Woman Mission Union of Virginia (WMUV) ministry week to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation is July 21-26. Representing our church in this effort are Glenda Wade, Susan Gaske and Dan Gaske. They will be joined by two College of William & Mary Baptist Collegiate Ministry students, Heather Byrum and Dalia Cruz.
You too have opportunities to support this ministry effort.
1. Through prayer for this ministry trip, for those volunteering and for those who will be ministered to.
2. Through provision of needed items:
• child/youth size athletic shoes
• child/youth socks (preferably not white)
• child/youth underwear (also preferably not white)
Please place these items in the Box Ministry box located at the head of the stairwell.
3. Through monetary contributions –
• designate offerings to “Standing Rock”
• giving Walmart gift cards (leaving in Church Office or give to Susan, Glenda, or Dan. These cards are used to offset food costs and to purchase needed extra supplies.
Thank you in advance for whatever way you choose to support this ministry effort.
Just what is the Missions & Evangelism Council?
“The M&E Council was established January, 2008 to lead in identifying mission and evangelistic outreach needs in our community, state and world. It encouraged the entire church body to be involved in identified needs and assist in the education of church members about WHBC mission and evangelism opportunities, mission giving opportunities and special offerings. The M&E Council will also:
- Provide avenues and process for external mission and evangelism support requests
- Receive, review and approve church wide projects from the congregation which involve financial and human resource allocations
- Submit proposed budgeting and implementation plans to the Church Council for approval if the projects involve donations/fundraising and/or expenditure of monies which are not part of the M&E Council Budget line item
- Plan ways of celebrating the accomplishments and history of missions at WHBC
The M&E Council helps maintain the outward focus of WHBC, which is serving:
- the strangers in our midst
- the least of these, and
- children and families in our community
BUT, we are only the “administrative piece” so to speak. It is each of you that carries out this focus every day. And we want to thank you for all you do to serve those God has put around you!