Missions and Evangelism

By the time you are reading this our week of hosting the Community of Faith Mission Emergency Shelter for those who are Homeless will be over. The week started out very well, with 23 guests both Sunday and Monday nights. The weather was bitterly cold, and the shelter was a much needed service to the guests who came. The Sunday evening meal was provided by the Youth with their familiar baked potato bar. Food for the week was contributed by some Sunday School classes and some generous individuals. Many volunteers served unselfishly through the late evening and early morning hours, including members, and a number of regular attendees who are not yet members. On Friday evening we partnered with New Zion Baptist Church, and during the week the students from the William & Mary BCM helped out. Approximately 117 volunteers served during the week, including WHBC members and Youth, William & Mary students, and members of New Zion Baptist Church. In addition to the on-site volunteers, the Team Kids visited, and many members provided food, snacks, and clothing. We served a total of 36 different guests during the week, including 2 children. On Monday evening I had the privilege to work with Cathy Waltrip, sister of Sue Young. We shared memories of Sue and her dedication to those less fortunate. Sue was instrumental in Walnut Hills hosting the COFM Shelter. When the idea was first proposed seven years ago, there were some concerns about having a number of unknown strangers in our building. At the Business Meeting, when the question was being considered, Sue spoke up and shared her previous experience with homeless ministries in other locations. By the time she was finished, it was a done deal. Sue was active in the WHBC Shelter operation for several years until her health made her participation no longer possible. We lost Sue in April of 2018, but her memory will remain with us as we continue to reach out to “the least of these” in our community. Many thanks to all the volunteers who make this ministry possible.

Each Friday in the Greater Williamsburg Area a number of churches in the area provide meals for families and individuals in several local motels who are in need. Walnut Hills provides 50 meals for some of the residents in the Pineapple Inn every fifth Friday, which is about four times a year. A group of special ladies, calling themselves Mission Vision, also collect non-perishable foods that are stored in a pantry at the Pineapple Inn, to be used during the days that food may not be adequate for some. The next fifth Friday is March 29, 2019. Anyone who would like to participate in this important ministry is welcome.
Bill Johnson, For the M&E Council

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:

  1. Provide avenues and process for external mission and evangelism support requests
  2. Receive, review and approve church wide projects from the congregation which involve financial and human resource allocations
  3. 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
  4. 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!
— Melanie