The Witness
Volume 39, Issue 38
September 22, 2021
The church office is closed due to a power outage. Wednesday night dinner is canceled for tonight. Praise Team and Chancel Choir WILL meet at their usual times this evening (there is power in the sanctuary). A decision will be made about children's choirs and adult/youth Bible studies soon, and notifications will be sent out.
"VBC Partners with Boys & Girls Club"
On Sunday, March 28 of last spring, after hearing from Michelle Davis, CEO of Boys and Girls Club SW, Vinton Baptist unanimously voted to partner with the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Virginia once again as a site for one of their afterschool programs. Many may remember that our church partnered with the Boys and Girls Club during the fall of 2020 as a site for virtual learning for the Roanoke County School District. This gave parents a safe place for their children to go on the days their children could not be physically at school. Once most elementary school students were allowed to go back to school for in-person learning, the Boys and Girls Club no longer needed our church to provide a virtual learning space for students.

However, over the course of our time together, the Boys and Girls Club discovered the need for an afterschool program for the elementary schools in Vinton. In response, our church was contacted and given the opportunity to be the new site for this needed ministry in our community. Thankfully, after months of anticipation, we have received confirmation that beginning October 4, Vinton Baptist will host between 12-15 children from 2:30pm—6:00pm, Monday—Friday. During those hours, a portion of our facility will be designated for the children and adults of this ministry. The Boys and Girls Club will provide the staff for an 8:1 ratio of children for each adult.

If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, the Boys and Girls Club could use our support to help provide pre-packaged, nonperishable snacks for the children. Also, if you know of anyone who is good with children and looking for a part-time job, the Boys and Girls Club has positions available for this program. If you are interested, please call the church office for more information.

I am so excited for this new partnership to begin, and the opportunity it provides our church to reach out to the children and families of our community and provide such an important ministry. As I noted during our first partnership, I think this is what Jesus meant when he said: “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16).” I cannot think of a better way to “let our light shine” in our community than by providing a safe space for the children of Vinton to come after school to learn, play, and grow.

Unfortunately, the uncertainty of COVID-19 remains. Due to the emergence of the Delta variant, we are still wading through the waters of a global pandemic that will not go away quietly. We are still trying to cope with our losses, and adapt to the many ways this virus has changed our society, both temporarily and permanently. We are still trying to mend fences and heal from all of the division this unprecedented time has created. As the darkness of COVID-19 lingers, rather than wishing it would end or things would return back to the way they were, may we look for ways to share the love and be the light of Christ. I believe partnering with the Boys and Girls Club is one such opportunity. As we welcome them back to Vinton Baptist and continue to serve our church and community in a number of ways, may we put our light on a lampstand for all to see. May we do our best to fill our world with the hope and promise of the one who is “the light of life.” For we are assured that he was, is, and always will be, the light that shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”
-- Travis
Worship this Sunday, September 26th
This Sunday's sermon is "What is Faith?"; the scripture reference is James 2:14-26. We hope to see you at 8:45 or 11:00 AM. If you choose to worship virtually, please access our livestream through our website or FB live. Sunday School is at 9:50 AM, and we have classes for everyone.
Bible in a Year Reading
Read this week:
The Old Testament: 2 Samuel 15-21
The New Testament: 2 Corinthians 8-13
Old Testament Prophecy: Ezekiel 22-28
Psalms: Psalms 69-77
Meditate: But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power[a] is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong. -2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Prayer: “Lord, when we are weary of the journey, strengthen us by your Spirit to imagine new heavens and a new earth. Amen.” -Shane Claiborne et al., Common Prayer
Wednesday Night Dinners & Activities
PLEASE NOTE: Tonight's dinner is CANCELED due to a power outage at the church. We apologize for any inconvenience. Praise Team & Chancel Choir WILL rehearse at their regularly scheduled times because there is power in the sanctuary! Children's choirs and adult/teen Bible studies will be determined around 2 PM today; we will notify you as soon as a decision is made. In the meantime, please click here for the outline scheduled for tonight's adult study.

Next Wednesday's (9/29) dinner menu: Hamburger on Bun with Fixings Choices; Potato Chips; Bread & Butter Pickles; & Dessert. Ice tea, lemonade, & water. $6/adult, $5/child (ages 4-12), children < 4 are free, max per household is $18. Sign up by calling the church office at 540-343-7685 no later than 5 PM Tuesday, 9/28.
Thrive Student Ministry
Upcoming Dates:
  • Sunday, September 26th- Joanna Williamson will be leading our youth for Missions Night! We will be constructing care packages for our college students.
  • FALL RETREAT- November 5-7th at Camp Bethel! Our theme is Called2Follow: Examining who Jesus is and why we should follow. The trip is $70, which is due by October 20th. Sign up in the youth room or see Whitney!

Students, be sure to join our GroupMe group “VBC Thrive” for updates and announcements!
Parents, download the VBC App (Vinton Baptist Church VA). You will receive an email or text invitation to join the Youth Parents Channel on the app. If you haven’t received an email or invite, please contact Whitney or Kim and we'll get you added!
Preteens Event
Preteens are invited to join us for this month's event this Sunday, September 26th from 4:00 until 5:30 PM. We will have an "in" afternoon of fun activities and games, Bible study, and service featuring a mission project.
WMU Fall Missions Celebration
The RVBA WMU 2021 Fall Missions Celebration will be held September 27th and will be hosted by Vinton Baptist. The program begins at 6:30 PM in the sanctuary and features guest speakers Doug & Laura Lee, retired IMB missionaries to Kenya & Tanzania. Everyone is welcome to attend, hear the missionary speakers, and find out more about the WMU organization.
JOY Seniors Events
You won't want to miss the September JOY Seniors Luncheon on the 28th! We will have guest speaker Ann Green, an attorney, talk about long term care and estate planning. Our boxed lunches will come from Mission BBQ and will include your choice of a pulled pork or pulled chicken sandwich, side, coleslaw, drink, and dessert for $10. Sign up at the new JOY Seniors table beside the Welcome Center by this Friday, September 24th.

Please note the following change to our September 30th day trip: The JOY Seniors plan to continue our scheduled tour of the Water Treatment Plant (9 - 11 AM) and have lunch at Jersey Lily's (11:30 AM - 12:30 PM). However, PFG informed us Monday that they have closed their plant to non-essential visitors due to COVID protocols; therefore, our trip will be cut a little short. The deadline to sign up is this Friday, September 24th; we plan to leave the parking lot at 8:30 AM next Thursday. The only cost is your lunch, which you will need to pre-order. Order forms are available at the JOY Seniors table beside the Welcome Center.
Walk with Jesus
Walk with Jesus classes begin October 3rd for 3rd - 5th graders; classes will take place in the library during the Sunday School hour every Sunday through November 21st (except 10/31). Please let Sarah know ASAP if you are interested so that class materials can be ordered. She is happy to answer any questions, as well.
Joan St. Clair
407 Brookledge Drive
Vinton VA 24179-4429
September 19, 2021:
8:45 AM
In person - 131
Online - 103
11:00 AM
In person - 127
Online - 83
Sunday School - 208
Carrie is on vacation this week. The financial information for Sunday, September 19th will appear in next week's Witness, including memorials and honorariums.
Thank you to the Esther Sunday School class for their donation to College Care Packages.
Donations Needed for Various Ministries:
(All items can be dropped off at the Missions Tables; just look for the appropriate sign for your donation.)
  • This Sunday, September 26th is the deadline for contributions for College Care Packages. Following are the items that we would like to include: individual size packages of hard candy (no peanut butter or tree nuts, please), individual serving Oreos, small packs of Clorox wipes, microwave popcorn, Slim Jims, fruit snacks, fruit roll-ups, Gushers, "Kind" snack granola bars, single serving Goldfish/Cheez-its, single serving Pringles, Sharpies, monetary donations to cover shipping costs ($9/package) and the purchase of additional items (note "College Care Packages" in the memo line). If you have an undergraduate college student in your family, we want to make sure to include them! Please send your student's name and address ASAP to the church office (540-343-7685 or [email protected]) or directly to Jennifer or Joanna Williamson ([email protected]) so that we have the correct address.
  • Individually wrapped snacks are needed for Boys & Girls Club. We need non-perishable items that do NOT include nuts of any kind, and we need them in single serve packages, please.
  • Trunk-or-Treat is scheduled for October 27th, and we need your help collecting goodies: wrapped candies (must be in labeled wrappers); snack-size packages of pretzels, cheese balls, goldfish, gummy snacks, and other assorted snacks are welcome! If you are interested in decorating a trunk and passing out candy at Trunk-or-Treat, please sign up in the church office OR by clicking here. Trunks will need to be set up and ready to hand out goodies 6:15 - 7:15 PM Wednesday, October 27th. Additional event information will be provided to those who sign up. Questions? Contact Sarah.
  • It's Operation Christmas Child time again! So, save your shoeboxes to fill with items for children overseas. You may donate any extra boxes to the church, donate items to go in shoeboxes, and donate money to help pay for shipping costs. Wrapping of shoeboxes takes place every Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 AM - 12 PM in rooms 102 & 103. Everyone is welcome to come help. There are wrapped boxes now available at the Missions Tables for you to pick up and fill with goodies for children in need worldwide; please also pick up a brochure with your box for the boy/girl labels. Items to include in shoeboxes (or donate for us to pack): school supplies, toothbrushes, bar soap, wash cloths, combs, balls, crayons, yo-yos, jump ropes, trucks, cars, dolls, stuffed animals, etc. (remember - it has to be small enough to fit in a shoebox). Older boys like deflated soccer balls with a pump included. Flashlights with extra batteries are also great! We CANNOT include candy or food of any kind, toothpaste, lotions, vitamins, or any type of liquid. The deadline to return filled boxes is November 7th. Questions? Contact Darlene McCaskill.
Children's Volunteers Needed
The Children's Ministry is in need of Children's Worship volunteers. Thanks to all those who regularly help out! If you're interested in helping, but don't know what is required, please contact Sarah. Otherwise, please sign up here (dates available through the end of this month).
September Book Club
I hope you are enjoying The Library Book by Susan Orlean. Use these questions as a guide as you continue reading:
1. What was your initial impression of Harry Peak? Did it change throughout the investigation?
2. What was your reaction to the Mary Jones and Charles Lummis saga? Can you cite any similar examples from history or the present?
3. Each of the head librarians discussed in The Library Book brought certain qualities to the position. What ideas and initiatives did you like?
Happy Reading!
An easily accessible feature of our new app is an online Bible! Travis usually references the NRSV version of the Bible in his sermons, and we have an easy way for you to connect to that version (or any other version you choose). On the homepage of our app, you will find a button at the very bottom titled "Bible (NRSV)." Click on that button, and Bible Gateway, NRSV edition, appears. You can easily search for any scripture on your mobile device. If you want to access a different version, just click the down arrow located beside "New Revised Standard Version," and there are numerous other versions available - all in the palm of your hand! You no longer need a separate Bible app; you can read and look up passages right from the VBC app!

The Realm roll-out is getting closer. Please be aware that if you and your spouse share an email address, you will both receive a Realm invitation at that address. Whoever responds to the invitation first will have the opportunity to set up a Realm account. Only one Realm account can be activated per email address. If you currently share an email account, but both of you would like to be able to login to Realm, please consider setting up a new, no-cost email address through Google. Just click here to get started. Let us know what the new email account is, and we'll add it to your profile so that you will receive a separate Realm invitation. (You can set up an email account using any email service, such as cox, yahoo, gmail, aol, etc.; we simply mention gmail because it's free and easy to use.)
Food Pantry
Thanks to all who have made donations - whether monetary or in-kind goods - to the Food Pantry! For those who choose to donate food items, please double-check that your donations have not been previously opened and that they are not expired. Thanks in advance!
RVBA Hygiene Kits Update
Click here for an update from Roanoke Valley Baptist Association on the hygiene kits that have been collected.
Thanks to all of you who sent me "Thinking of You" cards and, also, to so many of you for the "92nd" birthday cards. Love,
Ginnie Hall
The current prayer list has not been included because of today's power outage at the church. It will be updated to the VBC app as soon as possible and will be included in Friday's "worship materials" email.