Bible Reading - 7/29/2021
Psalms 106, 111, 112
1 Thessalonians 2

Welcome

VBS starts August 2nd, 6-8pm

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Special Online Service Content

Our Sunday morning services are now being held at our church building, but will also be streamed live here as video. Additionally, an audio-only recording will be available after the service on the sermons page.

August 1, 2021 — current/upcoming Sunday

July 25, 2021 — previous Sunday

It is our hope that those among our church family at higher risk will continue to worship with us remotely, until it becomes safe to resume normal interactions again.



Service Times



Highlights

  • Angelology: The Doctrine of Angels
    We don't know much about angels. However, we do know that they are real beings created by God for a purpose. We also know that some angels rejected God's purpose and are fallen. These angels followed Satan into rebellion against God.

    Our ABF/Sunday School classes are meeting at 9:30 am. Children's church is also meeting again during the sermon time.   We continue to live-stream the worship service at blairridge.org as well.
  • VBS 2021
    VBS is less than a week away! If you haven't registered your kids yet, please do so by following the link below.

    This event is intended to be a church outreach so please invite your friends & neighbors. One way to grow our church is through reaching kids and then their families. Door hangers are available in the foyer!
    Also, please be in prayer for this event as we prepare!

    Here is the link to register your kids and friends! Please share the
    link with everyone you know!

    https://www.eventbrite.com/o/blair-ridge-baptist-church-14426851962
  • Men's & Ladies' Retreat @ IRBC
    Summer is quickly coming to an end! And that means it is time for Men's & Ladies' Retreat at IRBC!
    Men's Revive will be held August 27-28. The speaker is Jim Tillotson. Jim is the president at Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny. Along with the camp activities, Men's retreat will include an optional golf tournament, disc golf tournament, or trap shoot for an additional fee.
    Ladies' Renew will be held September 10-11. The speaker is Faith Taylor. Faith is a professor of women's ministry at Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny.
    Both conferences will include a variety of workshops as well as the camp activities. The cost for each conference is $50. The registration deadline is August 15th! Sign up sheets are available in the foyer on the Information Counter.
    Any questions, please see Renee Palermo.
  • Church Cleaning
    Thank you to everyone who has volunteered their time to help keep our church building clean & looking nice! It is much appreciated!
    Below is the cleaning rotation. Remember, please clean the church at least twice during your month.

    A new sign-up sheet for September-March will be available in the foyer on Sunday.

    August: Weigert, J.
  • Scripture Memorization Challenge
    For all of 2021 we will be memorizing one Psalm per month using the ESV version of the Bible. I hope you will join us in committing God's Word to memory. Below is a schedule for the year.

    Aug Psalm 19:7-14
    Sept Psalm 100
    Oct Psalm 110
    Nov Psalm 111
    Dec Psalm 112
  • August Scripture Memorization
    Psalm 19:7-14
    7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
    8 the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
    9 the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.
    10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
    11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
    12 Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
    13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.
    14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
  • BRBC Prayer List
    Each week we put together a prayer list that is typed up and put in
    the bulletin. We hope this will be helpful in knowing how to pray specifically for the needs of those in our church.
    If you would like to be added to the prayer list please let Ashley Day(ashleylday11@gmail.com) or Renee Palermo (reneenpalermo@gmail.com) know!
    Please include how we can specifically pray for you.

    BRBC Prayer List
    Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

    "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chron. 7:14

    Prayer Requests:
    • Vacation Bible School: Pray for our upcoming VBS as Rik Reuter travels from Virginia to be our special speaker. Pray that this will be a fruitful outreach for our church. VBS is August 2nd-6th.

    • Krista Gates: Praise that Liam is doing well & is gaining weight! Pray that he continues to gain weight so that he doesn't need to be supplemented.

    • Sharon Lucas: Pray for her sister, Susan, who recently received cancer diagnosis. Pray for their nephew as he is suffering from cancer. He doesn't have many months left to live.
    • IRBC Camp Season: Pray for camp at IRBC, that God would be glorified and that lives would be changed!

    • Rodger Burnett: Pray for God's guidance & strength as he has recently been diagnosed with a physical heart failure condition. Praise that he is enjoying his assisted living home in Amana! He is excited to have visitors to be able to have visitors again!

    • Andie Black: Pray for her as she has been dealing with some health problems.

    • William Loeffers: Healing of his eyesight and kidneys as he undergoes dialysis.

    • Pray for continual spiritual growth in our church.

    • Pray for opportunities for each of us to share the Gospel with those we come in contact with.

    • Pray that God would continue to bring people to our church who need the Gospel.

    • Pray for our Deacons: Nate Day, Gary McCool, Joseph Palermo, & Randy Witte

    • Pray for our Pastor and family.

    • Pray for the President & other elected officials that they would have wisdom & listen to godly counsel.
  • Hymn of the Month: I'd Rather Have Jesus
    At the age of 23 George Beverly Shea (1909 - ) had a hard decision to make. He could accept a job offer in a secular singing position in New York City with a great salary and wide respect; or he could continue singing in churches and for Christian radio programs. While sitting at the family piano, he started to prepare a special hymn for the Sunday service. On the piano he found a poem by Mrs. Rhea F. Miller. He immediately began to compose the music for the poem and used the song that same morning in his father's church service. He also used those words to direct his life and has shared his song, "I'd Rather Have Jesus" with audiences around the world.

    http://hishymnhistory.blogspot.com/2012/11/id-rather-have-jesus.html
  • Missionary of the Month: Solid Rock Camp/Think Like Christ Ministries
    Solid Rock Camp is a Christian camp near Bonaparte, IA, operated by Nate Day as part of Think Like Christ Ministries. Think Like Christ also puts on an annual men's conference & youth conference here at BRBC. The goal of TLC & SRC is to reach as many people as possible with the Gospel and teach God's truth to the next generation.

    Solid Rock Christian Camp has just ended our 2021 camp season. We had a fantastic year & God did many wonderful things & changed many lives. These were our 2 largest weeks of camp ever with 47 junior campers & 56 teen campers and our second year at our new location in Bonaparte, IA. We are very thankful for all the support & love Blair Ridge has shown us. As we plan next year, please pray for the following:
    • for our leadership team as we plan

    • that God provides the right counselors & staff

    • for financial support so that we can continue to provide camp free of charge
  • Book Corner: The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
    The famous story of man's progress through life in search of salvation remains one of the most entertaining allegories of faith ever written. Set against realistic backdrops of town and country, the powerful drama of the pilgrim's trials and temptations follows him in his harrowing journey to the Celestial City.
    Along a road filled with monsters and spiritual terrors, Christian confronts such emblematic characters as Worldly Wiseman, Giant Despair, Talkative, Ignorance, and the demons of the Valley of the Shadow of Death. But he is also joined by Hopeful and Faithful.