The JCBC Staff Blog

As you read this blog, preparations are underway for the final night of Vacation Bible School. Pastor Annie Sutton and her army of volunteers have done an amazing job leading children in exploring the love of God and the mysteries of faith. Tonight, an exciting week of worship, Bible study, recreation, crafts and snacks will culminate in a thrilling closing celebration. Of all the good God has been “up to” this week, I wanted to share one moment worth mention. One of our volunteers, JCBC member Linda Shipp, shared a conversation she had with the father of one of our international campers. The daughter...

Earlier this month, we hosted another JCBC Night of Worship in our Family Life Center. It was a powerful night, focused on prayer and communion. Check out this video recap of that special night. In reflecting on the power of prayer, I offered this definition: Simply put, prayer is becoming more fully present with the One who IS fully present with us. That’s it. Really. I mean don’t get me wrong, there have been countless ways to practice prayer throughout the ages. Indeed, one of my favorite writers and spiritual guides, Richard Foster, has written about many pathways to prayer in his book simply entitled, Prayer....

Memorial Day Weekend is coming, marking the beginning of Summer, and a number of wonderful opportunities to engage the full life of our congregation. In addition to Vacation Bible School, Seersucker Sunday (Father’s Day), Children and Youth Camps, Celebrate America, and more, there are two specific ways I am calling on you and your family to consistently demonstrate your love for JCBC throughout the summer. I’m calling you to: [BE] here. [BE] for. [BE] here. There is no gift greater than the gift of personal presence. When you show up for someone, you are making a statement about their value in your eyes. This is true...

The hurricane named Maria ravaged Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017. With sustained winds of 155+ miles per hour the nation’s power grid literally folded up and blew away leaving the entire island in the dark. Darkness was not the only problem, without power the island schools, hospitals, banks, gas stations, stores and emergency services also closed. This led to people going days without food, access to funds and medicine, which led to large-scale hysteria. Suicides reached historic numbers and sadly this was only the beginning. By the turn of the year, there were 60,000 houses without roofs and only...

I couldn’t help but overhear the conversation. I was in the locker-room, post-workout, and the dialogue between a young father and his four-year-old son had a familiar ring to it. Eerily so. “Okay, buddy. Let’s move it along. Remember, the longer you take, the less likely we are to get pizza when we leave.” Turns out, the son had become fascinated by the numbered locker keys that only come out when you put your member card in the slot. They just dangle there, baiting and waiting on some four-year-old to walk by and marvel. Dad: “Seriously big guy. Shake a leg. We gotta scoot!” Son: “But...

In 1775 the Continental Congress allocated a time for prayer in forming a new nation. Over the years, there have been numerous national calls to pray. Indeed, throughout our history, there have been over 140 calls to prayer, humiliation, fasting, and thanksgiving by Presidents of the United Sates. On April 17, 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill proclaiming the National Day of Prayer into law in the United States. Amended, by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, the National Day of Prayer was set to occur each year on the first Thursday of May. The National Day of Prayer is for...

Thursday, May 3rd is the National Day of Prayer. For that reason, our second JCBC Night of Worship, which is scheduled for that evening at 7:00 p.m., will feature the theme of prayer and communion. Adam Courtney and the JCBC Worship Band will lead worshippers in powerful, soul-stirring music, as we cry out to God with the melody of our adoration and praise. In addition to lifting our voice in song, we will experience poignant times of guided prayer. Worshippers will have the opportunity to pray individually and corporately as a body of believers devoted to the love of Jesus Christ and the...

Experience the Ride of a Lifetime with God! VBS 2018 – Rolling River Rampage June 3rd – 6th Vacation Bible School is an extraordinary opportunity to minister to the children of our church and community every summer. June 3rd – 6th there will be hundreds of children coming through the doors of our church to “Experience the Ride of a Lifetime with God!” For many children this will be the first time they hear of God’s love, and for some, it will change their lives forever! We hope that God will use this experience to move children to accept Christ as they realize...

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