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Notes from your Director of Christian Ministries

Kid’s Own Worship and Faith Discovery Centers for May

Parents and Guardians – You are invited visit your child’s classroom during Kid’s Own Worship or Faith Discovery
Centers at any time – our wonderful teachers would love for you to come and experience the joy of learning about Jesus
with your child. You might even find that God is calling you to serve in our Children’s Ministry!

Week Bible Memory Verse Bible Point

Story/Scripture (all are NIrV unless otherwise noted)
June 5 Elisha Helps a He stands up for widows and for children whose God Cares For
Widow and Her fathers have died. He loves outsiders. He gives People In Need
Sons them food and clothes.
2 Kings 4:1-7 Deuteronomy 10:18
June 12 God Heals So don't be proud. Put yourselves under God's God Works in
Naaman’s mighty hand. Then he will honor you at the right Unexpected Ways
Leprosy time.
2 Kings 5:1-16 1 Peter 5:6
June 19 Jonah Learns a The ways of the Lord are right. People who are God’s Ways Are
Lesson right with God live the way he wants them to. Best
Jonah 1:1-3:10 But those who refuse to obey him trip and
Hosea 14:9b
June 26 Jonah Complains The Lord is not slow to keep his promise. He is God Loves People
About God’s not slow in the way some people understand it. Who Don’t Know
Compassion He is patient with you. He doesn't want anyone Him
Jonah 3:10–4:11 to be destroyed. Instead, he wants all people to
turn away from their sins.
2 Peter 3:9
July 3 God Calls Isaiah Come, let us bow down and worship him. We Can Know
Let us fall on our knees in front of the Lord God
our Maker.
Psalm 95:6

Bible Studies

New Sunday School Class – Sessions with Scripture

This class is open to all adults. Initially the class will study the book of Galatians, using the book
Sessions with Galatians. The class will study a book of the Bible for approximately 10 weeks and then
begin a new session with a new book from scripture. The class meets in room 214.

Study of the Gospel of Matthew Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm.

You are welcome to join in at any time – Each week we view a video dramatization of the NIV translation of
a chapter of Matthew and then discuss the scripture presented.

Men’s Bible Study Sunday evenings at 6:00 pm.

Gather with other men to study and discuss scripture together. For information, contact Frank Halbauer.
Christ Jesus and pay the price for us, which was
Christ’s death on the cross.
DEACON BEACON Happy Father’s Day! Jan


I really enjoyed, and thank God for,

With Father’s Day coming this month, it’s the opportunity to lead a combined Bible
important that we remind ourselves that God is the Study on May 18th in the Sanctuary. It
model of the perfect father—a loving one. was fun for the adults and youth as we
all learned a little bit about our own
While Christ died for you and me, it is also personal definition of love.
true that He died for the Father. When Jesus died
on the cross, He died to meet the holy and just We are ramping up on our camp
requirements of the basic nature of God by preparations beginning in June with camp
providing the solution to the problem of focused Wednesday night teachings.
humanity’s sin. During this time, the chaperones who will
be at Passport camp with the youth will
Josh McDowell tells of an incident that
be leading 4 consecutive Wednesday
happened years ago that illustrates this. A young
nights with a focus on the Scripture and
woman was picked up for speeding. She was
guidelines for camp. It is important for
ticketed and taken before the judge. The judge read
the youth to be attentive during this time
off the citation and asked, “Guilty or not guilty?”
because we also have an annual event
The woman replied “Guilty.” The judge brought
called “Camp Jeopardy” where all of the
down the gavel and fined her $100 or ten days.
Scripture, lessons, and guidelines are
covered in a Jeopardy game show format.
Then an amazing thing took place. The
judge stood up, took off his robe, left the bench and The winning team is recognized annually
walked down to where the woman was, took out his with a plaque that has each team
billfold, and paid the fine. What’s the explanation of members’ name and is hung in The Hut.
this? The judge was her father. He loved his
daughter, yet he was a just judge. His daughter had As the time for camp draws close I
broken the law and he couldn’t simply say to her, ask that each of us be purposeful about
“Because I love you so much, I forgive you. praying, not just for Momentum, but all of
You may leave.” If he had done that, he wouldn’t the youth that they may experience
have been a righteous Judge. He wouldn’t have Jesus like never before and choose to
upheld the law. But he loved his daughter so much dedicate or rededicate their lives to
that he was willing to come down and represent her serving Him.
as her father and pay the fine.
Your Humble Servant In Christ, Brian
To some degree, this is what God did for us Barnes
through Jesus Christ. We sinned. The Bible says,
“The wages of sin is death (Roman 3:23).” No Mark Your Calendar for the following events
matter how much He loved us, God had to bring from the Rec Committee:
down the gavel and say ‘death’, because He is a June 11 Family day at the beach Azalea Style
righteous and just God. And yet, being a loving From 1:00 to 3:00 PM
God, He loved us so much that He was willing to Come expecting to have fun for the whole family.
come down off the throne in the form of the man Hot Dogs will be provided, please bring side dishes

You will need a lawn chair and/or blanket and towel
and expect to get WET. MAY -- LADIES TEA – 35 ladies and 2 young ladies
attend the tea this year. Some wore hats and others
We need to borrow the following: came without hats, and some were young and some of
Small kiddie pools, bags of sand, slip us were more in the golden age. Ella and Elizabeth
and slide, tents for shade. entertained us with a description of a woman and it’s
in the Bible. We had a lot of fun talking to each other
Also mark your calendar now for: and of course drinking tea and eating the goodies. We
plan to repeat this event each year, so be sure to
July 2 from 11:00 to 4:00 pm to watch and listen for The Ladies Tea Party 2012 date
celebrate and time.
Independence Day
here at Azalea.
To all you good cooks in Azalea, share your good
July 22 Movie Night on the cooking with others! Send your favorite recipes to be
grounds of Azalea included in the VIRGINIA BAPTIST COOKBOOK.
You can send as many as you like. Contact Audrey
for more information

ON MISSION FOR CHRIST: JUNE – 27th thru July 1 - World Changers will be
here working on qualifying houses. Volunteers will be
needed to prepare and serve lunch at the work site.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of Pray about your involvement and say yes when
witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin asked.
that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the
race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the There is still time to purchase food items for 31
author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before
him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at
homeless children attending Little Creek Elementary
the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV) School. Items requested can be found on the Missions
bulletin board. This ministry will cease when school
AZALEA ON MISSION is out for the summer. Pray for these children and
their parents and this difficult time in their lives.
 Non-perishable food items for the food pantry
Gifts to the Easter Offering for  Transportation for Doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping
Association and Virginia Missions and other needs are being met
will be received during April and  Baskets of Love are being distributed
 Busy hands are crocheting/knitting prayer shawls
May. Our church-wide goal is $4500.00 – with  Sponsoring a child through the Door of Hope in S. Africa
60% of the total gifts forwarded to the VBMB  Collecting funds for Operation Smile
for the Alma Hunt Offering for Virginia Missions  Donating through a Diaper Bag Ministry to assist work in
and 40% forwarded to NABA to fund MISSION Appalachia
IMPACT 2011.  Our Youth are sponsoring a child in Africa
 Transforming Churches; Transformational COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY
Leadership Conferences (Jerusalem) BOOK SHARE MINISTRY
 Transforming Hampton Roads; Transformational Jesus said, “When you have ministered to the least of
Leadership Conferences (Judea) these, you have ministered unto me.” (Paraphrased
 Partnering Domestically; Cross Cultural ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ministries (Samaria) FROM THE GEMS
 Partnering Internationally; Child Head-of-
Household Ministry (Ends of the Earth)
Gems are busy covering shoes boxes to be filled
during July. It’s not too early to start buying
Easter Offering Mission gifts to date total $4000.00 items to fill the shoe boxes that will be distributed
to local children in shelters at Christmas.

The following items are still being collected.
Please leave them in the Mission Boxes. Dr. Litchfield’s first Sunday at Azalea
will be on June 19.
Men’s gloves
Sweat pants of all sizes for men and women from
There will be a small reception of cake and ice tea
children’s through adult sizes
following the 11:00 worship service.
Sample size toothpaste,
Wash cloths, hand towels --------------------------------------------------
Flat sheets – full size or larger ------------
Large Zip Lock bags
Empty shoe boxes
Empty and clean bottles that Mrs. Buttersworth Pot Luck Reception for Ken Ainsley
syrup and bear bottles that honey comes in June 26 following the worship service

CIRCLE NEWS: A reception will be held on

Sunday, June 26 in honor of
Barbara Deal and Ruth Circles will Ken’s retirement. Ken has
resume regular monthly meetings in served Azalea Baptist Church
September. for 20 years on July 1.

Gems and Faith Walkers will continue We appreciate every thing that Ken has done
meeting during the summer months. for Azalea and look forward to honoring him with a
PLEASE MARK YOUR covered dish luncheon following the worship
A basket will be provided for you to send
DATES cards and messages.
VBS AUGUST 1 to 5, 2011
Church Wide Barbecue
Everyone Welcome! June 12 There will be a final VBS
meeting on Sunday, July 10. This
The Corinthian Masonic Lodge #266 will be following the 11:00
and Atlantic Masonic Lodge #2 worship service, with lunch provided.
will provide a lunch of a barbecue We will be concentrating on the VBS scenery
sandwich, plus chips and dessert
and decorations at that time. Please call the church
to everyone following the 11:00
Service on June 12 office or let Lynne know if you plan to attend.
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Graduate Recognition Sunday
Are you feeling confused, alone or unsure about the
June 12 during the 11:00 AM future of Azalea Baptist? Don’t feel alone; you have
Worship Service. a lot of company.

Please call the church office by Wed., June 8, with I truly believe that God has some amazing plans for
the names of any Azalea member graduating from Azalea Baptist. It is up to us to discern what His
high school, college or graduate school this year.
plans are. If we will be still and listen His plans will
To share in your celebration we would be happy to be made known to us.
list in the bulletin any family member not attending
Azalea who is graduating this year. I do not know about you, but I am feeling both
-------------------------------------------------- excited and uncertain about what is to come. Will
------------ you pray with me and for me? Will you work
together with me to learn God’s will in both our
Reception to Welcome Dr. Litchfield personal and spiritual life, and also in the life of
following the service on June 19
our church family? If we all work together to seek
God’s will, rather than focusing on our own
wishes and desires, wonderful things will once
again happen at Azalea Baptist and we will be a
beacon on the corner of East Little Creek Road
and Camellia Drive lighting the way to the
Father and His Son.



It is with regret that the church

the resignation of Rev. Carol Seeley
as our Director of Christian
Education. Azalea Baptist Church
offers sincere thanks for the
leadership of
Rev. Seeley these past 18 months.
A motion was made and approved to
Brian Barnes for a part time position
as Summer Interim Minister to Youth
and Families effective June 1
through August 31, 2011. We thank
Brian for all the work he has done
with the youth and welcome him to
the staff of Azalea Baptist Church.