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Sunday School 9:30 AM
Morning Worship 10:45 AM
Evening Worship 6:30 PM
Bible Studies 7:00 PM
Kids Clubs 7:00 PM


We are so glad that you have taken time out from your busy schedule to visit the Immanuel Baptist website.   We trust you will get a glimpse of what a church should really be like - a place where real people join together to find answers to life's issues and struggles.   As we study God's word and worship together we join in the process of understanding the depth of the unconditional love of God as revealed through his Son Jesus Christ.

Whether you are single, have a young family, are guiding teenagers, just became empty nesters, or are in your golden years, there is a place for you.   In all that we do at Immanuel we strive to be:

Building a Caring Community of Christ-Like Disciples for the Glory of God by Knowing, Growing, Serving, and Sharing Christ

Jesus said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." ( John 14:6)   In a world where there appears to be no absolutes, we want to be a church that calls people to a fervent relationship with Jesus Christ.   He is our rock and salvation.   As we get to know Him better and obey his teachings we will be able to glorify God and live victorious lives.   Please come join us.

September 2014 Calendar

The September 2014 Calendar of opportunities to know, grow, serve and share is available at http://www.immanuelbaptist.org/images/documents/IBCSep2014.pdf.


News - August 22

A few weeks ago on Sunday morning I shared practical ways Christians show grace. Christians, let’s be generous with grace. But this creates a problem. Let me explain. Many of us feel left in a lurch because we are tapped out of resources from which to be generous. You may be out of time, money, or energy. So how do we grow more generous, more gracious? Even those of us low on resources are loquacious enough to be generous with words.

Use words to show grace. If you have time to complain, you have time to affirm. If a job requires you to grade, correct, or evaluate others, give equal attention to encouraging. If you have time to tweet or post, do it to praise, thank, and honor.

Sam Crabtree wrote a book about practicing affirmation. You can purchase the Kindle edition HERE. Crabtree describes it, “Affirmation is like an invigorating sudsy shower after a long day of manual labor. It’s like a cool rain after a long, hot dry spell. It delivers a combination of relief, respite, hope, optimism, satisfaction, and energy. It’s life-giving. It blesses” (p. 40). In chapter nine, Crabtree offers 100 affirmation ideas for those who feel stuck. Here’s a top ten:

1.     Tell your spouse, “I chose you, and I still do.”

2.     Loan something of value (book, tool, car, etc.). Take the risk to show you value someone’s trustworthiness.

3.     Quote someone positively in their presence.

4.     Ask for advice. Act on it, and tell the advice giver how it turned out.

5.     Write a Bible verse like Hebrews 12:1 on a notecard. Send it to someone, adding, “I think you do better at this than I do.”

6.     When a person changes your mind, commend them for their persuasiveness.

7.     Before a meeting begins commend someone present for a random, positive quality.

8.     Write a hand-written note of praise to a child. Add stickers.

9.     Say, “I thank God for you…” and fill in a reason.

10.  Literally applaud when someone blesses you.

Let’s affirm!

- Pastor Michael Wilburn


Brazil Team

Please pray for David, Paul, Joy, Michael, Kristin and Matt as they travel to Sao Paulo in August to work with missionary Thomas Smoak and local pastor Dalvino on a church construction and community outreach project. If you would like to give to the financial expense of this missions trip, please designate your gift to the “Brazil Team.” Thank you for your support. We look forward to hearing the team’s report to the church on October 5.


Welcome Michael Wilburn As Senior Pastor

Immanuel Baptist Church Prepares To Welcome Michael Wilburn As Senior Pastor

Michael Lee Wilburn will officially join the staff of Immanuel Baptist Church as Senior Pastor on August 1, 2014. Michael faithfully served for the previous 12 years as the lead pastor of a church in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where he led and nurtured a growing congregation.

As Senior Pastor, Michael will oversee all aspects of Immanuel’s ministries and serve as the primary preaching pastor. Michael’s passion for wholeheartedly worshipping and serving the Lord is evident throughout his ministry. He is committed to a literal, historical, grammatical and contextual approach to interpretation of scripture and is committed to the expository preaching of the Word of God. Michael and his wife, Sarah, have two children, Chloe and Titus.

In addition to his passion for the ministry, Michael is an avid reader and loves to learn. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Beach Theological Seminary in 2007. He also holds a Master of Theology degree in systematic theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in organizational leadership from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

We are grateful to the Lord for bringing Pastor Michael and his family to us and look forward expectantly to what God will do in and through the body of Christ here at Immanuel Baptist Church.


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Special Events Calendar

Children's Promotion Sunday
Sun 09/07 (9:30 am)
Sunday Morning Communion Service
Sun 09/07 (10:45 am)
Word of Life Clubs Begin
Wed 09/10 (7:00 pm)
SOMA Sunday Evening Service
Sun 09/14 (6:30 pm)
MOPS Kickoff
Mon 09/15 (9:30 am)
Worldview Sunday Session 2
Sun 09/21 (10:45 am)
Worldview Sunday Session 3
Sun 09/21 (6:30 pm)
SOMA Sunday Evening Service
Sun 10/12 (6:30 pm)
Missions Conference
Fri 10/24 (7:00 pm)
Young Adult Harvest Festival
Wed 10/29 (7:00 pm)
Sunday Morning Communion Service
Sun 11/02 (10:45 am)
SOMA Sunday Evening Service
Sun 11/09 (6:30 pm)
Operation Christmas Child
Wed 11/12 (7:00 pm)
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