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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.

News - October 24

Dear Immanuel family,

Starting tonight at 7:00 pm, Dr. Jason Ormiston, will begin his 4 part series as our keynote speaker for the Reaching Richmond Missions Conference.  We trust you will plan to be there as Dr. Ormiston shares from the Word and his experiences as an urban church planting pastor.

Hopefully you agree that last Sunday was a “slam dunk” for the kick-off of our conference.  What challenging messages we heard from Cam, David, Sherry and the Missionary Panel! This weekend will be no exception.

As we prepare for this weekend, I must admit that the quote in last week’s Churchwide, “When the church fails to act in concert with God’s prescribed agenda, then God often chooses to postpone His active involvement until His people are prepared to respond” (Tony Evans) has haunted me all week.  The natural question to ask is, “Are we as a church failing to be God’s children or doing things that prevent God from pouring out His blessings on our church?

Certainly God is disappointed when we choose our agenda over His, but we must not forget that the Lord loves you and me with a love that will not end.  We will be surprised at what He will tell us IF we take the time to listen.  Let him speak to you. If we stop to listen, we will hear Him say, “My beloved daughter,” “My beloved son,” “My beloved child.”  Our ability to minister to others is anchored in our understanding of how much we are loved and cared for by the Lord.

We are likely to hear many voices of advice that say - get a good education, work hard and make a name for yourself, or find a job that has meaning - and then you will have success.Let’s remember that one of the main factors in us being the church follows “God’s prescribed agenda”, depends on each of us spending time hearing God’s voice.



Reaching Out

In the early 1980’s, Operation Mobilization sponsored a special mission conference in Richmond focusing on then the inaccessible China.  In one of the evening sessions, the conference fervently prayed that the Lord will open the door to China once again. That door has certainly been opened.  In 2001, I had the privilege of visiting one of our own missionary in China.

Recently, Dr. Pat Cate, one of our own missionary, reminded us that the world is now at our door step.  The world, including China, has poured into cities all across the United States.  Here in Richmond, there are a substantial number of Chinese students and scholars at VCU.  We can now all be missionaries to the most populous country in the world without stepping onto an airplane.

Many of these students and scholars will return to China when they finish their studies.  What is interesting is that some of these students/students can one day be missionaries to their own people themselves.  Here is a fascinating example how the Lord used a small act of kindness and turned it into a huge evangelistic opportunity.

The following was taken from the September 29, 2014 FB posting of China Outreach Ministries.


"In 2010, we reached out to a visiting scholar… as we did towards many visiting scholars from China. We provided an airport pick-up, temporary housing, used furniture, and trips to interesting places. He also enjoyed our weekly friendship dinners and Bible studies. Several months later [this visiting scholar] returned to China without accepting Jesus. However, he was deeply impressed by what we did for him. Eventually [the visiting scholar] became the department head of a famous university in China. A brother from our outreach team went to China to visit and was invited by [the scholar] to give a seminar on 'Science and Faith' that turned out to be an 'official' evangelism meeting with thousands of college students. Can you imagine? This happened behind the communist iron curtain? We made a hole in it!"



Nov 2014 Calendar

The November 2014 Calendar of opportunities to know, grow, serve and share is available at http://www.immanuelbaptist.org/images/documents/IBCNov2014.pdf.


Men's Group-Oct 22-Right In The Eye-Good at Looking

Greetings Men – When I was a teenager growing up in the 1960’s – remember the Beatles, hippies, flower children, cheap gas, etc. – I was fascinated by the hippie movement. A big part of being a hippie was to be different from everyone in the “military-industrial complex”. But all the hippies, while desiring to be different, all looked, acted, and yes, smelled the same. (I never figured out why bathing was considered a bad thing). While this was considered to be “counter cultural”, it was in fact a culture within itself. The Volkswagen Van was the “official” car of hippie-ites, singing incomprehensible songs (Puff The Magic Dragon) was mandatory, and frequently, strange substances were ignited and inhaled just for fun. Moreover, most were usually supported by their parents who worked hard in the same “military-industrial complex” they so shunned. Now my no-nonsense Dad would have no part of this foolishness. In fact, he insisted rather strongly that I go to college and get a job in the “military-industrial complex” so he would not have to support me the rest of my life!! But I was still most perplexed by those who wanted to be different, being exactly like everyone else in their peer group. Go figure!

Today, there are still many, many opportunities and challenges to become part of our “culture”. It is increasingly difficult to not be “conformed” or “blended in” with our surroundings. I was reminded of this recently while helping tutor one of my Grandsons in Physical Science. We took two useful things – pure fresh drinking water, and salt – the kind that goes on potato chips and pretzels and corn on the cob. We were studying how things come together and form a solution. We took a fresh glass of water and added a tablespoon of salt and stirred the mixture to form a “solute”. Now both the water and salt are good things in their own rights. But when blended together, the “solute” became neither drinkable as water or useable as a seasoning for potato chips. Good and useful things, can be rendered un-useful, if they become blended with their surroundings. Think about it!

This week, Andy will challenge us with the question “Who do you want to follow, imitate, be like, blend with?” The answer is more pervasive that it initially appears. Don’t miss this exciting next session in our series!


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Special Events Calendar

Family Banquet
Sat 10/25 (5:00 pm)
Missions Combined Sunday School
Sun 10/26 (9:30 am)
Fall Festival
Wed 10/29 (6:30 pm)
Sunday Morning Communion Service
Sun 11/02 (10:45 am)
Flowers Report Evening Service
Sun 11/02 (6:30 pm)
SOMA Sunday Evening Service
Sun 11/09 (6:30 pm)
Operation Christmas Child
Wed 11/12 (7:00 pm)
Missionary Report
Sun 11/16 (6:30 pm)
Labor of Love
Sat 11/22 (All Day)
Missionary Report
Sun 11/23 (6:30 pm)
Thanksgiving Service
Thu 11/27 (10:00 am)
God’s Not Dead Film
Sun 11/30 (6:30 pm)
Christmas Concert Morning Service
Sun 12/14 (10:45 am)
Carols, Cookies & Cocoa
Sun 12/14 (6:30 pm)
Churchwide Christmas Caroling
Wed 12/17 (7:00 pm)
Christmas Eve Service
Wed 12/24 (7:00 pm)
SOMA Sunday Evening Service
Sun 12/28 (6:30 pm)
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