Week of September 12, 2004
Immanuel’s Goal:  $1,000.00

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.  Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
Colossians 4:2-6

(Janie Chapman Offering Envelope
inside this ImmanueLight.)

               As summer is slowly coming to an end and school has once again begun, I look back on the many blessings the Lord has given me over these past few months.   When I began this job back in May, I had no clue what the Lord had in store for me.  But as always, He has been faithful to show me the way.  The Lord began to show me His will for the children and the youth group and what He desired for me to do.  Every trip and adventure has become an engraved memory that will forever bring me joy when I reflect on them.   This is not to say that every trip went as smoothly as I had hoped. . .
                My first out of town trip with the youth was one that will forever be a learning experience for me.  I had planned to take the youth to the beach for the day to enjoy some surf, sun, and relaxation.  Our trip down to the beach went just as planned.  We arrived into town with no problems.  But that soon all changed. We stopped at a McDonalds to get some lunch.  As the youth began to pile back into the van, I realized that the van didn’t want to crank.  Not wanting to panic, I informed the other chaperones of the situation in my normal dramatic ways.  After about an hour of sitting in a hot van, it finally cranked.  However, as soon as the van started back up, it began raining—but not just a little rain. It looked like a monsoon had hit the beach.  Not knowing exactly what to do, we continued on our journey to the beach hoping that somehow it wouldn’t be raining half a mile down the road.  But of course it was!  So here I was with two vanloads full of youth who have been stuck at a McDonalds for an hour and now it’s pouring rain at the beach.  As we arrived at the Garden City Chapel where my brother worked, my brother informed me that this is the first day it had rained at the beach all summer.  Of course that would be the day I decided to bring the youth to the beach!  I later found the humor in this trip.  But since it wasn’t lightning, the kids grabbed their surfboards, towels, beach balls, and ran to the beach with the biggest smiles on their faces.  Although it continued to rain for the next hour, the youth never let a broken down van or heavy rain stop them from having a good time. 
              As I reflect back on this trip, I see how the Lord has taught me so much from that day I spent at the beach.  Although this job is one with rain showers, and broken down vans, it’s the youth and children who make this job what it is.  It’s their unbroken spirit that makes this job so rewarding.  It’s their random hugs, grateful smiles, and loving hearts that I find so much encouragement from.  The Lord showed me that it’s ok if not everything goes as planned; it’s ok if plans fall apart at the last minute.  The important thing is not those details.  The children and the youth are what is important.  So the next time you are sitting in church, I encourage you to look around at the smiles and laughs that the children and youth express. I know that life can sometimes seem so overwhelming with our rainfalls but find time to look around at the smiling faces of our future here at Immanuel.  And remember that although life is full of stressful times, it’s the little things in life that are important. 
                                                In Christ’s Love, Emily Gamble

A Heart to Build:
Mrs. Gertrude Causey m.o. Charles Phillip Marshall and  Beth Marshall
Mrs. Odessa Blackmon m.o. Ted, Tammy, and Jimmy Blackmon
Miss Dora Childers h.o. Mr. and Mrs. Billy Martin
Unified Budget:
Mr. and Mrs. Parks Newsome m.o. Mr. Earl Cutler
Revival Offering:
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Collins h.o. Ruth and Wallace Arrington’s  60th Wedding Anniversary



Wednesday, September 15:
Tossed Salad, Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Garlic Bread
Spice Cake (Sugar Free Dessert Available), Beverage

Wednesday, September 22:
Pear Salad, Roast Beef with Rice and Gravy,
Green Butter Beans, Bread
Banana Pudding (Sugar Free Dessert Available), Beverage
Reservations must be made by noon Monday.

Cost:  $5.00 per adult and youth, $2.00 per child.



              How important is it that you register to vote?  You must be registered by October 2 to vote in the November Election.  How important is it that Christians vote?  Jesus said we are to be salt and light in our culture (Matthew 5:13-16).  Jesus expects us to participate in our government (Matthew 22:21).
              Should the local church be involved in voter registration?  The Devil will be involved and do all he can to elect individuals who will destroy our society.  If Christians will register and vote, we can have a positive impact.
              Is it legal for the church to do this?  Yes!  We are not endorsing a political candidate, but rather encouraging people to register and vote.
             Young people:  If you are 18 years old, you may register to vote.  It is your right and privilege to do so.
            For your convenience, a voter registration table will be set up in the Welcome Center on Sunday, September 19.


Sunday, September 12
9:30 a.m.:  Sunday School
10:45 a.m.:  Morning Worship Service
10:45 a.m.:  “The Harbor” Children’s Church
12:00 noon:  Appreciation Luncheon for
Sunday School Workers
4:15 p.m.:  “Breaking Free” Bible Study
5:00 p.m.:  “Joy Seekers” Planning Meeting
5:00 p.m.:  Children’s Choir Enrollment Party
6:00 p.m.:  Evening Worship Service
7:00 p.m.:  Youth Fellowship

Tuesday, September 14
6:00 p.m.:  Deacons Meeting
7:00 p.m.:  Youth to “See You at the Pole Rally”,
First Baptist Church, Florence

Wednesday, September 15
7:00 a.m.: Youth to participate in “See You at the Pole”
at area schools. This is a time for special prayer around the school flag pole to lift up teachers, students, and faculty.

Wednesday, September 15, 22
5:30 p.m.:  Wednesday Night Supper
6:15 p.m.:  Prayer Meeting
6:15 p.m.  Mission Friends, GAs, RAs, Youth Bible Study
7:15 p.m.: Adult Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, September 16, 23
10:00 a.m.:  “Experiencing God” Bible Study

Friday, September 17
6:00 p.m.:  “Joy Seekers” Dinner in Moody Hall
(See Harold or Betty Fields for tickets)

Sunday, September 19
9:30 a.m.:  Sunday School
10:45 a.m.:  Morning Worship Service
10:45 a.m.:  “The Harbor” Children’s Church
4:15 a.m.:  “Breaking Free” Bible Study
6:00 p.m.:  Evening Worship Service
7:00 p.m.:  Youth Fellowship


               Christian sympathy is extended to Edwin and Lynn Fountain and their daughters, Ashlyn and Alyssa, and to Josh Fountain upon the death of Edwin and Josh’s mother, Mrs. Judy Fountain.


 The following will be serving on Sunday, September 12:
AM Service (Babies):  Betty Stoupenos, Ruth Southerland
AM Service (Toddlers:  Herby and Lisa Russ
PM Service:  Jan DeTemple and Sarah Dillenbeck
 The following will be serving on Sunday, September 19:
AM Service (Babies):  Christine Cash, Cecelia Burbage
AM Service (Toddlers):  Brenda and Michelle Wilkes
PM Service:  Kathy Ward and Ali Stubbs

(AGES 6-11)
Sunday, September 12
5:00 p.m.
Moody Fellowship Hall

September 25, 2004, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

               Dawn Smith Jordan, former Miss South Carolina and first runner up in the Miss America pageant, will be guest speaker at South Florence Baptist Church on Saturday, September 25, 2004, for the Joy Explosion for Ladies sponsored by the Associational WMU.  Seating is limited, so please make your reservations now.  The cost for the event will be $5.00 per person which includes lunch.  For more information call the Associational Office at 662-5921.

09 - Virginia Allen
10 - Bobbie Jean May
12 - Brian VanMarel
13 - Lee McLellan
15 - Richard Binkley
16 - Sankey Moody
19 - Joseph Hatchell
20 - Julie S. Danner
21 - Rosey Rogers, Lori Clark
23 - Neil Graham, Sr.
24 - Dottie Lane, Willie Hugh Edgerton, Roberta Thornton
25 - Lindsey Thompson, Angela Pierce
26 – Odessa Blackmon, Chris Dew
27 – Ilene Richards

“Take my life, lead me, Lord,
Make my life useful to Thee.” 
                                                      - Rawls