Weekly Update from Pastor Phil

Greetings! Sunday’s commissioning service for Mitch and Sara Kimbrell, as they head to New England to prepare for church planting at NETS in Williston, VT, began with Mitch sharing an insightful word of testimony about how New England has grown on their hearts. He was … Continue reading

Weekly Update from Pastor Phil

Good afternoon! It’s hard to believe that the kids are starting back to school this week and next! Buses rumble, traffic snarls, and sleepy eyes bail out of bed and off to school. Let’s pray for these kids as they not only seek to learn … Continue reading

Weekly Update from Pastor Phil

Greetings! We were so encouraged on Sunday as Joey, one of our workers in Central Asia, talked to us at the beginning of the service about work with his particular unreached people group. The progress being made, so that there are two small groups of … Continue reading

Weekly Update from Pastor Phil

Greetings! We finished up VBS at South Woods on Friday evening. I’m grateful for Chris and Jessica Wilbanks for their leadership in preparation for VBS and for each day’s unfolding of every detail. They had a remarkable team working with them who loved the kids, … Continue reading

Weekly Update from Pastor Phil

Greetings! Signs of Vacation Bible School starting this Wednesday through Friday, 6:00–8:30 p.m. are starting to emerge around the church building. I walk past Chris’ office door and see what almost looks like a Hobbit hole entrance. I’m not sure what it is but I … Continue reading

Weekly Update from Pastor Phil

Greetings! I’m so encouraged by the way that the congregation has responded to the series that Matt Sliger and I are doing in 1 John. There’s an intensity in listening to the Word expounded that I sense while preaching. We’ve worshiped during the opening of … Continue reading

Weekly Update from Pastor Phil

Greetings! I hope that those of you in the US had a wonderful 4th of July holiday. We had an enjoyable day at our home. We’re grateful that we have reason to celebrate the many mercies shown to our nation. While many in our congregation … Continue reading

Weekly Update from Pastor Phil

Greetings! It’s good to be back home after a week out for vacation. We enjoyed getting to see and visit with all of our kids and grandkids while meeting up on the Florida coast. Yes, we enjoyed lots of delicious seafood! Tomorrow night will be … Continue reading

Weekly Update from Pastor Phil

Greetings! I’m grateful for the joyous service that we had on Sunday culminated with Bella Fortner’s baptism. How encouraging to hear her testimony, particularly of the way that her parents and two of her peers spoke the gospel into her life. Tomorrow night Mitch Kimbrell … Continue reading

Weekly Update from Pastor Phil

Greetings! We were thankful on Sunday to join in recognizing three graduates this year. Jessi Bullis graduated from California Baptist University (B.A.), Andy Fortner graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Matt Sliger graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ph.D.). We know that … Continue reading