Category Archives: Weekly Update

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

Weekly Update from Pastor Phil

Greetings! We had a sweet gathering on Sunday as we recognized one more new baby in our number, welcomed several more new members who signed the church covenant, and partook together of the Lord’s Supper. I’m grateful for the warm spirit that the Lord granted … Continue reading

Weekly Update from Pastor Phil

Greetings! Thanks for your prayers as I was in Greece a couple of weeks ago meeting with some of our workers in that serve in nearby areas. We had a wonderful time of fellowship, amazing discussions, and joyous times of worship. I was privileged to … Continue reading

Weekly Update from Pastor Phil

Greetings! We had a joyous weekend, worshiping together on Good Friday, as Matt Sliger wonderfully expounded Psalm 22, then gathering again on Easter Sunday to consider the broad power of the resurrection of Christ. I’m thankful that the Lord refreshed us in these days. We … Continue reading