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<strong>March</strong><br />

<strong>April</strong><br />

“To Know Christ and Make Him Known!”<br />

Know<br />

Like a Good Neighbor…<strong>Pea</strong> <strong>Ridge</strong> is There!<br />

Grow <strong>March</strong>-<strong>April</strong><br />

<strong>Pea</strong> <strong>Ridge</strong> <strong>Baptist</strong> <strong>Church</strong> Serve<br />

Share<br />

The commercials for an insurance company show how they<br />

show up in a time of urgent need. They show up when<br />

there is an accident and compare themselves to others who<br />

don’t appear to make this claim. It brings to mind the need<br />

to grasp this simple concept: We are where we are on<br />

purpose. We have been planted in this location as a<br />

church for a specific reason.<br />

I recall a conversation I had with Walter Hickman, the first<br />

called pastor at <strong>Pea</strong> <strong>Ridge</strong> <strong>Baptist</strong>, when he and his wife<br />

were in Huntington for the churches 50 th anniversary<br />

celebration. He talked about the beginning of his church<br />

and the heart they had for this community. He would often<br />

go door-to-door and invite people to the church, seeking to<br />

understand their needs and help them find, at <strong>Pea</strong> <strong>Ridge</strong>,<br />

a place for them to grow in their relationship with Jesus<br />

Christ. The church was started because Christians in the<br />

city were burdened for there to be a gospel present in this<br />

community which was just beginning to boom in the early<br />

50’s. There was an urgency to reach this area with the<br />

gospel of Jesus Christ.<br />

Is there the same urgency today? Is there a heavy burden<br />

to bring the gospel to this community where we are<br />

located? Are we positioning ourselves to understand and<br />

meet the needs of those who live in the neighborhoods<br />

around the church?<br />

About a year ago, many of us were part of the My Circle<br />

training held at <strong>Pea</strong> <strong>Ridge</strong>. In this training, we learned of<br />

the importance of being intentional in looking at those<br />

people in our sphere of influence and determining how we<br />

are being a gospel presence in their lives. We were<br />

personally challenged to name at least three people, i.e.,<br />

neighbors, co-workers, friends, family, and begin to pray for<br />

them and find opportunities to share the gospel with them.<br />

This sparked a great deal of personal awareness for me<br />

personally and I began to pray about who that would be.<br />

I have tried to identify those people for me personally and<br />

stretch myself in reaching out to them.<br />

This same concept of looking at our “circle of accountability”<br />

is true for the church. Are we identifying the needs of<br />

people in the community around the church and looking for<br />

ways to be a gospel presence in their lives? A good way to<br />

think about the urgency of this issue is to ask a question:<br />

If our church were removed from the neighborhood today,<br />

would it be noticed that we were gone?<br />

Focusing on specific geography is not a new concept, in<br />

fact it is a Biblical concept. When Jesus was leaving the<br />

earth and giving his final instructions to the group of<br />

followers he said, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit<br />

has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem<br />

and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts<br />

1:8, ESV). He was saying, start where you are and work out from<br />

there. Over the past few years, we have made a more concentrated<br />

effort to reach out to our community. We have been<br />

intentional about ministry at Forrest Bluff, we have been picking<br />

children up for church on the van, and we have tried to be present<br />

with the gospel. But there is still so much to do. A recent report<br />

that gives demographic information about people in a three mile<br />

radius around the church revealed the following information:<br />

There are approximately 22,000 people who live in this 3 mile<br />

radius<br />

76% are between the ages of 22-69<br />

44% were classified as Middle American Families<br />

18% were classified as Senior Life<br />

32% were Single Mothers<br />

32% said they had no faith involvement or preference for<br />

historic Christian religious affiliations (approximately 6,600<br />

people)<br />

So the question remains and keeps us focused…do we have a<br />

burden or feel an urgency to reach any of these people with the<br />

gospel. How will we do this? I believe it begins with a burden for<br />

the lost-ness of our community. It we don’t feel an urgency to<br />

share the gospel with those who need to see it and hear it and<br />

experience it through our lives, we will do nothing about it.<br />

When are hearts and captivated by an burden for lost souls, then<br />

we will be creative and resourceful in ways to engage the lost<br />

methodologically.<br />

Let me encourage you in some ways to become spiritually aware<br />

of your community. First, take a walk or drive through your<br />

community. Notice homes and people and whatever else catches<br />

your eye. It is amazing how many times we are blinded to things<br />

in the most familiar of places (like our own neighborhoods).<br />

Second, pray for the people and situations you encounter.<br />

Ask God to reveal what you can do for them. Third, do the same<br />

for our church community (this might be the same for you).<br />

This will be a good start to developing a burden, and urgency for<br />

the lost in our communities.<br />

Like a Good Neighbor…<strong>Pea</strong> <strong>Ridge</strong> is There! May God give us<br />

eyes to see and ears to hear and hearts to perceive the needs of<br />

the lost in our community. And may we continue to strive to<br />

pursue our mission, “To Know Christ and Make Him Known” as<br />

we give every man, women and child repeated opportunities to<br />

hear, see and experience through our lives the gospel!


<strong>March</strong>-<strong>April</strong><br />

<strong>March</strong><br />

2 Lita Wright<br />

3 Quintin West<br />

Casey Napier<br />

4 Lennie Roe<br />

5 Gary Simpson<br />

6 Carl Martin<br />

7 Alex Runyon<br />

8 Madison Boyd<br />

Betty Crouch<br />

9 Juanita Collins<br />

10 George Roinestad<br />

11 Montana Whitley<br />

13 Zachary Dial<br />

Harry Estep<br />

14 Rebecca Gaunch<br />

16 Mike Myers<br />

Nikki Chapman<br />

17 Garrett Gaunch<br />

18 Stephanie Chapman<br />

Jean Davis<br />

20 Wendall & Patricia<br />

Childers<br />

21 Bryson Potter<br />

22 Kathy Smith<br />

Paige Griffith<br />

23 Ken Harman<br />

24 Cheryl Parsons<br />

Carol Porter<br />

25 Greg & Amy Mink<br />

Tricia Leonard<br />

26 Laura Mitchell<br />

27 Rebecca Farnsworth<br />

Karl Zentner<br />

28 Annie Brownfield<br />

Michelle Martin<br />

Jessica Martin<br />

29 Sarah Whitt<br />

30 Robert Blankenship<br />

<strong>Church</strong> News & Announcements<br />

<strong>April</strong><br />

2 Sara Cross<br />

Cara Cross<br />

Doug & Mary Lee Chambers<br />

3 Evie Bengtson<br />

4 Karen Carson<br />

5 Warren & Lita Wright<br />

Sheri Beneke<br />

Malinda Henderson<br />

6 Steven Newman<br />

Hannah Gaunch<br />

7 Hazel Walker<br />

8 Rick & Patricia Jordan<br />

Roger & Elizabeth Lovett<br />

9 Keaton Kaplan<br />

10 Kim Phillips<br />

11 Terry Ellis<br />

David Conn<br />

14 Lindsay Houston<br />

Sherri Ransbottom<br />

15 Shelia Justice<br />

17 Mackenzie Stratton<br />

19 Emma Chapman<br />

Nathan Sayre<br />

Jim & Karen Twohig<br />

20 Warren Wright<br />

25 Tim & Connie Forth<br />

26 Audrey Stark<br />

29 Aaron Brownfield<br />

Kevin & Kim Phillips<br />

30 Alex Ray<br />

Van Drivers Needed<br />

During Cross Crew Sunday we found out that there are<br />

some youth at the Hovah Underwood Children’s Home<br />

at Ona who would like to attend church. We need some<br />

drivers to volunteer.<br />

Please let Christina Black know if you would like to<br />

serve by driving the van. We have many children that<br />

depend on the van each week to get them to and from<br />

Sunday school.<br />

Let's work together and help people<br />

get to church to serve the Lord.<br />

Mobile Text Alerts<br />

We are using a web service called Call-Em-All to send out messages to the<br />

congregation regarding special events and changes<br />

to services, etc. We are now offering mobile text alert instead of a<br />

phone call. You can continue receiving calls or start receiving<br />

text messages.<br />

To receive the mobile text alert, please text the word "<strong>Baptist</strong>" to<br />

292929 and you will be placed on this text alert list.<br />

If you are not currently receiving a phone call and would like to be added to<br />

the list, please send you phone number to prbc@pearidgebaptist.com.<br />

Thanks for your faithful support of <strong>Pea</strong> <strong>Ridge</strong> <strong>Baptist</strong>!<br />

<br />

Where are you on our Walk To Jerusalem?<br />

Don’t forget to report your mileage to Jennifer by email<br />

getfitwithartistmom@yahoo.com or 304-208-0038.<br />

More information available in the office.<br />

Join us today! It’s not too late!<br />

<br />

Red Cross Blood Drive<br />

Saturday, <strong>April</strong> 13<br />

10:00 am –2:00 pm<br />

Volunteer to help serve, ...to give blood or ...donate food.<br />

The Red Cross needs our help.<br />

Invite a friend.<br />

“You Save The Day”<br />

<br />

<strong>2013</strong> Directory<br />

Additions, Changes & Updates<br />

Jonathan and Rebecca Porter<br />

245 Branchland Avenue<br />

Branchland, WV 25506<br />

<br />

Special Music…<br />

Kathleen (304-634-1070) and Angie (304-633-8347) are always looking for<br />

special music possibilities. If you would like to sing or play an instrument.<br />

<br />

<strong>Pea</strong> <strong>Ridge</strong> <strong>Baptist</strong><br />

<strong>2013</strong>-2014 Preschool Registration<br />

Preschool classes (2- 5 yr. olds) Classes begin late August.<br />

Call Heather Blake at<br />

304-736-5572, Ext. 3 for details.<br />

Sumer Care Registration<br />

will begin <strong>April</strong> 11.<br />

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Know<br />

Grow<br />

Serve<br />

Share<br />

New GROW Group Semester<br />

This semester each GROW Groups has chosen their own subject.<br />

There are a variety subjects and lessons. Some are listed below.<br />

Plan now to be involved in one of these GROW Groups!<br />

It is a great time to join a group. This is a worthwhile investment in<br />

getting to know other believers and in digging deeper in the word of<br />

God. Any of the groups below will welcome new comers to their circle.<br />

We encourage you to pick one and join now. If you are interested<br />

please let the office know or you can contact the group yourself.<br />

Mark and Kathleen Napier ... Sunday @ 5:30 pm<br />

“What’s So Amazing About Grace” by Phil Yancey<br />

3084 Malcolm Road, Barboursville<br />

Mark Napier 304-634-1070<br />

Lennie Roe & Barbara Bragg ...Sunday @ 6:00 pm<br />

PRBC Fellowship Hall<br />

Lennie Roe 304-634-9854<br />

Greg Creasy ...Tuesday @ 6:00 pm<br />

7 Permele Circle, Guyan Estates, Barboursville<br />

Greg Creasy 304-634-6161<br />

Kelli Estep … Wednesday @ 9:00 am<br />

4 Country Oaks, Barboursville (Ladies GROW Group)<br />

Kelli Estep 304-733-3551<br />

Greg Creasy ...Wednesday @ 6:30 pm<br />

PRBC Homebuilders Room<br />

Greg Creasy 304-634-6161<br />

Matt and Steph Chapman ... Friday @ 6:30 pm<br />

“God’s Big Picture: Tracing The Storyline Of The Bible”<br />

7 Castle Drive, Barboursville<br />

Stephanie Chapman 304-736-3813 or 304-634-1838<br />

Youth...<br />

Mark & Carla Booth ... Sr. High ... Sunday @ 5:30 pm<br />

3083 Malcolm Road, Barboursville<br />

Booths home 304-733-4682<br />

Will and Jennifer McCall ... Sr. High ... Sunday @ 6:30 pm<br />

6036½ Baker Road, Apt 3, Huntington<br />

Will McCall 304-751-5933<br />

Paul Bock & Joey Heck ... Middle... Sunday @ 6:30 pm<br />

Gaunch home, 238 Carper Lane, Barboursville<br />

Paul Bock 304-416-0232<br />

<strong>March</strong>-<strong>April</strong><br />

A Physicians Perspective on<br />

the Death of Christ.<br />

6:30 pm, Wednesday,<br />

<strong>March</strong> 6<br />

Join us for an eye-opening<br />

medical look at Christ’s<br />

crucifixion.<br />

Taught by Dr. Ron Brownfield<br />

XtáàxÜ _|Ä|xá<br />

For Easter Sunday, <strong>March</strong> 31,<br />

we will decorate our sanctuary with white lilies<br />

purchased by our congregation<br />

and dedicated ...<br />

‘in honor of ’ or<br />

‘in memory of ’<br />

Watch for the order form in next<br />

week‘s bulletin…<br />

Adult Choir Rehearsal<br />

6:30-8:00 pm<br />

Wednesdays…<br />

<strong>March</strong> 6, 13, & 20<br />

It’s not to late to join us for<br />

the Easter Cantata.<br />

For more information…<br />

Contact Angie Martin at 304-633-8347<br />

Or Kathleen Napier at 304-634-4397<br />

You are invited to join us for…<br />

Majesty of God Conference<br />

<strong>April</strong> 19-20<br />

at the Holiday Inn & Suites, Barboursville<br />

Jerry Bridges, a beloved speaker and author,<br />

will be talking on the theme:<br />

God Has Spoken: The Nature, Message, and Supremacy of the Word of God.<br />

Dr. Bridges has authored many books and devotionals, including<br />

The Pursuit of Holiness and The Discipline of Grace.<br />

Registration is $20 on or before <strong>March</strong> 20 and $30 after <strong>March</strong> 20. Conference<br />

brochures are located in church office. Additional information may be obtained<br />

on the conference website: http://majestyconference.com/ or<br />

by calling Chuck and Lisa at (304) 733-6619.<br />

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<strong>March</strong>-<strong>April</strong><br />

Camp Cowen Schedule<br />

Younger Midler (2nd-4th) June 7-9<br />

Jr. High 1 (7th-9th) June 9-15<br />

Junior 1 (5th-6th) June 16-22<br />

Jr. High 2 (7th-9th) June 23-29<br />

Mid-High (9th-11th) June 30-July 6<br />

<br />

Senior Day July 13<br />

Sr. High (10th-Grad) July 14-20<br />

Junior 2 (5th-6th) July 21-27<br />

Older Midler (3rd-4th) August 3-6<br />

This information plus registration forms and<br />

health forms are available in the church<br />

office or they can be found on the web at<br />

www.campcowen.org.<br />

Youth News<br />

<strong>March</strong> is here and the school year has nearly gone by again which means summer<br />

is almost here and it’s time to start thinking about camp again.<br />

Camp Cowen has uploaded the application for the camp as well as the <strong>2013</strong><br />

summer schedule. Please look at this, get your kids signed up to go, and let us<br />

know they are going and when, so we can work out the transportation.<br />

<strong>March</strong> 1-3<br />

Jr. High Convention @ Saint Albans<br />

<strong>March</strong> 22-24<br />

Youth Retreat @ Parchment Valley<br />

With Oakwood <strong>Baptist</strong> & First <strong>Baptist</strong> Hurricane<br />

The spring youth retreat is coming up fast and will be on <strong>March</strong> 22-24th. Rob<br />

Ely will be speaking. Torn In Two will be playing,<br />

and we will be having a great time.<br />

Cost: $45.00 on or before <strong>March</strong> 5… After <strong>March</strong> 5 cost will be $55.00<br />

Includes transportation to and from PRBC, 2 Nights housing, food.<br />

Does not include: Towels, clothes, snacks, food on the road, etc...<br />

GROW Groups every Sunday evening<br />

Bible Study & other activities every Wednesday<br />

‘Friend’ us on Facebook<br />

“PRBC Youth Group” and<br />

on the Web at www.PRBCYouth.com.<br />

What is Cross Crew Sunday?<br />

Cross Crew Sunday is specifically designed for our church to<br />

make an impact with the Gospel in our community. We always<br />

meet on Sunday for a time of worship to honor Jesus Christ and<br />

others in our community see us coming and going. Cross Crew<br />

Sunday is just moving our worship and the message of the gospel<br />

to the community!<br />

Last year we led worship in nursing homes, did some yard work, painted and<br />

other projects. We are now looking for projects for <strong>April</strong> 28. If you know any<br />

specific individuals or groups whom we can serve, please let us know.<br />

We are also looking for team leaders for many of these activities, please contact<br />

Michelle Norweck at 304-710-0628 or<br />

email at: gagirl@suddenlink.net .<br />

Next Cross Crew Sundays are <strong>April</strong> 28 and September 29.<br />

Where Can You Serve At PRBC?<br />

We are always looking for people to serve in various aspects of ministry here at PRBC.<br />

Serve<br />

Each week, many people are needed to teach our children, youth, and adults, run media equipment,<br />

make visits to individuals, hand out bulletins, drive vans, etc. Some of these are small, short-time, easy jobs.<br />

If you are not currently serving a some capacity at church, please consider volunteering at least once a month!<br />

God has given you talents to use for His glory!<br />

For more information on any aspect of service here at the church, contact Pastor Greg or Pastor Will.<br />

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Children’s Department<br />

Community Easter Egg Hunt<br />

Saturday, <strong>March</strong> 23, at 2:00 pm<br />

This event is always a huge success. We need your help.<br />

Items to donate…<br />

Candy, stuffed animals, balls of all shapes, styles & sizes,<br />

kites, coloring books, crayons, baby dolls,<br />

pre-made Easter baskets, etc.<br />

Help us continue to make this a blessed event.<br />

Vacation Bible School<br />

July 7-11<br />

Save The Date!<br />

Details will be announced soon!!<br />

6:30 pm Wednesday PRBC Kids Classes<br />

Music, games, lessons, more activities and FUN!<br />

We have taken over the Fellowship Hall!!<br />

We are so glad to see all you!<br />

Sunday School Classes<br />

We have been studying Psalms 23 and some of our students<br />

memorized it! (YEAH!) We have been learning about listening to<br />

God. God talked to Samuel when he was a little boy-God talked<br />

to Elijah when he was much older. God wants all of us to listen<br />

to Him. God also wants us to help others...to show His love to<br />

others by doing and giving.<br />

Our students recently spent one Sunday making four cuddle<br />

blankets for a local family who lost everything in a house fire.<br />

We look forward to seeing our children continue to grow in their<br />

love for Jesus as we share stories from the Bible. It is so<br />

important at this age to establish good attendance and the value<br />

of Bible study. These lessons are an important part of a young<br />

Christian’s foundation.<br />

Leigh Ann Creasy teaches the younger, K-<br />

2nd, and Connie Forth teaches the 3rd-5th.<br />

Diane Heck opens and teaches all ages.<br />

Please make an effort to have your children<br />

participate in Sunday School.<br />

Christina Black, Children’s Ministry Director<br />

304-633-2330 or cb4given@yahoo.com<br />

<strong>March</strong>-<strong>April</strong><br />

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<strong>March</strong>-<strong>April</strong><br />

Nursery, Toddler & Preschool Sunday Schedule<br />

Where Can You Serve?<br />

If you can help in any of these areas, whether as a teacher or a helper and either occasionally<br />

or regularly, please contact Elizabeth Lovett at 304-840-6276.<br />

8:45 am 10:00 am 11:00 am<br />

<strong>March</strong> 3 Janet Roe & Paula Bowen Paula Bowen Gerri Hall<br />

<strong>March</strong> 10 Paula Bowen & Megan Leonard Julie & Caitlin Long Julia & Caitlin Long<br />

<strong>March</strong> 17 Debbie & Rick Abel Lynne Hudson Lynne Hudson & Alex Runyon<br />

<strong>March</strong> 24 Janet Roe & Jennifer McCall Patricia Jordan Stephanie Chapman/ Kelli Estep<br />

<strong>March</strong> 31 ____________________ ___________________ ___________________<br />

<strong>April</strong> 7 Janet Roe & Paula Bowen Paula Bowen Gerri Hall<br />

<strong>April</strong> 14 Paula Bowen & Megan Leonard Julie & Caitlin Long Julia & Caitlin Long<br />

<strong>April</strong> 21 Debbie & Rick Abel Lynne Hudson Lynne Hudson & Alex Runyon<br />

<strong>April</strong> 28 Janet Roe & Jennifer McCall Patricia Jordan Stephanie Chapman/ Kelli Estep<br />

8:45 am 10:00 am 11:00 am<br />

<strong>March</strong> 3 Elizabeth Lovett _____________________ Jessica Martin<br />

<strong>March</strong> 10 _____________________ _____________________ Becky Porter/ Erin Dial<br />

<strong>March</strong> 17 _____________________ _____________________ Elizabeth Lovett<br />

<strong>March</strong> 24 _____________________ Sue Bock Julie Armstead<br />

<strong>March</strong> 31 _____________________ _____________________ _____________________<br />

<strong>April</strong> 7 Elizabeth Lovett _____________________ Jessica Martin<br />

<strong>April</strong> 14 ____________________ _____________________ Becky Porter/ Erin Dial<br />

<strong>April</strong> 21 _____________________ _____________________ Elizabeth Lovett<br />

<strong>April</strong> 31 _____________________ Sue Bock Julie Armstead<br />

8:45 am 10:00 am 11:00 am<br />

<strong>March</strong> 3 Sherri & Ella Ransbottom Elizabeth Lovett/Michelle Norweck Karen Simon/Cathy Hensley<br />

<strong>March</strong> 10 Nikki Chapman Elizabeth Lovett/Michelle Norweck Elizabeth Lovett<br />

<strong>March</strong> 17 Trish Leonard Amy Mink/Michelle Norweck Kim Warnock<br />

<strong>March</strong> 24 _____________________ Amy Mink/Michelle Norweck Michelle Martin<br />

<strong>March</strong> 31 _____________________ _____________________ _____________________<br />

<strong>April</strong> 7 Sherri & Ella Ransbottom Elizabeth Lovett/Michelle Norweck Karen Simon/Cathy Hensley<br />

<strong>April</strong> 14 Nikki Chapman Elizabeth Lovett/Michelle Norweck Elizabeth Lovett<br />

<strong>April</strong> 21 Trish Leonard Amy Mink/Michelle Norweck Kim Warnock<br />

<strong>April</strong> 28 _____________________ Amy Mink/Michelle Norweck Michelle Martin<br />

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<strong>March</strong>-<strong>April</strong><br />

Our children in Sunday school memorized this<br />

wonderful chapter as written below. Did you<br />

ever memorize the 23rd Psalm?<br />

Psalm 23<br />

A psalm of David<br />

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.<br />

He makes me lie down in green pastures,<br />

He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores<br />

my soul. He guides me in paths of<br />

righteousness for His name’s sake.<br />

Even though I walk through the valley<br />

of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,<br />

for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff,<br />

they comfort me.<br />

You prepare a table before me in the presence<br />

of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil;<br />

my cup overflows.<br />

Surely goodness and love will follow me<br />

all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the<br />

house of the Lord forever.<br />

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