Midweek Message 04/27/2023


Hello and welcome to Midweek Message #154-your go-to for all things OVCF! Well, not quite but almost. ☺ Thanks for letting me into your life and for taking the time to read this issue.  I hope your week is going well so far and the rest of the week will be even better.

Please pray for Annette Brown this week. Annette is the S-OCS Treasurer. Knowing my lack of “numbers smarts,” I’m glad for someone like Annette taking care of the books for the school system.

Congratulations to Travis Floyd and Sierra Willis. They were married this past Saturday at LaCampagne by yours truly. They have known each other since high school. Travis is a music major at IU with a goal to teach music in high school. Sierra just recently started working at Community Natural Gas Co. in the office. Pray for their new life together. Travis, his mother, sister and younger brother attend OVCF, as does Sierra.

For those in my “66” class. This Wednesday, the 26th, we will finish with the OT and begin the NT in the fall, after school starts.

Jo and I will be out of town this coming weekend. Braden, our grandson, plays a game on both Friday night and Saturday afternoon. With a very hectic summer about to hit, we decided it was a good time to get away. Pastor Ryan will be completing the series on To and From the Cross this Sunday, speaking on The Road to Emmaus.  I know he has been working hard on his message so you won’t want to miss it.  Meanwhile, Jo and I will be watching Braden play ball, visit with Janna, and attend church on Sunday with Mike and Trisha Laws. Mike, Trisha and their son, Ryan, were here a couple of years ago talking about God’s faithfulness through Ryan’s kidney transplant at the age of 15. He received his kidney from his dad. Jo and I met Mike and Trisha, and their new daughter, Brooklyn, when they attended the church in Sandusky. Mike joined the Dublin Police Department and moved to Dublin where we were able to introduce them to Janna. We heard from Janna about Ryan’s health crisis, so I got back into contact with them and told him OVCF would be praying for them. We have stayed in contact and they have invited us to attend church with them. Adventure Church in Delaware, OH has just begun worshipping in their newly built church building so I am excited about joining them. We will be heading back Monday morning. We will miss being with you, but it will also be a good break for you and for us. ☺

UPDATE! ALERT! This coming Sunday is a 5th Sunday. That means the young people, except for the nursery and pre-school will be with the parents in the adult worship. We failed to announce this the past several weeks.

We have tried to keep you up-to-date on the efforts we are making to help those who were devastated by the winds and tornado from a few weekends ago.  It is hard to believe it has been four weeks since that happened, but those affected are still sorting through things. This past Sunday Pastor Ryan told you about the sheds which IDES (International Disaster Emergency Service) is providing. Sign up link: https://forms.gle/YSzkvMea92gi3br68

As I have been sharing with you over the past several MMs, my series on Faith Over Fear will begin on Sunday, May 7. I have finished with the schedule and wanted to let you know where we will be going with it.  I shared some of this in last week’s MM, but I have changed a couple of things so here is an update:

  • May 7- What We All Want- Mark 4:35-41
  • May 14- Mother’s Day special
  • May 21- Who Me? Worry? Matthew 6:25-34
  • May 28- 3 Essentials You MUST Believe!- Psalm 13:1-2, 5-6
  • June 4- Bringing the Giant to its Knees- Phil. 4:6-9
  • June 11- Go Back to Go Forward- Joshua 4:5-7
  • June 18- Father’s Day special
  • June 25- Drive a Nail Through these Truths- Joshua 1:9; 3:15-16:6


Please be praying for me as I continue to prepare. Please pray for yourself and others you know who may be struggling with fear and anxiety. I’m no expert in this area and certainly not a professional counselor but my hope and prayer is that this series might be an encouragement and the start of healing some folks want and need.

Again, please pray for Jo and me as we travel this coming weekend. We will miss being with you, but will pray for a great worship service while we are gone. I close as I always do: I love you all. I look forward to seeing you when we get back, Lord willing.

Pastor Bill

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