VBS 2015

Please join us for our first Vacation Bible School!

What Did He Say?

The Teachings of Jesus 

Where?

Emmanuel Baptist Fellowship 117B Park Road, Lexington, SC 29029

When?

July 6-10 6-8 p.m.

Register here!

 

Prayers for Charleston

Having just found out that the man who shot and killed 9 people in the Charleston community is from the city in which our church is located is devastating.

As a missional church, we believe it is our calling to be God’s presence in our community and in our world. We are a welcoming and affirming community that offers hope to those who are broken and peace to those who are searching.

We join with the Charleston community, the families of those killed and injured, and our brothers and sisters of Emanuel AME Church in prayer. We not only share a name, but we share your grief and your pain. And we will partner with you as we continue to minister to Lexington prayerfully asking that God would use God’s people to offer hope and peace and healing to a broken world.

Where I’m From: Merianna’s Story

This summer we start our “Where I’m From” in order to get to know each other better. We can’t get to know each other better and more deeply unless we talk about where we come from. Where we come from is not always something that we are proud of or something that we want to share, but it’s something we have to share because it’s part of who we are.

It’s taken me a long time to be able to look at my conservative background because I was embarrassed that instead of seeing people, I saw categories of people: believers and unbelievers. Because I was categorizing and judging people, I wasn’t really listening to them; I wasn’t really seeing them.

The process that led me away from these teachings was slow. It started when I taught in the same city I attended church and was faced with abject poverty in the eyes and lives of my second graders. How could a city with so many churches allow this kind of suffering? How could a church as big as the church where I grew up know and not do something to feed and clothe these children.

My year in Germany attending a church co-pastored by a husband and wife team showed me that women could be pastors and good pastors at that. As I was welcomed into their community of faith as a foreigner, I knew that my passion to teach children and my passion to love and offer peace to those in need were something I had to pursue, but it wasn’t until I met my husband that I understood that there were baptists who were doing this. They were welcoming in those who had been cast out. They were affirming, ordaining, and calling women into the ministry recognizing that God calls who God calls to serve. Even though I was overwhelmed to hear about the CBF, still I knew that answering a call to ministry, for  me, was going to cause tension, stress, and conflict for me and for my family because of where I’m from.

It wasn’t easy to answer that call. It isn’t easy to answer that call to ministry.

The more I consider where I’m from, the more I realize that even those of us who call ourselves progressive and moderate baptists are reinforcing the divisions and barriers that exist between us and those who don’t believe what we believe. If we believe in living a life of love and peace and offering that to everyone, then we must work for reconciliation and peace with those who have hurt us and who have rejected us.

Where we are from is not right or wrong. It was and it will always be a part of who we are becoming, My hope is that who I am becoming looks a little more like Christ everyday; one who is offering love and hope to those in need and one who is offering peace and reconciliation to some of the conflict and tension that exists in our baptist world.