Whitelaw Avenue Baptist Church
Monday, February 24, 2020
Glorifying God...Expanding His Kingdom


February 2020 Newsletter

From the Pastor…

WABC Family,

January has come to a close.  We are entering into February.  Most of us know what comes with this month. Valentine’s Day is a day that was set aside so that we could show our loved ones how much we love them. Hopefully this isn’t the only time that we are doing that.  As I was thinking about this month, I couldn’t help but think about a Valentine card that Jesus sent to me, you, and everyone.

The beauty of this Valentine is that it isn’t only good for one day. It is an everyday love that God shows us through his Son, Jesus.  This is the reason that we should have urgency and boldness to share this with our ONE.  May we love others as Jesus loves them.  May we see others as Jesus sees them.  

~ Pastor Allen Thomas

Operation Christmas Child…

One of the ways that we can love others is by helping to donate to Operation Christmas Child.  Throughout the year you will be hearing about this amazing ministry. We have decided to collect items each month leading up to November.  For the month of January we were collecting toothbrushes.  For the month of February, we will be collecting crayons and/or markers.  Remember this is coordination with our WABC family packing party in November.  

Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference…

Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference for ages 13 and up is coming to O’Fallon IL on Saturday, February 22.  Please indicate your interest on the signup sheet on the bulletin board.  There are “save the date” cards on the table in the foyer. 


The Keenagers will not have a meeting in February.  Instead, there will be a brunch for widows and seniors on Sunday, February 16th.  It will be held during the Sunday School hour in the Fellowship Hall.

Winter Jam…

The youth will be going to Winter Jam at the Family Arena in St. Charles on Sunday, February 9th.  They will leave the church at 3:30 pm.  The concert starts at 6:00 pm, but the doors open at 5:00 pm.  The cost is $15 per person.  Please let Donna Gaines know if your youth plans to attend.  Also, please see Donna if you would like to be a driver for this event.

Pie & Cake Auction…

The youth will be having the annual Pie & Cake Auction fundraiser on Sunday, March 1 immediately following the morning service.  They will serve lunch and then start the auction as soon as possible.  Youth families will need to bring at least 2 desserts to be auctioned that day.  They ask the congregation to please consider donating a baked good or other dessert for the fundraiser.  Jeff Harmon will be the auctioneer again this year. 

Thank You….

WABC Family,

I want to thank everyone who has sent me a card. You have no idea how much they all mean to me.

I want to also thank Judy Faries for her continued calls to check on me weekly, and for her delicious soup.

Last, but not least, I want to thank Pastor Allen for coming by to visit with me during my last stay at the hospital. (I am hoping I can continue to say last stay). We had a good long talk, and I finally got a chance to get acquainted better with him. I really appreciated him taking the time to come to see me.

I was hoping that by Easter I could get back to church and back to normal. With the one week delay on the last treatment that doesn't look like that is going to happen. Then, of course, there is the Cardiologist, and what he will have to say. All I know for sure is God is with me holding my hand, and whatever His will is for my future will be.



Joyce Yost


February Calendar of Events…

Sunday, February 2                                      Regular Sunday Activities

Wednesday, February 5                                Regular Wednesday Activities

                                                                      No Children’s Choir

Sunday, February 9                                      Regular Sunday Activities

                                                  2:30 p.m.     VIP Nursing Home Service

                                                  3:30 p.m.     Winter Jam

Wednesday, February 12                              Regular Wednesday Activities

                                                                      No Children’s Choir

Sunday, February 16                                    Regular Sunday Activities

                                                  9:30 a.m.     Widows and Seniors Brunch

Wednesday, February 19                              Regular Wednesday Activities

Sunday, February 23                                    Regular Sunday Activities

                                                                      Lord’s Supper

Wednesday, February 26                              Regular Wednesday Activities