Whitelaw Avenue Baptist Church
Friday, September 21, 2018
Glorifying God...Expanding His Kingdom


September 2018 Newsletter


A Word from the Pastor…

On Sunday, August 26 at a called business meeting our church voted to elect Scott Steiner and Kevin Shelton as new deacons of our church.  We are excited to have these two men join our present deacons in serving this church body.  In the time Scott, Kevin and I spent in their time of training, I have gotten to know both of them much better and I feel very assured that the Lord has been leading our church in the entire process.  Praise the Lord!

We will have a deacon ordination service for these two men on Sunday, September 16 at 7:00 pm.  Everyone is invited to this service.  The purpose of this service will be for the church to set these men aside for their service as deacons.  It will also be a time for us to pray for them and lay hands on them for their work as a deacon.  It will be a time for them to publically commit themselves to this work as a deacon.

I am excited about these two men becoming deacons and look forward to their ordination service.

In His Love,

~Bro. Richard

Church Picnic…

On Sunday, September 9th, we will have our Annual Church Picnic at the Hartford Park at 1:00 pm.  This will be a potluck meal.  Plates, napkins and utensils will be provided.  Please bring your own drinks, lawn chairs, and yard games.

Team Kids…

On Wednesday, September 5 at 7:00 pm we will begin our Fall Semester of Team Kids.  All preschoolers and children are invited to come to Team Kids.  Team Kids includes a Bible study, games, and a missions video each week.  It lasts for 1 hour (7:00 – 8:00 pm).  We will have one Team Kids group for preschoolers age 3 – Kindergarten and another Team Kids group for children grades 1 – 6.

Men’s Group…

On Wednesday, September 12 at 7:00 pm or Saturday, September 15 at 8:30 am, the men will begin their 6 week study of “Kingdom Man.”  This is a video-driven study taught by Dr. Tony Evans who is a speaker at many men’s conferences and has written many books for men.  The video is 30 minutes and then we will have discussion questions from the principles taught by Dr. Evans.  Any man is welcome to attend.  Optional books with listening guides and daily study materials are available from the pastor for $13.


Baby Bottles of Change…

This summer we have been collecting our change in baby bottles for the Thrive Metro East Ministry (formerly Arms of Love.)  You may return your baby bottles of change to one of the boxes at the entrances any Sunday in September.


The Keenagers will meet Thursday, September 20 at 1:00 pm in the fellowship hall of the church.  Please bring a sack lunch.  Desserts and drinks will be provided.  We will be discussing our calendar for the year.  We hope all who can will attend!

Youth Scavenger Hunt…

The youth group will be having a scavenger hunt on Saturday, September 8.  The youth will meet at the church at 6:30 pm.  Any adult who would be willing to drive or host a spot on the scavenger hunt, please let Donna Gaines know.

Thank You…

We just wanted to express our sincere thanks to our amazing church family for all your prayers, encouraging words, love and support following Dennis’s brother Jeff’s passing.  A special thank you to Bro. Richard for the beautiful service, everyone who provided desserts, the ladies who served and prepared everything, and everyone who helped in any way.  We love and appreciate you all!

Dennis & Kelly Schillinger and family

September Calendar of Events…

Sunday, September 2                            Regular Sunday Activities

Monday, September 3                           Labor Day - Church Offices Closed

Wednesday, September 5                     Regular Wednesday Activities

                                        7:00 p.m.       Team Kids Begins Fall Semester For Ages 3 –                                                                Kindergarten and Grades 1 - 6

Saturday, September 8      6:30 p.m.    Youth Scavenger Hunt

Sunday, September 9                            Regular Sunday Activities

                                        1:00 p.m.       Church Picnic at Hartford Park

                                        2:30 p.m.       VIP Nursing Home Service

Monday, September 10     6:00 p.m.     Church Council Annual Planning Meeting

Wednesday, September 12                   Regular Wednesday Activities

Sunday, September 16                          Regular Sunday Activities

                                        7:00 p.m.       Deacon Ordination Service

Wednesday, September 19                   Regular Wednesday Activities

Thursday, September 20   1:00 p.m.     Keenagers Fellowship in the Fellowship Hall

Sunday, September 23      8:30 a.m.     Sunday School Teachers Meeting

                                                              Regular Sunday Activities

                                        1:00 p.m.       Fellowship Hall Reserved

Wednesday, September 26                   Regular Wednesday Activities

Saturday, September 29    9:30 a.m.    GBA Annual Meeting at Calvary Baptist Church 

                                                              In Alton

                                        10:00 a.m.     Fellowship Hall Reserved

Sunday, September 30                          Regular Sunday Activities