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Celebrating Life Together

*This Sunday marks Freemason Street’s anniversary celebration of 170 years in worship, ministry, and service in the name of the Lord Jesus. Join us as we mark this singular day of thanksgiving, beginning with fellowship breakfast at 9:30 a.m. through pot luck lunch after morning worship.

The psalmist wrote, “For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations” (Ps. 100:5). God’s steadfast love and faithfulness make possible the life we share and the depth of care and compassion by which we are made ready to love one another and to love God’s world.

In, Life Together: A Discussion of Christian Fellowship, a reflection composed, in part, during wartime, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote it this way:

“It is by the grace of God that a congregation is permitted to gather visibly in this world to share God’s Word and sacrament. Not all Christians receive this blessing. The imprisoned, the sick, the scattered lonely, the proclaimers of the Gospel in far off lands stand alone. They know that visible fellowship is a blessing. They remember, as the Psalmist did, how they went ‘with the multitude … to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept the holyday’ (Ps. 42:4) … The heavenly fellowship, shared by exile[s] … the physical presence of other Christians is a source of incomparable joy and strength to the believer.”

“The prisoner, the sick person, the Christian in exile sees in the companionship of a fellow Christian a physical sign of the gracious presence of the triune God. Visitor and visited in loneliness recognize in each other the Christ who is present in the body; they receive and meet each other as one meets the Lord, in reverence, humility, and joy … how inexhaustible are the riches that open up for those who by God’s will are privileged to live in the daily fellowship of life with other Christians!”

No church is perfect, because no person is perfect. The love of God revealed in Christ, though? That is another matter. God has chosen to make God’s nature known through Christ and through Christ in his church. That is a humbling truth. It can become a healing truth. It is an amazing truth worth celebrating.

Grace and peace,


Being a part of a community means that we share in one another's joys and pray for one another in times of need. 

If there is a specific way we can pray for you or someone is missing from this list (with their permission), please let us know.  You can do so by writing or calling the Church Office.
 Please let us know whether your prayer request is private (for the ministerial staff and prayer team), for the Deacons, or for the congregation.
Clothes Needed

 The change in weather means that many of our homeless friends need a change of clothes to stay cool in the warmer temperatures.  We are in need of hangers, t-shirts, and shorts. You can bring them in at any time and place them in the Fellowship Hall or hang them on Stephanie's door. 

If you have any questions, please contact Jodi Litten Townsend or Stephanie
Our Updated Church Calendar can be found at:

If you have an event or meeting that needs to be added to the calendar, please email
Saturday, May 19th

We will be doing work outside to our grounds. Please bring tools for clipping hedges, edging, weeding and possibly spreading mulch.

In case of inclement weather, we have some inside cleaning and projects that we can do and we will reschedule the outside work day.

Men's Book Club

Monday, May 21 @ 6:30 p.m.

Contact Ken Bryant for information:
Our Summer Worship Schedule begins June 3rd.  There will be no Sunday School classes and Worship will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Join us June 3rd, immediately following Worship, for a
Church Family Potluck!
Bank Street Property Study Team

The Church Council is working now to put together the ad hoc team that will study and prepare a recommendation to the congregation regarding the use of the Bank Street property. If you would like to explore serving on this team, please contact Kenneth Scott, Co-Director of the Church Council (, by May 25. 
Coffee Hour
When it's your birthday month, it's your turn to help by bringing in refreshments for coffee hour and helping set up and clean up. Thank you so much to all of our hosts and coordinators who provide for this mission each Sunday morning.

May 20th:   September Birthdays

Children's Volunteers
We appreciate all of our volunteers, but especially those that help out in our children's area.  Because of their help, our parents and guardians are able to attend Sunday School and Worship services.  If you are willing to help serve in this way, please let us know!
 A background check is necessary.

Sunday School: Brandy Bollen
Worship: Evan Van Leeuwen
Serving in Worship
Offering Team 
David Davis
Katherine Beale
Cheryl Benn
Madeline Brewer
Deadline for Church Newsletter Information - Mondays by 5 pm
Deadline for Church Bulletin Information - Tuesdays at Noon

Information should be sent to :
Susan (
and Stephanie (
Freemason Street Baptist Church
Phone: 757 625 7579  |  Email:
Office Hours: Monday to Thursday 9 am to 4 pm; Friday 8 am to 3 pm
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