The Barnabas Encouragers promote the biblical principle of encouragement and growth in Christian maturity and godly character. Each encourager is becoming more sensitive of ways to identify and meet the basic needs of the congregation.
Barnabas Encourager’s title comes from a New Testament study of the character Barnabas ("Son of Encouragement").
“And Joseph, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas (which is, being interpreted, Son of Encouragement) a Levite, a man of Cyprus by race, having a field, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.”
Barnabas was a great example for us. He encouraged the poor, the congregation, his younger brother to preach, and was faithful in attendance. “Barnabas” awareness emphasizes knowing how to say and do something that can bring hope to a person who might not otherwise ever experience the brotherly love, security and significance available through the church. Encouragement works! Everyone needs it, anyone can do it, and much good comes from it!
"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing."
The EncourageNet is an online news communications tool that is sent periodically to the congregation. Through this
e-mail network, immediate and cost free distribution is provided to more than 150 homes. Information includes those in need of prayer, benevolence, and encouragement to the discouraged. It profiles new members and those who have just been baptized, and covers details not available in the weekly bulletin.
Cancer Support Group:
The Cancer Support Group has far exceeded everyone’s expectations. In fact, it has outgrown the library space! There have been meetings with as many as 28 attending! So now we gather in classroom #10 each 4th Sunday afternoon at 4:30pm. Daryl and Linda are very much into this work and have done well. They have invited folks from other churches as they hear of those who have cancer. This work is less than a year old and everyone says it is such a blessing! Lucien and Ellen will continue to call on contributors as needed for the EncourageNet and will continue with the current format since it is working so well.