A Song in My Heart

Do you ever feel like breaking into song? Would you startle, frighten, amuse, or offend someone within hearing distance? First, you might want to settle the question: “Can I sing?” Second, (you might want to research this one) If the answer to the first question is ‘yes,’ can I find anyone who agrees with me?

I have couple of reasons to burst into song:

  • I watched Wieuca excel yet again during Holy Week. I saw your spirit of service and ministry pour out in multiple volunteer opportunities – preparing the tables for communion for Maundy Thursday, promoting Wieuca through various social media, hosting our ESL friends, decorating the Peachtree Room and the sanctuary for services, leading in worship experiences through music, readings, ordinances, and prayers, tutoring children at Whitefoord Elementary, planning strategy for the Global Leadership Summit, serving over 700 people at the North Atlanta Easter Egg Hunt, ministering to Easter worshipers, working with our children in music, Bible study, and worship, and bringing grocery bags for Buckhead Christian Ministry to help people in our community. I’m sure I’ve missed something!
  • I watched a gifted, caring staff lead from the front and behind the scenes to bless our church and community during the week. It is my privilege to work alongside such people. I see their frustration and disappointment when things don’t go just right. I see their pride and pleasure when they do. They often go beyond the call of duty because they love Christ, they love His church, and they love you.
  • I am watching a committed group of volunteers plan and prepare for the 60th anniversary activities and celebration on the weekend of July 12-13. More than just planning events, they are looking for ways to remember old friends, renew relationships, honor the past, and anticipate the future. I hope you have circled the date on your calendar.
  • I am watching another group of volunteers who have a tender heart and a firm resolve to minister to single adults. Wieuca has a tremendous heritage of excellence in single adult ministry. Single adults are active in serving in our church today. Lasting friendships have been formed through the years. New strategies are being formed to reach and serve the many singles who live and work in our area. Kim and I are beginning a class this Sunday, April 27 for young professionals in their 20’s who are single We will meet in the Heritage Room.
  • I am watching a skilled and passionate team, another group of volunteers who are promoting and planning for the Leadership Summit that will take place on August 14-15. They are hosting a “Taste of the Summit” after worship on May 4. A free lunch is offered to anyone who wants to know more about this world-class leadership event. You can come by just letting us know by Wednesday, April 30.

We conclude the study series “The Story of Jesus” and the sermon series “In Christ Alone” this weekend. Claim a pew and fill it with friends and guests. If you do, I promise to sing … or not. Whatever works.

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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