You can count on it

In a world where there seem to be few absolutes anymore, we would like to be able to count on a few things. With so much uncertainty and confusion shaking our confidence and sense of well-being, we would like to be able to discover and depend on that which is trustworthy.

Perhaps we could identify with the little boy who had to go for a physical examination at his doctor’s office. This particular doctor liked to kid around with his young patients to get them to relax. There were a number of items and procedures in a doctor’s exam room that could make a boy nervous. Pointing to the boy’s ear, the doctor asked, “Is this your nose?”

Turning to his mom with a look of alarm on his face, the little fellow whispered, “Hey, Mom, I think we better find a new doctor.”

In VBS this week, our kids have been learning about a trustworthy, loving, present, and engaged God. There are times in our children’s lives when they are afraid, when they are lonely, when they feel different, when they make mistakes, and when they don’t understand. The love and grace of Christ is a sure thing. Children are not the only people who need to know that God is worthy of our trust. How about you?

Sunday is Father’s Day. I don’t know any perfect dads; I’m certainly far from it. But I know a lot of dads who love their families and try really hard to be good stewards of these precious relationships.

  • If you’re a dad, model your life after the perfect Father who loves without condition, who forgives without reproach, who pays attention to what His children need.
  • If you have a dad in your life, pray for him, respect him, and listen to him.
  • If your dad is not with you, give thanks for him, learn from him, and honor him.
  • If things aren’t good between you and your dad, remember time is too short to waste with anger, resentment, and regret.

Heading our way:

  • Atlanta is the site for this year’s Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly. We are joining other CBF churches in Atlanta and Georgia as hosts for this event.
  • Wieuca’s 60th anniversary celebration is drawing close. Reunions for the Singles and Music Ministry are planned for July 12. Anniversary worship will begin at 10:45 am on the 13th, followed by a luncheon in the Peachtree Room. Tickets are on sale now.
  • Global Leadership Summit registrations continue. We have surpassed our initial goal and are looking forward to August 14-15. You still have time to register!

Information about these events is available in this newsletter and on our website (





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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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