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Happy Birthday to Ken Sherin!

Second Baptist partners with Ken Sherin and his wife, Karen, who serve as Together for Hope-High Plains consultants through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.  Ken is celebrating a birthday on January 10 and we're celebrating too!

If you'd like to send a card, it can be mailed to:

Ken Sherin
40781 270th Street
Dimock, SD 57331

As advisers with Together For Hope, CBF’s rural poverty initiative, the Sherins are involved in research focused on community development. Kenny serves as community and development adviser, assisting with community development research. He is interested in empowering communities through entrepreneurship and developing holistic ministry strategies. Karen serves as a grant adviser, as well as using her skills and training to study community development techniques and methods. "Kenny and I enjoy serving in the local church," Karen said. "Living and working in a rural community, makes us long for ways to better minister to the people. We feel called to minister in rural communities and to equip and encourage churches and faith groups to assist with the improvement and development of their communities"

You can read more about the Sherins in the latest edition of The Bridge, page 23.

Posted by Kelsey Adams at Wednesday, January 7, 2015
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Josue Octeus from Dinise, Haiti to visit 2BC

We are so glad Josue Octeus is in town this weekend and will be visiting Second Baptist Church.  We met Josue, who was the Director of the Evangelical Church of Haiti, in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010 and he was and continues to be someone who believes in a new Haiti and a positive future. 

He will be in the Social Room from 9:00-9:45 a.m. this Sunday, December 21. 
Come by and have a cup of coffee as he shares his continuing vision for the school and community in Dinise, Haiti.  

Posted by Kelsey Adams at Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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"Good News! God can meet our waiting desires." -Word and Way Advent Devo. featuring Pastor Jason

Good News!  

God can meet our waiting desires

Today's Scripture: Luke 1:5-25, 67-79 

When Zechariah entered the temple that day, he entered as a life shaped by hope-filled waiting. 

He was a waiting Israelite who entered holding the hope of Israel's long Advent wait - that the Lord would show up and restore them again to their ancient glory. Zechariah was a waiting Israelite. 

He was a waiting priest. The opportunity for a priest to enter the holy place and make sacrifices was one that usually only came around once in a lifetime. Just as Zechariah had waited for God's mighty entrance among the people, he'd also waited his whole life to make his own entrance before God. This was the moment he'd been waiting for - as an Israelite, as a priest and as someone who'd long wanted to become a parent. 

I imagine his desire to see God as an Israelite and a priest was only surpassed by his longing to see God in the face of his own child. In spite of all their sacred striving, Elizabeth and Zechariah had never been able to conceive. By now, they probably assumed they never would. By now, the hope that had once filled their waiting was surely waning - which may be why Zechariah almost missed the Good News. 

When Zechariah finally emerged from the temple that day, he couldn't say a word. The angel had responded to his unbelief by rendering him speechless. Strangely, it was his silence that confirmed to the crowd (and probably to him as well) that something divine had just happened. Maybe there's a little wisdom in there for us as well. Maybe sometimes we're too busy speaking to hear. 

Maybe sometimes our words are muffling God's Word. 

Maybe sometimes we just need to wait in silent wonder for the advent of a new day.

This Advent devotional from Pastor Jason was featured in the Word and Way Newsletter on Monday, Dec. 8.  To learn more about Word and Way you can visit their website at

Posted by Kelsey Adams at Tuesday, December 9, 2014
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