What Ruckersville Baptist Church Means to Me
I remember so vividly watching the news on TV about the devastating fire that destroyed Ruckersville Baptist Church. We had visited the church several years before and I remember feeling so sad hearing the news. During the week that followed, the news reports stated that church services would be held that next Sunday in the church’s pavilion. I remember talking to my husband, Doug, and saying, “I feel like we should go there on Sunday.” He felt the same and so we went. As we walked behind the charred structure of the church that Sunday morning and approached the outdoor pavilion, we found smiling faces, warm hugs, and a profound feeling of God’s love and Spirit. Our initial visit left us feeling an immediate connection, and afterward, we were drawn back to the church time and time again.
A short time later, my mother’s health declined. She and my father had moved in with us and I was their fulltime caregiver. Life became extremely difficult for our family over the next few years. Though we were unable to make it to church services much of this time, the church family sent emails and cards and kept us on their prayer list. We felt the love and faith of all the members, which truly helped see us through such trying times.
We have since transferred our membership to RBC and have felt the Lord calling us to serve Him in a larger way. Through RBC’s programs and ministries, we have been blessed with a number of opportunities for service. We have worked with children during Vacation Bible School and Sunday School. I served as the Sunday School Director for 5 years and Doug currently serves as a deacon. I serve on the Floral Committee, which gives me the chance to design floral arrangements and help to supply flowers for the altar. I also serve on the Bereavement Team, which helps our church families with funeral arrangements held at the church. Doug serves each Sunday morning in the sound booth to assist with the audio and visual effects during the service. We both serve on the mission council, which helps to guide funding for the many missions that RBC actively supports. We have also enjoyed participating with the Trunk or Treat event at Halloween that offers the local community a safe and loving place for children to trick-or-treat. Over the years, we have also been able to help fill shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, another mission that our church strongly supports.
RBC encourages all its members to respond when our Lord calls us to serve. For example, the church has been incredibly supportive of an outreach mission that my husband and I started on our own several years ago. After my mother passed away, finding homes for all of her used medical equipment made us feel that what once blessed her was now blessing others. We felt the call to continue spreading these blessings, and we founded a non-profit called All Blessings Flow, in which we collect used medical equipment for those in need throughout our community. RBC has directly supported our ministry through many volunteers from the church who help with ABF, as well as also providing financial assistance as a church-sponsored ministry. In the past four years, All Blessings Flow has been able to serve over 4,000 people in need. We feel so blessed to have RBC with us as God continues to bless and grow this ministry every day.
From the first moment we walked into Ruckersville Baptist Church we have felt God’s Spirit and have been welcomed into the warm embrace of a compassionate and loving family of believers. We have been truly blessed to be a part of this wonderful church family.May God bless you all,Annie Dodd