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"ROAR!" Vacation Bible School was a huge success at Red Oak Baptist Church! During the week of June 23-28 children and adults had fun with the theme while also learning that "Life is wild...God is Good. Everyone enjoyed the theme which was emphasized through Sing & Play, Spotlight Videos, KidVid Cinema, Stampede Sports, Imagination Station, Wild Bible Adventures, and Hungry Herd Cafe. Vacation Bible School began on Sunday, June 23 and concluded on Friday, June 28 with Family Night including a hot dog supper. Each day, Monday through Thursday supper was offered for the children. There were 98 children in attendance and 65 volunteers. Thanks to all who worked to make this Vacation Bible School possible for the children.

There was a great turn out from the community at the Family Freedom Celebration on Sunday, June 30! People of all ages came together to celebrate Independence Day. Festivities were courtesy of The Town of Red Oak, Red Oak Baptist Church, Red Oak United Methodist Church, St. John's Baptist Church, and Calvary Chapel. The event was free and everyone enjoyed hot dogs, snow cones, cotton candy, popcorn, and bouncy houses! Fireworks began at 9 p.m. and continued until 9:30 p.m.

Many in the area remembered with fondness, Dr. JD Harrod, who passed away on June 22, 2019. JD came to the area years ago to serve as Director of Missions for the North Roanoke Baptist Association. His wife, Donice Harrod, served as secretary in the NRBA office for several years during that time. She also served as NC WMU Executive Director. They also served as International Mission Board missionaries in Brazil. While here, JD worked with the pastors and churches in a multitude of ways. He and Donice made many friendships during their years here which continued even when they moved to Wilmington. JD was a blessing to my family and all who knew him. Our sympathy to Donice Harrod and family during this time of loss.

My family also lost a good friend recently, Betsy Ann Whitley. Betsy Ann was the daughter of Ellie Gray and Maggie Smith Whitley. She was a member of Red Oak Baptist Church. Betsy Ann lived in Red Oak until her parents passed away. She then moved to Richmond where her brother, Gray, lived. Upon his death Betsy Ann moved to Goldsboro to be near family. My family got to know her well while she was living in Red Oak and continued that friendship through the years. She was a sweet lady who loved to talk and laugh and would write many letters to friends to keep in touch. Betsy Ann was dearly loved by her family and friends and will be greatly missed. She is survived by nieces and nephews and many friends.

The Early Risers Women's Fellowship Breakfast will be Sunday, July 14 at 8:00 am - 9:30 am in the small dining room of the Family Life Center at Red Oak Baptist Church. Event is sponsored by the Red Oak Baptist Church Woman's Missionary Union.

The Baptist Men will have their monthly breakfast on Sunday, July 21 at 8:30 am at the church.

There will be a Parent/Child Dedication on Sunday, July 21 at 11:00 am. Anyone who would like to participate should notify the church office by Monday, July 15.

The Men's Basketball has resumed and is on Mondays at 6:45 pm in the Family Life Center.

Welcome to new Red Oak Baptist Church members Rochelle Bass and JoAnn Pierce.

Our sympathy to Frances Dunn in the recent loss of her sister, Virginia Moss.

Our sympathy also to Pam Sykes and family in the loss of her mother, Minnie Webb.


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