The Beacon January 2019

Psalm 100:1-5 NKJV – 1 A Psalm of Thanksgiving.

Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! 2 Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. 3 Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. 5 For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.

We are looking forward to seeing the Lord increase the scope of our ministry here in Rhode Island in 2019. Please pray that God would continue to give us opportunities to witness and that He would provide the resources and people necessary to expand our ministry. Please pray that the Lord would give us wisdom to be more effective as a body of believers doing God’s will. 

Our current ministries include Monthly Youth Activities, Women’s Bible Study, Men’s Bible Study, and Church Fellowship Dinner.  Weekly we have Wednesday Night Youth Hangout, Church Dinner, Bible Study & Prayer Service,  Sunday Morning Bible Studies & Worship Hour, and Tuesday Job Corps Bible Study. Please pray for us as we seek to plan the New Year’s activities and serve the Lord with gladness.

Pictured above is our Church Christmas Dinner & Movie Night. We had a wonderful time together. Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion & Carols service was such a blessing, as well.

Left and below are pics of family time from Christmas break. Marcus Jimmeye, Hannah’s boyfriend, joined us, as well as Michaela & Eric! 🙂 Left: We escaped from a challenging Escape Rhode Island room called “The Bunker” with only eleven seconds to spare!  The girls still like to use the nativity finger puppets when Daddy reads the Christmas story from Luke 2:1-20 and Matthew 2:1-12 (below right). Stockings (below left). Eric preached for us the Sunday after Christmas. It was so nice to have everyone here. Happy New Year!

Thank you for your faithful prayers and continued support! If you would like to make a donation to our account, please mark your gift “Bill Reynolds, RI” and mail to North American Ministries, PO Box 5002, Antioch, TN, 37011-5002, or you can donate online. Thank you! Thank you for your financial support of our ministry. We need support for our monthly salary and donations to help pay off the church loan. Words can’t express how grateful we are for your continued support of this work and for your faithful prayers and words of encouragement! If you’d like to have me visit, please call me at 401-743-7440.

Christmas Events 2018

We had a very nice Christmas season this year. On December 8 and 9, we participated in a community living nativity. Our church Christmas dinner was on December 21, and we enjoyed a pot-luck dinner, lots of yummy treats, and we watched The Best Christmas Pageant Ever together. It was a lovely evening. Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion & Carols service was very nice, as well.

Christmas Sermons and the Candlelight Communion & Carols service can be found here.

Ladies’ Bible Study 12.4.18

We enjoyed some delicious pie, apple cake and cheese and crackers while we finished Matthew Chapter 5. Here is a nutshell of our discussions of these passages.

Matthew 5:17-19 God’s law is eternal.

Matthew 5:20-26 Let it go! Don’t be angry with anyone. Anger is the beginning of breaking God’s commands. If we have offended someone else in any way, we should apologize, ask for forgiveness, and be reconciled. Then we can have a right relationship with God. Good advice: settle disputes out of court.

Matthew 5:27-32 Marriage is sacred to God. He wants marriage relationships to be good, pure, and forever.

Matthew 5:33-37 We should only say what we mean, and mean what we say.

Matthew 5:38-42 Although the law allows for retaliation, forgive instead. When the Roman soldier orders us to carry his armory for the allowed Roman mile, we should not just drop it after the mile is up. We should carry it one mile more. This will get his attention, and he will wonder why we are going an extra mile with him. What a great opportunity to share the love of Jesus! This pings back to Matthew 5:13-16, where Jesus says we are salt and light in this world. We should be salty and shine through love, forgiveness, generosity.

Matthew 5:43-48 This is the identifying feature of a child of God: love. We display our Christianity by love, forgiveness, and generosity for and to everyone, just like our Heavenly Father loves everyone.

The Beacon Christmas 2018


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
We are praising God for another year of His faithfulness to us. God provided many new opportunities to present the gospel, disciple people, and draw closer to Him. We are grateful for answered prayers and faith-building trials. His provisions and blessings are overwhelming!
This year, Eric Cowart joined our family by marrying Michaela, who has just finished her courses for her degree in Bible, English, and Music from Welch College. She will graduate in May. Hannah is two semesters and a summer internship away from finishing her degree in Exercise Science. Billy graduated from High School and has begun two years of training in Piano Technology at North Bennet Street School in Boston. Praise the Lord, there is a commuter rail right in town, so we get to see a lot more of him. Sarah is working her way through her sophomore year of high school, doing very well. We are so very thankful for the amazing children God has given to us!
We are also so very thankful for all of you, friends, family, and church families across the country who love, pray for, and encourage us in so many ways. Words cannot express how much those expressions mean to us!
With love and appreciation,
Pastor Bill, Christy, Eric & Michaela, Hannah, Billy, Sarah, & Rocky

Pictures included are from our Popcorn & Movie Night, Ladies’ Tea Party, and Thanksgiving Leftovers & Pie Baking Contest.
Thank you for your faithful prayers and continued support! If you would like to make a donation to our account, please mark your gift “Bill Reynolds, RI” and mail to North American Ministries, PO Box 5002, Antioch, TN, 37011-5002, or you can donate online. Thank you! Thank you for your financial support of our ministry. We need support for our monthly salary and donations to help pay off the church loan. Words can’t express how grateful we are for your continued support of this work and for your faithful prayers and words of encouragement! If you’d like to have me visit, please call me at 401-743-7440.