A Great Week at SHBC

We have had a great week of Fall Festivities at SHBC! Check out some of the pictures from our Fuel Bonfire last Wednesday, the Baby Shower for Josh and Rachel Lynn, and our Church Bonfire last Sunday!

(If you have more photos from any of these events, email them to so I can add them all to the website!)


Fuel Bonfire Photos:

The youth group at SHBC had a great time cooking out and playing volleyball at Josh and Rachel's house last Wednesday!


Baby Shower Photos:

Rachel and I would like to again thank you all for the love and support from our church family as we embark upon this exciting journey. We feel truly blessed to be a part of this church family! - Josh


Church Bonfire Photos:

We had the perfect weather for our annual church bonfire night last Sunday!


I originally started this post to give a recap and report of the two events from this weekend. As I was writing, though, my reflections took a different turn. I could share some details from the events - like the testimonies the speakers shared, how encouraging the "cardboard testimony" was, how much money was raised for missions at the pancake breakfast, or how great the music was throughout the weekend - because all of those things are so very true.

But, after such an exciting weekend here at South Harriman (with the "Tea & Testimony" event for ladies on Saturday and the "Men's Day" services on Sunday), I feel that it is more important to take a moment to share my reflections than to give a report. I do so with the hope that these reflections encourage you as we begin another work week.

I am always joyfully amazed when I look at the rich diversity of talents that the members of our Church Family display. What is even more impressive is the harmony that is so often achieved in the midst of such diversity. It is easy for us to walk into a service or event and have an enjoyable time and be blessed by the message, the fellowship, the music, or so much more. I would suggest, though, that it is even more of a blessing to see the prayer, the thought, the care, the time, the effort, and the skill spent by so many to produce events designed to be a blessing to the Church Family and to our community.

Know that when you walk into a South Harriman event, members of your family in Christ have prayed over it, thought it through, and worked hard to ensure that the it is a blessing and refreshing experience for all. We all share our talents whether they be decorating, cooking, sharing, making music, or picking things up and putting them down in other places.

I don't write this message to single out individuals as specially exalted, but to share with you the picture that I get to see from behind the scenes.

I want you to see, through my eyes, the joy of the Body of Christ moving in unity in order to serve and uplift those around them. So, the next time you come to attend an event, bake a casserole for a shared meal, or work behind the scenes of an event, please take a step back and look at the bigger scene unfolding. It is greater than a meal or good music or laughter. It is the scene your brothers and sisters in Christ serving one another, enjoying one another, and having the smallest of foretastes of the joy that awaits us in Heaven.

(One final note: our "Men's Day" Speaker, Mark Lewis, spoke about the joy of those in Christ that was a pain to him as he was lost in sin. Remember, joyfulness is a constant theme in God's word. We will have troubles, but our joy that extends from our security in the love and protection of Christ should set us apart from the rest of the world. Go this week and share your joy with those in need - your troubles are small, and our joy is great because we have each other, and we have a risen and loving Savior.)

- Josh Lynn



Click Here for Mark Lewis's Website (Men's Day Speaker)

Click Here for Leah Heffner's Encouraging Website (Tea & Testimony Speaker)

Click Here to hear more of Jennifer Bast's Music (Tea & Testimony Worship Leader)

"Love Is Alive" and More at South Harriman Baptist Church for Palm Sunday - Sam Leslie


We are in the midst of the Easter season and I hope our thoughts go beyond chocolate bunnies and colored eggs. Easter should bring to mind …. and empty grave, a resurrected Savior, hope, and forgiveness…. but one word echoes throughout the Easter story, and that is Love.

It was because of God’s love that sent His son to be born. It was God’s love that lead the sinless Savior to the cross to pay for the sin of man. It was love that conquered death and hell. And it is that same love that brings eternal life. That love is still alive in us, and that is why we can joyously celebrate Easter.

This Sunday morning during the AM Worship Service (begins at 11:00) the Adult Choir will present the resurrection celebration, “Love is Alive”. It is a celebration of the love of God through music and the proclamation of that same love that can change lives. Be sure to come and invite your friends to rejoice in a love that is ALIVE.

Also remember that this Sunday we will host the Harriman Music Club's annual Palm Sunday event. Each year through the efforts of the Harriman Music Club our community joins together and observes Palm Sunday. Each year in a local church we sing of the gift of God’s son and his saving grace. This year we are privileged to host the 46th Annual Palm Sunday Service here at South Harriman Baptist Church. Churches from different denomination and traditions will join together and lift their voices in praise. It is always an uplifting event. Be sure to come and participate at 2:30 this Sunday.

Sam Leslie