Sunday school Begins

It’s already September and that means it’s time to get back to Sunday school! We offer an adult class, 3 separate children’s classes for different age groups and a Nursery as well. The Adult class is taught by Pastor Gipp, and he is starting a new study on the book of Hebrews. The focus is “better things”.

Our teen class is taught by Pastor and Mrs. Stedman. The teens have a lot of fun together and will be studying a verse by verse of Romans.

We also offer two elementary classes for children to learn the Bible at their level. Classes can include Bible study as well as songs, memorization, and more. Our teachers love what they do and aim to show God’s love to their students every week.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sunday School Summer Break

Starting on June 2, we will be taking a summer hiatus from our Sunday school classes. There will be no classes for all ages which means no 10 AM service for the months of June, July, and August.

This break is to allow our faithful and hard working Sunday school teachers a time of refreshment for a few months. Classes may still meet throughout the summer to continue fellowship.

Classes will resume on September 1 with Sunday school classes for all ages at 10 AM and our normal morning worship service at 11 AM.

We hope that this break will bring a renewed vigor to the work and excitement in all ages to attend Sunday school. It is an important service for everyone as it creates an intimate time of fellowship and focuses on the teaching of the word of God.

A New Year

The rush of the holidays are over and a new year has begun…again. We have been here before where we pull out a new calendar and fill out upcoming events and look forward to what lies ahead. Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays to name a few can fill up the blocks quickly. We add vacations and trips and look forward to relaxing times as well.

As you plan out your year, don’t forget to watch the church’s social media sites and in house bulletin boards for upcoming activities. We are always praying and anticipating new ways to minister to our community and fellowship with our members. Revival meetings and missionaries will be added to the schedule as they are able to be.

Let’s make this year a great one with many tracts passed out and many souls invited to church. Let’s plan on growing closer as a church family and being in church as much as you are able to continue to grow your personal walk with the Lord and your relationships.

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

Sunday school: Summer Break

Starting on June 5, we will be taking a summer hiatus from our Sunday school classes. There will be no classes for all ages which means no 10 AM service for the months of June, July, and August.

This break is to allow our faithful and hard working Sunday school teachers a time of refreshment for a few months. Classes will still work on memory verses and have some meetings through the summer to continue fellowship.

Classes will resume on September 4 with Sunday school classes for all ages at 10 AM and our normal morning worship service at 11 AM.

We hope that this break will bring a renewed vigor to the work and excitement in all ages to attend Sunday school. It is an important service for everyone as it creates an intimate time of fellowship and focuses on the teaching of the word of God.

Merry Christmas!

During the holidays, our lives no matter how hard we fight it get busier. There are cookies to bake, gifts to shop for and parties to attend. Somewhere along the way, we try to find quiet moments to reflect on the reason for the season.

Our church schedule usually changes every year around the holidays to account for all of the activities. Our prayer is that we don’t get caught up in the business of the season without dwelling on the reason of it.

Please take note of these changes. Follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for the timeliest information.

No Sunday school or evening service on December 26

No Midweek service on December 29

New Year’s Eve service on December 31

Communion service on January 2 (No Sunday school)

Luke 2: 6-21

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. 
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.  And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.  And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.   And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.   But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.   And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.  And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. 

Summer Break: Sunday school

Starting on June 5, we will be taking a summer hiatus from our Sunday school classes. There will be no classes for all ages which means no 10 AM service for the months of June, July, and August.

This break is to allow our faithful and hard working Sunday school teachers a time of refreshment for a few months. Classes will still work on memory verses and have some meetings through the summer to continue fellowship.

Classes will resume on September 4 with Sunday school classes for all ages at 10 AM and our normal morning worship service at 11 AM.

We hope that this break will bring a renewed vigor to the work and excitement in all ages to attend Sunday school. It is an important service for everyone as it creates an intimate time of fellowship and focuses on the teaching of the word of God.

Continuing Under Corona

Once again, Pastor is reevaluating our protocols and steps that our church has taken during the pandemic and after the reopening of our state. Developments unfold week to week and we are striving to keep our church a safe environment for all. Lewiston is not under a mask mandate but the city officials do advise citizens to wear them when they cannot stay socially distant. Due to this advisory warning, we have chosen to update our protocols. *As of July 2020*

The basic protocols that we originally setup are still being encouraged and have been updated as follows:

  • Services will still be live streamed and we ask that at risk and sick members still continue to use this method.
  • We ask that families sit together. Some rows have been removed and moved to keep the approved 6 feet social distancing rule.
  • We can have gloves and masks available if you so choose. You may wear a mask in service if that makes you comfortable. It is not mandatory. Please let us know if you need one.
  • There will be no offering during the service however online giving is still available as well as a drop off box in the auditorium and the regular mail slot.
  • Hand sanitizers are accessible and encouraged for all members to use when they enter the building.
  • Signs will be posted around the building that show the suggested protocols for staying healthy.
  • The building will be sanitized and cleaned after every use.
  • We have purchased air purifiers that run upstairs and down to clean and purify the air on a regular basis.

“Let all things be done decently and in order.” I Corinthians 14:40

Idaho Rebounds: Churches open

As of May 1st, Governor Little will begin the Idaho Rebounds plan with the opening of more businesses and the quarantine phasing out. There are still protocols to keep and safety measures to adhere to for churches and individuals. Read the full guidlelines here.

Our church will have services in our building starting May 3, Sunday. Please read the following guidelines we will follow in accordance with our state’s protocols.

  • We will offer limited services: Sunday morning worship at 11 AM and Wednesday evening at 7 PM.
  • Services will still be live streamed and we ask that at risk and sick members still continue to use this method.
  • We ask that families sit together and leave empty chairs/rows of seats between you and other members. The suggested social distance is 6 feet.
  • There will be no nursery services for babies and children. You are able to use the facilities and watch service from the nursery yourself.
  • We can have gloves and masks available if you so choose. You may wear a mask in service if that makes you comfortable. It is not mandatory. Please let us know if you need one; we have volunteers available to make them.
  • There will be no offering during the service however online giving is still available as well as a drop off box in the auditorium and the regular mail slot.
  • Hand sanitizers are accessible and encouraged for all members to use when they enter the building.
  • Signs will be posted around the building that show the suggested protocols for staying healthy.
  • The building will be sanitized and cleaned after every use.

We will pay attention to Idaho’s guidelines as this continues and will make our best effort to adhere to these rules while still offering a place to worship and fellowship with each other.

Remember, every family is making tough decisions for their own safety and concern. Be kind to those who choose to stay home; be kind to those who choose to attend services.

Romans 12:10 “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;”

Coronavirus Update

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Everyone around the world has been affected in one way or another by the virus known as COVID-19.  There are new stories and updates coming out every day  from our President and state and local leaders. Schools, stores, and many businesses are closing in this unstable time.

Due to the recent changes and restrictions from Governor Little that there should be no gatherings of more than 10 people, Pastor has prayerfully decided to cancel our normal Sunday services.

I Peter 2:13-17 “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake…”

We will be streaming an 11 AM service only tomorrow, March 22. We plan to stream our Wednesday 7 PM service as well.

Please consider the following “online church” etiquette:

1. Get dressed; pajamas just don’t cut it!


2. Sing. We will have a short song service.


3. Give. As you are able, tithing is available through Tithely on our website, the mail slot at the parsonage, Bill pay through your bank, or regular mail.


4. Put away all distractions such as your phone, snacks, or child. (Okay, that’s a joke)


5. Open your Bible. We know this isn’t normal but God can and will speak to you through His messenger and His words.

“This too shall pass” and when it does, we look forward to seeing you all in person once again and worshiping the Lord together. Until then, stay safe and most importantly, stay in your Bible. The best peace comes from God’s words.

We Have a New Name!

As many of you know, I have been praying about changing the name of our church here in Lewiston for some time. I didn’t want to approach the topic until I had been here for at least five years. Well, five years has come and gone and so I began to move forward with the decision.

I talked with church members and answered questions and concerns, mostly that we would be getting rid of Baptist which was nowhere close to my plan. We held our annual business meeting at the end of February and voted positively to change the name. A primary reason was to shorten the name and make it stand out from other Lewis-Clark places in our valley.  Everyone here is excited about the change. The starting pastor of LCVBC when I spoke with him about the change said that the new name “ministered to him”.

My choice of name came directly from our beautiful valley, the Bible, and my own personal spiritual walk. If you have been to Lewiston, you know there are two rivers flowing through it that resemble glass or a mirror on most days. When I arrived here over five years ago, the Lord used this valley and the stillness of it in my life at the time to teach me some great lessons. I truly was “led by the still waters”.

Psalms 23:2 “…he leadeth me beside the still waters.”

Pastor Gipp