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Get on the Barney Bus

by John Weston on June 28, 2018

One of the most endearing and generous apostles of the early church was Barnabas. His real name was Joseph but he had such a good attitude and was so good with people that he became known by his nickname, “Son of Encouragement,” which sounds awkward in English, but in Aramaic it was “Barnabas.” We first hear about him because he had financial resources that God moved him to donate to the church:

Acts 4:36-37 36 For instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means "Son of Encouragement"). He was from the tribe of Levi and came from the island of Cyprus. 37 He sold a field he owned and brought the money to the apostles for those in need.

Not everyone had real estate they could donate to the church. But it was one way that people like Barnabas could help out.

In August, Silverdale United is hosting a Camp Indianola Day Camp on site here in Silverdale, August 20-24. Elementary school age kids will be doing a full day of camp led by Camp Indianola Staff and volunteers from SUMC from 8:00 in the morning until 4:45 in the afternoon each day. There will be music, games (including water olympics), lunch, snacks, and Bible learning—just like sending them to camp, but at a fraction of the cost. To help those families that cannot afford the already discounted rate of $110 per child, would you donate $60 so a kid can get registered for $50? For more information on Day Camp 2018, visit:

This will bless our kids and we promise not to give you a weird nickname.