Wednesday, August 23, 2017

September 10th

September 10th is a big day for us.  Starting that Sunday morning I will be starting a new sermon series entitled “Enough is Enough”.  It is a study through the book of Colossians.  There are times we do things on our own and forget that Jesus is enough.  The study will be a reminder that we must stop trying to live in our own power and in the pursuit other things to obtain meaning and significance.  We must stop the personal pursuit because Jesus is enough.  I encourage you to begin reading through the book of Colossians over the next few weeks.  If you begin now praying through the book you will be amazed at what God teaches you.  Colossians is packed full of theological truth.  It will be fun unwrapping these truths every week.

There is also another change happening on September 10th.  We are changing our Sunday evening schedule.  I am excited about being able to provide many more options for you during a shorter amount of time.  This will benefit many of our ministries without asking everyone for an impossible time commitment.  We will have corporate worship at 5:00.  This time will be a time of worship, Scripture reading and prayer.  At 5:30 we will split up into different small groups.  I will continue to teach every Sunday night through a book of the Bible like I have been on Sunday nights.  It is during this time our men and women’s ministry will also provide short term book studies as well as the time for worship choir and children’s choir rehearsals.  It is our hope that by streamlining these ministries that more people will find it possible to make the commitment to attend.  You will be learning more over the next couple of weeks on these small group options.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Ready or Not!

In response to school starting this week I have two opposing positions going through my mind.  The first is, “didn’t we just get out of school for the summer?”  The second is, “why is this taking so long?  These kids need out of this house!”  Whether we are ready or not school starts this week.  That means all our programs in the church are starting back as well.  Remember, programs are how we minister as a church and programs do not run themselves.  It is through programs that we organize to be the body of Christ.  We must each find the best place for us to use our spiritual gifts.  As believers, we are most content when we combine what gives us joy with our abilities.  If you love being around children and have the gift of administration, then we need you in our children’s department helping organize one of our ministries.  If you love helping those in need and have the gift of showing grace, then we need you as part of our Grace Ministry Team.  There is a place for everyone in our church and we are incomplete until everyone finds their place of service within the body.  If you have any questions about how you can serve, please contact me or any of our Ministry Team Leaders and we can help.

Sunday night we are celebrating the end of summer and the beginning of the school year with an ice cream social at my house (6006 Douglas Ln).  I want to personally invite each of you to attend.  It is a great opportunity for us to fellowship together through food and games.  The volleyball net will be set up if anyone wants to pretend, like me, that we are 20 years younger.  For those less energetic, bring your lawn chair and find the shade in our backyard.  Watching the young kids on the swing set can be quite entertaining.  I believe that events like these enhance our intimacy and help us to be a strong body of believers.  

God Provides

God provides in many different ways. I have been reading Ezra as part of my daily devotional time.     Ezra leads the people of Israel out o...