I need to change the title of these updates on Mondays. I know.
- I preached about the presentation of Christ in the Temple Sunday. I think it went well. It is not a Scripture that most Protestant churches use. I thought it was important to note that Christ will divide people. He always has and will until He returns. Those of us who serve Jesus find out fast that our friends and families generally take the opposite view of Jesus and reject Him. I also noted that the Holy Spirit reveals Jesus through God’s Word and obedient people and that those who seek Redemption should be told the Good News.
- We had 53 people again! Praise the Lord! This is significant because we have been averaging over 50 since the November. This is also tough since our sanctuary only seats approximately 48 comfortably!
- At some point we will have to do something about the seating if we intend to grow. And, I do.
- Smith Chapel continues to be the norm by weekly demonstrating that “regular” attendees come 2 Sundays a month. I heard that stat from a peer and cannot verify it. But it sounds about right.
- Our nursery is still going well and has been in use since we opened it up a couple of months ago. It reminds me of the movie Field of Dreams, and the famous line, “Build it, and they will come.”
- It was mentioned by a couple of treasurers that if anyone is looking for a place to donate a large sum of money that he or she can give to our church. I know that this sounds like we are money hungry; and I struggled with it too. Nevertheless, it is true. “You have not because you ask not.” We do have needs at our church and it seems that we should say something once in a while. I will be preaching about Stewardship next Sunday, but it was already planned. It should be remembered that God’s people are supposed to be givers. So if there are needs we need to do our best to take care of them.
- I continue to be grateful for our Assistant Pastor Jon Brady. He does well organizing our services and creating our power points. Good job Jon!
- We ended up Sunday night at Taco Bell with some of our youth. I miss being a youth pastor sometimes. Teenagers are fun, but can also be a handful. Yet, if this ministry is going well it is the most rewarding.