Dear Friends and Fellow Believers,
Every Sunday morning a group of our members gathers in my office to pray for our services before Sunday morning Bible study. We hold hands in a circle and pray. When it comes around to me I always start, “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!” Of course that is from Psalm 118, I also have a picture on the wall in my office with that verse on it that I see every time I walk in. This morning as I was getting ready to come to church I was struck by a national TV co-host going on a long monologue about being grateful. She spoke about how blessed she and her husband were to have healthy children, good jobs, healthy parents, etc. It was great to hear someone with that media platform choose to be grateful and encourage her viewers to take a time each day, regardless of what difficulties we may be facing, and count life’s blessings.
As this new month approaches we have so much to be grateful for! One of those blessings is the knowledge that God has given us an eternal purpose to be His representatives in this world that He created. He has commissioned us to multiply His glory and praise in the earth. Over the next few weeks we will have many opportunities to serve Him in His church for his glory. On March 29th we will have our first of two scheduled BIG DAYS! this year. The first BIG DAY will be two weeks before our Easter celebration. Our hope is what our guests experience on BIG DAY will inspire them to return to share in worshiping with us on Easter. We will need an ALL HANDS ON DECK effort for BIG DAY to be a success.
We will need additional hospitality volunteers, a parking lot team, greeters, bounce house attendants, games, greeters, guides and so much more. Sign-ups will be available starting March 1 on the wall outside the church office. We really hope everyone will sign up as soon as you know you are willing to serve in whatever capacity God is calling you. We will have a Family Meeting on March 22nd to answer any last minute question and discuss all things BIG DAY!
On March 4th, myself, Pastor Thom as well as Cindy and Sharon will be attending blueprint 2.0. This will be a follow-up to the event we hosted with Bridge Church in 2018. We are hoping to learn many new aspects of Disciple-Making that will enhance our D- Group experience at Restoration Church. In light of this training, I will be preaching a 3-week mini-series on Disciple-Making leading up to BIG DAY! Also, this training will be a significant part of our Discipleship Forum on August 15th, which will prepare us all for our Fall Launch of the new D-groups. More information will follow on this, begin praying now about being a part of this life changing step to Christ-likeness.
Lastly, if you are not already coming on Wednesday evening, consider doing so! Our current series on Spiritual Warfare has been powerful. We are currently taking a journey through the text of the Bible marking and considering most of the passages that reference Satan, demons, and spiritual warfare. It is an enlightening study to see how often God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the disciples were confronted by spiritual forces. In a few weeks we will begin to discuss practical application for the principals learned in scripture as applied to our church, our families, and our personal lives. Please make every effort to participate in this crucial series.
Cindy and I look forward to seeing all of you this Sunday!
Michael C. Smith