Dear Friends and Fellow Disciples,
Welcome to the Fall! Lower temps, shorter days, sweaters and jackets and the holiday season. Over the next few months we will have at least one major holiday every 30 days. What a great time to interact with friends and family. I know under our current context gatherings may not include as many friends and family as we may prefer, but we can gather and we can experience the love we share with each other and with the Lord.
As Fall returns, so will our Children’s Church and Nursery ministries on Sunday Mornings. I am so excited to welcome back families that may have been hesitant to bring children into the worship center for concerns about their little ones being a distraction to others. We will have faithful loving teams to host your precious little ones in a clean, safe COVID compliant environment. Jamie and our Children’s Ministry Teams will be sure to be available to answer any questions you may have before we launch on October 4th. Please feel free to call the church or con-tact Jamie directly to ask questions or to volunteer to become a team member. We would love to have more loving members who are excited to be a part of this vital caring ministry.
In August many enjoyed an informative and inspiring Disciple-Making Forum and Breakfast. Over 25 of you participated in learning about our Disciple-Making life-style vision. With returning disciples and new disciple members, we now have 40 confirmed participants in D-Groups for this year. I am so excited for all of you who have renewed or begun a commitment to a New Testament life-style of a shared experience with Bible devotions, account-ability and character development, as well as intense prayer for lost persons in the lives of your fellow D-Group members.
For those of you who were unable to attend our Forum and Breakfast, the session is available on our Facebook Live video site. The video runs just less than one hour and gives a thorough description of the D-Group experience and its various components and expectations. If you have any questions about participation in a D-Group, please feel free to contact the church office or contact me directly.
Please be praying! This is a very important time in our year and even in the history of our nation. Beside the worldwide pandemic (yes that is redundant), here in the United States, we have turbulent protests and a contentious election year. As biblical followers of Jesus Christ our assignment is clear. Yes, we should be responsible citizens to vote, but there is more,
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4 ESV)
“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” (Romans 12:18 ESV)
As those who represent Jesus to the world and to those around us, we cannot be drawn in to loud and uncivil arguments with those who do not share our beliefs or possibly our views on something like politics. We are commanded to pray for leaders and by extension, the process by which leaders are chosen in our context. It will not be surprising if over the next six weeks and potentially beyond, the political climate will become more turbulent and filled with unseemly rhetoric. We need to remember that our God is in control regardless of the outcome and in the end we are fellow citizens with those who win and those who loose. We should not do anything in the short term context that will cause us to jeopardize our long-term witness. We are called to pray and be at peace with “ALL PEOPLE”. That includes those with opposing social and political views.
God is not defeated nor are His plans thwarted, Daniel 2:20-21 states, “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;”
Be at peace and trust that God will do His will in us and in our nation. Enjoy the Fall temps, the colorful display of God’s handiwork in creation, and the increased opportunities to love during the holidays. God is with us, and we are here to support and encourage one another.
I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible every Sunday and Wednesday for an uplifting experience in God’s Word with God’s people!
In the bond of Peace,