From the Pastor's Heart,
Here we are at the end of one decade and the beginning of another! 2019 has been a fast-moving year with its up and downs. I’ll not focus on the down times except to say that we can look back and see how God brought us through several struggles and made us stronger as well.
As a church we were truly blessed with the remodeling of the sanctuary. It is wonderful to see how all of the colors, products and lights make our church look both modern and welcoming. Additionally, the Lord has blessed us with three new air conditioners, a commercial lawn mower, and soon, newly remodeled restrooms.
After many years of prayer and searching we are thankful that God brought Joshua Stumbo to serve as Youth Minister. We are so excited and blessed to have Josh and his beautiful wife, Jamie join our church family and we are looking forward to what God has in store for us in the coming years. We are deeply grateful to John and Bridget Chaniot for their faithful labor during the last couple of years working with our youth. Now our prayers and support are needed to help Josh and Jamie in the ministry that God has placed them. Pray for growth, both spiritually and in numbers. Pray also for growth in their personal lives as they worship and serve the Lord as a couple. Continue to pray for our staff as we serve the Lord and our church through the Lord.
With the passing of 2019 we come to 2020; a New Year and a new decade. I joked not too long ago about this being the first time in my life that I will see “20-20.” However, I have come to the realization that I personally, will never be able, physically, to see 20-20 again. Yet I want my spiritual eyesight to improve every day. As we enter this New Year and this new decade, let’s strive both individually and as a church to improve our eyesight for the Lord. We are reminded of Fanny Crosby, who was physically blind but spiritually had 20-20 eyesight. Before her death, she wrote over 9000 hymns and one of my favorites is Blessed Assurance.
We must also continue to pray for and support missions. Yes, I am pushing missions again. I truly believe that the Lord has so blessed our church because we have taken a greater role in the area of missions. The Lord said in Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." The Gospel must be spread and that begins with us. Be in prayer for and support the Good News Club, our home mission as we touch the lives of children with the Word of God. Also pray for and support Shaun and Christin Evans who are partnering with Dr. Peper in the mission work in Sierra Leone, Africa. As we hear through both Dr. Peper and Brother Skip great things are taking place on that mission field. As we go through the year other mission opportunities will come up. You might not be able to go physically or financially support each mission, but we can all pray and there is power in prayer.
Let’s look forward to 2020 and thank the Lord for the journey He is about to take us on.
I am looking forward to this New Year and what God has for us as a church family as we walk with Him and in Him. God Bless each of you and may you have a Happy and Blessed New Year.