Dear brothers and sister in Christ:
Summer is here and there is a mixture of hope and anxiety as we come back together and begin to tentatively plan for our new future as God’s Church. It is a blessing to be back together without the barriers from the past year.
One of the questions in the air is when do we restart…? You name the program that was operational before the pandemic. I want you to know I have been praying for those decisions. I know that some of the programs had become a burden and those who were working them were tired and discouraged. I hope by prayer and applying Jeremiah 24:7 which says” I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the Lord; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.”, we will find God’s plan for us as we move forward.
My vision for the church is to have ministry that comes from the heart of the people instead of from the playbook of the conference or even the pastor. I ask you to search your heart to see what within you is God stirring. It can be things that were done before but not limited to things we have done before. Even in the ministries from before, how could you reimagine them with no restrictions? What ministry have you longed to see in our community? How do you dream it will look?
My hope is that we will live out James 4:8 “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” As a people who are characterized as being near to God with clean hands, hearts that have been changed and people whose life actions reflect our closeness to God and His power in us. I want us to move forward not as a surviving church but a thriving, welcoming, loving community of Jesus people. Living out the way of Jesus in this world.
I am looking forward to seeing God work in our VBS this summer. Come along and see how God uses our church. This is a perfect example of following God in new ways to reach the children. Mark your calendar for June 13, 27, July 11, 25 and August 8. Get with Ally or Makayla to be part of this ministry. Invite or bring the kids. Let’s be Jesus to the families in our community.
I pray that our mission and vision fulfill Matthew 28:19-20 “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Will you join me and Jesus as we build community?
Yours in Christ