Good Folks, it is Friday April 29, 2016. Today and tomorrow, weather permitting and the creek does not rise, we will be doing PIP 2016 in our Duncanville community. The Property Improvement Program (PIP) idea was brought to the Missions Committee as a way to do the ministry of Amigos Days locally. This connects our church and its missional spirit in a creative partnership with the City of Duncanville. Pictures forthcoming of this grand historical moment in the life of the church and community.
Some of the most painful words I have ever heard in my life: “It is not about you, Frank Alegria.”
Too often I think about how something benefits me personally or professionally, but the greater question should always be, “How does this benefit and fulfill God’s plan for the church and its mission and ministry?”
Recently, the church received a certificate from the annual conference, signed by Bishop Mike McKee and Cabinet representatives acknowledging that we paid 100% of our conference apportionments. Here is that certificate:
It was the second certificate from the general church that caught my attention, and the reason for this note:
“Together, We Do More.” Quoting Paul’s letter to the church in Rome, “First, I thank God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed throughout the world.” (1:8)
When every social, civic, religious and any other organization embraces and lives these four words we will be able to accomplish so much more. That is why I am personally so hopeful of PIP 2016. That is why I have hope for the church, this church. That is why I continue to remember my call to ministry, knowing that “It is not about you, Frank Alegria.”
Good Folks: “Together, We Do More.”
OAN: I have scratched out the month of May, sermon-wise. From Jonah (read the entire book – click HEREfor the readings), Romans 5:1-8, Acts 2 (selected verses—Day of Pentecost), Matthew 10 (selected verses—Missions Sunday), Matthew 20: 1-16 (Senior Sunday).
I thank God for you. Don’t forget the four words that reminds us of who we are as Christians.
Blessings from Duncanville, Pastor Frank