Today is Friday, the day after Christmas 2014.
I was told that it was out there. It had gotten my curiosity and I have lived long enough to have seen it once before. I kept looking for it and finally found what had been elusive from recent memory… Oh, what an early Christmas gift… $1.99/gallon gasoline. This gift came a week before Christmas. I was pleased and filled the gasoline tank with such a precious commodity at a historic price.
The office is closed today, just-in-case you wanted to drop by and visit. The email for Frankly Speaking gets delivered to your computer at 5:00 a.m. every Friday morning. Some folks comment shortly thereafter about what I have said in the current epistle. Others forward them to family and friends in their address book, or print a few that are saved for a later date to enjoy… I am told and honored.
The next one will begin a new year, 2015. Where did 2014 go?
First, thank you for being faithful readers to conversations I have with you from my heart. The number subscribing to our church news and Frankly Speaking increases. Information is power, Robin Morgan and others have quoted. So, we try to bring as much information as you are able to enjoy, relate and share. We will be changing website management next week, if not already. I will ask that you be patient, knowing that it will be better for the church and for folks looking for a church.
By month-end, many will be receiving a publication entitled Faithful Giving 2014. My goal is to share with you how all financial gifts made a difference in the mission and ministry of the church. In the writing of this note my prayer will be that we end the year strong, financially and spiritually as we have previous years.
I am hopeful that 2015 will be a year where the church will be looking at other church-wide missional projects, life studies, pastoral care emphasis, possible Capital Campaign for some significant and needed repairs (long overdue). Our youth will be planning various projects and mission trips. Our little ones will be singing and growing. Our music ministry will continue to build upon its great traditions of music (handbell ringers needed—see Reid).
I am blessed with a great staff and lay leadership of the church. Without faithful and committed staff and Lay Leadership THIS CHURCH COULD NOT MAKE IT! I am so proud of all who have given time, passion, hands-on work and counsel to the many needs of this church. Thank you!
I now have a Twitter name, @PFrank_Speaking. Do you know how hard it is for me to be brief – 140 characters? Twitter just might be the element towards shorter sermons—do I hear a faint Amen in the background?
This Sunday begins a new year in worship. I trust that God will do what he does best, and finds us doing what we do best…all for his Kingdom.
PS: Sorry, Twitter did not help the brevity of this epistle. Maybe the next one might be influenced.