Good Folks, it is Friday, November 13, 2015. Yes, I failed to have a Frankly Speaking last Friday. I did not budget my time as I should have and…you know the rest of the story.
It is just about the middle of November 2015 and where has the year gone? The fall season is one of my favorite times of the year. The air has a crisp cool feeling, the leaves begin to become different colors and eventually fall to the ground. St. Augustine grass normally stops growing; however, this year some Winter Rye seed has been spread throughout the campus to help fertilize the ground and give grass to some bare spots. This is work in progress.
The fall season brought our annual Charge Conference meeting on Monday of this week, where reports of difference church committees were shared and voted upon and we heard Bishop McKee encourage the church to “Ignite Hope.” A video was presented to the cluster churches gathered at First Cedar Hill. You are invited to receive an email copy (pdf) of the entire Charge Conference report, or a hardcopy by emailing Debi Ely at firstname.lastname@example.org, and well get one to you.
This time of the year gets many to reflect of the previous 11 months of mission and ministry. After events I ask the staff certain questions. What went right? What went wrong? How can we do this better? Even in my life and life events do I ask those questions. Oftentimes, we have an opportunity to work at getting better. Sometimes, we do not have an opportunity to correct a mistake or take back an unkind word or make amends.
Sunday continues the sermon series, “The Faith We Sing.” In short, do we believe what we sing? It took me many years to begin to read the words of the hymns I have sung for most of my life. Yes, I sang them with gusto; but did I actually read them and believe what I eventually sung?
The hymn that I will preach on will be in conjunction with the scripture from John 7:37-38, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” God is stirring a heart that needed to be stirred with this preacher.
We will continue our “Are You In?” Stewardship Campaign, with pledge cards brought on November 22 during both services. I continue to thank God for your generosity in our recent Campus Revival Capital Campaign. God is generous to all of us…and I ask that you faithfully continue your support in our stewardship campaign. The first construction project on the flats roofs of the church campus is underway. We will be meeting with other contractors soon to setup schedules for work on our projects.
Thank you for being the church: faithful to your calling.
Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NRSV)