Good Folks, it is Friday, September 18, 2015.
The fall season of most churches become a whirlwind of activities and our church is no different. There is excitement with a new Sunday School class formed last Sunday which is currently meeting in 414—“Youth Building.” The new group’s name is Parent Zone. Parent(s)/Grandparent(s) raising (grand)children will have a place to study God’s Word, reflect on life’s issues of parenting and allow God to work through each other as supporters and encouragers. I am so thankful for the leadership that has made this possible. Kudos to Angie & Keith Bilbrey.
Music is changing as we will be searching for a new accompanist. A congregational email went out yesterday about our beloved Susan leaving our staff soon. Our prayers are with her.
Our children’s music program has taken a huge step in starting up our children’s choirs and a new children’s hand bell group. Kudos to Betsy. The Chancel Choir is rolling again with a planned Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 13. Mark your calendar! Did I mention that a new men’s chorus has been practicing after the regular choir practice time? Men are invited to join us (Hint, Hint, Hint).
The after-school tutoring program has started and is gearing up for another season of helping our elementary school children from Central Elementary. Our partnership with Central is strengthened by your continued support.
There will be a mission trip to Panama in eight days from today. Several of us will be going to unpack the Project 3.7 container and begin that mission outpost’s medical emphasis to a greater height. Pictures will be sent to share during the eight days of travel and mission work that will be experienced. I am blessed to be part of this initial group.
All of this is great for the church to experience as long as we do not forget our mandate of disciple-making. I closed a recent choir practice rehearsal time with a prayer, and as always, I would lead the choir towards the Lord’s Prayer. But this time I mentioned something to the fact that “As Jesus sang and taught his disciples to pray he teaches us to pray…”
It is not mentioned if Jesus ever sang. I do know that my dear friend–Rabbi Joshua Taub—Temple Emanuel in Beaumont–loves to sing and his congregation can sing out Hebrew songs like we sing “How Great Thou Art.” I would like to have heard how Jesus sang the songs of the temple.
Years ago a wise pastor told me that in the church two things happen–there is church-work, and there is work-of-the-church.
He mentioned that BOTH are important for the growth and stability of the church. On Monday, September 21, 7:00p.m., an important meeting will be held in the sanctuary. All church members are invited to be present. A resolution to borrow funds, if necessary, will be presented for our current Campus Revival Campaign. Please keep this campaign in your prayers as we journey through this season of much-need work on our church properties.
I will close for now. We are going through exciting and challenging times. There is even an element of uncertainty in the air, however, I will always cling to what is certain—God will be with us and Christ will never forsake us. (Genesis 28:15; Deuteronomy 31: 6,8; Joshua 1:5; Isaiah 41:10,17)
May you have a blessed day and weekend.