Good Folks, today is Friday, September 21, 2018. Tomorrow is the first day of the fall season.
They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” John 9:26 (NRSV)
One day, there was a blind man sitting on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet and a sign that read: “I am blind, please help.” A creative publicist was walking by and stopped to observe. He saw that the blind man had only a few coins in his hat. He dropped in more coins and, without asking for permission, took the sign and rewrote it. He returned the sign to the blind man and left. That afternoon the publicist returned to the blind man and noticed that his hat was full of bills and coins. The blind man recognized his footsteps and asked if it was he who had rewritten his sign and wanted to know what he had written on it. The publicist responded: “Nothing that was not true. I just wrote the message a little differently.” He smiled and went on his way. The new sign read: “Today is spring and I cannot see it.” Sometimes we need to change our strategy.
If we always do what we’ve always done, we’ll always get what we’ve always gotten.
There are a few items of great importance for the church:
- PIP Days (Property Improvement Program) – September 28 & 29, October 5 & 6
- Stewardship (Commitment) Sunday, September 30; Pledge Cards
- United Methodist Women Sunday, October 14
- Fall Festival, October 20
- Live Auction & Meal, October 21
- Charge Conference, Sunday, October 28, 5PM
These are important events in the life of the church; however, as a friendly reminder, the Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) has a few tasks for us to continue to work on for the future of the church and its growth. The entire three-page report is available upon request (firstname.lastname@example.org):
- Reaching and Connecting with a Changing Community
- Clear Vision & Direction
- Leadership Development
- Communication & Transparency
- Creating a Culture of Welcome
Teams will be recruited to pray, strategize, discuss, argue and pray some more on what God is doing in our community and how can we be part of it … over and above what we are currently doing. Doing something different that makes a difference.
Praying blessings upon you and your family. Weather forecast for winter: very cold, wet and icy.
Blessings from Duncanville,
Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God. Wm. Carey