I love this church. I loved growing up here. I loved raising my children here. I have loved serving here and still do. I love the vision that so many before me had and those now serving have! I love the multigenerational feel of our congregation and the compassion and care we give to our young families. I love that our biggest budget line item outside of administration is our Christian Education section. We value Christian Education and we put our money where our mouth is and have for years!
As we embark on a new building project which you will be hearing more about in the weeks ahead, I am excited for the church but not just for those of us attending now but for those who will attend…5 years from now, 15 years from now, 25 years from now, 50 years from now…. You get my drift. What we are trying to do is to provide a building that will enable us to “reach, teach, and empower” the next generation and the next.”
I have been blessed to have been in a position to pour into many young lives over the years and it warms my heart to see so many answering the call to lead and to serve and I know there will be more in the months ahead because we are striving to cultivate a desire to serve in our children. The Orange curriculum is very big on that. “Train up a child in the way he should go” and then let him do it. Let them serve. Their parents have caught that vision and many are “all in”. It is exciting to watch!
So here is the challenge: Wherever you are on your life’s journey, you have a calling to further the kingdom of God here on this earth in this time. You will have to pray about it and see where God calls you but in the meantime, please pray for those who are currently leading us, those who are leading our children and youth, and those who will be working on the building project. Support them with your prayers, your love, and your encouragement. They need it because Satan doesn’t rest. Not even at Christmas. Maybe especially at Christmas.
John 3:16-17 tells us:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
As Christians, we are supposed to make sure everyone, everywhere gets this message. We still have much work to do!
I am praying for a blessed and holy Christmas season and a healthy and blessed New Year for all of you! I pray that in the busyness of Christmas we don’t lose sight of the meaning of Christmas. I pray that we don’t let Satan steal our joy! There is a lot to be joyful about even in the midst of earthly struggles.
It has been an honor and a privilege to be an elder of this church! I am excited to see where God is leading us in the days, months, and years ahead!