Do you remember the old chorus, “God is so good!”? I’ve been singing that in my head since yesterday. I love to watch what happens when God moves on His people and they reach out in ministry to people in need. I praise the Lord for your outpouring of support for little James Carr and the whole family as they travel this week to Boston for James’ surgery. Pray for this little boy and his family every day this week because even though the surgery is scheduled for Friday, there will be lots going on between now and then. We will make every effort to keep you all informed every step of the way. Several have asked about the surgery. Glinda posted the link to the YouTube video that Kerri made to explain what was going on. If you didn’t see it, click on this link and watch: https://youtu.be/Dz8Pi94c2gU. And please keep praying for Chapel, Brittany, and Misha (hope the spelling is correct) that the council will meet and approve the certificate they need to finalize this process. Dear friends, you made this pastor proud by the way you prayed and ministered to both of these families yesterday.
What more can I say? Lots! Bro. Dick blessed our hearts with his singing. The choir knocked it out of the park with their special. From start to finish, our worship service was fantastic. You won’t believe this, but we had so much going on that I forgot to mention that we had another great day in Sunday School with 211 in attendance. Praise the Lord! I also received word from one of our small groups that everyone was in attendance and having a great time. I love to hear those kinds of reports because they tell me that we are right on track with what God wants to do in our church.
Now, to discuss what God wants to do in our church, we are having a Town Hall meeting in the fellowship hall at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday. I would encourage you to sign up for the meal prior to the meeting because it will be great. Then stay with us for the next hour as we talk about what God is doing and what you want to see God do in the future right here at FBC Dadeville. Your Strategic Planning Team will begin by sharing briefly about what we have been discussing, but the major focus for this meeting will be for us to listen to you. We want to hear what God has been saying to you about our church. I need to ask you to do me one huge favor: let’s keep this positive as we focus on how we can best minister to our community and to our members. The way that our Team started this process was to think about the future without any limitations because anything is possible if it comes from God. Then we started looking at what it would take to get to that point, and that is what I want you to do. Ask God to show you His vision for our church, and then let’s map out a way to get there.
I want to remind you of two things concerning this Sunday: we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper in our morning worship service, and we will have our regular business meeting in the evening service. We will meet at 5:00 p.m. for our potluck supper and then take care of the business of the church. Make sure you attend both services.
We are about to get into the busy time of our year with the holidays coming up, and I’m not talking about Halloween – even though that is going to be a great opportunity for us to reach out to our community. Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming quickly, and I am excited about sharing this holiday season with you. This is going to be a great time to worship our Heavenly Father and to get to know each other better, and both of these are key to growing spiritually as well as building the Kingdom of God. So, let’s make this a celebration that we will never forget at FBC Dadeville as we put the emphasis where it belongs – on the Father. So here is what I am asking you to do.
- Pray for your church staff as we pray over, plan, and prepare for the services.
- Be at every service if at all possible and join in heartfelt, passionate worship.
- Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to join you. Offer to pick them up, sit with them, and take them to lunch.
- And let the JOY OF THE LORD so fill you that everyone around you starts asking, “What happened to you?” Then tell them!
Thank you, church, for being a great church, and thank you for letting me be your pastor.
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