January 15, 2021
Dear Church Family,
Every Friday I am encouraged by the fellowship and support I feel with the men who gather for prayer each week. If any of you men are available at 9:00 am on Fridays, we “sharpen” each other in prayer on a weekly basis and we’d love for others to join with us. Come on out next week if you have the time.
The Echo student ministry is going strong every Wednesday night. It is terrific to see our teenagers studying God’s Word together. This past quarter we’ve been studying the book of Proverbs on a variety of topics highlighted in this book of the Bible. This week we featured the verses that talk about friendships, which is an important issue for students. I’m praying God helps our young people form good and godly friendships and create “good peer pressure” to live holy lives for our Lord.
Remember that we have a group that meets together on Thursdays to encourage each other spiritually and play a friendly game of volleyball in our Family Life Center. It’s a great time together and perhaps that would be a good outlet for more of you. Contact Mike Morrow for more information.
What are you doing on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm? If you are not busy, we’d love for you to log into our Facebook Bible study time called “Grounded Group”. Just go to our church Facebook page and watch live each Wednesday night. “Like” and “share” the link with others to get the word out.
I hope to see you this Sunday morning at 9:30 am. If you can’t come in person, join us on our YouTube channel. Just search our church name on YouTube or go to our church website and you can click on the link from there.
I love you all,
January 8, 2021
Dear Church Family,
With the recent events in Washington, D.C. this New Year is shaping up to be tumultuous and chaotic. I wish I could say it looks like better days ahead but it may be a more accurate prediction to anticipate more difficulties and consternation.
Will you despair? Will you lose hope? No, not us! We will hope in the Lord our God. We will not stop trusting Him to deliver and to make us strong for the challenge. In our prayer time together this morning, the men of our church who came together to pray read Psalm 91 in which we were reminded that “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’” Let’s all adopt that approach to 2021 and trust God to sustain us and prosper His cause.
We will celebrate our Lord Jesus Christ in our service this coming Sunday morning as we take the bread and cup together in Communion. If you are able, please join with us as we “Remember” our Lord and honor Him as our Redeemer, Savior and Lord. It is one of the ways we “sharpen” one another “like iron sharpens iron” (Prov. 27:17).
Pray for our new officers for 2021. We installed them last week and now rely on them for their crucial roles in helping lead us into a fruitful New Year. Similarly, pray for your Sunday School teacher and many other helpers who serve faithfully each week with our teens and children and adults.
We are quickly approaching half way in our drive to raise the money necessary to lay out a new “Welcome Mat” for our church. Repaving the parking lot will be a beautiful way to welcome everyone as we join together in fellowship around the Word of God each and every week. It will add to the safety and beauty of our facility as well. Please give as best you can to help us reach our goal by this Summer.
Don’t you just love Pete and Cindi Dodd? They are wonderful leaders for our church programming and our church family. They strive to help us “Exalt Christ in all things” and they make a difference for us in practically everything we do! Pray for them and seek to find where you might be able to help as they organize our work for a New Year.
I love you all. Please let me know if there is some way I can be of benefit to you in your walk with the Lord. If you have some need or some concerns, I want to be available to you.
May the Lord strengthen you and give you courage for 2021. Let’s shine for Jesus with kindness, integrity, love, and good deeds that reflect well on our Savior.
December 25, 2020
Dear Church Family,
Celebrate! Enjoy! Rejoice!
Christ’s birth is the central event of human history that marks all of our calendars. There was time before His birth and time after His birth but His birth marks the climax of all human history. Our calendar reflects the central position Jesus has to the history of all time. It is appropriate that everything is all the world is calculated in relationship to the birth of Jesus!
So, we give each other gifts to celebrate Him. We sing songs to honor Him. We stop our jobs in order to worship Him. This singular day of the year stands out not because of fictious characters but because of the very real coming of the God-Man, Jesus Christ.
Have a great time celebrating Jesus. Even a world-wide pandemic cannot stop our recognition of Jesus as Lord and Savior. This is essential.
You may be alone today or with others but make your first priority to worship Christ and enjoy the greatest gift of Jesus Himself. Then, enjoy all the blessings that God has given you and pray for His mercy to continue to live for His glory.
I love you all today and everyday!
December 18, 2020
Dear Church Family,
Merry Christmas! What a wonderful time of year to celebrate the birth of our Savior. Sure, it’s been a different kind of year and you’ve probably had to make more adjustments in your traditions than you’d like, but we’re pressing on in this great effort to proclaim the fact that the Savior of the world was born in Bethlehem and lives today to save us from our sin.
I hope you are able to join together this Christmas Sunday at 9:30 am to worship our Lord and explore His revelation to us. We’ll dig into John 1 as we draw our Challenging Chapters sermon series to an end. We’ll let this chapter inform us about who Christ really is and we’ll worship Him with gladness of heart.
Will you be able to help us with a special offering in addition to your regular giving this week? I’m praying God will help us make significant progress in our quest to repave our parking lot in order to welcome new and old friends alike for years to come. If you are able to help us, please mark your offering as designated for the “Forward” campaign toward the parking lot project. We’ve got a very good start already (approx. $38,000.00) and I believe God will help us reach our goal by this summer.
I can’t hardly wait for our Christmas Candlelight Celebration this Sunday at 4:00 and 6:00 pm. The Chime Choir will direct our praise to God for the gift of His Son and we’ll blend our voices in singing the Carols of Christmas. “Fear not” was the message of the angels in their proclamation to the shepherds because the birth of this divine child would bring “good news” for the whole world. You will want to be a part of this wonderful service this year. Make your reservations and join us this Sunday.
For those that need to stay home these days, please know that we miss you and love you. We may wave to you again this week during the service just to let you know we’re thinking of you and know that you are with us in spirit as we worship the Lord.
I love you all,
December 11, 2020
Dear Church Family,
Have you ever heard a chime choir? We’ve never featured a chime choir in our Christmas celebrations before but this Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Christ with a beautiful chime choir. COVID has caused us to make many adjustments in programing and procedures and not having a regular choir is one of those adjustments. But we’ve found another way to “Exalt Christ in all things” and this season it will involve the splendor of chiming God’s praise. I hope you have already made your reservations for one of our two programs for Sunday, December 20 at 4:00 or 6:00 pm. If not, follow the link below to make your reservations or watch online to the live broadcast. Either way, we want the message of the Incarnation to be celebrated and proclaimed from our ministry yet again this year at this special time of year.
Sunday School has been a blessing each week as we fellowship around God’s Word. God has given us gifted teachers and faithful students. The church is an educational institution in which we teach one another and “sharpen” one another to know and live for the Lord. I’m grateful so many are still able to participate in this vital ministry.
Please consider joining with others in our church in a special Christmas offering to help us complete this final project in our Forward: A Vision for Growth campaign. We’ve got a very good start on raising $100,000 to resurface our parking lot and we could really advance in a big way this Christmas if you would help us. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could see this project come to completion this summer? Thank you for praying about your part in this effort.
Some are needing to stay quarantined at home these days. We miss you and pray for you. I know it is hard to be shut in at home. It has now been a long time for many of you and I’m sure you would dearly love to come back out to public worship services. We continue to ask for God’s mercy to stop this pandemic and allow folks to be regular in attendance at church once again. If there is some way we could help you maintain a connection by watching our services online, please let us know. Many volunteers are working hard to make services possible. We appreciate their dedication each week.
Merry Christmas. I love you all.