Hope your Saturday today is a good one. I’m writing this early Saturday morning just before Martha and I head out on a double date as Saturday mornings are usually our date nights. Then tonight I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at the Clarkstons for the Bible Class party.
During November our theme is “Change the World” and we have a couple of significant events upcoming. On November 17, we will have Baby Dedication day (contact our office if you want to participate) and also on that day we will highlight various ministries to children that are right here on our front porches. Four ministries will be with us that day and will have booths set up in lobby: Arms of Hope; Family to Family; Hope for Haiti’s Children; and Lunches of Love.
Next Sunday, as part of our “Change the World” monthly theme, will be Missions Sunday. We will highlight what you make possible on a global basis through your faithful and enthusiastic generosity. We will receive a special Missions Offering and we will highlight what God is doing in our four major foreign works: Uganda; Peru; Honduras; and Haiti.
Jerry Morris, our Missions Committee Chairman, reminded me yesterday just what a tough year it’s been personally on three of our missionary families. He said something along these lines, “I want our people to sense what a privilege it is to partner with such incredible missionary families. They are the real deal, they are courageous and they are inspiring.”
Tomorrow morning will kick off the “Change the World” series with a group of empty chairs on the stage that represent various people in your life and mine. We cannot fix the world, nor can we re-make it, but we can change the world one life and one soul at a time. Just because we can’t fix the world, that doesn’t mean we can’t—and don’t—change the world every day in significant ways.
The single greatest gift you can give to another person is an introduction to the God who created them, who loves them, and who has a purpose for their life. Nothing beats it—not monetary gains, not job opportunities, not recognition or accolades.
In closing, let me encourage you to give a huge thanks to a couple of stellar staff members who recently stepped aside from their staff work. Sherilan Harden supported with excellence our Youth and Children’s Ministries for 14 years and Mary Fink (whose last day was this past Thursday) supported our Children’s Ministries, also with excellence, for eight years. These are terrific women of God and I sure appreciate their service.
All God’s Very Best to You,
P.S. I hope to see many of you at our New Member Info lunch tomorrow at 12:15.