In May, we are
focused on how we are Better Together in Offering Ourselves
and Better Together in Giving.
It’s remarkable to
see how many people have “offered themselves,” how many hours our church family has
given, and how much mental energy and money members have contributed to serving God! I tried to calculate the totals for this
article, and I had to abandon the effort.
There was just too much information!
Surely we ARE Better Together.
So, THANK YOU!
Thank you to so many of you who have “offered yourselves” in different
ways in April and May! From Scramble Up South Highlands at the end
of March to delivering books and cheer to our home-bound members, you have
offered yourselves as living sacrifices.
I prefer “living parables.”
On Sundays, we have dozens of
members who teach Sunday School, lead prayer, teach and care for children,
greet members and visitors, usher and greet at worship, collect the offering,
sing in the choir, play instruments, make coffee, teach and lead the youth,
host coffee stations and distribute visitor cards and bags, drive golf-carts .
. . and the list goes on. That is just a
Through the week, members *deliver
meals-on-wheels, *visit hospitals and home-bound members, *do dozens of
projects with the Tuesday Team - from preparing Sunday School materials for the
children’s ministry to assembling bags
for new member, *write letters to visitors and new members, *rehearse worship
music as choir and band and soloists, *supervise
youth group and children’s music and missions programs, *meet for prayer, *lead or
participate in small groups of every kind, *lead or participate in Bible
Studies and book studies, *serve meals at The Gathering, *meet to supervise the
business of the church, *work with ALL groups at the FBC School, *mobilize to
do mission projects and service all over the city, *meet to pray for missions
and to raise money for missions, *lead early-morning exercise groups and
prayer-groups, *teach ESL (English as a Second Language) to non-English
speakers - using the Bible as a witness, *support the Hardisons . . .. I cannot list everything. However, Elane and I are working on a way to
give you a complete - if ever-changing--picture.
Eventually, you will be able to see it in Room 115!
Perhaps this is the most remarkable
service of all: our family of faith is
constantly and consistently working to share the Good News of Jesus . . . the steadfast
Love of God and the Hope of the Gospel . . . with people from everywhere.
Discipleship is contagious!! As we walk the WAY of Jesus together, following Jesus as closely as
we can, we begin to find ourselves becoming more and more aware of God’s spirit
leading us. God’s spirit starts moving
in and among us, and we “catch fire!”
Perhaps that is what happened to those very first believers at
Pentecost. I see it happening here, and
it is so glorious that it almost takes away my breath.
So thank you. Thank you for trusting GOD and for trusting
one another enough to walk together! Praise God, from whom ALL blessings flow!