IMAGINE…What God Has in Store for Our Future… Apostle Paul Shares his heart for the future and for the church that those who experience Gods deep love. We can pray to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power at work with in us, to him be the glory in the church!
As we watched all the events in Orlando this week a sweet young Christian singer, Christina Grimmie whose life was shorten from our area, with even connections from our church family. The senseless lives that were taken in the night club four days later our hearts are deeply sadden for everyone these tragic events have touched and we lift them up to our God of love grace in such a time as this. My prayer is may the church where ever it be reach and touch these broken and hurting lives as we reach out to the ones the Lord brings our way!
We need to take every opportunity to make a difference for Jesus Christ now out of his deep love for us!
Sharing food at the food bank…helping at the Mayfair…meeting needs through Life groups…sharing your faith or praying with a friend…helping at the yard sale to support special mission projects…or wherever God leads you … let’s make a difference!
We have just completed our Vacation Bible School “Submerged 2016” what a tremendous week of loving boys and girls for Jesus led by a tremendous children’s team.. YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE! This team was led by Rhonda Fraley that has done another incredible job of leading Vacation Bible School and our children’s ministries here at First church the last 3 years.
The Lord has used Pastor Leon and Rhonda to provide a strong foundation to grow a brighter future growing a number of younger families and children. Now they are entering a well-deserved retirement, we desire to continue to see the momentum God has begun by adding a full-time Family & Children’s Pastor to our staff as God provides! This is huge prayer decision that God would provide the right staff and the resources too for us to move forward! Funding for this for this position will include $ 21,000 for the remainder of the year. We must accumulate these funds before we can make a commitment a new staff position. This staff position is a full time position so we will need to continue to believe God and give to support this full time position up to $ 60,000.00 which will include a full package each year to replace the Fraley’s. We look forward to see what God has in store, through your faithfulness as God provided for the Fraley’s we believe God can provide for the future.
There are many new ministries and building projects that are around the corner. Right across from the parlor are four beautiful brand new windows just installed a few weeks ago. We need to put in over a hundred windows as we receive the funding. This project alone is way bigger than we can imagine but we can trust God for the resources and maybe with a couple phases we can see our window project competed before you know it!
As we live out our mission of Loving God …Loving people …Connecting with our neighbors… Making Disciple for the Transformation of the World through Jesus Christ. We can make a difference… Just imagine what God can do with our lives as we continually work together for His glory! We are living in a world and time that continues to experience tragic news, however we can share a fresh hope like we find in God’s word in Lamentations 3: 22 “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed for his mercies are new every morning.” In a day that needs to see hope as a growing reality may we imagine our church a continual growing place of God’s love and grace to meet the needs of our day! AMEN