19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’
Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I know we have taken strides forward in the past several months on our “Journey” of discipleship. As I reported at Charge Conference, we have celebrated infant baptism, adult baptism and Confirmation. All-in-all, we have received nine members by Profession of Faith so far this year. We have sent out two mission teams, one to Washington, IL and one to Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House. Interest in mission trips outside the U.S. is on the rise and we have financially supported foreign mission work. We have assisted a number of members and non-members with financial help in times of need.
We have collected approximately 300 Bibles to be distributed by Love Packages ministries to those who have had no access to God’s Word. Our youth have participated in community events such as Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. The Building Better Moms ministry is now underway. I have heard testimonies from some who are actively participating in the 10X10 Journey. [Our focus for October is: Increase giving by 10%] We are now in the midst of our stewardship initiative- “Committed to Christ: Six Steps to a Generous Life”. We should and will rejoice in our accomplishments, but there is still much work to be done to fulfill our mission as a church, especially in the area of financial support.
On Sunday, October 5, you will be asked to commit to your financial giving to the church in 2015. Please be in prayer now about what God is calling you to give to the church. Then, on Sunday, October 19, we will celebrate together what God is doing in our lives and through our church. The “Blend” quartet will be with us to provide enjoyable and inspiring music for worship (Mark your calendar and then share the flyer included in this newsletter with a friend). There will be a brief, pastor-led, Sunday School lesson for all in Jensen Hall following worship. We should have preliminary results of the giving pledges to announce. We will then enjoy a carry-in style potluck dinner at noon. Make a commitment to be there – and come prepared to rejoice in the Lord and celebrate the fellowship and ministries of our church. God bless.