From the Pastor's Pen
"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it."
RECORDS ARE BEING BROKEN!!! Not necessarily the ones we would like to break, but they are being broken! Erie—most snow of any city over 100,000 people in the whole USA! Yesterday, March 3rd—lowest high temperature on record for any day in March in the history of weather records! WHAT!! You don’t think 6 above is typical March weather! I believe that we had the lowest low, too at about 12 below!
Actually, I believe that we are breaking some other records as well, some good ones to break!
· A record number of services blessed by God in a special way since the start of 2014;
· A record level of involvement in the discipleship small group that meets on Sunday evenings at 6:30 (in the last 10 to 15 years);
· A record number of people involved in discipleship and looking at how to answer the question, “Who are you discipling and who is discipling you?”
· I also believe that records are being broken in many of your lives as you draw closer to the Lord than you have ever been and are maturing in Him to a whole new level!
What does God want to do in your life? Are you letting Him do it? Don’t pray, “Help me, God!” and then limit His capacity to impact your life by not letting Him do what He needs to do to help you. Trust Him! Give Him full freedom in your life. You will be amazed by what records you can see broken through Him. Maybe it is an addiction. Maybe it is a string of damaged relationships. Maybe it is a negative, defeatist attitude. He has great plans for you, your loved ones, and His church! Don’t miss out on them!
It is great to have Pastor Phil Gilmore and his wife, Debbie, back with us. Pastor Phil will be preaching on Palm Sunday and leading us in communion on Maundy Thursday. He has had to retire due to health problems but we will have him helping out as he is able. Phil and Deb were with us for several years while he did him internship at our church, prior to pastoring at our Corry church and his ordination.
How can I help you answer the above question in the third bullet point? “Who are you discipling and who is discipling you?” I can help you find someone to disciple you. I can work toward having someone for you to disciple. We will let God lead us with those discipleship relationships and I would love to help you. Please ask me! I want to see you mature further in your faith journey.
In Christ’s Love,
Also from the Pastor: There is a way that you can help to support your church that will not cost you anything except a few minutes of your time! This is available to all of you who are online and can include your friends and family members who don't even attend your church! The organization is called iGive and they have given $6,256,703.91 to charitable organizations. Right now there are 8 of us from the church who have joined and we have made $56.16 for the church since we started joining in February 2012. Here's what happens. You go to the link on their site for our church and you sign up. You allow them to put an icon on your web browser toolbar. Then, when you go online to make a purchase, you will be automatically informed what percentage of your purchase will go to your church. The church will receive $5 just from you joining and then $5 more after you make your first purchase through iGive. You pay the same price for your online purchase and the stores make a donation through iGive to your church. Hundreds of sites will donate to our church through shopping that you may already be doing. Purchases such as clothing, travel, hotels, and books are just a few of the ones that can count toward the donation to our church. Carol and I just stayed at a Comfort Inn in Arlington, VA for 5 nights and about 3% of our expense is being given to the church!
I encourage you to sign up and get your friends and family members to do the same. People can even show up on our list of supporters as "Anonymous" if they prefer. If you have any questions or need help, please let me know.
Click on the above iGive button or you can go directly to the iGive site with this web address: