From the Pastor's Pen
Thank you to the Church Board and congregation for your kind and generous expressions of appreciation during Pastor Appreciation Month from Carol and me, Phil and Deb Gilmore, and Connie and Dana Young! You are a great congregation and we appreciate you, your love, your prayers, your encouragement, and your support. It is our privilege to serve in His kingdom alongside of you!
Exciting things continue to happen at Albion Nazarene and through the ministries of our congregation! New individuals and families continue to come and join with us in worship and service. If you are one of them, it is thrilling to have you as part of our congregation! God has led you our direction and we consider it to then be our responsibility to join with you on your spiritual journey, to pray for you, and to help you to find a place of service in the Kingdom of God. We will soon be planning an event (with food) where you can sit down with myself and our pastoral staff and ministry directors so that you can get to know us a bit and have the opportunity to answer any of your questions.
The Sunday evening rehearsals for the children/youth Christmas program are going well. They start their rehearsal at 5:30. I am meeting with adults at 6PM to have a Bible study where we have the opportunity to apply Scripture to our lives and have discussion that is encouraging and growth oriented. Others are working on the costumes and set for the program. At 6:45 we gather together for a 15 minute devotional before finishing by 7PM. We are having between 40 and 50 participating on Sunday evenings!
This is the month of Thanksgiving. I believe that, while it is helpful to have a month where we focus on giving thanks, we benefit from living a lifestyle and mental attitude of gratitude throughout the year. We are healthier in every way if we are grateful people...grateful to God, our family, our church, and our friends. Also, take this opportunity to thank those you come into contact with on a daily basis. Thank the restroom attendant at highway rest areas for doing such a good job. Thank your waiter or waitress for doing a great job (and leave them a good tip). Thank the store clerk for working on a day that you are enjoying having off work (like Black Friday). They may be required to be there, but you can bring cheer to their day with a smile and a showing of appreciation. I will be sharing this challenge on our church Facebook page to share other ideas and stories of who you said thank you to or who thanked you.
Please keep our college students in prayer as they navigate the world beyond high school and sometimes living outside of their family home. Pray also for our young people who have entered the military or the work force. A word to all those young adults: Your relationship with God is valuable, the most valuable thing that you have! I encourage you to value it and protect it. Don’t give it up for an agnostic/atheistic prof, an employer who doesn’t honor God, friends who encourage you to walk away from what you believe and what you stand for. Have your devotional time regularly and keep going to church. You may no longer be close to your home church or you may not be able to come to your home church every weekend, BUT go to church where you are. If you need help finding a good one, please ask me. We love you and want to see your faith mature throughout these new chapters of your life.
Let’s continue to share the love of God lavishly with those around us! Love God passionately and love others just as passionately! Jesus said that those were the two greatest commandments for us. God loves us so much, how can we do less or give Him our second or third best? (Matthew 22:37-39)
Have a great month! See you in church!
In Christ’s Love,
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