From the Pastor's Pen
Fall is upon us and what a beautiful time of the year it is in NW PA and NE Ohio! The leaves are changing and there is beauty all around us. Praise God for the intricacies and the beauty of His creation of this world and even more so for the life that He has given us, both physically and spiritually! Jesus said that He came so that we could live our lives more abundantly. (John 10:10) He didn’t mean a life without problems, but a life full of meaning, purpose, and His presence to guide us and strengthen us.
Thank you for praying for Rock the Lakes, Erie and thank you to those of you who were counselors and volunteers in some other area. We had several young people connected to our church who accepted Christ as their Savior and now discipleship will begin with them, as well as with any others who Rock the Lakes asks us to follow-up on. I learned last night that around 1500 people who were not even there accepted Christ. They were watching on the internet and responded to the call to begin a relationship with Christ. Praise the Lord.
On Sunday evening October 12th we will begin preparing for the children/teen Christmas musical. We have moved the time to earlier (5:30PM to 7PM) so that parents can get their younger ones home and in bed at a reasonable hour. One or more of our pastors will be available the first hour and a quarter to give guidance on discipleship (either your own or how to disciple someone else). We will gather the last 15 minutes of the hour and a half for a devotional. Parents, grandparents, and other adults, we need your help in making costumes and constructing the set for the musical. This is something that we can be doing while the children are practicing. Please bring your children, grandchildren, neighbor children, etc. to practice. Those of you whose children are involved or have been involved in KIDZ KLUB, we are hoping that your child(ren) will be able to be involved in this wonderful experience. The presentation will be on Sunday morning of December 21st at our church and we are hoping to share it at a couple of other locations as well.
Our local women’s retreat is coming up. Please see elsewhere in the newsletter for more details. Let’s all be in prayer for the retreat as well as the two women’s Bible studies that are happening every Thursday.
Thank you to the church board, as representatives of the congregation, in renewing my call to be your pastor for 4 more years. I am happy to accept that call and if the Lord wills, that will take my years of service with you to 27 years. It is my privilege to be your pastor.
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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