The Pastor’s Pen

Pastor’s Pen
    

The time has come to bid fare well to the year 2017 and look forward with anticipation to the New Year. This past year, has brought us loss and gain, laughter and sorrow, hope and God’s amazing grace.  Through it all, it has been my joy and honor to serve alongside Tim and Lyndsey Reese. They have been such a blessing to our ministry. Our seventh grade through high school youth group have grown in number and I believe have grown in their relationship with the Lord and His church. But we have also partnered in the overall ministry of our church as Bro. Tim has assumed a more active role in preaching.

Along with Tim and Lyndsey, we are blessed with a dedicated group of volunteers that guide the growth of our elementary group. We are so grateful for the leadership of Courtney Collins that helps our little ones grow up in the faith. Add to them a group of faithful Sunday school teachers who accept the challenge of teaching the Word every Sunday morning. We are grateful for the leadership of Bro. Paul Kester who faithfully serves as our Sunday school Superintendent. I know you will keep all these faithful servants in your prayers.

     Along with all these servants, we are also grateful for the service of our office staff. Helen Hoogendoorn is awesome at   multi-tasking. Helen serves in the office, helps clean the church building, and leads the nursery volunteers. Helen wears many hats and has done so for over twenty years. Our church should be very thankful for faithful and dedicated staff members and a host of giving servants.

But there is more to celebrate. As I write this letter, the work on the remodel of your church building is nearing completion. I believe that we will be holding our first service in our newly remodeled building very soon. We are planning a “reopening’ celebration that will include music, praise and worship along with recognition for the people who worked so hard to make this possible. I have asked Bro. Tim to organize this historic event.  We will post information on our website, in the local paper and in our bulletin as to when we will have our celebration.

We are blessed with so much talent in our church. But, all the talent in the world is of little value without love. We have dedicated servants such as deacons, trustees, worship leaders and people who give with generosity. But I believe this; all these gifts are fruitful because we also have great love for our Lord and each other. May our love for the Lord and each other abound more and more until the Lord returns for His church. When He does, may He find us all faithful!

See You Sunday!

Oren

 

Those That Went To Be With

The Lord In 2017:

 

Mark Stover

Leon Harris

Anna Halford

Dorothy Burton

Nadine Letsinger

Albert Elliott

Marjorie Hauser