Pastor’s Paragraphs: August 11, 2017

You will note inside the list of names to be considered in Deacon Nomination.  On Sunday morning you will have the privilege of placing up to ten names in nomination for the coming three-year term of service on our Deacon Council.  Following a time of assessment and consideration by the candidates, a slate on names will be brought back to the church for election in early September.  I urge you to read carefully both the information about Deacon service in our church as well as Scripture passages associated with Deacons.  It is clear the Bible points to Christian men of the highest character and spiritual discipline.  This year in particular, you will be nominating men who will work with the next Pastor.  I trust that you will consider the Deacon Nomination process this year with the utmost care and prayer.

You will also find information this week about the upcoming Sunday School year and other special ministry opportunities.  Of all the Sundays you don’t want to miss with your children and youth is promotion Sunday.  It is an exciting time for them to meet new teachers and make new friends.  It is also a good time to invite neighbor children who do not attend church to come with your family.  As I have said, virtually every one of us knows people who do not attend church anywhere.  Statistics tell us that about half or more of these would at least come one time if given a personal invitation.  We have outstanding teachers in all these age groups.

Wednesday evenings are always special with both music and missions.  Please see the enclosed announcement and plan to be present next Wednesday evening for the big Kick-off Event from 5:45 to 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.  This will be a family event so don’t plan just to drop children off.  A very special program is planned.  There will be no Bible Study and Prayer Meeting next Wednesday night in lieu of this special event.

I encourage you to read the information about Serve Day on September 9.  Sometimes people say we need to do more outside the church walls.  This is a chance for many of us to make a difference for Christ by meeting needs on that Saturday morning.  Listen for more information in a special announcement Sunday morning.

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