8/13/2013: Pastoral Reflections

Pastoral Reflections:

“Keep America Beautiful” is a great campaign that involves us as Americans on three key issues: litter prevention, waste reduction/recycling, and greening and beautification. It involves over 1000 community organizations and thousands of volunteers in major projects across the United States in maintaining and keeping America beautiful.

This Saturday morning I will be here at the church at 9 a.m. to work on the church grounds and on any other project that will beautify our church. How we maintain and beautify our church facilities is an important statement of faith. This is my church, but more importantly, this is God’s church. The Psalmist could have not articulated it better when, in the 84th Psalm, he exclaims, “How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the LORD.” I encourage you to come and participate. Let’s see if our two riding mowers can be used. Presently Joe Frausto brings his riding mower, so that there can be three. If you have grass trimmers to trim and to edge, bring them with you. If you have shrub trimmers or branch cutters, bring them with you. We have in our church two beautiful gardens that need our attention. They are in desperate need of cleaning. Jean Adams has already cleaned and placed mulch on the gazebo rose beds. Please consider coming. There are other tasks to be done such as cleaning the windows in the narthex and welcome area of our church. I will have available the large grass clipping bags. Let’s see how many of these we can fill.

On another note, the Spanish congregation of our church is to begin a training program to equip laity to lead home fellowships. The program begins this Wednesday. This is a fruit from the revival services that were held this summer. The idea is to make each of our homes a place where Christ is offered, celebrated, and followed through Christian discipleship. Please pray for this outreach program.

My hope is to see you soon, whether in worship or at your homes.
Raul