Make the Switch

Dear Church, How have you been? How have you been doing mentally, spiritually, and physically this week with all the freezing weather? If you are

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Lenten Devotionals

Dear Church, Let’s do this Lenten journey thing together. And what better way to do so than with a daily devotional written by our friends.

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Vision

Dear Church,

Six months ago, we embarked on a journey. The Bishop and conference brought us together to be in ministry alongside our neighbors and serve those in our mission field. Our vision for the future is to continue our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Without a clear vision, we may not be able to see accurately. Without a refined vision, we may go around and around as in a roundabout. The mission is to make disciples. The vision is to transform the world. We refine and define our vision by assessing our present location or where we are now and asking ourselves where we want to go from here. If we consider that everything is fine as is and we want to stay where we are, then by all means, we do not need to do anything. To remain idle is like a church on hospice.

However, if we envision a future where we are reaching more people for Christ and are committed to following the ways of Jesus, we must define our steps and create a pathway to get there. We evaluate our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Continuing to do the same things repeatedly and expecting different results is not the answer. We must continuously recruit new people in new positions to bring their ideas to the table and to have new conversations and diverse perspectives.

Put simply; it’s like mapping where we’re going. Our map must first know our current location before calculating our destination. Only then will our map app line up our path with a plan to get to where we want to go. And along the way, we may encounter delays and obstacles, but with a plan in place, we can deviate and continue the journey.

In the past six months, our worship attendance increased slightly. As I have heard from several people, there is a new energy in the room. My vision for the next 12 months is to engage more people for Jesus, specifically younger people. One way we will accomplish this is with the help of a Children’s Ministry Director. The position is currently open and available. Another way of reaching more people is by enhancing our music ministry. Weekly, our media team continues to need help. One week our livestream works well; the next week, our sound is lost. The sound is excellent in a particular section of the sanctuary, while our voices are barely heard in other areas. Every aspect is a work in progress, but we can better define a path forward by analyzing our current position and making improvements.

Ultimately, our worship attendance will consequently increase as a result of our commitment to engaging the people in our mission field. We must sometimes ask whether we are genuinely committed to following Jesus and continuing his mission, or are we standing in the way, causing a delay? I pray that we are all committed followers and seek to move forward.

I look forward to seeing you Sunday!
Pastor Sela

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Mary Sings Of A Just World

Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, 2022 Rev. Sela Finau                         Mary Sings of a Just World Scripture: Luke 1:46-55 (NRSV) My soul magnifies the Lord, and

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Magnify the Lord

Friday, December 23, 2022 Rev. Sela Finau Magnify the Lord Scripture: Luke 1:46-47 (NRSV) And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit

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Great Joy

Thursday, December 22, 2022 Frankie Adams                                     Great Joy Scripture: Luke 2:10-11 (NRSV) But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for see, I am

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Rejoice

Wednesday, December 21, 2022 Rev. Sammie Ellis Rejoice Scripture: Philippians 4:4 (KJV) “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice.”  Devotion: Paul is

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The Lord Is My Shepherd

Tuesday, December 20, 2022 Tom Wiggins The Lord Is My Shepherd Scripture: Psalm 23:1 (NIV) The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. Devotion:

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Be Patient

Monday, December 19, 2022 Terry Meyer Be Patient Scripture: James 5:7-10 (NRSV) “Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits

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Do Not Be Afraid

Week Four Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 18, 2022 Rev. Sela Finau Do Not Be Afraid Scripture: Isaiah 12:2 (NRSV) I will trust, and will

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Advent

Saturday, December 17, 2022 Collette McFarland  What Advent Means To Me Scripture: Matthew 24:27 (NRSV) For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes

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Relationship with Jesus

Friday, December 16, 2022 Terry Meyer Relationship with Jesus Scripture: Psalm 72:18 (NRSV) “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous

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Make the Switch

Dear Church, How have you been? How have you been doing mentally, spiritually, and physically this week with all the freezing weather? If you are

Read More »

Lenten Devotionals

Dear Church, Let’s do this Lenten journey thing together. And what better way to do so than with a daily devotional written by our friends.

Read More »

Vision

Dear Church,

Six months ago, we embarked on a journey. The Bishop and conference brought us together to be in ministry alongside our neighbors and serve those in our mission field. Our vision for the future is to continue our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Without a clear vision, we may not be able to see accurately. Without a refined vision, we may go around and around as in a roundabout. The mission is to make disciples. The vision is to transform the world. We refine and define our vision by assessing our present location or where we are now and asking ourselves where we want to go from here. If we consider that everything is fine as is and we want to stay where we are, then by all means, we do not need to do anything. To remain idle is like a church on hospice.

However, if we envision a future where we are reaching more people for Christ and are committed to following the ways of Jesus, we must define our steps and create a pathway to get there. We evaluate our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Continuing to do the same things repeatedly and expecting different results is not the answer. We must continuously recruit new people in new positions to bring their ideas to the table and to have new conversations and diverse perspectives.

Put simply; it’s like mapping where we’re going. Our map must first know our current location before calculating our destination. Only then will our map app line up our path with a plan to get to where we want to go. And along the way, we may encounter delays and obstacles, but with a plan in place, we can deviate and continue the journey.

In the past six months, our worship attendance increased slightly. As I have heard from several people, there is a new energy in the room. My vision for the next 12 months is to engage more people for Jesus, specifically younger people. One way we will accomplish this is with the help of a Children’s Ministry Director. The position is currently open and available. Another way of reaching more people is by enhancing our music ministry. Weekly, our media team continues to need help. One week our livestream works well; the next week, our sound is lost. The sound is excellent in a particular section of the sanctuary, while our voices are barely heard in other areas. Every aspect is a work in progress, but we can better define a path forward by analyzing our current position and making improvements.

Ultimately, our worship attendance will consequently increase as a result of our commitment to engaging the people in our mission field. We must sometimes ask whether we are genuinely committed to following Jesus and continuing his mission, or are we standing in the way, causing a delay? I pray that we are all committed followers and seek to move forward.

I look forward to seeing you Sunday!
Pastor Sela

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