GREETINGS, EVERYONE! This Sunday, our pulpit guest will be Joe Nogalski. Joe is an experienced pastor with 34 years of vocational ministry experience, and 25 of those as a senior pastor. A couple of years ago, Joe resigned as pastor of Memorial Baptist in New Haven, MO, to take on the role previously occupied by Bob Springate as the area representative for Missouri Baptist Children's Home. With campuses in Bridgeton, Peculiar, and Mount Vernon, I believe the ministry of MBCH is among the most important ministries that we help fund through our gifts to the Missouri Baptist Convention and directly through our monthly "birthday" offerings. The lives of children and families are deeply affected by the gospel through the ministry of MBCH.
But allow me to share with you the critical situation described in a recent letter from MBCH president Russell Martin to us, and to all MBC-related churches:
"We are in a critical situation at MBCH. Because of a lack of staff, we have had to close some of the houses on our campuses. It breaks my heart to know that we have outstanding programs, we have empty beds, and there are children referred to us who need our services, but we do not have the caring, Christian people to care for them. These are children who need to hear the gospel and we don't have the opportunity to share it with them.
"MBCH is seeking to fill live-in and shift positions on our campuses. Live-in staff works one full week and then has the next full week off. The staff filing these positions can live almost anywhere as they commute to and from home just once a week. The live-in positions are great opportunities for married couples, although we also employ singles as well. Shift staff typically works eight or ten hours per shift.
"Applicants must be at least 21 years old and be able to pass a background check. They don't need to have the answers to all of life's questions - we will provide the necessary training. We just need people to love these children like Jesus does. These positions are paid an hourly rate with a generous benefit package for full-time employees."
If this is something that interests you, or you know of someone who might be qualified, please visit the MBCH website mbch.org or call their human resources department at 1-800-264-6224. What an amazing opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children for the sake of Christ and the Gospel!
THE LORD'S DAY (7/31):
ICYMI: Last Sunday's sermon audio "Repent or Perish" Luke 13:1-9
Please visit our YouTube Channel to see the edited service video.
FIGHTER VERSE: We are not currently reciting the Fighter Verses during the worship service, but I encourage you to do so in your Sunday School class and your Bible study group. Personally commit these verses to your heart, and I believe God will bless you as you do.
We have been learning verses from Psalm 91. This week's verses are Psalm 91:7-8
"A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked."
READ THROUGH THE BIBLE The Five-Day Bible Reading Plan is attached to this e-mail for your convenience.
You may want to access additional resources to support your reading available at this website.
Pastor Greg Dixon